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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670060593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060597
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,343,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—This inspiring collection of short stories contains contributions from authors who are well known in the science-fiction genre, including Neil Gaiman, Corey Doctorow, Garth Nix, and Scott Westerfeld. As the subtitle indicates, the selections look forward to what life might be like in the distant, and not-so-distant, future. Some common sci-fi tropes are explored, including alien visits to Earth and overpowering computer games, as well as some less familiar styles and topics such as the future of vampirism and a particularly interesting story written as answers to an unseen questionnaire. Each of the tales is not only entertaining to read, but also provides a thought-provoking element to consider. This anthology provides ample opportunities for new readers to sample the genre and will keep die-hard fans content. Quality stories by authors at the height of their craft make this anthology a must-have for any library. The brief biographies and author notes provide extra background detail and insight into the writing process.—Dylan Thomarie, Johnstown High School, NY
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...a feast of provocative, fully imagined science-fiction microcosms--in turn reflective, political, action-packed, and mind-bending--that do justice to the genre. -- Horn Book

This anthology provides ample opportunities for new readers to sample the genre and will keep die-hard fans content. -- School Library Journal, starred review

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This sci fi anthology is stronger than most I've read.
Learner
Halam/Jones, Reynolds, McAuley, Sullivan, Nix, Doctorow and Williams are more down toward the Baxter, if you want to look at it like that.
Blue Tyson
Strahan did an amazing job collecting stories written by modern science fiction masters.
TeensReadToo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Learner on January 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This sci fi anthology is stronger than most I've read. As with all anthologies, for me there were stories I really liked, some I didn't like, and some I lost interest in after the first several pages. However, overall I found most of the stories engaging, and I was impressed by the skill of the writers.

It's true that a few of the stories give the impression that they were rushed a little to meet the book's deadline, and could have probably used a little more "baking time in the oven."

Sci fi, as portrayed in this anthology, is maturing - interesting plots and ideas are still there, but there is also strong character development and psychological depth.

I am starting to keep an eye out for books edited by Johnathan Strahan. I appreciate that he doesn't seem to go out of his way to find stories where sex, language, or violence overshadow good storytelling.

I found the following stories especially interesting and impressive in their skillfulness: "Ass-Hat Magic Spider" by Scott Westerfeld, "Cheats" by Ann Halam, "Anda's Game" by Cory Doctorow, "Sundiver Day" by Kathleen Ann Goonan, "Lost Continent" by Greg Egan, and "Infestation" by Garth Nix.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
THE STARRY RIFT is truly a collection of stories about today's ideals, dreams, and philosophies. Strahan did an amazing job collecting stories written by modern science fiction masters. The authors write beautifully, uniquely, and intriguingly.

This anthology is masterful in representing different worlds and conceptions of worlds, covering everything from the real world to gaming to dreaming. The exploration of themes in the book cover everything from philosophy to the growing epidemic of obesity, from what is truly important to a person to who is truly important to a person, and from world economics to love.

It is a book that really looks at the human spirit with hope and sees the future as a reality. Each story draws the reader in and makes them a part of the tale. There is a story for virtually every mood and topic one can come up with. Overall, it is a beautiful anthology.

Reviewed by: Christina Tsichlis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophilic on September 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Usually anthologies are uneven--some stories rock, some are the pits. This is an exception. While some stories are better than others, all the stories are okay (even my least favorite, "The Dismantled Invention of Fate" is only my least favorite because of taste, not because it's actually bad). I particularly liked the first in the collection, by Scott Westerfeld, which recalls Heinlein's "Passage for Piano", and Kelly Link's "The Surfer". Several stories are very evocative of our place in history at the same time as they posit a hypothetical future. Very enjoyable and thought provoking. For ages 14 and up due to brief mention of rape and torture (not glorified and necessary for the story), as well as an unsavory "butchery" scene.
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A great collection of YA science fiction. Many stories contain more contemporary approaches to the man vs. technology conflict, which will appeal to young people today, yet there still are some hard-core, classically themed stories. The last few stories in the book are not very appealing - I skimmed and didn't finish the last several, but aside from those, the vast majority of stories are fun, fresh and enthralling.
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