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Nebula Awards Showcase 2007: The Years Best SF and Fantasy Paperback – 2 Mar 2007

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Gathers winning science fiction and fantasy works by authors such as Paul Anderson and Jane Nolan, and highlights essays discussing science fiction's place in literature.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Would be better if they had included more of the actual stories 21 April 2007
By L. B. Guernsey - Published on
Format: Paperback
This year's collection was OK, but too much of its length was taken up with 9 various articles on the state of SF, why Nebulas are still important, etc., and a long reprint of an old Harlan Ellison short novel from 1968 (the longest piece in the collection). I have every volume of the Nebula Award stories from the first, and I enjoyed them a lot more when they printed all of the nominated short stories plus the winning novella and novelette rather than articles on the future of Canadian SF, trends in publishing, etc. Still worth getting for the few stories Mike Resnick allows us to read, but could be improved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Award-Winning Sci-Fi & Fantasy 14 Aug. 2007
By Terri Rowan - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America--and the Nebula Award--have been around for more than four decades. The Nebula is awarded each year to honor the best of the best in a particular year's short stories, novellas, novels, poems, etc. It is the premier award given to authors of science fiction and fantasy. The winners are chosen by the members of the SFFWA and then published in that year's anthology.

In addition to the winners, this year's book includes essays written by some of the top SF&F writers about such subjects as the history and future of science fiction and fantasy, a round table discussion, and an essay on Canadian publishing.

Overall, like any anthology, I found stories I liked and others I didn't. Had I picked this off the shelf and looked at the first or second story, it would immediately have been put back, but then I would have missed the ones further in that I did enjoy. The first one made no sense to me, had multiple points of view, sometimes within the same paragraph, which made it difficult to follow. Whose head was I supposed to be in? Unfortunately, I've found this seems to becoming more and more popular in "modern" writing. Sorry, but I don't like it.

However, the later stories were more to my traditional liking, and I really did enjoy them, as well as the essays. Another feature is a listing at the back of the book that shows the Nebula winners from the 1965 to today, a list I find most helpful as I will search out some of the stories I've missed when I have time. I found the interspersion of fiction and non-fiction a nice blend that adds to the appeal of the collection.

Overall if you are a fan of science fiction and fantasy, then you should definitely pick up a copy of this book. After all, it is the best of the best for the past year. But as with any anthology, understand that there may be stories you like and others you do not. And that's okay. If we all had the same taste, what a boring world this would be.

Reviewed by Vicky Burkholder

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Inconsistent but interesting series 21 Dec. 2012
By Andrew Gibbs - Published on
Format: Paperback
First a quick comment on the Nebula awards series in general. Each volume has a different editor and approaches vary greatly. While all volumes contain the novella, novelette and short story nebula award winners and Rhysling award poetry winners, the remainder varies between articles about science fiction and other nominated short fiction. There is even often a varying mix between the stories, with winners being hard science fiction to high fantasy to slip-stream and everything in between. The 2007 volume has a mix between articles on a variety of targets, with a novella, novelette and 3 short story nominees, a novel fragment form the winning novel and a novella from Grand master winner Harlan Ellison.

Kelly Link won both novella (Magic for beginners) and novelette (The faery handbag - which also won the Hugo) categories. These stories have a similar querky, slip-stream feel with nice touches of humour. Both have a coming-of-age element. The short story winner by Carol Emshwiller is a dark urban fantasy/horror story that explains why things sometimes go missing about the house. To balance these stories somewhat Resnick has chosen two science fiction detective stories: Sawyer's 'Identity theft' is a rather predictable disappearance/murder mystery and Kelly's 'Men are trouble' is a much more interesting mystery with a background where all men have been removed by aliens who resemble devils. Nancy Kress's 'My mother, dancing' is an interesting explanation of why the universe is empty and what might be being done about it. There is also a mainstream novella from Harlan Ellison exploring the return of an actress to the movie world in the 1960s after a long absence. This is a story of the sixties and both the cultural references and style date it somewhat, but that is the period that Ellison represents so probably a reasonable example (even though he didn't generally publish mainstream fiction of novella length).

The articles are on various topics - genre mixing, Canadian SF, the future of publishing etc. I found myself disagreeing with just about the entire thrust of Kevin Anderson's attempt to try to explain that it doesn't matter if SF magazines die because SF (by which he clearly means the business of SF - not the artistic accomplishments of the field) just grows in different fields (like theme parks).

Overall I thought the fiction quality wasn't that great and the other material did little for me.
Sci fi 18 Feb. 2008
By S. Stephens - Published on
Format: Paperback
A good book for die hard fans. Fewer stories than I expected, but good stories. There's a lot in here about the authors themselves by the authors themselves. Where many ideas came from and how they've developed in writing sci-fi and fantasy. Discussions of different writers was helpful in finding those new and old I hadn't read.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
as always a fine anthology 10 April 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
The annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America selection of the best of the year's stories is always a fun book and the 2007 edition is no exception. The format does not change from year to year, but what is included of course is kept current. Several novellas and novelettes including the winners from each category ("Magic for Beginners" and the "Faery handbag" both by Kelly Link) are provided. An extract from the first place novel Camouflage by Joe Haldeman is also included. Other categories are Short Story (the selections are provided), Script, and the Andre Norton Award. All are fine entries, but this reviewer's favorite inclusion is the essays on the state of science fiction and fantasy. This year's commentary included a fascinating round table discussion on short fiction with famous editors of magazines/anthologies participating and an article on cover art by John Picacio. All in all as always a fine anthology that reminds fans what the authors considered the best of 2006.

Harriet Klausner
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