Fantastic Stories of the Imaginationby Warren Lapine, Harlan Ellison®, Mike Resnick, Barry B. Longyear
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Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominated editor Warren Lapine celebrates twenty years in genre publishing with his latest effort, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. This anthology contains fourteen nicely varied stories by some of the top names in genre publishing and several new up-and-comers. Included are Harlan Ellison, Mike Resnick, Barry B. Longyear, Kelly McCullough, Shariann Lewitt, Tom Piccirilli, Trent Zelazny, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, and many others. The stories range from edgy cyberpunk to urban fantasy, and they’ll stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. Explore what it means to be human and experience the depth of despair and heights of joy that come along with it.
These stories do not disappoint.—SF Scope
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Warren Lapine was formerly the publisher of DNA Publications (Absolute Magnitude, Weird Tales, Dreams of Decadence, Fantastic Stories, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Whole Cat Journal, and KISS Quarterly (a joint venture with KISS Ltd, which made him business partners with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), and others. He has been nominated for a Chesley Award, a Hugo Award, and a World Fantasy Award. He was briefly the publisher of the top print fantasy magazine Realms of Fantasy and Fantastic Books. He is now the publisher of Wilder Publications. Wilder Publications’ books cover the entire publishing spectrum. They currently have more than 1,800 books in print.
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I haven't had the greatest appettite for short fiction, but a friend recommended this collection, and I'm really grateful for it. I've seriously enjoyed this entire collection. There hasn't been a simgle story that I've felt any dissapointment with. They're all creative, in either basic premise or in the perspective on a familiar premise and the way theymake the characters available to the reader and extremely interesting. Even those pieces which are in a genre or perspective I don't normally enjoy were interesting and fun to read. And there are a few pieces here that I'll definitely be coming back to read again. All in all a really strong collection, full of solid storytelling and vibrant character work that makes the stories breathe and live. I strongly recommend this collection to anyone with an interest in fiction of any and all kinds.
This fine anthology has much to recommend. Warren Lapine has chosen the selections with care and good taste, assembling a gathering of literary delights to please fans of good stories, well told. A particular standout is "The Digital Eidolon That Fits in Your Pocket" by Trent Zelazny, about a grieving widower presented with an opportunity which wreaks havoc upon his heart and mind. It's an instant classic, provocative and heart-wrenching.
This anthology runs the gamut of speculative fiction, and lovers of good short stories will be captivated. I liked all the stories in this anthology, but there were a few that I particularly enjoyed. Harlan Ellison’s “A Tiny Man” is a brain twister of a tale that will take the average reader a few readings to fully grasp its meaning, and even then there are TWO endings. Classic Ellison. “Steaming Into Wonderland” by Douglas Cohen is a steampunk tale that delivers an interesting take on “Alice In Wonderland” and is one of my favorite stories in the book. Though Cohen includes some current pop culture references, there are times when the tone of the story is very much in the tradition of Lewis Carrol. Another great read. Edward J. McFadden’s “Starwisps” is another steampunk tale that reads like high fantasy, but is much more. Starwisps that give magic to a small percentage of the population is the underlying fantasy ingredient, but the steampunk elements are clever and original. McFadden writes with ease, and the story is refreshing and new. I hope McFadden writes more stories in the Starwisp universe. Shariann Lewitt is a veteran SF writer whose chops are on full display in “Haircut.” This story is so well written that I really connected with the main character, and the choice she needed to make. Technology, and how far humans should take it, is the thrust of this tale. This is perhaps the best story in the book, though Starwisps and Steaming Into Wonderland are close seconds. I also enjoyed the stories by Jay O’Connell, Mike Resnick, and Kelly McCullough.