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Hold on to your galactic blaster and collect your space dragons – the finalists for the 56th annual Nebula Awards have been announced and they are out of this world! The awards annually recognize the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the USA. They have been elected and presented by full members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. since 1966. An anthology is also published each year containing the winning short stories and several runners-up.

The announcements were broadcast live with SFWA presenter and SAG-AFTRA actress Mary Robinette Kowal and included live readings of many nominated works by several talented speakers.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 56th Annual Nebula Awards Ceremony during Nebula Conference Online 2021, June 4-6, 2021. It is open to members and non-members of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and is taking place entirely online for the second year running. (Because, you know, pandemic.) Past winners include NK Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jeff VanderMeer.

And now here are all the fantastic finalists for the 2020 Nebula Awards – congratulations to all of the nominees!

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Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Class and Youth Literature

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Best short story

“Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson

“Advanced Word Problems in Portal Mathematics” by Aimee Picchi

“A Guide to Working Races” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

“The Eight-Thousanders” by Jason Sandford

“My country is a ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou

“Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell

Best game writing

Blowball by Stephen Bell, Joel Clark and Sam Rosenthal

Hades by Greg Kasavin

Phoebe Barton’s glowing underground

Kentucky Route Zero by Jake Elliott

Scents & Semiosis by Sam Kabo Ashwell, Cat Manning, Yoon Ha Lee and Caleb Wilson

Spiritfarer from Nicolas Guérin, Maxime Monast and Alex Tommi-Morin

Best novel

Best novel

“Stepsister” of Leah Cypress

“The Pill” by Meg Elison

“Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as Super” by AT Greenblatt

“Two Truths and One Lie” by Sarah Pinsker

“Where You Linger” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

“Shadow Prisons” by Caroline Yoachim

Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Birds of Prey: And the fantastic emancipation of a Harley Quinn by Christina Hodson, Warner Bros. Pictures

The expanse: “Gaugamela” by Dan Nowak, Amazon Prime

The good place: “Whenever You’re Ready” by Michael Schur, NBC

Lovecraft Country, Season 1 by Mischa Green, Shannon Houston, Kevin Lau, Wes Taylor, Ihuoma Ofordire, Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton-Odamtten, HBO max

The Mandalorian: “The Tragedy” by Jon Favreau, Disney

The Old Guard by Greg Rucka, Netflix

Best novel