Berkeley's Michael Chabon can add another trophy to that shelf where he keeps his Pulitzer. On Saturday night in Austin, Texas, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. gave a coveted Nebula Award to The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Chabon's fantasy/murder mystery in which Europe's post-Holocaust Jews settled in Sitka, not Israel.
Chabon won in the novel category; other laurels went to Nancy Kress for her novella Fountain of Age, Ted Chiang for his novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Karen Joy Fowler for her short story "Always," and Guillermo del Toro for the Pan's Labyrinth screenplay. Chabon is also up for an Edgar Award and a Sidewise Award. Hope that's a big shelf. — Anneli Rufus