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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Since 1966, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have published the Nebula Awards’ nominated and winning stories. As in years before, the 2013 showcase is a comprehensive look into outstanding science-fiction and fantasy writing of the year. Several stories make this compilation worth reading, particularly the excerpt of this year’s novel winner, Among Others, by Joe Walton, in which a young girl must seek shelter with her father, who abandoned her at birth, after she endures deep destruction that robbed her of her ability to walk and her identical twin sister’s life. “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Lui, is a bittersweet short story about a Chinese mother whose breath brings origami to life and the American-born son who pushes her away. “The Ice Owl,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman, follows a young girl as she arrives on a new planet where she meets an old man who, hundreds of years ago, facilitated the genocide of his people. Featuring writing of the highest quality in the genre, this compilation is certain to appeal to those demanding imaginative fiction. --Alison Downs

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Praise for Nebula Awards Showcase 2013: 

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

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

“A tasty cornucopia of tales to please most genre tastes.”
-Library Journal 
 
“This year’s Showcase features some absolute gems of stories, well deserving of their prestigious award…. All in all, there’s plenty to entertain and challenge in this year’s collection – get out there and buy a copy!”
-SciFiPulse.net

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 of the SF and fantasy published in 2010.... All the inclusions are outstanding works of fiction." - Publishers Weekly starred review

"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

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

"...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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2065 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; 2013 ed. edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BH0VPZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Paperback
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (2013) 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 2012. It includes an introduction, sixteen stories and poems, and four administrative items.

- "Introduction" by Catherine Asaro -- the editor -- mentions the stories in an autobiographical context. She discusses the Arts and Sciences as creative works. Both draw upon intuition and reasoning.

- "The Paper Menagerie" (F&SF, 2011) by Ken Liu is the winner in the Short Story category. It tells a story of growing up as half Chinese in America.

- "The Ice Owl" (F&SF, 2011) by Carolyn Ives Gilman is a finalist in the Novella category. It teaches a girl about life and family.

- "Ado" (Asimov's, 1988) by Connie Willis is a story from the Damon Knight Grand Master Award winner. It exposes the deliberations of an English teacher and her principal as they choose a Shakespearean work not entangled in legal actions.

- "The Migratory Pattern of Dancers" (GigaNotoSaurus, 2011) by Katherine Sparrow is a finalist in the Novelette category. It follows a small group of DNA modified men as the head south on their semiannual journey.

- "Peach-Creamed Honey" (The Honey Month, 2010) by Amal El-Mohtar is the winner of the Rhysling Short Poem category. It is about a woman and bees.

- "The Axion of Choice" (New Haven Review, 2011) by David W. Goldman is a finalist in the Short Story category. It is a multichoise tale about making decisions.

- "Club Story" (Encyclopedia of SF 3, 2011) by John Clute is a work from the winner of the Soltice Award.
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I enjoyed the book, it had some interesting ideas which I have not seen explored before. New visions of the future with present advances in AI, possible future colonisation of the galaxy, different slants on the make up of Earth's diverse cultures incorporated into the ideas. Some of the stories did not have endings that were completely tied up, and that is possibly due to them being short stories with a limited number of words available.
Overall my impression was good.
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I was disappointed in the Nebula Awards Showcase for 2013. I loved last year's showcase, but the stories in this year's showcase didn't even begin to compare. Most were boring and very predictable. Same old, same old. Nothing new or unexpected. Were these really the best stories of 2013? I sincerely doubt it.
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Fantastic. These anthologies are my favorite books to look forward to each year.
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