What are the best Nebula Award-winning novels?

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    #1Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Henry Perry
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I'm working my way through the list of Nebula Award-winning novels. I remember reading this when I was much younger and it's just as good as I remember. "
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    #2Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Anthony Mendez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A Science fiction cult fan classic, the tale of Ender and his compatriots is a story of survival and warring factions. In the far future, humans have expanded their reach beyond Earth, in look of other sustainable planets to colonize, but suddenly an unknown race of intelligent species invades Earth, threatening to topple the humans home world for good. Ender, only a boy, is tasked with training with other groups of children to potential wipe out this species and secure Earth's future."
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    #3Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.

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    Daniel Ford
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book because I figured I should start reading books that had won some awards. This was a very interesting book and I would recommend to anybody that likes some light sci-fi. I can see why it has such high praise."
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    #4The Windup Girl

    The Windup Girl
    The Windup Girl is a multi-award winning science fiction novel by Paolo Bacigalupi. It tells the story of a futuristic world governed by bioterrorism and environmental collapse, a world where calories are considered to be currency.

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    #5The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
    The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.

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    Julia Cox
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Interesting storyline with a larger than life plot. Not the usual hero."
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    #6American Gods

    American Gods

    American Gods is a multi-award-winning novel by the acclaimed British author, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as they travel around America to recruit American reincarnations of old deities to fight the new ones.


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    Ana María Castellanos
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book and shows some different points of view that mainstream Americans wouldn't normally think of."
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    #7Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)

    Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson is the first book in the Mars Trilogy first published in 1992. This science fiction novel follows the story of a group of colonists about to create a new era of civilization on Mars.


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    Jose Evans
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love space operatic novels. Red Mars really hit the spot for my insatiable thirst for good literature. This was a trilogy that showed people colonizing Mars. Great plot development and it kept your attention the entire time."
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    #8The Gods Themselves

    The Gods Themselves
    Written in 1972, this novel by the science fiction master features some aliens who live in a parallel universe. By exchanging matter with Earth, they can obtain energy for their dying universe, something that has consequences in the Earth universe: the Sun is becoming a supernova, and its explosion is imminent. 


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    Paridhi Sen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I am a big fan of Asimov and his science fiction books. I consider him a master of this genre of books. I picked up The Gods Themselves recently and I devoured it in one sitting. I don't know why this book wasn't in my radar before but I enjoyed it immensely. The book is a series of short stories which are very readable. I can now see why it is a Nebula Award-winning novel. "
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    #9Doomsday Book

    Doomsday Book
    The book is about Kivrin Engle, a young historian specializing in medieval history, who was to travel to what was perceived as the dark ages. Due to an unlikely turn of events, she finds herself playing a much more vital part in history. 

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    Douglas Hart
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "You may have read Connie Willis before. Or not! But this is a good one. If you are hankering for a good old time-traveling tale, this will get your motor running. And I promise it has some twists you won't see coming -- at least it got me a few times!"
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    #10The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.


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    Albert Hicks
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The best books I have ever read have been awarded the Nebula Award. So, I decided to find the best novel that had won this prestigious reward. After reading many novels that had received this reward, I feel the best one I read is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. "
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    #11The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon is a science fiction and literary detective novel originally published in 2007. This book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel, and more.


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    Dennis Herrera
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Good novel with a thought provoking storyline. I was hooked immediately upon reading the first few pages. The book was very imaginative."
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    #12Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga)

    Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga)

    Speaker for the Dead is the second book in the science fiction series Ender's Saga written by Orson Scott Card which follows the story years after Ender Wiggine disappeared and a second alien race has been discovered. 


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    Manuel Godínez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "After reading Ender's Game, my first thought was that Orson Scott Card would have a hard time creating a sequel that would measure up. I was definitely wrong about that, this is an extremely well-written sequel to a classic sci-fi novel, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!"
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    Ringworld is the first novel in the Ringworld series written by Larry Niven. This science-fiction novel was originally published in 1970. This novel features aliens and the unexplored parts of the universe.


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    Víctor Chávez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I wanted to find a Nebula Award-winning novel. I thought it important to make sure what I was looking for was what I Would find. Ringworld hit on every major issue. I thought this captured your attention and really helped you dive into the fantasy world that was being presented."


Best What are the best Nebula Award-winning novels
1Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 46 Paid
2Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 42 Paid
3Flowers for AlgernonBooks 39 Paid
4The Windup GirlBooks 36 Paid
5The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)Books 35 Paid
6American GodsBooks 34 Paid
7Red Mars (Mars Trilogy)Books 31 Paid
8The Gods Themselves Books 28 Paid
9Doomsday BookBooks 27 Paid
10The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 25 Paid

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