WIT­NESS THE DAWN­ING OF IMAG­I­NA­TIVE NEW WORLDS

Foreword Reviews - - Contents - by Su­san Wag­goner

With dystopian sagas on the wane (though there’s still one juicy en­try in this lineup), the best new science fic­tion strikes out for un­ex­plored ter­ri­tory, weav­ing hu­mor and satire into story lines and draw­ing fewer and fewer dis­tinc­tions be­tween science fic­tion, fan­tasy, and other gen­res. Th­ese eight sto­ries and col­lec­tions are marked by char­ac­ter-driven plots and aliens as com­plex, in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic, and ec­cen­tric as hu­mans. As frost­ing on the cake, the re­pub­li­ca­tion of the long-out-of-print Jack of Shad­ows, by the late Roger Ze­lazny, re­minds us that top-flight science fic­tion truly is time­less.

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