By Gardner R. Dozois
This excellent assortment celebrates fantasy's heydey with 33 masterpieces of brief fiction, starting from Forties tales through L. Sprague de Camp, H. L. Gold, Fritz Leiber, and Manly Wade Wellman to more moderen stories via such towering sleek abilities as Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock, Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Tanith Lee, Ursula ok. Le Guin, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, JaneYolen, and Roger Zelazny.
Just as Gardner Dozois's anthology smooth Classics of technology Fiction (SMP, 1992) has helped new generations of readers and outdated fanatics become aware of the genre's best brief tales, so too shall this quantity let readers to discover in a single quantity greater than dozen masterworks of delusion.
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