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2008 SFWA Nebula Awards Are Predictably Artsy

Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union for best novel of the year? Seriously does anyone actually think that’s the best SF&F novel of the year or the best bid for popular attention with a touch of pretentiousness that will let genre writers claim to be mainstream? Again the answer is pretty obvious. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is interesting, but it’s no Accidental Time Machine. Once again the SFWA sells out SF to mainstream literary pretensions. Why even bother keeping the SF in the SFWA?

Favorites like Nancy Kress, Ted Chiang and Karen Joy Fowler get their expected pats on the back. All three are vastly overrated but they come with a hell of a pedigree of connections. Bruce Sterling or Gene Wolfe were the rightful winners for Novella and Geoff Ryman deserved it for Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter. Meanwhile it’s downright baffling that Nancy Kress not only continues to write but that she was nominated in two categories. What a joke.

Children of Men got shortchanged too in favor of the ever trendy and artsy Pan’s Labyrinth. And to top things off Michael Moorcock got the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, which I’m sure means Damon Knight is centrifugally rotating in his grave, after all Moorcock represents everything that Damon Knight hated. And for yet another bit of mainstream selling out, the Andre Norton for J.K. Rowling. What Bill Gates wasn’t available?

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