YA. Once again, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have come up with an excellent grouping of short stories, essays, and poems for their annual awards. Contributors include Harlan Ellison, Ursula Leguin, Robert S. Silverbert, and Lisa Goldstein. The selections range from the bizarre as in "Alien Jane" or "Think Like a Dinosaur" to the seemingly mundane with a slight twist as in "Death and the Librarian." Poems and essays on such topics as science fiction and fantasy films of the year are also included. A feast for fans of the genre.
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This is the last volume of Pamela Sargent's stint as the Nebula anthology editor, which is unfortunate because she excels at editing these types of varied story collections (such as her Women of Wonder series). There's more work involved in editing a volume like this than you might think--given a limited amount of space, trying to cover an award that is for novels as well as short stories, one must carefully pick and choose. It will be interesting to see who SFWA finds to replace her.Now as for … more