Editor's Desk: Nebula Nominees and Readers' Poll Winners
Under normal conditions, I probably would have just launched into the results of our annual readers’ poll, but this month gave us something special. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate this year’s Nebula nominees. In particular, I’d like to call your attention to the short story category where three Clarkesworld stories have taken six of the nominations:
- “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
- “When Your Child Strays From God” by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 7/15)
- “Today I Am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
We are quite proud of our authors and wish them all the best. I’ll be on-hand at the Nebula Award Ceremony this year to cheer them on and I hope some of you are too.
One anecdote before we move on: I attended last year’s ceremony and accepted Sam’s story during the mass signing. I think this means I have to start doing more in-person story acceptances!
Still on the Nebula high, I decided to crack open my spreadsheet and start tallying this year’s readers’ poll results. The data is always interesting and it was nice to have so many readers participating this year. I was pleasantly surprised to see an influx of newer readers taking part this year. Welcome!
This year we included a special drawing for print and ebook copies of our latest anthology, Clarkesworld: Year Eight. Ten lucky winners were picked at random and have been notified by email. If you didn’t win, it’s now available for sale from the usual places.
1 - “Spring Day is Coming” by Liu Junwei
2 (TIE) - “Gate World” by Julie Dillon
2 (TIE) - “Megafauna Europa” by Julie Dillon
3 - “A-boushi-ya” by shichigoro-shingo
This category is normally close but this year, there was a small gap between our winners and the cluster of eight remaining works with nearly equal vote totals. It seems as though some people had as much trouble picking their favorite as I did.
- “So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer
- “Yuanyuan’s Bubbles” by Liu Cixin, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan (tie)
“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (tie)
- “Cassandra” by Ken Liu (tie)
“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson (tie)
“Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker (tie)
Our readers had a clear favorite this year, but after that were often split. Despite a higher than normal number of voters this year, we still had a lot of ties. If we extended the list to the top five we’d have added five more stories. I’ll take that to mean you liked what we did last year.
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone for participating!
Neil Clarke is the editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He is a ten-time finalist and current winner of the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form), has won the Chesley Award for Best Art Director three times, and received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award from SFWA in 2019. His latest anthology, New Voices in Chinese Science Fiction (co-edited with Xia Jia and Regina Kanyu Wang), is now available from Clarkesworld Books. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two sons.