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The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2

by Stephen King; Charles de Lint & Jane Yolen

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A mutant baby goes on a rampage through Central Park. An immigrant reveals secrets in the folds of a perfect gift. Lucky Cats extend their virtual paws to salute a generous revolution. The Internet invades a third-world village.

The premier speculative-fiction magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction continues to discover and showcase many of the most inventive authors writing in any genre. Now drawing even more deeply upon F&SF’s impressive history, this extraordinary companion anthology expands upon sixty-five years’ worth of top-notch storytelling. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two is a star-studded tribute to the continuing vision of F&SF.

Contributor Notes

Two-time Hugo Award winner Gordon Van Gelder has been the editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction since 1996. As an editor at St. Martin’s Press for twelve years, he worked with such writers as Christopher Priest, George Pelecanos, and Kate Wilhelm. Van Gelder has also received the World Fantasy, and Locus awards. He lives Hoboken, New Jersey.

Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children’s books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, Medicine Road, and Under My Skin. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than forty novels and over 100 short stories, such as Carrie, The Dark Tower, Under the Dome, and Children of the Corn. He is the recipient of the Hugo, Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, Horror Guild, and World Fantasy awards. King's work has been made into major motion pictures, such as The Dead Zone, Carrie, The Shining, and Misery.

Jane Yolen is an American author of close to 300 books. Her books are primarily fantasy, science fiction, folktales and children's books. Her Nebula nominated novella "The Devil's Arithmetic" was made into a movie starting Kristin Dunst and Brittany Murphy. She is also known for her Pit Dragon Quadrilogy.

Paolo Bacigalupi's debut novel The Windup Girl, took the science fiction field by storm, winning the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards. He is also the author of the young adult novel, Ship Breaker, which won the Michael L. Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest novel is The Drowned Cities, a companion novel to Ship Breaker.

Harlan Ellison has written or edited more than 75 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns as well as two dozen teleplays and a dozen movies. His work includes such classics as Deathbird Stories, I, Robot, Strange Wine, Shatterday, and Angry Candy. He has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, Edgar, Stoker, Locus, and Audie awards as well as the Silver Pen, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bradbury, and American Mystery awards.

Editorial Review

"The best stand-alone reprint anthology of the year was probably the retrospective anthology The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2.”
?Gardner Dozois, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Volumes 1-31

?If you like quality short fiction and you’re looking for an anthology that collects together stories both old and new, I’d warmly recommend that you check out The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two.”
?SF Crowsnest

?The first [was] an all-star anthology, the second, also edited by Gordon van Gelder, possesses just as much impact, history, and sheer enjoyability, and is a welcome retrospective of one of the genre’s bastions.... Just a superb anthology.”

?Gordon Van Gelder is the current editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and as with his earlier volume of this series, has put together a killer anthology of the very best from F&SF.”
?Galaxy’s Edge

?Van Gelder set out to provide a taste of some of the most renowned speculative fiction authors over the last half-century, and he succeeded brilliantly”
?Book Likes

?...a collection of some of the best sci-fi and fantasy short stories out there.”

?This is an excellent place to see not only gems from Fantasy and Science Fiction, but also great stories from over 60 years of the field.

?This is the second part of an anthology of incredible short stories edited by Gordon van Gelder (who has won two Hugo’s for Best Editor, Short Form). The stories themselves are, purposefully, incredibly varied. Some are funny, others heartbreakingly sad and others thrilling. The common thing across the board is that these are excellent stories.”
?World of Books

?...a must read.”
?Beauty in Ruins

?The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 is a great addition to any reader’s library because it chronicles the genres’ changes over time. All of the stories are enjoyable....”
?Lit Reactor

?If the previous two anthologies had heavy-hitters, this one has legends: Brian Aldiss, Paolo Bacigalupi (the remarkable “The People of Sand and Slag”), Jack Finney, Elizabeth Hand, Robert A. Heinlein, Stephen King, Kit Reed, Robert Silverberg — oh, hell, why bother listing them? The stories in this book are so good (and surprisingly, many of them are funny) that you need to buy it. “

The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Volume 2, edited by Gordon van Gelder is a book that can’t help but appeal to anyone who already loves the genre and is a great way to introduce great science fiction and fantasy to new readers.”
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Praise for Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Still the gold standard for short fiction in America"
?Stephen King

Praise for The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction

"For sheer reading pleasure, this anthology is unparalleled."
?Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A landmark anthology"
?The Guardian

"For a long time, F&SF has been a leader in expanding the terrain of speculative fiction. Judging from this volume, it intends to continue in this role.

"It's obvious why F&SF has thrived while competitors have vanished. Eloquent, scintillating, often sublime."

"Half an hour's reading, and I spent the next day or so catching myself staring off into space muttering, 'Oh wow.'"

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