From Publishers Weekly
As in previous years, this excellent 1993 collection of Nebula Award winners covers a broad range of styles, treatments and subjects. Selected SF authors, in short essays, bemoan the state of the genre, yet these stories and novellas (and even a poem or two) give the lie to any pessimism. Connie Willis's "Death on the Nile" describes a bizarre vacation to Egypt in which a group of tourists gains firsthand knowledge of the Pyramids' original purpose. "Georgia on My Mind" shines with the excitement of scientific discovery as Charles Sheffield rewrites computer history to introduce another inventor of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. And for those who love their cars more than they do people, Jack Cady's novella "The Night We Buried Road Dog" offers a psychological and supernatural mystery celebrating the freedom of the road. Sargent also includes memorial tributes to SF greats Avram Davidson, Lester del Rey and Chad Oliver. Essential reading for anyone who enjoys science fiction, this collection goes a long way toward demonstrating that, now and then, those who engage in the sometimes thankless task of bestowing writing awards really do know how to pick winners.
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Chosen by the veteran authors who comprise the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Nebula award winners perennially represent the best state-of-the-art imaginative fiction, and 1994's are not exceptions. Editor Sargent provides a superlative showcase for the recipients and several runners-up by interspersing among them biographical sketches, overviews of sf films and poetry, and short essays by sf veterans appraising the year's creative highlights and concluding the book with a list of previous winners. The 1994 winners are "Graves" (best short story), Joe Haldeman's eerie reflection on Vietnam's dead; Charles Sheffield's "Georgia on My Mind" (best novelette), which tells of the discovery of a working nineteenth-century computer; Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars
(best novel), represented by an excerpt; and "The Night We Buried Road Dog" by Jack Cady (best novella). Although several of the pieces collected here appear in other year's-best anthologies, the Nebula gathering is, like its predecessors, an indispensable representation of the genre's best recent writing and a reliable indicator of its leading edge. Carl Hays