The SWFA’s Nebula award finalists have been announced http://file770.com/2018-nebula-awards-nominees and Cora Buhlert has an interesting analysis here: http://corabuhlert.com/2019/02/21/some-thoughts-on-the-2018-nebula-award-finalists/
Cora notes the presence of several nominees associated with the 20booksto50 group. I discussed this group last year after they received several finalist positions in the Dragon Awards. The group is centered on helping indie writers write and promote their books and notable figures in the group are Craig Martelle, Michael Anderle and Jonathan Brazee.
So was there a 20bboksto50 slate? Well, they have a closed Facebook group but it’s not a particularly mysterious group or highly exclusive and I don’t thing it is a secret (but perhaps not well known) that they’ve had a recommended reading list for the Nebulas for a few years.
Here’s a screenshot of the start of the relevant post this year (I’ll post the text further on).
Where the “this is not a slate” looks more than a tad disingenuous is the asterisks next to some works based on number of recommendations which effectively singles out some works as a particular focus. Brazee also notes about the YA entry on their list “Last year, there weren’t six books that achieved the minimum required ten noms, so there were only four books on the ballot. If ten people have read her book, liked it, and nominate it before COB Friday, then it will probably make the final ballot.”
- Integration** Jonathan Brazee
- The Human Experiment* Kevin McLaughlin and Craig Martelle
- Fringe War Rachel Aukes
- A Light in the Dark AK Duboff
- A Fiery Sunset Chris Kennedy
- The Other Marilyn Peake
- The Terra Gambit Terry Mixon
- Jurassaic Jail Bill Webb
- Dodging Fate Zen DiPietro
- Fire Ant ** Jonathan Brazee (Nebula Finalist)
- The Continuum Wendy Nikel
- Star Brigade: Inheritance C.C. Ekeke
- Messenger** R.R. Virdi and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (Nebula Finalist)
- The Rule of Three** Lawrence Schoen (Nebula Finalist)
- Here Be Dragons* Lindsay Buroker
- The Squad: Orion’s Belt * Stephen Arsenault
- Unexpected Bounty Terry Mixon
- CASPer’s Widow J. R. Handley
- SHORT STORY
- Interview for the End of the World Rhett Bruno (Nebula Finalist)
- Queens Iris . . . Jason Anspach
- A Galactic Affair Craig Martelle
- Scrapyard Ship Felix Savage
- Driverless Robert Jeshonek
- Going Dark Richard Fox (Nebula Finalist)
- The Spike Nathan Mutch
- ANDRE NORTON AWARD
- A Light in the Dark, AK DuBoff (Amy DuBoff) (Nebula Finalist)
Slate? Not a slate? Is it an issue if it is? Some of those questions depend on the culture of the award. The Dragon Award is 100% fine with this approach and the Hugo voters would see it as an anathema. I’m not a SWFA member, so it’s not my call to make regarding the Nebulas.
[ETA: Also see Nicholas Whyte’s analysis here https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3165861.html ]
After the fold is the full text of the not-a-slate:
Jonathan Brazee shared a link to the group: 20BooksTo50K®.
5 February at 06:23 ·
(This post has been approved by Craig)
ATTENTION SFWA MEMBERS!
There are ten more days to nominate titles for the Nebula Awards. Last year, we had one nomination within 20Booksto50k (and the only indie nomination). This year, we could easily have five or more within the group . . . but only if we actually click on the link and nominate. So, please, get your nominations in. A couple of things first:
• First, this is not a slate! No one is telling anyone to nominate any specific work, much less an indie work. You should nominate the works you think are worthy.
• Having written that, we hope you will at least consider self-published works when you make your nominations. It is difficult to compete with the Tors and Random Houses in publishing in terms of visibility, but at least if an indie work makes the final ballot, other members will be aware of it and will hopefully give it a read before voting once the final ballot is released.
• Indie books are as good as any trad-published books, and it would sure be nice if there is indie representation in each of the categories. It is currently very feasible that we can have an indie title in four of the five categories below, and the fifth is not out of the question.
• But please, if you are a member of SFWA, take a few minutes to nominate. You can nominate five titles in each category. The top six titles in terms of numbers of nominations will make the final ballot.
• You can nominate for the awards at https://www.sfwa.org/forum/ballots/
The list below is in order of the number of recommendations on the SFWA Nebula Reading List:
• The number of recommendations does not mean that work will make the final ballot. Every year, works in the top six do not make the ballot, and so works not in the top six on the reading list do. But we wanted to put this is some sort of order.
• A title with two asterisks after means it is currently in the top six (four titles at the moment). A title with one asterisk means it is in the top ten with regards to recommendations (five more titles). Other titles are very close to the top ten.
• If there were two titles by the same author in a category, I listed the one with the most recommendations.
• All of these titles were written by 20Booksto50k members.
• If I’ve missed a title, please add it!
So, please, take the time to nominate and hopefully consider the below titles when making your choices.
Integration** Jonathan Brazee
The Human Experiment* Kevin McLaughlin and Craig Martelle
Fringe War Rachel Aukes
A Light in the Dark AK Duboff
A Fiery Sunset Chris Kennedy
The Other Marilyn Peake
The Terra Gambit Terry Mixon
Jurassaic Jail Bill Webb
Dodging Fate Zen DiPietro
Fire Ant ** Jonathan Brazee
The Continuum Wendy Nikel
Star Brigade: Inheritance C.C. Ekeke
Messenger** R.R. Virdi and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
The Rule of Three** Lawrence Schoen
Here Be Dragons* Lindsay Buroker
The Squad: Orion’s Belt * Stephen Arsenault
Unexpected Bounty Terry Mixon
CASPer’s Widow J. R. Handley
SHORT STORY https://www.sfwa.org/forum/reading/4-shortstory/
Interview for the End of the World Rhett Bruno
Queens Iris . . . Jason Anspach
A Galactic Affair Craig Martelle
Scrapyard Ship Felix Savage
Driverless Robert Jeshonek
Going Dark Richard Fox
The Spike Nathan Mutch20booksto50K Facebook group
ANDRE NORTON AWARD
A Light in the Dark, AK DuBoff (Amy DuBoff)
I’m not sure if you all saw Amy DuBoff’s post in another FB group listing indie works, but her novel, A LIGHT IN THE DARK, is also YA, so it is eligible for the Andre Norton Award (one of the Nebula Awards). Last year, there weren’t six books that achieved the minimum required ten noms, so there were only four books on the ballot. If ten people have read her book, liked it, and nominate it before COB Friday, then it will probably make the final ballot. — with James Hunter and 24 others.