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Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 Paperback – May 22, 2012
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"[A]n impressively diverse collection...You want the best of the best new science fiction and fantasy? It's right here."
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"...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.”
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
- "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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say? Great selections, here. I always appreciate mediums of this sort, as it allows one to sample different styles. This, did not disappoint.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Every once in a while, I read a collection of short stories to see if my youthful fascination with the form will ever reappear - and I have to say that "Nebula Awards Showcase... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Clay Kallam