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Hardcover Nebula Awards 33 Book

ISBN: 0151003726

ISBN13: 9780151003723

Nebula Awards 33

(Book #33 in the Nebula Awards ##20 Series)

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Presents the winning stories for best science fiction and fantasy of 1997, featuring works by Jane Yolen, James Alan Gardner, Poul Anderson, Jerry Oltion, and Nancy Kress. This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Always Entertaining, Often Mind Blowing

It really doesn't matter which volume of the Nebula Awards you pick up, you know that you're going to discover some great SF stories. That is certainly true of NEBULA AWARDS 33. Sure, you might find one or two that you don't care for, but those stories are probably the exception to the rule. Out of the works selected for inclusion in this volume, I found six of them to be outstanding, with a couple of them blowing me away.The SF stories that I enjoy the most teach me about myself and the world around me. These stories did that and more. James Patrick Kelly's "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is a touching, thought-provoking look at our relationships with our children and our parents. "The Flowers of Aulit Prison" by Nancy Kress is immediately readable, enjoyable, and yet full of depth. With a title like "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream," you know you're NOT in store for a boring read! A masterful look at the battle between science and religion. Michael Swanwick's "The Dead" is a wonderfully disturbing look at the corporate world. And what can you say about Karen Joy Fowler's "The Elizabeth Complex," except that it's brilliant? (Man, this woman can write!) To end the volume, Willis hits a home run by picking Grand Master Poul Anderson's "The Martyr," a story that I just can't stop thinking about. 270 pages

Good summary of the year

Another collection of this long-running series that presents the award-winning fiction for the previous year. I'll comment on the individual stories: Jane Yolen, "Sister Emily's Lightship" -- I've never been a Yolen fan. While I find her prose professional enough, I've never read anything by her that would make me jump up and rush out to force someone to read it. This story is no exception. The premise of Emily Dickinson meeting an alien is too...precious, and Yolen's sole contribution to that premise in this story is to emphasize some of the ethereal and otherworldly quality of Dickinson's poetry, and that doesn't come until the end. Yeah, she did her Dickinson research, but so what? Other than the alien, there is no reason for this story to be science fiction (see "Abbess Phone Home" in the Turkey City Lexicon). James Patrick Kelly, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" -- Uses technology of the future to portray a true human characteristic. Vonda McIntyre, excerpt from The Moon and the Sun -- As someone who has not read this Nebula-winning novel, the excerpt presented here does exactly what it is supposed to do--whet your appetite for more. I had no idea what the subject of the book was before I read this, now I do, and have had a taste of how it is told. I'm not going to rush out and get it, but I'm much more interested now than I was before. Nancy Kress, "The Flowers of Aulit Prison" -- An excellent story with its basis in that most Phil Dickian question, "What is reality?" This is the kind of SF that I look for, where aliens help us understand, through them as a metaphor, a fundamental idea of life. That it has a plot, an unique setting, and fascinating characters makes it an award winner. I'm not giving anything away with this one, but just point you to it and say, "go read." Gregory Feeley, "The Crab Lice" -- I disliked the beginning of this story so much that I didn't even finish it. There was nothing for me to grab onto to orient myself in the story, and life is just too short. Nelson Bond, "The Bookshop" -- A nice little classic story, where every writer's fantasy comes true, but at a price, of course. You could do a collection of these ultimate library tales (Borges comes to mind). James Alan Gardner, "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Bloodstream" -- A great story, with some unique twists to alternate history (so much better than the Feeley). Michael Swanwick, "The Dead" -- An audacious story, and right up my alley. I liked it well enough, but there was something missing--I'm not sure what, maybe more of an explanation for the Donald character and his background. The anger that it stems from is good. Karen Joy Fowler, "The Elizabeth Complex" -- This could have been as bad as the Yolen, yet it works to some extent because of its experimental nature. I wouldn't want a steady diet of these things, but once was interesting. Jerry Oltion, "Abandon in Place" -- Wow, I liked this story a lot, even though it is so ridiculous that it is laughabl
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