The American Fantasy Tradition
The ancient tales of long-dead civilizations to the wild success of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, fantasy has fired our imaginations for as long as there has been story. Whether sweeping sagas of fantastic adventures or cautionary tales told around the campfire, fantasy is deeply woven into the very fabric of humanity, wearing many faces and coming in many flavors....more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published September 13th 2003 by Tor Books
(first published 2002)
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Really, I can't believe the high reviews that people have given to this, frankly, poorly researched anthology. At first presenting his book as an academic anthology through which he hopes to delineate a specific tradition of American fantasy from European fantasy, Thomson, like so many anthologists when they use the term "American," seems to really mean a fantasy tradition of straight white men writing in the United States or Canada. Markedly, there are only four female authors included in the t...more
This is a truly incredible collection of American speculative fiction by its best authors. Of the many excellent stories (old and new) I think the one that stood out the most for me was by Harlan Ellison, based on an incident in New York in which a woman was brutally murdered, right out in the open, and no one--NO ONE--did anything about it. No help, not even any calls to the police as it happened. A speculation on the demons who must have been present in the hearts and homes of those who witnes...more
Brian Thomsen was a founding editor of the Questar Science Fiction line of books, and served as managing fiction editor at TSR, Inc.; he also wrote over 30 short stories, and collaborated with Julius Schwartz on Schwartz's autobiography. He also worked as the publisher for TSR's Periodicals Department at one point. He was a consulting editor at Tor Books; as an author he was a Hugo Award nominee.More about Brian M. Thomsen...