Monday, March 2, 2009

Nebula Awards ballot error almost discards Ruth Nestvold’s short story “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced a correction to the Final Ballot of
the 2008 Nebula Awards:

“Upon a procedural review, we discovered an error in the final Nebula tally. Two works that should be on the final ballot were not listed: the novelette “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” - James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s, Feb08) and “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” - Ruth Nestvold (F&SF, Jan08) in short stories. No other changes have been made to the final ballot. We apologize for the error and have made changes to the procedures to keep this sort of mistake from happening again.”

Thanks to the blog Science Fiction Awards Watch for the tip.


K.E. said...

Nestvold's story bothered me b/c it perpetuates the concept of the "global dust storm," though MGS and MRO have shown that there really is no such animal. Otherwise, the story was ok but I did not consider it Nebula-worthy.

Paul said...

I missed the story when it first was published and read it only a few weeks ago. I liked it alot, but not having read any of the other Nebula stories, I can't say whether it is award-worthy. Thanks for the comment.