The Nebula Awards were announced, and a woman won in every single writing category. My brain must have been frothy when I saw the announcement because it took Mani Pixie Dreamworlds‘ headline to make me realize that every single winner was a woman. I haven’t read a single one among them, but from the way the internet has been carrying on about it (not to mention the way it has been racking up awards this year), if I don’t read Ancillary Justice soon, I will probably die. If you care and haven’t managed to see the full list of winners yet, you can read about it where I did, over at John Scalzi’s wonderful blog Whatever.
Meanwhile, the Locus Online award nominees were also announced. I have read exactly three of its nominees: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Unnatural Creatures (which I reviewed here), and The Republic of Thieves.
Now the real question is: do you care? Should you?
I find awards lists fascinating, but there is always a big old hunk of politics and biases behind them. They can be interesting starting points for readers new to the genre, but they can also be incredibly misleading, obscuring what others might have called the best works of an era instead of making them more visible.
All the same, I always enjoy reading the lists and seeing how my own reading habits and tastes match up with those of the judges or voters. What about you? Don’t give a shit about awards? Follow them and the drama that often tails them with rapt interest? Use them to bolster your reading lists? Do tell.