You should try "Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy" and other titles by Robert Silverberg.
Robert Silverberg on Legendary Fantasy: An Excerpt from an Exclusive Amazon.com Interview Amazon.com: How did you determine which authors were legendary enough to be included in this anthology? Robert Silverberg: That was easy. I invited writers whose books were cherished by great multitudes of readers and whose work I admired personally. Amazon.com: Did the authors choose what they were going to write about, or did you give them some direction for their stories? Silverberg: Stephen King had to write a Dark Tower story, Robert Jordan a Wheel of Time story, Raymond E. Feist a Riftwar story, Terry Pratchett a Discworld story, etc. Beyond that they were completely free to choose themes, characters, plot. Aside from a certain minimum word-length they had a free hand about the size of the story as well. Amazon.com: Aside from your own contribution, do you have a favorite story in "Legends?" If so, what sets that one apart for you? If not...come on, everybody has a favorite! Silverberg: You certainly aren't going to get me picking and choosing among a bunch of stories that good! But one story does stand apart for a special reason that has nothing to do with its quality, although I do think it's a wonderful story. George R.R. Martin was deep in the second volume of his great new fantasy series, and way behind deadline on it. So as the unalterable "Legends" deadline of December 31, l997, arrived, it looked very much as though George was going to miss his chance to be in the book, and I started thinking about finding a replacement for him at the last minute. (We had to have all the stories in at once so that the book could be published in time for the 1998 gift-book season.) But George simply stopped working on his own novel, put in a tremendous round-the-clock effort on his story for me, and made the deadline with a couple of days to spare. Doing a magnificent story, too. I'm delighted with that story not only for its own sake but because we all came so close to losing it and were saved by a truly heroic effort by George R.R. Martin. Amazon.com: Are there any plans for future "Legends"? Perhaps an anthology of the living masters of science fiction? Silverberg: It's already on the way: coming in June 1999 from Avon Books' Eos series. The title is "Far Horizons: The Great Worlds of Science Fiction," with stories by Joe Haldeman, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Dan Simmons, Nancy Kress, and myself. Each story adds to the writer's well-known series--Card has done a new story about Ender, Pohl a new Heechee story, Simmons a Hyperion story, etc. Amazon.com: Was this an exciting project for you? What's your next project after this? Silverberg: It was exciting, all right--dealing with 10 great writers like that and watching them all come in with terrific stories right on time, like the pros that they are. Once I finished it I went on to write a new Majipoor novel--"Lord Prestimion," the sequel to last year's "Sorcerers of Majipoor"--and now I'm really, *really* tired and I'm going to take some time off from writing and watch the flowers bloom.
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