|The second in a two-volume set features an original collection of short fiction and novels by some of todays leading fantasy authors who journey to the special worlds of imagination they created in their works, featuring contributions by Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Haydon, and George R. R. Martin. Reprint. *Author: Silverberg, Robert (EDT)/ Brooks, Terry/ Martin, George R. R./ Gabaldon, Diana/ Card, Orson Scott/ Haydon, Elizabeth *Series Title: Legends II *Subtitle: Dragon, Sword, and King *Publication Date: 2004/10/26 *Number of Pages: 401 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75|
From the Publisher:
Fantasy fans, rejoice! Seven years after writer and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing history with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of original short novels by some of the greatest writers in fantasy fiction, the long-awaited second volume is here. Legends II picks up where its illustrious predecessor left off. All of the bestselling writers represented in Legends II return to the special universe of the imagination that its author has made famous throughout the world. Whether set before or after events already recounted elsewhere, whether featuring beloved characters or compelling new creations, these masterful short novels are both mesmerizing stand-alones—perfect introductions to the work of their authors—and indispensable additions to the epics on which they are based. Beyond any doubt, Legends II is the fantasy event of the season.
ROBIN HOBB returns to the Realm of the Elderlings with “Homecoming,” a powerful tale in which exiles sent to colonize the Cursed Shores find themselves sinking into an intoxicating but deadly dream . . . or is it a memory?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN continues the adventures of Dunk, a young hedge knight, and his unusual squire, Egg, in “The Sworn Sword,” set a generation before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire.
ORSON SCOTT CARD tells a tale of Alvin Maker and the mighty Mississippi, featuring a couple of ne’er-do-wells named Jim Bowie and Abe Lincoln, in “The Yazoo Queen.”
DIANE GABALDON turns to an important character from her Outlander saga—Lord John Grey—in “Lord John and the Succubus,” a supernatural thriller set in the early days of the Seven Years War.
ROBERT SILVERBERG spins an enthralling tale of Majipoor’s early history—and remote future—as seen through the eyes of a dilettantish poet who discovers an unexpected destiny in “The Book of Changes.”
TAD WILLIAMS explores the strange afterlife of Orlando Gardiner, from his Otherland saga, in “The Happiest Dead Boy in the World.”
ANNE McCAFFREY shines a light into the most mysterious and wondrous of all places on Pern in the heartwarming “Beyond Between.”
RAYMOND E. FEIST turns from the great battles of the Riftwar to the story of one soldier, a young man about to embark on the ride of his life, in “The Messenger.”
ELIZABETH HAYDON tells of the destruction of Serendair and the fate of its last defenders in “Threshold,” set at the end of the Third Age of her Symphony of Ages series.
NEIL GAIMAN gives us a glimpse into what befalls the man called Shadow after the events of his Hugo Award–winning novel American Gods in “The Monarch of the Glen.”
TERRY BROOKS adds an exciting epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara in “Indomitable,” the tale of Jair Ohmsford’s desperate quest to complete the destruction of the evil Ildatch . . . armed only with the magic of illusion.
From the Hardcover edition.
Though Robert Silverberg is mainly known for his science fiction writing--more than 60 sf novels and over 250 short stories!--he has also edited numerous anthologies, is a respected critic, and has written over 30 non-fiction titles on topics ranging from mythology to Native American burial mounds. Silverberg began writing in college, publishing his first story in 1954 while he was an undergraduate at Columbia University. He published his debut novel, REVOLT ON APLHA C, a year later, while a junior in college. In 1956, Silverberg won his first Hugo Award, as best new author, and married Barbara Brown. The couple collaborated on one story, "Deadlock" (1959), eventually separating in 1976 and divorcing in 1986. Meanwhile, the 1950s proved incredibly prolific for Silverberg. Between 1954 and 1960, he published seven novels and more than 115 short stories under his own name, not to mention hundreds of others under a variety of pseudonyms. During the 1960s, he published 15 novels and, while his short-story output went way down (to 38), he won his first Nebula for "Passengers," and a second Hugo, for "Nightwings," both in 1969. He also served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1967 to 1968. Silverberg seemed to have settled into a fairly constant pace with his writing in the 1970s but, unhappy with what he perceived as a lack of appreciation, he slowed down his writing drastically in the latter half of the decade. Nevertheless, he still managed to publish 11 novels and over 40 stories during the '70s, winning three more Nebulas--for A TIME OF CHANGES (1971), "Good News from the Vatican" (1971), and "Born With the Dead" (1974)--and began to edit the influential anthology series Alpha and New Horizons. The 1980s saw him win a number of further accolades for short stories--including "Sailing to Byzantium" (Nebula, 1985), "Gilgamesh in the Outback" (Hugo, 1987), and "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another" (written in 1989, Hugo awarded in 1990)--and begin his second marriage, to Karen L. Hubley, in 1987. In 1990 he started a new anthology series, Universe, which he co-edited with Hubley. In 1995, the first film based on one of Silverberg's works appeared. Based on a 1983 short story of the same name, AMANDA AND THE ALIEN starred model Nicole Eggert and, though not a critical or commercial success, did attain a certain cult status on the late-night cable circuit. Silverberg even had a small role in the film. Silverberg continues to write fiction and nonfiction, and seems to have settled into a role as something of an elder statesman of the science fiction community, a position he clearly deserves.Terry Brooks describes himself as "an adventure writer with fantasy trappings." His first novel, THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, became the first work of fiction to top the New York Times Trade Paperback bestseller list. Brooks began writing in high school, influenced primarily by Alexander Dumas and J. R. R. Tolkein, both of whom would remain important to his subsequent writing. He received an undergraduate degree in English in 1966 from Hamilton College and studied law at Washington and Lee University. After graduating, Brooks joined a family law practice and married Barbara O'Banion in 1972. The couple eventually had two children. In 1977, Brooks published THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, a fantasy epic modeled on Tolkein's THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The book became a best seller, remaining at the top of the charts for five months. It was followed by two sequels, THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA (1980) and THE WISHSONG OF SHANNARA (1985), which were also very successful. The next year, Brooks published MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD!, a humorous fantasy novel about a depressed lawyer who purchases a used magic kingdom through a catalog. While on a promotional tour for that book, he met Judine Alba, a bookstore manager. He divorced O'Banion, and married Alba six months later. 1986 was also the year that he stopped practicing law to become a full-time writer. Though MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE--SOLD! was not quite as well-received as the Shannara trilogy, Brooks wrote several sequels to it before returning, in 1990, to his original series. THE SCIONS OF SHANNARA, the first of the Heritage of Shannara series, exploring the prehistory of the first trilogy. Four sequels later, Brooks wrote two more books in the Magic Kingdom series, before moving on to other realms. RUNNING WITH THE DEMON (1997) was a break from the straightforward fantasy of his previous books--it was set in the contemporary word--and, though the change cost him some longtime fans, it widened his readership considerably. His next books, STRANGE DELIVERANCE (also 1997) and KNIGHT OF THE WORD (1998), continued this move away from fantasy settings, while keeping the magical and supernatural elements from his earlier work. A consistently best-selling author, his writing is moving onto ground occupied by Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and with his already-huge fan base, Brooks has become a major contender to their thrones--and in 1999, Brooks's novelization of the eagerly awaited STAR WARS EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE, guarantees that his name will appear on the bookshelves of even more people.George Richard Raymond Martin began writing very early, and says that he sold original monster stories to neighborhood kids for pennies--a price which apparently included dramatic readings of these tales. Martin graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism. The next year he received a master's degree, also in journalism, and published his first stories, "Songs the Dead Man Sing" and "The Hero". A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Martin worked with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as an alternate service. Throughout the 1970s he worked a number of jobs--including teaching journalism and directing chess tournaments--while continuing to write. Martin won his first Hugo in 1975 for "A Song for Lya". His first novel, DYING OF THE LIGHT, received a Hugo nomination in 1978. Ending the 1970s with a bang, he won two more Hugos, both in 1980, one for the story "Sandkings", which also garnered Martin his first Nebula Award. The early 1980s saw the release of two extraordinary novels, FEVRE DREAM and THE ARMAGEDDON RAG. The first of these, a brilliant novel of vampires stalking the Mississippi River towns of the 1800s, remains one of the greatest vampire novels ever written. The second is a searing indictment of America in the 1970s, couched in a strange tale of possession and power in the world of rock & roll. Both novels were nominated for the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Continuing to write award-winning short fiction, Martin began to work in television in the mid-1980s. He was a script editor on the revived TWILIGHT ZONE show, later moving to the enormously popular BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, for which he eventually became the executive producer. In 1987 he introduced an anthology series under the title Wild Cards, which he edited and occasionally contributed stories. This series proved remarkable successful and has expanded to over 30 books. Martin devoted much of the early 1990s to writing one novel, the massive A GAME OF THRONES. This epic fantasy work, the first of a projected series, was met with great acclaim, with many claiming it to be the best high-fantasy novel ever. Its sequel, A CLASH OF KINGS, cemented this theory for many fans, and, with this series, it looks like Martin will remain at the front of the field for a very long time.