Looking for a new science fiction or fantasy book to read this summer? Check out the recent winners of the Nebula Awards! The Nebula Awards recognize outstanding sci-fi and fantasy stories published the previous year.
- Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark - This winner is a police procedural mystery set in a magical Cairo where magic has returned. Fatma el-Sha'arawi, an agent of the ministry in charge of the supernatural, investigates a mass murder whose perpetrator claims to be the long-vanished mystic responsible for having returned magic to the world 40 years earlier. The author builds an immersive world in this steampunk version of 1912 Cairo. If you love it, the author has novellas in the same universe.
- And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed - This novelette is a dystopian winner about revenge and loyalty. Jewel’s murdered friend comes back to life and wants revenge. The lush and lyrical prose, combined with classical allusions, create a mesmerizing story about horrors covered by the wealthy elite.
- A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcy Little Badger - This highly praised book recently won a Reading the West Award along with being considered for the National Book Award and Newberry Award. This coming-of-age winner stars Nina, a Lipan Apache who meets Oli, from the land of spirits and monsters. Told through the perspective of both Nina and Oli, their stories are woven together like storytelling tradition, full of compelling characters, a mysterious illness, and genre-bending charm.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr - This is a bonus recommendation for a book that, while it didn’t win a Nebula Award, did win a Reading the West Award and was longlisted for a National Book Award. The stories of people in three timelines intertwine in their love for one lasting story: two children in the 1400s during the siege of Constantinople; present-day Idaho as children prepare for a play adaptation; and a teen girl and the ship AI aboard an interstellar generation starship headed for a habitable planet.
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