The Nebula Award is a literary award presented annually by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to the best science fiction and/or fantasy work published in the United States in the previous calendar year. -genre works.
SFWA also presents the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at the Nebula Award Banquet.
The Nebula Award is the best-known SF award after the Hugo Award. The Nebula Awards were first presented in 1965. The first winner in the novel category was Frank Herbert's work, The Dune. Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon and Connie Willis have won the most times, six times. Joe Haldeman's works have been selected as the best five times. Three-time winner Lois McMaster Bujold, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin and Roger Zelazny.
The 2007 Nebula Awards were announced on April 26, 2008. In the novel category, Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union was the winner. Among the short stories, Nancy Kress's Fountain of Age, Ted Chiang's The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate in the short story category, and Karen Joy Fowler's Always in the short story category proved to be the best.
The 2008 Nebula Awards were announced in April 2009 in Los Angeles. Among the novels, Ursula K. Le Guin's Powers was the winner. Catherine Asaro's The Spacetime Pool was the best short story, and John Kessel's Pride and Prometheus was the best short story. Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Trophy Wives triumphed in the field of short stories.
Until 2008, all works could be nominated for the award one year after their publication. Once a work received at least 10 SFWA member votes, that work was entered into that year's preliminary Nebula Award nominations. At the beginning of the following year, SFWA members narrowed down the range of works with a chance to win the prize to approximately five works from among the pre-nominated works. Finally, out of these, the final winner in each category was also chosen by voting.
The procedure described above meant that each work could win the prize either in the year following its publication or one year later.
The procedure has changed since 2009. From now on, works published in the previous calendar year can be nominated for a given year's Nebula Award, similar to the Hugo Award.
Short stories: less than 7,500 words
Short stories: between 7,500 and 17,500 words
Short stories: between 17,500 and 40,000 words
Novels: Longer than 40,000 words