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Nebula Awards Showcase 2002 [Mass Market Paperback]

Kim Stanley Robinson


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ROC (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc) (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451458788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451458780
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,634,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Selected by the esteemed members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, this showcase of award-winning fiction presents the finest examples of contemporary science fiction, alongside insightful commentary about the current state of science fiction. This volume, essential for all lovers of science fiction and perfect as an introduction to the genre, features stories and commentary that represent the heart of science fiction literature in the 21st century. This year's volume includes fiction by Eleanor Arnason, Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, Gardner Dozois, Linda Negata and Walter Jon Williams, as well as commentary by John Clute, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Nalo Hopkinson, Damon Knight, Paul J. McAuley, Ken MacLeod and Gene Wolf.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome improvement to the Nebula books! 8 Sep 2005
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
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This new "Showcase" format is a welcome improvement over some of the soggy, dull Nebula anthols of the 80's and 90's. Check 'em out, starting (appropriately enough), with the 2000 volume: sfwa[dot]org[slash]pubs

The 2002 volume is an unusually good one. The leadoff story, "Daddy's World" by Walter Jon Williams, takes a killer look at cybernetic family values. He narrowly lost the Nebula to Gardner Dozois, below, in a thematically related story.

macs, by Terry Bisson, the Nebula short-story winner, is Bisson's take on the OKC bombings. I didn't much care for it, but that's a minority opinion, I think.

Stellar Harvest, a new story in the "Lydia Duluth" series by Eleanor Arnason, is fast-paced and fun, a fine entry to her neat new series.

Linda Nagata's Nebula-winning "Goddesses" is a profoundly hopeful near-future love-story -- that technology can improve poor peoples' lives, and enrich the rich helpers' lives in the process. Nagata writes with assurance and grace, touching on wealth & poverty, women & men, love, charity, religion and how we'll live a few years from now -- all without being preachy or dull. One of the year's best. Not to be missed. You can read the story online at scifi[dot]com.

The wrapup story is Gardner Dozois' great "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows", my favorite Dozois story ever. Dozois writes, in the Nebula anthology intro, {quote} [This] is my take on two of the major areas of debate of science fiction in the 90's, the posthuman condition and the idea of living into a Vingean singularity...[end quote]

"From the first heraldic image to the last, this is Dozois at his most
intense, personal, and skillful." --Kim Stanley Robinson, in his introduction.

All this plus the usual insightful commentary, by such luminaries as Gwyneth Jones, Andy Duncan, Damon Knight, Gene Wolfe, Ken MacLeod, and many more. So it's one of the better Nebula volumes in many years. Check it out.

Happy reading--
Pete Tillman

[in case you wonder, this [quote] business is because Amazon has lately been bouncing "quoted material" over 20 words(!) long. Bah]
5.0 out of 5 stars Cream 19 Feb 2008
By J. O. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
I love this series and am saddened by the jaded review by the gentleman from Australia. Whether I recall a story or stories x days later is not the issue. Rather, to me, it is in the moment of the story in the present tense not in this judgmental attitude where I ascribe value. It took me away with it. Sure not all stories strum the fullest chord. No problem. I appreciate the assistance of helping me sift through the chaff.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Oct 2002
By shaw6 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a collection of ho-hum stories. The Nebula awards must be looking the other way - David G Hartwell has a far superior collection in Best SF 7.
Only a few days after reading it, not one story has stuck in my mind.
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