Kim Stanley Robinson Wins Best Novel at Nebula Awards

By Jason Boog Comment

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson won the Nebula Award for best novel this year.  Aliette de Bodard took the best short story award for “Immersion”–read the complete story at Clarkesworld.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the nominees and winners–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 (Awarded in 2013)


Winner: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

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)


Winner: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
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


Winner: “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)

The Pyre of New Day” by Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
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

Winner: “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12) COMPLETE

Robot” by Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12) 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

Winner: Fair Coin by E.C. Myers (Pyr)

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)
Above World by Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Winner: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )

The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
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)