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The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (Nebula Awards #12)

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With this inaugural volume at Tor, the annual Nebula Award collection is reborn as a fiction-only anthology, edited by the incomparable Kevin J. Anderson. This collection of nominees for 2010's Nebula Awards includes all of the prior year's most celebrated stories, and will be published in time for the 2011 Nebula Awards in May, 2011.

2009's award winners, announced in May
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ebook, 416 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Tor Books (first published May 2011)
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original and a more complete review posted at Layers of Thought.

An incredible collection of short stories, novelettes, one novella, poetry and more -representing the best in the science fiction and fantasy field published in 2009. All chosen by peers from the SFWA –Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

In summary: I enjoyed every story in this great anthology, one of which is the best short stories I have ever read. Yep, it was that good. Subjective star ratings are shown for each ind
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Stefan
The Nebula Awards are one of the great institutions in science fiction and fantasy. Each year since 1965, the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have voted for the Best Novel, Novella (40,000-17,500 words), Novelette (17,500-7,500 words), and Short Story (less than 7,500 words) in SF and fantasy. Compiling a list of the nominees and winners for all those years would get you an excellent reading list and a comprehensive cross-view of the best that can be found in ...more
Ashley
I can't really say this is an overall good anthology because there were a lot of stories that were total misses which made reading the collection slow. I really enjoyed reading: Saladin Ahmed's "Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela", Richard Bowes's "I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said", Ted Kosmatka's "Divining Light", Rachel Swirsky's "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast", which won the Nebula for Novelette, and SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master winner ...more
Ken
May 29, 2011 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

- "Divining Light" makes one think about the nature of reality long thereafter. This brilliantly creative writing is an excellent read for anyone who always wants to "understand" the world of quantum mechanics but never got beyond high school math. This story reminds me of the classic Clarke's story, "Nine Billion Names of God"

- The nebula winning story "Spar" is, imho, nothing other than alien porn, disguised as something more meaningful like "Communication is key...."

- Novellette winner "Sinne
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Sarah
While not every story within the Showcase was a homerun for me, this is quite a compendium of talent and is worth taking a look at. With authors like N. K. Jemisin, Neal Barrett, Jr., Rachel Swirsky and many more, there should be something here that could please nearly every taste. However, it is worth noting that, as with anything of this nature, some stories and novellas will please readers more than others, depending on individual taste. Regardless, there are some heavy-hitting authors here t ...more
David Littlewood
This was more science fantasy than science fiction and I usually prefer the latter. However there was an excellent novella, "Divining Light", by Ted Kosmatka, based on the wave vs particle theory of light in quantum mechanics. In addition the novella, "The Women of Nell Gwynne's", by Kage Baker was a wonderful example of steampunk. I've already reserved a copy of her last novel at the library and will probably read everything that she wrote.
Dana
Aug 13, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good collection of stories. Some of them really got to me, others...not so much. Really, really did not like the award winner, "Spar." In fact, I found it just downright offensive that it won in the first place when there were so many other wonderful runner-ups! Overall, decent collection.
Valerie Pate
I dipped in and out of this collection for many months. Overall, I found the stories very entertaining and noteworthy. Some were quite experimental in nature, and yet I was glad for the opportunity to try something new. Surprisingly, my least favorite entry was that of the featured Nebulla winner, Kage Baker. Her tale, apparently inspired by her steampunk ventures, seemed more like an amateur dabble in erotic-spy fiction.
Noor Jahangir
Oct 11, 2012 Noor Jahangir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fantasy
Put together an eclectic collection of Nebula award winning short stories and novelettes, as well as a full length novella selected by Kevin J Anderson and you know you’re in for a treat. Each story is distinct in its style, but what all of them have in common is that they are well-written, original and challenging. As the title suggests, this huge tome cannot be read in one sitting, nor fully done justice to in a short review. I will however note the stories that stood out for me, in the order ...more
Jarezal
Oct 15, 2012 Jarezal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Pocos relatos de esta antología me han gustado y varios de ellos se han hecho incluso pesados de leer.

De la categoría Short Story, únicamente destacaría dos; I Remember the Future y Bridesicle siendo esta mi favorita y la que creo que se hubiera merecido el premio, al menos por su original concepto.

La primera historia trata de un escritor de ciencia ficción ya en sus últimos años de vida y que no se siente demasiado querido por su familia. Según va hablando con su hija, va recordando fragmentos
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Fantasy Literature
The Nebula Awards are one of the great institutions in science fiction and fantasy. Each year since 1965, the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have voted for the Best Novel, Novella (40,000-17,500 words), Novelette (17,500-7,500 words), and Short Story (less than 7,500 words) in SF and fantasy. Compiling a list of the nominees and winners for all those years would get you an excellent reading list and a comprehensive cross-view of the best that can be found in ...more
Mylesgorton
Sep 08, 2014 Mylesgorton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great compilation based on the nominees and winners of the Nebula Awards (US Science Fiction awards). Opened my eyes to the breadth of what can be categorised as science fiction (really including speculative fiction) - true space-based things, ethereal thought pieces, adaptations of ancient greek tales, steampunk, poetry... A good book to read in short bursts when you have time to pick it up - this one stayed on Kindle on my phone to be read at times when I did not have the main book I was readi ...more
Johanne
AS is usual with these collections mostly good stories with a couple of iffy stories and a couple of excellent ones. The issue as always with Science fiction collections is that it covers such a broad range of sub-genres fantasy, steam-punk, dystopias etc and it is therefore unlikely to please everyone - I rarely find anything in fantasy that I like and much steam punk leaves me cold. My favourite was probably Kage Baker's offering but choices are often mood dependant..
Naomi
I really enjoyed it and as usual from reading an anthology, discovered a whole list of authors to explore. The author intros to each story really added to the reading.
I especially liked "Divining Light" by Ted Kosmatka, "I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said" by Richard Bowes, and "A !Tangled Web" by Joe Haldeman.
Thanks, Paul, for the copy!
Sash Uusjärv
May 30, 2012 Sash Uusjärv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Väga hea raamat, kui kaks täiesti mõttetut lugu (Michael Bishop ja Richard Bowes) välja arvata. Ja meeldiv on tõdeda, et Nebula saajate ning nominentide hulgas on ka nii palju naisi - tervelt viis!
Mõned asjad lugesin pärast lõpetamist kohe uuesti üle, mälu värskendamise mõttes, et kas ikka olid nii head (Kij Johnson, Will McIntosh, Ted Kosmatka). Olid küll. Soovitan soojalt!
Dan Smyth
Some really good stuff and some typical SciFi. Nearly all the short stories were quite good, the only novelette I cared for at all was Ted Kosmatka's, and it was AWESOME. And the Novella, Kage Baker's Ladies of Nell Gwynne's, was pretty good too. On the whole, worthwhile.

Read my full review here: http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.co...
Jason Horton
Nov 24, 2013 Jason Horton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As varied a cross-section as it gets, spanning the far past to the distant future, from lovely poetry (Fireflies) to excellent hard SF (Bridesicle) via fun steampunk (The Women of Nell Gwynne's). Everyone's a winner baby, that's the truth.
Kristin
I've been reading these for the last 10 years or so and I have to say I liked the new format. As with most short story collections, some stories are better than others and it's a matter of personal preference.
Bill Aztec
Aug 05, 2011 Bill Aztec rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bad collection. I kept hoping the next short story would be good...it never was.
Kieran
Jan 27, 2013 Kieran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mix of stories from old and new SF authors.
Filipe
May 08, 2013 Filipe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some stories are good (one or two are very good) but others were not to my liking.
This is a book for adults due to some stories themes.
Sarah
not terrible, there were a few good ones, but less than 50% for me.
Falbs
Apr 15, 2015 Falbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great, some not so great stories, way too much filler in the book about the authors.
Tiffany
The short fiction was delightful (though I really couldn't get into the winner "Spar") but most of the longer stuff I skipped over after a few pages. "Bridesicle" remains my favorite.
Marcos
Mar 13, 2013 Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good collection of SF stories. Worth reading.
Caitlin Brook
Sep 18, 2012 Caitlin Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too bad a collection of stories, though I'm not convinced that they are all SF.
Jaybo1973
Did not finish, partly read while sat in the library.
Robert Davis
I give it a three because it had some really good stories, but then it had some I really didn't care for.
Florin Constantinescu
Four standouts: the McIntosh, the Burstein (short stories), the Swirsky, and the Kosmatka (novelettes), but otherwise the remaining range from sub-par to unreadable.
Vince
Jan 09, 2012 Vince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable collection of short stories, novellettes, and a novella. Chewy, interesting, thought-candy.
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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