And the Award Goes to… Women Rock the 2015 Nebulas

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When it comes to science fiction and fantasy awards, the Nebula Award is one of the most prestigious. As the science fiction and fantasy community continues to tackle its diversity issues, it’s a welcome sign to see women take top honors in five of six categories at this year’s awards ceremony.

What makes the awards particularly interesting is that the voting takes place among members Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The organization is recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations, with approximately 2,000 members of science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals. Since you can only vote for the Nebulas if you’re a member of the SFWA, the Nebula is one way science fiction and fantasy professionals can recognize the outstanding work of their peers.

Nebula Award color logoAt the 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, women swept the of the awards, including Alaya Dawn Johnson, who won not one, but two awards.

  • Best Novel – Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  • Best Novella – Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress
  • Best Novelette – “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Best Short Story – “Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation – Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy – Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Although the seeds of change are in the air, this lighthearted tweet from author Alyssa Wong posing with Johnson’s Nebula awards reminds us that representation for persons of color (POC) still has a ways to go.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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