I’ve read all the short fiction Nebula nominees this year.
The best part of the experience has been seeing how diverse the field is. These stories are widely divergent in style and voice, and they define “science fiction” and “fantasy” in very different ways.
This makes me happy.
You’re not going to like all of the stories nominated, but I think you’ll find something to appreciate in each one.
People are always worried about “trends” and how the kind of stories they like aren’t being written and read. But looking at the nominees this year, I’d say that such worries are misplaced. The field is still developing, growing lusciously in every direction.