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In this collection of urban fantasy stories, editors George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois explore the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things that go bump in the night have something to fear . . . In "Death by Dahlia," #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect! #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs thrills in "In Red, with Pearls," as a werewolf PI races to crack a case involving zombies, witches, and the most horrifying creatures of them all--lawyers. In "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies," New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon follows Lord John as he journeys to the beautiful but faintly sinister island paradise of Jamaica, where he's soon investigating a mystery with no shortage of spiders, snakes, revolutionaries, and, of course, zombies. With these and thirteen more original tales, Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still...
"Strong storytelling and new takes on a beloved fantasy topic result in a welcome addition to the literature of dragons." (Library Journal) Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts or as noble creatures of power and grace, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. Now, in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire... Includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams, as well as tales by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Naomi Novik, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.
A collection of 15 science fiction tales set in a futuristic African continent features the writing of Vernor Vinge, Gregory Benford, Bruce Sterling, Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Waldrop, Mike Resnick, and others.
This second engaging volume in Resnick and Dozois's Future Earths series transports readers to South American latitudes that are as exotic and exciting as the farthest stars.
I love good old-fashioned space opera! give me a starship and a blaster rifle or a three-eyed alien any day! If you like space Opera, too, then this book is for you! Gardner dozois, one of thee premier science fiction editors has put together a collection of classic sci fi adventure stories from the '50s and 60s written by some of the true masters off science fiction, that is a must read for any sci fi fan.
Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the wilderness. Mercifully, almost happily alone--far from the loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor--the luckless prospector is finally free to search for the one rich strike that could make him wealthy. But what he stumbles upon instead is an advanced alien race in hiding: desperate fugitives, like him, on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret and caught up in an extraordinary manhunt on a hostile, unpredictable planet, Ramón must first escape . . . and then, somehow, survive. And his deadliest enemy is himself.
[from the back cover] "We know Christmas present. We know Christmas past. But what about Christmas future? Now, in extraordinary stories culled from the pages of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, today's acclaimed masters hurtle the holiday centuries forward... Connie Willis presents an irresistibly wry tale of history's most famous overbooked inn ... Isaac Asimov tells the sly story of a man who grants his robot a Christmas vacation--and soon regrets it ... Alexander Jablokov travels to an alien planet where Christmas has blurred and mutated into strange new traditions ... Jack McDevit sends a television crew to film the planet Callisto on Christmas, in this warming drama set against the cold vastness of space ... Also includes amazing stories by Robert Frazier and James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick, Cynthia Felice, Leslie What, Sharon N. Farber, and Janet Kaagan." An Introduction for each story by the editors contains information about where the story was first published and suggestions of additional stories and novels written by the author(s) to assist the reader in following up with further reading.
12 sci-fi stories about cats, jaguars, leopards, tigers, etc, by Leiber, Bishop, Lee, Asimov, Moore, Shepard, Braun, Sargent, Le Guin, Branham, Collier, and Davidson
672 pages of some of the best stories of some of the best writers that sci-fi has to offer.
Some of the most beloved names in science fiction spin all-new tales of interstellar adventure and wonderNeal Asher John BarnesCory DoctorowJohn KesselJay Lake John Meaney Elizabeth Moon Garth Nix Mike ResnickJustina Robson Kristine Kathryn RuschJohn Scalzi Bruce Sterling Peter WattsSean Williams Tad Williams Bill Willingham Robert Charles WilsonJohn C. Wright
Fifteen all-new stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award winning editor Gardner Dozois Burroughs's A Princess of Mars. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein's Red Planet. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction's greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own--a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky . . . and in our imaginations. This new anthology of fifteen all-original science fiction stories, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilizations--by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-class star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars. Join such seminal contributors as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others in this brilliant retro anthology that turns its back on the cold, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and instead embraces an older, more welcoming, more exotic Mars: a planet of ancient canals cutting through red deserts studded with the ruined cities of dying races. FEATURING ALL-NEW STORIES BY James S. A. Corey * Phyllis Eisenstein * Matthew Hughes * Joe R. Lansdale * David D. Levine * Ian McDonald * Michael Moorcock * Mike Resnick * Chris Roberson * Mary Rosenblum * Melinda Snodgrass * Allen M. Steele * S. M. Stirling * Howard Waldrop * Liz Williams And an Introduction by George R. R. Martin!Praise for Old Mars "Strong, fun and evocative."--Tor.com "A fantastic anthology . . . Pulp magic lives in these pages."--BookhoundFrom the Hardcover edition.
Sixteen all-new stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award-winning editor Gardner Dozois From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs's Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury's "The Long Rain" to visionary novels such as C. S. Lewis's Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth's next-nearest neighbor, Mars. But while the Red Planet conjured up in Golden Age science fiction stories was a place of vast deserts and ruined cities, bright blue Venus was its polar opposite: a steamy, swampy jungle world with strange creatures lurking amidst the dripping vegetation. Alas, just as the last century's space probes exploded our dreams of Mars, so, too, did they shatter our romantic visions of Venus, revealing, instead of a lush paradise, a hellish world inimical to all life. But don't despair! This new anthology of sixteen original stories by some of science fiction's best writers--edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois--turns back the clock to that more innocent time, before the hard-won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination. Join our cast of award-winning contributors--including Elizabeth Bear, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Gwyneth Jones, Mike Resnick, Eleanor Arnason, Allen M. Steele, and more--as we travel back in time to a planet that never was but should have been: a young, rain-drenched world of fabulous monsters and seductive mysteries. FEATURING ALL-NEW STORIES BY Eleanor Arnason * Elizabeth Bear * David Brin * Tobias S. Buckell * Michael Cassutt * Joe Haldeman * Matthew Hughes * Gwyneth Jones * Joe R. Lansdale * Stephen Leigh * Paul McAuley * Ian McDonald * Garth Nix * Mike Resnick * Allen M. Steele * Lavie Tidhar And an Introduction by Gardner Dozois
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors--including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you're a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart--and yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie * Daniel Abraham * David W. Ball * Paul Cornell * Bradley Denton * Phyllis Eisenstein * Gillian Flynn * Neil Gaiman * Matthew Hughes * Joe R. Lansdale * Scott Lynch * Garth Nix * Cherie Priest * Patrick Rothfuss * Steven Saylor * Michael Swanwick * Lisa Tuttle * Carrie Vaughn * Walter Jon Williams * Connie Willis And an Introduction by George R. R. Martin!Praise for Rogues "Not a single bad story in the bunch . . . The table of contents alone will make fans from all genre aisles salivate."--Library Journal
In this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a post-apocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate. Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he's one of the hottest stars in literature today with "The Thing About Cassandra," a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see. International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in "A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows." Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby--no matter the cost. New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents "Love Hurts," in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart. Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell. Discover the many realms of the heart with this extraordinary cast of acclaimed authors: PETER S. BEAGLE, JO BEVERLEY, JIM BUTCHER, JACQUELINE CAREY, DIANA GABALDON, NEIL GAIMAN, YASMINE GALENORN, M.L.N. HANOVER, ROBIN HOBB, CECELIA HOLLAND, TANITH LEE, MARJORIE M. LIU, MARY JO PUTNEY, LINNEA SINCLAIR, MELINDA SNODGRASS, LISA TUTTLE, CARRIE VAUGHN.
Mind-expanding explorations of the future of the human form. Our bodies and minds are malleable, and only our imagination is the limit to improvements. From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution. 23 short sci-fi stories.
From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors: "People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing--a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat. Included are a long novella from the world of Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, and an epic of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original tales by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S. M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams. Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading."
Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join ?this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well.? (Publishers Weekly)In Wizards, today?s master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were. Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.
Table of contents: Summation: 2000 the juniper tree John Kessel antibodies Charles Stross the birthday of the world Ursula K. he Guin savior Nancy Kress reef Paul J. McAuley going after bobo Susan Palwick crux Albert E. Cowdrey the cure for everything Severna Park the suspect genome Peter F. Hamilton the raggle taggle gypsy-o Michael Swanwick radiant green star Lucius Shepard great wall of mars Alastair Reynolds milo and sylvie Eliot Fintushel snowball in hell Brian Stableford on the orion line Stephen Baxter oracle Greg Egan obsidian harvest Rick Cook & Ernest Hogan patient zero Tananarive Due a colder war Charles Stross the real world Steven Utley the thing about benny M. Shayne Bell the great goodbye Robert Charles Wilson tendeleo's story Ian McDonald HONORABLE MENTIONS: 2OOO
Twenty eight science fiction and fantasy stories previously published in noted magazines. This collection covers the best stories of 1997.
From Cyberspace to outer space, from the Dark Continent to the speed of light, the dozens of stories in this terrific collection represent the year's finest offerings in imaginative fiction. Among the twenty-eight tales assembled here are:<P> The Land of Nod, Mike Resnick's powerful tale of the orbital space colony Kirinyaga and how the old ways conflict with the new.<P> Foreign Devils, Walter Jon Williams's exotic revision of the War of the Worlds Martian Invasion.<P> Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland, Gwyneth Jones's unpredictable venture into the frightening territory of on-line romance.<P> Death Do Us Part, Robert Silverberg's masterful tale of love in the future.<P> In addition, there are two dozen more stories from today's and tomorrow's brightest stars, including, William Barton, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, James P. Blaylock, Damien Broderick, Michael Cassutt, Jim Cowan, Tony Daniel, Gregory Feeley, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Jonathan Lethem, Ian McDonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Paul Park, Robert Reed, Charles Sheffield, Bud Sparhawk, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Cherry Wilder, Gene Wolfe.<P> Rounding out the volume are a long list of Honorable Mentions and Gardner Dozois's comprehensive survey of the year in science fiction.<P> In all, the stories assembled here will take you as far as technology, imagination, and hope can go. Climb aboard.
Table of contents: Acknowledgments xi Summation: 2003 xiii off on a starship William Barton 1 it's all true John Kessel 45 rogue farm Charles Stross 61 the ice Steven Popkes 73 ej-es Nancy Kress 108 the bellman John Varley 123 the bear's baby Judith Moffett " 146 calling your name Howard Waldrop 176 june sixteenth at anna's Kristine Kathryn Rusch 187 the green leopard plague Walter Jon Williams 198 the fluted girl Paolo Bacigalupi 246 dead worlds Jack Skillingstead 264 king dragon Michael Swanwick 275 singletons in love Paul Melko 303 anomalous structures of my dreams M. Shayne Bell 319 the cookie monster Vemor Vinge 338 joe steele Harry Turtledove 377 birth days Geoff Ryman 388 AWAKE IN THE NIGHT John C. Wright 399 the long way home James Van Pelt 435 the eyes of America Geoffrey A. Landis 447 welcome to olympus, mr. hearst Kage Baker 469 night of time Robert Reed 519 \strong medicine William Shunn 533 send me a mentagram Dominic Green AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON Paul Di Filippo flashmen Terry Dowling dragonhead Nick DiChario dear abbey Terry Bisson Honorable Mentions: 2003
Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction(Winner of the 2004 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing. The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.
The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.
[from the book jacket] "In The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Third Annual Collection, our very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world with such compelling stories as: "Beyond the Aquila Rift": Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds takes readers to the edge of the universe, where no voyager has dared to travel before-or so we think. "Comber": Our world is an ever-changing one, and award-winning author Gene Wolfe explores the darker side of our planet's fluidity in his own beautiful and inimitable style. "Audubon in Atlantis": In a world not quite like our own, bestselling author Harry Turtledove shows us that there are reasons some species have become extinct. The twenty-nine stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright .new talents, including: Neal Asher Paolo Bacigalupi Stephen Baxter Elizabeth Bear Chris Beckett David Gerrold Dominic Green Daryl Gregory Joe Haldeman Gwyneth Jones James Patrick Kelly Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold Ken MacLeod Ian McDonald Vonda N. McIntyre David Moles Steven Popkes Hannu Rajaniemi Alastair Reynolds Robert Reed Chris Roberso Mary Rosenblum William Sanders Bruce Sterling Michael Swanwick Harry Turtledove Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy Liz Williams Gene Wolfe Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart."
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