Annal: 1986 Nebula Award for Novel

Results of the Nebula Award in the year 1986.

Book:Speaker For The Dead

Speaker For The Dead: Book 2 of the Ender Quartet

Orson Scott Card

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens’ ways are strange and frightening…again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery…and the truth.

Book:Count Zero

Count Zero

William Gibson

Turner, high-corporate commando, is abruptly reactivated by the Hosaka Corporation for a mission even more dangerous than the one he’s still recovering from. Maas-Neotek’s chief of R&D is defecting, and Turner must get him out, intact, along with the biochip he’s perfected. With voodoo on the Net, he thinks he’s only trying to get out alive. But he hasn’t met the angel…

Book:Free Live Free

Free Live Free

Gene Wolfe

Four people in contemporary Chicago are caught up in a search for the lost treasure of Benjamin Free.

“Free Live Free,” said the newspaper ad, and the out-of-work detective Jim Stubb, the occultist Madame Serpentina, the salesman Ozzie Barnes, and the overweight prostitute Candy Garth are brought together to live for a time in Free’s old house, a house scheduled for demolition to make way for a highway.

Free drops mysterious hints of his exile from his homeland, and of the lost key to his return. And so when the demolition occurs and Free disappears, the four make a pact to continue the search, which ultimately takes them far beyond their wildest dreams.

This is character-driven science fiction at its best by a writer whom, at the time of its first publication, the Chicago Sun-Times called “science fiction’s best genuine novelist.”

Book:The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel

Margaret Atwood

In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Book:The Journal of Nicholas the American

The Journal of Nicholas the American

Leigh Kennedy

Book:This Is the Way the World Ends

This Is the Way the World Ends

James Morrow

George Paxton was an ordinary man until something extraordinary happened—nuclear holocaust. Now George Paxton is about to discover what happens after the end of the world.

“Astute, highly engaging, and finally moving”.—Los Angeles Times.

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