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The starry rift : tales of new tomorrows : an original science fiction anthology
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2008
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  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Veteran sf editor Strahan brings together an exemplary collection of 16 sf stories from a group of well-known and undeniably talented writers. The first story, Scott Westerfeld's Ass-Hat Magic Spider, is accompanied by one original and engrossing story after another, written by authors from both the teen and adult markets, including Ann Halam, Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Iain McDonald, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, and Walter Jon Williams. Each story is followed by a brief biographical sketch and an author's note that shares something about the story, such as its inspiration. The diverse collection's subjects range from full-immersion gaming to the quantum physics expression of time; from clan wars in a high-tech India to cyborg space pirates and lobotomized slaves. Some stories address real-world matters such as love, loss, and abuse. Westerfeld's asks, What possession would it be worth diminishing your own body to keep? Gaiman's story is told exclusively in answers. A real winner with no weak links, this will delightfully engage the minds of older teen readers, and not just those who already read the genre.--Koelling, Holly Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

This compendium of short stories springs from a wonderful premise: Encourage young readers to open up their imaginations to science fiction with tales told by some of the leading writers of the genre. Unfortunately, this bulky volume does not live up to the promise. Only Neil Gaiman's odd little story "Orange" reaches out to grab the reader, with a narrative told entirely in answers to a written questionnaire. Science fiction is a genre that requires readers to believe what is often beyond their immediate reality. To do that well often means taking time to build characters, situations and environment; the craft does not necessarily translate well when moved to the tight venue of short stories. These writers are well-known professionals, with great works to their credit, but their efforts work best in longer narratives. Young readers would be better served with full-length books by such practitioners as Kenneth Oppel and Eoin Colfer. (Science fiction/short stories. 12+) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Truly successful science fiction does two things: it gives credible glimpses into the future while entertaining the reader. With this in mind, noted anthologist Jonathan Strahan?who is also the reviews editor of Locus magazine?asked sixteen of today?s most inventive, compelling writers to look past the horizon of the present day. Neil Gaiman ( Anansi Boys ), Kelly Link ( Magic for Beginners ), Garth Nix (the Abhorsen Trilogy), Scott Westerfeld ( Uglies; Pretties; Specials ) and their colleagues have crafted a dazzling range of stories. Whether on spaceships, in suburbia, or in simulated gaming worlds, whether about cloning, battle tactics, or corporate politics, the stories of The Starry Rift will give every reader something to consider. This original anthology is crucial reading for those who want to see where the future?and the future of science fiction?is headed.<br> <br>
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