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The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy (2004)

by Charles N. Brown (Editor), Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

Other authors: Terry Bisson (Contributor), Octavia E. Butler (Contributor), Ted Chiang (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Greg Egan (Contributor)13 more, Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), John Kessel (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), George R.R. Martin (Contributor), Pat Murphy (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor), James Tiptree, Jr. (Contributor), John Varley (Contributor), Connie Willis (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

Series: Locus

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Excellent collection. Of course, when you're aiming to select the best stories from the last 30 years, you're bound to get some good ones! I'd already read about half of them, which wasn't a bad ratio, and I only disliked a couple. The anthology really works as an overview and a retrospective of the genre - I'd recommend it highly to anyone who asked me, "So, why do you like SF, anyway?"


Contents:
The Death of Doctor Island • (1973) • Gene Wolfe
The Day Before the Revolution • (1974) • Ursula K. Le Guin
Jeffty Is Five • (1977) • Harlan Ellison
The Persistence of Vision • (1978) • John Varley
The Way of Cross and Dragon • (1979) • George R. R. Martin
Souls • (1982) • Joanna Russ
Bloodchild • (1984) • Octavia E. Butler
The Only Neat Thing to Do • (1985) • James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel in Love • (1987) • Pat Murphy
The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter • (1988) • Lucius Shepard
Bears Discover Fire • (1990) • Terry Bisson
Buffalo • (1991) • John Kessel
Even the Queen • (1992) • Connie Willis
Gone • (1996) • John Crowley
Maneki Neko • (1998) • Bruce Sterling
Border Guards • (1999) • Greg Egan
Hell Is the Absence of God • (2001) • Ted Chiang
October in the Chair • (2002) • Neil Gaiman ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
i am not a BIG fan of fantasy, sfi but these stories were very good. ( )
  mahallett | Aug 8, 2015 |
As is my habit for anthologies, this is not a proper review, but rather a list of ratings as for the individual stories.

The collection as a whole is very good with a nice diverse story selection.

The Death of Doctor Island by Gene Wolfe (5) Meh
The Day before the Revolution by Ursula K. Le Guin (6) Well written, but not very interesting.
Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison (10) Great!
The Persistence of Vision by John Varley (7) OK
The Way of Cross and Dragon by George R.R. Martin (9)
Souls by Joanna Russ (8)
Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler (9)
The Only Neat Thing to Do by James Tiptree Jr. (8)
Rachel in Love by Pat Murphy (9)
The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter by Lucius Shepard (7) Rather good if a bit long
Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson (9)
Buffalo by John Kessel (8)
Even the Queen by Connie Willis (5)
Gone by John Crowley (8)
Maneki Neko by Bruce Sterling (9)
Border Guards by Greg Egan (9)
Hell Is the Absence of God by Ted Chiang (6)
October in the Chair by Neil Gaiman (7) ( )
  igorken | Jun 7, 2011 |
Excellent collection of short fiction. My favorite stories were "The Only neat Thing To Do", by James Tiptree, Jr. and "Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy. Includes stories by Ursula Leguin, Gene Wolfe, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, George R.R. Martin, Joanna Russ, Terry Bisson, John Kessel, Connie Willis, John Crowley, Bruce Sterling, Greg Egan, Ted Chiang, and Neil Gaiman. ( )
  Chaula | Sep 23, 2010 |
Listen to this list of authors: Harlan Ellison, Ted Chiang, Ursula K. LeGuinn, Connie Willis, James Tiptree Jr.. Listen to this list of stories: “ The Death of Doctor Island”, “The Day Before the Revolution”, “Jeffty is Five”, “The Persistance of Vision”. (And those are literally the first four stories – it goes on from there.)

This book is a collection of Locus Award winners, but that also means it is a collection of some of the best Hugo and Nebula Award winners. In other words, it represents some of the best writing in science fiction from 1970 to 2000. And what that means is that it is a fantastic collection.

This is the book you give someone when they want to know what you see in that “sci-fi stuff”, this is the book you give to fellow fans to share why you all got into science fiction in the first place, this is the book you buy yourself if you need an introduction to the genre, and this is the book you buy for your collection so you can relive the best the genre has to offer. ( )
1 vote figre | Jun 21, 2010 |
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Brown, Charles N.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strahan, JonathanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bisson, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Butler, Octavia E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiang, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Egan, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kessel, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R.R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sterling, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tiptree, James, Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Willis, ConnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060594268, Paperback)

Now, for the first time, the best of the Locus Awards for short fiction are gathered in one volume. Spanning the absolute finest in science fiction and fantasy short fiction for the last thirty years, this anthology is an indispensable guide to speculative fiction from the classic to the outrageous by the leaders of the field.

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The 1970s: The death of Doctor Island / Gene Wolfe -- The day before the revolution / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Jeffty is five / Harlan Ellison -- The persistence of vision / John Varley -- The 1980s: The way of cross and dragon / George R.R. Martin -- Souls / Joanna Russ -- Bloodchild / Octavia E. Butler -- The only neat thing to do / James Tiptree Jr. -- Rachel in love / Pat Murphy -- The scalehunter's beautiful daughter / Lucius Shepard -- The 1990s: Bears discover fire / Terry Bisson -- Buffalo / John Kessel -- Even the queen / Connie Willis -- Gone / John Crowley -- Maneki Neko / Bruce Sterling -- The 2000s: Border guards / Greg Egan -- Hell is the absence of God / Ted Chiang -- October in the chair / Neil Gaiman -- Previous winners.… (more)

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