Two Singaporean sci-fi and fantasy writers nominated for Nebula Awards

Nurul Azliah
Senior Lifestyle Reporter
(Photo: Clarkesworld Magazine)

Singaporean writers JY Yang and Vina Jie-Min Prasad have been nominated for this year’s Nebula Awards by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The Nebula Awards are considered among the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy awards, annually recognising the best works of the genre published in the United States.

The Black Tides of Heaven” by JY Yang is up for Best Novella while “A Series of Steaks” and “Fandom for Robots” by Prasad are up for Best Novelette and Best Short Story, respectively.  According to the Nebula rules, a novella should have 17,500 to 40,000 words, a novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words and a short story less than 7,500 words.

Yang’s work, published in September 2017, tells the story of two powerfully gifted twins at the centre of a rebellion that could shatter their bond.


“A Series of Steaks”, published in American online magazine Clarkesworld in January 2017, is centred on the protagonist Helena, who has been tasked with making fake steaks.

“Fandom for Robots”, which was separately published on Uncanny Magazine, is a story about a robot searching for a friend in a fandom community.

Both writers have taken to social media to express their excitement over the nominations.

The Nebula Awards will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Centre on 19 May 2018.

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