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Initial post: 10 Aug 2012 16:10:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Aug 2012 16:17:48 BDT
I like Legends 1 and Legends 2 by Robert Silverberg - I have fond memories of discovering Discworld for the first time in there - and am looking for more anthology books that contain stories, very much including themes like magic, creatures, time travel, vampires, wars, fairies or elves, powers, etc.

Please don't recommend your own work, or kindle editions, or single books - it is solely paperback or hardback anthologies I am looking for

Posted on 10 Aug 2012 21:06:21 BDT
Oracle says:
The stories in this one are almost uniformly excellent:

A Science Fiction Omnibus

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2012 23:18:31 BDT
If you can get your hands on Wizards Wizards [Paperback], there are some really great stories including Stonefather by Orson Scott Card and Holly and Iron by Garth Nix

Posted on 11 Aug 2012 06:22:39 BDT
Jamie says:
"Other Canadas", edited by John Robert Colombo. This is the anthology which definitively proved the existence of a Canadian Science Fiction as a distinct and separate subgenre.

"The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the finest in Soviet Science Fiction." Translated and Edited by Mira Ginsberg. Pretty trippy.

"Introducing Psychology through Science Fiction", edited by Havey A Katz, Patricia Warrick and Martin Harry Greenberg. Because.

"The Seven Sexes", or any other anthology by William Tenn. The Seven Sexes is sooooo funny.

"We Never Talk About My Brother." by Peter S Beagle.

"Dark Mondays" which is Kage Baker's only non-Company short fiction anthology. But do read the Company ones as well, but maybe not first.

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 13:30:48 BDT
The Nebula Award is a sci-fi award from the US and you can get the winning short stories etc in an anthology - definitely good for finding new names: The Mammoth Book of Nebula Awards SF (Mammoth Books)

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 19:16:47 BDT
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Posted on 17 Aug 2012 00:07:11 BDT
If it helps, some of my favourite authors are: James Barclay, Richelle Mead, Trudi Canavan, P C Cast, James Clemens, J K Rowling, Stephenie Meyers, L K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Marian Keyes, Garth Nix, Philip Pullman, L J Smith, Tad Williams, Terry Pratchett, Rachel Caine, Suzanne Collins, Karen Mahoney, and Christopher Pike. Any anthologies with those authors in would be most appreciated.

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 14:40:19 BDT
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Posted on 17 Aug 2012 15:32:37 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Judging by the first page of this book, the publisher doesn't strike me as "very professional" (note correct spelling!). First sentence, "The rained had poured relentlessly ..." suggests a lack of proof-reading and editing that becomes ever more evident as one reads down the page. It's distressing to find books of this quality apparently aimed at children; how can we expect them to read and write properly if the material they're given to read isn't up to scratch?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 15:59:15 BDT
Anita says:
Could you please post your comment at the book's page, as the author is spamming the science fiction thread relentlessly?

Badly written children's book is *really* bad

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 22:59:52 BDT
Martin, please don't comment on this again. Ignoring the post content makes people think badly of you and your recommendations. You're suggested sites will no doubt be blacklisted by the Amazon community given your disregard to the comments and the blatant promotion.

Everyone else, thank you very much for your suggestions so far. I'm looking into them to see if any of them include my favourite authors.

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 01:34:00 BDT
I haven't read any anthologies in quite a while, but you might have a look at the old "Wild Cards" series. This falls more into the SF category, but is such soft SF that it's practically fantasy anyway. George R. R. Martin of "Game of Thrones" fame put it together; I don't think any of your specifically mentioned authors are in there, but it had some big names contributing, like Roger Zelazny. I mostly read the earlier books in the series, which proceeded to go on forever. (One can draw one's own conclusions about G.R.R. Martin and series that go on forever ...)

Posted on 19 Aug 2012 09:55:35 BDT
Is it one story with several authors or different stories by each?

Posted on 19 Aug 2012 11:32:23 BDT
Clever Spud says:
"you might have a look at the old "Wild Cards" series"

George R R Martin is the editor and usually contributes a story to each anthology. The rest of the stories are by different authors, but each author's creation may turn up in another's story. It's a bit like the old old, and excellent "Thieves World" fantasy anthology, which is another the OP should look at. Both "Wild Cards" and "Thieves World" are for adults and can contain relatively graphic violence and sex. Nothing I wouldn't entrust to a fifteen year old. I only mention this to make it clear these are not Harry Potter stories. I'd say the same about Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" stories - another great source of short stories, where even the novels are really little more than a collection of short encounters.

Posted on 19 Aug 2012 12:58:13 BDT
AJ says:
Have you looked at Jim Butcher? He writes excellent novels and is editor of excellent short story collections.

Posted on 22 Aug 2012 16:23:38 BDT
Not all of them seem to suit what I'm looking for, although I appreciate it's hard to find a decent anthology collection that has all the elements that one person is looking for! Thank you all the suggestions so far.

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 11:33:04 BDT
I spent a happy summer ploughing through my Dad's collection of Philip K Dick short stories, which ran for several volumes. Isaac Asimov's <i>Nightfall</i> collection also contained a huge number of really thought-provoking golden age stories. Everything's atomic, and all scientists are men, and it's all terribly old-fashioned, but the sheer imagination involved was extraordinary, and inspirational.

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 18:41:53 BDT
Chris says:
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction has a few good short stories in there. ~The Long Chase by Geoffrey A Landis is one of my favourite shorts of all time.
It's not an anthology, but Platinum Pohl has some crackers, including the short story that would go on to become the Heechee series, and another of my all time favourite shorts, Shaffery Among the Immortals.

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 22:39:46 BDT
I've been recommended the Sandman collection by Neil Gaiman, does anyone have any opinion on the book?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 23:02:01 BDT
I read the first volume collected as a graphic novel trade paperback. I did like it, but not as much as some others that I've read, such as "Batman: Dark Knight Returns" or "Daredevil: Born Again". If graphic novels are of interest, it seems like just about every major story arc these days ends up in a trade paperback eventually. That's how I caught up on recent Exiles and Excalibur story lines, mainly because I wanted to see what the characters Blink and Dazzler were up to these days ...

Speaking of Neil Gaiman, you might consider "The Graveyard Book", which is more a collection of related stories telling a complete arc than a single novel with a single plot.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 15:32:29 BDT
I'm not particularly interested in graphic novels; I prefer to read straight through rather than have graphics alongside what I'm reading; I find it distracts me from how I imagine various characters and settings, and I lose the flow of the story that way.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 15:45:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2012 15:49:16 BDT
Gaiman's "The Sandman" is a comic book series, so it's probably not the sort of thing you're looking for, then. ("The Graveyard Book" is not a comic or a graphic novel.)

I did just think of another old shared-world anthology I read once, "Liavek", about a city where magic is based on luck. There were several books in the series.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 16:35:27 BDT
Checked out that link and Liavek seems very appealing, will definitely have a look to see if I can find the books.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 16:00:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 21:48:29 BDT
Oracle says:
That's not an anthology.
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