This annual tradition from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America collects the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the current state of the genre and predictions for future science fiction and fantasy films, art, and more.

This year's award-winning authors include Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, and more. The anthology also features essays from celebrated science fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Mike Resnick.

Contents

1 • Introduction (Nebula Awards Showcase 2008) • essay by Ben Bova
7 • Echo • (2005) • shortstory by Elizabeth Hand
21 • Burn • (2005) • novella by James Patrick Kelly
147 • The Books That Saved SFWA • [Anthopology 101 • 16] • (2007) • essay by Bud Webster
161 • Two Hearts • [Last Unicorn] • (2005) • novelette by Peter S. Beagle
207 • Science Fiction Poetry (Nebula Awards Showcase 2008) • essay by Joe Haldeman
213 • The Strip Search • (2005) • poem by Mike Allen
215 • The Tin Men • (2005) • poem by Kendall Evans and David C. Kopaska-Merkel
225 • Knowledge Of • (2005) • poem by Ruth Berman
227 • The State of Amazing, Astounding, Fantastic Fiction in the Twenty-First Century (Nebula Awards Showcase 2008) • essay by Orson Scott Card
245 • The Woman in Schrödinger's Wave Equations • (2005) • shortstory by Eugene Mirabelli
269 • James Gunn, Grand Master (Nebula Awards Showcase 2008) • essay by John Kessel
277 • The Listeners • [The Listeners] • (1972) • novelette by James E. Gunn [as by James Gunn ]
313 • Howl's Moving Castle: Book to Film (Nebula Awards Showcase 2008) • essay by Diana Wynne Jones
319 • Seeker (exceprt) • (2005) • shortfiction by Jack McDevitt
349 • I Have Seen the Future and It Ain't Got a Lot of Dead Trees In It • essay by Mike Resnick
357 • The Andre Norton Award: Magic or Madness • essay by Justine Larbalestier