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   Fantasy Hall of Fame, The, by Robert Silverberg  
  Anthology, first publication in December 1998 , latest edition in December 2002
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      When the Science Fiction Writers of America added the word fantasy to their name in 1992 (becoming the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), the SFWA membership thought it would be a good idea to create a defining collection of stories from their newly adopted genre. Accordingly, SFWA members nominated and voted for stories up to 17,500 words in length that were published between 1939 and 1990, eventually ending up with the top 15 stories and 15 runners-up. Those stories were collected in this book, a companion to SFWA's 1967 collection The Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Editor Robert Silverberg calls the Fantasy Hall of Fame "a definitive one-volume library of the modern fantasy short story," and as usual he's correct. Although you might not agree with all the choices (the most popular story turned out to be "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson), you'll find that every piece here is a true gem, from Anthony Boucher's Compleat Werewolf to Roger Zelazny's Unicorn Variations.

    Source: Craig E. Engler,
    Trouble with Water - H. L. Gold
    Nothing in the Rules - L. Sprague de Camp
    Fruit of Knowledge - C. L. Moore
    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - Jorge Luis Borges
    The Compleat Werewolf - Anthony Boucher
    The Small Assassin - Ray Bradbury
    The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
    Our Fair City - Robert A. Heinlein
    There Shall Be No Darkness - James Blish
    The Loom of Darkness - Jack Vance
    The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles - Margaret St. Clair
    The Silken-Swift - Theodore Sturgeon
    The Golem - Avram Davidson
    Operation Afreet - Poul Anderson
    That Hell-Bound Train - Robert Bloch
    The Bazaar of the Bizarre - Fritz Leiber
    Come Lady Death - Peter S. Beagle
    The Drowned Giant - J. G. Ballard
    Narrow Valley - R. A. Lafferty
    Faith of Our Fathers - Philip K. Dick
    The Ghost of a Model T - Clifford D. Simak
    The Demoness - Tanith Lee
    Jeffty Is Five - Harlan Ellison
    The Detective of Dreams - Gene Wolfe
    Unicorn Variations - Roger Zelazny
    Basileus - Robert Silverberg
    The Jaguar Hunter - Lucius Shepard
    Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - Ursula K. Le Guin
    Bears Discover Fire - Terry Bisson
    Tower of Babylon - Ted Chiang

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