They got all the Nebula awards wrong!
Well, ok, maybe not all
. I haven't read Stable Strategies & Other Stories
(yet), but I'm willing to believe Eileen Gunn's story was the best of the nominated stories
. And though I'm a confirmed Bujold sceptic and find it really hard to believe Paladin of Souls
measures up to Cloud Atlas
or Perfect Circle
(or The Knight
or Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom
, to be honest), I have to admit that I haven't read that, either.
But even though most of the interesting novellas (particularly 'Arabian Wine
', 'Sergeant Chip
' and 'Off On A Starship
') got lopped off at the preliminary ballot
stage, and even though 'The Green Leopard Plague
' is a good story, surely 'The Cookie Monster
' and 'The Tangled Strings of the Marionnettes
' were better?
And as for novellette and script, well ... all I can think of to say is that both Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
and 'The Voluntary State
' were robbed, plain and simple.