&#039People Want These Stories&#039: Females Win Massive At The Nebula Awards

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The wave of conversation about diversity and representation in fiction is about to crest again: Ladies swept this year’s Nebula Awards, handed out this past weekend in Chicago.

All of the fiction awards — for short story, novelette, novella, novel, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult novels — went to girls authors, and Mad Max: Fury Road (a film NPR’s Chris Kilmek known as a “boldly feminist chase flick”) won the Ray Bradbury Award for dramatic presentation. (The Solstice Award — offered occasionally at the discretion of the SFWA board to people who’ve created a massive influence in the field — did go to a man, the late Terry Pratchett.) In some ways the winners, and the full nominating ballot they have been selected from, represent a regional, genre-particular eddy of adjust in the bigger ocean of literature.

“I think it is a solution of our time that excellent stories, diverse stories, are appearing and being celebrated,” says Sarah Pinsker, whose story “Our Lady of the Open Road” won greatest novelette.

2015 Nebula Award Winners

Ideal Novel: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Ideal Novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Ideal Novelette: “Our Lady of the Open Road” by Sarah Pinsker

Ideal Quick Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong

Andre Norton Award for Ideal Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Updraft by Fran Wilde

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Mad Max: Fury Road Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris

Solstice Award: Terry Pratchett

The Nebulas are nominated by and voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), an organization created up of functioning writers, editors, and other publishing professionals. They’re offered out in the course of the group’s annual conference, which is committed to celebrating, educating, and supporting genre writers.

This year’s celebration began with the presentation of the SFWA Grand Master award to C. J. Cherryh, honoring her lifetime contributions to the science fiction and fantasy field. Then, in category following category, authors like Alyssa Wong, Nnedi Okorafor, and Naomi Novik took home glittering nebulae and planet replicas encased in clear Lucite.

To some observers, this may possibly signal a dramatic shift in the science fiction and fantasy genres, which are typically perceived as getting a (white) boys’ club that is only lately begun to diversify. But that’s not the whole image, as the Nebulas themselves prove. This is not the initial time females have swept the awards you have to go back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, the really beginning of the Nebulas, to discover a group of years dominated by guys — and even then the list of nominees incorporated girls and 1 of the males consistently winning was African-American author Samuel R Delany.

This weekend’s winners reflect a lot of various kinds of diversity beyond gender. Half are women of colour, half are self-identified queer females – which mirrors the overall diversity of the ballot. 24 out of the 34 works nominated for the award had been written by girls from numerous racial and cultural backgrounds and a spectrum of sexual orientations. Of the ten operates by guys, five of them were written by folks of colour and queer authors.

“The Nebula ballot is every thing a ballot need to be in this community,” mentioned Brooke Bolander, author of the nominated story “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead.” “It is diverse, it’s wide-ranging, and it contains remarkable stories by incredible authors.”

That’s an crucial point, provided the ongoing conversation about diversity taking place now in speculative fiction circles. The Hugos — the other key awards in the genre — are nominated by fans. Final year and once again this year, Hugo nominations have been affected by the Sad and Rabid Puppies groups, who campaign against what they see as affirmative action-primarily based nominating and voting in the Hugo and Nebula awards.

But “individuals want these stories,” says Alyssa Wong. She was the 1st Filipino author to be nominated for the Nebula award final year and is now the very first to win it for her 2015 short story “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers.” Even though she says she’s seen some Puppy-style criticism of her success, most of the reaction has been positive.

Readers “want to study stories from the points of view of folks who have been historically been locked out of the genre,” Wong says. “‘Hungry Daughters’ is about a group of ladies who are all Asian-American and all from very different backgrounds, all of whom really feel isolated in some way … But clearly this is not just Asian-American audiences who this is resonating with. I’m appreciative that individuals are reading much more extensively now. It implies much more opportunities — not just to be published, but to be seen.”

Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction author, media critic, podcaster, vlogger, and issuer of the Tempest Challenge.

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Pick A Side In Our Movie Awards Ideal Fight Throwdown

As we anxiously await to discover out which duo will take residence the golden popcorn for Ideal Fight at the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, our brains naturally wandered to the question, “who would win in one particular giant Greatest Fight Throwdown?” So, we pitted past winners and nominees against each and every other and are letting YOU determine.

Will Smith (Men In Black) vs. Yoda (Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones)

Will Smith’s got expertise battling extraterrestrial creatures in Guys In Black as Agent J, but Yoda’s got The Force behind him. This is gonna be a hard call.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) vs. Zac Efron and Seth Rogan (Neighbors)

How will the survival expertise of Katniss and Peeta stand up to the pranks of Zac and Seth?

Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) vs. Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)

This Glader is used to operating in mazes. Think he can outrun this cop?

Harry Potter vs. The Avengers

It’s wizard against superhero in our final and toughest battle. Harry’s got the magic that can defeat He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named, but can he avada kedavra the competition?

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Two a lot more champions have been selected from the Mountain Dew vault, and it is up to you to choose which one particular reigns supreme. Choose a side and get into the action at DEWcision.com today.


So What Are The MTV Movie Awards Generation Winners Up To Now?

The MTV Movie Awards started providing out Generation Awards in 2005, and considering that then, 11 completely unknown, entirely non-renowned actors and actresses have received the added-unique golden popcorn.

This year, Will Smith will receive the coveted honor. But very first, let’s see where all the past winners are now. Are they still functioning in the entertainment sector? Almost certainly not.

  • Following winning the Generation Award, no one’s sure what Cruise’s been up to, specifically. He seems to have disappeared into oblivion, but he could often pop proper back up on the edge of tomorrow. Final I heard, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand caught him listening to classic rock songs for the ages, such as “Paradise City” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

  • All right, we need to talk about the Horton elephant in the room. Carrey has entirely fallen off the face of the Earth. Some media internet sites say he was just also dumb and dumber to survive the cutthroat sector, usually becoming a yes man and by no means putting his foot down and kicking ass. Apparently, he was final noticed chilling with penguins, but you in no way know with rumors.

  • Guys, I’m scared shrekless here. Exactly where is Mike Myers? Has anyone seen him since he vamoosed right after the 2007 MTV Film Awards? Some of his “friends” in the organization have named him an inglourious basterd, but that seems fairly harsh to me. Jessica Alba mentioned in an interview eight years ago that Myers had retired from the enterprise and began freelancing as a love guru or something.

  • Sandler really requirements to act like a grown up. After his win in ’08, he got into difficulty with pals Jack and Jill, a zookeeper, and even some funny men and women. Pretty certain his motto is, “Just go with it,” even even though things generally backfire for him.

  • Holy fockers! Stiller was involved in a tower heist in ’11 and had to create a secret life to avoid detection. His final identified location was Rome, hanging with Justin Bieber.

  • Ah, Sandy B. She flew to outer space in ’13 and was never noticed or heard from again. Tragic.

  • Following winning her award, Witherspoon decided to leave the biz and hike the Pacific Crest Trail on some wild adventure of sorts. Particulars are sketchy.

  • TBH, Depp was killed by a burned man/monster in ’84, so I have zero notion how he managed to accept the Generation Award in ’12. Your guess is as very good as mine as to where he is now. It’s like he’s an invisible man or some thing.

  • Soon after dealing with more horrible bosses, a man who thinks he’s a spider, and some small girl named Annie, the past two years have been fairly the adventure for Foxx. He’s been so busy, I’m certain he’s had a sleepless night or two.

  • Considering that ’14, Wahlberg’s been hanging with his entourage and Ted, also. Not sure what upcoming projects he has, but hopefully they’ll be transformative.

  • Who TF even is Robert Downey Jr.? Never heard of him. It is a shame he hasn’t gotten any huge movie franchise offers lately.

I am still upset I wasn’t a contestant on ‘Figure It Out’ in the ’90s.