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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 by Catherine Asaro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

July 2013's bookgroup book.  We've been reading the Nebula Awards Showcase since 2002.

I had the advantage in that about half of the stories in this installment were 2012 Hugo Nominees, which I read before the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.

The Paper Menagerie    Ken Liu                      Hugo Winner – Short Story

The Ice Owl                  Carolyn Ives Gilman  Hugo Nominee

Ado                               Connie Willis

The Migratory Pattern of Dancers  Katherine Sparrow

Peach-Creamed Honey (poetry)  Amal El-Mohtar

The Axiom of Choice   David W. Goldman

What We Found            Geoff Ryman             Hugo Nominee

Among Others (excerpt) Jo Walton                 Hugo Winner - Novel

Movement                      Nancy Fulda             Hugo Nominee

Sauerkraut Station   Ferrett Steinmetz

The Cartographer Wasps and Anarchist Bees
                                                  E. Lily Yu                 Hugo Nominee

Ray of Light                   Brad R. Torgersen     Hugo Nominee

The Freedom Maze (excerpt) Delia Sherman

The Sea King’s Second Bride (poetry)  CSE Cooney

The Man Who Bridged the Mist
                                                  Kij Johnson               Hugo Winner - Novella

I thought this was perhaps one of the best selections to date.  I enjoyed nearly all the stories with the exception of a couple:  The Cartographer Wasps and Anarchist Bees and The Ice Owl.  I was so-so about What We Found. 

My favorites include:
The Paper Menagerie
The Migratory Pattern of Dancers
Sauerkraut Station 

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 recommended if you enjoy a variety of novel excerpts, novellas, novelettes and short stories.  

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