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Nebula Award Stories 3 (Nebula Awards #3)

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7 • Introduction (Nebula Award Stories No. 3) • (1968) • essay by Roger Zelazny
9 • The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D • [Vermilion Sands] • (1967) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard
27 • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes • (1967) • novelette by Harlan Ellison
49 • Mirror of Ice • (1967) • shortstory by Gary Wright
60 • Aye, and Gomorrah • (1967) • shortstory by Samuel R. Delany (a
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Published June 1st 1983 by Bantam Books (first published 1968)
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I'm reading this to see whether Manny's bright 16 year old's eye or Paul Bryant's jaundiced 20 year old's was right.

Blow by blow as I plough through it, so more to come....

1) Ballard: Paul 1 Manny 0

Paul is so right. A dreary story and I fail to see what is sf about it. I hope it is true that this does not represent Ballard as his finest.

2) Ellison: Paul .5 Manny .25

I'm afraid the only reason this one perked me up was because it came after 1). Much better written, but unfortunately that is no gre
Mar 10, 2013 Manny rated it really liked it
This is perhaps my favorite SF anthology of all time: pretty much solid gold. Despite the fact that I last saw a copy 40 years ago, I look at the table of contents and immediately recall every story in considerable detail. Anne McCaffrey contributes her first episode of Dragonriders; she spent most of her life writing sequels. Michael Moorcock's Behold the Man is a brilliantly provocative time-travel piece where the guy goes back to the first century A.D. to meet Jesus, and finds he has to becom ...more
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Mar 11, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok
As requested by Manny

J.G. Ballard. The Cloud Sculptors of Coral D.

Well, I am a fan of JG's short stories, but I could do without his Vermilion Sands stuff. This is where languorous meets comatose.

Harlan Ellison. Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.

If there is one sf author who seems to be permanently fixated at the age of 16 it's Harlan. His amplifier is always turned up to 11. My brain hurts. His stuff is obvious and flimsy most of the time, like here.

Gary Wright. Mirror of Ice.

"The Stuka is a 20km bob
Erik Graff
Sep 26, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This is a better than average collection of major stories by established science fiction writers. Moorcock's story was later expanded into a novel, McCaffrey's into a career.
Oct 29, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
These were Nebula Award winners and nominees, but they are also a little weird! I think, at least with this batch from 1967, the Nebula Awards look at authors who are pushing out of the mainstream. There are seven short stories in this collection from J. G. Ballard, Harlan Ellison, Gary Wright, Samuel R. Delany, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, and Anne McCaffrey. The ones that stuck with me were Moorcock's "Behold the Man", a Biblical time traveling story; and Wright's "Mirror of Ice" because it ...more
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Oct 21, 2007 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was amazing[return][return]The cover image on my edition seems to show a reclining female figure behind a much smaller spectral cyclist, above whose head an equally spectral top hat appears to be levitating. The artist's name is unknown.[return][return]It ties into my fascination with Roger Zelazny, who had won two of five Nebula awards the previous year, and was only thirty; and as Zelazny himself writes in one of the introductions here, "Consider the fact that everyt ...more
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels dea ...more
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