The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction 2

A mutant baby goes on a rampage through Central Park. An immigrant reveals secrets in the folds of a perfect gift. Lucky Cats extend their virtual paws to salute a generous revolution. The Internet invades a third-world village. The premier speculative-fiction magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, continues to discover and showcase many of the most inventive authors writing in any genre. Now drawing even more deeply upon F&SF‘s impressive history, this extraordinary companion anthology expands upon sixty-five years, worth of top-notch storytelling. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two is a star-studded tribute to the continuing vision of F&SF.

Table of Contents

“The Third Level” by Jack Finney 
“A Kind of Artistry” by Brian Aldiss 
“The Cosmic Charge Account” by C. M. Kornbluth 
“The Anything Box” by Zenna Henderson 
“The Prize of Peril” by Robert Sheckley 
“——All You Zombies——” by Robert A. Heinlein  – This story is only available in the Print Edition
“Green Magic” by Jack Vance 
“The Country of the Kind” by Damon Knight 
“Narrow Valley” by R. A. Lafferty 
“Sundance” by Robert Silverberg 
“Attack of the Giant Baby” by Kit Reed 
“The Hundredth Dove” by Jane Yolen 
“Jeffty Is Five” by Harlan Ellison
“Salvador” by Lucius Shepard
“The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything” by George Alec Effinger 
“Rat” by James Patrick Kelly 
“The Friendship Light” by Gene Wolfe 
“The Bone Woman” by Charles de Lint 
“The Lincoln Train” by Maureen F. McHugh 
“Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling 
“Winemaster” Robert Reed 
“Suicide Coast” by M. John Harrison 
“Have Not Have” by Geoff Ryman 
“The People of Sand and Slag” by Paolo Bacigalupi 
“Echo” by Elizabeth Hand 
“The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” by Stephen King 
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu


“The first [was] an all-star anthology, the second, also edited by Gordon van Gelder, possesses just as much impact, history, and sheer enjoyability, and is a welcome retrospective of one of the genre’s bastions…. Just a superb anthology.”

“Van Gelder set out to provide a taste of some of the most renowned speculative fiction authors over the last half-century, and he succeeded brilliantly”
Book Likes

“…a collection of some of the best sci-fi and fantasy short stories out there.”

“This is an excellent place to see not only gems from Fantasy and Science Fiction, but also great stories from over 60 years of the field.

“This is the second part of an anthology of incredible short stories edited by Gordon van Gelder (who has won two Hugo’s for Best Editor, Short Form). The stories themselves are, purposefully, incredibly varied. Some are funny, others heartbreakingly sad and others thrilling. The common thing across the board is that these are excellent stories.”
World of Books

“…a must read.”
Beauty in Ruins

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 is a great addition to any reader’s library because it chronicles the genres’ changes over time. All of the stories are enjoyable….”
Lit Reactor

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