Free Samples of the Nebula Award Nominees

By Jason Boog Comment

The nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards have been revealed, and we’ve collected free samples of all the nominees below–the best science fiction books of 2012.

Many of these stories are available to read for free online. These are marked “COMPLETE” among the links.  Here’s more about the awards:

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1,500 members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy.

Nebula Award Nominees for 2012 (to be awarded in 2013)


Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors” by Ken Liu  (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12) COMPLETE
Katabasis” by Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
Barry’s Tale” by Lawrence M. Schoen  (Buffalito Buffet) COMPLETE


The Pyre of New Day” by Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
The Waves” by Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo  ( 12/5/12) COMPLETE
Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron  ( 1/4/12) COMPLETE
Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky  ( 8/22/12) COMPLETE
Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12) COMPLETE

Short Story

Robot” by Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12) COMPLETE
Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12) COMPLETE
Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes” by Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12) COMPLETE
Nanny’s Day” by Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12) COMPLETE
Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12) COMPLETE
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12) COMPLETE
Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” by Cat Rambo (Near + Far) COMPLETE


Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
Black Heart by Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)
Above by Leah Bobet (Levine)
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
Every Day by David Levithan (Alice A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
Railsea by China Mieville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
Fair Coin by E.C. Myers (Pyr)
Above World by Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )
The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)
John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)