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Starlight 1
     

Starlight 1

by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Editor)
 

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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.

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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.

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Library Journal
This new, original sf anthology series includes science-by-god, outright fantasy, and magical realism. Among the highlights is Jane Yolen's "Sister Emily's Lightship" in which Emily Dickinson sees the Earth from an alien starship and never has to leave home again. Zombies become the next source of cheap labor in Michael Swanwick's "The Dead." Highly recommended for sf collections.
Kirkus Reviews
First of a new series of original anthologies, with the next volume to appear in 1998. The 12 agreeably eclectic stories here range from humorous to deadly serious, and from historical fantasy to far-future hard science fiction.

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 technology—microscopes, telescopes—and 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 hoped—and pricey: Canny readers will wait for the various annual "best of"s, which will certainly pick up the outstanding entries here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312862145
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.10(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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