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Jonathan Strahan

Autor(a) de The New Space Opera

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About the Author

Jonathan Strahan was born in 1964 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an editor and publisher of science fiction. His family moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968, and he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. In 1990 he co-founded Eidolon: The mostrar mais Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and worked on it as co-editor and co-publisher until 1999. He was also co-publisher of Eidolon Books which published Robin Pen's The Secret Life of Rubber-Suit Monsters, Howard Waldrop's Going Home Again, Storm Constantine's The Thorn Boy, and Terry Dowling's Blackwater Days. In 2015 he was nominated in the editor and anthology categories for the Locus Awards with the title Reach for Infinity. In 2018, he won the 2017 Aurealis Awards for the best Australian anthology for his book, Infinity Wars. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Jonathan Strahan

The New Space Opera (2007) — Editor — 556 cópias
Engineering Infinity (2011) — Editor; Introdução — 354 cópias
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Editor — 315 cópias
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (2010) — Editor — 296 cópias
The Starry Rift (2008) — Editor — 282 cópias
Edge of Infinity (2012) — Editor — 225 cópias
The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Editor — 222 cópias
Wings of Fire (2010) — Editor — 185 cópias
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Editor — 160 cópias
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Editor — 153 cópias
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Editor — 150 cópias
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Editor — 139 cópias
Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008) — Editor — 135 cópias
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Editor — 119 cópias
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Editor — 116 cópias
Fearsome Journeys (2013) — Editor — 111 cópias
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eight (2014) — Editor; Introdução — 103 cópias
Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Editor — 99 cópias
Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier (2011) — Editor — 98 cópias
Godlike Machines (2010) — Editor; Prefácio — 92 cópias
Drowned Worlds (2016) — Editor — 86 cópias
Meeting Infinity (2015) — Editor — 82 cópias
Fantasy: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Editor — 75 cópias
Infinity's End (2018) — Editor — 74 cópias
Infinity Wars (2017) — Editor — 74 cópias
Made To Order: Robots and Revolution (2020) — Editor — 63 cópias
Legends of Australian Fantasy (2010) — Editor — 63 cópias
Bridging Infinity (1783) — Editor — 62 cópias
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Editor — 60 cópias
Best Short Novels 2004 (2004) — Editor — 57 cópias
Mission Critical (2019) — Editor — 53 cópias
The Best of Joe Haldeman (2013) — Editor — 52 cópias
Fearsome Magics (2014) — Editor — 49 cópias
Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance (2022) — Editor — 49 cópias
Best Short Novels 2006 (2006) — Editor — 42 cópias
Best Short Novels 2007 (2007) — Editor — 25 cópias
Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005 (2006) — Editor — 22 cópias
Best Short Novels 2005 (2005) — Editor — 20 cópias
Science Fiction: The Best of 2005 (2006) — Editor — 15 cópias
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2014 — Editor — 6 cópias
Eidolon (2006) — Editor — 5 cópias
Sárkányok könyve (2021) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Jack Vance Treasury (2007) — Editor — 239 cópias
The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson (2010) — Editor — 190 cópias
Ascendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling (2007) — Editor — 81 cópias
The Best of Larry Niven (2010) — Editor — 52 cópias
The Time Invariance of Snow: A Tor.com Original (2019) — Editor — 22 cópias
Eidolon I (2006) — Editor, algumas edições6 cópias
Locus Nr.492 2002.01 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Questions Asked in the Belly of the World — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
Red Mother [novelette] — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



I keep picking up various old "best of" SF anthologies at library sales and such, so this is me trying to actually read at least one of them, rather than letting them all sit aging forever on my shelves. Although part of my mind instinctively balks at referring to a book from 2003 as "old," anyway. I mean, that was only a few years ago, right? Right?

Anyway. This is a moderately chunky paperback at about 440 pages, although for that length there might be fewer stories than you'd expect, as many of them are fairly long, with I think at least a couple at or approaching novella length. As is common for this sort of thing, the editors are not particularly precious or pedantic about genre distinctions, with a number of stories here that could be perhaps more properly categorized as horror or fantasy than science fiction. (I find the inclusion of Neil Gaiman's Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft mashup, "A Study in Emerald," particularly amusing on this front, as I think you could argue that it ticks off almost every genre except science fiction. Not that that's a complaint! I'd read that one before, but it'd been a while and I'd honestly forgotten just how clever it was, so it was nice to encounter it again.)

As usual, of course, notions of what constitutes the "best" of anything can vary enormously, and for me the contents here ranged from very good indeed to stuff that just left me cold. (Unfortunately, one of the latter, Vernor Vinge's "The Cookie Monster," which had a decent idea but an execution I found dull and unconvincing, was by far the longest one in the collection.)

It is, by the way, always kind of interesting to look for themes in these sorts of anthologies, and this one absolutely does have one, as the vast majority of these stories deal with the idea of exploitation in some way, from Paolo Bacigalupi's impressively disturbing story of young girls whose bodies are altered in horrific ways to amuse the rich to Susan Mosser's very pointed piece of social commentary about corporations who force people into indentured servitude for not being able to afford air. All of which, rather depressingly, makes the volume feel not at all dated and still very, very relevant.

It's probably also worth noting that some of the stories here have typos or weird formatting issues that make me wonder if they were poorly scanned in or possibly printed directly from emails. Then again, maybe that's about what one should expect from a book whose back cover blurb touts its main selling point as being "affordable"?
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bragan | outras 4 resenhas | May 19, 2024 |
A collection of short stories about-surprise!- dragons. Usual mix of good and bad pieces. I mostly read this because of the included pieces of poetry.. I particularly enjoyed the poem The Dragons by Theodora Goss.
catseyegreen | outras 7 resenhas | Feb 6, 2024 |
This book bills itself as a collection of hard science fiction stories. Now, any collection is bound to be a little uneven. But some of the stories in here were in no way, shape, or fashion "hard" SF. And they weren't that good, either. But others particularly the first 2 and the last 1, had me thinking, "Yes! This is the stuff I fell in love with as a kid." So if you pick this book up, just know that you are in for some very disparate experiences.
Treebeard_404 | outras 11 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |



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