What is the Nebula Award?

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The 2005 Nebula Awards Weekend starts today. This year Anne McCaffrey, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series, will be inducted as a Grand Master. Until the awards are actually presented, it is semi-guarded information as to who has won for best novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script. The list of nominees alone is impressive. The Nebula is awarded for excellence in science fiction as voted on by the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America. It is more indicative of the respect of one’s colleagues than it is of general popularity. This means that winning a Hugo does not mean an author is going to win a Nebula and vice-versa, even though, in a general sense, they honor similar achievements.

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