The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (ˈsɪfwə or /ˈsɛfwə/ was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. Fantasy is a Genre that uses magic and other Supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting There is no cash prize associated with the award, the award itself being a transparent block with an embedded glitter spiral nebula. A nebula (from Latin: "mist" pl nebulae or nebulæ, with ligature or nebulas) is an Interstellar cloud of The 2007 Nebula Awards were announced on April 26, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Events 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
The fiction Nebulas are awarded in five different categories: novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script.  The categories are defined by length in words, as follows:
As opposed to the Hugo Award ballot, which is limited to works published during a specific calendar year, the Nebula Awards employ a rolling eligibility system. The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year Each work is eligible to qualify for the ballot for one year following its date of publication. During this one-year window, SFWA members can "recommend" the work for the Nebula ballot. When a work has received ten recommendations, it immediately qualifies for the current year's preliminary Nebula ballot. Early the following year, SFWA members vote on the works on the preliminary ballot, narrowing the field down to a final ballot of around five works in each category. Special Nebula juries are permitted, but not required, to add one deserving but overlooked work to the final ballot in each category. SFWA members then vote on the final ballot.
As a consequence of rolling eligibility, a work published one year can end up on the subsequent year's Nebula ballot, which is voted on in the year following that. For example, William Shunn's novelette "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" was published in July 2000. William Shunn (born August 14, 1967, Los Angeles, California) is a Science fiction writer and computer programmer "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" is a science fiction novelette by William Shunn. It was eligible to be recommended for the preliminary ballot from its date of publication until the end of June, 2001. As it happened, the work did not receive the needed tenth recommendation until 2001, so despite its 2000 publication date, it ended up on the 2001 preliminary ballot (and, subsequently, the final ballot). The 2001 final ballot was then voted upon by SFWA members in 2002.
The first Nebulas were given for the year 1965. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar.  Frank Herbert's Dune won as Best Novel. Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr ( October 8 1920 &ndash February 11 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American Dune is a Science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965.
Subsequent notable winners have included: Joe Haldeman (five times), Greg Bear (thrice), Lois McMaster Bujold (thrice), Harlan Ellison (thrice), Ursula K. Le Guin (thrice), Roger Zelazny (thrice), Orson Scott Card (twice), Arthur C. Clarke (twice), Samuel R. Delany (twice), Neil Gaiman (twice), Vonda McIntyre (twice), Frederik Pohl (twice), Kim Stanley Robinson (twice), Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon, and Connie Willis (six times). Joe William Haldeman is an American Science fiction author. Life and work Haldeman was born in 1943 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is an American Science fiction and mainstream author Lois McMaster Bujold (born November 2, 1949, Columbus, Ohio) is an American author of Science fiction and Fantasy Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American Writer of Short stories, Novellas, Teleplays Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (ˈɝsələ ˈkroʊbɚ ləˈgwɪn (born October 21, 1929) is an American author Roger Joseph Zelazny ( May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of Fantasy and Science fiction Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a bestselling American Author, Critic, political writer and speaker. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE (16 December 1917–19 March 2008 was a British Science fiction Author, Inventor, and Samuel Ray Delany Jr (born April 1, 1942, New York City) is an award-winning American Science fiction Neil Richard Gaiman (ˈgeɪmən (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of Science fiction and Fantasy short stories and Frederik George Pohl Jr (born November 26, 1919) is a American Science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23 1952) is an American Science fiction Writer, probably best known for his award-winning Isaac Asimov (c January 2 1920 &ndash April 6 1992 ˈaɪzək ˈæzɪmʌv originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as, was a Russian William Ford Gibson (born March 17 1948 is an American - Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the Cyberpunk subgenre Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938 Los Angeles California) is a US Science fiction author. Theodore Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo on February 26, 1918; died May 8, 1985) was an American Science fiction Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 31 December 1945) is an American Science fiction writer
Though not officially Nebula Awards, a number of other honors and awards are presented at the Nebula ceremony, though not necessarily every year. Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novella. The stated year is that of publication awards are given in the following year Winners of the Nebula Award for best Novelette. The stated year is that of publication awards are given in the following year Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. The stated year is that of publication awards are given in the following year Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Script. The stated year is that of release awards are given in the following year They are the Author Emeritus for contributions to the field, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, the Bradbury Award for excellence in screenwriting, the Service to SFWA Award, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Author Emeritus award is an honorary title bestowed by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an Award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22 1920 is an American mainstream, Fantasy, horror, Science fiction and mystery The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, named to honor prolific science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton (1912&ndash2005 is a yearly juried
There are other science fiction awards, the Hugo award is voted on by science fiction fans, and the awards are presented at the annual World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"). The Genre of Science Fiction has a number of recognition awards for Authors, Editors and Illustrators. The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year The World Science Fiction Convention also awards the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (in Science Fiction). This page describes the award for best new science fiction writer for other awards see Campbell Award (disambiguation. This award is sponsored by the publishers of Analog, the magazine Campbell edited. Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American Science fiction Magazine. John Wood Campbell Jr (June 8 1910 – July 11 1971 was an important Science fiction editor and writer There is also the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, a jury-selected prize not associated with the Worldcon. This page describes the award for best science fiction novel for other awards see Campbell Award (disambiguation