Starlight 1

Winner of the World Fantasy Award
Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Original stories from Michael Swanwick, Andy Duncan, Jane Yolen, Gregory Feeley, Robert Reed, Susanna Clarke, Susan Palwick, Martha Soukup, Carter Scholz, John M. Ford, Mark Kreighbaum, and Maureen F. McHugh
Stories from Starlight 1 were nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the World Fantasy Award, appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List, and were reprinted in the Dozois Year's Best Science Fiction and the Datlow/Windling Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. A complete list can be found here.
In addition, Jane Yolen's short story "Sister Emily's Lightship," published in Starlight 1, won the 1997 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.
"The best original science fiction anthology of the year, with little real competition, clearly was Starlight 1."
--Gardner Dozois, editor, The Year's Best Science Fiction
"Without doubt, the best SF original anthology of the year."
--Charles N. Brown, editor, Locus
"This auspicious debut for a new SF anthology series edited by four-time Hugo Award finalist Nielsen Hayden gathers some of the genre's finest talents...Unlike many other anthologies that try to impress by their bulk, this has only 12 stories. But each one is stellar, and together they show the fullest range of writing in the field."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Consistently high quality...Editor Nielsen Hayden neatly fills the void left by the demise of such renowned anthology series as Universe and New Dimensions."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Patrick Nielsen Hayden [is] one of the most literate and historically aware editors in science fiction."
--The Washington Post
"Highly recommended!"
--Library Journal
"A success twice over!"
"Patrick Nielsen Hayden's new anthology Starlight 1 is a welcome event, the first in a new series of nonthematic original anthologies, a form almost extinct. The introduction describes an editorial policy that is broad in scope: everything from straight SF to mysterious things in the dark. The stories exhibit the same range."
--Mark Kelly, Locus
"One of the few anthologies I've read recently that seems to have a theme (in fact two or three) and at the same time provides space for a vast variety of writing. I'm already looking forward to Starlight 2."
"Everything here is a winner...One of the things they tell you when you review an anthology is that you don't really have to discuss all the stories in the book. Basically, you're supposed to hit the highlights. The fiction in Starlight 1 is so uniformly good, however, that I've had trouble restraining myself. A superb job."
--The New York Review of Science Fiction
"Excellent...An auspicious debut for an ongoing series."
--Science Fiction Chronicle
"A worthwhile and entirely admirable attempt to recreate the SF original anthology series in the mold of Damon Knight's Orbit or Terry Carr's Universe...Nielsen Hayden has an excellent ear for style and craft, and there's not a badly written or poorly structured piece in the book."
--Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
0-312-86214-8 (hardcover)
0-312-86215-6 (trade paperback)
September 1996
5 x 8" * 320 pages
Hardcover * $24.95
Trade paperback * $13.95
Tor Books