Science fiction writers are readers, too. Each year,
of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
as they read each short story, novelette, novella or novel
in the genre—nominate the works that touch them, move
them, or inspire them for a Nebula Award. The stories in
NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 are the best of the best, the
cream of the crop.
What struck me most about this collection was how many of
the stories didn't seem like science fiction or even, to
the broader term coined by Robert Heinlein, speculative
fiction. One reads like a legend or fairy tale, another
historical fiction, one like chick lit. Many of them are
The very first story, "If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love"
begins like a silly children's game, until you realize the
truth really behind the ridiculous images.
"The Sounds of Old Earth" is a love song to nature and
change and acceptance.
The nominated novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind"
is a love story shadowed by conspiracy, shaded by the
effects of age and health on long-buried memories.
In all, the anthology contains twelve stories of varying
lengths and two excerpts from novels. Editor Greg Bear has
also included a selection of award-winning poems, tributes
to masters of the genre, and a list of previous Nebula
These are stories that go beyond entertainment. They haunt
you. They make you wonder and question and imagine. If
you're looking for light reading, space opera, or
action-adventure tales, this anthology may not fit the
If you enjoy stories that challenge your conception of the
world, that make you see life in the here and now a little
differently, then NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 will feed
mind for a long time.
The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published
annually since 1966, reprinting the
winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on
by the members of the Science Fiction
and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
The editor of this year's volume, selected by SFWA’s
anthology Committee (chaired by Mike Resnick), is
American science fiction and fantasy writer Greg Bear,
author of over thirty novels, including the
Nebula Award-winning Darwin’s Radio and Moving Mars.
This anthology includes the winners of the Andre Norton,
Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master,
Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, as well as the Nebula
Award winners, and features Ann Leckie, Nalo
Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard, and Vylar
Kaftan, with additional articles and poems by
authors such as Robin Wayne Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Terry
A. Garey, Deborah P Kolodji, and Andrew