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Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (Nebula Awards #13)

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The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. .
Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Pyr (first published 2012)
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Book: Nebula Awards Showcase 2012
Author: James Patrick Kelly
Series: Nebula Awards (13th book)
Length: Novel (3 poems, 4 short-stories, 4 novelettes, 2 novellas, 2 excerpts)
PoV: Varying
Awards: None

Collected since 1966, the Nebula Awards Showcase volumes, as true to their name, showcase the winners of last year's Awards. (links to individual pages here)
Go to a cutting off party in Ponies , explore the mysteries and schemes of cloudy Venus in The Sultan of the Clouds , be bind to The L

Ponies, by Kij Johnson (Nebula winner)
The Sultan of the Clouds, by Geoff Landis
Map of Seventeen, by Chris Barzak
And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side, by James Tiptree, Jr. (Solstice Award winner)
In the Astronaut Asylum, by Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson
Pishaach, by Shweta Narayan
excerpt from Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis (Nebula winner)
Bumbershoot, by Howard Hendrix
Arvies, by Adam Troy-Castro
How Interesting: A Tiny Man, by Harlan Ellison (Nebula win
Jeremy Preacher
I have never followed the Nebulas, so it was interesting to read through this years' field. As might be expected, I liked some of the stories and excerpts quite a lot, and others left me completely cold. The overall quality was of course high, though, and if you like SF short stories at all, this is definitely worth a read. I prefer Dozois's Year's Best in general, but this represents a wider range of tastes.
Anna C
It's obviously hard to make a composite score for a book of short stories from various authors, but overall I thought this was quite an enjoyable read. My favorites were "Ponies" (who knew a four page story could be so chilling??) "Arvies," "The Green Book" and "The Lady who Plucked Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window." A few of them, like "The Sultan of the Clouds" were a little disappointing and some, like "Blackout/All Clear were likely not given justice because they were excerpted from a larg ...more
I haven't read much SF for a while, so it was interesting to get some sense of what's going on these days. Judging from this book, one thing that isn't going on much is "hard" science fiction, where scientific ideas and speculation are front and center: the only story of this type was Geoff Landis, "The Sultan of the Clouds." I found the science in this story very interesting, though as a story I'd say it was decent but not great. The stories by James Tiptree, Jr., Adam Troy-Castro, and Eric Jam ...more

Stories Included:
Ponies - Kij Johnson nasty little girls and fitting in

Sultan of the Clouds - Geoff Landiss terraforming

Map of Seventeen - Chris Barzak growing up

I Awoke and Found Me Here on This Cold Hills Side - James Triptree, Jr society/aliens

Pishaach - Sweta Narayan being the outsider even when on the inside

Blackout/All Clear (excerpt) - Connie Willis I won't touch this one

Arvies - Adam Troy-Castro to describe? The depths to which society has sunk; satisfing the desires of a few a
Andrea Blythe
The Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 presents a selection of winners and nominees for the Nebulas awards, including novel excerpts, novellas, novlettes, short stories, and poetry. Overall I enjoyed every story in this collect, from the straight scifi stories to the realms of fantasy.

There are many stories to love in this collection. Kij Johnson's "Ponies" is a disturbing portrayal of popularity and exclusion in young girls. "Map of Seventeen" by Christopher Barzak is a moving story about a young gir
Oliver Masciarotte

As usual, a very solid mix. In particular, I found Rachel Swirsky’s The lady who plucked red flowers beneath the queen's window to be a fantasy stunner, one of those stories that will remain with me for a long time. Another standout, Geoff Landis’ The sultan of the clouds; Wonderful hard science.

Other exceptional reads: Shweta Narayan’s Pishaach and old and new stuff from the ever entertaining James Tiptree, Jr. and Harlan Ellison. Recommended!

Best of the best...

What can I say? Great selections, here. I always appreciate mediums of this sort, as it allows one to sample different styles. This, did not disappoint.
Clay Kallam
Every once in a while, I read a collection of short stories to see if my youthful fascination with the form will ever reappear – and I have to say that “Nebula Awards Showcase 2012” (Pyr, $17.95, 332 pages) restored a little of my faith. As always, there are some stories that just don’t work for me, but there were enough that did to make it worthwhile.

And overall, I think that’s true of most collections like this one. Each reader will like some stories, and be unmoved by others – but the categor
This anthology is truly fantastic!
The collection opens with "Ponies," by Kij Johnson, a piercing story about pretty girls with ponies. It made my eyes bug out; it was a stunning and heartbreaking take on the dark side of friendship and acceptance.
The book goes on to soar through many other memorable topics, including: a romantic adventure in the cloud cities of Venus, a future where death begins at birth, a Naga romance, a twentieth century Aztec society, a book with a mind of its own, and a Me
My favorites were "Ponies," "Map of Seventeen," "Pishaach," "Bumbershoot," "The Jaguar House, in Shadow," "The Green Book," "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made," "To Theia," and "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window."

Disappointed by Ellison's winning story, and I would definitely have chosen THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS over BLACKOUT/ALL CLEAR for novel. Oh well.
Standouts: Christopher Barzak, Sweta Narayan, Kij Johnson.

Literally couldn't put it down, even while trying to stretch at the gym: Rachel Swirsky.

Skipped it because he's an insufferable wanker: Harlan Ellison.

Almost as bad as I heard it was, but don't discount it just because of the solar whale rape: Brad Torgerson.
It is so difficult to rate a collection of stories from so many different authors! Basically, I gave each story in the book a good go at it, but only the following really made an impression:

Tiny Man
The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers

I would have appreciated a greater selection of short stories. Though individual works (Ponies, The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window) are excellent, I was left feeling like I'd been grazing from a combo platter.
I don't read many short stories, but wanted to catch up on any recent developments in scifi fiction. This has a couple of my favorites (Connie Willis, Terry Pratchett) and a bunch of authors I don't know. So a satisfying foray into the format.

"Arvies" - no idea what the story is about but still gives me a chill from the first sentence to the last.
Laura Ruetz
Very good compilation of stories and poetry. Some very magical and imaginative writing in this book
Gail Jackson
There are several very memorable stories in this anthology. I especially like the last one.
Sarah S
Liked almost everything in this one, and have wishful plans to follow up on some of the authors.
One or two really good stories, the others were kinda okay.
SOme interesting stories. More for the mood than the concepts.
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James Patrick Kelly (please, call him Jim) has had an eclectic writing career. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007. He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his nove ...more
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