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Acquired Book By: I am a reviewer for Prometheus Books and their imprints starting in [2016] as I contacted them through their Edelweiss catalogues and Twitter. I appreciated the diversity of titles across genre and literary explorations – especially focusing on Historical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction and Scientific Topics in Non-Fiction. I received a complimentary copy of “Nebula Awards 2015” direct from the publisher PYR (an imprint of Prometheus Books) in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

How I came to learn about ‘Nebula Awards 2015’:

I’ve heard about the Nebula Awards but I honestly haven’t followed them; although this might sound strange coming from someone who loves Science Fiction as much as I do! The truth is I have always picked up Science Fiction quite randomly until I became a blogger – I lean towards finding more Sci-Fi to read now as I blog than I had in previous years – except for the years I was invested into the SFBC (Science Fiction Book Club) which was a mail-order catalogue of the genre by which you could order hardback editions of classic and contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy authors. I vaguely remember reading about the Nebula Awards in those catalogues as they used to write articles to go with the book selections – you could learn a heap just by browsing and this is how I started to navigate the genre as a whole.

I also gathered quite a heap of books – by various authors – including the Acorna series and a lot of Heinlein whilst focusing on Tolkien and Kate Elliott as well. I never read them save for Kate Elliott’s Crown of Stars series as I was gathering books to read rather than reading all the books I was gathering. I would classify that point in my reading life as a ‘discovery period’ where I was seeking out certain styles of narrative and certain authors of whom I felt were writing the kinds of stories I wanted to read. I did read the odd book every so many shipments – however, I have this lovely little cache of Science Fiction I one day want to re-open and see what I’ll find inside! I do not remember all the books I collected as it was more of the art of the hunt back then than the devourment of the spoils – I wonder if anyone else has gone through a collecting book stage rather than a reading stage!?

Around the time I discovered Prometheus Books and their imprints of Seventh Street Books and Pyr, I found this curious collection: the Nebula Awards Showcase 2015. I had intended to read it closer to when it arrived but the timing was not right for me until now. What I appreciated about this showcase is how eclectic it was and how varied the stories were inside – as much as it was a wicked good overall of the current offerings of a genre I truly love dearly! Science Fiction holds a special place in my heart – it was the original genre of choice when I first started to write my own stories and to this day, it’s the genre I love to return to read.

I will be following this reading with the 2016 Nebula Awards Showcase lateron this week – as I was blessed to receive both years. Next year, the editor is Julie E. Czerneda of whom I featured earlier this month whilst she disclosed the inside bits on her Web Shifters series!

I would be interested to know if my readers follow the Nebula Awards and if they have picked up any of the Nebula Award Showcases? If this is your first meeting of the showcases (as it is for me), I welcome your feedback as well. I love anthologies – normally reserved for short stories, but in this instance, I love how you get an inside glimpse into a variety of writers and their chosen styles of creative expression whilst honing in on what makes the Nebula Awards such an amazing group of creatives who write about a futuristic world not too far from our own.

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SFN: Book Review | “Nebula Awards Showcase 2015” (edited by) Greg Bear #RRSciFiMonthNebula Awards Showcase: 2015
Subtitle: Stories, Excerpts and Essays
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The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

The editor of this year’s volume, selected by SFWA’s anthology Committee (chaired by Mike Resnick), is American science fiction and fantasy writer Greg Bear, author of over thirty novels, including the Nebula Award-winning Darwin’s Radio and Moving Mars.

This anthology includes the winners of the Andre Norton, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, as well as the Nebula Award winners, and features Ann Leckie, Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard, and Vylar Kaftan, with additional articles and poems by authors such as Robin Wayne Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Terry A. Garey, Deborah P Kolodji, and Andrew Robert Sutton.

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ISBN: 9781633880900

Genres: Anthology Collection of Short Stories and/or Essays, Science Fiction


Published by Pyr

on 8th December, 2015

Format: Paperback Edition

Pages: 320

Published By: Pyr (@Pyr_Books)

Available Formats: Trade Paperback and Ebook

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On the introduction:

I love how Greg Bear wrote a discourse of his history with the Nebula Awards – starting quite ironically the year before I was bourne! As he moved through the decades, he we would offer little tidbits of his memories, sharing what he felt or observed whilst attending the Nebula Awards. I had not realised his wife’s father was Poul Anderson – that was an interesting bit of trivia for me – as Anderson is one of the authors I had earmarked to read (at some point) whilst I was involved with the SFBC. You’ll notice as I blog about my science fiction wanderings a lot of references will be eluding back to the SFBC, as for whichever reason it was an incubator of curious discoveries.

I loved how Bear championed the integrity of writing what you know to be true even if editors later change that truth for their own needs (i.e. regards to his article being altered for publication) even if it has consequences you cannot foresee. He wrote with a lot of levity and insight – how the Awards come regularly like any natural season and how writers are both on pins to hear whose won but also, elated if their name is called. It’s a quirky balance of anxiety and exultation of joy – the brilliant combination of emotions any writer can claim as their own. Writing is such an intrapersonal experience – we put our imagination and our words on the line, hoping to inspire a reader to feel as connected to our stories as we do ourselves and thus, I could concur with Bear about the curiously curious attachment we have to seeing how our peers interpret our stories and if the stories resonate with our peers inasmuch as the readers.

I especially loved the nod of appreciation Mr Bear gave his wife – of whom apparently helped him complete the 2015 showcase as he had a medical crisis. He has such a well of memories surrounding the Nebula Awards, but I loved how what has lasted even longer than the Awards themselves are the memories of the stories and of the writers who penned them to life.

on reading the contents these are the stories recognised:

From 2013:

What I found interesting is that one of the novels I was most anticipating to read in 2013 but did not get around to it (although I borrowed it often enough!) is Hild! 2013 was the year I was beginning Jorie Loves A Story and so, most of my library holds never quite left the library shelf I placed them on until they were boomeranging back to the library to meet another reader who was eager to meet them! Laughs. Sometimes we find ourselves distracted and stories take a bit longer to be read – however, in this particular case, I was trying to sort out the Admin and frontend of being a book blogger – thus the hours escaped me especially fast!

I did read The Golem and the Jinni shortly after my library purchased a copy – I was overjoyed! It was singularly my favourite discovery from the library in quite a number of years! I still to this day do not yet own my own hardback copy and look forward to purchasing one ahead of the sequel’s release – although, I might simply await the sequel and purchase both simultaneously as I do want to re-read the first in order to fully absorb myself back into the heart of the Jinni’s story!

In regards to Doctor Who, I’ve charted such a haphazard path into the Whovian realms, I dearly wish I had had the forethought to take notes and journal my explorations! It’s one of those wicked visual journeys that you love taking and wished you had written down the passageways of where you had traversed first since you followed the Doctor completely out of order and sequence of the series! This is another episode I saw quite on the fly and loved it. More confusing is how I’ve sorted out the timeline of Doctor Who himself whilst never fully seeing his own history start to finish but sort of ‘write-in’ the missing bits whilst dashing backwards and forward through the series as a whole! It’s quite an interesting adventure – continuing this year, as I picked up the trail of the Daleks whilst embracing an impromptu marathon of Dalek episodes via BBC America this Sci Fi November! Of all the Who villains, the Daleks creep me out the most!

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My Review of nebula awards showcase 2015:

 { am electing to highlight the stories within the anthology

which piqued my interest the most out of the ones offered inside }

One interesting note to be mentioned is that I am finding this particular showcase is inclusive of the 2013 Nebula Awards whereas the showcase for 2016 is inclusive of the 2014. Which means the 2017 showcase will feature the 2015 Nebula Awards – I am curious why the showcases are two years behind? Even though I read the introduction about how the awards are set-up and maintained, I find myself at a bit of a loss on how the collections are assembled.

| “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel | ( Site | @mattkressel )

There is a bittersweet undertone to this particular story – the language is a hybrid of American and Japanese linguistics wherein you can sort out the future in this story has transcended quite a bit away from our projections right now. Except to say for the focus to leave Earth and to re-settle elsewhere in the cosmos; the focus of this story is to re-create a new version of Earth rather than to pick another planet to terraform to embrace our needs. It is on this new Earth the residents have quickly started to erase what life was back on Earth; an interesting theory, as how everyone who was moving forward did not have regret about the past.

Only one man felt more imprinted about his past – from his ancestors to his living environs than the rest of his family. Even his son, grown and with a family of his own did not readily understand how his father was reacting to the changes; of how relocating to a newer version of Earth whilst the older one was mined for spare bits necessary to maintain order on the new orbiting locations was not meant to be hard but acceptable progress. It was here where we see the man who felt left behind – not just in time and setting but of mindset. His was a time of caretaking of the natural environments and of attempting to maintain the delicate imbalance between toxicity and clean air – something he spent his lifetime to achieve.

Despite the few sprinkles of strong words which I felt distracted from the story and weren’t necessary – as the strength of this story was truly the message hidden within the context: what is more important to gain? The ability to use technological advances to create anything at any given point in time or to find a way to regenerate and revive a living ecosystem that had become plagued by bad choices and greed? There is a silver lining inside this story too, which touches your heart, as the man’s grand-daughter learnt something from her grandfather he never felt he’d witness; it was such a touching ending – how one man’s life can affect the next generation. To think and to understand what actions of this grave nature can affect and how holding onto what is known and relevant is harder than you first presume.

I can see why this story was nominated – it’s grounded on the preposition of what a near-future could play out to include and how the differences between generations can lead to a separation of opinions. It’s also about home and family; of the concept of what each of those words mean to different people of different ages and how effectively, even when a new Earth is realised how separated we still remain across socioeconomic grounds. The ‘sounds’ of the story are at once a readily recognisable sound and then the origin of the sound leads into the metaphor of how survival in uncertain times is hard-won.

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| “Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley | ( Site | @akaSylvia )

Written in a similar vein as The Sounds of Old Earth, Wrigley entreats inside the anguish of a mother whose raising a daughter on a colony meant to terraform a new planet to curate a living ecosystem which would mimic Earth. On this toxic planet, nothing is going as planned – not the contracted promise of giving ten years of your life before you could return to your home on Earth or of the promise that life on this new colony would reflect a life you once lived.

The difficulties stacked against the researchers and scientists alike when they first attempted to return to Earth; the first group instantly killed as something on this colony was benign until returnt to it’s original atmosphere and environment. Meaning, something was picked up on the colony and that particular something was killing off those who tried to go home. This in of itself was beyond tragic, but what truly hits your heart is how a mother who loved raising her daughter, hadn’t realised there was a hidden consequence in sharing stories of her past. The stories of how life was on Earth – where freedom of choice and freedom of movement was not a privilege but an inherent right.

She filled her daughter with memories of her own life, of how it felt to be alive on Earth – from sensory points of view and of taste of food, although in regards to the latter, she painted the picture too broad for her daughter to conceptionalise. This became a bit of a downfall and a sad omen of how sometimes if you go too far away from your homeworld, life elsewhere is too hard to survive. The gutting conclusion of this story is cautionary in tone but also one of paying homage to the close relationship of a mother and daughter; of who sometimes the stories we share have more weight than words and how life truly must be a choice rather than a structured obligation.

I was most impressed by how the story led into the conclusion – you picked up on a bit of foreshadow this was going to end sadly, but not enough to understand the fuller context of how it ends. Wrigley truly embraced all the different layers of grief far ahead of the ending – as the story itself is nearly a lesson in grief for Earth, of life and of humanity.

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| “Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak | ( Site | @Cbarzak )

I was not expecting to soak inside Paranormal Rom (#PNR), but I had such a delighted joy in reading this unexpected gem by Mr Barzak! This is one of my first novelettes to read as well – the slightly longer short story wherein a writer has a bit more wriggle room to encompass everything he wants to say, and I must commend Barzak on how he used this extra space! You’re so taken by his character Shelia – as she’s quite extraordinarily ordinary! She doesn’t apologise for her life nor the way in which she lives it – she’s simply happy being herself – in of itself is one of her best attributes! The fact she’s a witch by trade is part of the quirkiness of this particular tale!

I even liked how he brought a werewolf into the story-line – nothing about this tale is typical – not even the characteristics of the witch and the werewolf, as each of them re-set their own standard by telling their own side of the lore surrounding themselves! What was quite endearing too, is how Shelia was trying to remain true to herself and still make a living at what was naturally second-nature to her in regards of a gift she could share with others.

You’re fully invested in the story long before you realise how supernaturally this tale is stitched together; as the magic inside is softer and a bit muted. You can tell Shelia is trying to come to terms with her sexuality but also, the manner in which she lives. She doesn’t like to draw attention to herself nor put herself before others; she’s a follower of White Magic with a complete aversion to Dark Magic due to experiences in college where she learnt the other end of magic wasn’t her cuppa tea. She’s in her late thirties and is vexed a bit by how her Mum won’t shake off the hold she has on her daughter’s love life but the irony there is how ironically accidental her Mum helps her out in that regard! If only indirectly, of course, but evenso! Her Mum set into motion a set of circumstances that led to a particular conclusion and I would imagine, paths might not have crossed without a small ‘push’ from her mother!

The only blight on the story itself was one particular strong word that felt out of place with the flow of the story-line – everything was charmingly different, setting it’s own pace and had these little quirks of phrase I found fit in well with the continuity of the ‘place’ Barzak had established. Despite that addition, the beauty of the tale is truly in how it’s ending is left open for the reader to imagine a fuller contrast of it’s conclusion. Not that it’s not properly firmed together, it simply has this beautiful ‘open window’ of possibility at the end that I felt was the best way for this Rom to conclude!

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| “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” by Sarah Pinsker | ( Site | @SarahPinsker )

Anyone whose had a medical crisis in their family will automatically understand what is happening inside this novelette, as Pinsker takes you straight into the eclipse between emergency and the after effects of emergency response. Where you tuck along beside Millie as George lives through a stroke and her mind arches backwards to when they met and how their relationship developed as he’s in ICU. Her recollective thoughts run concurrent to his timeline with the stroke – as you see the shell of the man in the hospital you can glimpse more of his essence by his automatic response to mimic something he loved to do best: draw.

Pinsker draws you close to the dramatic reality facing Millie – she’s been attached to George ever since she first caught sight of him in Chicago, where an unexpected collision of sorts drew them both together whilst giving her a chance to view his drawings. His eye for detail and of realism was naturally innate and it was his positive attitude that acted like a magnet for Millie to realise she was smitten by him.

You don’t realise at first what Pinsker is hinting at within the shadows of Millie’s memory and where George has cordoned off his soul. His spirit is restless due to the agony of regret – of what he had to do out of duty but not out of moral judgement. His mind was a hive of architectural ingenuity – he created anything that could be conceptionalised to be built simply by allowing his pen strokes to guide the structure forward to blueprints or paper. He was ahead of his time – envisioning such grand structures of beauty and art encapsulated in the strength of his constructions; many of which never left the draft board.

It was hidden within time and of where the most difficult of memories reside – tucked away out of sight, but never far from the forefront of conscience; there Millie found what she hadn’t realised she had known. A small secret from George, cast out to her so many moons ago up in their eclectically beautiful treehouse – George had confided in her a tragic mistake that nearly took him half a century to release. It was her understanding of her husband that she knew how best to heal his mind – of how to let the past become healed in the present – because this was the cause of his stroke; his unwillingness to continue forward knowing all along of what pain he had caused others in the past.

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| “Finding Frqnkie” by Robin Wayne Bailey |

I had to smile. Part of this beautiful testimony on behalf of a person’s creative life as a writer was the smirking familiar recognition about how we’re all ‘writers’ first and our stories are placed in ‘genres’ second! I am definitely one of those original writerly sorts who loves to embrace the craft of writing whilst contemplating the type of story I wish to tell at any given point in time during my creative process of inking out the words to formulate the thoughts behind the stories and characters. I do appreciate the designations of genres and of the different branches of literature in all it’s variables because I love pacing myself through those portals of thought and seeing what can be rooted out from how each writer chose to fuse their narrative into a particular rhythm of literary voice.

I was never hung up on genre placement though – to me, as it was stipulated in this passage, if it were anything at all it was a lantern guiding you a bit towards where you ‘could go’ but never limiting the full capacity of where you could take a story. I write across multiple genres and am toying with populating a story under the genre I classified as ‘Cosy Horror’ whilst owning to the fact, I do have a new affinity for non-fiction (readings) and might consider exploring that avenue down the road. Bending genre is as wicked as bending time – you can find yourself with an infinite layer of possibilities and that’s the wicked sweet gift of being a writer – if you can imagine it or sort out a way to wrap an entire world of an idea around a premise, you have a ready idea to launch into a manuscript.

What surprised me the most is the writer of the hour was behind one of my favourite stories in motion picture: The Poseidon Adventure and the one film that was simply to much for me to finish: The Towering Inferno! Both drew a ready interest because I had a healthy appetite for natural disaster and/or adventure movies – I still do today, as I truly appreciated the Rock’s disaster film San Andreas as it took me by surprise. It held within it a heap more heart and was so character centred, I was surprised it wasn’t being talked about a bit more.

This is such a beautiful reflective piece about a writer’s career, his impact on readers and peers alike and how his legacy is equally divided by his activism for civil rights and his passion for telling stories. A beautiful introduction to a writer I knew on the fringes of his career – one day I look forward to actually reading his stories! What a lovely inclusion to have featured!

| “The Cat Star” by Terry A. Garey |

For my dear hearted readers who’ve been with me throughout the year, you’re already aware of my Two Years, Two Cats post and how difficult it was for me to lose a companion in fur back in January. However, for those of you who are reaching my blog through #RRSciFiMonth, I simply wanted to mention this previous post to better explain why this particular poem touched my heart as much as it had! There was something about how the cat was transformed into this ethereal entity of the heavens and how it’s whispered presence was still readily known that put a cosy comfort of joy around my own memories for the dear loves I’ve lost in my life, too.

It is such a clever poem! I wasn’t expecting to find a poem etched out like this one – it was highly creative and so very soothing for anyone whose lost one of their companions. I think it’s in part due to how it’s told and how it’s imagined to be presented to your own imagination. It has something special inside it’s words and I hope other cat lovers will find it as charming as I did myself!

| “Into Flight” by Andrew Robert Sutton |

Ooh, it was such a delightful premise! What becomes of our cherished friends?! The books on our shelves when they feel abandoned and unloved!? What would a book do if it needed to set itself free and live away from it’s reader’s heart and mind!? This quirky poem sets out to answer those curiously odd questions and to find truth amongst the stars in the process!

What I loved about it best is how Sutton truly embraced the technologic advancement of ebooks and ereaders by augmenting a poetic soliloquy of how a traditional book might feel by this onset of tech and how best to survive in a world that no longer loved it’s textured soul. For a traditional reader – I loved this poem because at it’s core it’s a reflective narrative on how sometimes technology can supersede the very humanity we want to keep hold of most.

my concluding thoughts:

Even though I read If you were a dinosaur, my love by Rachel Swirsky (@rachelswirsky) and found it emotionally gutting, the main reason I didn’t highlight it here as a favourite read is because of how depressing the story ends. Swirsky has a unique style of starting the next thread of thought on the passage of a previous one, where everything is folding together in such a clever way as to lay down a particular pace of continuity and inflect certain raw emotions into her short narrative. She packs such a hearty punch of realism into such a short space, too! It was the somber reality that greets you as you near the end of the story that is enough to overtake you – as it’s simply not quite the ending you thought it was leading into but one that honed in on the desolation of despair a grieving bride would have for her beloved during tragedy.

This particular collection of stories, antidotes and murmurings of Science Fiction had within it’s pages such a cartography of human emotions! You could quite literally feel every ounce of your humanness by reading it’s collection because each of the writers in turn found a way to etch a catalyst of emotional fortitude into their stories. Their characters were facing incredible odds and had to somehow find a way to stomach the vacuumed despair or else, find their lives empty of all hope.

The words these writers have used to paint their portraits of life in futuristic places are humbling and eagerly on-point to curtain off a certain sense about the world today. There are cross-applications to these stories – of origins you can perceive of what inspired them and of why these stories were being penned when they were and how they were being expressed. It’s a collection to take to heart – to ponder and lay thought upon long after you put the stories down the first time you’ve read them. Most are cautionary in nature, others are thought-provoking social conscious works of creative expression. All of them hold a kernel of where Science Fiction and Consciousness co-merge into a working consciousness of forward thought and internal supposition of what a near-off future could hold inside it’s palm. Truly a remarkable reading for today’s inquisitive reader seeking stories which speak towards the edge of where truth and reality blur and find their own voice.

There were certain stories I paused over for a moment before moving forward – all the stories I read in full and enjoyed immensely are listed on this review. Some I read and thought I might have an inkling of joy in reading only to find something within their tales a bit too unsettling or perhaps, simply written a bit outside what I wanted to read in the moment I met the story. Some were a bit more liberal with stronger language and others, simply perplexed me such as the short story about portraiture of art within the tale written by Kenneth Schneyer. The words I leave here are the concluding thoughts I had whilst re-thinking over the stories which washed over my mind and left me pensively thankful for having met their writer’s muse within this showcase.

I am honestly contemplating sorting out a way to collect all the Nebula Awards Showcases – as I have a feeling I’ll be garnishing a lovely collection of #newtomeauthors who not only write stimulating stories but are constantly on the forefront of where Science Fiction can bend itself into a new identifiable genre of infinite plausible realities. I am wicked happy I can begin my next readings hugged inside the showcase for 2016 wherein I discover what made a mark on sci-fi imaginative synergy in 2014! I truly love anthologies for bridging together such a collective of creative minds of whom have a wicked way of bring their visions to life within the unexpected joys only an anthology can give a reader!

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Book Bloggers & the book blogosphere are celebrating this release:

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My next reviews showcasing titles from Prometheus are:

Complexity (see also Review)

Nebula Awards 2016

The Circle 

The New Science of Conscienceness

 I look forward to cross-sharing these lovelies with readers and bloggers who are participating in Sci Fi November (follow tag: #RRSciFiMonth) & the Sci Fi Experience of which I am a 4th Year Blogger!

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Please read this post to understand why I left #RRSciFiMonth & entered the Sci Fi Experience. I explained why I am pulling back everything on my blog and reading at a pace that can fit inside my new rhythm whilst going through a family medical emergency. Thanks for your patience & I hope what I was able to showcase this month for Science Fiction has inspired you! More to come in December & January! Til soon!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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