Nebula Awards Showcase 55 ed Catherynne M. Valente (SFWA 2021)
A handsome book, my copy printed over here in the UK by Amazon. I’d like
A handsome book, my copy printed over here in the UK by Amazon. I’d like
The annual Nebula anthology had four different publishers in the last five years, and this
Shelved with the now-usual nostalgic sigh for when these volumes where choc full of great SF..
Not that much in terms of a coverage of the best SF in short form. Onto the shelves with the volume.
All the short story nominees, just the winners in the novella and novelette categories, so not a heap of short SF by any means.
Succeeds in presenting what the members of SFFWA voted for in their ballot for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year in question.
Another excellent anthology, full of top quality SFF…
The three short SFF winners, two runners-up, a Gene Wolfe story, and two stories masquerading as poetry.
With a lovely cover design by Grace M. Conti-Zilsberger, and illustration by Julie Dillon, this fat beauty has a lot of excellent fiction. And poems. And non-fiction.
A handsome book with some excellent, average and so-so SF that is going to sit nicely against the 44 previous volumes on my groaning bookshelves.
A great book – full of the fiction which the SFWA honoured
Even with three of the really good stories of 2007/2008 instead of the three chosen, there wouldn’t be whole lot of bang for your buck if it’s just a read of good SF that you’re after.
If you likes your SF to be SF (and if you’re a guy of a certain age), or if you know one such guy and want to buy him a book, the Hugo Awards would be a great choice.
The latest volume in the handsome Nebula Award series is in the extremely capable hands of Ellen Datlow, and a publisher who knows how to present a book to extremely good effect.
There’s a lot in here, as usual, with the Kelly story giving lots of SF bang-for-buck : if you haven’t read ‘Burn’ yet, then this is your chance so to do, and get some other high quality reading, and the professional writer’s take on what the 3 years leading up to 2008 meant to them.
A must for anyone seriously into short SF, but if only the SFFWA could tighten up the rules to choose material from a given calendar year, and pick some more Science Fiction!
As with recent issues, a handsome book to mark the Nebulas, although the stories themselves aren’t going to echo down the SF Hall of Fame in generations to come.
Jack Dann picks up the editorial reins from Vonda N. McIntyre in the Nebula Awards Showcase series. There’s a lot of high quality fiction in this volume, and the only real beef is that the stories are from 2002, which means that in a number of cases you are reading stories which appeared in the Year’s Best anthologies two years ago.
I can recommend this year’s ‘Showcase’ as being chock full of good stuff – a marked improvement over last year’s issue which didn’t have a whole lot of fiction in it to read
A handsome volume, but in terms of capturing the Year’s Best – not a patch on Dozois, Hartwell or Silverberg.
A nice volume to own – make sure that the nice white cover doesn’t get dirty though!
All in all, and excellent volume – one which I would be happy to give to anyone who is sniffy about SF, confident that there is a lot of mature, high quality (science) fiction therein.
Stories by : Bruce Holland Rogers, Geoffrey A. Landis, Jane Yolen, Mark J. McGarry, Sheila Finch, Walter Jon Williams.
Stories by : Jane Yolen, James Patrick Kelly, Nancy Kress, Gregory Feeley, Nelson Bond, James Alan Gardner, Michael Swanwick, Karen Joy Fowler, Jerry Oltion.
Stories by : Harry Turtledove, Dean Wesley Smith, Jack Dann, Esther M. Friesner, Paul Levinson, Nicola Griffith, Jonathan Lethem, Bruce Holland Rogers.
Stories by : Dale Bailey, Elizabeth Hand, Esther M. Friesner, James Patrick Kelly, Kelley Eskridge, Lisa Goldstein, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert A Sawyer, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Barry Malzberg, Ben Bova, Damon Knight, David Gerrold, Joe Haldeman, Kate Wilhelm, Martha Soukoup, Mike Resnick, Ursula K. Le Guin
Stories by : Connie Willis, Harlan Ellison, Jack Cady, Joe Haldeman, John Kessel, Terry Bisson, Charles Shieffield, Lisa Goldstein
Stories by : Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, James Morrow, Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Pamela Sargent, Paul Di Filippo, S.N. Dyer
Stories by : Alan Brennert, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Karen Joy Fowler, Mike Conner, Nancy Kress, Susan Shwartz, Terry Bisson, W. Gregory Stewart
Stories by : Dafydd ab Hugh, Ian MacLeod, Joe Haldeman, Karen Joy Fowler, Martha Soukoup, Pat Murphy, Ted Chiang, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Connie Willis, John Crowley, Michael Bishop, Mike Resnick, Orson Scott Card, Richard Grant, Geoffrey A. Landis, Gardner Dozois, Lois McMaster Bujold
Stories by : Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe., George Alec Effinger, Jack McDevitt, James Morrow, Neal Barrett Jr
A strong selection of stories. Stories by : Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, James Morrow, John Kessel, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Walter Jon Williams
A strong selection of stories, which stand up well some 20 years on. Stories by : Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Isaac Asimov, Judith Moffett, Kate Wilhelm, Lucius Shepard, Orson Scott Card, Suzy McKee Charnas.
Stories by : George R. R. Martin, Howard Waldrop, James P Blaylock, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Orson Scott Card, Robert Silverberg.
Stories by Greg Bear, Gardner Dozois, Ian Watson, and Robert Silverberg.
So, my collection of Nebula anthologies is completed in mid-August 2011 (ignore the date of
Stories by : Barry N. Malzberg, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Joanna Russ, John Kessel, Robert Silverberg, William Gibson.
Stories by : Kim Stanley Robinson, George Florance-Guthridge, Jack Dann, William Gibson, Timothy Robert Sullivan
Poul Anderson, Gardner Dozois, Michael Bishop, John Varley.
Stories by : Charles L. Grant, Clifford D Simak, Howard Waldrop, Michael Swanwick, Philip K. Dick, Suzy McKee Charnas.
Stories by : Barry B. Longyear, Edward Bryant, George R. R. Martin, Jack Dann, Vonda N. McIntyre
Stories by : C J Cherryh, Charles L. Grant, Edward Bryant, Gene Wolfe, John Varley.
Stories by : Edward Bryant, Harlan Ellison, Raccoona Sheldon, Spider and Jeanne Robinson., Vonda N McIntyre.
Stories by Charles L. Grant, Thomas F. Monteleone, John Varley, Isaac Asimov, James Tiptree Jr. (Contents Only.)
Stories by : Craig Strete, Fritz Leiber, Harlan Ellison, Joe Haldeman, P.J. Plauger, Roger Zelazny, Tom Reamy
Stories by : C L Grant, Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Scholes, Robert Silverberg, Roger Zelazny, Tom Reamy, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Carol Emshwiller, Edward Bryant, Gene Wolfe, George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree Jr, Norman Spinrad, Vonda N. McIntyre.
Stories by : Arthur C Clarke, Fredrik Pohl, Gene Wolfe., Harlan Ellison, Joanna Russ, Poul Anderson, Robert Silverberg, William Rostler.
Stories by : Doris Pitkin Buck, Edgar Pangborn, Gardner R Dozois, George Zebrowski, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Katherine Maclean, Poul Anderson, R.A. Lafferty, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Goldin.
Stories by : Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe., Harry Harrison, Joanna Russ, Keither Laumer, R.A. Lafferty, Theodore Sturgeon.
Stories by : Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Samuel R Delany, Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Anne McCaffrey, H H Hollis, James E Gunn, Kate Wilhelm, Richard Wilson, Terry Carr
Stories by : Anne McCaffrey, Fritz Leiber, Gary Wright, Harlan Ellison, J.G. Ballard, Michael Moorcock, Samuel R Delany.
Eleven uniformly excellent stories, covering most topics you might expect to see : time travel, far future, virtual reality, New Wave, and fantasy. What is perhaps of note is the lack of ‘hard SF’, and the extent to which so many of the stories are fundamentally about humanity, about people.
The first in a l-o-n-g running series.
With the exception of the Asimov story, the remainder could all be put forward quite happily as being very good examples of short SF and worthy of their status as Hugo Winners.
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