The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices
by Ellen Datlow (Editor)
Review by Sam Lubell
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345496324
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ellen Datlow has a long history as a science fiction and fantasy editor going back to the original Omni magazine in 1981 and its online incarnation, the online SCI FICTION, 20 volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and dozens of anthologies. So readers of this volume know they are in good hands. The authors range from veteran writers like Maureen F. McHugh, Barry Malzberg, Pat Cadigan, Carol Emshwiller, Paul McAuley and Kim Newman, to up-and-coming writers like Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Bear, and Christopher Rowe, to several names I did not recognize but doubtlessly will become more familiar in the future. For this book, Datlow has selected stories that emphasize character rather than action or even genre elements -- a few of the stories would not be out-of-place in a mainstream publication. From official release/information:
From PR material: This collection of sixteen all-new short stories could count as a virtual "best of the year" anthology. Here you will find slyly twisted alternate histories, fractured fairy tales, topical science fiction, and edgy urban fantasy.
(Source: Del Rey)