Patrick Nielsen Hayden : Starlight


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Though only three volumes were published, Starlight was the most significant original anthology series from the late 1990s to the opening of the 21st century. Calling short fiction "the R&D laboratory" in which SF reinvents itself, Nielsen Hayden's introduction to volume 1 signals openness to the widest range of stories, including "science-by-god fiction, blatant fantasy, 'magic realism,' and who knows what else." The first volume was published in simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions; the second and third were hardcovers with later trade paperback editions.

Stories from the three books won four Hugo and Nebula awards. Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" won a Nebula (and also a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award), his "Hell Is the Absence of God" won both the Nebula and Hugo, and Jane Yolen's "Sister Emily's Spaceship" won a Nebula.

Other notable stories are Raphael Carter's "Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin" (a Tiptree winner), Andy Duncan's "Senator Bilbo," Gregory Feeley's "The Weighing of Ayre" (a Sturgeon third-placer), John M. Ford's "Erase/Record/Play" (a Nebula and Sturgeon finalist), Maureen F. McHugh's "The Cost to Be Wise" (a Hugo and Nebula finalist), and Michael Swanwick's "The Dead" (Hugo, Nebula, and Tiptree finalist).

Starlight 1 won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology.

Susanna Clarke appears in all three volumes; eight others appear in two volumes each.

  • Starlight 1, (Tor, 1996) [isfdb]
  • Starlight 2, (Tor, 1998) [isfdb]
  • Starlight 3, (Tor, 2001) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Stephen Baxter
  • Sun-Cloud -- Vol. #3
  • M. Shayne Bell
  • Lock Down -- Vol. #2
  • Terry Bisson
  • The Old Rugged Cross -- Vol. #3
  • Raphael Carter
  • Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation -- Vol. #2
  • Ted Chiang
  • Hell Is the Absence of God -- Vol. #3
  • Story of Your Life -- Vol. #2
  • Susanna Clarke
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu -- Vol. #1
  • Mrs. Mabb -- Vol. #2
  • Tom Brightwind, or, How the Fairy Bridge Was Built at Thoresby -- Vol. #3
  • Brenda W. Clough
  • Home Is the Sailor -- Vol. #3
  • D. G. Compton
  • In Which Avu Giddy Tries to Stop Dancing -- Vol. #3
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Power Punctuation! -- Vol. #3
  • Andy Duncan
  • Liza and the Crazy Water Man -- Vol. #1
  • Senator Bilbo -- Vol. #3
  • Gregory Feeley
  • The Weighing of Ayre -- Vol. #1
  • John M. Ford
  • Erase/Record/Play: A Drama for Print -- Vol. #1
  • Esther M. Friesner
  • Brown Dust -- Vol. #2
  • Angélica Gorodischer
  • The End of a Dynasty -- Vol. #2
  • Colin Greenland
  • Wings -- Vol. #3
  • Alexander C. Irvine
  • The Sea Wind Offers Little Relief -- Vol. #3
  • Mark A. Kreighbaum
  • I Remember Angels -- Vol. #1
  • Ellen Kushner
  • The Death of the Duke -- Vol. #2
  • Geoffrey A. Landis
  • The Secret Egg of the Clouds -- Vol. #3
  • Snow -- Vol. #2
  • David Langford
  • A Game of Consequences -- Vol. #2
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Access Fantasy -- Vol. #2
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Cost to Be Wise -- Vol. #1
  • Interview: On Any Given Day -- Vol. #3
  • Susan Palwick
  • Gestella -- Vol. #3
  • GI Jesus -- Vol. #1
  • Robert Reed
  • Killing the Morrow -- Vol. #1
  • Madeleine E. Robins
  • La Vie en Ronde -- Vol. #3
  • Carter Scholz
  • The Amount to Carry -- Vol. #2
  • Mengele's Jew -- Vol. #1
  • Martha Soukup
  • The House of Expectations -- Vol. #2
  • Waking Beauty -- Vol. #1
  • Michael Swanwick
  • The Dead -- Vol. #1
  • Greg van Eekhout
  • Wolves Till the World Goes Down -- Vol. #3
  • Robert Charles Wilson
  • Divided by Infinity -- Vol. #2
  • Jane Yolen
  • The Barbarian and the Queen: Thirteen Views -- Vol. #3
  • Sister Emily's Lightship -- Vol. #1

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