190th out of 294 books — 459 voters
Once Upon a Galaxy
by Martin H. Greenberg , John Helfer , Wil McCarthy , Gregory Benford , Paul Di Filippo , Stanley Schmidt , Fiona Patton , Michelle Sagara West , more…Richard Garfinkle , Tanya Huff , Scott Edelman , Bruce Holland Rogers , Thomas Wylde , Ronnie Seagren , Robert E. Rogoff , Richard E. Friesen , Various …less
...in these original new stories by today's masters of science fiction and fantasy. Two time-tested genres test the limits of "happily ever after" when beloved tales like "Goldilocks" and "Sleeping Beauty" are given an outer-space spin.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by DAW
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This was a unique theme for an anthology of short science fiction stories, the retelling of classic fairy tales in a science fiction format. Some were readily identifiable, while others didn't seem to fit any fairy tale with which I was familiar. My favorite was "Nanite, Star Bright" by Tanya Huff, a good rendition of "The Elves and the Shoemaker". I wanted to read more. I also enjoyed "Of Wood and Stone" by Ronne Seagren. While I wasn't familiar with the underlying fairy tale, the story told of...more
Fabulous! Classic fairytales are often retold. Once Upon a Galaxy is a brilliant anthology of sci-fi and fantasy takes on these classics. A few of them are a bit eehhhhhhh, but the for the most part, these are amazing. Every fairytale lover should own a copy. :)
This book is composed of 14 short stories: fairy tales retold as science fiction. One, the Nightingale, was outstanding, two were mediocre the rest were not enjoyable to me at all. I haven't read much science fiction and, as it turns out, I don't really enjoy it.
Aug 24, 2010 Michael Hanscom rated it 2 of 5 stars
I must admit, I only made it about 60% of the way through this one. While the melding of sci-fi and fantasy by way of sf retellings of traditional fairy tales sounded like a good idea, it just wasn't working for me in practice. I'd pick this up, read for a while, make it through a story or two, then put it down again, and it was just getting harder and harder to pick it up. A good idea that just didn't come together.