Annal: 2002 Nebula Award for Novel

Results of the Nebula Award in the year 2002.

Book:American Gods

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

A master of inventive fiction, Neil Gaiman delves into the murky depths where reality and imagination meet. Now in American Gods, he works his literary magic to extraordinary results.

Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought—and the prize is the very soul of America.

Book:Bones of the Earth

Bones of the Earth

Michael Swanwick

Paleontologist Richard Leyster has achieved professional nirvana: a position with the Smithsonian Museum plus a groundbreaking dinosaur fossil site he can research, publish on, and learn from for years to come. There is nothing that could lure him away—until a disturbingly secretive stranger named Griffin enters Leyster’s office with an ice cooler and a job offer. In the cooler is the head of a freshly killed Stegosaurus.

Griffin has been entrusted with an extraordinary gift, an impossible technology on loan to humanity from unknown beings for an undisclosed purpose. Time travel has become a reality millions of years before it rationally could be. With it, Richard Leyster and his colleagues can make their most cherished fantasy come true. They can study the dinosaurs up close, in their own time and milieu. …[more]

Book:The Other Wind

The Other Wind: Book 6 of The Earthsea Cycle

Ursula K. Le Guin

The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land-where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.

Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.

The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand.

Book:Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station

China Miéville

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac’s experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly…[more]

Book:Picoverse

Picoverse

Robert A. Metzger

When funding is cut for the Sonomak—the fusion power project that she and her ex-husband are working on—Dr. Katie McGuire faces an uncertain future. Until the real potential of the Sonomak is unwittingly revealed.

In steps the mysterious Alexandra Mitchell. Armed with unlimited resources, Mitchell commandeers the Sonomak project for her own use. With her team now assembled, including Katie, her ex-husband, and physicist Jack Preston, Mitchell reveals her true goal: to use the Sonomak to create a brand new universe, a Picoverse one million-millionth the size of our own universe. Now, all systems are go on an experiment to deliberately rip apart the fabric of space-time…

Book:Solitaire

Solitaire

Kelley Eskridge

Since the moment she came into the world, Ren “Jackal” Segura has been treated differently. As a hope, she is a symbol of the highest principles of human society and is guaranteed a position of influence in the global government once she comes of age. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life—when she will leave her home to represent the massive corporate entity that houses, feeds, and employs her and everyone around her—Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie.

Saddled with a crushing burden she dares not share with anyone—not even Snow, her closest web mate, her dearest heart—she must live as if nothing has changed. But on a recreational outing with the others in her web, she inadvertently finds herself at the center of a maelstrom of terror and catastrophe … and in a single instant, Jackal Segura is a Hope no longer. In the…[more]

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