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Vanishing acts : a science fiction anthology
Datlow, Ellen.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : TOR, [2000]

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380 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Listening to Brahms / Suzy McKee Charnas -- The rift / Paul J. McAuley -- The girl who loved animals / Bruce McAllister -- Sunflowers / Ian McDowell -- Tenebrio / Brian Stableford -- Dance of the yellow-breasted Luddites / William Shunn -- Blessed event / David J. Schow -- Faded roses / Karen Joy Fowler -- Links / Mark W. Tiedemann -- Chimera 8 / Daniel Abraham -- Bite the hand / Michael Cadnum -- The thing about Benny / M. Shayne Bell -- Fast glaciers / A.R. Morlan -- Now let us sleep / Avram Davidson -- Seventy-two letters / Ted Chiang -- Endangered species / Joe Haldeman.
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PS648.S3 V36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ellen Datlow has been nominated for the Hugo Award for best editor and has won the World Fantasy Award. In Vanishing Acts she has gathered together an extraordinary group of stories, including a long novella by Ted Chiang, that cohere around the idea of endangered speciesin some cases interpreted to include the human race.

Author Notes

Ellen Datlow is the editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies. She was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Omni Online from 1981-1998. Then she was the editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror from September 1998-December 1999. She has won the World Fantasy Award seven times, the Bram Stoker Award twice with her co-editors and the Hugo Award for Best Editor in 2002 and 2005. She currently lives in New York City and edits fiction for In 2011 she was given the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association.She is a long time trustee of the Horror Writers Association. She has been the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar since 2000, a series which features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Long-time fiction editor of Omni and editor (with Terri Windling) of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Datlow is one of the most respected anthologists of speculative fiction. Here she assembles a diverse and thoughtful array of 16 stories written around the theme of endangered speciesÄbe they human or animal, mythical or alien. In her introduction Datlow writes, "The stories that most influence me are the gentle persuaders... those that are so engrossing and well-told that the reader doesn't realize they've been poleaxed until the story is done." That philosophy is borne out by such compelling works as Suzy McKee Charnas's "Listening to Brahms," where the last remaining humans find themselves preserved as "living history" by a race of benevolent and all-too imitative aliens. In "The Girl Who Loved Animals" by Bruce McAllister, a retarded girl's determination to carry a gorilla fetus to term becomes a powerful story about motherhood. Refusing to be exploited, Nature fights back in Paul J. McAuley's "The Rift" and Brian Stableford's "Tenebrio." David Schow's dark little "Blessed Event" and M. Shayne Bell's "The Things About Benny" lend a bit of humor to the proceedings. Karen Joy Fowler's marvelously subtle "Faded Roses" evokes a world of sadness in a single scene, while Avram Davidson's "Now Let Us Sleep" tells the woeful tale of alien Yahoos with biting, Swiftian skill. The stories here range from good to unforgettable, and constantly ask readers to question the value and fate of vulnerable species, as well as the true differences between man and animal, human and alien. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved