- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wyrm Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890464112
- ISBN-13: 978-1890464110
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,314,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 2008 Paperback – January 1, 2009
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A short but superlative substantiation of the quality of speculative fiction being published on the Internet, this exceptional anthology of the best science fiction and fantasy put online in 2008 includes gems by genre luminaries as well as rising stars like Tina Connolly and Beth Bernobich. Peter S. Beagle's fairy tale–like The Tale of Junko and Sayuri explores the love of a huntsman for a beautiful shape-shifter in feudal Japan. First Rites by Nancy Kress is a poignant examination of a genetically modified boy's connection with a cosmic consciousness. Cory Doctorow's The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away follows a monk/computer geek as he leaves his cubicle after 16 years in seclusion. After reading this 14-story compilation, online publishing naysayers may rethink their position. (Jan.)
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Unplugged aims to showcase the online fiction often neglected in standard best-of-the-year anthologies, and a rousing success it is, containing, among other things, Merrie Haskell’s genuinely delightful tale about a girl-prince who, over her parents’ objections, undertakes a risky journey to rescue a princess held in a tower that has brought to ruin many princes before her; she rescues quite a few people. Also prime delightful is the eerie “The Things That Make Us Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away,” one of Cory Doctorow’s more unnerving forays into the short story. The selections come from a truly excellent assortment of venues, including Tor.com, Lone Star Stories, Baen’s Universe, and Farrago’s Wainscot. They constitute a shining example of the good general anthology. Clearly, selecting only online stories imposed no limit on scope, variety, and high quality. --Regina Schroeder
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I'd heard great things about many of these stories, such as Cory Doctorow's "The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away" (Wow, btw!) - but had not read them until I got this book. And it's so nice to have a paper copy of a personal favorite, Mercurio D. Rivera's "Snatch Me Another," a story about being able to steal from alternate universes and how that causes a breakdown in society. There's not a piece of deadwood in the bunch, and if you're a fan of short fiction this is a must-add to your collection.