Starlight 1by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Editor)
Nielsen Hayden charts a new course for SF, beginning a new original anthology series filled with the vigor, invention, and sense of play that have always been the hallmarks of the best science fiction and fantasy.
In "Erase/Record/Play," John M. Ford unravels, to stunning effect, a particularly nasty experiment in mind control and slavery, framed by A Midsummer Night's Dream. The rediscovery of a lost space colony is the subject of Maureen F. McHugh's probing yarn, "The Cost To Be Wise." Seventeenth-century Dutch glass technologymicroscopes, telescopesand spies form Gregory Feeley's splendid drama, "The Weighing of Ayre." In "Waking Beauty," Martha Soukup wonders whether people might not simply be waking dreamers, susceptible to changes in the underlying reality patterns. And in Robert Reed's "Killing the Morrow," supermen from the future attempt to change the past to their own advantage. Also on the agenda, though in less exalted style: zombies, Emily Dickinson, Josef Mengele and quantum theory, miracle cures, weird water, magicians, and angels.
Well-crafted work with broad appeal, but less groundbreaking than the editor evidently hopedand pricey: Canny readers will wait for the various annual "best of"s, which will certainly pick up the outstanding entries here.
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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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