- Series: Nebula Awards Showcase
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt (April 26, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0151005818
- ISBN-13: 978-0151005819
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2001: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy Chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Hardcover – April 26, 2001
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Celebrating its 35th year with Showcase 2001, the Nebula Awards anthology series once again offers a fine snapshot of the world of science fiction. Edited by former Nebula Award winner Robert Silverberg, the anthology mixes stories, excerpts, and poetry with essays from speculative fiction notables. Silverberg introduces the collection with a hazy nonexplanation of why works from both 1998 and 1999 are considered for the 1999 Nebula Awards, along with the story of Damon Knight, how SFWA began, and what happened during that first Nebula banquet.
Of course, the reason for the anthology is the winning stories, and they are on display with nice introductions from Silverberg and a bit from each writer on how the story came to be. Featured stories include Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" (best novella), Mary A. Turzillo's "Mars Is No Place for Children" (best novelette), Leslie What's "The Cost of Doing Business" (best short story), and an excerpt from Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents (best novel). Other stories include two nominees, David Marusek's "The Wedding Album" and Michael Swanwick's "Radiant Doors," as well as 2000 Grand Master Brain W. Aldiss's 1958 story "Judas Danced."
The most notable essay in the Nebula Showcase comes from Gary K. Wolfe, who examines the field of science fiction and publishing from several different angles, although Wolfe's take on SF movies seems to be thrown in as an afterthought. Winding up the anthology is a thoughtful and enlightening excerpt from Author Emeritus 2000 Daniel Keyes's memoir, Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey, which is about how he wrote Flowers for Algernon, and poetry from Rhysling Award Winners Bruce Boston and Laurel Winter.
For anyone serious about science fiction, the Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 provides an invaluable look at how the professionals view their field. --Kathie Huddleston
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Presented annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Nebula Awards highlight the year's best contributions to the genre. Selections include Ted Chiang's novella Story of Your Life, Mary A. Turzillo's novelette "Mars Is No Place for Children," an excerpt from Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Talents, and other award-winning stories as well as essays on the state of the genre and an appendix of past winners of the Nebula Awards. A good addition to most libraries' sf collections.
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"Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang (Best Novella), in which a woman learns to break away from her time-constrained thinking while deciphering the language of visiting aliens.
"Mars is No Place for Children" by Mary A. Turzillo (Best Novellette), the heart-rending tale of a young girl growing up on Mars, where the ever-present solar radiation is tragically lethal to kids.
"The Cost of Doing Business" by Leslie What (Best Short Story), telling of a future where "surrogates" agree to act as stand-ins, enduring whatever unpleasantness their wealthy employers wish to avoid.
Two excellent runners-up are included: David Marusek's "The Wedding Album," a story told from the point of view of holographic simulacrums who experience a virtual revolt against their flesh-and-blood progenitors; and Michael Swanwick's "Radiant Doors," set in a huge refugee camp which exists as the result of a time-war.
The anthology also includes the epilogue from Octavia E. Butler's Nebula-winning novel Parable of the Talents, an early short story from Brian W. Aldiss (who was proclaimed a Grand Master last year), and an excerpt from Daniel Keyes's Charlie, Algernon and I, his non-fiction account of how the much-celebrated novella Flowers for Algernon came to be.
The fiction in this collection is truly first-class (as one would expect). Some of the non-fiction, with the exception of Keyes's entry, is of little interest to anyone but SFWA insiders and hardcore followers.
All in all, this is an excellent continuation of the fine tradition of the Nebula Awards.
"story of your live" - ted chiang - 4 stars - the best story in the book, enlightning and entertaining.
"mars is not place for children" - mary turizilo - 3 stars, written by influence of the nasa sojourn and the rover , that landed on mars, more like kid's story with publicity to NASA then SF.
"the cost of doing buisiness" - i realy don't think this is SF story (this follow the line of kony willis nebula showcase that included many "un-ortodox" SF stories - 3 stars.
"epilogogue from parable of the talents" - i also don't think this is SF story, or any relation for SF - 3 stars.
i'll skip on the "unhidden agendas" article...
"the weding album" by david marusek - was the best story in "the years best acience fiction edited by gardner dozois" from 99 - did i mentioned "luck of material". - 4 stars.
"radiant doors" - 3 stars - kind of terminator short story.
judas danced - didn't like the writing at all - 2 stars.
"algernon charlie and i" by daniel keyes - bibiliographic borring stuff.
so what we have her - not much of interesting reading, more like item for collectors and SFWA members. i want to recomend on the 2000 showcase edited by gergory benford which was much better and homourious, probebly since benford is not part of the SFWA system like willis and silverberg.