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Sword and Sorceress VI


Marion Zimmer BradleyMercedes Lackey - 1990
     Introduction · Marion Zimmer BradleyEquona’s Mare · Diana L. PaxsonThe Hand of Fatima · Shariann LewittCommencement · Lynne Armstrong-JonesA Lesser of Evils · Morning Glory ZellAnd Sáavüld Danced… · Kier NeustaedterStone of Light · Linda GordonChange of Command · Nancy Jane MooreThe Starry King · Vera NazarianMirror Image · Nina BoalSleeping Dogs · Jennifer RobersonShadowlands · Elisabeth WatersThe Making of a Legend [Vows and Honor] · Mercedes LackeyBurnt Offerings · Mary FenoglioRatsbane [Cynthia] · Dorothy J. HeydtWolf Hunt · Bobbi MillerPearl · Carl ThelenName of the Demoness · Jessie D. EakerHands · Lois TiltonWolfrunner · Mary E. ChooUntil We Meet Again · J.A. BrebnerBlack Wolf · Gemma TarlachArtist: Corey Wolfe

Flashing Swords! #1


Lin Carter - 1973
    Fafhrd and the Mouser had served him well and in vastly more varied fashion the the Mad Duke.-"The Sadness of the Executioner"by Fritz LeiberMorreion made a furious motion; as his hand swept the air, it left a trail of sparks. "Magic derives from personal force! My passion alone will defeat the archveults! I glory in the forthcoming confrontation. Ah, but they will regret their deeds!"-"Morreion" by Jack VanceStunned, beaten, naked, with hardly a tool or weapon among them, the merfolk followed their lord. Tauno hung, fists clenched on harpoon, until they were out of sight. The last stones of the royal hall toppled, and Liri was a ruin.-"The Merman's Children" by Poul AndersonThree goblins were entangled in the webs. They kicked and struggled furiously, spittling like cats, but only managed to become more tightly and completely enmeshed in the sticky green stuff. The six other goblins came flying, howling, at him.-"The Higher Heresies of Oolimar" by Lin Carter (Amalrik the Mangod)

Sword and Sorceress XV


Marion Zimmer BradleyElisabeth Waters - 1998
    Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress series has always featured the best in contemporary women's fantasy, and this outstanding new volume carries on the tradition! These original stories of brave, talented, and heroic women will take readers through enchanted realms of the imagination into danger both physical and mystical, where the only way to survive is through the power of sword and spell.

Sword And Sorceress XVIII


Marion Zimmer BradleyLawrence Watt-Evans - 2001
    PaxsonLessons Learned · Kati Doughery-CarthumKendat’s Ax · Jan CombsThe Tower of Song · Howard HolmanThe Needed Stone · Denise Lopes HealdArmageddon · Lisa S. SilverthorneThe Land of Graves · Dave SmedsLight · Susan Urbanek LinvilleIn the Sacred Places of the Earth · Dorothy J. HeydtThe Glass Sword · Richard CorwinBed of Roses · Elisabeth WatersSword of Peace · Lucy Cohen SchmeidlerThe Fall of the Kingdom · Mary Soon LeeArms and the Woman · Lawrence Watt-EvansThe Stone Wives · Michael Chesley JohnsonTiger’s Eye · India EdghillRaven-Wings on the Snow · Pauline J. AlamaLittle Rogue Riding Hood · Rosemary EdghillThe Queen in Yellow · Gerald PerkinsMagic Threads · Pete D. Manison

Sword and Sorceress XIII


Marion Zimmer BradleyKathryne Kennedy - 1996
    WITH SWORD AND SHIELD, SPELL AND CURSE...Even at the risk of losing her one true love, a young mage must put aside all she holds dear to achieve a higher goal...A benevolent shape-changer is all that stands between her village and the bloody ravages of a werewolf...With a gift granted by the birds themselves, an unhappy young woman may find the means to escape her life of servitude...A young healer never realizes her true Gift until she must heal herself...Travel with Diana Paxson, Jo Clayton, Deborah Wheeler, and their fellow tale-weavers to lands where bold, heroic, women wizards and warriors are not afraid to take on challenges too often considered the sole province of men, in 22 original stories of shape-shifters, dream-questers and other women of power.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013


Catherine Asaro - 2013
    The editor selected by SFWA's anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is two-time Nebula winner, Catherine Asaro. This year's volume includes stories and excerpts by Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Kij Johnson, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ferrett Steinmetz, Ken Liu, Nancy Fulda, Delia Sherman, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney, David Goldman, Katherine Sparrow, E. Lily Yu, and Brad R. Torgersen.Contents11 • A Harmony of Thoughts • (2013) • essay by Catherine Asaro29 • The Paper Menagerie • (2011) • shortstory by Ken Liu43 • The Ice Owl • [The Twenty Planets] • (2011) • novella by Carolyn Ives Gilman91 • Ado • (1988) • shortstory by Connie Willis100 • The Migratory Pattern of Dancers • (2011) • novelette by Katherine Sparrow121 • Peach-Creamed Honey • (2010) • poem by Amal El-Mohtar (variant of Peach Creamed Honey)123 • The Axiom of Choice • (2011) • shortstory by David W. Goldman149 • Club Story • (2011) • essay by John Clute157 • What We Found • (2011) • novelette by Geoff Ryman188 • Among Others (excerpt) • (2011) • shortfiction by Jo Walton206 • Movement • (2011) • shortstory by Nancy Fulda217 • Sauerkraut Station • (2011) • novelette by Ferrett Steinmetz267 • The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees • (2011) • shortstory by E. Lily Yu277 • Ray of Light • (2011) • novelette by Brad R. Torgersen299 • The Freedom Maze (excerpt) • (2011) • shortfiction by Delia Sherman327 • The Sea King's Second Bride • (2010) • poem by C. S. E. Cooney334 • The Man Who Bridged the Mist • (2011) • novella by Kij Johnson405 • 2012 Nebula Awards Winners, Nominees, and Honorees • essay by uncredited409 • Past Nebula Awards Winners • essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection


Ellen DatlowJeffrey Ford - 2008
    On this anniversary, the editors have increased the size of the collection to 300,000 words of fiction and poetry, including works by Billy Collins, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Glen Hirshberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and new World Fantasy Award winner M. Rickert. With impeccably researched summations of the field by the editors, Honorable Mentions, and articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer on media, music and graphic novels, this is a heady brew topped off by an unparalleled list of sources of fabulous works both light and dark.

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013


Rich HortonDavid Ira Cleary - 2013
    Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy


Elizabeth R. WollheimLarry Dixon - 2002
    An essay by the editors (repeated in both volumes) relates the history of DAW and its founders, Donald and Elsie Wollheim, while individual author or editor commentaries introduce many of the stories. The fantasy collection includes a variety of stories, including Mercedes Lackey's expression of an author's worst nightmare ("After Midnight") and Christopher Stasheff's melancholy parable of a wizard's journey of bitter self-discovery ("Coronach of the Bell"). Contributions by other notable fantasy writers such as Tanith Lee, Melanie Rawn, and Lynn Abbey round out this collection of 18 tales. The sf anthology collects a stellar group of stories, including Brian Aldiss's cautionary tale of a space-faring warship whose passage results in the death of civilizations ("Aboard the Beatitude") and Tad Williams's wry recounting of the chat room at the end of the world ("Not with a Whimper, Either"). Stories by authors including Frederik Pohl, Timothy Zahn, and Kate Elliott are also among the 19 selections in this well-balanced volume. Together or separately, both books are recommended for most libraries.

Sword and Sorceress 24


Elisabeth Waters - 2009
    Authors who have appeared within the pages of Sword and Sorceress represent the full spectrum of some of the brightest talent working today -- from C.J. Cherryh, Charles de Lint, and Emma Bull . . . to Deborah J. Ross, Diana L. Paxson, and Laurell K. Hamilton.We are proud to continue the classic and vibrant feminist tradition with this twenty-fourth volume of new magical adventures edited by Elisabeth Waters, secretary and co-editor to Mrs. Bradley.Here are seventeen original stories of remarkable women of power, swashbuckling and magic, spells and duels, arcane sorcery and fabled heroism, written by familiar word-weavers of excitement and adventure, and bright newcomers who are sure to become favorites.Enter a wondrous universe . . .Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and SorceressSword and Sorceress 24 includes stories by Deborah J. Ross, Helen E. Davis, Elisabeth Waters & Michael Spence, Brenta Blevins, K.D. Wentworth, Teresa Howard, Catherine Soto, Josepha Sherman, Cate McBride, Cynthia Ward, Jonathan Moeller, Dave Smeds, Therese Arkenberg, Michael H. Payne, Annclaire Livoti, Julia H. West, and Melissa Mead.

Magic in Ithkar I


Andre Norton - 1985
    Collection of fantasy stories set against a common backdrop. First in series, followed by Magic in Ithkar 2, Magic in Ithkar 3, and Magic in Ithkar 4. Contents: Prologue, essay by Robert Adams; The Goblinry of Ais, by Lin Carter; To Take a Thief, by C. J. Cherryh; Jezeri and Her Beast Go to the Fair and Find More Excitement Than They Want, by Jo Clayton; Fletcher Found, by Morgan Llywelyn; Well Met in Ithkar, by Patricia Mathews; Esmene's Eyes, by Ardath Mayhar; Swamp Dweller, by Andre Norton; Qazia and a Ferret-Fetch, by Judith Sampson; For Lovers Only, by Roger C. Schlobin; Dragon's Horn, by J. W. Schutz; Homecoming, by Susan Shwartz; The Prince Out of the Past, by Nancy Springer; Cold Spell, by Elisabeth Waters; Biographical Notes.

Sword & Laser Anthology


Veronica BelmontJeffrey N. Baker - 2014
    From living space ships to hapless thieves getting more than they bargained for, this collection has something for every genre reader.Table of Contents:Foreword — Patrick RothfussSword:Introduction — Veronica BelmontSoft as a Feather When Done Right — Nicole FeldringerA Night for Spirits and Snowflakes — Aidan MoherSaltwater Skin — Kristy SutherlandPartly Petrified — Auston HabershawThe Lesser Evil — Day Al-MohamedWhite Flame — Jeffrey N. BakerHow Fox Fixed the Sky — Stephen CaseA Good Man — Zachary TringaliKnowing Better — Paul KruegerThe Novice’s Guide to Adventuring — Sean TadsenLaser:Introduction — Tom MerrittThe Osiris Paradox — Sarina DorieLeviathan! Leviathan! — Jacob A. BoydJonah’s Daughter — Adam CallawayBirdy — Rebecca J. ThomasThe Same International Orange — Luke R. PeblerAfterword — Mike MurphyData Dump — Trisha L. SenbastianHoneybun — Austin MaloneFalse Lights — Victoria HooperOnly Darkness — David Emery

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI


Diana L. PaxsonK.A. Laity - 2004
    They are many heroines of SWORD AND SORCERESS - brave women who have adopted the daring roles so often deemed to be the exclusive province of men.Join Diana L Paxson, Esther M Friesner, Rosemary Edghill, Leslie Fish, Dorothy j Heydt and their fellow spell-weavers as they carry on Marion Zimmer Bradley's proud, feminist tradition in the twenty-three original, swashbuckling and magical stories of SWORD AND SORCERESS XXI, where:A family of thieves is sorely disappointed by their daughter's wizarding ambitions...A warrior with amnesia is taught a lesson she could never have learned if she remembered her past...A girl is turned down by a school of magic because of her sex, only to become the disciple of a far more powerful mentor...An arrogant mage is taught that even the most powerful of sorcerers sometimes needs the help of material weapons...The best-selling "Sword & The Sorceress series continues with this thrilling 21st edition of all-original stories of action-packed adventure, ultimate magic, and fearsome, sword-wielding women by some of the best names in fantasy today.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection


Ellen DatlowGlen Hirshberg - 2006
    Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.Isabel Allende   Laird Barron   Elizabeth Bear    Andrew Bonia   Chaz Brenchley   Tom Brennan   Jack Cady   Jennifer Chang Robert Coover  Albert E. Cowdrey   Kelly Everding   Jeffrey Ford    Theodora Goss  Elizabeth Hand  Joe Hill   Glen Hirshberg   Pentti Holappa  Dave Hutchinson   China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer  Sarah Monette  Ralph Robert Moore  Adam L.G. Nevill   Kim Newman  Reggie Oliver   Chuck Palahniuk   Stacey Richter  Barbara Roden  Deborah Roggie   Jay Russell  Geoff Ryman   Mark Samuels   Willa Schneberg   Nisi Shawl   Delia Sherman  Bruce Sterling   Howard Waldrop  Daniel Wallace   Marley Youmans

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012


Rich HortonK.J. Parker - 2012
    Valente, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.