SFWA has announced the 2010 Nebula Award nominees and once again there is a steampunk presence in the novel categories.

Nominated for the Best Novel Nebula, there is M. K. Hobson’s weird west novel Native Star, which was the Book of the Day here at the start of the month. Hobson is facing touch competition, including Mary Robinette Kowal’s Regency fantasy Shades of Milk and Honey and perennial Nebula favorite Connie Willis’ $52 two-part novel Blackout / All Clear.

While I can’t claim to have read all the short form nominees, I don’t see any steampunk representation there. If I am wrong, please let me know.

The Andre Norton Award is for best young adult SFF novel and again we find steampunk making forays with Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth nominated. Stiff competition here as well, of course, with Paolo Bacigalupi (flush with victory since The Windup Girl wone every award it was eligible for), Terry Pratchett (perhaps a sentimental favorite due to his medical condition), and Suzanne Collins (whose Mockingjay enjoyed a mammoth 1.2 million copy first printing).

There is nothing steampunk up for the Ray Bradbury Award, which isn’t really a surprise. This is a pretty tough category, but I really hope either Inception or Scott Pilgrim wins, although I suspect Toy Story 3 has the sentimental edge.

2010 Nebula Nominees

Short Story




The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (directors), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) (Illumination Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’, Richard Curtis (writer), Jonny Campbell (director)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (directors), William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders (screenplay) (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright (director), Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay) (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich (director), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich (story) (Pixar/Disney)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

For more information, visit www.nebulaawards.com or www.sfwa.org