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"From the cover by Nebula-winning artist Michael Whelan to the very last page, this remarkable anthology is filled with the very best of the SF and fantasy published in 2010.... [A]ll the inclusions are outstanding works of fiction."
- Publishers Weekly starred review

"[A]n impressively diverse collection...You want the best of the best new science fiction and fantasy? It's right here."
- Explorations: Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy blog

"...if Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 represents the genre as it stands today, the future has never been brighter.... These stories are singularly brilliant and immensely creative."
- Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review

"No science fiction collection should be without this definitive survey!"
- The Bookwatch

“As one expects, the Nebula Awards Showcase is a volume of splendid stories covering the gamut of genres.... there are several fine examples of genre poetry; there are excerpts from two delightful novels...”
“Attesting to the high quality of contemporary imaginative fiction, this is an important tool for readers’ advisory, collection development, and expanding readers’ sf and fantasy horizons.”
-Library Journal 

About the Author

James Patrick Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, audioplays, theatrical plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Nebula Award in 2007; he has also won two Hugo Awards. His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages.

John Kessel teaches creative writing and American Literature at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has been nominated nine times for the Nebula Award and has won twice, for the novelette "Pride and Prometheus" and the novella "Another Orphan," and he has also won the Theodore Sturgeon, Locus, James Tiptree Jr., and Shirley Jackson Awards. Kessel co-edited the anthologies Feeling Very Strange and The Secret History of Science Fiction with James Patrick Kelly. His collection The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories was published in 2008.

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Product Details

  • Series: Nebula Awards Showcase
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; 2012 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146191
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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(First off, ignore the review by Harriet Klausner. She doesn't actually read the books she reviews, including not reading this one.)

It is tricky to write reviews of speculative fiction books because reader's preferences range so widely from poetry fantasy, vampires, witches, wizards, and Star Trek through hard science fiction physics and cosmology. I'm sure there are readers out there that might love every story in this collection. I was, sadly, not one of those people. If you prefer hard science fiction and perhaps also enjoy Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, Jasper Fforde or Tom Holt, you are probably not going to enjoy this collection. If that is the case, save yourself from all manner of literary suffering and read any one of the other scores of fine speculative fiction anthologies that have been published over the years. Out of the 16 stories and poems contained within I only read one story I truly enjoyed--the excerpt from Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld). This collection was, sadly, the least enjoyable speculative fiction anthology I have read over the past 53 years.

Instead, please do yourself a favor and check out any one of the 29 volumes of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" anthologies edited by Gardner Dozois (I have most of the volumes), or read the exceptionally good Best American Fantasy edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (2008). For decades I read only hard science fiction but "Best American Fantasy" really opened my eyes as to how really really good well-written fantasy can be.
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (2012) is a Speculative Fiction anthology of Nebula Award nominees. It contains the stories and poems that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers selected as the best in their category for 2011. It includes an introduction, sixteen stories and poems, and four administrative items.

- "Introduction" by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel -- the editors -- describes the state of the art in comparison to the past.

- "Ponies" by Kij Johnson tied for the Short Story Nebula. It relates a mythical tale about girls and their ponies.

- "The Sultan of the Clouds" by Geoff Landis was nominated for the Novella Nebula. It exposes the heir to the wealthiest family in the Solar System.

- "Map of Seventeen" by Chris Barzak was nominated for the Short Story Nebula. It considers the abyss that follows graduation from high school.

- "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side" by James Tiptree, Jr. is a 1972 tale that demonstrates why she won the Solstice Award. It presents a peril in dealing with aliens that had escaped the notice of her peers.

- "In the Astronaut Asylum" by Kendall Evens & Samantha Henderson won the Rhysling Award for the Best Long Poem. Its thesis is that astronauts are susceptible to many unexpected stresses that will drive them into psychosis.

- "Pishaach" by Shweta Narayan was nominated for the Short Story Nebula. It follows the life and influences of a young Hindu girl and her obsession with snakes.

- "Blackout/All Clear" excerpt by Connie Willis won the Novel Nebula. It was one tale released as two novels about a family of time travelers.

- "Bumbershoot" by Howard Hendrix won the Dwarf Star Award for the Best Very Short Poem.
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Varied and fulfilling collection of SF. Exactly the right thing to help endure a boring hospital stay. I enjoyed almost every story, the few fantasy ones were even acceptable to a hard-core high tech fan like me
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