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The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows

By: Jonathan Strahan

A boy struggles to drop below his spaceship's weight limit so that he can bring his most treasured possession with him to a distant planet; a girl's obsession with tanning cream causes her to turn orange and draws the attention of extraterrestrials; an Internet celebrity switches from one custom-made body to another, desperate to keep his fans interested. In sixteen stories, authors including Neil Gaiman, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan imagine the lives of teens in the near and distant future. Introduction. Brief author's note and biography after each story. Editor's note.

ISBN: 9780670060597

JLG Release: May 2008


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Imagining the future , Examining current-day issues , Today's decisions affect tomorrow , Adventure , Wonder , Colonization , Living in another world , Evaluating possessions , Making sacrifices , Families , Siblings , Imagination , Total immersion games , Virtual worlds , Avatars , Positive aspects of gaming , Empathy , Building a virtual community , Doing what you feel is right , Losing touch with your physical self , Breaking rules , What is real? Friendship , Unexpected occurrences , Turning points , Social issues , Hope , Science and society , Innovative technology , Deciding how to use technology , Techno wizards , Cloning , Genetically adapting humans , Bioengineering , Cyborgs , Nanobots , Morality , Space travel , Manipulating time and space , Voyages , Loneliness , Redemption , Restlessness , Taking risks , Seeking peace , Love , Role models , Gender roles , Grief , Making difficult choices , Vengeance , Warfare , Global community , Seeing beyond your own culture , Free will , Humanity and inhumanity , Aliens Setting things righ

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal*

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This sixteen-story anthology maintains continuity of theme and quality across a variety of worlds, ranging from bleak near-futures to extraterrestrial communities and careening spaceships. Each story is followed by an author's note and brief biography; contributors include Scott Westerfeld, Neil Gaiman, and Ann Halam. Overall, this collection is a This sixteen-story anthology maintains continuity of theme and quality across a variety of worlds, ranging from bleak near-futures to extraterrestrial communities and careening spaceships. Each story is followed by an author's note and brief biography; contributors include Scott Westerfeld, Neil Gaiman, and Ann Halam. Overall, this collection is a feast of provocative, fully imagined science-fiction microcosms--reflective, political, action-packed, and mind-bending.

Book Details

ISBN

9780670060597

First Release

May 2008

Genre

Science fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

560

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.9; Points: 24;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 32;

Lexile

Level 870L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Imagining the future, Examining current-day issues, Today's decisions affect tomorrow, Adventure, Wonder, Colonization, Living in another world, Evaluating possessions, Making sacrifices, Families, Siblings, Imagination, Total immersion games, Virtual worlds, Avatars, Positive aspects of gaming, Empathy, Building a virtual community, Doing what you feel is right, Losing touch with your physical self, Breaking rules, What is real? Friendship, Unexpected occurrences, Turning points, Social issues, Hope, Science and society, Innovative technology, Deciding how to use technology, Techno wizards, Cloning, Genetically adapting humans, Bioengineering, Cyborgs, Nanobots, Morality, Space travel, Manipulating time and space, Voyages, Loneliness, Redemption, Restlessness, Taking risks, Seeking peace, Love, Role models, Gender roles, Grief, Making difficult choices, Vengeance, Warfare, Global community, Seeing beyond your own culture, Free will, Humanity and inhumanity, Aliens, Setting things righ

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