Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fate Fantastic-Martin H. Greenberg and Daniel M. Hoyt (Editors)

Fate Fantastic
Martin H. Greenberg and Daniel M. Hoyt (Editors)
Daw, Oct 2007, $7.99
ISBN 9780756404406

The premise of this collection is the role of fate as a hero and or villain is destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy whether they want to or not. Whereas some individuals embrace their destiny as being on an absolute level with “Death and Taxes” (by Kristine Kathryn Rusch), others follow Jonah trying to flee even “The Final Choice” (by Irene Radford) of Death under the premise of free will. The sixteen entries that make up FATE FANTASY are all quite good with a few being excellent. The best short tale perhaps of the year is the Kabala gambling edge of “Approaching Sixty” by Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg. With a fantasist who’s who, fans are fated to read this excellent anthology; as read in their bones as the prime “Choice of the Oracles” (by Kate Paulk) or was that the “Prophecy of Symon the Inept” (by Rebecca Lickiss).

Harriet Klausner

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