Annal: 1965 Nebula Award for Novel

Results of the Nebula Award in the year 1965.

Book:Dune: Book 1 of the Dune Chronicles

Dune: Book 1 of the Dune Chronicles

Frank Herbert

“Unique…I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.” —Arthur C. Clarke

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert’s death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

Book:All Flesh is Grass

All Flesh is Grass

Clifford D. Simak

Book:Clone

Clone

Theodore Thomas, Kate Wilhelm

Book:Dr. Bloodmoney

Dr. Bloodmoney

Philip K. Dick

Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick’s most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil.

Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dick’s undying hope in humanity.

Book:The Escape Orbit

The Escape Orbit

James White

Book:The Genocides

The Genocides

Thomas M. Disch

This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world’s cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth.  The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world’s soil and are sucking even the Great Lakes dry. In northern Minnesota, Anderson, an aging farmer armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, desperately leads the reduced citizenry of a small town in a daily struggle for meager existence. Throw into this fray Jeremiah Orville, a marauding outsider bent on a bizarre and private revenge, and the fight to live becomes a daunting task.

Book:Nova Express

Nova Express

William S. Burroughs

Book:A Plague of Demons & Other Stories

A Plague of Demons & Other Stories

Keith Laumer

A complete novel of science fiction adventure and a host of short novels in one large volume. A Plague of Demons: One man found out the secret behind the aliens who controlled the world, harvesting “dead” soldiers to fight wars on distant worlds-and only he could stop them, if he could keep from getting harvested himself. Thunderhead: An officer has manned an outpost on a lonely planet for years, watching for the alien enemy that may never come, forgotten by the bureaucracy which sent him there-and then the enemy came! Test to Destruction: Aliens are testing a human prisoner to determine how serious a foe the human race might be-and they have chosen the wrong man to Test to Destruction. And much more.

Book:Rogue Dragon

Rogue Dragon

Avram Davidson

Book:The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream

The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream

G.C. Edmondson

Book:The Star Fox

The Star Fox

Poul Anderson

Book:The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Philip K. Dick

In this wildly disorienting funhouse of a novel, populated by God-like—or perhaps Satanic—takeover artists and corporate psychics, Philip K. Dick explores mysteries that were once the property of St. Paul and Aquinas. His wit, compassion, and knife-edged irony make The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch moving as well as genuinely visionary.

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