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The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy : Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices
by Ellen Datlow


Overview - Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America.
Peter Straub
With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and others
From Del Rey Books and award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, two of the most respected names in science fiction and fantasy, comes a collection of fifteen all-new short stories, plus a science fiction novella, that could count as a virtual best of the year anthology.
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Overview
Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America.
Peter Straub
With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and others
From Del Rey Books and award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, two of the most respected names in science fiction and fantasy, comes a collection of fifteen all-new short stories, plus a science fiction novella, that could count as a virtual best of the year anthology. Here you will find slyly twisted alternate histories, fractured fairy tales, topical science fiction, and edgy urban fantasy.
In Daltharee, World Fantasy Award-winning author Jeffrey Ford spins a chilling tale of a city in a bottle and the demented genius who put it there. In Sonny Liston Takes the Fall, John W. Campbell Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear pens a poignant and eerie requiem for the heavyweight forever associated with his controversial loss to Cassius Clay. From hot new writer Margo Lanagan comes The Goosle, a dark, astonishing take on Hansel and Gretel. In the novella Prisoners of the Action, Paul MccAuley and Kim Newman take a trip down a rabbit hole that leads to a Guantanamo-like prison whose inmates are not just illegal but extraterrestrial.
Many of the writers you ll recognize. Others you may not. But one thing is certain: These stars of today and tomorrow demonstrate that the field of speculative fiction is not only alive and well it s better than ever."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780345496324
  • ISBN-10: 0345496329
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books
  • Publish Date: April 2008
  • Page Count: 400


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 140.
  • Review Date: 2008-02-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Declaring that short stories are the “heart and soul of fantastical fiction,” prolific and venerable editor Datlow collects 16 impressive original stories in this unthemed anthology. Standout selections include Margo Lanagan's deeply disturbing “The Goosle,” which eloquently corrupts the Hansel and Gretel fable with bubonic plague, sexual slavery and mass murder; Jason Stoddard's “The Elephant Ironclads,” which describes an emergent 20th-century Navajo nation struggling to become a world power while staying true to its culture; Elizabeth Bear's “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” a poignant tale about the life, death and sad legacy of the troubled heavyweight fighter; and Pat Cadigan's “Jimmy,” a strange and supernatural coming-of-age story set in the moments just after John F. Kennedy's assassination. The thematic diversity and consistently high quality of narrative throughout make for a solid and enjoyable anthology. (Apr.)

 
BookPage Reviews

The darkest hours

Ellen Datlow has long been a force to be reckoned with in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Now, with The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices, she has published a book that will lure casual readers into finding out more about writers such as Margo Lanagan, Nathan Ballingrud and Laird Barron. Some of the contributors are well known (Jeffrey Ford, Maureen F. McHugh), some of them are newer (Christopher Rowe, Anna Tambour), but all enjoy exploring the weirder aspects of life. Datlow tends toward darker stories (she edits the horror half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, of which, full disclosure, I co-edit the fantasy half), so there are stories here that will have readers checking that their doors and windows are locked. Lanagan's retelling of Hansel and Gretel, "Goosle," reminds readers that fairy tales are definitely not all for children, and Barron's "The Lagerstätte," where a young widow is tempted to join her late husband, is a horrifying page-turner. The first story, Jason Stoddard's alternate historical "The Elephant Ironclads," is especially memorable. Traditional virtues clash with cold war politics when two Navajo boys are caught up in an attempt to acquire the nuclear bomb for their nation. This book will stand out among the year's extraordinarily rich field of anthologies.

 
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