ISBN-10:
1892391910
ISBN-13:
9781892391919
Pub. Date:
09/01/2009
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology / Edition 60

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology / Edition 60

by Gordon Van Gelder

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ISBN-13: 9781892391919
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author


Gordon Van Gelder has been the editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction since 1996. As an editor at St. Martin’s Press for twelve years, he worked with such writers as Christopher Priest, George Pelecanos, and Kate Wilhelm. Van Gelder has received the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards.

Table of Contents

Introduction Gordon Van Gelder 9

Of Time and Third Avenue Alfred Bester 11

All Summer in a Day Ray Bradbury 21

One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts Shirley Jackson 29

A Touch of Strange Theodore Sturgeon 41

Eastward Ho! William Tenn 55

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 71

Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut 101

This Moment of the Storm Roger Zelazny 109

The Electric Ant Philip K. Dick 141

The Deathbird Harlan Ellison® 161

The Women Men Don't See James Tiptree, Jr 191

I See You Damon Knight 221

The Gunslinger Stephen King 235

The Dark Karen Joy Fowler 279

Buffalo John Kessel 297

Solitude Ursula K. Le Guin 315

Mother Grasshopper Michael Swanwick 343

Macs Terry Bisson 361

Creation Jeffrey Ford 371

Other People Neil Gaiman 383

Two Hearts Peter S. Beagle 387

Journey into the Kingdom M. Rickert 423

The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate Ted Chiang 451

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The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jvstin More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the kind offices of the Publicist of the publisher, Tachyon Publications. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, is an anthology of stories across the eponymous magazine's 60 year history. Although I am not a heavy reader of SF magazines (when I read SF stories, its usually in anthologies or collections), it is clear to me, immediately, that F&SF has had a wonderful history of publishing some of the best stories in SF history. And a swath of those stories are ably collected by Mr. Van Gelder in this collection. The stories range in publication date from 1951 (Alfred Bester's Time and Third Avenue) to 2007 (Ted Chiang's story The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate). Arranged in chronological order, the stories show the changes and evolution of the SF story with a high quality of selected stories throughout. Its not just a "most famous" story group either. While there are genre-famous stories like Flowers for Algernon, the Deathbird, and Harrison Bergeron, there are stories that are in that class, but much well less known. (Zelazny's This Moment of the Storm, for instance, or Peter Beagle's story sequel to the Last Unicorn, Two Hearts come to mind) With that in mind, I devoured this book quickly and gleefully. I enjoyed the touchstones to the classics and old favorites, and discovering new (to me) stories as well. Gelder has done an top notch job. Genres that forget their history are condemned to fail by that forgetting. Collections like this help the genre of SF keep in mind its roots and history. Any serious fan of science fiction would do well to dip their oars into this volume. The lineup: Of Time and Third Avenue, Alfred Bester All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury One Ordinary Day with Peanuts, Shirley Jackson A touch of Strange, Theodore Sturgeon Eastward, Ho!, William Tenn Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut This Moment of the Storm, Roger Zelazny The Electric Ant, Philip K Dick The Deathbird, Harlan Ellison The Women Men Don't See, James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon) I see You, Damon Knight The Gunslinger, Stephen King The Dark, Karen Joy Fowler Buffalo, John Kessel Solitude, Ursula K Le Guin Mother Grasshopper, Michael Swanwick macs, Terry Bisson Creation, Jeffrey Ford Other People, Neil Gaiman Two Hearts, Peter S Beagle Journey into the Kingdom, M Rickert The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Ted Chiang
Jvstin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the kind offices of the Publicist of the publisher, Tachyon Publications.The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, is an anthology of stories across the eponymous magazine's 60 year history.Although I am not a heavy reader of SF magazines (when I read SF stories, its usually in anthologies or collections), it is clear to me, immediately, that F&SF has had a wonderful history of publishing some of the best stories in SF history.And a swath of those stories are ably collected by Mr. Van Gelder in this collection. The stories range in publication date from 1951 (Alfred Bester's Time and Third Avenue) to 2007 (Ted Chiang's story The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate). Arranged in chronological order, the stories show the changes and evolution of the SF story with a high quality of selected stories throughout. Its not just a "most famous" story group either. While there are genre-famous stories like Flowers for Algernon, the Deathbird, and Harrison Bergeron, there are stories that are in that class, but much well less known. (Zelazny's This Moment of the Storm, for instance, or Peter Beagle's story sequel to the Last Unicorn, Two Hearts come to mind)With that in mind, I devoured this book quickly and gleefully. I enjoyed the touchstones to the classics and old favorites, and discovering new (to me) stories as well. Gelder has done an top notch job.Genres that forget their history are condemned to fail by that forgetting. Collections like this help the genre of SF keep in mind its roots and history. Any serious fan of science fiction would do well to dip their oars into this volume.The lineup:Of Time and Third Avenue, Alfred BesterAll Summer in a Day, Ray BradburyOne Ordinary Day with Peanuts, Shirley JacksonA touch of Strange, Theodore SturgeonEastward, Ho!, William TennFlowers for Algernon, Daniel KeyesHarrison Bergeron, Kurt VonnegutThis Moment of the Storm, Roger ZelaznyThe Electric Ant, Philip K DickThe Deathbird, Harlan EllisonThe Women Men Don't See, James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon)I see You, Damon KnightThe Gunslinger, Stephen KingThe Dark, Karen Joy FowlerBuffalo, John KesselSolitude, Ursula K Le GuinMother Grasshopper, Michael Swanwickmacs, Terry BissonCreation, Jeffrey FordOther People, Neil GaimanTwo Hearts, Peter S BeagleJourney into the Kingdom, M RickertThe Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Ted Chiang
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
This is one terrific anthology. It has a few established classics of the genre, like FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes and HARRISON BERGERON by Kurt Vonnegut and THE DEATHBIRD by Harlan Ellison, which should be essential reading for any serious fantasy/SF fan. It also adds at least two new classics, JOURNEY INTO THE KINGDOM by M. Rickert and what is possibly the best story in the volume, THE MERCHANT AND THE ALCHEMIST'S GATE, by Ted Chiang, which editor Gordon van Gelder wisely saved for last. Seriously. That final story is probably worth the price of admission to the entire book, but there's so much more in here it's almost an embarrassment of riches. Bottom line: get it. You will NOT be sorry in the slightest.