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.)

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