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Looking for the very best in science fiction? Along with the Hugos, the Nebulas honor the very best of the best in sci-fi without the -y’s. Reviewing the Nebula awards has become a sort of institution here at Astroguyz as well, and serves as a great way to not only digest the finest of the genre, but gives us a great scope of all the cutting edge stuff.
And this year’s Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 edited by Greg Bear out from Pyr Books is no different. The Awards Showcase spans everything, from novel excerpts, to full-length novellas, to poems. Short stories are always our faves, both to read and to write.
Some of our favorite highlights from the 2015 Nebula Awards Showcase are:
Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer, by Kenneth Schneyer. The near future history of humanity takes a disturbing turn. We love the way the tale opens a future world to us a little at a time through the eyes of an artist. You can flesh out and paint a picture of a world in a multitude of ways, from looking at future art, to the ingredient labels on a soup can.
They Shall Salt the Earth With Seeds of Glass by Alaya Dawn Johnson. An apocalyptic tale with a twist. Libby and Tris are coming of age in a terrible time on occupied Earth, and undertake a perilous journey. This tale gets at what a true act of selflessness might mean, and some of the best and worst of what it means to be human.
Alive, Alive Oh by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley. OK. This one really struck me, in a way that few tales do. Reading and consuming fiction and media in general is similar to panning for gold: you sift though lots of debris before you find a nugget… and when you stumble upon it, that nugget is often so grand, so lustrous, that it’s totally worth those hours of tedious panning. Alive, Alive Oh, is about humanity striking out and establishing a colony on a planet orbiting a far-flung star. But G851.5.32 is an Earth-like exoplanet that isn’t, a caustic world that’s deadly at every turn. Every traveler has that moment of self doubt, a time when they are certain they’ve taken a wrong turn and can’t undo the steps of the past… but for Emma and her family, and perhaps all human settlers, this world is a dead end. While not the happiest of tales, Alive, Alive Oh does make you stop and think. And that’s what a good story should do long after you’ve read it… our favorite movies, books etc. stay with us, long after we’ve read them.
And that’s just a small taste of the amazing tales within. The 2015 Nebula Showcase contains all that was great for the year, from rockets to rayguns. Be sure to check it out!