2022 Nebula Award Finalists Announced

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently announced the finalists for the 58th Annual Nebula Awards. These awards are voted on and presented by full, senior, and associate members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and are considered among the most prestigious in the genre. The awards will be presented on May 14 at the Nebula Conference Online.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! You can find all of the books nominated for outstanding novel in the Library’s catalog.

Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv, the orc barbarian, cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen. However, her dreams of a fresh start filling mugs instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet.

  • Spear” by Nicola Griffith

Forging her own bright path, a young woman, armed with a stolen hunting spear and mended armor, embarks on a journey of magic and mystery, love and lust, and fights to the death on her way to the court of Artos, king of Caer Leon.

To save her sister and topple a throne, Marra is offered the tools she needs if she completes three seemingly impossible tasks with the help of a disgraced ex-knight, a reluctant fairy godmother and an enigmatic gravewitch and her fowl familiar.

  • Babel” by R.F. Kuang

A Chinese boy orphaned by cholera and raised in Britain is trained to work at Oxford’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation, the world’s center for translation and magic through silver-working, where he must choose between competing loyalties.

After waking up in a stranger’s body six months ago, Nona longs to lead an ordinary life with those she loves, but instead is being used as a weapon of destruction to save her people from the Nine Houses.

On the remote island of Con Dao Archipelago, marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen studies a highly intelligent, dangerous octopus species that could hold the key to extra-human intelligence and must protect them from powerful forces who want to use them for their own nefarious means.