sexta-feira, 29 de maio de 2009

Nebula Awards Showcase 2000



This volume celebrates some of the best science fiction published during a particularly engaging period,the years just a bit before the century turns over and delivers unto us a millennium.

A suitable moment to cast a backward glance.

Several pieces in this anthology reflect on science fiction's place in literature overall.( See,in particular the piece by Jonathan Lethem and the responses to it.) Others revel in the genre's history. Both views are particularly germane to a field that has come to dominate the visual media, while remaining largely neglected by the conventional literary world.

Nebula volumes are not collections of the best of the year; for those, see the annual productions of Hartwell and Dozois.
Instead,Nebula nominees and winners are the favorites of a club, the Science Fiction Writers of America, which is as riddled with highly opinionated folk as any small town.

Winners can represenat compromise, the resultant of divergent forces. actions and even bloc voting can carry the day,and have.Since a large number of fantasy writers migrated into the SFWA, making it the SFFWA,we see more fantasy among those honored by nomination. So any Nebula volume is more like a momentary reading of the pulse than a pinnacle of effort.

That given, I have tried to frame the fiction here with commentarv bv others on how the genre looks in the waning moments of a millennium. only in this inhoduction shall I hold forth from my own, rafier unusual, perspective.

Introduction:
The Science Fictional Century - Gregory Benford
Reading the Bones - Sheila Finch
Lost Girls -Jane Yolen
Thirteen ways to Water - Bruce Holland Rogers
From Forever Peace - Joe Haldeman
Genre and Genesis:
A Discussion of Science Fiction's Literary Role:
WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST LIVE TOGETHER? - Jonathan Lethem
RESPECTABILITY - Gordon Van Gelder
GATEKEEPEARS AND LITERARY BIGOTS - George Zebrowski
GOOD NEWS ABOUT SF IN BAD PUBLISHING TIMES - David Hartwell
THE TRUTH ABOUT SCI-FI MOVIES REVELATED AT LAST - Bill Warren
Winter Fire - Geoffrey A. Landis
Lethe - Walter Jon Williams
The Mercy Gate - Mark J. McGaruy
The 1998 Author Emeritus: Wiiliam Tenn - George Zebrowski
My life and Hard Times in SF - William Tenn
The Grand Master Award: Hal Clement - Poul Anderson
Uncommon Sense - Hal Clement
Rhysling Award Winners - John Grey and Laurel Winter
Appendices
About the Nebula Awards
Selected Titles from the preliminary Nebula Ballot
Past Nebula Award Winners
About the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America


Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 - The Year's Best SF and Fantasy chosen by the SFWA - Gregory Benford [ Download ]