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Title:
Flights : extreme visions of fantasy
Author:
Sarrantonio, Al.
Publication Information:
New York : Roc, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xiii, 578 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The sorcerer's apprentice / Robert Silverberg -- Perpetua / Kit Reed -- The edges of Never-Haven / Catherine Asaro -- Pat Moore / Tim Powers -- [scribble] : Six hypotheses / Joyce Carol Oates -- The silver dragon / Elizabeth A. Lynn -- Fallen angel / L.E. Modesitt, Jr. -- The following / P.D. Cacek -- A tower with no doore / Dennis L. McKiernan -- Boomerang / Larry Niven -- Wonderwall / Elizabeth Hand -- Blood, oak, iron / Janny Wurts -- Riding shotgun / Charles de Lint -- Demons hide their faces / A.A. Attanasio -- Relations / Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- Tourists / Neal Barrett, Jr. -- The white man / Thomas M. Disch -- Out of the woods / Patricia A. McKillip -- Perchance to dream / David Morrell -- Coming across / Harry Turtledove -- The problem of Susan / Neil Gaiman -- Keeper of lost dreams / Orson Scott Card -- Watchfire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts -- Tots / Peter Schneider -- Jupiter's skull / Jeffrey Ford -- Death's door / Terry Bisson -- Bill, the little steam shovel / Joe R. Lansdale -- Sleepover / Al Sarrantonio -- Golden City far / Gene Wolfe.
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ISBN:
9780451459770
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The fantasy publishing event of the year-from the award-winning editor of Redshift...This daring, all-new anthology showcases some of the genre's biggest names and best newcomers-and sets the standard for fantasy in the twenty-first century. Includes new stories by Neil Gaiman, Harry Turtledove, and more.


Author Notes

Al Sarrantonio has written 28 novels and has had his short stories appear in publications such as, "Heavy Metal," Twilight Zone," "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" and "Realms of Fantasy." He has also had his work appear in such anthologies as "The Year's Best Horror Stories," Visions of Fantasies: Tales from the Masters," "Great Ghost Stories" and "The Best of Shadows."

Sarrantonio writes a host of genres, including, science fiction, fantasy, horror and western. His novels include, "Exile," "Moonbane," "October," "West Texas" and "Campbell Wood." He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writer's Association and the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award. Sarrantonio has edited three volumes of humor as well as co-edited "100 Hair Raising Little Horror Stories."

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Editor Sarrantonio asked some more of the best sf and fantasy writers to create their own dangerous visions a la the stories in Harlan Ellison's famed 1967 anthology of that name, which is actually the inspiration for all three of Sarrantonio's acclaimed selections ( 999 1999 and Redshift 2001 are this one's predecessors). Big names like Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Harry Turtledove, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Silverberg, Charles de Lint, Thomas M. Disch, and Gene Wolfe obliged, as did still-rising stars such as Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jeffrey Ford, and Terry Bisson. Among stories of consistently high quality, standouts include Patricia A. McKillip's Out of the Woods, a variation on Tennyson's Lady of Shalott ; de Lint's Riding Shotgun ; Peter Schneider's believably frightening Tots ; and Kit Reed's Perpetua, which should give old Freudians fits. Another sterling assemblage by a master anthologist. --Frieda Murray Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stoker-winner Sarrantonio (Redshift) delivers another exciting all-original anthology, stocked with a host of high-profile authors who show that fantasy, at its best, can't be defined, only expressed through an ever-changing menu. Robert Silverberg's elegant prose sets the stage with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a rueful romance. The second tale, Kit Reed's surreal "Perpetua" (about a girl who's been miniaturized by an overprotective father and trapped inside an "alligator" in a nightmarish near future), likewise avoids familiar fantasy tropes, though enough elves, witches, dragons and magicians surface elsewhere in this hefty volume to soothe readers who have come to expect them. Among the finest selections are Elizabeth Hand's exquisite "Wonderwall," about a confused student haunted by Rimbaud; Charles de Lint's "Riding Shotgun," a ghost story about the consequences of trying to change the past; Thomas M. Disch's "The White Man," a vampiric delight regarding race relations; Patricia McKillip's "Out of the Woods," an enchanting meditation on lost love, replete with Pre-Raphaelite imagery; Harry Turtledove's poignant "Coming Across," about AIDS in faerie land; and Sarrantonio's own "Sleepover," an ode to unwanted children. Gene Wolfe's mysterious "Golden City Far," a multi-layered dream regarding "the magical power of death," closes a book as strong as any year's best-of anthology. Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (June 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

From Charles de Lint's tale of a brother's love that transcends the borders of life and death ("Riding Shotgun") to Patricia McKillip's story of a young woman's encounters with living legends ("Out of the Woods"), the 29 stories in this collection bear witness to the elegance and variety present in current fantasy. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolf, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Silverberg, and other award-winning authors. A strong addition to fantasy and short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.