October 22, 2017

Review: The Nebula Awards Showcase 2014

Out May 20th!

It’s out! One of the most prestigious awards in all of science fiction-dom is the annual Nebula Awards. Hey, Hollywood has the Oscars and the Grammys, and sci-fi has the Hugos and the Nebulas, as well as a scattering of other secondary awards. And every year around springtime, Pyr Books puts together an outstanding compilation of the “best of the best” as selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

This compilation is crucial reading for fans and cuts through the sub- and cross- genres of all that is fantasy and science fiction. Contained within the Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited Kij Johnson are familiar masters and a few new names as well. This is also our 3rd year covering the compilation, as fans will remember our 2013 and 2012 reviews of the Nebula Awards Showcase also.

And you can also catch a listing of all of the 2012 winners and nominees announced last year by the Science fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The awards ceremony for the 2013 winners is coming right up this weekend on May 15th-18th and is being held at the San Jose Marriott.

Some of our favorite award winning standouts from the 2012/2013 crop of winners and nominees are as follows:

An excerpt from 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, the winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for best novel, 2312 is a tour de force of hard scifi. Fans of Kim Stanley Robinson will recall his classic Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy. As a matter of fact, Robinson re-visits the unique mobile colony on the planet Mercury in 2312 that was first depicted briefly in Blue Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson if definitely a modern day Arthur C. Clarke, and we’re adding 2312 to the list of “must reads” for the summer.

The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species by Ken Liu: What’s the one characteristic that all known intelligent species across the galaxy share? It turns out to be the drive to store and share information. But alien “books” take on some wild and imaginative forms in this 2012 Nebula Best Short Story nominee by Ken Liu. We really love the imagination used in depicting alien species that are truly, well, alien. A great yarn!

Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain by Cat Rambo: Also a 2012 Short Story nominee… Immersion by Aliette de Bodard — also featured in this year’s Nebula compilation — was the winner. The travel brochure in true listicle fashion is presented in a new and creative way.

Also featured and given honorable mention as a nominee for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy is Fair Coin by E.C. Myers, which was covered by our ace sci-fi reviewer Sabrina back in 2012.

The Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 is stuffed with the very best in all that is speculative fiction. It’s a great cross-section of the state of science fiction and fantasy and look at the masters of the craft at their very best!

Next Week: Its was one of our faves from 2013… now,  we review the sequel of Janet Edward’s Earth Girl as we check out Earth Star, out this month from Pyr Books!

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