Winner of Foreward Magazine's Silver Book of the Year Award in the Science Fiction category
Finalist for the 2006 Prix Aurora Best Work in English Award
Fantastic Companions is an anthology of nineteen original short stories, chosen to illustrate the use of anthropomorphism in fantasy. Individual stories range from more traditional techniques, such as talking animals, to more unusual, such as the personification of constellations, ancient gods, and story itself. Aimed at both trade and educational markets, this diverse anthology is an amazing look at how writers deal with what makes us truly human, through the lens of imagination.
About the Author
Julie Czerneda is the award-winning author of several acclaimed science fiction novels including In the Company of Others (winner of the Aurora Award for Best Novel) and To Trade the Stars. Julie also edited the Wonderzone series, a quartet of science fiction anthologies that teach science concepts to younger readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As with any anthology, Fantastic Companions contains both 'fantastic' stories and 'not so fantastic' stories. I'm not going to review each story individually--I already did that for Tangent Online--but suffice it to say that there are enough heartwarming, thought-provoking stories of humans and the animals who keep them going in here to make it well worth buying and reading. Three stars overall.