The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology

The Very Best of Fantasy Science Fiction Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology Collecting than two dozen stories that originally appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction the premiere speculative fiction magazine this extraordinary anthology celebrates years of top

  • Title: The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology
  • Author: Gordon Van Gelder Peter S. Beagle Neil Gaiman Shirley Jackson Daniel Keyes Stephen King Damon Knight Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9781892391919
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collecting than two dozen stories that originally appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction the premiere speculative fiction magazine this extraordinary anthology celebrates 60 years of top notch genre fiction This retrospective volume includes All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury s lasting tale of what happened on one special day Flowers for AlgernoCollecting than two dozen stories that originally appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction the premiere speculative fiction magazine this extraordinary anthology celebrates 60 years of top notch genre fiction This retrospective volume includes All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury s lasting tale of what happened on one special day Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, describing what happened to Charlie Gordon when he was made into a genius Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut s absurdist cautionary tale of mandatory equality and The Electric Ant by Philip K Dick, concerning what Garson Poole learned after the accident that hospitalized him This remarkable collection also features some of the most highly acclaimed, award winning authors, including Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Shirley Jackson, Peter S Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, and Roger Zelazny Hand picked by the magazine s current editor, this is an unmatched assemblage of appealing, first rate fiction.ContentsIntroduction by Gordon Van Gelder Of Time and Third Avenue by Alfred Bester All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts by Shirley Jackson A Touch of Strange by Theodore Sturgeon Eastward ho by William Tenn Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut This Moment of the Storm by Roger Zelazny The Electric Ant by Philip K Dick The Deathbird by Harlan Ellison The Women Men Don t See by James Tiptree, Jr I See You by Damon Knight The Gunslinger by Stephen King The Dark by Karen Joy Fowler Buffalo by John Kessel Solitude by Ursula K Le Guin Mother Grasshopper by Michael Swanwick macs by Terry Bisson Creation by Jeffrey Ford Other People by Neil Gaiman Two Hearts by Peter S Beagle Journey into the Kingdom by M Rickert The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate by Ted Chiang

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    1. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology is an excellent collection of 23 stories picked from the treasure trove of short fiction that's been published in the eponymous magazine over the past 60 years. Editor Gordon Van Gelder — also the editor of the magazine since 1997 — has done an admirable job, picking stories that illustrate the diversity of both the genre and the magazine. As such, this is a great anthology for SF&F fans as well as newcomers l [...]

    2. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the kind offices of the Publicist of the publisher, Tachyon Publications.The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, is an anthology of stories across the eponymous magazine's 60 year history.Although I am not a heavy reader of SF magazines (when I read SF stories, its usually in anthologies or collections), it is clear to me, immediately, that F&SF has had a wonderful history of publishing some of the best s [...]

    3. This is not the very best of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has published so many wonderful stories that for many years they were able to publish ANNUAL best-ofs. They did a few more anthologies for occasional anniversaries, and had to cull this list from all of those. So these may be some of the most culturally significant stories the magazine has put out, or they may be stories that the editors thought stood the test of time particularly well, but [...]

    4. This 60th anniversary anthology of the best of F&SF features an extraordinary body of work. Honestly, it reads like a who's who of genre fiction: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, etc. I had read some of the stories before, like Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" and Bradbury's tragic "All Summer in a Day." I think there were only three stories in the book that just didn't click for me at all, but far more were truly astonishing and fantastic. Som [...]

    5. Some true classics here, along with stories I don't remember hearing of or reading before. As with any anthology, it's Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, and only the editor will love every one of the stories, but by and large these stories demonstrate why F&SF has been so successful for so long. They aren't, for the most part, trotting out the tropes, even to play with them or subvert them; they're taking SFF to strange and wonderful new places.There's also a visible shift over time in the k [...]

    6. I hesitate to give a book five stars. I'm not a crotchety literary elitist (I swear!); I just have this bizarre OCD about not wanting to cheapen the value of five stars. "The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology" is the only short story collection to which I've given five stars (and I loved Fragile Things and Last Defender of Camelot!).Short story collections are usually mixed bags for me. I tend to leave a book behind with a vivid memory of a half-dozen fav [...]

    7. THE VERY BEST OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION. (2009). Gordon Van Gelder, ed. ****.This collection represents the best stories from the past sixty years of the publication of the “Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine.” There are a total of twenty-three short stories (or short novels) contained in this book. This is not one of my usual genres, but I recognized about half of the writers represented here. You will know these names: Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, etc etc. There w [...]

    8. For all the many, many years I've been reading science fiction, I had never read the classic "Flowers For Algernon". Always meant to, just never got around to it. Finally with this volume I did - and it turns out it IS as good as everyone says it is. Powerful stuff, and deeply affecting. I confess, there must have been a bit of dust in my eyes as I finished the story.All the stories in this book are of a very high standard, and I would recommend to anyone who likes their fiction with a taste of [...]

    9. I enjoyed 12 of the 23 stories in this anthology, which would seem to indicate a so-so rating, but the stories I did like tended to be quite good indeed. This anthology is heavy on science fiction and alternative fantasy - there is basically no dungeons and dragons-style fantasy here, which was initially a bit of a disappointment. Overall, I found the author selection and subject matter diverse and pleasantly surprising and the story order well thought out. Also, the great thing about this being [...]

    10. This is a fantastic anthology, with a huge variety of absolute classics and gems, from a sixty-year span of publication. Powerful, powerful pieces -- and ones that give you great tastes of a whole lot of different authors, from Alfred Bester to Ted Chiang.Some of the standout stories are:* The classic "Flowers For Algernon";* Peter Beagle's heartbreaking adventure "Two Hearts,"* Ted Chiang's "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," which does Arabian Nights style tales of magical time travel;* " [...]

    11. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology is the most recent anthology to be published by the magazine bearing the same name. It is not a bad short-story collection, although I have to say that the first half is much better than the second. Some stories really have a lasting effect, like "Flowers for Algernon," while others, for a selection celebrating 60 years of publication, are really just so-so. One of the latter that immediately comes to mind is Ursula L [...]

    12. Mini-reviews of each story:Of Time and Third Avenue, Alfred Bester: 3/5The short-story format has always been important and held in high regard in science fiction. This classic twist-in-time mystery story is a good example of why. The short format allows a simple idea and plot twist to be explored without the need to build elaborate sets, plot, and side characters. Bester serves us with an enjoyable, if straightforward and somewhat predictable story, effectively setting a scene and executing a p [...]

    13. This is not a particularly inspired collection of short stories. My favorite was the Peter S. Beagle short story that was a sequel (of sorts) to the Last Unicorn, but I doubt it would stand well on it's own.The editor seemed more interested in picking stories that were personally interesting to him (such as stories that he liked when he was twelve or what have you) than in picking the best short stories that had been published in the magazine. Further, the short story Eastward Ho! was incredibly [...]

    14. I hadn't read the short story version of "Algernon," but found it just as heartbreaking as the novel was when I was half as old as I am now. Of course Bradbury still masters the form with his classic "All Summer in a Day," Le Guin similarly crushes it with "Solitude," and I am incredibly grateful to get proper introductions to legends like Damon Knight, Terry Bisson, Karen Jay Fowler, and Michael Swanwick. The weaker additions are forgivable since this is, after all, a survey of the magazine's t [...]

    15. 4.5 starsThe Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology is an excellent collection of 23 stories picked from the treasure trove of short fiction that's been published in the eponymous magazine over the past 60 years. Editor Gordon Van Gelder — also the editor of the magazine since 1997 — has done an admirable job, picking stories that illustrate the diversity of both the genre and the magazine. As such, this is a great anthology for SF&F fans as well as ne [...]

    16. Gordon Van Gelder has been the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since 1996. Mr. Van Gelder prepared brief paragraphs to introduce each of the short fiction selections of when it was first published in the magazine. He also included a little background on the authors which I found to be a nice touch.It was lovely going back to some old favourite stories I had not read in years to reread them in this anthology, such as Flowers for Algernon. Many of the authors I had not read [...]

    17. I can't say I enjoyed this book but that was more a matter of taste than the quality of the book itself. It's an excellent collection of stories by top-tier SFF authors, but unfortunately I found most of them to be too strange and oddly depressing for my taste. There were a few stories I liked. My favorite was probably Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin, in which Le Guin accomplished what she does probably better than any other writer I've read: create a culture so alien to our own that it should be [...]

    18. I read this book solely because it contains one of my most long-sought short stories, "Two Hearts," the sequel to Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn. That, of course, was perfection. There could not have been a more perfect conclusion to my all-time favorite book. I accidentally erased the rest of my review. The TL;DR version is that there are a great many awesome standouts within this collection and only one that I especially didn't care for ("The Deathbird," by Harlan Ellison), probably because i [...]

    19. I checked this out mainly because it has Ray Bradbury's famous short story "All Summer in a Day," which was my first contact with his work when I was in G&T classes in 3rd grade. After his death, I wanted to share the story with my sons, and was delighted to find it still as poignant and incisive as ever. But the many other stories in this volume came as a wonderful surprise, and it contains works by authors I've read extensively without having come across these particular stories before, su [...]

    20. Given what the editor had to work with, a surprisingly mediocre collection. Although it does have two heartbreaking masterpieces in Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day" and Daniel Keyes's "Flowers for Algernon", you also get dated pieces from Roger Zelazny and Alfred Bester, and Van Gelder includes Stephen King's "The Gunslinger" along with Michael Swanwick's very similar piece, "Mother Grasshopper." Still lots of wonderful stories in this volume's nearly 500 pages, but it could have been so muc [...]

    21. This is a great book for those of us who aren't big into Sci-fi!Despite the title, it's more Sci-fi than Fantasy, although it does have a bit of both, and then some stories that are really in between (or just far out of any classification!).It really renewed my love for short stories and it's an amazing read for people who spend time in public transport or who just don't have a lot of reading-time, because you can read a complete story on the time you have free!Highly recommend this!

    22. Very solid collection. In addition to the well-known classics (Harrison Bergeron, All Summer in a Day, Flowers for Algernon), there were a bunch of great stories I was unfamiliar with. Some standouts: The Electric Ant (PKD), Other People (Neil Gaiman), Journey into the Kingdom (Mary Rickert). I thought the last story, The Merchant at the Alchemists Gate (Ted Chiang) was the best in the collection, and maybe one of the best time-travel stories I've read.

    23. (Borderlands Bookstore's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club met on Sunday, 16 May, 2010, at 6 pm to discuss The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology, edited by Gordon Van Gelder.)

    24. Excellent anthology collection with lots of great stories. "Journey Into the Kingdom" by M. Rickert is the best of her I've read. I had come across it in a previous anthology and had no qualms about reading it again. If you are considering subscribing to the magazine this is a good indicator of the quality of the stories as they are all republished from there.

    25. I bought this anthology for Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron', but there wasn't a single story that was less than superb. Not only is each story a triumph, but each flows into the next like they were meant to be collected together.

    26. Love love love this book. So many classics by great authors and lots of new stories I'd never seen before. Writers include Shirley Jackson, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, and Ursula LeGuin. Highly recommend it for sci-fi lovers!

    27. I admit that I only read the stories that I thought might be appropriate for my students but I read at least half of them.

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