Saturday, April 28, 1984

1984 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.

Comments: 1984 was a banner year for Greg Bear, who took home the Nebula Award for both the Best Novella and the Best Novelette. This year was also a great year for David Brin, who won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his Upilift novel Startide Rising.

Unfortunately, it wasn't such a banner year for women, as there were only four nominations out of twenty-five that went to works written by female authors. After making gains on the gender equity front through much of the 1970s, the push towards equality in the field of science fiction sadly seems to have stalled in the 1980s.

Best Novel

Startide Rising by David Brin

Other Nominees:
Against Infinity by Gregory Benford
The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe
Lyonesse by Jack Vance
Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy
The Void Captain's Tale by Norman Spinrad

Best Novella

Hardfought by Greg Bear

Other Nominees:
Eszterhazy and the Autogóndola-Invention by Avram Davidson
The Gospel According to Gamaliel Crucis by Michael Bishop
Her Habiline Husband by Michael Bishop
Homefaring by Robert Silverberg
Transit by Vonda N. McIntyre

Best Novelette

Blood Music by Greg Bear

Other Nominees:
Black Air by Kim Stanley Robinson
Blind Shemmy by Jack Dann
Cicada Queen by Bruce Sterling
The Monkey Treatment by George R.R. Martin
The Sidon in the Mirror by Connie Willis
Slow Birds by Ian Watson

Best Short Story

The Peacemaker by Gardner Dozois

Other Nominees:
Cryptic by Jack McDevitt
The Geometry of Narrative by Hilbert Schenck
Ghost Town by Chad Oliver
Her Furry Face by Leigh Kennedy
Wong's Lost and Found Emporium by William F. Wu

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Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1985

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