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Stories of Hope and Wonder: In Support of the UK's Healthcare Workers (2020)

by Ian Whates (Editor)

Other authors: R.J. Barker (Contributor), Stephen Baxter (Contributor), Chris Beckett (Contributor), Lauren Beukes (Contributor), Eric Brown (Contributor)47 more, Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), M.R. Carey (Contributor), Simon Clark (Contributor), Paul Cornell (Contributor), Jaine Fenn (Contributor), Gary Gibson (Contributor), Lesley Glaister (Contributor), Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Contributor), Peter F. Hamilton (Contributor), Frances Hardinge (Contributor), Cat Hellisen (Contributor), Emmi Itäranta (Contributor), Gwyneth Jones (Contributor), Kim Lakin-Smith (Contributor), Mark Lawrence (Contributor), Tim Lebbon (Contributor), Alison Littlewood (Contributor), Ian R. MacLeod (Contributor), Ken MacLeod (Contributor), Tim Major (Contributor), George Mann (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), Juliet E. McKenna (Contributor), Mark Morris (Contributor), Blake Morrison (Contributor), Anne Nicholls (Contributor), Stan Nicholls (Contributor), Reggie Oliver (Contributor), Philip Palmer (Contributor), Tim Pears (Contributor), Christopher Priest (Contributor), Adam Roberts (Contributor), Michèle Roberts (Contributor), Jane Rogers (Contributor), Priya Sharma (Contributor), Robert Shearman (Contributor), Adrian Tchaikovsky (Contributor), Natalia Theodoridou (Contributor), Tade Thompson (Contributor), Lavie Tidhar (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Ren Warom (Contributor), Ian Watson (Contributor), Mark West (Contributor), Aliya Whiteley (Contributor), Neil Williamson (Contributor), Nick Wood (Contributor)

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This anthology was published to support healthcare workers in the early phases of the covid pandemic.
It's a big volume, containing 53 stories, mainly reprints, but also some original stories.
The stories are quite diverse, covering science fiction, mystery, literary fiction, horror and other genres.
With such diversity, there are obviously some stories I enjoyed less than others, but the general level of writing and storytelling is high.
Perhaps splitting this in an sf/fantasy anthology, and one for the other genres it contains, would have brought it more commercial succes, but this bif multi-grenre book offers a nice opportunity to discover new authors. Recommended!
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Introduction by Ian Whates (-)
Last Contact – Stephen Baxter (*****)
Slink-Thinking – Frances Hardinge (***)
Gossamer – Ian Whates (**)
The Feather Dress – Lisa Tuttle (****)
The Man Who Swallowed Himself – Chris Beckett (*****)
Fat Man in the Bardo – Ken MacLeod (**)
Kings of Eternity – Eric Brown (****)
Muscadet Kiss – Michèle Roberts (****)
Dead Space – George Mann (***)
The Trace – Christopher Priest (***)
Golden Wing, Silver Eye – Cat Hellisen (***)
The Golden Nose – Neil Williamson (****)
On Ilkley Moor – Alison Littlewood (***)
About Helen – Tade Thompson (***)
Iphigenia in Aulis – M.R. Carey (*****)
Just Watch Me – Lesley Glaister (***)
The Family Football – Ian R. MacLeod (**)
The Grave-Digger’s Tale – Simon Clark (***)
The All-Nighter – Mark Morris (****)
Her Seal Skin Coat – Lauren Beukes (**)
A Conclusion – Paul Cornell (**)
Liberty Bird – Jaine Fenn (***)
The Ki-Anna – Gwyneth Jones (****)
Scienceville – Gary Gibson (***)
The Sphere – Juliet E. McKenna (**)
An Eligible Boy – Ian McDonald (***)
The Quick Child – Jane Rogers (****)
Trademark Bugs: A Legal History – Adam Roberts (DNF)
Working on the Ward – Tim Pears (**)
During the Dance – Mark Lawrence (***)
Out of the Woods – Ramsey Campbell (***)
Trick of the Light – Tim Lebbon (***)
Roman Games – Anne Nicholls (**)
Digits – Robert Shearman (**)
The Fox Maiden – Priya Sharma (**)
Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold – Emmi Itäranta (****)
All Deaths Well Intention’d – RJ Barker (**)
Epilogue: England, Summer 1558 – Jon Courtenay Grimwood (***)
The Christmas Repentance of the Mole Butcher of Tetbury – Aliya Whiteley (***)
Gulliver’s Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World, Part V: A Voyage To The Island Of The Wolves – Philip Palmer (***)
Barking Mad – Ian Watson (**)
Lady with a Rose – Reggie Oliver (****)
Missing – Blake Morrison (****)
What We Sometimes Do, Without Thinking – Mark West (****)
Events – Stan Nicholls (****)
Wars of Worldcraft – Adrian Tchaikovsky (***)
Fixer, Worker, Singer – Natalia Theodoridou (***)
Witness – Kim Lakin-Smith (****)
Unravel – Ren Warom (***)
Like Clockwork – Tim Major (***)
A Million Reasons Why – Nick Wood (***)
The Road to the Sea – Lavie Tidhar (**)
Ten Love Songs to Change the World – Peter F. Hamilton (****)
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Whates, IanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, R.J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beckett, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beukes, LaurenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Mann, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Oliver, ReggieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmer, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Shearman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tchaikovsky, AdrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Theodoridou, NataliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, TadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A treasury of quality stories. All proceeds from the sale of this digital anthology are being donated to support NHS staff and other healthcare workers. 53 stories, 253,000 words of fiction, including several pieces that are original to this volume, featuring some of the finest writers of science fiction, literary fiction, fantasy, horror, and more.
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