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Sci-Fi Writer Yudhanjaya Wijeratne amongst the 2019 Nebula Award Nominees

2019 Feb 21

Annually organized by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the nominees for the 2019 Nebula Awards have finally been announced!

Competing for this prestigious title is Sri Lankan Sci-Fi writer Yudhanjaya Wijeratne! Messenger by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne & R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4) has made the list, under the category ‘Novelette’.
This is the first time a Sri Lankan author has been nominated and awarded since Sir Arthur C. Clarke in 1979, for The Fountains of Paradise, which won Best Novel. He had further won in 1973 and 1972 for Rendezvous with Rama and “A Meeting with Medusa”.

The Nebula Awards honour the best writing in science fiction and fantasy novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories, as well as film, television, music, and young adult storytelling.

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a science fiction author, researcher, and programmer from Sri Lanka, best known for Numbercaste and The Inhuman Race. Wijeratne is considered part of a new wave of Sri Lankan and South Asian science fiction writers. A speaker and innovative thinker, he even gave an incredible TEDx talk last year!

Image by Ushan Gunasekara. Licensed under CC-BY-SA version 4.0.

Yudhanjaya grew up wanting to be an astronaut, enticed by science fiction novels as a kid. A largely self-taught programmer, he eventually went through a stint in game development and then became a tech journalist and founding editor of Readme.lk.

Eventually realizing his own passions, Yudhanjaya began to pen his first novel, Numbercaste and became popular for his blog Icaruswept. Easily capturing attention on digital platforms and social media, Yudhanjaya is an influential personality and has conducted much interesting research as well! You can find out more about his work right here at yudhanjaya.com and check out his books right here!

He expressed his excitement over the announcement of the nomination on social media as well. Check it out below!
We wish him the best of luck and certainly hope Messenger brings an award home!

You can check out the full list of nominees below:


• The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
• The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
• Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
• Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
• Witchmark by C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
• Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)


• Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
• The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
• The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
• Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
• Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
• Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)


• The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
• The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly (Tor.com 7/11/18)
• An Agent of Utopia by Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
• The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births by José Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
• The Rule of Three by Lawrence M. Schoen (Future Science Fiction Digest 12/18)
• Messenger by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4)


• Interview for the End of the World by Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
• The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
• Going Dark by Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
• And Yet by A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
• A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
• The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)


• Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
• The Road to Canterbury by Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
• God of War by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
• Rent-A-Vice by Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games)
• The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)


• The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram
• Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
• A Quiet Place, screenplay by John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck
• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
• Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
• Sorry to Bother You, written by Boots Riley


• Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
• Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
• A Light in the Dark by A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
• Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Random House)
• Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
• Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien (Henry Holt)