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This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art and more. This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art and more.


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This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art and more. This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art and more.

30 review for Nebula Awards Showcase 2010: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paschalis

    elibrary

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Pal

    DNF

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly D.

    Some fun, interesting reads in this one

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is June’s book group selection. We’ve read eight Nebula Awards books to this point – in fact, when the book is brought to the table, it is the one selection we don’t bother with the voting process. We’re going to read this one! This year’s Nebula Awards (which is always about two years behind when they are actually awarded – I don’t recall why right off hand), took a look at the history of SFandF from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. It was a mixed bag of stories, yet there were strands of fa This is June’s book group selection. We’ve read eight Nebula Awards books to this point – in fact, when the book is brought to the table, it is the one selection we don’t bother with the voting process. We’re going to read this one! This year’s Nebula Awards (which is always about two years behind when they are actually awarded – I don’t recall why right off hand), took a look at the history of SFandF from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. It was a mixed bag of stories, yet there were strands of familiarity or similarity running through the selections. The featured author’s were: The Spacetime Pool Catherine Asaro (novella) – the story of a young woman who is pulled from one timeline into a different timeline where physics and mathematical constructs are the same yet represented differently. She is part of a prophecy between two twin brothers, one who rules as a tyrant and one who could rule with a compassionate heart and whichever one she marries will rule all. Didn’t float my boat. Pride and Prometheus John Kessel (novelette) A blending of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein. Left me dissatisfied all the way round. Trophy Wives Nina Kiriki Hoffman (short story) Well written and engaging. Two women share an unusual bond and a mission, to help women in a worse place than themselves. Powers Ursula K. LeGuin (novel excerpt) Hmm…can’t recall what this one was about. Must not have made an impression on me. Flora’s Dare Ysabeau S. Wilce (novel excerpt) Very well written and intriguing. Usually not wild about young adult, but this one was mature enough for my tastes along with an interesting world setting that if time permits I would add this to the reading list. There is also a inside look at the script to WALL-E, a selection of poetry (which I usually skip if it’s more than a page long), and selected introductions by several prominent authors introducing each decade and the authors that made up that decade. Some I read, others I skipped.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wm

    There are some decent fiction here -- Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel, "Trophy Wives" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- and some pieces that fall a little flat, but the real appeal of the anthology is all the extra stuff related to the history of the field. Not all of the retrospectives are that interesting, but several are (especially those that look at the earlier eras) and the Selected Commentaries from Algis Budrys (an editor active in the 1960s) are very much worth reading -- witty, wry, on-ta There are some decent fiction here -- Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel, "Trophy Wives" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- and some pieces that fall a little flat, but the real appeal of the anthology is all the extra stuff related to the history of the field. Not all of the retrospectives are that interesting, but several are (especially those that look at the earlier eras) and the Selected Commentaries from Algis Budrys (an editor active in the 1960s) are very much worth reading -- witty, wry, on-target and a reminder that, in some ways, the industry hasn't changed all that much. Also good: the excerpt from the novel Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce and the excerpts from the script of WALL-E.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    It was good to browse through some of the winners this year, but this book has more than just winning stories/excerpts. There are essays throughout about the history of science fiction. It's far from a thorough history, but I don't know much about sci-fi history, so these essays filled in many gaps in my knowledge, and gave me some ideas about authors I might want to read. On the flip side, I don't think I'll be checking out too many older stories, because I find myself too interested in what is It was good to browse through some of the winners this year, but this book has more than just winning stories/excerpts. There are essays throughout about the history of science fiction. It's far from a thorough history, but I don't know much about sci-fi history, so these essays filled in many gaps in my knowledge, and gave me some ideas about authors I might want to read. On the flip side, I don't think I'll be checking out too many older stories, because I find myself too interested in what is being written today. My sci-fi/fantasy interests are really driven by the imagination that authors today apply to ideas that scientists are coming up with at the moment. I was glad to come to this realization while reading this collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Philip Hollenback

    I think I've read this collection every year for the last 10 years or so. It's enjoyable. You get a nice overview of the state of science fiction and some solid stories. The cover says 'science fiction and fantasy', but this book is always very science fiction focused. One thing I dislike is that the editors always insist on including poetry. I realize there is a nebula award for poetry, but seriously, who cares? I felt this year's edition also had entirely too much blathering about the history o I think I've read this collection every year for the last 10 years or so. It's enjoyable. You get a nice overview of the state of science fiction and some solid stories. The cover says 'science fiction and fantasy', but this book is always very science fiction focused. One thing I dislike is that the editors always insist on including poetry. I realize there is a nebula award for poetry, but seriously, who cares? I felt this year's edition also had entirely too much blathering about the history of science fiction. Again, not very interesting. So to recap, a good collection of short stories, a novella, and a novel excerpt. Worth reading, but not groundbreaking. I generally read this collection after I read 'The Year's Best Science Fiction', edited by Gardner Dozois.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eliatan

    A very enjoyable collection of stories interspersed with historical essays on the various aspects of sci fi writing. The poetry piece winners were especially intruiging. I didn't know much about the sci fi award system before reading this, though I'd seen both Hugo and Nebula awards on book covers before. This book has introduced me to new authors and given me confidence that a book with a Nebula will be worth my time. A very enjoyable collection of stories interspersed with historical essays on the various aspects of sci fi writing. The poetry piece winners were especially intruiging. I didn't know much about the sci fi award system before reading this, though I'd seen both Hugo and Nebula awards on book covers before. This book has introduced me to new authors and given me confidence that a book with a Nebula will be worth my time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    My favorite genre is Science Fiction / Fantasy. My regular reading is Analog (magazine) with lots of authors represented. Reading a book of the Nebula Awards is a treat - it is the best of the best. Now I will have to go out and get Ursual K LeGuin's book, "Powers"! This is a great book with explanations of the history of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing. Great reads and insights. Non SF-F folks should really give this genre their attention and this is a great book to go with. My favorite genre is Science Fiction / Fantasy. My regular reading is Analog (magazine) with lots of authors represented. Reading a book of the Nebula Awards is a treat - it is the best of the best. Now I will have to go out and get Ursual K LeGuin's book, "Powers"! This is a great book with explanations of the history of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing. Great reads and insights. Non SF-F folks should really give this genre their attention and this is a great book to go with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Sebesta

    Unhappily, there's much more in this book talking *about* the winners and writing in general, than there is the award-winning writing. I especially enjoyed "The spacetime pool" by Catherine Asaro, a writer I've not encountered before. I thought John Kessel's "Pride and Prometheus" not particularly worth reading. On the whole, there's not enough SF or fantasy to make it worth pursuing unless you happen to have it on your to-be-read pile. Unhappily, there's much more in this book talking *about* the winners and writing in general, than there is the award-winning writing. I especially enjoyed "The spacetime pool" by Catherine Asaro, a writer I've not encountered before. I thought John Kessel's "Pride and Prometheus" not particularly worth reading. On the whole, there's not enough SF or fantasy to make it worth pursuing unless you happen to have it on your to-be-read pile.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    This isn't a bad book, but not really worth going out of your way to read. If it's on hand it won't be a complete waste of your time, but if you are in a library you'd be far better off selecting something else to fill your hours. A nice variety of styles and lengths here, but most of the stories aren't memorable at all. The best of the collection is the last story, The Streets of Ashkelon. This isn't a bad book, but not really worth going out of your way to read. If it's on hand it won't be a complete waste of your time, but if you are in a library you'd be far better off selecting something else to fill your hours. A nice variety of styles and lengths here, but most of the stories aren't memorable at all. The best of the collection is the last story, The Streets of Ashkelon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    This mostly sucked - I quit reading it and I didn't like the bit I did read. If this is what's winning the Nebula these days, ouch. It lost me from the first novella (a cheesy fantasy that reads like the cover of a romance novel looks except that the heroine wins because of math?) I did like "Trophy Wives". This mostly sucked - I quit reading it and I didn't like the bit I did read. If this is what's winning the Nebula these days, ouch. It lost me from the first novella (a cheesy fantasy that reads like the cover of a romance novel looks except that the heroine wins because of math?) I did like "Trophy Wives".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daryoung

    One or two of the stories/historical pieces were quite good, but most left me flat, especially the very first piece, a novella (really? that was the best one this year?). It was hard to continue optimistically after that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet Jay

    Will not read this series again. Too much pandering in the essays-- & way too many essays in general-- and both the short stories & excerpts were not very good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    good essays about SF in the last few deacades. The stories are flat, except for "rules of the game" good essays about SF in the last few deacades. The stories are flat, except for "rules of the game"

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Only liked 2 stories

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Fellow Viable Paradise alumnus F.J. Bergmann gets a Rhysling in this one. W00t and congrats!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    The first story alone gave me my first taste of (excellent) mathematical fiction. Read it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Antonis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  21. 5 out of 5

    R.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cornel Diaconu

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sibhs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

  25. 4 out of 5

    arg/machine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edmond Mo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shai Isenberg

  30. 4 out of 5

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