The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices

By Ellen Datlow (Editor)

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345496324, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2008


“Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America.”
–Peter Straub

With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and others

From Del Rey Books and award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, two of the most respected names in science fiction and fantasy, comes a collection of fifteen all-new short stories, plus a science fiction novella, that could count as a virtual “best of the year” anthology. Here you will find slyly twisted alternate histories, fractured fairy tales, topical science fiction, and edgy urban fantasy.

In “Daltharee,” World Fantasy Award-winning author Jeffrey Ford spins a chilling tale of a city in a bottle–and the demented genius who put it there. In “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” John W. Campbell Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear pens a poignant and eerie requiem for the heavyweight forever associated with his controversial loss to Cassius Clay. From hot new writer Margo Lanagan comes “The Goosle,” a dark, astonishing take on Hansel and Gretel. In the novella “Prisoners of the Action,” Paul MccAuley and Kim Newman take a trip down a rabbit hole that leads to a Guantanamo-like prison whose inmates are not just illegal but extraterrestrial.

Many of the writers you’ll recognize. Others you may not. But one thing is certain: These stars of today and tomorrow demonstrate that the field of speculative fiction is not only alive and well–it’s better than ever.

About the Author
Ellen Datlow is a winner of multiple World Fantasy Awards, two Hugo Awards for Best Editor, two Bram Stoker Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre." In 2014, she was named Lifetime Achievement Winner of the World Fantasy Award. In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, she has been the long-time fiction editor of "Omni "and more recently the fiction editor of SCIFI.COM. She has edited many successful anthologies, including "Blood Is Not Enough", "A Whisper of Blood", "Alien Sex", "Blood and Other Cravings", and, with Terri Windling, "Sirens", "Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, Snow"" White", "Blood Red" and five other titles in their adult Fairy Tales anthology series;" The Green Man", "The Faery Reel", and "The Coyote Road" for young adults; and, for younger readers, "A Wolf at the Door", "Swan Sister", and "Troll's Eye View". She also co-edits the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Ellen Datlow lives in Manhattan.