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Other Worlds Than These

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What if you could not only travel any location in the world, but to any possible world?

We can all imagine such “other worlds”—be they worlds just slightly different than our own or worlds full of magic and wonder—but it is only in fiction that we can travel to them. From The Wizard of Oz to The Dark Tower, from Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to C. S. Lewis's The Chron
Paperback, 564 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published July 1st 2012)
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Kate  K. F.
Aug 17, 2012 Kate K. F. rated it really liked it
One of the reasons that I love anthologies is how in a well done one, I'll end up finding new authors or see a new side to other authors I love. John Joseph Adams is an editor that I mainly trust, he always seems to have at least one story by Robert Silverberg in every anthology and those are usually my least favorite stories.

In this anthology, the most disappointing story was by George R.R. Martin, because it read like a fantasy and the promise of the first paragraph was never met. My favorite
Oct 15, 2016 Bree rated it really liked it
First and foremost I would like to thank Night Sky Books for letting me read and review this book for them.

Short story collections containing works by multiple authors can be hard to judge fairly on any kind of rigid scale, because it is rare that a reader will find every story equally good or bad. I have given each story its own 1-5 rating as well. I would recommend this collection to any fantasy or science fiction fans, some of the stories were truly magical. This book is not a light read, an
Sep 14, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
An interesting mix of parallel world stories. Some stories involve portals and other methods of crossing over into other dimensions while some take place entirely in other dimensions which may or may not follow the laws of nature or physics. Fans of parallel world stories, such as those of Charles Stross (The Merchant Princes series) and SM Stirling (Conquistador) should find plenty of material to enjoy.
Leah (White Sky Project)
May 19, 2016 Leah (White Sky Project) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I am such a sucker for fantasy and science fiction. This anthology has the best of both worlds by combining the best portal fantasy stories and parallel world stories.

I'm not even done yet with this anthology, but I'm really enjoying it so far. I read it in between reading books for blog tours so it's been two to three stories at a time for me, but each time I read this book is a magical experience. I am just overwhelmed with how interesting and exciting the stories are. I don't absolutely love
Prior to hearing about this anthology, it never really occurred to me just how much I enjoy stories set in alternate worlds. The Wizard of Oz, Stephen King's The Dark Tower, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials--heck, even Quantum Leap back when I was a kid. It makes sense considering there is already an other-worldliness to the fantasy and science-fiction genres. So with a premise like that, I had to wonder what kinds of worlds would be presented in this anthology.

Things started off on the Moon
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Because of the theme of this anthology - parallel universes, alternate worlds - there is a very wide range of subgenres from science fiction and fantasy represented, in the best way. I skimmed the military stuff.

A few highlights for me:
Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage by Seanan McGuire.
This was the first story I'd written by McGuire-not-Grant, and it brought me to TEARS. Feeling foolish, I tweeted this, and she responded in under 2 minutes. I was surprised, but it is touching.

Ana's Ta
Nov 08, 2012 Xarah rated it liked it
The concept behinds these stories was really interesting: parallel worlds and portal worlds. I also enjoyed the mix between science fiction and fantasy. My favorites in this collection include:

"A Brief Guide to Other Histories" by Paul McAuley
"Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage" by Seanan McGuire
"Twenty-two Centimeters" by Gregory Benford
"Ana's Tag" by William Alexander
"Nothing Personal" by Pat Cadigan
"Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link
"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" by Stephen King
"The Ontologic
Nov 13, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alternative versions of yourself
Recommended to Alan by: A beloved theme and killer lineup
In a parallel universe very close to this one, I didn't even see this book. In a world beyond the veil behind the secret door, libraries are guarded by demons and I was not allowed to see this book. But in this universe... Other Worlds Than These is present for my enjoyment, and yours.

Ace editor John Joseph Adams has created what looks at first like nothing more than YATA—Yet Another Theme Anthology. With its awkward mixture of typefaces and muddy images on the cover, it's not a very attractive
Sep 01, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
• Foreword — Lev Grossman 5 […] reality is not where it's at, my friend, so get out by any point of egress you can find and get into somewhere better.

• Introduction — John Joseph Adams 5 very helpful. It probably would have impacted my enjoyment of the book as a whole having not had the information here in advance

• Moon Six — Stephen Baxter 3 interesting, but dry

• A Brief Guide to Other Histories — Paul McAuley 4 interesting and enjoyable. It was a cool idea that pulled me right in.

• Crystal H
Camila Dodik
Nov 17, 2012 Camila Dodik rated it really liked it
I'm on an SF-anthology reading binge, and I enjoyed the other collection edited by John Joseph Adams that I read, The Living Dead. I picked this one up because I was allured by the cover art, the red-black-beige/white design, and the indication that it featured stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's a collection of portal fantasies and parallel universe stories, and I enjoyed that the editor's introduction compares these categories and talks about how essentially linked they are. Maybe another thing ...more
Midu Hadi
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Similar to many collections there were quite a few excellent entries, some average one, and a handful that just didn't work for me at all.

Overall it was worth the investment - especially as I had only read one of these previously in a different compilation.
Apr 08, 2013 Al rated it really liked it

What if you could not only travel any location in the world, but to any possible world?

We can all imagine such “other worlds”--be they worlds just slightly different than our own or worlds full of magic and wonder--but it is only in fiction that we can travel to them. From The Wizard of Oz to The Dark Tower, from Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, there is a rich tradition of this kind of fiction, but never before have the best parallel world stories

Jul 07, 2013 J. rated it it was ok
I bought this book on the recommendation of a critic in the local paper. After finishing it, I wonder if the critic actually read it. Of the thirty short stories in the anthology, there were only a couple that I felt were worth the trouble to read, and while those were pretty good, they hardly made this book worthwhile. A couple of the best were nearly fifty years old, which makes me wonder why the editor couldn't find more really good stories about "other worlds." Maybe the short story has beco ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting anthology, filled with extremely creative stories of travel between worlds, dimensions, universes. I really enjoyed most of the stories, and chose to savor the reading over several months. Different stories explored different aspects of how the worlds were different. One I particularly liked, "The Goat Variations," dealt with George W. Bush in various worlds at the moment of reading the goat story on 9/11. Overall a fun, if long, read.
Nich Weidman
Aug 08, 2013 Nich Weidman rated it liked it
I habitually read every collection Adams releases because I enjoy short stories a lot, and he is a master of pulling together a collection under a given topic. That being said, Other Worlds Than These was a rough start for me, as the topic seemed fairly narrow. After a few stories, I found myself thinking, "Okay...person A slips through portal B and ends up in similar universe #....I get it" and I walked away for a bit.

However, when the next book I picked up bored me more, I came back and I was
Dec 27, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Anthologies are hard to rate because some stories are inevitably better than others. The problem with this anthology was that of the stories I liked, I'd read nearly all of them before. There was a Stephen King short that was new (and very good), but other than that, I was unimpressed.
“Go then. There are other worlds than these”. I say this at LEAST three times a day. I say this when I’m driving and people in front of me are too slow. I say this to my dogs when they won’t go outside. I say this in numerous circumstances. And yes, I got it from The Gunslinger, of course. So, when I saw this book at Chapters I just had to get it. Besides, it was the same editor that did Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, which I also really enjoyed.

When I read collections like this I usual
Mar 12, 2014 M.g. rated it it was amazing
Not every story in here is brilliant, but if you enjoy nothing else in the volume, Robert Reed's "Like Minds" is by itself worth the price of admission. Carrie Vaughn's "Of Swords and Horses" is another standout for me; it has an obvious direction from the get-go, yet Vaughn's delicate handling of the idea lends it an unexpected weight. Vandana Singh's "Ruminations in an Alien Tongue" is the same sort of meteoric heart-wrencher, and is similarly well-forged.

Of the less enjoyable works in the vo
Jan 02, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it
I really enjoy short stories, and the idea of a bunch from different worlds was appealing to me. Most of the stories were very good, though a few were boring. The tricky part of this book, was that each story had to explain somehow, usually scientifically, how another universe exists. A few of the authors that I enjoyed most, I may end up searching out their books, which is entirely the point of these collections. Also, some podcasts were mentioned in the biographies and I've listened to, and en ...more
Mar 17, 2015 K. rated it liked it
Different authors, each with a different idea of what could be happening in an alternate world. Sound interesting? It is, for the most part. Some stories are detailed and are really great, while others are a bit boring and tend to drag on and on.
While there are some notable authors who share their stories, there is a great selection from lesser-known ones. At the end of the book, you'll find a great bibliography containing additional stories/writers for you to investigate (especially useful if
Oct 16, 2015 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
Another fine short story anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. Most of the stories in this book are pretty good. A few I thought were stinkers, but that's to be expected when you have so many stories in one volume. My favorites were those by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King and Robert Silverberg, but I enjoyed most all of them. I recommend any anthology edited by John Joseph Adams.

These are all stories that deal with alternate worlds or alternate universes. Certainly the subject matter is not n
Gilbert Baron
Worth the price but some of the stories do not excite me

This is really different from my usual reading. I found maybe 5 of the stories to be what made the time very much worth it. Some of them seemed very difficult to understand. If you like SciFi short stories I would certainly read this book.
Sandra Smiley
Jul 31, 2015 Sandra Smiley rated it liked it
As with any anthology book, there are hits and misses. While there were some that I wanted to see more of, like "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" (which is surprising to me that I would like a GRRM short story), others seemed to drag along painfully and wondering when it will conclude like in "Signal to Noise". When it comes to Earth and it's parallel worlds, they almost all agree on the means and the science involved. Fantasy stories with jumping worlds almost have the same means as other storie ...more
As usual, the stories were hit or miss with me. Near the end, I was tired of the trope and just wanted to be done with it so I could move on to something different.
Stephanie Manson
Jul 31, 2015 Stephanie Manson rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sf
I truly love science fiction, and I've loved reading short story anthologies since my early days of reading the genre. This collection wasn't exactly a standout for me, though. There were some good, entertaining, well-written stories, but this was, overall, one boring anthology.
Margot Foster
Overall I enjoyed most of the stories in this book and I liked that they all approached the parallel universes in different ways. A few other the stories didn't really pique my interest but overall I think it was a well compiled anthology.
Dec 25, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
"Go then, there are other worlds than these," is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen King's Dark Tower series, subtly evoking the sense of wonder inherent in the idea of a multiverse. So it's appropriate to draw from it for the title of this collection, themed around other worlds and people from worlds like ours who travel to them. It contains both stories that are both sci-fi takes (usually called parallel universe stories, drawing mostly on quantum physics theories), and fantasy (generally ...more
Michael Bartlett
Jun 11, 2016 Michael Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Munroe
Sep 09, 2016 Christopher Munroe rated it it was amazing
Another charming collection of short stories by Mr. John Joseph Adams, this one dealing with parallel worlds. Adams always curates these things well, and this is an interesting collection approaching its subject matter from a wide variety of angles. I read it on a plane, enjoyed it tremendously, and would happily recommend it to anyone. Great collection, I was very pleased!
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH (cons ...more
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“Traveling to the past inside one’s home universe is impossible. Traveling to a precise multiverse spacetime coordinate inside an adjacent reality is possible, if you possess a Device. Their inventor remains unknown. The trip utterly destroys every atom in your body, but a new copy of you arrives safely on the other side. It’s best if you don’t think about that part.” 0 likes
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