Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy - Paying the Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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This collection of Edghill's finest short fantasy works includes: "The Piper at the Gate" where Mary Frances Baynes longs all her life for Real Magic and finally achieves it . . . at a price; "The Intersection of Anastasia Yeoman and Light" where a midlist SF-writer-turned-successful-editor gets a glimpse of the way her life could have gone; and the story of Ator, Jannifer, Ancel, and the Grail, set in ancient Britain and told by the son that Ator tried to kill as an infant, is told in "Prince of Exiles."

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"From a darkly humorous tale of the power of words (Death and the Librarian) to a never-before-published response to events of September 11 (Ilion), Friesner's 12 stories illustrate the author's acutely sensitive vision of wonder in the everyday world... Known primarily for his 'Star Wars' novels... Zahn's short stories also deliver strong plots and memorable characters... Zebrowski's many novels (e.g. Macrolife) mark him as a visionary as well as a master of hard sf. The ten short stories collected in In the Distance provide a benchmark of his creativity... the author expands his concept of the human condition to embrace the stars. Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent author's, these three volumes belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"...Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent authors, these three volumes (Death and the Librarian and Other Stories/ Star Song and Other Stories/ In the Distance, and Ahead in Time) belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"Four more titles in Five Star's new series (God Is an Iron and Other Stories/ Generation Gap and Other Stories/ The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature/ Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories) of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre...Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them."
-- Library Journal (June 2002) (Library Journal 20020615)

"... a talented writer with a sharp sense of how to spin bizarre thread smoothly into a skein of golden story."
-- The Green Man Review (UNKNOWN )

From Booklist:

Edghill, aka eluki bes shahar, demonstrates impressive versatility in these fantasy and sf stories. "Lizzie Fair and the Dragon of Heart's Desire" features a New York messenger with a Faerie lover as well as a plot twist, while "The Piper at the Gate" speaks to the dilemma of the fantasy writer in a world from which magic seems to have vanished. "We Have Met the Enemy" fondly pats and satirically slaps the shopworn sf theme of alien invasion, while "The Maltese Feline" is a thoroughly respectable treatment of that venerable fantasy figure, the PI in the realm of Faerie. "The Long Divorce of Steel" sets what is almost a horror story in a convincing medieval milieu, while "And King Hereafter" whimsically regards the amorous misadventures of "Lord Peter" (i.e., the prospective Edward VIII/duke of Windsor). "The Fairy Ring," a fantastical Regency romance drawing on Beauty and the Beast, is the strongest entry in the book, but perhaps everyone will find something to enjoy among these 17 tales. Roland Green
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