Visions of Fantasy: Tales from the Masters

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Bantam Books, 1991 - Children's stories, American - 180 pages
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Introduced and edited by Asimov, this illustrated collection offers 12 masterful tales from the most popular authors in the fantasy genre. Anne McCaffrey, Jane Yolen, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Madeleine L'Engle, and others offer stories of witches, unearthly voices, shattered spirits, and humorous fantasies. 22 full-page illustrations.

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I'm still a little stunned that this was my first time reading anything by Asimov. How did I go so long reading fantasy and sci fi without reading any of this work? His fiction contribution was great ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Isaac Asimov
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A Message from Charity by William Ijee
21
The Seventh Mandarin by Jane Yolen
49
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly 500 books in his lifetime. Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. In 1951, Asimov accepted a position as an instructor of biochemistry at Boston University's School of Medicine even though he had no practical experience in the field. His exceptional intelligence enabled him to master new systems rapidly, and he soon became a successful and distinguished professor at Columbia and even co-authored a biochemistry textbook within a few years. Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on humanity. Asimov is probably best known for his Foundation series, which includes Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. In 1966, this trilogy won the Hugo award for best all-time science fiction series. In 1983, Asimov wrote an additional Foundation novel, Foundation's Edge, which won the Hugo for best novel of that year. Asimov also wrote a series of robot books that included I, Robot, and eventually he tied the two series together. He won three additional Hugos, including one awarded posthumously for the best non-fiction book of 1995, I. Asimov. "Nightfall" was chosen the best science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. In 1979, Asimov wrote his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. He continued writing until just a few years before his death from heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.

Martin H. Greenberg was born in 1942. He received a doctorate in Political Science in 1969 and was a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin until 1995. Over the course of his long and prolific career, Greenberg has published around 1000 anthologies and has worked with numerous best-selling authors including Isaac Asimov, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Sue Grafton, Scott Turow and Dean Koontz. He has won numerous awards including the Horror Guild Award in 1994, the Deathrealm Award in 1996, the Bram Stoker Award in 1998, and the Prometheus Special Award in 2005. He also received The Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing and the Milford Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction editing.

Larry Elmore Larry Elmore is one of the most well known fantasy illustrators in the world of science fiction. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. After college, he spent two years in the army, before becoming a full time free lance illustrator. Elmore has worked for TSR. Inc. sine 1981. He became a freelance illustrator in 1987, doing covers for comics, computer games, magazines and fantasy and science fiction books. While at TSR., Elmore did covers for "Dungeons and Dragons," "AD&D," and his most well known work, the "Dragonlance Saga." Elmore has also worked for other publishers such as, Baen Books, Bantam, Warren Books, ACE/Berkeley, Doubleday and Del Rey. He is the co-author of "Runes of Autumn" and creator of the "Sovereign Stone" series. In the gaming industry, Elmore has freelanced for TSR Inc., FASB, Mayfair Games, Game Designer's Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, D.C. Comics, First Comics, Eclipse COmics and Frank Frazetta's Fantasy Illustrations.

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