NEBULA AWARDS 23 by Michael Bishop


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The 1987 award winners and some runners-up, as voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America: 11 stories, four poems, two once-overs, and a memorial. In fiction, the most noteworthy entries are: Kate Wilhelm's succinct and telling time-travel/romance, "Forever Yours, Anna"; Bruce Sterling's clever and amusing Japanese electric demon, "Flowers of Edo"; Gregory Benford's blackly humorous near-future fast-track family; Kiln Stanley Robinson's tautly effective ruminations on blindness and geometry; and James Morrow's witty commentary on scientific creationism. Also: trench warfare and coranology (Connie Willis); alternate-world McCarthyism (Walter Jon Wilhams); sports and ethics (John Kessel); dragons (Lucius Shepard); a human/chimpanzee romance (Pat Murphy); and weird alien criminals (Pat Cadigan). Also on the agenda: lan Watson usefully examines 1987's output of fiction (including novels), while Bill Warren glooms over 1987's movies (a horrible bunch, by and large, with little prospect of improvement); poems from Joe Haldeman, John Calvin Rezmerski, Jonathan V. Post, and W. Gregory Steward; and Isaac Asimov's appreciative memorial to the late Alfred Bester. Solid and dependable overall, measuring up to the high standards set in previous years.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1989
Publisher: Harcourt
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