Friday, October 9, 2009

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows edited by Jonathan Strahan

Australian editor Strahan has assembled a fine anthology of original science fiction stories. (I noticed that his name can be re-arranged to 'Starman' with one letter substitution... coincidence?) He has included writers from Canada, England, Ireland, Wales and the U.S.A as well as Australia: great YA authors like Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Margo Lanagan and Scott Westerfeld.

In the introduction, Strahan writes: "Although people think that science fiction is about the future, it's not. Like all fiction, it's about its own time. It's about the world we live in - what we think and feel about it, and how we think or fear it might change in the coming years." The stories in this anthology are full of ideas and most of them are cracking adventure tales also. I read one every few days or so (in between reading other things) and I found each one taking up the size of novels in my head as I thought about them afterwards.

Grade 7 up to adult.

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