Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction & Fantasy

Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction & Fantasy

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by Sharyn November, Emma Bull, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean
     
 

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Charles de Lint. Alan Dean Foster. Diana Wynne Jones. Kelly Link. Patricia A. McKillip. Tamora Pierce. These are just a few of the acclaimed and bestselling authors who have contributed original stories to Firebirds Rising, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning anthology Firebirds.

This collection takes readers from deep space to Faerie to just

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Charles de Lint. Alan Dean Foster. Diana Wynne Jones. Kelly Link. Patricia A. McKillip. Tamora Pierce. These are just a few of the acclaimed and bestselling authors who have contributed original stories to Firebirds Rising, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning anthology Firebirds.

This collection takes readers from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner. It is full of magic, humor, adventure, and�best of all�the unexpected. The one thing readers can count on is marvelous writing. Firebirds Rising proves once again that Firebird is more than an imprint�it is a gathering place for writers and readers of speculative fiction from teenage to adult, from the United States to Europe, Asia, and beyond.

"Firebird has shown impeccable taste by bringing back into print books that should be on everyone�s bookshelf and tantalizing them with original titles that�ll delight them for years to come."
�The SF Site

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Using her discerning genius in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, editor Sharyn November has created a stunning collection of stories from among the very best authors of our time. The listing of authors reads like a who's-who in the field: Francesca Lia Block, Emma Bull, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean, Charles de Lint, Carol Emshwiller, Alan Dean Foster, Alison Goodman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Patricia A. McKillip, Tamora Pierce, and Sharon Shinn. The stories range from pure fantasy to "real" science fiction, with some fascinating stops in between. Several stories have twists and feints to draw the reader in; then, they present challenges for the reader's sensibilities. The story, "In the House of the Seven Librarians," by Ellen Klages is going to become a library classic. Many of the stories explore new ways of thinking about human and non-human interactions: "Quill," by Carol Emshwiller, shines as a thought-provoking example. Actually, all of the stories have elements of vision-modifying experiences within the storyline; each, inventive and creative in its own way. The realization that things are not what they seem is evidenced in the striking story, "The Wizards of Perfil" by Kelly Link. Every author who was approached for this substantial collection responded with a 'yes'—in itself a commendation to the editor who now has enough material for yet a third anthology (and I hope more). While most people do not read an anthology straight through from cover to cover, such was the power of every story that, that is exactly what I did! I particularly enjoyed the author bios and notes at the end of each story—it was very revealing to re-think myreaction to the story with the added information about how it was conceived or planned from the author's viewpoint. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, BUT in this case the "parts" stand alone quite well as little jewels in the larger crown that is this satisfying collection. 2006, Firebird/Penguin, Ages 12 up.
—Sheilah Egan
VOYA
November's second anthology of original science fiction and fantasy by top names in the field is a literate and entertaining collection. The selections are sophisticated enough to satisfy older readers, and the prevalence of young adult protagonists ensures that teen readers will feel at home in these pages. In the opening story, Huntress by Tamora Pierce, a high school freshman believes that her track scholarship to an elite school will help her rise above her mother's strange New Age ways, but she soon finds that the track team's cutthroat nature might make some goddess-like protection desirable after all. The story is compelling and just creepy enough, and is an excellent choice to open the anthology. It should be noted that only a quarter of the stories are science fiction, an imbalance that the editor indicates she hopes to address in future volumes. Unfortunately two of the SF stories, The Real Thing by Alison Goodman and Perception by Alan Dean Foster, slide into heavy-handedness, and the latter story is not particularly original or even entertaining. The fantasy stories are far more successful, and several are lovely without being saccharine. In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages will hold particular appeal for bookworms, whereas The Wizards of Perfil by Kelly Link gently mocks wizardly clichTs, and both stories involve very satisfying comings-of-age. Overall this anthology is a wonderful choice for any young adult collection. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Firebird/Penguin Putnam, 530p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Amy Sisson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Imagine that Archeoptrix, the prehistoric link between birds and dinosaurs, had evolved into the dominant life-form on a planet. In Carol Emshwiller's "Quill," representatives of that planet have secretly crashed on Earth and begun interbreeding with humans. In Kelly Link's "The Wizards of Perfil," an orphan boy and his caustic cousin, both dirt poor and gifted with unusual psychic powers, are bought by a strange man to serve the awesome and forbidding wizards of Perfil, only to learn after difficult trials and life-changing tragedies that they are the wizards. In Kara Dalkey's near-future "Hives," cell phones can beam and receive messages without external sound. The phones are highly addictive and used by high school girls to connect ultra-exclusive cliques. A former-addict-turned-girl-detective gets involved when the rejects of one such hive begin committing suicide one after another. These are just 3 of the 16 stories in this collection. The selections range in length from 9 pages (Francesca Lia Block's chilling "Blood Roses," in which two sisters confront a serial killer) to 50 pages. Fantasy stories outnumber sci-fi two to one, and the great majority of the tales feature female protagonists. Even those with male protagonists deal with themes of friendship, family, love, and loss more than action and adventure. Compelling stories for thoughtful readers.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The second Firebirds anthology gathers an all-star cast to explore adolescence and discovering the world. Tamora Pierce makes a welcome foray into modern fantasy with a schoolgirl whose family worships an ancient hunt goddess and who discovers social responsibility. For Alison Goodman's psychic heroine, social upheaval is the backdrop for both romance and personal growth. The protagonists of Carol Emshwiller's "Quill" and Alan Dean Foster's "Perception" are forced to look at themselves through the eyes of aliens, while Emma Bull's hero learns a little something about hubris, sacrifice and power. Diana Wynne Jones brings a lighter touch with a boy whose younger brother speaks in nonsense strings of sesquipedalian words, and Kara Dalkey adds contemporary flavor, taking the current trend for constant communication among teenagers to a terrifying extreme. Only Francesca Lia Block's shapeless offering disappoints, but it's more than redeemed by Pamela Dean's fully realized and fascinating heroine. A third of the collection is devoted to science fiction, an exciting presence in a field dominated by fantasy. Altogether, a gorgeous and rich collection. (Fantasy. 12+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142405499
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2006
Series:
Firebird Series
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.66(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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