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Full disclosure, I am a member of SFWA. However, I am a lowly peon with no status, so I am never consulted on management decisions. I’m wondering why SFWA chose this year to publish the Recommended Reading List. The Hugo kerfluffle and the resulting discussion of recommended reading lists may have something to do with it. However, I’m also wondering if the SFWA list ought to show an ordinal position. It seems it would look less like a slate if the recommended books and stories were presented in alphabetical order.

Without crunching numbers, I’m going to hazard a guess as to the eventual Nebula winners in 2016. The list strongly suggests these possibilities:
Novel:
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor Books)

Novella:
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman Malik (Tor.com)
Waters of Versailles, Kelly Robson (Tor.com)
Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary)

Novelette:
Rattlesnakes and Men, Michael Bishop (Asimov’s)
And You Shall Know Her by The Trail of Dead, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed)
Our Lady of the Open Road, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s)

Short Story:
“Cat Pictures Please,” Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)
“Damage,” David D. Levine (Tor.com)
“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld)

Note the diversity, which has seemed standard in the Nebula nominees in recent years. All these but two look to be either women or minorities. Reviews to follow soon.

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