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Cover & Synopsis: NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 Edited by Kij Johnson

Check out the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson.

Here’s the synopsis:

The latest volume of the prestigious anthology series, published annually across six decades!

The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America® . The editor selected by SFWA’s anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is American fantasy writer Kij Johnson, author of three novels and associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.

This year’s Nebula winners, and expected contributors, are Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, and Aliette de Bodard, with E.C. Myers winning the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Series: Nebula Awards Showcase
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (May 13, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1616149019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149017
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5 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 Edited by Kij Johnson

  1. “upcoming novel” –> “upcoming anthology”

  2. Good work, John! Nice to see this venerable series getting some publicity. Even though it’s the oldest continuing series of SF anthologies in existence, and almost always features three award winning stories (sometimes more, for example if a Nebula finalist happens to be a Hugo winner), the anthology suffers from a somewhat baffling lack of recognition.

    In the last few years, nobody has even bothered to post the TOC before the book actually came out, and the book doesn’t even make the Locus Recommended Reading List any more. What on Earth is up with that?

    By the way, the TOC is not entirely predictable, since the anthology usually features one or two old stories to represent the lastest Grandmaster, Author Emeritus, or whatever.

  3. I used to buy this anthology every year. I own the first 22. Eventually I realized that I would prefer to spend my money on something where I get a greater back for the buck.
    Every year it’s filled with:
    1. essays – I don’t read them and don’t care what they are about
    2. story excerpts – I also don’t read them as I usually read the original novel.
    3. poetry – no thanks
    4. reprints from a grand master – I’ve usually read the original story already
    So what is left? maybe five stories, of which I have probably already read two or three of them in one of the other best of the year anthologies.
    In my opinion, this book needs a facelift. I would love to see it print the winners, and the runner-ups and drop all the filler.

  4. Peter Nel // January 2, 2014 at 9:43 am //

    Paul, those are very good points. I have the first 20, and the most recent 17, with a gap in the middle.

    It depends on how excited you are about awards in general. I like them (even though this often means I like to disagree with them), and I’m always curious to see the stories that won them. The Nebula series is the only anthology series of record as far as major awards are concerned. It’s sad that the Hugo series has died – twice, and there was no filler in that! I guess when the immediate excitement of the awards has abated, people aren’t going to respond to an anthology that comes out a year later.

    By the way, the series was sort-of rebooted in 2011. The volume of that year had a new publisher (Tor) and included all the short story and novelette finalists – ten losing finalists in total. The novellas are obviously too long, so only the winner was included in that category. In 2012 the publisher changed again (to Pyr) and a quick count shows 7 losing finalists in one book and 6 in the next. So that’s probably not all of them.

    I’m still an apologist for the series. I love the longevity and the tradition, but I must say your reasons for not buying it are very valid ones.

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