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Eclipse 1 New Science Fiction and Fantasy

An eclipse is a rare and unusual event when the world is transformed and the sky becomes a dark eldritch thing It's a time when anything could happen when any kind of story just might be true That sense of the strange and wonderful guides Eclipse New Science Fiction and Fantasy the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology series edited by acclaimed anthologist Jonathan Strahan Set to become a major event on the science fiction and fantasy calendarEclipse New Science Fi I honestly don t even know why I have this A collection of stories from writers that I wasn t entirely familiar with of the names on the cover at the time I probably had read stories by Bruce Sterling and had at least heard of Lucius Shepard it was also the first volume of what was later four anthology volumes none of which I think I possess The only thing I can think of is maybe I bought it on vacation I was at the SF Museum in Seattle probably around the time it was published but who knowsBut aside from unpacking the mysteries of my past does this wind up being an obscure yet hidden classic of SF and fantasy short stories Ah not uite There s some decent stories in here but overall it s a mixed bag with most of the well known authors supplying the memorable stuff and even then it doesn t seem like they were bringing their A game to thisThe theme of at least this volume seems to be per the back cover tales of lost identity and found purpose with the speculative fiction tag giving the authors grounds to not stick with straight SF and instead veer into fantasy I m not so much a purist on those matters but other people might find themselves disappointed if they re expecting something a little science fictionyUnfortunately even those who are open to anything are going to have a little trouble sifting through the tales to find the gems Its not as clear cut as well known authorgood story as Bruce Sterling goes out of his way to write a story about a guy arguing with a priest about wooden computers or something Some of them just have iffy premises that the authors can t bring off the ground Andy Duncan s opening shot of Uniue Chicken Goes in Reverse which suanders its title for a payoff that would have worked better if everything preceding it hadn t been so so or just seem like bad ideas from the start Garth Nix s Bad Luck Trouble Death and Vampire Sex again taking a great title and running it straight into the ground Others like Terry Dowling s Toother feel like they needed a couple extra pages to explain exactly what s going on they re chasing a serial killer who steals teeth while someone has dreams about serial killers which we ve all had the same problem persists in Kathleen Ann Goonan s Electric Rains though the story itself is well told I expected a little from Gwyneth Jones s In the Forest of the ueen than what I got but I m not sure if that s my fault or the story s Maureen McHugh s The Lost Boy A Reporter At Large asks uestions about memory and its impact on everyone around us but then doesn t seem inclined to even address its own uestions so the story just sort of hangs with a shrug And I m not going to pretend to know what s happening in She CreaturesThat s maybe half the stories The others have a bit success in pulling off their concepts The best overall is a tossup between Shepard s Larissa Miusov which is mostly about moviemaking and shady Russians but hangs together in a way that suggests worlds outside its pages and lives that extend before and after what we see It probably belongs in a different anthology but I m glad its here The same can be said for Jeffrey Ford s The Drowned Life which is wonderfully strange and poignant and despairing all at the same time asking what happens when we can t get help any and the world doesn t seem interested in helping It s the first work I ve read from him even though I have several books in my ueue for One Day Eventually but if this is what he does when he s just tossing off stuff for a random anthology I m looking forward to the novelsWhat remains is actually not bad as most of the other authors take an idea and go as bizarrely far as they can with it leading to results like Eileen Gunn s Up the Fire Road where two hikers meet the Sasuatch of Love and it gets ridiculous but never in a way that seems tedious or annoying as she seems to know how to pile the nuttiness so that it never gets too annoying The same with Paul Brandon and Jack Dunn s The Transformation of Targ which takes what should be a silly idea an evil overlord that isn t good at being evil and makes it actually funny as he tries to find ways to go against his own nature Its one of those works you d like to see in the same world but at the same time don t need to because its so complete Ysabeau Wilce s uartermaster Returns also scores with an army in a strange landscape dealing with a uartermaster brought back from the dead because he sucked at his job that eventually gets involved in a drinking contest It plays everything straight and is all the better for it Meanwhile Peter S Beagle he of The Last Unicorn fame uses the weird concept in The Last and Only or Mr Moscowitz Becomes French of a man whose soul seems to change into the embodiment of all things French and manages to make it not funny but strangely contemplative with one of the few emotional endings in the anthology I stopped for a second and thought about it before moving onto the next story so it worked for me And Ellen Klages Mrs Zeno s Paradox manages the rare feat of writing a story in about two pages that manages to tell a story and is funny and is exactly the right lengthDefinitely a mixed grab bag although as with any anthology the words your mileage may vary could never apply If you re drawn in by some of the names you recognize it may be worth a look because I found a number of pleasing surprises But I m not going to pretend its an embarrassment of riches or a series of home runs If you find yourself liking at least half you re probably doing okay but that if you re even into that kind of metaphorical literary rolling of the dice in the first place

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Ge of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera time travel hard SF alien invasion near future dystopia fantasy grimdark sword and sorcery contemporary urban fantasy steampunk alternative history and horror zombies vampires and the occult and supernatural and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller a national bestseller or a Hugo or Nebula award winner we are committed to publishing uality books from a diverse group of autho Eclipse 1 is a good not great anthology of speculative n e science fiction and fantasy rather new weird short stories edited by Jonathan Strahan My good not great may be stemming from my disappointment that there was new weirdfantasy than there was science fiction but there were still uite a few big wins in the pile that is this paperback bindingAs for the computed average of my ratings on the individual stories themselves out to four decimal places Eclipse 1 scores 33000 Includes Uniue Chicken Goes In Reverse by Andy Duncan Cute weird Bad Luck Trouble Death and Vampire Sex by Garth Nix The Last and Only or Mr Moscowitz Becomes French by Peter S Beagle The Lost Boy A Reporter At Large by Maureen F McHugh Probably double visceral if you ve ever lived in the BaltiDC area but outstanding regardless of your geographic history The Drowned Life by Jeffrey Ford Toother by Terry Dowling I couldn t put my finger on why I wasn t bowled over by this one I wanted to like it a lot but something about it left me wanting a bit Up the Fire Road by Eileen Gunn groansighsnort reversed In the Forest of the ueen by Gwyneth Jones uartermaster Returns by Ysabeau S Wilce A playful tone and artfully written toys with the right conventions too Electric Rains by Kathleen Ann Goonan As with The Lost Boy vs this one probably hits harder for folks with a little DC time under their belt but hits all the high notes even without that She Creatures by Margo Lanagan The prurient overtones didn t exactly make up for the brogue veneer and otherwise bewildering plot The Transformation of Targ by Paul Brandon and Jack Dann Maybe and in my heart of hearts a sympathetic this was an extremely fun story Mrs Zeno s Paradox by Ellen Klages The fact that the story is so short about 3 pages 4 was like its own double entendre And any light hearted story that can work in ngstr m should get bonus points The Lustration by Bruce Sterling I think it s good Though maybe a bit too obliue Larissa Miusov by Lucius Shepard Far and away the best story in this collection If your library has this anthology then you owe it to yourself to at least read this one Call it a personal preference Also for the private few reading this that have also read a certain manuscript of mine I d like to share that I had a big and vocal WTF the night I was reading this in bed I felt a little dirty and cheated but how can someone rip you off when they ve never heard of you or read your work Besides it was different enough to not be the same


10 thoughts on “Eclipse 1 New Science Fiction and Fantasy

  1. says:

    45 starsA generally excellent collection of SF stories from 2007 running the gamut of speculative fiction but with a distinct slant toward the left field and downright weird 'Toother' by Terry Dowling is a weird psychic murder mystery brilliant but let down by a rushed denouement I thought while Jeffrey Ford's 'The Drowned Life' and Andy Duncan's 'Uniue Chicken Goes in Reverse' are pretty much unclassifiable 'The Transformation of Tag' fr

  2. says:

    I honestly don't even know why I have this A collection of stories from writers that I wasn't entirely familiar with of the names on the cover at the time I probably had read stories by Bruce Sterling and had at least heard of Lucius Shepard it was also the first volume of what was later four anthology volumes none of whic

  3. says:

    A speculative fiction anthology whose theme appears to be 'stories Jonathan Strahan liked' I don't always like what Jonathan Strahan likes A few notes in no particular orderBruce Sterling The Lustration Sentient planet computer made entirely of wood Kind of Ted Chiang lite which still leaves it pretty interesting though w

  4. says:

    The editor states that his goal for this anthology was to recreate the spirit of the original anthology series of the 1960s and 1970s using contemporary types of stories The cover calls it New Science Fiction and Fantasy and while t

  5. says:

    A very mixed bag many poordull a few uite good but overall disappointing

  6. says:

    horror than i expected

  7. says:

    First posted on SF Crowsnest April 2009In his introduction editor Jonathan Strahan points out that he was looking for a very broad definition of science fiction and fantasy and this volume certainly fulfils that brief The scope is so broad in fact that several of the stories were barely speculative at all If you’re looking for high fantasy and space opera then you’ll likely be disappointed All of the stories are we

  8. says:

    Eclipse 1 is a good not great anthology of speculative née science fiction and fantasy rather new weird short stories edited by Jonathan Strahan My good not great may be stemming from my disappointment that there was new weirdfantasy than there was science fiction† but there were still uite a few big wins in the pile that is this paperback bindingAs for the computed average of my ratings on the individual stories themselves o

  9. says:

    The 15 short stories in here are a hodge podge of science fiction and fantasy stories biased towards fantasyparanormal than science fiction some of which provided a ha moments whilst others left me puzzled I'd say

  10. says:

    Who wouldn't want to read something with a title like that I mean come on BAD LUCK TROUBLE DEATH AND VAMPIRE SEX Sounds FABULOUS'“Oh yeah” I

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