The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology

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Since its founding, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the pinnacles of the field, the source of fantastic fiction of the highest literary quality. Now the magazine known to its readers as "F&SF" celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a spectacular anthology of the best recent work from the magazine.

Included are stories from major writers like Bruce Sterling, John Crowley, and Harlan Ellison. Also here are award-winners like Ursula K....

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Overview

Since its founding, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the pinnacles of the field, the source of fantastic fiction of the highest literary quality. Now the magazine known to its readers as "F&SF" celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a spectacular anthology of the best recent work from the magazine.

Included are stories from major writers like Bruce Sterling, John Crowley, and Harlan Ellison. Also here are award-winners like Ursula K. Le Guin's Nebula-winning "Solitude," Maureen F. McHugh's Hugo-winning "The Lincoln Train," and Elizabeth Hand's Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winning "Last Summer at Mars Hill."

The fiftieth anniversary collection for the most distinguished magazine of the science fiction and fantasy world.

Contributors include:

Dale Bailey

Terry Bisson

Michael Blumlein

Ray Bradbury

John Crowley

Bradley Denton

Paul Di Filippo

S.N. Dyer

Harlan Ellison

Esther M. Friesner

Elizabeth Hand

Tanith Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

Maureen F. McHugh

Rachel Pollack

Robert Reed

Bruce Holland Rogers

Bruce Sterling

Ray Vukcevich

Kate Wilhelm

Gene Wolfe

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The SF magazine that has consistently achieved the highest literary standards."—Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Half a century old, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction continues to impress. Editor Van Gelder and long-time publisher Ferman are, Van Gelder writes in the introduction to one story here, connoisseurs of "lyrical, character-driven human dramas." Among the 21 pieces collected here, all copyrighted between 1994 and 1998, are examples of that sort of drama by well-known authors like Ursula Le Guin, Tanith Lee and Terry Bisson, alongside entries from newer talents. At their best, the stories are strongly original, their humanity amplified by elements of scientific extrapolation or straight-out magic: the quotidian rendered fantastic and the fantastic, quotidian. Ray Bradbury's "Another Fine Mess," a whimsical L.A. ghost story, is so sweet as to make one laugh tears. John Crowley's "Gone" fascinates: alien "elmers" seed hope in a desperate world, with the point of view that of a woman whose survivalist ex has absconded with the children. Bruce Holland Rogers explores intricate borders of mind and machine in his Nebula-winning "Lifeboat on a Burning Sea." Information never crowds out the natural life of these tales (the old SF excess). Rather, they sin, when they do, by an excess of sentiment. The formidable Gene Wolfe washes out with "No Planets Strike," an offworld Christmas tale that reads like a draft, seeming to seek justification in its uplifting associations. Harlan Ellison delivers with his forceful prose and charming, tough dialogue a cookie-cutter story of Twilight Zone-ish comeuppance. In "Quinn's Way," fantasist Dale Bailey vividly captures joys and torments of childhood, but his prose periodically goes purple: e.g., he provides three introductions. Is the craft sufficient to carry its load of sentiment? Often, yes, though sometimes a reader's tears will abort in a squint and a cock of the head. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Not, as you might anticipate from the subtitle, a major retrospective, but a second "best from" (following 1989's 40th Anniversary "best from"). This time, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction's current editor, Van Gelder, and its long-serving previous editor, Ferman, have assembled 21 stories from 1993 through 1998. At the top of the list are two Nebula Award–winning yarns, Bruce Holland Rogers's "Lifeboat on a Burning Sea" and Esther M. Friesner's "A Birthday." Also on the agenda: Terry Bisson's short comic-horror masterpiece, "Partial People" ("lips and eyes stuck under theater seats like gum"), strange alien invasions (John Crowley, Gene Wolfe), politics (Robert Reed), fairy tales (Rachel Pollack), and alternate history (Maureen F. McHugh). Add top-notch entries from such luminaries as Bruce Sterling, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, Bradley Denton, Michael Blumlein, Paul Di Filippo, Kate Wilhelm, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin, and it's obvious why F&SF has thrived while competitors have vanished. Eloquent, scintillating, often sublime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312869731
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward L. Ferman was Editor and Publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1966 to 1991, garnering four Hugo Awards for the magazine and three for himself as Best Editor. He has remained the Publisher since then.

Gordon Van Gelder has served as Editor since 1997.

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