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First review of The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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From Publishers Weekly:

The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices. Edited by Ellen Datlow. Del Rey, $16 paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-345-49632-4
Declaring that short stories are the “heart and soul of fantastical fiction,” prolific and venerable editor Datlow collects 16 impressive original stories in this unthemed anthology. Standout selections include Margo Lanagan's deeply disturbing “The Goosle,” which eloquently corrupts the Hansel and Gretel fable with bubonic plague, sexual slavery and mass murder; Jason Stoddard's “The Elephant Ironclads,” which describes an emergent 20th-century Navajo nation struggling to become a world power while staying true to its culture; Elizabeth Bear's “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” a poignant tale about the life, death and sad legacy of the troubled heavyweight fighter; and Pat Cadigan's “Jimmy,” a strange and supernatural coming-of-age story set in the moments just after John F. Kennedy's assassination. The thematic diversity and consistently high quality of narrative throughout make for a solid and enjoyable anthology. (Apr.)

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I just wanted to add that it has what is perhaps my favorite cover so far this year. I think it presents the package just beautifully.

I was astonished and very very pleased when I saw it. Let's hope it sells the thing too :-)

YAY! So excited to finally see this come top fruition! I can't wait to read it, too.


Yes, and I thank you for helping to make it happen! I hope you enjoy it--please remind me to get you a copy when it comes out!

Yay! Can't wait for it to come out.

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