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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 2011 ed. edition (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328427
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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“The Nebula Award anthologies are part of the permanent record of the SF field.” ―David G. Hartwell

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. His critically acclaimed novels include the ambitious space-opera series, The Saga of Seven Suns, as well as The Martian Wars, Captain Nemo, and Hopscotch. He also set the Guinness certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.

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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2013
Format: Paperback
Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America give an award each year for best short story, best novella, best novelette, and best novel. This collection omits the novel (Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl), but contains the winners in the other three categories. There are also five runner-up short stories, five runner-up novelettes, and invited stories from the winners of the year's Author Emeritus and Grand Master awards. For SF poetry fans--I am not one--the book also contains three winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association awards for best long, short, and "dwarf" poems.

None of my three favorites was a final winner. Ah, well. They are:

Michael Burstein's "I Remember the Future" focuses on an elderly science fiction writer contemplating the successes and sacrifices of his career. He finds unexpected acceptance from his children.

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler" shows us future tools for mining global information flow and the kind of audiences, reporters and celebrities who are shaped by them. There is still room for more than one view of what is important.

Joe Haldeman's "A !Tangled Web" tracks a tense trade negotiation between competing humans and a tribe of aliens. In question is whether the aliens should regard their land as having no value, finite value, or infinite value. The humans and aliens both learn a few new negotiating tactics. Everyone nearly dies of embarrassment.

These are good stories with a healthy dose of the unexpected. The SFWA and editor made a wise decision to omit the kind of invited nonfiction that has appeared in previous volumes. These pieces never seemed to match the quality of the award-winning fiction. This year's stories and the new editorial format are highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4342c90) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This Nebula Award Showcase takes a different focus than previous collections as the six short story and six novelette nominations for the 2009 ballot are included in their entirety; while only the winning novella and a brief paragraph on the winning novel are included. Also included are SFWA Author Emeritus Award fro Neal Barrett, Jr. (and a short "Getting dark"), a SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master to Joe Haldeman includes his short "A !Tangled Web") and Rhysling Awards to Amal El Mohtar ("Song for an Ancient City") and Geoffrey A. Landis ("Search" and Fireflies").

This reviewer appreciated reading all the short story and novelette finalists as voted on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; as this allowed me to decide whether I agreed with the winning selections of "Spar" by Kij Johnson (short story) and Eugie Foster's "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" (novelette). I also appreciated that the novel winner "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi only had a brief description rather than a chapter or two extract; on the other hand the other novel nominees deserved a short write-up too. Finally the novella winner is fitting homage to the late Kage Baker ("The Women of Nell Gwynne's"), but excluded the other nominees. There are also additional listings of lesser known award categories that round out a super collection especially for fans that may have missed the shorter writings.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ffd684) out of 5 stars A great snapshot of quality SFF in 2011 June 17 2011
By Stefan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 the genres. To make this task easier, every Nebula Award since the first one has had a corresponding book that collected some of the stories, ballots and related texts. The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, edited by Kevin J. Anderson, is the first one of these to be released by Tor.

First thing to be aware of, and just to avoid any possible confusion for people who may be new to this particular format: the annual Showcase is timed to be released around the following year's Nebula Awards ceremony. This means that this specific book, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, presents the winners and nominees from the 2010 Nebula ballot, which in turn means that it contains stories that were all originally published in 2009.

Taking a look at the Table of Contents for this anthology, it's hard not to feel that this book offers truly excellent value for your money: it contains every single nominated short story and novelette on the final 2010 ballot, as well as the winning novella in its entirety. There are also short features about, and sample stories by, the 2010 SFWA Author Emeritus (Neal Barrett, Jr.) and the 2010 SFWA Grand Master (Joe Haldeman), and the winning poems in the three Rhysling Award categories for SFF poetry. There's no excerpt from the winning novel, but as it is, the book still offers up a lot of great science fiction and fantasy in one affordable volume.

In the short story section, you'll find stories by Saladin Ahmed, Michael A. Burstein, N.K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Will McIntosh and (winner) Kij Johnson. My favorites among the nominated stories are Will McIntosh's "Bridesicle," which applies the concept of the "mail order bride" to cryogenic storage in a chilling and touching way, and James Patrick Kelly's "Going Deep," a subtle story about a disgruntled teenager growing up alone without her spacer mother. Both of these are gorgeous, memorable stories that hint at much more than they explicitly describe -- the kind of story you could imagine building a novel around. The Nebula went to Kij Johnson's "Spar," a shocking and original story that challenges the boundaries of comfort. "Spar" was originally published in Clarkesworld.

The novelette section contains entries by Paolo Bacigalupi, Michael Bishop, Richard Bowes, Ted Kosmatka, Rachel Swirsky, and (winner) Eugie Foster. Unlike the short story section, which contained a few stories I personally wasn't wild about, each of the included novelettes is nothing less than excellent, making it hard to pick a favorite. The winning novelette, Eugie Foster's "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Blue Mask, Gentleman, Beast," won the Nebula and was originally published in Interzone. It's a brilliant piece of fiction, but my personal favorite here was still Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler," offering a realistic look at what the news media is even now turning into. Also gorgeous is Ted Kosmatka's "Divining Light," which combines a very hard SF concept with very human emotion in a way that's reminiscent of that other brilliant short fiction writer called Ted (Chiang). Ah hell, all the nominated novelettes are great -- just read them all.

Closing out the prose material from the 2010 ballot is Kage Baker's "The Women of Nell Gwynne's," which won the award for Best Novella. This story is connected to the author's acclaimed Company series, set in the same period as her novel Not Less Than Gods, which also mentions some of its characters. I highly recommend it to everyone who loved the Company series. "The Women of Nell Gwynne's" was originally published by Subterranean Press.

Aside from all this excellent prose found on the 2010 Nebula ballot, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 contains a few tasty extras. There's "Getting Dark," a truly stunning story from SFWA Author Emeritus Neal Barrett, Jr., and "A !Tangled Web", a hilarious story by SFWA Grand Master Joe Haldeman that may surprise people who only know the author from his classic SF novel The Forever War. There's also a transcript of the funny and touching speech Connie Willis gave about/to Joe Haldeman during the award ceremony. The book also contains the three lovely Rhysling Award-winning poems, one by Amal El-Mohtar and two by Geoffrey A. Landis. Finally, each short story and novelette is preceded by a short introduction by the author and followed by a brief, informative author bio. Sadly, Kage Baker passed away in 2010, so for "The Women of Nell Gwynne's" there's instead a brief, touching essay by her sister, Kathleen Bartholomew.

The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 offers a wonderful and generous sample of the best SFF has to offer. It's a great snapshot of the genre, presented in a wonderful format and at a very reasonable price. I'm already looking forward to next year's installment!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ffd6d8) out of 5 stars The SF Writers' Favorites Aug. 22 2011
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America give an award each year for best short story, best novella, best novelette, and best novel. This collection omits the novel (Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl), but contains the winners in the other three categories. There are also five runner-up short stories, five runner-up novelettes, and invited stories from the winners of the year's Author Emeritus and Grand Master awards. For SF poetry fans--I am not one--the book also contains three winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association awards for best long, short, and "dwarf" poems.

None of my three favorites was a final winner. Ah, well. They are:

Michael Burstein's "I Remember the Future" focuses on an elderly science fiction writer contemplating the successes and sacrifices of his career. He finds unexpected acceptance from his children.

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Gambler" shows us future tools for mining global information flow and the kind of audiences, reporters and celebrities who are shaped by them. There is still room for more than one view of what is important.

Joe Haldeman's "A !Tangled Web" tracks a tense trade negotiation between competing humans and a tribe of aliens. In question is whether the aliens should regard their land as having no value, finite value, or infinite value. The humans and aliens both learn a few new negotiating tactics. Everyone nearly dies of embarrassment.

These are good stories with a healthy dose of the unexpected. The SFWA and editor made a wise decision to omit the kind of invited nonfiction that has appeared in previous volumes. These pieces never seemed to match the quality of the award-winning fiction. This year's stories and the new editorial format are highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ffd618) out of 5 stars A solid collection from a range of authors June 24 2011
By Josh Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 is a hefty collection, but these stories have been awarded such distinction for a reason, and are well worth the time it takes to get through them all. Sometimes it's easy to skim an short story collection, skipping from one to the next until a particular entry catches your attention. But I'd recommend giving each story its due in this instance. The author bios and insights into the story inspirations can also be equally entertaining.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ff7b28) out of 5 stars One exceptional story Dec 31 2011
By Cascadian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Most of the reviews here are obviously by book's publisher or those associated with SFWA. I've purchased and read nearly every Nebula published, and I find this issue is the least impressive of any yet. The Nebula collection is often a mixed bag of really great stuff and "I wonder how THAT got in here?" This volume contains more of the latter.

In a collection that should contain all exceptional stories, this book has only one--Haldeman's "A Tangled Web," which isn't even one of the "winners." Haldeman shows what a REAL science fiction story is. It may be worth the price of the book, but for the 2011 edition, I recommend finding this Nebula collection at a library.


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