The Incomparable Mothership #516 May 24, 2020
2020 Nebula Award novels

Like a Fruit Salad

We’ve completed our read of this year’s six Nebula Award nominees for best science fiction/fantasy novel of the year, and have returned with our opinions! And this year was a pretty good one, with very few of our readers experiencing the pain of bad books. From space opera to portal fantasy to Mexican mythology, there are almost certainly books on this list that will strike your fancy. Also, we debate the perennial question: Are planets in space?

Listen to this episode (1 hour, 32 minutes)

Show Notes

Our panel’s final consensus ranking:

  1. “A Memory Called Empire” by Arkady Martine
  2. “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir
  3. “Gods of Jade and Shadow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  4. “A Song for a New Day” by Sarah Pinsker
  5. “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow
  6. “Marque of Caine” by Charles E. Gannon

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