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Nebula Awards Showcase 2001

by Robert Silverberg (Editor)

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There's a year in SF etc. roundup, pieces from Daniel Keyes, a list of previous winners and current winners, and a little more. Story from the grandmaster is rubbish, though. Pretty poor at those these anthologies, it seems.

Standout work from Ted Chiang and Michael Swanwick, though.

A 3.57 average, with the added material, enough to make this a 4.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : Story of Your Life - Ted Chiang
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : Mars Is No Place for Children - Mary A. Turzillo
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : The Cost of Doing Business - Leslie What
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : Epilogue from Parable of the Talents - Octavia E. Butler
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : The Wedding Album - David Marusek
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : Radiant Doors - Michael Swanwick
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 : Judas Danced - Brian W. Aldiss

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'She never stopped working. For Earthseed, she used herself up several times over, speaking, haining, politicking, writing, establishing schools that boarded and educated promising students, rich and poor alike. She raised money and directed it into areas of study that she believed would bring fulfillment of the Earthseed Destiny closer. She sent students to universities and helped ihem to fulfill whatever potential she saw in them.'

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0156013355, Paperback)

Celebrating its 35th year with Showcase 2001, the Nebula Awards anthology series once again offers a fine snapshot of the world of science fiction. Edited by former Nebula Award winner Robert Silverberg, the anthology mixes stories, excerpts, and poetry with essays from speculative fiction notables. Silverberg introduces the collection with a hazy nonexplanation of why works from both 1998 and 1999 are considered for the 1999 Nebula Awards, along with the story of Damon Knight, how SFWA began, and what happened during that first Nebula banquet.

Of course, the reason for the anthology is the winning stories, and they are on display with nice introductions from Silverberg and a bit from each writer on how the story came to be. Featured stories include Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" (best novella), Mary A. Turzillo's "Mars Is No Place for Children" (best novelette), Leslie What's "The Cost of Doing Business" (best short story), and an excerpt from Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents (best novel). Other stories include two nominees, David Marusek's "The Wedding Album" and Michael Swanwick's "Radiant Doors," as well as 2000 Grand Master Brain W. Aldiss's 1958 story "Judas Danced."

The most notable essay in the Nebula Showcase comes from Gary K. Wolfe, who examines the field of science fiction and publishing from several different angles, although Wolfe's take on SF movies seems to be thrown in as an afterthought. Winding up the anthology is a thoughtful and enlightening excerpt from Author Emeritus 2000 Daniel Keyes's memoir, Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey, which is about how he wrote Flowers for Algernon, and poetry from Rhysling Award Winners Bruce Boston and Laurel Winter.

For anyone serious about science fiction, the Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 provides an invaluable look at how the professionals view their field. --Kathie Huddleston

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