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Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous

Stories about people. People who must ponder the implications of their laser gun swords.

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Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond
Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall
Deathstalker War (Owen Deathstalker, Vol. 3)
Simon R. Green
Jews Without Money
Michael Gold

Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction

Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction - Robert Silverberg, Robert Sheckley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jack Dann Oh Columbia Library, how I love thee.

My dad recommended this to me (with the caveat that he hadn't actually read it in decades) and when I found it I had to give it a look.

I had actually just finished reading Sholem Aleichem's Tevye stories out-loud to my girlfriend, and it made lots of sense to start the same way with the first story in this collection: On Saturn, Have We Got a Rabbi. It's essentially a sci-fi Tevye story that is pitch-perfect (with Aleichem's originals, not exactly with the musical), and it gives one of the best descriptions I have ever seen of the general cycle of anti-Jewish prejudice (something that has been described many times) while being very funny--just like a Sholem Aleichem story.

Also, you can hear the story's author, William Tenn, read it right here:
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/spinning/episodes/2002/11/22

On the whole (though I haven't read everything here) it's quite good, although a lot of the same ground is covered by different stories (surprise!). Most interestingly, many are set in futures in which it is very clear that the treatment of Jews is a cycle, and that this post-Holocaust era was just a quick blip of us being alright before everyone started shitting on us again.