Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Other Worlds Than These edited by John Joseph Adams

Other Worlds Than TheseOther Worlds Than These by John Joseph Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Because of the theme of this anthology - parallel universes, alternate worlds - there is a very wide range of subgenres from science fiction and fantasy represented, in the best way. I skimmed the military stuff.

A few highlights for me:
Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage by Seanan McGuire.
This was the first story I'd written by McGuire-not-Grant, and it brought me to TEARS. Feeling foolish, I tweeted this, and she responded in under 2 minutes. I was surprised, but it is touching.

Ana's Tag by William Alexander - kind of a combination of graffiti and faerie, great world.
"Both bones broken, and all the music leaked out from the fractures."

Magic for Beginners — Kelly Link - not a new one to me, but Link is a genius.

[A Ghost Samba] — Ian McDonald - oh, my first short story of his, and it is about the great lost record?! <3 data-blogger-escaped-br="br">
Porridge on Islac — Ursula K. Le Guin - genetically modified beings, only not quite what you think. Creative!

The Goat Variations by Jeff Vandermeer - as always, great writing and a good imagination.
"There have always been times when meeting too many people at once has made him feel as if he's somewhere strange, all the mannerisms and gesticulations and varying tones of voice shimmering into babble. But it's only lately that the features of people's faces have changed into a menagerie if he looks at them too long." 

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