2017 Nebula nominees for best short story are announced

Did you know the 2017 Nebula Award nominees are out? Of course you did, because unlike me, you’ve been paying attention to all the great science fiction and fantasy out there. The Nebula Awards will be held May 19, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

My only excuses for not posting this earlier are

  1. I’m trying to write a novel.
  2. I’m also building a summer house in a remote location that has sketchy phone service and internet access.
  3. I have a communications consulting business to pay the bills.
  4. The cat ate my laptop.

Okay, #4 is a lie, but the rest is true.

Anyway, here are the short story nominees. Reviews of these nominees are coming soon.

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Nebula Nominee Review: “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” by Matthew Kressel / Reseña del cuento nominado al Premio Nebula: “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” de Matthew Kressel

Note: This is the third review of a short story nominee for the Nebula Awards. Reviews of other nominees can be found here and here. More to come.

At first I thought I was in for a silly ride with Jar Jar Binks and company, but nope, author Matthew Kressel pulled up, and “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” turned out to be a touching space opera. I was a little confused about the state of the characters at the end but that did not outweigh the strengths of this short story.

The story opens with two creatures in a space ship on a star-harvesting mission. One–the Eye–is a representation of a supreme (but not infallible) intelligence that has been consuming stars and civilizations for a very long time. The second is the Meeker, a being evidently created to carry out the physical and tactile duties necessary to serve the Eye. When they come upon some space junk they have never encountered before, the Eye is able to regenerate the life form encased there. Continue reading