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Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology

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Stories by Suzy McKee Charnas, Ted Chiang, Avram Davidson, Karen Joy Fowler, Paul McAuley, Brian Stableford, and others.

The theme of this anthology is "endangered species", loosely interpreted to include in some cases the human race. The contents are four excellent reprints and a dozen new stories, including a new novella from Ted Chiang, one of the hottest young story wr
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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I very much enjoyed the premise for this collection, but unfortunately the stories were uniformly bland. A few had clever ideas, a couple were moderately thought-provoking, but the only one with any of the emotional punch I associate with the theme of species death was one of the reprints, Avram Davidson's "Now Let Us Sleep." None of the stories were poorly written, but I had half forgotten them the very next day.
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Jun 09, 2010 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
Well-known for editing the popular Year’s Best SF & Horror anthologies, Datlow here has created an anthology based around the concept of extinction - one of the areas, in my perception, where science-fiction so easily crosses over into the truly horrific…

Suzy McKee Charnas - Listening to Brahms
An alien race of lizard-people has become obsessed with human popular culture through listening to our radio (&etc) transmissions… Filled with enthusiasm, they send an interstellar mission to greet
Nov 19, 2016 Kicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, varied anthology edited by Ellen Datlow - the only story I would give less than 4 stars too is "Seventy Two-Letters", a novella by Ted Chiang. It is a good story about the power of names related to imparting life and the moral/social aspects of that, but I found the style a little tedious (although there is a deliberateness to that style, I get that).
Jul 06, 2010 Pagetranquility rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite short story collection of all time. It was picked up on a whim at a bargain bookstore and turned out to be a hidden treasure. The stories are deeply moving, and in alot of ways I would say life changing. They provoke serious thought and reflection on the fragile balance of nature and what can be lost forever out of carelessness and ignorance. Just about every single story is equally exceptional and to find that in an anthology is not impossible but much more uncommon. I hope ...more
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Mar 23, 2008 Isabela Oliveira rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science-fiction fans
Shelves: 2007-2008
There were some stories I really enjoyed, but some were too scientific for me to be able to follow. An anthology on endangered species is something I haven't come across before.
Extinction is the theme of this collection of science fiction short stories. Some are rather grim, as might be expected, while others are touching.
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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