Nebula Awards Showcase 2009

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Praise for the Previous Volumes of
Nebula Awards Showcase
“The pulse of modern science fiction.”
—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Reading all of
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002
is a way of reading a bunch of good stories. It is also a very good way to explore the writing of tomorrow.”—John Clute,
scifi.com
 
“Conveys a sense of the vitality and excitement that have characterized the field’s internal dialogues and debate over the last few years. One of the most entertaining Nebula volumes in years.”
Locus
 
“The vast majority of the stories included are simply wonderful and absolutely deserve recognition. . . . Bottom line: This year’s Nebula Showcase actually succeeds in showcasing a great variety of truly good work. Read it now.”
—InterGalactic Medicine Show
 
“There are plenty of solid, entertaining pieces in this anthology.”

Subterranean
 
“As always, a fine anthology.”—Alternative Worlds
“Stellar. . . . This is not only a must-read for anyone with an interest in the field, but a pleasure to read. . . . That’s more reassuring than surprising, of course, given that this collection has little if any agenda besides quality writing, but it is reassuring to see that so many fresh voices are so much fun. . . . Worth picking up.”—SF Revu
 
“While the essays offer one answer to the question of where does SF go now, the stories show that science fiction writers continue to reexamine their vision of the future. It’s a continuing dialogue, and by including critical essays along with the stories, the
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002
does more to present the SF field as an on-going conversation and discussion of ideas than any of the other best of the year anthologies. It’s a worthy contribution and a good volume to have on your shelf.”—SF Site
 
“Every fan will have their favorites; there’s pretty much something for everyone. . . . Overall,
Nebula Awards Showcase 2006
gets it right. I judge it a keeper.”—Scifi Dimensions
 
“The variety of taste shown by the SFWA continues to be striking and heartening.”—
Publishers Weekly
 
“Invaluable, not just for the splendid fiction and lively nonfiction, but as another annual snapshot, complete with grins and scowls.”

Kirkus Reviews
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I’d like to thank Michael Capobianco, Mike Resnick, Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann, Pamela Sargent, George Zebrowski, Gordon Van Gelder, Jonathan Strahan, Sheila Williams, and Del Howison for their advice and help with the book.
INTRODUCTION
ELLEN DATLOW
P
eople are still saying that science fiction is dead, but I’ve been editing SF/F for over twenty-five years, and I see science fiction and fantasy writers continuing to create vibrant, original, provocative fiction. Both subgroups of fantastic fiction have branched out into a variety of subgenres and readers can find
their
kind of SF/F that still gives them a kick, as there are book publishers and professional magazines and webzines catering to many different tastes.

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