When I look at the Nebula nominees this year I get the feeling that something is different. Has my taste changed and is now in line with the jury’s or has the quality increased? Whatever it is, reading the short stories nominees was a great pleasure this year!
The ratings are A for great, B for good and C for “didn’t like it”.
- (C) “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed 1/13)
Earth is completely messed up and dying but an old man doesn’t want to give it up. I am glad that I read this story last because otherwise I would have dismissed the Nebula as another wasted year. I am sure that other people will like it as we get some nice descriptions but I didn’t care about what was going on.
- (B) “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
A mildly interesting story with a somewhat surprising ending that, in my opinion, doesn’t fit.
- (A) “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” by Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4, audio version)
This is a very unusual story in which the narrator is the curator of an art exhibition who, according to the author’s notes, misunderstands the meaning of the paintings. Very innovative although it requires some work from the reader to figure out what’s going on.
- (A) “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
A marvelous and very poetic meandering with some great metaphors. It’s one of the stories that you either love or hate so I suggest you go out and read it on your own.
- (A) “Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed 6/13)
A couple decides to live for 10 years on a planet that is some lightyears away. They have to face some unexpected challenges… This is another great story with a very human touch. We often only get to see the male viewpoint (strong, logical) and it was a pleasure to experience the events from a different perspective. I loved it!