Magical Beginnings

by Martin H. Greenberg, Steven H. Silver
Release date: 2003
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, anthology

Edited by Steven H. Silver and Martin H. Greenberg.

The stories in this volume will prove a real treat both to devoted fans of these masters of fantasy and to readers who may not yet have encountered some of the talents included here. Those convinced they've read everything written by their favorite author will either enjoy a nostalgic return to that author's beginnings or discover an early gem they never knew existed.

How and where did such writers as Andre Norton, Peter Beagle, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Mercedes Lackey get their start? Now you can find out by reading the stories that began their careers, some well-known classics, others long unavailable. Each story includes an introduction by the author which offers insight into the genesis of both the particular tale and the individual writer's career. And all of them serve as fascinating examples of the richness and range that the fantasy genre offers to both writers and readers.


  • Andre Norton, The People of the Crater, 1947
  • Peter S. Beagle, My Daughter's Name is Sarah, 1959
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, April in Paris, 1962
  • Susan Shwartz, The Fires of Her Vengeance, 1978
  • Charles de Lint, The Fane of the Grey Rose, 1979
  • Megan Lindholm, Bones for Dulath, 1979
  • Ellen Kushner, The Unicorn Masque, 1981
  • Esther M. Friesner, The Stuff of Heroes, 1982
  • Mickey Zucker Reichert, The Ulfjarl's Stone, 1988
  • Emma Bull, Rending Dark, 1984
  • Mercedes Lackey, A Different Kind of Courage, 1985
  • Tanya Huff, Third Time Lucky, 1986
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Sing, 1987
  • Michelle West, Birthnight, 1992
  • Lisanne Norman, The Jewel and the Dragon, 1998
  • Fiona Patton, The Raven's Quest, 1998
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