Act One

“One of the best of the year...a compelling novella about a once-famous actress and her devoted manager who get much more publicity of an unfortunate sort when they inadvertently become embroiled with an act of biological terrorism with potentially world-changing results.” — Gardner Dozois, Locus More

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Published by Phoenix Pick
Words: 19,620
Language: English
ISBN: 9781604504132
About Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress (born January 20, 1948) is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella "Beggars in Spain" which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.


Nebula Awards

Best Short story winner (1986): "Out of All Them Bright Stars"
Best Novella winner (1991): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novelette winner (1998): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"
Best Novella winner (2007): "Fountain of Age"

Hugo Award

Best Novella winner (1992): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novella winner (2009): "The Erdmann Nexus"
Best Novella nominee (2010): "Act One"

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Best Novel second place (1994): Beggars in Spain (there was no first place award in 1994)
Best Novel winner (2003): Probability Space

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Best Short Science Fiction winner (1997): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"

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