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The Best Fantasy Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (1985)

by Edward L. Ferman (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Aickman (Contributor), J. G. Ballard (Contributor), Charles Beaumont (Contributor), Alfred Bester (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor)35 more, John Collier (Contributor), Avram Davidson (Contributor), Thomas M. Disch (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Jack Finney (Contributor), Bruce Jay Friedman (Contributor), Parke Godwin (Contributor), Ron Goulart (Contributor), Robert Holdstock (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Gary Jennings (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Contributor), John Kessel (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Russell Kirk (Contributor), Damon Knight (Contributor), R. A. Lafferty (Contributor), Sterling E. Lanier (Contributor), Bob Leman (Contributor), Fritz Lieber (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), Alan Nelson (Contributor), Larry Niven (Contributor), Arthur Polges (Contributor), Tom Reamy (Contributor), Kim Stanley Robinson (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Robert Sheckley (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), John Shepley (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Thomas Burnett Swann (Contributor), Walter Tevis (Contributor), Jack Vance (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction anthologies

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I choose this book to read the Bob Leman story. I looked through the offerings and picked some more must reads before I give the book back to library. There is no way I'm reading the whole thing. It's almost 800 pages and 40 stories.

- Stephen King - The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet - 5*
That was fun, I hope to read this one again at some point.
Look at the cover from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1984

- Robert Aickman - Pages from a Young Girl's Journal - DNF - Too much unsaid. I need my stories more clear.

- Thomas Burnett Swann - The Manor of Roses - DNF - or hardly start but it looks like he writes stories I would like so I must not be in the mood. I think it's unfamiliar territory so it felt like work.

- Thomas M. Disch (he wrote The Brave Little Toaster) - Downtown - 2* - Did I see this story as a Twilight Zone episode? I wish more was explained in this too short story.

- Shirley Jackson - One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts - 2.5* - Readable, held my interest. A man set about making everyone happy he met, meanwhile his wife did the opposite. It ended with them saying they were ready to trade roles as if this was their regular routine. On deeper analysis (google searches) "People are capable of choosing to be good or evil - or at least, to act in good or evil ways. They have free will." Maybe I should be concerned with myself for not understanding the intention of this story.

- Jack Vance - Green Magic - DNF - I researched this one too because I know Vance is worthy of some attention. I liked the summary of the story I found on the internet but I really couldn't read the story. My brain and his writing style didn't mesh. If someone is sitting in a truck observing "the vistas of the green realm" and in the next section found sitting at a cocktail bar, I must be given a bit of direction on how he got there or at least some closure to the previous activity. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ferman, Edward L.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aickman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballard, J. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beaumont, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bester, AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AvramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Disch, Thomas M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finney, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, Bruce JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Godwin, ParkeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goulart, RonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holdstock, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jennings, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jr., Kurt VonnegutContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kessel, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirk, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knight, DamonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lafferty, R. A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lanier, Sterling E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leman, BobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lieber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nelson, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Niven, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Polges, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reamy, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Kim StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheckley, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swann, Thomas BurnettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tevis, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vance, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yolen, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crisp, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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