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Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008)

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

Other authors: Stephen Baxter (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Ted Chiang (Contributor), Paul Cornell (Contributor), Tony Daniel (Contributor)11 more, Terry Dowling (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Donato Giancola (Cover artist), Daryl Gregory (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), Margo Lanagan (Contributor), David Moles (Contributor), Richard Parks (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Ken Scholes (Contributor), Karl Schroeder (Contributor)

Series: Eclipse Anthology (2)

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Excellent. Each story contains an amazing thought experiment. ( )
  DebbieBspinner | Apr 12, 2013 |
The first book in this series was a revelation. It is rare to have so many top quality stories in an original anthology. This volume has several very good stories, but a few of less quality.

One of the better stories, Turing's Apples by Stephen Baxter, tells the stories of two brothers, one brilliant, but emotionally crippled and one the narrator. Again Baxter manages to bring in the contemplation of the end of the universe and contrast it to our every day concerns. Margo Lanagan has another beautifully written story, Night of the Firstlings, but I found it curiously unmemorable. Exhalation by Ted Chiang, the story of a strange civilization fighting to survive in a dying environment, will undoubtedly be found on many award ballots. So should Truth Window: A Tale of the Bedlam Rose by Terry Dowling. This tale of humanity existing on a Earth conquered by aliens plumbs the depths of resistance and faith. Peter S. Beagle has an elegantly crafted story of a woman seen only in photographs and the people who search for her. But my favorite story is Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by David Moles, a rollicking adventure of a VR kingdom invaded and the avatars within that survive.

For those who love science fiction in shorter lengths, this collection of anthologies should be high on your list of Must Reads. ( )
1 vote kd9 | Feb 23, 2009 |
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Maybe because it's not that revolutionary — just a really good read — Eclipse Two left me hopeful about the future of short stories. For the most part, these stories don't feel like vignettes, or abortive novels, or pitches for longer works. And as I mentioned, a lot of these stories stick in your mind after you're done reading, in some cases because of a single arresting image, and in others because of a compelling character study.
 

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Strahan, JonathanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiang, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cornell, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniel, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowling, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gregory, DarylContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lanagan, MargoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moles, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parks, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AlastairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scholes, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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An eclipse is a rare and unusual event, when the world is transformed and the sky becomes a dark eldritch thing. It's a time when anything could happen, when any kind of story just might be true. That sense of the strange and wonderful guides Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, the second volume in an exciting new annual anthology series edited by acclaimed anthologist Jonathan Strahan. [retrieved 4/28/2015 from Amazon.com]
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An eclipse is a rare and unusual event, when the world is transformed and the sky becomes a dark eldritch thing. It's a time when anything could happen, when any kind of story just might be true. That sense of the strange and wonderful guides Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, the second volume in an exciting new annual anthology series edited by acclaimed anthologist Jonathan Strahan. Set to become a major event on the science fiction and fantasy calendar, Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy gathers together new science fiction and fantasy stories by the best writers working today. You can see that in Eclipse Two, which features more extraordinary tales of the fantastic and astounding.… (more)

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