Tanith Lee is one of the leading fantasy authors working today. She has written over 50 novels and short story collections, among them the bestselling Flat Earth Series. She has won the World Fantasy Award numerous times as well as the August Derleth Award. Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon.Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.Over the past twenty-four years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books, short story collections, and more than two hundred short stories. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, "The Thread That Binds the Bones," won a Stoker Award. Nina's YA novel "Spirits that Walk in Shadow" and her science fiction novel "Catalyst" were published in 2006. Her fantasy novel "Fall of Light" will be published by Ace Books in May.Alison Goodman was born in Australia and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown, Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.Ellen Klages was born a in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy. It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job. she says. But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I ve been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer. I ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories. I was at the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, working as proofreader, when they were looking for a science writer to do a children s science activity book. No science background, but I convinced my boss that in order to translate from a PhD physicist, I had to ask lots of questions, just like a curious kid. I got the job. My desk was covered with baking soda, Elmer s glue, balloons, soap bubbles, and dozens of other common objects that became experiments, and the office echoed with the Science-at-Home team saying, Wow! Look at this! My co-writer, Pat Murphy, a science-fiction author, encouraged me to write stories of my own. I ve now sold more than a dozen. Basement Magic, a fairy tale set at the beginning of the Space Age, won the Nebula Award in 2005.The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity. Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco. The Green Glass Sea is her first novel.Kelly Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine "Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet" (www.lcrw.net). Alan Dean Foster is the "New York Times" bestselling author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including most recently, "Jed the Dead.""
Gr 7 Up-Imagine that Archeoptrix, the prehistoric link between birds and dinosaurs, had evolved into the dominant life-form on a planet. In Carol Emshwiller's "Quill," representatives of that planet have secretly crashed on Earth and begun interbreeding with humans. In Kelly Link's "The Wizards of Perfil," an orphan boy and his caustic cousin, both dirt poor and gifted with unusual psychic powers, are bought by a strange man to serve the awesome and forbidding wizards of Perfil, only to learn after difficult trials and life-changing tragedies that they are the wizards. In Kara Dalkey's near-future "Hives," cell phones can beam and receive messages without external sound. The phones are highly addictive and used by high school girls to connect ultra-exclusive cliques. A former-addict-turned-girl-detective gets involved when the rejects of one such hive begin committing suicide one after another. These are just 3 of the 16 stories in this collection. The selections range in length from 9 pages (Francesca Lia Block's chilling "Blood Roses," in which two sisters confront a serial killer) to 50 pages. Fantasy stories outnumber sci-fi two to one, and the great majority of the tales feature female protagonists. Even those with male protagonists deal with themes of friendship, family, love, and loss more than action and adventure. Compelling stories for thoughtful readers.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
At their best, [the stories] combine humor, character, and surprise with remarkable depth. (The Horn Book)