Thursday, September 03, 2009

Starred Publishers Weekly review for
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction

A rave review for The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction:

STARRED. F&SF editor Van Gelder has assessed, culled and organized the magazine's best stories to produce this definitive volume of work from speculative fiction's top authors, from Alfred Bester's "Of Time and Third Avenue" (1951) to Ted Chiang's "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" (2007). Hauntingly sad tales are laid alongside hopeful tales of the far future and heroic tales of honor and duty, but all have an intensity of emotion and draw the reader in with vibrant characters, fully realized settings and ingenious writing. Van Gelder's introductory disclaimer that this contains "two dozen of our best stories" rather than the best two dozen stories may explain the lack of inclusions from the 1980s. For sheer reading pleasure, this anthology is unparalleled. (Oct.)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Fantasy & Science Fiction
60th Anniversary interview-tribute

Listen to part one of the F&SF author interview series by Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column:

How do you celebrate 60 years of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction? There's a book involved, but we'll get to that on Friday. Today, we're going to talk about my marathon interview schedule, wherein on a single day, I did eleven interviews. I'll have to count 'em as I podcast them. The format was simple; I called up a variety of writers who had been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction over the years, and asked them a small slate of questions. If it sounds easy, it isn't. I've got just about an hour and half of audio, so you can hook up with the first part here. This part includes interviews with Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Swanwick, and M. Rickert.