The 2016 Nebula Award Winners for Science Fiction and Fantasy

2016 Nebula Award winners
Over the weekend, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SWFA) named the winners of the Nebula Awards for outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy published in 2016.

The Nebula Awards are accompanied by the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

A lot of our editors' favorites last year were finalists for the 2016 Nebula, and we chose Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky as one of the best books of the month in February 2016, saying in our review, "Anders’ clever writing propels the story through its twists and turns, delivering a mesmerizing, thoughtful, and poignant novel that has 'award winner' written all over it." We're delighted that SWFA members thought the same thing.


All the Birds in the Sky


  • WINNER: All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
  • The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)


Every Heart a DoorwayNovella

  • WINNER: Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
  • Runtime, S.B. Divya ( Publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson ( Publishing)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle ( Publishing)
  • “The Liar,” John P. Murphy (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson ( Publishing)



  • WINNER: “The Long Fall Up,” William Ledbetter (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed)
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “The Orangery,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)*
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde ( Publishing)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” Alyssa Wong (Uncanny)


Short Story

  • WINNER: “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny)
  • “Sabbath Wine,” Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • “Things With Beards,” Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” Alyssa Wong (
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)


Arabella of MarsAndre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • WINNER: Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
  • The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams)
  • Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch)
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)


ArrivalBradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • WINNER: Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucasfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Westworld: "The Bicameral Mind," Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios


Congratulations to the finalists and the winners!


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