Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy

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To observe an eclipse is to witness a rare and unusual event. Under darkened skies the sun becomes a negative image of itself, its corona transforming the landscape into a strange space where anything might happen, and any story may be true...

In the spirit of classic science fiction anthologies such as Universe, Orbit, and Starlight, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year) presents the non-themed genre anthology Eclipse: New ...

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Overview


To observe an eclipse is to witness a rare and unusual event. Under darkened skies the sun becomes a negative image of itself, its corona transforming the landscape into a strange space where anything might happen, and any story may be true...

In the spirit of classic science fiction anthologies such as Universe, Orbit, and Starlight, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year) presents the non-themed genre anthology Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy. Here you will find stories where strange and wonderful things happen--where reality is eclipsed by something magical and new.

Continuing in the footsteps of the multiple-award-nominated anthologies Eclipse One and Eclipse Two, Eclipse Three delivers new fiction by some of the genre's most celebrated authors, including Karen Joy Fowler's story of a family's desperation and a rebellious young woman's strange incarceration; Ellen Klages's fable of a practical girl, an unusual tortoise, and an ancient mathematical puzzle; Pat Cadigan's story of a mysterious photograph and two friends' journey through space and time in order to solve its riddle; Jeffrey Ford's tale of a legendary sword imbued with the power to turn flesh to coral, and of the artist that wields it; Daniel Abraham's story of divine providence, sacred oaths, and the omens that indicate whether a man is fit to be king; and Caitlin R. Kiernan's chronicle of an astronaut whose memories of a lover lost to an alien intelligence haunt her.

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Publishers Weekly
Australian editor Strahan continues his wide-ranging and occasionally controversial anthology series with 15 boundary-pushing stories. Pat Cadigan's “Don't Mention Madagascar” and Nnedi Okorafor's “On the Road” play wittily with reality and identity, and are exquisitely crafted. Maureen McHugh's “Useless Things” and Ellen Kushner's “Dolce Domum” are melancholy but no less fascinating. Jeffrey Ford's “The Coral Heart” nicely tweaks high fantasy tropes, while Peter S. Beagle's “Sleight of Hand” and Nicola Griffith's “It Takes Two” examine the nature and power of love from very different angles. The less successful efforts by Elizabeth Bear, Molly Gloss and Paul Di Filippo are still ambitious enough to be worth reading. Only Daniel Abraham's cliché-driven “The Pretender's Tourney” and Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple's predictable short-short “Mesopotamian Fire” seem really out of place. Despite the weak spots, Strahan continues to secure his place as a top anthologist. (Dec.)\
Library Journal
A young girl discovers the power of imaginary numbers in Ellen Klages's "Lotion"; in "On the Road," Nnedi Okorafor explores the consequences of a policewoman's eerie encounter while visiting her Nigerian relatives; and a grieving nobleman's faith receives the ultimate test in Daniel Abraham's metaphysical tale "The Pretender's Tourney." These stories, along with 12 other contributions by authors including Peter S. Beagle, Pat Cadigan, and Jane Yolen, present a varied take on modern speculative fiction. VERDICT This mixed bag of fantasy, sf, horror, and magical realism should have a strong appeal for a wide audience and is a good addition to libraries with strong short story collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597801621
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 10/21/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Outstanding Anthology!

    One of the things I do when I read an anthology is write (in pencil, of course!) a one- to four-star rating beside the title of the story in the table of contents, and the word BEST next to what I thought was the best story in the book. In ECLIPSE THREE, the best story was SLEIGHT OF HAND, by Peter S. Beagle, which nosed out Caitlin Kiernan's GALAPAGOS by the thinnest of margins. Great, great stuff all around. There's a lot of other good stories in all of the Eclipse volumes, and I can recommend them all without reservation. Jonathan Strahan also edits a BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR volume, which is also very well worth your time.

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