Nebula Awards (SciFi/Fantasy)

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These are the finalists for the 2020 Nebula Awards. Winners to be announced in May. Put on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. https://nebulas.sfwa.org/


Arkady Martine, Amy Landon
Description: Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident, or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court. Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion.
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Sarah Pinsker
Description: In the Before, when the government didn't prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was on her way to becoming a star. Now, in the After, terror attacks and deadly viruses have led the government to ban concerts, and Luce's connection to the world--her music, her purpose--is closed off forever. She does what she has to do: she performs in illegal concerts to a small but passionate community, always evading the law. Rosemary Laws barely remembers the Before times. She spends her days in Hoodspace, helping customers order all of their goods online for drone delivery--no physical contact with humans needed. By lucky chance, she finds a new job and a new calling: discover amazing musicians and bring their concerts to everyone via virtual reality. The only catch is that she'll have to do something she's never done before and go out in public. Find the illegal concerts and bring musicians into the limelight they deserve. But when she sees how the world could actually be, that won't be enough.
Call Number: FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Naomi Kritzer
Description: Because her mother is always on the move, sixteen-year-old Steph hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet -- a social media site where users upload cat pictures -- a site whose admin is CheshireCat, a sentient AI who loves cat pictures. When a threat from Steph's past catches up to her and CheshireCat's existence is discovered, it's up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save them. Catfishing on CatNet is a near-future thriller about online privacy and out-of-control technology and the importance of making connections in an increasingly fragmented society.
Call Number: YA FIC Kri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Cog
Greg Van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue
Description: "After an accident leaves him damaged and separated from his scientist caregiver, a young android recruits four robot accomplices and embarks on a cross-country road trip to reunite with her"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Yoon Ha Lee, Kim Mai Guest
Description: Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.
Call Number: J FIC Lee
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Ted Chiang
Description: This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in "The Lifecycle of Software Objects," a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: "Omphalos" and "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom." In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth--What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?--and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.
Call Number: FIC Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Tamsyn Muir
Description: Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, she is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Mui
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Description: "The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own. Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true. In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld." -- Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Vylar Kaftan
Description: "All Bee has ever known is darkness. She doesn't remember the crime she committed that landed her in the cold, twisting caverns of the prison planet Colel-Cab with only fellow prisoner Chela for company. Chela says that they're telepaths and mass-murderers; that they belong here, too dangerous to ever be free. Bee has no reason to doubt her--until she hears the voice of another telepath, one who has answers, and can open her eyes to an entirely different truth."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kaf
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Henry Lien
Description: "Second book in a Taiwanese-inspired middle-grade fantasy series about a young girl's quest to become a champion of Wu Liu, an art form that blends figure skating with martial arts"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Lie
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Fran Wilde
Description: When their parents fight, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide, whispering stories and hoping house magic will protect them, until the night a river carries them to a place of dreams and nightmares.
Call Number: J FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Carlos Alberto Hernandez
Description: In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things--and people--from other universes.
Call Number: J FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William (Composer) Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, composer (expression) Clipping (Musical group)
Description: The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society -- and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future. Yetu holds the memories for her people, who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one -- the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities -- and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past -- and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity -- and own who they really are.
Call Number: FIC Sol
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
P. Djèlí Clark
Description: Cairo, 1912. The case started simply enough for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities: handle a possessed tram car. Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner, Agent Onsi Youssef, are exposed to another side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons. It's a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and mundane.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Alix E. Harrow
Description: In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
Description: Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.
Call Number: FIC El-M
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
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A Memory Called Empire [Audiobook]
Arkady Martine, Amy Landon
FIC Mar
Her Silhouette, Drawn In Water
Vylar Kaftan
FIC Kaf
A Song For A New Day
Sarah Pinsker
FIC Pin
Peasprout Chen Battle Of Champions
Henry Lien
J FIC Lie
Catfishing On Catnet
Naomi Kritzer
YA FIC Kri
Riverland
Fran Wilde
J FIC Wil
Cog
Greg Van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue
J FIC Van
Sal And Gabi Break The Universe
Carlos Alberto Hernandez
J FIC Her
Dragon Pearl [Audiobook]
Yoon Ha Lee, Kim Mai Guest
J FIC Lee
The Deep [Audiobook]
Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William (Composer) Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, composer (expression) Clipping (Musical group)
FIC Sol
Exhalation
Ted Chiang
FIC Chi
The Haunting Of Tram Car 015
P. Djèlí Clark
FIC Cla
Gideon The Ninth
Tamsyn Muir
FIC Mui
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January
Alix E. Harrow
FIC Har
Gods Of Jade And Shadow
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
FIC Mor
This Is How You Lose The Time War
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
FIC El-M