Saturday, May 21, 1988

1988 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California.

Comments: The 1988 Nebula Award ballot is somewhat odd for me, in that I've read several of the nominated works, but as of yet, none of the winning works. This means that while I have great affection for David Brin's The Uplift War and Gene Wolfe's Soldier of the Mist, I have no idea how they stack up against Pat Murphy's The Falling Woman. While I am a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin's Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight and Bruce McAllister's Dream Baby, Ican't say whether they compare favorably or unfavorably with Murphy's Rachel in Love.

With two Nebula wins in this year, I can say that Pat Murphy had a really good 1988. And with more nominations for works written by women than in any of the recent years, so did women in general.

Best Novel

The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy

Other Nominees:
The Forge of God by Greg Bear
Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe
The Uplift War by David Brin
Vergil in Averno by Avram Davidson
When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

Best Novella

The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson

Other Nominees:
Fugue State by John M. Ford
The Secret Sharer by Robert Silverberg
The Tiger Sweater by Keith Roberts
The Unconquered Country by Geoff Ryman
Witness by Walter Jon Williams

Best Novelette

Rachel in Love by Pat Murphy

Other Nominees:
Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight by Ursula K. Le Guin
Dream Baby by Bruce McAllister
The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia E. Butler
Flowers of Edo by Bruce Sterling
Schwarzschild Radius by Connie Willis

Best Short Story

Forever Yours, Anna by Kate Wilhelm

Other Nominees:
Angel by Pat Cadigan
Cassandra's Photographs by Lisa Goldstein
The Faithful Companion at Forty by Karen Joy Fowler
Kid Charlemagne by Paul Di Filippo
Temple to a Minor Goddess by Susan Shwartz
Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Go to previous year's nominees: 1987
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1989

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