The premier speculative-fiction magazine "Fantasy & Science Fiction" continues to discover and showcase many of the most inventive authors writing in any genre. Read more...
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The premier speculative-fiction magazine "Fantasy & Science Fiction" continues to discover and showcase many of the most inventive authors writing in any genre. Now drawing even more deeply upon "F&SF" s impressive history, this extraordinary companion anthology expands upon sixty-five years worth of top-notch storytelling. "The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two" is a star-studded tribute to the continuing vision of "F&SF."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-16
- Reviewer: Staff
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction—aka F&SF—has been one of the flagships of speculative fiction since its founding in 1949. While similarly lauded magazines, like Galaxy, Galileo, and If, have fallen by the wayside, F&SF steadfastly soldiers on. Van Gelder, the magazine’s current editor in chief, offers 27 stories arranged in chronological order, providing a demonstration of the magazine’s evolution over six decades. Longtime readers will recognize justly famous stories such as Zenna Henderson’s touching “The Anything Box,” Kit Reed’s amusing “The Attack of the Giant Baby,” and Maureen F. McHugh’s stark “The Lincoln Train.” Less deserving is Robert Silverberg’s “Sundance,” in which stylistic daring fails to distract from an unfortunate portrayal of Native Americans. Van Gelder provides a short foreword and includes a charmingly irascible introduction by acclaimed critic Michael Dirda. (Aug.)