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Once Upon a Galaxy Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756400910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400910
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,972,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fairy tales aren't meant to be nice. They are, at heart, reminders of the harsh and arbitrary world; happy endings were tacked on later to appeal to the romantic sensibilities of grown-ups who have forgotten how horrifying childhood is. Once Upon a Galaxy brings fairy tales into the science-fiction age, and many of the stories in it recall how cruel fairy tales can be. Richard E. Friesen's "Dancing in the Ashes," in particular, shatters the romantic aura of palaces and princes and knows how painful a happy ending can be. The other stories stand up well, from Michelle West's lovely and haunting "The Nightingale" to Wil McCarthy's unsettling "He Died That Day, In Thirty Years." Most of the stories are based on very familiar fairy tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Goldilocks," though, of course, some bases are harder to identify than others. A delicious and varied collection of stories that breathe new life into hoary folklore. Regina Schroeder
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About the Author

Martin H. Greenberg�was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and�is the president of TEKNO books.�He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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John Helfers is an author and editor currently living in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
During his sixteen years working at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), he co-edited more than twenty short story anthologies, as well as overseeing many others for publishers in all genres. He has worked with many well-known authors and co-editors, including Lawrence Block, Larry Bond, Elizabeth George, Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, Nelson DeMille, Charlaine Harris, John Jakes, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, Walter J. Boyne, Harold W. Coyle, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis, Kevin J. Anderson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Max Allan Collins. He has also edited more than forty novels by such authors as Doug Allyn, Brendan DuBois, James Patrick Hunt, and Jean Rabe.
He has also published more than forty short stories in anthologies such as If I Were An Evil Overlord, Time Twisters, and Places to Be, People to Kill. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. He has written both fiction and nonfiction, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone™ television series, the YA novel Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers: Cloak and Dagger, and a history of the United States Navy. He also wrote three novels in the Room 59™ espionage series for Gold Eagle/Worldwide Publishing (including the launch book, The Powers That Be) and has written novels in their Deathlands™ and Mack Bolan/Executioner™ series.
His essays on the military have appeared in Beyond Shock and Awe, edited by U.S. Navy SEAL founder Eric Haney, and in the Civil War and World War II volumes of the How to Lose a War series. His most recent nonfiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion (co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl) a guide to the science fictional world of award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the original Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origins Award for Best Game-Related Publication. He's also appeared on writing and editorial panels at national conventions, including GenCon, Love Is Murder, and the World Science Fiction Convention.
Currently he's working on several tie-in and original projects in both the adult and YA genres. He also operates Stonehenge Art & Word, an editorial and literary fiction management company, which has worked with Mercedes Lackey on her first Elemental Masters shared-world anthology.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ben on September 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lest's see... stories by Gregory Benford, Paul Di Filippo, Stanley Schmidt, Tanya Huff, and 10 others including Wil McCarthy himself. The skew is mainly but not totally toward hard science fiction. Some of the fairy tales are recognizable (even named the same as the original), and some are not. Are they well disguised, or perhaps original? Fine reads in any case. Much better than you usually find in these concept anthologies.
McCarthy's introduction is illuminating: "Fairy tales are among our most formative influences, adding a visceral heft and sting to the purely verbal warnings of authority. But fairy tales, without exception, hinge on a supernatural occurrence. And in a way, this seemed to undermine their authority, to relegate them to some other universe where things like that could really happen."
Though not quite up to the level of Starlight, this is an excellent collection by some of the best writers in the field.
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