Among the many science fiction anthologies that I've read I must recommend “The Starry Rift” as one of the best. First of all, this special anthology is not merely a reprint of stories that have appeared elsewhere. All of the short stories were created specifically for this volume. The lineup of writers includes such marvelous authors as Scott Westerfield, notable for his high-tech fashion series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras),Niel Gaiman, and Garth Nix.
The pieces that make up “The Starry Rift” vary widely in scope and theme. Some are set in virtual gaming worlds, others in spaceships and cities. My favorite piece, however, was “The Dismantled Invention of Fate,” by Jeffrey Ford. The story is highly descriptive with a twisted plot and multiple surreal settings that completely swept me away.
Jonathan Straham has done an excellent job in compiling “The Starry Rift – Tales of New Tomorrows.” The pieces are well balanced and all of impeccable quality. I would highly recommend this 500 page science fiction anthology to all science fiction lovers.