The Nebula Awards Showcase series has been published on an annual basis since 1966, reprinting in each edition a selection of the previous year’s finest speculative fiction. It’s is a long legacy, then, which guest editor Kij Johnson—herself a recipient of the Best Novella Nebula for “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”—evidences a welcome awareness of.
In her introduction she discusses how things have changed in the nearly fifty years since the founding members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America rewarded its first round of genre authors—Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Brian Aldiss, and Harlan Ellison, which is to say an array of talent no award can match today—as well as touching on those things that have stayed the same.
In this fitting fashion the 2014 edition of the Nebula Awards Showcase series begins... with a look back at beginning. But as Johnson reminds us, this is a time to look to the future too.