Nancy Kress, editor,
Nebula Awards Showcase:
The Year's Best SF & Fantasy 2003

(Roc, 2003)

Nebula Awards Showcase 2003, edited by Nancy Kress, is an elegantly presented trade paperback. The silver, black and sepia cover is both eye-catching and beautiful. Open these covers and see the year's best work by six writers chosen by their peers to represent the entire group known as the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

This anthology, the 38th to mark the coveted Nebula Awards, is a virtual banquet of good reading. Look for such names as Catherine Anderson, James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Severna Park, Mike Resnick and Jack Williamson.╩Nine writers offer commentary, and there is a list of past Nebula winners that make a To Be Read list of fine writing to cherish for years to come.

Let us now consider the stories. What happens when:╩an isolated tribe has genes with the cure for everything;╩an outbound starship full of colonists returns to base and is unable to land;╩a ghost moves into an occupied house and refuses to leave;╩a talking spaceship has a panic attack and goes into galactic overdrive;╩the peaceful elephants on Neptune are invaded by Earthmen and turn the tables on them; and╩when the first chapters of a promising novel offer what looks like a fantasy/science fiction/mystery? How can a reader resist such attractions?

Nebula Awards Showcase 2003 is a reflection of everything that is good about science fiction and fantasy writing today. Every story offers a different perception of what our future holds. The writers deal imaginatively with such things as╩gene research, terraforming, space colonization and╩robotic mining. Congratulations to these talented writers for their structured plots and carefully chosen words.

- Rambles
written by Jean Marchand
published 12 July 2003

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