Jonathan Strahan has edited numerous acclaimed anthologies, including The Locus Awards (with Charles N. Brown), The New Space Opera (with Gardner Dozois), and Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (with Lou Anders
Australian editor Strahan (Best Short Novels: 2007) gathers 24 stories from a wealth of standard and New Age publications for a provocative anthology that will satisfy readers looking for fresh, contemporary work that stretches both SF and fantasy boundaries. Walter Jon Williams's bittersweet Incarnation Day and Cory Doctorow's oddly touching I, Row-Boat extrapolate current bioengineering and robotics trends into far-flung times and places. Kelly Link's elegiac The Wizards of Perfil and Peter S. Beagle's perceptive take on siblinghood, El Regalo, skew family relationships into bizarre and endearing new shapes. Still others, especially Elizabeth Hand's exquisite The Saffron Gatherer and Margo Lanagan's terrifying Under Hell, Over Heaven, defy categorization, offering flashes of primal recognition of the peaks and valleys of human emotion. Except for a few forays into gory violence (possibly influenced by current video gaming), these stories all refract experience into kaleidoscopic new worlds-strange, dangerous and lovely. (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.