Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy

Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy


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Here is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning anthology Firebirds! Firebirds Rising takes readers from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner. It is full of magic, humor, adventure, and-best of all-the unexpected. The one thing readers can count on is marvelous writing. Firebirds Rising proves once again that Firebird is a gathering place for writers and readers of speculative fiction from teenage to adult, from the United States to Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142409367
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/18/2007
Series: Firebirds Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tanith Lee is one of the leading fantasy authors working today. She has written over 50 novels and short story collections, among them the bestselling Flat Earth Series. She has won the World Fantasy Award numerous times as well as the August Derleth Award.
Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon.
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

Over the past twenty-four years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books, short story collections, and more than two hundred short stories. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones, won a Stoker Award. Nina's YA novel Spirits that Walk in Shadow and her science fiction novel Catalyst were published in 2006. Her fantasy novel Fall of Light will be published by Ace Books in May.

Alison Goodman was born in Australia and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown, Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.
Ellen Klages was born a in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy.

“It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job.” she says. “But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I’ve been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer.

“I’ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories.

“I was at the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, working as proofreader, when they were looking for a science writer to do a children’s science activity book. No science background, but I convinced my boss that in order to ‘translate’ from a PhD physicist, I had to ask lots of questions, just like a curious kid. I got the job.

“My desk was covered with baking soda, Elmer’s glue, balloons, soap bubbles, and dozens of other common objects that became experiments, and the office echoed with the ‘Science-at-Home’ team saying, ‘Wow! Look at this!’

“My co-writer, Pat Murphy, a science-fiction author, encouraged me to write stories of my own. I’ve now sold more than a dozen. “Basement Magic,” a fairy tale set at the beginning of the Space Age, won the Nebula Award in 2005.

The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity.”

Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco. The Green Glass Sea is her first novel.

Kelly Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (
Alan Dean Foster is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including most recently, Jed the Dead.

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Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book out of random at my local library, and loved the first it at first. As I read along, some stories were a bit fast-paced and diffacult to grasp, and others didn't really have enough edge to make them amazing. But, with such short stories, usually this happens. You're going to like some more then others. Blood Roses, for example, was one that was a bit jumbled up, I had to think it over and get things straight before I read too far. I loved that there was more sci-fi in this one than the first book, though. Despite the diffaculties to understand, this book was amazing, and I'll recommend it highly to anyone who doesn't like reading through the same story and plot for 500 pages, or people who like to think about the meaning of what they're reading.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An overall good collection of fantasy and sci-fi geared towards the young adult market. My favorites:Unwrapping by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - A short interesting story about best friends and secrets.The Real Thing by Alison Goodman ¿ Fairly straightforward sci-fi, but well written and I¿ll be looking for more by this author.I¿ll Give You My Word by Diana Wynne Jones ¿ A boy tries to protect his strange big-word using younger brother.In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages ¿ Great story about a young girl being raised in a closed library.Wintermoon Wish by Sharon Shinn ¿ The reason I bought the collection (I read all of Shinn¿s work), a story set in her Safe-Keeper series.Quill by Carol Emshwiller ¿ Very strange sci-fi tale of a sheltered society of strange beings.Blood Roses by Francesca Lia Block ¿ Creepy, ephemeral story about two sisters following trouble.What Used to Be Good Still Is by Emma Bull ¿ Heartbreaking story about young love and the environment.
hayleyscomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories from Firebirds, and I enjoyed it quite as much as I had the first.The standouts here were Diana Wynne Jones's "I'll Give You My Word," about a boy who babbles (seemingly) nonsensical big words; Kara Dalkey's "Hives," about technology in the hands of teenage-girl cliques, with a dark ending with surprisingly complex themes; and Kelly Link's "The Wizards of Perfil," about two kids and a city of wizards who never show themselves.A couple stories did not work at all for me. "Blood Roses," by Francesca Lia Block, seemed like it was an unedited first draft of a story that would need several revisions. (The reason why was clear in the author's note--the entire story had been the author's dream, down to every detail. I mean... really!? No wonder it made no sense at all.) Ellen Klage's "In the House of the Seven Librarians" admittedly had its moments, but I couldn't help but compare this story of a girl growing up in a library after being deposited in the book return to "The Baby in the Night Deposit Box" by Megan Whalen Turner, my favorite story from the first Firebirds anthology, about a girl growing up in a bank. And Turner just told a much better story. Klage's story was cute, but the ending left something to be desired.The rest of the stories ranged from so-so to excellent. I appreciated the increase in sci fi in this collection, and, once again, the mixture of well-known names with less established authors.
Herenya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firebirds Rising was a lot like Firebirds - some stories I loved, some I liked a lot, most were interesting to read, some were odd, and a couple I didn't like very much at all. I enjoyed Alison Goodman's "The Real Thing" as it follows on from one of my favourite novels, Singing the Dogstar Blues (although it wasn't as good as the latter), and loved both Diana Wynne Jones' "I'll Give You My Word" and Sharon Shinn's "Wintermoon Wish". Other favourites were Ellen Klages "In the House of Seven Librarians" and Kara Dalkey's "Hives". Also, I was surprised I didn't mind Tanith Lee's short story, because the only novel by her I've tried to read was something I didn't finish, with very good reason.
edspicer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the benefits of reading aloud to teens are documented, teachers often avoid this activity. Short stories are often overlooked as a way for teachers to continue the read aloud experience. Firebirds Rising is filled with stories that teachers should read aloud and that students will love hearing or reading themselves. This anthology is a Who¿s Who of the very best science fiction and fantasy authors. Tamora Pierce, Charles de Lint, Francesca Lia Block, and Emma Bull are just a few of the authors. The stories are among the very best writing by these authors. We have stories projecting the future of genetic engineering (¿The Real Thing¿ by Alison Goodman), stories that speculate about our obsession with cell phones (¿Hives¿ by Kara Dalkey), stories that will test even the most advanced vocabulary (¿I¿ll Give You My Word¿ by Diana Wynne Jones), stories that question our perception of beauty (¿Perception¿ by Alan Dean Foster), and so much more. I have mentioned four stories; this anthology includes sixteen. So often anthologies have one or two exceptionally strong and weak stories; this anthology is exceptionally strong from its wild, stalking beginning (¿Huntress¿ by Tamora Pierce) to its chilling, yet surprisingly hopeful end (¿What Used to Be Good Still Is¿ by Emma Bull). There is not a weak story in the book, although not everyone will absolutely adore ¿In the House of the Seven Librarians¿ (by Ellen Klages) like I do! Recommended for sophisticated middle school students and all high school libraries.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of 14 short stories both fantsy and science fiction. The editor haas collected orginial stories from such writters as Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones, and Alan Dean Foster. Second volume by the editor.
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i loved the short stories but i didn't like it how they didn't finnish the stories, i would of LOVED to buy and read them!!!
Travis Potter More than 1 year ago
it was okay