Modern Classics of Fantasy

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Modern Classics of Fantasy

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A collection of thirty-three classic short fantasy works, written since the 1940s, includes the contributions of such authors as H. L. Gold, Fritz Lieber, Manly Wade Wellman, Terry Bisson, Suzy McKee, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jane Yolen, and Roger Zelazny.

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This is the kind of assortment that can hook a reader on short fantasy. Thirty-two good stories--some previously anthologized, some hot off the press ("Beauty and the Opera" by Suzy McKee Charnas appeared in July 1996), and a few once considered classic, but now nearly forgotten (Thomas Burnett Swann is rapidly falling out of sight)--offer entertainment for every taste. Many of the stories ("The Overworld" by Jack Vance, and "The Changeling" by Michael Swanwick) also offer continuation elsewhere as part of a longer work.

Gardner Dozois's emphasis is on magazine fiction. As such, it's an interesting view of the evolution and increasing sophistication of the "pulps"--and their readers. For this reason this would be an excellent text for a course on modern fantasy writing. Stories from Asimov Science Fiction Magazine, which Dozois edits, are prominent among the recent pieces. Providing a brief history of 20th-century fantasy, the introduction seems written with the new reader in mind.

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Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of "Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine" for 20 years. He is the editor of the "Year s Best Science Fiction" anthologies and co-editor of the "Warrior" anthologies, "Songs of the Dying Earth", and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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