Powers of Detection, edited by Dana Stabenow (Ace, 2004)

Murder, magic, mystery, and mayhem all collide in this sharp-edged collection of stories blending fantasy (or science fiction, in one case) and mystery (mostly murder), edited by Dana Stabenow. This isn’t the first, nor will it be the last time … Continue reading

Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol System, edited by T.K.F. Weisskopf (Baen, 2004)

One common grievance among science fiction fans is that real life has failed to catch up to our expectations of the future. More specifically comes the disappointment that we remain tied down to the Earth, instead of reaching to the … Continue reading

Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (DAW, 2004)

Fans of the urban fantasy subgenre are bound to find this anthology intriguing, as seventeen authors take various classic fairy tales, and retell them in a modern, urban setting. All of our old favorites are here, from Red Riding Hood … Continue reading

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2004)

Much like the Addams Family, this all-new collection of stories is creepy, spooky, and just a little bit odd, invoking the very best of the gothic spirit, in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe. Part horror, part … Continue reading

ReVISIONS, edited by Julie E. Czernada & Isaac Szpindel (Daw, 2004)

Alternate history stories have a long and honored tradition in the science fiction genre. The great thing about them is that there’s a never-ending number of historical pivotal points that can be expoited, and every writer has a slightly different … Continue reading

Emerald Magic, edited by Andrew M. Greeley (Tor, 2004)

In Emerald Magic, the magical green hills of Ireland come alive in 15 stories focusing both on the long tradition of Irish fantasy, and on the creatures of Faerie which are so closely associated with Irish myth. The lineup represented … Continue reading

Sirius the Dog Star, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Alexander Potter (DAW, 2004)

“Every dog has his day,” goes the old saying. And now, at last, the canines take center stage in an all-new anthology dedicated to the dogs of fantasy and science fiction. While fantastic felines still have a considerable lead, with … Continue reading

Imaginings, edited by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Pocket Books, 2003)

Editor Keith DeCandido approached this project with a simple goal: to provide a home for the much-maligned bastard child of the short fiction world, the novelette. With the guidelines set that all stories had to have a fantastic element, and … Continue reading

New Magics, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor, 2004)

In the same spirit as Hayden’s previous YA anthology for Tor, New Skies (which covered science fiction), New Magics collects some of the very best fantasy short stories from the last two decades. Neil Gaiman’s “Chivalry” is a clever, wry … Continue reading

Robots, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (Ace, 2005)

This is the latest in an ongoing series of theme reprint collections edited by Dann and Dozois, and as always, the title is self-explanatory. With nothing older than twenty years, and most of the stories published within the last ten, … Continue reading