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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Nebula Awards 2011 edited by Kevin Anderson

Whoops! I’m a bit behind in my book reviews. This past Monday my scifi bookgroup met to discuss our August selection: Nebula Awards 2011 ed by Kevin Anderson. We started reading these collections10 years ago and it’s a given when the new book comes out, we read it. No voting required.

This year the book had a new format. I have to say I liked it. I never cared for the oft rambling essays the earlier editions inserted. And, as with most story collections, there are more than a few duds, several that are interesting, and a couple that I can honestly say, “yeah, I liked that.” And, as with most story collections, different stories appeal to different people. It’s such a subjective thing.


With this inaugural volume at Tor, the annual Nebula Award collection is reborn as a fiction-only anthology. This collection of nominees for 2010’s Nebula Awards includes all of the prior year’s most celebrated stories, and will be published in time for the 2011 Nebula Awards in May, 2011.

2009’s award winners, announced in May 2010, include Kage Baker’s novella “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s,” Eugie Foster’s novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,” Kij Johnson’s short story “Spar,” plus Paolo Bacigalupi’s novelette, “The Gambler.”

Other authors in this collection include (and for my savvy scifi folks, you will see a couple names from the Hugo Nominee list):  Saladin Ahmed (Contributor), Michael Bishop (Contributor), Richard Bowes (Contributor), Ted Kosmatka (Contributor), Rachel Swirsky (Contributor), Eugie Foster (Contributor), Joe Haldeman (Contributor) , Kage Baker (Contributor), Amal El-Mohtar (Contributor), Geoffrey A. Landis (Contributor), Michael A. Burstein (Contributor), N.K. Jemisin (Contributor), James Patrick Kelly (Contributor), Will McIntosh (Contributor), Kij Johnson (Contributor), Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor), Neal Barrett, Jr (Contributor), Paolo Bacigalupi (Contributor)

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