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“There is not a story in the bunch that is not engaging to the reader.... This year's showcase seems to have an underlying theme about communication and responsibility. Whether this was intentional or not, the message is a pertinent one, and this year's selections are enjoyable and meaningful. This is an excellent book for lovers of science fiction.”
-SeattlePI.com

Praise for Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

"Essential fare for short story aficionados, even though some of the contents have appeared in other collections." - Kirkus Reviews

"Featuring writing of the highest quality in the genre, this compilation is certain to appeal to those demanding imaginative fiction." - Booklist 

Praise for Nebula Awards Showcase 2012:

"From the cover by Nebula-winning artist Michael Whelan to the very last page, this remarkable anthology is filled with the very best.... All the inclusions are outstanding works of fiction." - Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

"If [this] represents the genre as it stands today, the future has never been brighter.... These stories are singularly brilliant and immensely creative."  - San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Kij Johnson is an American writer of fantasy and the author of three novels and more than thirty short works of fiction.  She has worked as managing editor for Tor Books and TSR (later Wizards of the Coast), collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, and content manager working on the Microsoft Reader. She is an associate director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and serves as a final judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Nebula Awards Showcase
  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert on May 27, 2014
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Let me state at the outset that I like the book. I gave it four stars rather than five because it has so few of the actual nominated short fiction (the three winning pieces and two of the nominated short stories, the short stories by Liu and Rambo). The last two Nebula Award Showcases (2012 and 2013) were both longer by page count and had essentially the same price as this ($17.95 and $18.00). I buy these for the short fiction and too little of that was included. The publisher, for some reason, saw fit to reduce the page count yet kept the price.

With all that in mind, I give a qualified "Buy" recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on February 10, 2015
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I just finished this book and felt compelled to write a quick review. First of all, this 300 page book has about 250 pages of actual stories. The longest individual story is 110 pages. I really liked the long one, "After the fall, before the fall, and during the fall" so that was great for me. The other shorts I thoroughly enjoyed but they totalled a piddly 60-ish pages. The rest of the story content are a pair of excerpts. That's right - they are essentually previews of books you might like. So that's about 170 pages of complete content in a 300 page book. This type of layout leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I won't warn people away from buying this book. Just please be aware of exactly what you are purchasing.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014
Kij Johnson (editor)
Pyr, May 20 2014, $18.00
ISBN: 9781616149017

The Nebula Awards Showcase annual collection is always an entertaining anthology that provides readers with those tales selected by the by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as the best, in this case of 2012, in the two genres. Included are the enjoyable short story winner sci fi tale “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard and two of the other five finalists (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu and “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” by Cat Rambo). The Best Novelette (fascinating survivor saga of “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan) and the Best Novella (excellent eco-thriller “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress) are strong entries. Fans will read excerpts from the Best Novel (taut terraforming “2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson) and the eerie winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (“Fair Coin” by E.C. Myers). Finally the great Gene Wolf received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master recognition; with his short story “Christmas Inn” and two essays paying homage to this superstar by Michael Dirda and Neil Gaiman added to the anthology. Rounding out the compilation are 2012 Rhysling Awards, Best Short Poem (“The Library, After” by Shira Lipkin) and Best Long Poem (“The Curator Speaks In The Department of Dead Languages” by Megan Arkenberg); and the 2012 Dwarf Stars Award went to Marge Simon for “Blue Rose Buddha”. With a list of past winners as well, this is a great book though I personally would prefer more of the complete shorter works that many of us do not get a chance to read rather than extracts from the longer winners.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis Stanfield on June 15, 2014
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Always enjoyable to meet the Nebula Awards winners. The introductions and comments are cogent, urbane, and helpful. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys the literature of the fantastic.
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By fanboy3712 on November 20, 2014
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Hey, if you don't want to take the time to read several full novels, just buy this. It'll get you interested in some scifi fantasy, as well. Just do it. You won't regret it.
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By J. Whittington on December 8, 2014
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Arrived in a timely manner. Smaller book than I expected.
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By nebula on October 8, 2014
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Excellent collection of very creative stories.
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