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Nebula Awards Showcase 2014: The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Paperback – 13 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 2014 edition (13 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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Some good tales... An awful lot of post apocalyptic stuff which was a bit depressing, some genuine new ideas.
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Always a great read
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HASH(0x8e380030) out of 5 stars Good book, but with a caveat 27 May 2014
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Let me state at the outset that I like the book. I gave it four stars rather than five because it has so few of the actual nominated short fiction (the three winning pieces and two of the nominated short stories, the short stories by Liu and Rambo). The last two Nebula Award Showcases (2012 and 2013) were both longer by page count and had essentially the same price as this ($17.95 and $18.00). I buy these for the short fiction and too little of that was included. The publisher, for some reason, saw fit to reduce the page count yet kept the price.

With all that in mind, I give a qualified "Buy" recommendation.
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HASH(0x8e868a80) out of 5 stars Short on content 11 Feb. 2015
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I just finished this book and felt compelled to write a quick review. First of all, this 300 page book has about 250 pages of actual stories. The longest individual story is 110 pages. I really liked the long one, "After the fall, before the fall, and during the fall" so that was great for me. The other shorts I thoroughly enjoyed but they totalled a piddly 60-ish pages. The rest of the story content are a pair of excerpts. That's right - they are essentually previews of books you might like. So that's about 170 pages of complete content in a 300 page book. This type of layout leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I won't warn people away from buying this book. Just please be aware of exactly what you are purchasing.
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HASH(0x8e7da1b0) out of 5 stars Good science fiction anthology 24 Jun. 2015
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Unlike some other volumes in this series that contain a lot of fantasy, all the Nebula award winners (including the novel) were science fiction. The only fantasy in sight were the poems, "Christmas Inn" by grand master Gene Wolfe and the excerpt from 'Fair coin' that won the Andre Norton award for best young adult novel. The dragon on the cover probably doesn't convey this. I have a preference for science fiction so this suited me. The winners were all pretty good, especially Nancy Kress's novella winner that takes up over a third of the collection. I really liked the runner up short stories by Lui and Rambo, both were nice and quirky. I really like Gene Wolfe and this story is typical and wonderful, and (I think) not available in any of his anthologies.

I am not a great fan of novel excerpts (again as reflected in some other reviews) and if any future editors are reading these reviews maybe a representative piece of short fiction from the novel winners would be better.

As other readers have said this novel is a bit shorter than the last few which is a pity. Still the stories that are there make it a worthy addition to the series.
HASH(0x8e8028b8) out of 5 stars Reading is Fundamental 26 Jan. 2016
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I first got into science fiction after seeing the original Star Trek series live (yes I am that old). The Nebula Awards were the first anthology that I read; a great introduction to Sci-Fi; and realistically, fostered my life-long love of reading. I got this for myself and then my sons read it also. It is a collection of short stories by multiple authors and each with a different story line and style. They call it "awards" because these are the best of the best for that year. It does not disappoint.
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HASH(0x8e92dae0) out of 5 stars entertaining anthology 26 May 2014
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2014
Kij Johnson (editor)
Pyr, May 20 2014, $18.00
ISBN: 9781616149017

The Nebula Awards Showcase annual collection is always an entertaining anthology that provides readers with those tales selected by the by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as the best, in this case of 2012, in the two genres. Included are the enjoyable short story winner sci fi tale “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard and two of the other five finalists (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu and “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” by Cat Rambo). The Best Novelette (fascinating survivor saga of “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan) and the Best Novella (excellent eco-thriller “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress) are strong entries. Fans will read excerpts from the Best Novel (taut terraforming “2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson) and the eerie winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (“Fair Coin” by E.C. Myers). Finally the great Gene Wolf received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master recognition; with his short story “Christmas Inn” and two essays paying homage to this superstar by Michael Dirda and Neil Gaiman added to the anthology. Rounding out the compilation are 2012 Rhysling Awards, Best Short Poem (“The Library, After” by Shira Lipkin) and Best Long Poem (“The Curator Speaks In The Department of Dead Languages” by Megan Arkenberg); and the 2012 Dwarf Stars Award went to Marge Simon for “Blue Rose Buddha”. With a list of past winners as well, this is a great book though I personally would prefer more of the complete shorter works that many of us do not get a chance to read rather than extracts from the longer winners.

Harriet Klausner
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