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Eclipse One : New Science Fiction And Fantasy (v. 1) Paperback – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
Jonathan Strahan has edited numerous acclaimed anthologies, including The Locus Awards (with Charles N. Brown), The New Space Opera (with Gardner Dozois), and Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (with Lou Anders).
Top Customer Reviews
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 ... .
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.