Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy

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This daring, star-packed collection is the fantasy publishing event of the year. Challenging the boundaries of modern fantasy, this all-original anthology features stories from Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Harry Turtledove, Larry Niven, Dennis L. McKiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, George R. R. Martin, Barbara Hambly, Charles de Lint, Terry Bisson, Patricia A. McKillip, Tim Powers, and more.

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Overview

This daring, star-packed collection is the fantasy publishing event of the year. Challenging the boundaries of modern fantasy, this all-original anthology features stories from Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Harry Turtledove, Larry Niven, Dennis L. McKiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, George R. R. Martin, Barbara Hambly, Charles de Lint, Terry Bisson, Patricia A. McKillip, Tim Powers, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stoker-winner Sarrantonio (Redshift) delivers another exciting all-original anthology, stocked with a host of high-profile authors who show that fantasy, at its best, can't be defined, only expressed through an ever-changing menu. Robert Silverberg's elegant prose sets the stage with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a rueful romance. The second tale, Kit Reed's surreal "Perpetua" (about a girl who's been miniaturized by an overprotective father and trapped inside an "alligator" in a nightmarish near future), likewise avoids familiar fantasy tropes, though enough elves, witches, dragons and magicians surface elsewhere in this hefty volume to soothe readers who have come to expect them. Among the finest selections are Elizabeth Hand's exquisite "Wonderwall," about a confused student haunted by Rimbaud; Charles de Lint's "Riding Shotgun," a ghost story about the consequences of trying to change the past; Thomas M. Disch's "The White Man," a vampiric delight regarding race relations; Patricia McKillip's "Out of the Woods," an enchanting meditation on lost love, replete with Pre-Raphaelite imagery; Harry Turtledove's poignant "Coming Across," about AIDS in faerie land; and Sarrantonio's own "Sleepover," an ode to unwanted children. Gene Wolfe's mysterious "Golden City Far," a multi-layered dream regarding "the magical power of death," closes a book as strong as any year's best-of anthology. Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (June 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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From Charles de Lint's tale of a brother's love that transcends the borders of life and death ("Riding Shotgun") to Patricia McKillip's story of a young woman's encounters with living legends ("Out of the Woods"), the 29 stories in this collection bear witness to the elegance and variety present in current fantasy. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolf, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Silverberg, and other award-winning authors. A strong addition to fantasy and short story collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451459770
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Sarrantonio, the author of twenty-eight books, is a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award. He is the editor of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed anthology 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense. His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Heavy Metal, Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Analog, Fantastic and Amazing, as well as in anthologies such as The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Visions of Fantasy: Tales from the Masters, Great Ghost Stories, and The Best of Shadows. His best stories have been collected in Toybox.

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Table of Contents

The sorcerer's apprentice 1
Perpetua 23
The edges of Never-Haven 35
Pat Moore 57
Six hypotheses 89
The silver dragon 105
Fallen angel 141
The following 151
A tower with no doors 175
Boomerang 187
Wonderwall 191
Blood, oak, iron 209
Riding shotgun 225
Demons hide their faces 263
Relations 279
Tourists 291
The white man 305
Out of the woods 331
Perchance to dream 345
Coming across 365
The problem of Susan 393
Keeper of lost dreams 403
Watchfire 425
Tots 447
Jupiter's skull 457
Death's door 473
Bill, the little steam shovel 489
Sleepover 519
Golden city far 529
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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    Not worth the money, to me.

    I've been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy for over 40 years and this anthology reinforces my opinion of anthologies by third-party editors rather than by their authors. Of the stories in this book, Flights, only two of the stories really caught my attention and I ended up completely skipping most of the rest, despite their so-called critical acclaim. Basically, this book is a collection of what the editor liked and woe to the reader who doesn't like the same things. At least with an author's collection, you can relate the stories to what the author himself writes and enjoys; and if you happen to like the author's own works, it's more likely you'll enjoy the same stories the author did.

    To me, this book doesn't deserve the ratings everyone else has given it. While a few of the authors featured are authors I like, these seemed to be works that simply couldn't work anywhere else. If I had read this book before reading these author's other books, I would probably have never read those authors' other works. In other words, don't use this book as a touchstone representing the other titles by these authors; those other works may be better or worse than these stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Must have fantasy anthology

    Taking the who¿s who of modern day fantasy, twenty-nine worthy contributors provide powerful tales that run the genre¿s gamut and beyond. Each tale is well written with some so good they may prove to be the opening act of a new series. Fans of anthologies will have a feast for these are the grandmasters in one collection and all provide a fine contribution that makes the realm and cast seem real, not an easy venture for a novel let alone a short. Editor Al Sarrantonio needs investigating for blackmail because he must have something on notable authors like Turtledove, Feist, De Lint, Wolfe, Silverberg, Niven, Oates, Asaro, etc to get all of them to contribute to this quality offering. Harriet Klausner

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