Edited By

by Ellen Datlow
Release date: September 30, 2020
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, anthology

Edited by Ellen Datlow.

Dust jacket illustration by Anna & Elana Balbusso c/o the i spot.

Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe.

In dozens of anthologies published over the last thirty years, the words “edited by” have been followed by a singularly reassuring name: Ellen Datlow. For countless readers (and writers), Datlow’s name has served as a virtual guarantee of quality. Each of her many anthologies, whatever its specific nature, reflects a high degree of taste, intelligence, and professional judgment. As Gary K. Wolfe notes in his excellent introduction, her work has received “an almost unprecedented string of honors.” Honors and awards are fine, of course, but it’s the stories that ultimately matter. And Datlow has ushered more good stories into the world than any editor in living memory. The book you are currently holding stands as a testament to that fact.

Edited By is a thoroughgoing attempt to reflect both the quality and infinite variety of the fiction she has championed in the course of her career. The stories gathered here come from all over the literary map. There are SF, fantasy, and horror stories, often in unique combinations. There are household names among the contributors, such as Neil Gaiman, whose screenplay/story “Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture)” is a chilling account of eater and eaten, predator and prey. There are newer, lesser known figures as well, among them Nathan Ballingrud, whose “Monsters of Heaven” is an achingly beautiful story of grief, loss, and strange encounters. And there are many award-winning writers included, among them Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Lucius Shepard, Ted Chiang, and Jeffrey Ford, to name just a few. Their contributions are among the many highlights of this book.

Edited By is one of those rare books that offers intense pleasure and intellectual excitement on every page. There are no bad stories here, and there is no lazy or indifferent writing. Some of the finest imaginative fiction of modern times awaits within the covers of this magisterial book. This one really does belong on the permanent shelf. Don’t let it pass you by.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe (not signing)
  • Home by the Sea by Pat Cadigan
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson
  • The Bedroom Light by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
  • The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma
  • Some Strange Desire by Ian McDonald
  • The Lepidopterist by Lucius Shepard (not signing)
  • Bird Count by Jane Yolen
  • Anamorphosis by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Hortlak by Kelly Link
  • In the Month of Athyr by Elizabeth Hand
  • Precious by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Daniel’s Theory About Dolls by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Mysteries by Livia Llewellyn
  • Dancing Men by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Office of Doom by Richard Bowes
  • Black Nightgown by K. W. Jeter
  • A Delicate Architecture Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Goosle by Margo Lanagan
  • Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) by Neil Gaiman (not signing)
  • Teratisms by Kathe Koja
  • The Monsters of Heaven by Nathan Ballingrud
  • That Old School Tie by Jack Womack
  • Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy
  • Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller (not signing)
  • Sonny Liston Takes the Fall by Elizabeth Bear
  • Technicolor by John Langan 
  • The Sawing Boys by Howard Waldrop
  • Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix
  • Seventy-Two Letters by Ted Chiang
  • Interview with Ellen Datlow by Gwenda Bond (Gwenda not signing)
updated 2020-02-03

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