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About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

Jeffrey Ford is the author of three previous story collections and eight previous novels, including the Edgar(r) Award-winning The Girl in the Glass and the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Shadow Year. A former professor of writing and early American literature, Ford now writes full-time in Ohio, where he lives with his wife.

Hugo Award-winning science fiction author and futurist Bruce Sterling has been called by "Time" "perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today in any genre." Three of his novels have been "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year, and he has been a contributing writer for "Wired" since its conception. In 2005 he is "Visionary-in-Residence" at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Bruce Sterling's blog "Beyond the Beyond" has been active since 2003.

Jonathan Strahan has co-edited The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy series of anthologies for HarperCollins Australia, co-edits the Science Fiction: The Best of . . . and Fantasy: The Best of . . . anthology series with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks, edits the Best Short Novels anthology series for the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, and co-edited The Locus Awards for Eos with Charles N. Brown. He is also the Reviews Editor for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields, and reviews for the magazine regularly. He is currently working on The New Space Opera II.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801171
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,391,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories in Eclipse 1 were apparently intentionally chosen because they're a little offbeat, not necessarily the "hard" science fiction found in most of the "years best science fiction"-type anthologies.
Since -- for the average reader, at least -- one's personal preferences in rating one story better than another are largely subjective, most anthologies are a mix of stories covering the whole ten-point scale from "didn't like it at all / hated it!" to "Wow! I loved it".
And that was the case for me with the stories in Eclipse 1. Although almost all the stories were on the upper end of my personal 10 point scale. Most I liked, a few I loved. There were only a couple that I considered not finishing reading. And there was only one that I actually didn't read to the end. (I rarely walk out of even horrific movies, either.)
I'm not a professional writer or editor or literature critic by any means, but I thought that most of the stories were well-plotted and well-written. I liked the writing style and sub-genre of some more than others, but I think that's to be expected.
The short summary is: I liked Eclipse 1 well enough that I'm planning to buy Eclipse 2. And probably Eclipse 3 and ... .
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I am more of a fan of "hard" science fiction, but bought this kind of on a whim. It wasn't really for me. I'm willing to take a risk on anthologies because if a writer's style or whatever doesn't grab me, I can just go to the next story. The problem with this book was that most of the stories didn't work for me. Make sure you are familiar with a few of the writers before you buy this, if you like their work I'm sure you will like the book. Oh well, live and learn...
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…that is, a wide variety of stories, some good, some not so good. The mix itself is a plus, and the writing is uniformly competent or better, but there is nothing (but see below) to make the anthology better than the 3 1/2 stars I'd give it if there were fractional ratings.

The best story, by far, is Jeffrey Ford's "The Drowned Life," which was not only original in concept, but a definite impetus toward making one more compassionate in one's dealing with people in need. The working poor constantly get shafted; things would improve if more people took the message of this story to heart.

The other two really good stories in the book were Garth Nix's funny "Vampire Sex" and Ellen Klages' yummy bit of science fiction flash, "Mrs. Zeno's Paradox." I wish that one had been longer. Andy Duncan's "Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse" is an enjoyable look at one oddity of literary history. Lucius Shepard's "Larissa Miusov," though not a genre story at all (it's about shady Russian emigres in Hollywood, with no science fiction or fantasy elements that I could discern), is nevertheless a nice read.

The other stories were all of the "OK to pleasant" ilk, with the two exceptions being Bruce Sterling's disappointing "The Lustration," which seemed like the waste of an interesting idea, and Terry Dowling's nauseating horror story "Toother."

Verdict: You can't go wrong for 99 cents. "The Drowned Life" itself is worth more than that.
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This is one of the best original anthologies that I have read in some time. Several of the stories here made my Hugo nominations ballot. I am not a huge fan of fantasy, but I loved "The Last and Only, or Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French" by Peter S. Beagle, "In the Forest of the Queen" by Gwyneth Jones, and "Larissa Miusov" by Lucius Shepard. Considering all the bad short fiction that I have read in other anthologies, this one is head and shoulders above the rest. Bravo, Johnathan!
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