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The Starry Rift by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)
Edited by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)
Review by Karen Burnham
Viking Juvenile Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670060597
Date: 17 April 2008 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In this age of Harry Potter, there is no question that kids and young adults are reading genre fiction. The question is, when they finish "Deathly Hallows," "Narnia," and "Lord of the Rings" (or "The Hobbit" for the younger ones), where will they turn? For those kids who may be interested in science fiction, there isn't a lot of recently written material. Into that gap steps Jonathan Strahan's anthology The Starry Rift, an assembly of stories from 16 major authors in the field, all aimed at kids. It succeeds admirably well; I can't imagine that any imaginative child (between the ages of say, 10 and 14, depending on the child) won't find stories to enjoy here. There is a wide variety of styles and sub-genres on display, and all of them lack any hint of condescension.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Truly successful science fiction does two things: it gives credible glimpses into the future while entertaining the reader. With this in mind, noted anthologist Jonathan Strahan— who is also the reviews editor of Locus magazine —asked sixteen of today’s most inventive, compelling writers to look past the horizon of the present day. Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys), Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners), Garth Nix (the Abhorsen Trilogy), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies; Pretties; Specials) and their colleagues have crafted a dazzling range of stories. Whether on spaceships, in suburbia, or in simulated gaming worlds, whether about cloning, battle tactics, or corporate politics, the stories of The Starry Rift will give every reader something to consider. This original anthology is crucial reading for those who want to see where the future—and the future of science fiction—is headed.

(Source: Viking Juvenile)

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