Last year was a good one for Valley sci-fi and fantasy writers. Beth Cato earned a surprise Nebula nomination for her novella Wings of Sorrow and Bone, and YA author Tom Leveen scripted Todd McFarlane’s legendary comic Spawn.

Alyssa Wong became the first Filipina to win a Nebula Award, for her short story “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” which also earned a World Fantasy Award and nominations for the Locus and Shirley Jackson award. Wong was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the Hugo Awards, but ultimately had to settle for an Alfie Award, better known as a hood ornament, at George R.R. Martin’s Hugo Losers Party.

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