Saturday, February 20, 2016

Annotated 2015 Nebula Award Nominees

Here is the annotated 2015 Nebula Awards Nominees for short fiction.
Annotations include time estimates, links to the story on the author’s website (if available), author links with Campbell Award-eligibility marked (superscript for year 1 or 2), blurbs for RSR-reviewed stories, links to reviews, and links to digital back issues (of print magazines) at eBookstores and library websites.

Novellas

Total Stories: 6 (6 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 7h:36m (137K words)
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueBinti 
(SF Fantasy) Binti sneaks away from her home in a future Namibia so she can attend the galactic university. The Himba never leave home, so her parents disapprove, and the universe isn't quite ready for her either.
The Bone Swans of Amandale by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 1h:34m (Novella)  IssueBone Swans 
(Dark Fantasy) Dora Rose's whole family have been slaughtered. Maurice saves her because he loves her, and is ready to help her get revenge. Even though he's a rat and she's a swan in their true forms.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer  Time: 1h:04m (Novella)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Tess is writing an article about a new disease that causes women to give birth to clones of themselves.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB
Salman pursues the truth behind stories his grandfather told him about an impoverished princess he used to know back in Pakistan and the Jinn that protected her.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton JStrahan
Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson1  Time: 1h:02m (Novella)  IssueTor.com 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 JStrahan
Wings of Sorrow and Bone by Beth Cato  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueWings of Sorrow and Bone 
(Steampunk) Rivka hates how Mr. Cody makes goblin cyborgs for fights in the arena, but what can a foreign teen-age girl in a strange city do to stop him?

Novelettes

Total Stories: 6 (6 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 4h:02m (73K words)
Rhye a bitter ex-supersoldier, fights to rescue Rack, her hacker partner in crime, after the criminals they're working for kill Rack's body while his mind is in cyberspace.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB RHorton
(High Fantasy) Raised by her grandmothers, Aviya thinks about her future, and thinks about trying to find the source of a magical scrap of "cloth of the wind."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4
Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 54m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
One of the last live bands struggles to do performances in a mostly-online world.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 SFRevu:4 SFEP
Rattlesnakes and Men by Michael Bishop  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
Wylene Godfrey, her husband Reed, and daughter Celeste move to Wriggly, Georgia, where everyone owns at least one rattlesnake.
The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueF&SF 07.08|15
Things from the deep ocean invade a small American town, and a 16-year-old girl who can glimpse the future seeks the cause of it all.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 SFEP RHorton JStrahan
The Ladies' Aquatic Gardening Society by Henry Lien  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueAsimov's 06|15
Two ladies in late Nineteenth-Century New England fight over their places in society via their gardens.

Short Stories

Total Stories: 6 (6 reviewed by RSR)
Estimated Time for RSR-reviewed Stories: 1h:54m (34K words)
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 100
Entertaining tale of a modern search engine that achieves real artificial intelligence by accident and decides it wants to be helpful to people.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 RHorton NClarke
Damage by David D. Levine  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 01/21/15
An intelligent, patchwork fighter ship struggles to help the last of the Free Belt fight off the Earth Force.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: NClarke
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong2  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueNightmare 37
(Horror) Meimei dates really bad guys. Who want to use her. Who don't know what they're in for.
Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 61
Madeline is having an adverse reaction to an experimental drug--she revisits episodes in her past.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 KTB SFEP
Today I Am Paul by Martin L. Shoemaker  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 107
Alzheimer's patient's family can't visit her very often, so they buy a robot to fool her into thinking they're visiting her. The robot tells the story.
When Your Child Strays From God by Sam J. Miller  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Fundamentalist mom takes networking drug so she can track down her missing teenage boy.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB


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