Starlight 2

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Since its debut in 1996, Starlight has been recognized as the leading SF and Fantasy original anthology series in the world. Stories from Starlight have won the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and the Tiptree Award, and have been repeatedly honored by all of the field's "best of the year" collections. In Starlight 2, award-winning editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden offers a serving of powerful, original fiction, from SF writers such as Jonathan Lethem, Ellen Kushner, David Langford, Susanna Clarke, Esther ...

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Overview

Since its debut in 1996, Starlight has been recognized as the leading SF and Fantasy original anthology series in the world. Stories from Starlight have won the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and the Tiptree Award, and have been repeatedly honored by all of the field's "best of the year" collections. In Starlight 2, award-winning editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden offers a serving of powerful, original fiction, from SF writers such as Jonathan Lethem, Ellen Kushner, David Langford, Susanna Clarke, Esther M. Friesner, and Ted Chiang.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rare's the sequel that matches its predecessor, especially when the original is as acclaimed as Starlight 1, which won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology. This diverse compilation of SF and fantasy, however, seems to live up to the expectations set, offering 13 original and powerful stories with an overall darker, grimmer cast than the ones that came before. M. Shayne Bell's protagonists travel time to revise the nation's history by attempting to correct the humiliations suffered by the black singer Marian Anderson in Jim Crow America ("Lock Down"). Geoffrey A. Landis introduces a physicist whose brilliance rivals Einstein's, but whose status as a homeless, unmarried mother forces theories about three-dimensional space to the back burner ("Snow"). The rich in Jonathan Lethem's dystopic "Access Fantasy" rape and kill the disenfranchised poor before retreating behind their "One-Way Permeable Barrier." "The Death of the Duke," Ellen Kushner's adults-only fairy tale, eroticizes the moment of death when the Duke is pierced by his male lover's sword. Strong and varied, this anthology has gathered some gems of the genre. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Another eclectic gathering of 13 all-new tales representing various styles, themes, approaches, and ideas (following Starlight 1, 1996). A sampling: with the Earth destroyed by radiation from a neutron star, one individual, reincarnated 10,000 years hence by curious aliens, meditates on his life (Robert Charles Wilson); a fantasy of Victorian England (Susanna Clarke); an exploration of gender identity brilliantly disguised as a future scientific research paper (Raphael Carter); a splendid exploration of an alien mathematics (Ted Chiang); a sensible, wise, but crazy Emperor (Angélica Gorodischer, trans. by Ursula K. LeGuin); and the ultimate in sex therapies (Ellen Kushner). Also on the agenda: scientists who meddle with particle physics and accidentally change reality, a couple of very strange VR variants, Kafka, time travel, and Brazil. Dynamic, often exceptional work, highly recommended for readers who can't bear to wait on the various annual "best-ofs."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312863128
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/5/1999
  • Series: Starlight Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Nielsen Hayden is Senior Editor, Manager of Science Fiction, at Tor Books. He has worked in the science fiction field as an editor, reviewer, publisher, and in other capacities, since the mid-1970s. The Washington Post has called him "one of the most literate and historically aware editors in science fiction."

His original anthology series Starlight has won the World Fantasy Award, while individual stories from it have won the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. His other anthologies include the YA reprint collections New Skies and New Magics and Up. A frequent speaker at science fiction conventions and writing workshops, he also plays guitar with a variety of ensembles and maintains a popular weblog about politics and culture. He lives with his wife and collaborator, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Divided by Infinity/Robert Charles Wilson

Mrs. Mabb/Susanna Clarke

Lock Down/M. Shayne Bell

Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation/Raphael Carter

The House of Expectations/Martha Soukup

A Game of Consequences/David Langford

The Amount to Carry/Carter Scholz

The Death of the Duke/Ellen Kushner

Brown Dust/Esther M. Friesner

Access Fantasy/Jonathan Lethem

The End of A Dynasty/Angelica Gorodischer and Ursula K. Le Guin

Snow/Geoffrey A. Landis

Story of your Life/Ted Chiang

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