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The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998)

by Robert Silverberg (Editor)

Other authors: Poul Anderson (Contributor), J. G. Ballard (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Terry Bisson (Contributor), James Blish (Contributor)24 more, Robert Bloch (Contributor), Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), Anthony Boucher (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Ted Chiang (Contributor), Avram Davidson (Contributor), L. Sprague de Camp (Contributor), Philip K. Dick (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), H. L. Gold (Contributor), Robert A. Heinlein (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), R. A. Lafferty (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), C. L. Moore (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Clifford D. Simak (Contributor), Margaret St. Clair (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Jack Vance (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor), Roger Zelazny (Contributor)

Series: SFWA Hall of Fame volumes (5)

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The authorative companion and follow-up to the acclaimed Science Fiction Hall of Fame  acknowledges the importance of fantasy to modern literature, and enshrine the 30 favorite short stories of all time. Chosen by popular ballot among the 1000 professionals who make their livings creating America's bestselling dreams, these are the undisputed classics: The unforgettable stories that influenced and shaped the imagination at work in the field today. Here are the stories that shaped the shapers. Here are the stories that will live forever.… (more)

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"Trouble with Water," by H.L. Gold (1939): 3
- So, this is a really bad story, but not necessarily in a way that antagonizes me against it, and maybe especially because it’s so bad. Because it can’t help but wear its amateurnish so lightly, because this reads like the most benign version of many daytrading amateur stories. And there’s something nice maybe(?) in that attempt. Or, maybe I’m just being charitable to this and not to the other on account of some faux-nostalgia for early 50s New York. And here we do have an affable-enough Jewish man, clearly mining something out of the mix of cultures in the city, and envisioning a real working-class mensch, beset by life on all sides, just trying to get by. It’s just too bad the story’s so hackneyed--man meets and gets cursed by water gnome, water flees from him, meets Irish friend, and they find way to break the curse. Still, there is something folklorish about its composition and telling that nicely makes its failures less than genre failures and more in line with a type of communal telling and narrative I’m less familiar with, and maybe less predisposed to simply dismiss wholesale. Also, based on the construction of this anthology, this so clearly speaks of a titan in the field being honored on account of that fellow-feeling, although he’s a publisher and not a writer.

"Nothing in the Rules," by L. Sprague de Camp (1939): 3
- Good god, this book. Another interminable piece of belated juvenalia; fantasy as adult bedtime story. These are the types that I could either write two pages or two sentences about, and both are about as deserving--former, cause it's filled with clear allusions to the class, status, and precise time and place of its construction and author, as well as just as many interesting markers revealing aspects of genre literature history and it's estranged relationship to the broader literary world, and the other just because it's decades-old weak genre writing, meriting not too much thought either now or then. The story: what if a mermaid swam in a meet?!
  Ebenmaessiger | Oct 9, 2019 |
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Silverberg, RobertEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, PoulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballard, J. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bisson, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blish, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borges, Jorge LuisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boucher, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiang, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AvramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Camp, L. SpragueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick, Philip K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gold, H. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, Robert A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lafferty, R. A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, C. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simak, Clifford D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
St. Clair, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vance, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The phenomenon of the science fiction convention – a gathering of readers and writers for the mutual exchange of ideas and general social amusement – goes back nearly fifty years. (Introduction)
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There are two books with the title "The Fantasy Hall of Fame". Do not combine the two together.

One is from 1983, one is from 1998. The latter volume is associated with SFWA.

The 1983 one is edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg, and the 1998 one is edited by Robert Silverberg alone.

The later 1998 SFWA book has ISBN 0061052159 and 1568658583 for the hardcover.

The earlier 1983 book has been reprinted as "The Mammoth Book Of Fantasy All-Time Greats" (ISBN 0948164719) and "Great Fantasy" (ISBN 1845291069) and the original ISBNs are 0877955212 and 0517451263.
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