Welcome back to the final post in the Rereading Bordertown series. This entry covers the last of the original Bordertown books, the anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman.
The original set of books kept the Border open for twelve years. Borderland, the first anthology, was published in 1986, and The Essential Bordertown was published in 1998. That twelve-year run is almost as long as the thirteen years between The Essential Bordertown and this year’s Welcome to Bordertown (eds. Holly Black and Ellen Kushner). I point this out because even in an ongoing set of stories, twelve years is a long time. The world changed, and Bordertown changed with it, and those changes meant Bordertown looked different just before the Border closed as it did when it first opened.