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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (2003)

by Ellen Datlow (Editor), Terri Windling (Editor)

Other authors: Jackie Bartley (Contributor), M. Shayne Bell (Contributor), Kevin Brockmeier (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor)43 more, Peter Dickinson (Contributor), Tom Disch (Contributor), Terry Dowling (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Karen Joy Fowler (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Nan Fry (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Stephen Gallagher (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), Melissa Hardy (Contributor), Brian Hodge (Contributor), Tracina Jackson-Adams (Contributor), Graham Joyce (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Joel Lane (Contributor), Michael Libling (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Bentley Little (Contributor), Margaret Lloyd (Contributor), Corey Marks (Contributor), Sharon McCartney (Contributor), Robin McKinley (Contributor), Carlton Mellick III (Contributor), China Mieville (Contributor), Haruki Murakami (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Helga M. Novak (Contributor), Robert Phillips (Contributor), Susan Power (Contributor), Adam Roberts (Contributor), Nicholas Royle (Contributor), Jay Russell (Contributor), Eric Schaller (Contributor), Lucy Taylor (Contributor), Don Tumasonis (Contributor), Luis Alberto Urrea (Contributor), Charles Vess (Contributor), Joan D. Vinge (Contributor), Conrad Williams (Contributor), Zoran Zivkovic (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (16 2002)

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A collection of the best fantasy and horror stories published in 2002, with an emphasis on work that explores the broadest definitions of each genre.

I recently acquired an insatiable thirst for short fiction, and this anthology series has proved just the thing for quenching it. The selections are fantastic. Each story is a fine example of a literate, carefully crafted tale with a great deal to offer the reader. They entrance, entertain and offer a new perspective on the world, and the writing is top notch. These authors know what they're doing. They've made perfect use of the medium. I'm eager to seek out more work by these people.

The summations, too, are nicely organized and very useful. Each of them provides the reader with some valuable suggestions for novel-length books, short story collections, nonfiction, art books, etc. The comics and film sections help single out those offerings the reader should explore in areas in which a lot of chaff is mixed in with the wheat. Finally, the obituaries highlight contributers to both genres who passed away in the preceding year.

The collection's only downside is, perhaps, that traditional fantasy is underrepresented. There's a strong emphasis on magical realism, urban fantasy and historical fantasy. Maybe there just wasn't much stunning, literary, traditional fantasy published in 2002, but I did feel the lack of imaginary world stories.

Overall, I highly recommend both this volume and the rest of the series. Datlow and Windling do a wonderful job of selecting the stories and placing them to best effect. This time around, my particular favourites were "A Pool in the Desert" by Robin McKinley, "Mermaid Song" by Peter Dickinson, "Seven Pairs of Iron Shoes" by Tracina Jackson-Adams and "The Coventry Boy" by Graham Joyce. The only story that did very little for me was "The Prospect Cards" by Don Tumasonis. ( )
  xicanti | Feb 24, 2008 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Windling, TerriEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bartley,JackieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, M. ShayneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brockmeier,KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell,RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickinson,PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Disch,TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowling,TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford,JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler,ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler,Karen JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frenkel, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fry,NanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman,NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Hand,ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Little,BentleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lloyd,MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marks, CoreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCartney,SharonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKinley,RobinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mellick III,CarltonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mieville, ChinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murakami,HarukiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Novak, Helga M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Power,SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Taylor,LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Urrea,Luis AlbertoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312314256, Paperback)

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, new Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Kelly Link o Kim Newman o Corey Marks o Eric Schaller o M. Shayne Bell o Helga M. Novak o Terry Dowling o Michael Libling o Zoran Zivkovic o Bentley Little o Carlton Mellick III o Brian Hodge o Conrad Williams o Tom Disch o Melissa Hardy o Joel Lane o Nicholas Royle o Tracina Jackson-Adams o Karen Joy Fowler o Jackie Bartley o Peter Dickerman o Ramsey Campbell o Adam Roberts o Robert Phillips o Jay Russell o Luis Alberto Urrea o Margaret Lloyd o Stephen Gallagher o Robin McKinley o Haruki Murakami o Theodora Goss o Kathy Koja o Lucy Taylor o Elizabeth Hand o Kevin Brickmeier o Sharon McCartney o Susan Power o Don Tumasonis o Nan Fry. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

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