Nebula Awards

1981 Nebula Award Winners

Presented: April 25, 1981, Waldort-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY


  • Timescape by Gregory BenfordWinner: Timescape, Gregory Benford (Simon & Schuster)
  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, Frederik Pohl (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • Mockingbird, Walter S. Tevis (Doubleday)
  • The Orphan, Robert Stallman (Pocket)
  • The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge (The Dial Press/Quantum)


  • Winner: “Unicorn Tapestry”, Suzy McKee Charnas (New Dimensions 11)
  • “The Autopsy”, Michael Shea (F&SF Dec 1980)
  • “The Brave Little Toaster”, Thomas M. Disch (F&SF Aug 1980)
  • “Dangerous Games”, Marta Randall (F&SF Apr 1980)
  • “Lost Dorsai”, Gordon R. Dickson (Destinies Vol. 2, No. 1, Feb.-Mar. 1980)
  • “There Beneath the Silky-Trees and Whelmed in Deeper Gulphs Than Me”, Avram Davidson (Other Worlds 2)


  • Winner: “The Ugly Chickens”, Howard Waldrop (Universe 10)
  • “Beatnik Bayou”, John Varley (New Voices III)
  • “The Feast of Saint Janis”, Michael Swanwick (New Dimensions 11)
  • “Ginungagap”, Michael Swanwick (TriQuarterly #49 Fall 1980)
  • “Strata”, Edward Bryant (F&SF Aug 1980)
  • “The Way Station”, Stephen King (F&SF Apr 1980)

Short Story

  • Winner: “Grotto of the Dancing Deer”, Clifford D. Simak (Analog Apr 1980)
  • “Secrets of the Heart”, Charles L. Grant (F&SF Mar 1980)
  • “War Beneath the Tree”, Gene Wolfe (Omni Dec 1979)
  • “Window”, Bob Leman (F&SF May 1980)
  • “A Sunday Visit with Great-Grandfather”, Craig Strete (New Dimensions 11) [nomination withdrawn]