The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows - an Original Science Fiction Anthology
The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows - an Original Science Fiction Anthology
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Annotation: This original anthology is crucial reading for those who want to see where the future--and the future of science fiction--is headed.
Catalog Number: #600262995
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Territory: North America
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ISBN: 1-440-63829-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-440-63829-9
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Horn Book
This sixteen-story anthology maintains continuity of theme and quality across a variety of worlds, ranging from bleak near-futures to extraterrestrial communities and careening spaceships. Each story is followed by an author's note and brief biography; contributors include Scott Westerfeld, Neil Gaiman, and Ann Halam. Overall, this collection is a feast of provocative, fully imagined science-fiction microcosms--reflective, political, action-packed, and mind-bending.
Kirkus Reviews
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+)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 8 Up This inspiring collection of short stories contains contributions from authors who are well known in the science-fiction genre, including Neil Gaiman, Corey Doctorow, Garth Nix, and Scott Westerfeld. As the subtitle indicates, the selections look forward to what life might be like in the distant, and not-so-distant, future. Some common sci-fi tropes are explored, including alien visits to Earth and overpowering computer games, as well as some less familiar styles and topics such as the future of vampirism and a particularly interesting story written as answers to an unseen questionnaire. Each of the tales is not only entertaining to read, but also provides a thought-provoking element to consider. This anthology provides ample opportunities for new readers to sample the genre and will keep die-hard fans content. Quality stories by authors at the height of their craft make this anthology a must-have for any library. The brief biographies and author notes provide extra background detail and insight into the writing process. Dylan Thomarie, Johnstown High School, NY
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*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.
Word Count: 147,804
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 24.0 / quiz: 121471 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:32.0 / quiz:Q43638
Lexile: 870L

What does the future hold? This compelling anthology features science fiction's best writers and most vivid imaginations. 

Truly successful science fiction does two things: it gives a credible glimpse into the future while entertaining the reader. With this in mind, noted anthologist Jonathan Strahan asked sixteen of today's most inventive, compelling writers to look past the horizon of the present day. From spaceships, to suburbia, simulated gaming worlds, dealing with cloning, battle tactics, or corporate politics, the stories of The Starry Rift will give every reader something to consider.

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