Annal: 1980 Nebula Award for Novel

Results of the Nebula Award in the year 1980.



Gregory Benford

In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperately to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future—if it is not averted in the past.

Book:Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

Beyond the Blue Event Horizon: Book 2 of the Heechee Saga

Frederik Pohl

In Book Two of the Heechee Saga, Robinette Broadhead is on his way to making a fortune by bankrolling an expedition to the Food Factory—a Heechee spaceship that can graze the cometary cloud and transfor the basic elements of the universe into untold quantities of food. But even as he gambles on the breakthrough technology, he is wracked with the guilt of losing his wife, poised forever at the “event horizon” of a black hole where Robin had abaondoned her. As more and more information comes back from the expedition, Robin grows ever hopeful that he can rescue his beloved Gelle-Klara Moynlin. After three and a years, the factory is discovered to work, and a human is found aboard. Robin’s suffering may be just about over….

Book:Mockingbird (Walter Tevis)


Walter Tevis

Mockingbird is a powerful novel of a future world where humans are dying. Those that survive spend their days in a narcotic bliss or choose a quick suicide rather than slow extinction. Humanity’s salvation rests with an android who has no desire to live, and a man and a woman who must discover love, hope, and dreams of a world reborn.

Book:The Orphan

The Orphan

Robert Stallman

Book:The Shadow of the Torturer

The Shadow of the Torturer: Volume 1 of The Book of the New Sun

Gene Wolfe

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession—showing mercy toward his victim.

Ursula K. Le Guin said, “Magic stuff…a masterpiece…the best science fiction I’ve read in years!”

Book:The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Joan D. Vinge

The Winter colonists have ruled Tiamat for 150 years, slaughtering the gentle sea mers in trade for off-world wealth. But soon the gate to the galactic Hegemony will close, Tiamat will be isolated, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitive will begin. Unless Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can commit a genocidal crime—and destroy destiny…unless Sparks Dawntreader, the Snow Queen’s companion, can survive sea and city palace and slums—and find destiny….unless Hegemony Commander Jerusha Palathion, and Snow Queen’s victim, can find one ally on Tiamat—and change destiny…And unless Moon Summer, a young mystic, can break a conspiracy that spans space—and control destiny. Because Moon is the Snow Queen’s lost weapon. The Snow Queen’s lost rival. The Snow Queen’s lost soul. Moon is the Snow Queen’s clone…

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