Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

nebula-awards-showcase-2013Nebula Awards Showcase 2013
Editor: Catherine Asaro

Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Pyr
ISBN-10: 1616147830
ISBN-13: 978-1616147839

Product description:

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(R). The editor selected by SFWA’s anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is two-time Nebula winner, Catherine Asaro. This year’s volume includes stories and excerpts by Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Kij Johnson, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ferrett Steinmetz, Ken Liu, Nancy Fulda, Delia Sherman, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney, David Goldman, Katherine Sparrow, E. Lily Yu, and Brad R. Torgersen.

My thoughts:

This year’s Nebula Awards showcase will be available at your favorite local bookstore around May 14th. If you don’t have a local bookstore that you patronize, you can order through Amazon Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. In this case, you get a nice selection of scifi. Of course, some titles will appeal more to some than others. The beauty of a showcase like this one is that you will experience writers that you may not have read otherwise. The book is packed with short stories, excerpts, and poetry.

In my case, I jumped to the poetry of  Amal El-Mohtar’s Peach-Creamed Honey.

sweets her elbow with the slip of it,
wears it like perfume.

I got a pretty good chuckle out of Connie Willis’ Ado when various pressure groups chopped away at Shakespeare.

“ASS, the Association of Summer Sunbathers object to the line, ‘I am too much i’ the sun,”‘ Ms. Harrows said, and took a swig from the bottle of cough syrup.

Ado wouldn’t be so brilliant if it were not so true.

I really enjoyed the Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 and highly recommend it. I give it a solid 5 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”