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The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices

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With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and others

From Del Rey Books and award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, two of the most respected names in science fiction and fantasy, comes a collection of fifteen all-new short stories, plus a science fiction novella, that could count as a virtual “best of the year” anthology. Here you will f
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 03, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: horror fans, adults
Uneven collection--the three star rating is on writing skill alone. I myself rarely venture into horror fiction, so my personal taste is a two star "it was okay." If you are looking for true sci-fi/fantasy and dislike horror, this is probably not the best collection. "Speculative" is a much better description, since a couple of these stories have neither fantasy nor science fiction. One way unique aspect is that many take on issues of race/nationality, somewhat unusual in the alternative fiction ...more
John E
Aug 22, 2011 John E rated it did not like it
It took me a long time to slog my way through these stories. While there was almost no science at all and very limited amounts of fantasy, horror was well represented. Maybe the definitions of science fiction and fantasy have changed, but I think that old Mr. Del Rey would be upset with the use of this name on this book. I know that the fad of open-ended stories has a place, but I'd like at least one story with some closure. It seems that open-endedness is just a cheap way to not wanting to writ ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok
Del Ray offers a decent collection of science fiction and fantasy tales in this book. The majority of the 16 stories collected herein were okay -- nothing truly memorable or entertaining. There are a few gems in the book, however. "Elephant Ironclads" envisions a 1950s America that shares its border with an independent American Indian nation, in which elephants are a mainstay of transportation. "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall" is a fascinating look at the "truth" behind his famous loss to Cassius C ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it
I didn't care for any of the stories in this anthology. The story that was supposed to be funny I found mildly insulting. I'm not entirely sure why at least one of the stories was labeled science fiction/fantasy. Basically, I didn't get the stories. None of them clicked. I was left feeling puzzled (but not in a good way). Not my cuppa tea.
Oct 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
There were only two stories I halfway liked, and at least one I'd like to erase from my brain forever. Meh.
Sep 03, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
The stories were just OK nothing here that will really hit you over the head and say "This is great stuff!"
Oct 13, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
You had me at “Maureen F. McHugh”!

I first picked up this book because it contains a piece by one of my favorite writers, Maureen F. McHugh – “Special Economics” which, as it just so happens, I’d already read (it appears in 2011’s After the Apocalypse: Stories ) – but ultimately enjoyed all but one of the sixteen essays in this diverse collection. With elements of horror, fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction, alternate history, and the supernatural, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Sep 16, 2010 Alex Telander rated it liked it
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices edited by Ellen Datlow: One of the most important and prolific editors of science fiction and fantasy anthologies today returns with The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices. The key term here is speculative, for while most of these shorts lack the science fiction and fantasy elements that have come to define such stories for genre rea ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Carole rated it it was ok
An underwhelming collection, but I go to the library and get collections like this just to find a couple of interesting and unfamiliar authors, and I did find two. These are Lucy Sussex and Carol Emshwiller. Emshwiller's "All Washed Up While Looking for a Better World" was the must amusing story in the whole collection. Sussex's "Ardent Clouds" was the most surprising one. (Of course I also liked Maureen McHugh's "Special Economics", but since I already read this in her own collection (After the ...more
Sep 09, 2008 Kim rated it it was ok
I've only read the first 2 stories so far. The first was definitely speculative/alternative history, so maybe fits into "fantasy". The second... was a nice story that my reading of "When Science Goes Wrong" tells me was probably inspired by a true story, but is neither sci-fi or fantasy imho.
Still an interesting read, but I'm waiting for the sci-fi/fantasy to start.
ETA: Ok, I finished finally. The last story was probably the best. Still had an ambiguous ending, but that seemed to be the type o
Stacy Charlesbois
Jul 08, 2015 Stacy Charlesbois rated it it was ok
One of the more uneven story collections I've read. Very little sf/f, all depressing. Would not recommend.
Oct 25, 2008 Gwen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who like science fiction
Recommended to Gwen by: No One
If you want to read science fiction or fantasy novels then Del Ray is the publisher to look at.
Most of the sixteen short stories carried within this book were science fiction so I didn't find them as compelling as if they were purely works of fantasy.
It did introduce authors I had never heard of before so I would tell you to check this out.
Garrett Mccutcheon
Jul 11, 2013 Garrett Mccutcheon rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
As with most short story anthologies there are hits and there are misses. In my opinion, this collection was mostly misses. A number of the stories, while well written, didn't really capture my attention or make a whole lot of impact. Maybe I just didn't "get it" with those stories, but in the end it wasn't entirely enjoyable.
Feb 09, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
This collection was weird. It was as if the authors were told to write regular fiction - not F, SF, or SpecFic - and just throw a tiny bit of something off/odd in at random. That's it. A very unsatisfying, if not boring, collection.

The Goosle was the best one.
Mar 04, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
This anthology is very uneven - some very good stories, particularly those by Lanagan & Bear, but some very average stories as well. The stories in the middle section, in particular, were quite weak. Overall, a bit disappointing. I'd hoped for more.
Nov 26, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Read and rated only "The Goosle" by Margo Lanagan - a very gory version of "Hansel and Gretel" with a good dose of sexual abuse.

Jul 22, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tale-ish
Returned this one to the library after reading Margo Lanagan's devastating Goosle. Tried to continue on several times with the other stories but none seemed to stick. Five stars for Margo alone though.
Oct 25, 2012 Aryana rated it it was amazing
Really excellent coagulation of ideas regarding the near term future of our species. A myriad of small details in stories which I will remember to re-read for years. Anthologically speaking, a gem.
Mar 07, 2012 Jillian rated it liked it
Recommended to Jillian by: H.N.
Shelves: short-stories
Some good stories in here, most are either 3 or 4 stars. It's been nice to read this while I wait on Storm of Swords from the library (in transit finally!!). I think my favorite story was "Jimmy."
Oct 21, 2008 Linsey marked it as to-read
Recommended to Linsey by: Chasing Ray
Shelves: wish-list
Added to read: "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall" by Elizabeth Bear after this review by Chasing Ray
Mar 02, 2009 Marc rated it it was ok
This book was not that good. A couple of O.K. stories but mostly strange, poorly written, poorly edited stories. Not good.
Apr 05, 2016 Annabelle rated it did not like it
An ordeal of a book. It's the Del Rey Book of SPECULATIVE FICTION masquerading as SCIENCE FICTION.
Jul 09, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
I liked the collection but I wouldn't read it again.
May 10, 2008 Rob marked it as to-read
Recommended to Rob by: Omnivoracious
Shelves: anthology
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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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