Edited by: Jane Yolen
Published by: Pyr
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing
This anthology is a collection of the winning and nominated stories from the 2018 Nebula Awards. The stories are science fiction and fantasy. The Nebula Awards Showcase have been published every year since 1966, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vote for the best in each category. This year’s winners are Charlie Jane Anders, Seanan McGuire, William Ledbetter, Amal El-Mohtar, and Eric Heisserer, with David D. Levine winning the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.
This is the first time in awhile that I have had the chance to read the Nebula Awards Showcase. I hate to say it but I struggled through this book, most of it didn’t hold my interest and wasn’t one of those books that makes you want to pick it back up. A lot of the works were choppy and confusing to me. None of the short stories jumped out at me and none of them have any memorable moments.
The novelette section is where this book shines up and got me hooked. The excerpt from The Jewel and Her Lapidary caught my interest quickly. I would love the chance to read the whole novelette and find out what happens. Blood Grains Speak Through Memories has to be my favorite of the novelettes, the descriptions were spot on and made it easy for a little movie to form in my head as I read. I could definitely see it turned into a novel, giving more details and background in to the world in the story. Sooner Or Later Everything Falls Into The Sea was an interesting survival story, wish there was more background to what happened to get them to where they were though.
I especially enjoyed the novella excerpt from Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire. The characters were believable and descriptions were great, I just wish it wasn’t an excerpt but the whole novella. The last two excerpts were from All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, which won best novel, and Arabella Of Mars by David D. Levine, which was the winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. They both definitely have me wanting to get the full books and read them without stopping.
Overall I didn’t care for the short stories in this book but from the novelettes on this book is worth reading. I’m definitely planning on searching out more works from some of these authors. It is hard to review an excerpt from a novella or novel but it’s definitely the best way to find out if you would find it interesting.