Category: Nebulas

  • Debarkle: Draft outline

    Coming this month (and probably for most of the year) is “Debarkle”, a history of the Puppy Kerfuffle of 2015, the events that preceded it, the political context and how it presaged events in US politics that followed it. What follows is the draft section and chapter order. Naturally, what will actually happen is something […]


  • Tying up old plot lines

    Tying up old plot lines

    There is a lot of noise amid the right-SF social media sphere currently. It’s very free form and the broader cause is that in mainstream SF&F communities there has been the recent cases of some very prominent and well connected men being held accountable for the way they have been treating other people (earlier coverage). […]

  • Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Five years of all this nonsense but what nonsense were people reading and when? I’m down here in the archive stacks of Felapton Towers and blowing the dust off the weird old filing cabinets to find out. These posts are just the numbers-game hits rather than special favourites and often other factors drove the traffic […]

  • Yet another alt-SFWA

    We’ve covered attempts at creating alternatives to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America before but the face behind the latest attempt has a better track record of getting things done. Craig Martelle (who you may recall from the LMBPN/20Books kerfufle) has announced a new organisation called The Independent Alliance of Science Fiction & […]

  • Nebula Shorts: A.C.Wise – How the Trick is Done

    The story starts with the on-stage death of a Las Vegas magician when a death-defying catch-a-bullet act does not go as he expects. From there the story backtracks to the events and people involved in the magician’s life and death. ‘Here’s the secret, and it’s a simple one: dying is easy. All the Magician has […]

  • Nebula Shorts: Fran Wilde – A Catalog of Storms

    A coastal town is besieged by storms and chosen people from the town use the names of storms to gain power over them. But what happens when people become the weather or the weather seeks out people? ‘Long before Lillit and Varyl and I were born, the Mayor’s son shouted to the rain to stop […]

  • Nebula Shorts: Nibedita Sen – Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island

    I love stories that play with non-narrative forms to tell stories and I also love short stories with self-explanatory titles, so Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island is off to a roaring start for me before I started the first paragraph. It does exactly what it says on […]

  • Nebula Shorts: Shiv Ramdas – And Now His Lordship is Laughing

    Magic and history collide in this revenge fantasy in which a grandmother encounters a brutal colonial empire and responds with the only power she has. ‘A slight frown creases her brow as she watches him; his eagerness for everything doll-related is a bittersweet reminder of what used to be. Where once it was common for […]

  • Nebula Shorts: Karen Osborne – The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power

    Ritual cannibalism crops up twice in the Nebula short story nominees but in the first example it is the consumption of nano-bot filled blood that passes on memories from one generation to next. Karen Osborne’s story combines two perennial tropes: the tradition of a sin-eater who by eating a ritual meal takes on the sins […]

  • Nebula Shorts: A.T.Greenblatt – Give the Family My Love

    The first of my Nebula Finalist short story reviews is AT Greenblatt’s space faring letter home. “Sorry to do this to you, Saul, but if I don’t talk to someone—well, freak out at someone—I’m not going to make it to the Library. And like hell I’m going to send a message like this back to […]