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Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg have called upon such gifted writers as Robert Sheckley, Pat Cadigan, Frank M. Robinson, Judith Tarr, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Bill Fawcett, Katherine Kerr, David Gerrold, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to create these twenty-five stories of the most terrifying and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the Earth: the dinosaurs. From th Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg have called upon such gifted writers as Robert Sheckley, Pat Cadigan, Frank M. Robinson, Judith Tarr, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Bill Fawcett, Katherine Kerr, David Gerrold, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to create these twenty-five stories of the most terrifying and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the Earth: the dinosaurs. From their native Jurassic landscape to your own backyard, from their ancient mastery of the planet to modern-day curiosities trapped in an age not their own, from the earth-shaking tyrannosaur to the sky-soaring pterodactyl, here are unforgettable tales-some poignant, some humorous, some offering answers to the greatest puzzle of prehistory. But all are certain to capture the hearts and imaginations of dinosaur lovers of all ages. Contents: Introduction (Dinosaur Fantastic) • essay by Mike Resnick "Just Like Old Times" • Robert J. Sawyer "Disquisitions on the Dinosaur" • Robert Sheckley "Dino Trend" • Pat Cadigan "The Greatest Dying" • Frank M. Robinson "Revenants" • Judith Tarr "One Giant Step" • John E. Stith "Last Rights" • Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon "After the Comet" • Bill Fawcett "Rex Tremandae and Majestatis" • Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg "The Skull's Tale" • Katharine Kerr "Cutting Down Fred" • Dean Wesley Smith "Shadow of a Change" • Michelle West [as Michelle M. Sagara] "Wise One's Tale" • Josepha Sherman "Curren's Song" • Laura Resnick "Whilst Slept the Sauropod" • Nicholas A. DiChario "Rex" • David Gerrold "The Pangaean Principle" • Jack Nimersheim "On Tiptoe" • Beth Meacham "Betrayal" • Susan Casper "'Saur Spot" • Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. "Pteri" • Lea Hernandez "Chameleon" • Kristine Kathryn Rusch "Fellow Passengers" • Barbara Delaplace "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dinosaur" • Gregory Feeley "Evolving Conspiracy" • Roger MacBride Allen


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Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg have called upon such gifted writers as Robert Sheckley, Pat Cadigan, Frank M. Robinson, Judith Tarr, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Bill Fawcett, Katherine Kerr, David Gerrold, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to create these twenty-five stories of the most terrifying and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the Earth: the dinosaurs. From th Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg have called upon such gifted writers as Robert Sheckley, Pat Cadigan, Frank M. Robinson, Judith Tarr, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Bill Fawcett, Katherine Kerr, David Gerrold, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to create these twenty-five stories of the most terrifying and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the Earth: the dinosaurs. From their native Jurassic landscape to your own backyard, from their ancient mastery of the planet to modern-day curiosities trapped in an age not their own, from the earth-shaking tyrannosaur to the sky-soaring pterodactyl, here are unforgettable tales-some poignant, some humorous, some offering answers to the greatest puzzle of prehistory. But all are certain to capture the hearts and imaginations of dinosaur lovers of all ages. Contents: Introduction (Dinosaur Fantastic) • essay by Mike Resnick "Just Like Old Times" • Robert J. Sawyer "Disquisitions on the Dinosaur" • Robert Sheckley "Dino Trend" • Pat Cadigan "The Greatest Dying" • Frank M. Robinson "Revenants" • Judith Tarr "One Giant Step" • John E. Stith "Last Rights" • Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon "After the Comet" • Bill Fawcett "Rex Tremandae and Majestatis" • Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg "The Skull's Tale" • Katharine Kerr "Cutting Down Fred" • Dean Wesley Smith "Shadow of a Change" • Michelle West [as Michelle M. Sagara] "Wise One's Tale" • Josepha Sherman "Curren's Song" • Laura Resnick "Whilst Slept the Sauropod" • Nicholas A. DiChario "Rex" • David Gerrold "The Pangaean Principle" • Jack Nimersheim "On Tiptoe" • Beth Meacham "Betrayal" • Susan Casper "'Saur Spot" • Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. "Pteri" • Lea Hernandez "Chameleon" • Kristine Kathryn Rusch "Fellow Passengers" • Barbara Delaplace "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dinosaur" • Gregory Feeley "Evolving Conspiracy" • Roger MacBride Allen

30 review for Dinosaur Fantastic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    The release of this anthology was no doubt timed to take advantage of the premiere of the first Jurassic Park film and the resultant dino-craze. It's a better-than-average group of stories, with an amusing, excellent cover. My favorites are by David Gerrold and Robert Sawyer. The release of this anthology was no doubt timed to take advantage of the premiere of the first Jurassic Park film and the resultant dino-craze. It's a better-than-average group of stories, with an amusing, excellent cover. My favorites are by David Gerrold and Robert Sawyer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zack Hester

    Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Anthology by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg Contents: • Introduction (Dinosaur Fantastic) - essay by Mike Resnick — (3/5) • Just Like Old Times - Robert J. Sawyer — (4/5) • Disquisitions on the Dinosaur - Robert Sheckley — (2/5) • Dino Trend - Pat Cadigan — (2/5) • The Greatest Dying - Frank M. Robinson — (3/5) • Revenants - Judith Tarr — (2/5) • One Giant Step - John E. Stith — (2/5) • Last Rights - Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon — (2/5) • After the Comet - Bil Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Anthology by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg Contents: • Introduction (Dinosaur Fantastic) - essay by Mike Resnick — (3/5) • Just Like Old Times - Robert J. Sawyer — (4/5) • Disquisitions on the Dinosaur - Robert Sheckley — (2/5) • Dino Trend - Pat Cadigan — (2/5) • The Greatest Dying - Frank M. Robinson — (3/5) • Revenants - Judith Tarr — (2/5) • One Giant Step - John E. Stith — (2/5) • Last Rights - Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon — (2/5) • After the Comet - Bill Fawcett — (4/5) • Rex Tremandae and Majestatis - Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg — (3/5) • The Skull's Tale - Katharine Kerr — (3/5) • Cutting Down Fred - Dean Wesley Smith — (4/5) • Shadow of a Change - Michelle West [as Michelle M. Sagara] — (3/5) • Wise One's Tale - Josepha Sherman — (3/5) • Curren's Song - Laura Resnick — (1/5) • Whilst Slept the Sauropod - Nicholas A. DiChario — (1/5) • Rex - David Gerrold — (3/5) • The Pangaean Principle - Jack Nimersheim — (5/5) • On Tiptoe - Beth Meacham — (4/5) • Betrayal - Susan Casper — (3/5) • 'Saur Spot - Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. — (3/5) • Pteri - Lea Hernandez — (1/5) • Chameleon - Kristine Kathryn Rusch — (2/5) • Fellow Passengers - Barbara Delaplace — (3/5) • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dinosaur - Gregory Feeley — (3/5) • Evolving Conspiracy - Roger MacBride Allen — (3/5)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe Santoro

    This has been on the to read shelf for a LONG time.. not sure if I actually got it from the sci-fi book club back in the day, or later, but it has the heft of one of those slightly smaller than normal HC books they used to sell. The Cover is awesome, but is probably the best part. There are a couple good ones (the entry by Mercedes Lackey about some animal activists is morbidly funny, and the one with Fred the tree is great), but there's a few real stinkers -- one of the longer entries was about This has been on the to read shelf for a LONG time.. not sure if I actually got it from the sci-fi book club back in the day, or later, but it has the heft of one of those slightly smaller than normal HC books they used to sell. The Cover is awesome, but is probably the best part. There are a couple good ones (the entry by Mercedes Lackey about some animal activists is morbidly funny, and the one with Fred the tree is great), but there's a few real stinkers -- one of the longer entries was about a divorced mom that hated the dinosaur cartoon her ex worked on, and, I guess, made her go nuts? It was pretty poor. Written in 1993 (After that famous Dinosaur book), alot of the stories were variations on the JP theme... zoos of dinos, discovering DNA, mini dinos, etc... but a few were not really related at all, just had a dinosaur as a side mention. The most creative one involved Time travelling Dinos, which was pretty neat. And while the author list is a veritible who's who of late 8os B-grade sci-fi writers, that's not the best time period. If you really love Dinosaurs, or really just have to have everything written by Roger Macbride Allen or Judith Tarr, then you could do worse.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roxanna

    Left me sad when I had to put it down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Watson Reviews

    It was easy, super fun, and magnificent suspenseful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elvera

    Once I started reading this fine novel I was hooked.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meda

    Resnick does a beautiful job giving his characters a back story and dimension. I would recommend I would recommend this book to individuals who enjoy shortstories and anthologies

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dollie

    What I enjoyed about Dinosaur Fantastic is the fact that it weaves all the characters into the storyline making it a fun sciencefiction read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greg Heath

    This is a fantastic (pun intended) assortment of tales for lovers of all things prehistoric. The stories herein run the gamut from sobering, post-apocalyptic scenarios to darkly humorous, occasionally quirky and whimsical tales of dinosaurs and humans living alongside one another in society. There is scarcely a dud to be found in this anthology, and what's good is really, really good. Robert J. Sawyer's brilliant "Just Like Old Times" depicts a future in which any man can relive the death of any This is a fantastic (pun intended) assortment of tales for lovers of all things prehistoric. The stories herein run the gamut from sobering, post-apocalyptic scenarios to darkly humorous, occasionally quirky and whimsical tales of dinosaurs and humans living alongside one another in society. There is scarcely a dud to be found in this anthology, and what's good is really, really good. Robert J. Sawyer's brilliant "Just Like Old Times" depicts a future in which any man can relive the death of any living being past. Anyone doing so will die in his own physical body, as well, and once a death has been relived once, it's stricken from the archives, thenceforth unavailable. In this world, convicts sentenced to death are subjected to relive an agonizing demise in their last moments, and it is around this particular aspect of the concept that the story is based. An unrepentant mass murderer is given his last moments in the mind of a Tyrannosaurus Rex bound for death, but soon discovers that he may, in fact, be able to cheat his sentence - and take revenge on a truly epic scale. Also of particular interest is cult SF author David Gerrold's "Rex," in which a vicious baby T-Rex is kept as a family guard dog and pet. This one is stark black humor, as the pet Rex is let out of its kennel for a late night snack and proves to be more than a handful (and more than simply docile) for the family. There are a number of stories in this vein, full of dark quirks and whimsy. In John E. Stith's "One Giant Step," two dino-men scientists from the future travel back in time to Earth's prehistory and proceed to alter the course of evolution, with a surprising twist. In Pat Cadigan's "Dino Trend," a Utopian society has embraced a gene-splicing fad, fusing the DNA of various flavor-of-the-week dinos with their own as a fashion statement. All in all, this is a solid collection of short stories with more than a handful of memorable gems. Though the subject focus might seem restricting at first glance, you can be assured that there is plenty of variety to be found, and a number of equally wild and plausible concepts fleshed out maturely. As a writer, this anthology is a real treat for research on a number of SF concepts not widely given attention beyond the pulp era - namely, dinosaurs and their role in both prehistory and modern or future society, time travel, and genetic manipulation. I found many ideas and concepts that could easily be adjusted and adapted into my own story concepts, as well as many examples of how to properly balance elements of humor and scientific plausibility without using funky techspeak or resorting to glossing things over with vagaries. Highly recommended, as both entertainment and food for your muse.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gerd

    I've got a troubled relationship with this book. Yes, there are quite some masterful authors collected here like: Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Sheckley, Kathe Koja..., and it is all original work by them, but no one of them is at the height of his game in this collection. It is a wothwhile antholgy still for the sheer number of diffrent talents gathered in one place, but in terms of story quality it just can't compare to the Dann/Dozois anthologies Dinosaurs! & Dinosaurs II I've got a troubled relationship with this book. Yes, there are quite some masterful authors collected here like: Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Sheckley, Kathe Koja..., and it is all original work by them, but no one of them is at the height of his game in this collection. It is a wothwhile antholgy still for the sheer number of diffrent talents gathered in one place, but in terms of story quality it just can't compare to the Dann/Dozois anthologies Dinosaurs! & Dinosaurs II

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    It has been more than four decades since I first discovered dinosaurs in the public library waiting after school to go home, but I still find it hard to resist them. The dinosaur on the cover of this collection is wearing a “no cavemen” button, and sure enough these stories are filled with dinosaurs but no cavemen. They all but, I think, two take place in the modern era, though many in fantasy alternates of the modern era. Some of the stories are genuinely great, all are good reads. I particularl It has been more than four decades since I first discovered dinosaurs in the public library waiting after school to go home, but I still find it hard to resist them. The dinosaur on the cover of this collection is wearing a “no cavemen” button, and sure enough these stories are filled with dinosaurs but no cavemen. They all but, I think, two take place in the modern era, though many in fantasy alternates of the modern era. Some of the stories are genuinely great, all are good reads. I particularly enjoyed the final dinosaur conspiracy, the free-the-dinosaur activists, and Whilst Slept the Sauropod.

  12. 4 out of 5

    B.L. Gilleon

    Being a dinosaur nerd from a young age, this was one of my favorite books growing up! That being said, maybe the line "for all ages" shouldn't be used so candidly here. There are some stories that have a definite adult story line or scenes, so it may not be for all young readers. The market for dino fiction is a tiny, so there isn't a lot to compare this with, but I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection! Wish I hadn't lost my book now... Being a dinosaur nerd from a young age, this was one of my favorite books growing up! That being said, maybe the line "for all ages" shouldn't be used so candidly here. There are some stories that have a definite adult story line or scenes, so it may not be for all young readers. The market for dino fiction is a tiny, so there isn't a lot to compare this with, but I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection! Wish I hadn't lost my book now...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

    There some interesting ideas but the stories either did not use the ideas well or were not explained all that well. In fact instead of these great ideas it instead focuses on very stereotypical ideas. Just hope someone reads this book and actually makes use of these ideas in a better story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karolinde (Kari)

    Another great collection of short stories. Like all collections, not every story is up to the same standard, but most of them are at least fun to read and more than a few are great literature as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Uneven - some good stories, some not-so-good stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Translucent

    The cover is so funny >_< the dino's sweatshirt and that he is reading his own book some of the stories are okay too The cover is so funny >_< the dino's sweatshirt and that he is reading his own book some of the stories are okay too

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Milligan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Eudaly

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Loves Books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trike

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rakasha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janika Puolitaival

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christopher David

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Harmon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nichole ~~The Grey Lady~~

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