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

With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and othersFrom 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 fWith original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and othersFrom 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.The Elephant Ironclads shortfiction by Jason StoddardArdent clouds shortfiction by Lucy SussexGather shortfiction by Christopher RoweSonny Liston Takes the Fall shortfiction by Elizabeth BearNorth American Lake Monsters shortfiction by Nathan BallingrudAll Washed Up While Looking for a Better World shortfiction by Carol EmshwillerSpecial Economics novelette by Maureen F McHughAka St Mark s Place shortfiction by Richard BowesThe Goosle shortfiction by Margo LanaganShira shortfiction by Lavie TidharThe Passion of Azazel shortfiction by Barry N MalzbergThe Lagersta tte shortfiction by Laird BarronGladiolu Exposed shortfiction by Anna TambourDaltharee shortfiction by Jeffrey FordJimmy shortfiction by Pat CadiganPrisoners of the Action shortfiction by Paul J McAuley and Kim Newman as by Paul McAuley and Kim Newman
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction s Finest Voices With original stories by Jeffrey Ford Pat Cadigan Elizabeth Bear Margo Lanagan and othersFrom Del Rey Books and award winning editor Ellen Datlow two of the most respected names in science fictio

  • Title: The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices
  • Author: Ellen Datlow Margo Lanagan
  • ISBN: 9780345496324
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices”

    1. Uneven collection--the three star rating is on writing skill alone. I myself rarely venture into horror fiction, so my personal taste is a two star "it was okay." If you are looking for true sci-fi/fantasy and dislike horror, this is probably not the best collection. "Speculative" is a much better description, since a couple of these stories have neither fantasy nor science fiction. One way unique aspect is that many take on issues of race/nationality, somewhat unusual in the alternative fiction [...]

    2. It took me a long time to slog my way through these stories. While there was almost no science at all and very limited amounts of fantasy, horror was well represented. Maybe the definitions of science fiction and fantasy have changed, but I think that old Mr. Del Rey would be upset with the use of this name on this book. I know that the fad of open-ended stories has a place, but I'd like at least one story with some closure. It seems that open-endedness is just a cheap way to not wanting to writ [...]

    3. I didn't care for any of the stories in this anthology. The story that was supposed to be funny I found mildly insulting. I'm not entirely sure why at least one of the stories was labeled science fiction/fantasy. Basically, I didn't get the stories. None of them clicked. I was left feeling puzzled (but not in a good way). Not my cuppa tea.

    4. There were only two stories I halfway liked, and at least one I'd like to erase from my brain forever. Meh.

    5. The stories were just OK nothing here that will really hit you over the head and say "This is great stuff!"

    6. You had me at “Maureen F. McHugh”!I first picked up this book because it contains a piece by one of my favorite writers, Maureen F. McHugh – “Special Economics” which, as it just so happens, I’d already read (it appears in 2011’s After the Apocalypse: Stories) – but ultimately enjoyed all but one of the sixteen essays in this diverse collection. With elements of horror, fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction, alternate history, and the supernatural, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction [...]

    7. The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices edited by Ellen Datlow: One of the most important and prolific editors of science fiction and fantasy anthologies today returns with The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices. The key term here is speculative, for while most of these shorts lack the science fiction and fantasy elements that have come to define such stories for genre rea [...]

    8. Del Ray offers a decent collection of science fiction and fantasy tales in this book. The majority of the 16 stories collected herein were okay -- nothing truly memorable or entertaining. There are a few gems in the book, however. "Elephant Ironclads" envisions a 1950s America that shares its border with an independent American Indian nation, in which elephants are a mainstay of transportation. "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall" is a fascinating look at the "truth" behind his famous loss to Cassius C [...]

    9. An underwhelming collection, but I go to the library and get collections like this just to find a couple of interesting and unfamiliar authors, and I did find two. These are Lucy Sussex and Carol Emshwiller. Emshwiller's "All Washed Up While Looking for a Better World" was the must amusing story in the whole collection. Sussex's "Ardent Clouds" was the most surprising one. (Of course I also liked Maureen McHugh's "Special Economics", but since I already read this in her own collection (After the [...]

    10. I've only read the first 2 stories so far. The first was definitely speculative/alternative history, so maybe fits into "fantasy". The second was a nice story that my reading of "When Science Goes Wrong" tells me was probably inspired by a true story, but is neither sci-fi or fantasy imho. Still an interesting read, but I'm waiting for the sci-fi/fantasy to start. ETA: Ok, I finished finally. The last story was probably the best. Still had an ambiguous ending, but that seemed to be the type of s [...]

    11. As with most short story anthologies there are hits and there are misses. In my opinion, this collection was mostly misses. A number of the stories, while well written, didn't really capture my attention or make a whole lot of impact. Maybe I just didn't "get it" with those stories, but in the end it wasn't entirely enjoyable.

    12. If you want to read science fiction or fantasy novels then Del Ray is the publisher to look at.Most of the sixteen short stories carried within this book were science fiction so I didn't find them as compelling as if they were purely works of fantasy.It did introduce authors I had never heard of before so I would tell you to check this out.

    13. This anthology is very uneven - some very good stories, particularly those by Lanagan & Bear, but some very average stories as well. The stories in the middle section, in particular, were quite weak. Overall, a bit disappointing. I'd hoped for more.

    14. Returned this one to the library after reading Margo Lanagan's devastating Goosle. Tried to continue on several times with the other stories but none seemed to stick. Five stars for Margo alone though.

    15. This collection was weird. It was as if the authors were told to write regular fiction - not F, SF, or SpecFic - and just throw a tiny bit of something off/odd in at random. That's it. A very unsatisfying, if not boring, collection.The Goosle was the best one.

    16. Read and rated only "The Goosle" by Margo Lanagan - a very gory version of "Hansel and Gretel" with a good dose of sexual abuse. Audio: talestoterrify/tales-to-te

    17. Really excellent coagulation of ideas regarding the near term future of our species. A myriad of small details in stories which I will remember to re-read for years. Anthologically speaking, a gem.

    18. One of the more uneven story collections I've read. Very little sf/f, all depressing. Would not recommend.

    19. This book was not that good. A couple of O.K. stories but mostly strange, poorly written, poorly edited stories. Not good.

    20. Some good stories in here, most are either 3 or 4 stars. It's been nice to read this while I wait on Storm of Swords from the library (in transit finally!!). I think my favorite story was "Jimmy."

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