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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607013045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607013044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
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About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row; first for Ender s Game and then for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.

Ursula K. Le Guin has written over fifty books of prose and poetry. Winner of many prizes including a National Book Award, she is perhaps best known for her six Books of Earthsea which have sold millions of copies and been translated into sixteen languages.

George R. R. Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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HASH(0xa0781150) out of 5 stars Very dark, in general Feb. 19 2012
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The writing cannot be denied as excellent throughout this collection of stories. However, the majority of the stories are exceedingly dark. Not the right read if you're looking to be uplifted about stories of the future.

Again, very well written and engaging stories, just a bit depressing in overall tone.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa155fc00) out of 5 stars The problem with Anthologies... but a good one. Jan. 14 2012
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The problem with anthologies - especially ones that combine stories from different time periods - is that the quality of the total works will vary. The first story was quite bad and left me with a feeling of 'uh-oh, what did I just spend my money on', most stories are average, but some (old and new) are real gems and well worth the purchase.

All in all, a good buy for traveling and short jaunts. But not something you could sit down for a long read over.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa155fc48) out of 5 stars A lot of literature for the buck! Sept. 23 2012
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on
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Lightspeed Magazine is a science fiction and fantasy e-zine that specializes in carrying only the best. Among the participating authors are such big names as Orson Scott Car, Stephen King and Ursula Le Guin, just to name a few! This anthology collects all of the stories from the first year of Lightspeed, containing some 48 stories...if I counted correctly.

As you might expect with an anthology of stories by different authors, they run the gamut from the so-so to the fantastic - though admittedly, a good deal of that is taste. Personally, I loved David Barr Kirtley's Cats In Victory, Genevieve Valentine's The Zeppelin Conductors' Society Annual Gentlemen's Ball, and Stephen King's Beach World. Probably the best part of a book like this is that it can introduce you to authors whose work you have never encountered before, or reintroduce you to authors you thought you knew.

I really enjoyed this nice, thick book, and I don't hesitate to recommend it. It's a lot of literature for the buck!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06a2348) out of 5 stars Pretty Good, Quite Varied. About Half New, Half Reprints. April 7 2012
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I ordered this book in part because of John Joseph Adams, previously an editor at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, which I've subscribed to for years; and in part because of old favorites like Joe Haldeman, Stephen King, Robert Reed, and Robert Silverberg.

The book anthologizes all the short fiction published in the on-line Lightspeed Magazine between June 2010 and May 2011. Almost half the material is reprinted. Specifically, the reprints are:

"Gossamer" by Stephen Baxter (1995)
"Manumission" by Tobias Buckell (2008)
"The Elephants of Poznan" by Orson Scott Card (2000)
"The Passenger" by Julie E. Czerneda (1999)
"Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due (2000)
"More Than the Sum of His Parts" by Joe Haldeman (1985)
"Breakaway, Backdown" by James Patrick Kelly (1996)
"Faces in Revolving Souls" by Caitlan R. Kiernan (2005)
"Beachworld" by Stephen King (1984)
"Ej-Es" by Nancy Kress (2003)
"The Long Chase" by Geoffery A. Landis (2002)
"Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back" by Joe R. Landsdale (1986)
"The Silence of Asonu" by Ursula K. LeGuin (1998)
"... for a single yesterday" by George R.R. Martin (1975)
"Velvet Fields" by Anne McCafferey (1973)
"Bibi from Jupiter" by Tessa Mellas (2007)
"Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor (2008)
"Cucumber Gravy" by Susan Palwick (2001)
"Scales" by Alastair Reynolds (2009)
"The Observer" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (2008)
"Travelers" by Robert Silverberg (1999)
"Maneki Neko" by Bruce Sterling (1998)

My two favorites were "The Taste of Starlight" by John R. Fultz, a rather extreme outer space horror tale, and reprint "Bibi from Jupiter" by Tessa Mellas, something like teen sex comedy combined with science fiction.

Other favorites among the original stories include "Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son" by Tom Crosshill, about a Russian boy, his Russian dog, and Heisenberg uncertainty; "Simulacrum" by Ken Liu, about alienation and imitation; "Jenny's Sick" by David Tallerman, about sickness in a healthy world; "Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters" by Alice Sola Kim, a dizzying if brief multiple-futures tale; and "Standard Loneliness Package" by Charles Yu, where one assumes the grief of others. Also, I thought the stories by Robert Reed ("Woman Leaves Room") and Ted Kosmatka ("In-Fall") were typically well-written if not otherwise remarkable for those two writers.

Other favorites among the reprints include "Maneki Neko" by Bruce Sterling, best described as a high-tech comedy set in Japan that involves cartoon cats; "The Elephants of Poznan" by Orson Scott Card, a post-apocalyptic story about evolution and elephants; "Beachworld" by Stephen King, a rare science fiction story from this author; "More Than the Sum of His Parts" by Joe Haldeman, about super powers and insanity; and "Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due, about a lonely kid with a fortunate viral immunity. And the Silverberg story ("Travelers") was in the well-written-if-not-otherwise-remarkable category.

Fine book, overall. I plan to order the anthology for next year as well.
HASH(0xa06a2150) out of 5 stars Great short stories. June 22 2015
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I'm not usually fond of short stories, but this collection is terrific. I can't put it down, going from one great tale to another. I bought it because so many of my favorites were listed on the cover, but so far I've read mostly authors unknown to me. Kudos to the editors of LightSpeed. I need to subscribe!!