Published this year by Tor and enclosed in an easy to handle paperback, this anthology coincides with 2011 Nebula Awards weekend in Washington DC. In honor of the event included are all 2009’s nominees and winners – the complete set of short stories, novellas, and novelettes in one volume.
It is edited by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson. Just some of the content includes: Kage Baker’s novella “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s”, Eugie Foster’s novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast”, Kij Johnson’s short story “Spar”, and Paolo Bacigalupi’s novelette, “The Gambler”. It also includes information about the award and a complete listing of every year’s winners. Included in the lists is Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which won the Andre Norton Award in 2010; I mention this as I’ve just reviewed it!
I’ve started several of the stories included in this book, and skimmed through it all briefly. It is a well organized collection of what is the “cherry“ at the top the veritable mountain of works published in the field. A must read for any writer or reader interested in the modern standard set within Speculative Fiction. I imagine this book will be reviewed in sections, since how does one review a collection like this? Any suggestions?
Thanks for reading!