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"Anthologist Adams presents readers with a wide variety of alternate Earths, some only slightly askew and others completely unfamiliar. [...] Adams's selections are mirrors reflecting one other with the best images of alternate realities. Readers will greatly enjoy this exploration of our world's foremost and ascendant speculative authors." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Reminds longtime readers of fantasy and sci-fi what we love about the genre, while also and aptly demonstrating to newcomers that these stories are about so much more than dragons and multitentacled monsters. It comes highly recommended to both and all." --Bookgasm

"Our present results from an infinity of past choices and chances, and at every junction, the road not taken would lead to a parallel world -- perhaps like ours in every way that counts, but perhaps dramatically different. Other Worlds Than These collects 30 masterful stories exploring this theme. The collection is weighted toward the last decade, but it also includes classics from Ursula Le Guin, Paul Melko and George R.R. Martin. To my delight, every story is terrific. Grade A." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

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John Joseph Adams, called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as OZ REIMAGINED, THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, EPIC: LEGENDS OF FANTASY, OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE, ARMORED, UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS: NEW ADVENTURES ON BARSOOM, LIGHTSPEED: YEAR ONE, BRAVE NEW WORLDS, WASTELANDS, THE LIVING DEAD, THE LIVING DEAD 2, BY BLOOD WE LIVE, FEDERATIONS, THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and THE WAY OF THE WIZARD. He is a four-time finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE, and is the co-host of Wired.com's THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast. Forthcoming anthologies include WASTELANDS 2 (Night Shade Books, 2013) and ROBOT UPRISINGS (Doubleday, 2014). Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and on Twitter @JohnJosephAdams.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; paperback / softback edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804332
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First and foremost I would like to thank Night Shade Books for letting me read and review this book for them.

Short story collections containing works by multiple authors can be hard to judge fairly on any kind of rigid scale, because it is rare that a reader will find every story equally good or bad. I have given each story its own 1-5 rating as well. I would recommend this collection to any fantasy or science fiction fans, some of the stories were truly magical. This book is not a light read, and that is certainly not a bad thing...unless you were expecting a light read. Most of these stories are designed to make you think long and hard, and think hard you will.

Moon Six (Stephen Baxter) 1/5 - This story is rife with "space jargon" and I felt like I was reading the same page over and over again. The two distinct threads of the story never converge satisfactorily, and all the different "moon landings" take on a distressingly Sisyphean quality. I felt no interest in the protagonist and I could feel my mind reaching for that final half-blank page that always signifies "THE END."

A Brief Guide to Other Histories (Paul McAuley) 3/5 - I was really getting into this story when it hit a wall on the 2nd to last page. Sometimes it is better to let things fade out; to let them remain unexplained or unknown rather than to try and stuff everything in a box in a hurry. No one wants to open a messy box full of chaos with a pretty bow on the outside.

Crystal Halloway & the Forgotten Passage (Seanan McGuire) 2/5 - This story is a simple little tale about the lost wonders of childhood and the death of innocence that is inevitable when we "grow up." It read like a YA book, and a shallow one at that.
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This is a book of collected short stories and, with only a few exceptions, great science-fiction. The theme in all of them is "other worlds," and "other universes," some of them separated from ours by a distance of only a few centimeters in time and/or space. Great science-fiction often is finally realized as science-fact and is always thought provoking; the images conjured up stay with you forever.
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An amazing collection of viewpoints about parallel worlds. Each new story you think you know what will happen from the last...but you do not.
Excellent for busy people with a love of good fiction.
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This is a nicely balanced selection of short stories about traveling to and among parallel worlds, with a good mix of classic and new writers. I preferred the science fiction (multiple universe theory) stories to the fantasy (portal to magical worlds) ones, but all of the stories were entertaining. Standouts were: "Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link; "Porridge on Islac" by Ursula K. Le Guin; "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" by Stephen King; "The Goat Variations" by Jeff VanderMeer; and one that absolutely blew my mind: "[a ghost samba]" by Ian McDonald.
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This is really different from my usual reading. I found maybe 5 of the stories to be what made the time very much worth it. Some of them seemed very difficult to understand. If you like SciFi short stories I would certainly read this book.
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This is a fascinating and very entertaining collection of stories. Though they are united by the "alternate universe" theme, I was surprised by the sheer variety of ideas and story lines. I recommend this to anyone with an interest in original science fiction and/or fantasy.
This book is most definitely a Good Read!
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Thematic anthology about alternate worlds, parallel universes, traveling among them, consequences of deliberate manipulation or inadvertent slipping among them. Good selection of old and new. Most of the stories are competently written, good but not memorable (range of grades B- to B+). A few were mediocre, but this is partly a matter of taste. Some were a stretch to fit the theme, even as broad as it is. The best story for me was Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain by Yoon Ha Lee because it has an intriguing protagonist caught in a philosophical dilemma and is stylishly written. The Rose Wall, by Joyce Carol Oates, also sticks with me, though the central character is unpleasant and the sociopolitical point a little too obvious. George R.R. Martin's The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr is, I think, an early work, nicely done if longer than it needs to be. Moon Six by Stephen Baxter may not have been meant to be funny, but I found it so. The stories are roughly divided among those where the central character controls travel among worlds and those where the central character is at the mercy of external forces. Some are adventures, some are fairy tales. Some are science fiction, some fantasy. Twist endings, happy endings, apocalyptic endings. A nice mix, 29 stories, originally published from the mid-seventies to now.
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I liked many of the stories in this book. Very entertaining and kept me coming back for more. I'd recommend this to any fan of short stories in sci fi genre. A couple were ho hum for me but overall worth the price.
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