Skip to content
September 24, 2013 / Leslie

Review: The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories

Best of Connie WillisThe Best of Connie Willis:
Award-Winning Stories
by Connie Willis

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey
Publish Date: July 9, 2013
Format: Hard | 496 pages
Rating: 5 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners—some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story—plus a special look at three of Willis’s unique public speeches—this is unquestionably the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time.

My Thoughts:

For those who enjoy speculative fiction, Connie Willis is a must-read author. Her stories span the range from humor to horror, whimsical to serious. She has written short stories, novellas, novels and a few really long 800-page novels. As the author herself says in the introduction, science fiction isn’t just rockets blasting through space and planets filled with multi-eyed monsters. And I agree, it’s much more than that. It can also be brilliant, thought-provoking, compelling stories with realistic characters.

As a long-time fan of Connie Willis, I had already read several of the stories in this collection. My favorite was Fire Watch, a time-travel story about the Blitz in London, which ultimately inspired the novels Blackout/All Clear. Alternate history, a journey to the afterworld, Emily Dickinson, a bizarre physics convention, and a hysterical send-up on women’s liberation are only a few of the other experiences to be had. There is something for everyone.

I first discovered the delight of a Connie Willis story when I read her novel The Doomsday Book, historical fiction with a science fiction twist: Time-traveling Oxford historians visit a 14th-century English village to conduct research and end up in the middle of the plague. I was hooked!

This book is more than just another collection of award-winning stories. It’s also a great introduction to her work for new readers plus insight into the author’s thoughts in the form of commentary at the end of each story. As someone who is already a fan this was a special treat for me.

Source: Review copy provided by Del Rey through NetGalley.
© 2013 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.



Leave a Comment
  1. Kailana / Sep 24 2013 9:54 am

    I would definitely like to try this out at some point!


  2. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Sep 24 2013 3:11 pm

    I love Connie Willlis’ books and had temporarily forgotten that this one was releasing so soon. I just went and put it on hold at the library.


  3. Suko / Sep 24 2013 4:02 pm

    These stories sound incredible, Leslie! Excellent review.


  4. stacybuckeye / Sep 27 2013 8:51 pm

    I haven’t read Willis yet, but a blogger sent me To Say Nothing of the Dog so I’m excited to give her a try.


    • Leslie / Sep 27 2013 9:09 pm

      That’s another one of the time-traveling Oxford Historian tales that started with Fire Watch. And another favorite of mine!


Comment are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: