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Best American Fantasy by Jeff VanderMeer & Ann VanderMeer (Editors)
Edited by Jeff VanderMeer & Ann VanderMeer
Review by Colleen Cahill
Prime Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780809562800
Date: 01 June 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Fantasy anthologies, past and future, exist by the dozens. Today many focus on literature from genre sources, but Prime Books is taking a slightly different tack, with a bow to the Judith Merril best-of series that took stories from just about any publication. Using only the limits of "fantasy" and "American" (the latter meaning U.S. and Canadian authors), editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have gathered 29 short stories from both print and online publications for the first edition of Best American Fantasy. Some authors in the collection, such as Elizabeth Hand and Geoffrey A. Landis, are well-known in this field, while others could be new to you, as they were to me. Titles taken from Fantasy & Science Fiction or Strange Horizons are not surprising, while others are not so expected, such as Mississippi Review and Harper's. This collection has done a good job of investigating as many sources as possible.

From official release/information:

Book Description: A prestigious new anthology series, Best American Fantasy is guest edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, with Matthew Cheney serving as the series editor. This inaugural volume showcases the best North American fantasy short fiction from the preceding year.

(Source: Prime Books)

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