We can’t imagine anyone who reads this site doesn’t know about the Nebula Awards, but in case you didn’t, the 2011 version of the Nebula awards are now open for nomination! You need to be either an active or an associate member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in order to be eligible to nominate and vote on the Nebulas. What’s eligible for nomination you ask? Thankfully SFWA has a whole page of its website dedicated to describing the Nebula rules. The big thing to keep in mind is that it’s only for material that’s published within the calendar year of the awards (in this case, January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011).
So what does that mean for Electric Velocipede? Well, clearly issue #23 is coming out in 2011. It gets muddier when we look at the double issue #21/22. The issue clearly has a 2010 cover date. But the issue was not available last year. It was not generally available to the public until July 2011. It would seem that #21/22 would be eligible for this year’s Nebula nominations (should we get the unlikely confluence of SFWA members having read the stories AND deciding they were worthy of nominations*). Does the printed cover date change things? What do you think?
* Not because there isn’t great fiction in Electric Velocipede #21/22. On the contrary, it’s filled with amazing stuff. It just had a limited release so that reduces opportunities for people to see it.