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Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy | [Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Fritz Leiber, Connie Willis, Dan Simmons, Jane Yolen]

Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories.
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Publisher's Summary

Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories. Take your imagination into futuristic and mystical worlds where gravity can kill and humans become walking biochip labs. See the world through the eyes of a four-legged creature in Susan Shwartz's "Critical Cats", and meet an electronic storyteller in Isaac Asimov's "Someday".

The other stories include Greg Bear's "Blood Music," Ben Bova's "The Man Who Hated Gravity", Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain", Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air", Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Sing" and "Story Child", Dan Simmons's "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell", Connie Willis's "Ado", and Jane Yolen's "Green Messiah."

"Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" Copyright © by Dan Simmons; "Blood Music" Copyright ©1983 by Greg Bear; "Ado" by Connie Willis Copyright © Asimov's SF Magazine, January, 1988; "The Man Who Hated Gravity" by Ben Bova Copyright ©1989 by Davis Publications; "Story Child" Copyright ©1990 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; "Someday" by Isaac Asimov Copyright ©1956 by Royal Publications; "A Pail of Air" Copyright ©1951 by Galaxy Publishing Corporation, Renewed 1978 by Fritz Leiber; "Breaking Strain" Copyright ©1949 by Arthur C. Clarke; "Critical Cats" Copyright ©1991 by Susan Shwartz; "Green Messiah" Copyright ©1988 by Jane Yolen; "Sing" Copyright ©1987 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Copyright (P)1991 Dove Audio

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    Noah New York, New York 08-25-10
    Noah New York, New York 08-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Cute stories, clunky format"

    The stories in this anthology are not the most mind-blowing or the most exciting I've read, but they are generally very solid - my favorites were Susan Schwartz's "Critical Cats," Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air," and Isaac Asimov's "Someday." Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain" and Dan Simmons' "Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" are also strong. In general, the stories in this anthology are cute rather than brilliant. The narrator is good.

    The format, however, is kind of annoying, since the audiobook chapters do not begin and end where the stories begin and end; thus, it is impossible to go to the beginning of a story. I'm not sure why they divided the chapters this way. Also, the anthology is a little short for the price.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Taylorsville, UT, United States 01-01-07
    Donna Taylorsville, UT, United States 01-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Worth double the price"

    This is a rare collection of science fiction stories, and the readers are great! I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys being entertained by great fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Palo Alto, CA, USA 06-13-05
    Travis Palo Alto, CA, USA 06-13-05
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    "4 Great Stories, the rest are interesting"

    4 stars for "Critical Cats", "Breaking Strain", "Vanni Fucci" and "Ado" because they each combine an interesting story with good characters. The other stories are interesting but didn't draw me in as much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Whitinsville, MA, USA 12-20-02
    Benjamin Whitinsville, MA, USA 12-20-02 Member Since 2001
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    "Vanni Fucci . . ."

    Without a doubt - this book is worth "the price of admission" purely for "Vannic Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" - a tongue planted firmly in cheek look into a morning religious talk show.

    "Vanni Fucci gave God the fig... twice."

    Pure brilliance!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Abby Goldsmith Austin, Texas, USA 01-15-05
    Abby Goldsmith Austin, Texas, USA 01-15-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "awesome collection"

    This was one of the best audio short story collections I've had the pleasure of listening to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great short stories"

    great short stories, when I purchased it I didn't realize I had read it on paper, narration was not very good

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    Melanie Rettie 11-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    What did you like best about Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy? What did you like least?

    Mildly entertaining, would probably allow my Grandson to listen to it when he gets to be about 11 or 12 years old. The few stories I listened to had a hard time holding my interest, never finished listening to all the stories.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavier.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I don't care for high pitched voices, I listen to relax and high pitched voices rattle my nerves. I didn't listen to all the narrators.


    Was Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy worth the listening time?

    Not in my opinion, but I didn't listen to all the stories, only a few and when I listened to a couple that were narrated by a couple of ladies with high pitched voices, I didn't dare listen to any of the others.


    Any additional comments?

    May try to listen again in the future, what I did listen to seemed to me, to have been written for a more juvenile audience. I will certainly skip over the high pitched voices if I do listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Inverness, IL, United States 02-14-12
    Michael Inverness, IL, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good stories, mixed performances and odd format"

    Does anybody know who the performer is on the first story, Blood music by Greg Baer? Sounds like Ray Manzarek but I am not aware of him doing such things.

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    wck Newark, NJ, United States 08-30-11
    wck Newark, NJ, United States 08-30-11
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    "great!"

    Wonderful set of stories. This will keep you going for a while - really enjoyed it.

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    Chip Bellevue, WA, United States 11-14-11
    Chip Bellevue, WA, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievably bad"

    If these were the "best" stories from a single year, I would be apalled. But they span a few decades. There are one or two that may have been worth the time, but most were horrible. And most are from the 60's, before the moon landing and are pretty dated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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