The Science Fiction Century

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David G. Hartwell
Macmillan, Oct 15, 1997 - Fiction - 1005 pages
"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." So says David G. Hartwell in his introduction to The Science Fiction Century, an anthology spanning a hundred years of science fiction, from its birth in the 1890s to the future it predicted.

David G. Hartwell is a World Fantasy Award-winning editor and anthologist who has twice before redefined a genre--first the horror field with The Dark Descent, then the subgenre of hard science fiction with The Ascent of Wonder, coedited with Kathryn Cramer. Now, Hartwell has compiled the mother of all definitive anthologies, guaranteed to change not only the way the science fiction field views itself but also the way the rest of literature views the field.

The Science Fiction Century includes stories from the founding fathers of the field, such as H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling; beloved mainstays of the genre, such as Philip José Farmer, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson; noted female writers, including Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and James Tiptree, Jr.; and writers who have hit their stride in the last two decades, such as Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, and James Morrow. Hartwell has also included writers widely recognized outside the genre, such as E.M. Forster, Michael Shaara, and John Crowley; and translations of foreign writers' formative works, including Dino Buzzati and Wolfgang Jeschke. This is must-have anthology for all literary interests.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION David G Hartwell
17
MINISTERING ANGELS C S Lewis
31
THE MUSIC MASTER OF BABYLON Edgar Pangborn
39
A STORY OF THE DAYS TO COME H G Wells
57
HOT PLANET Hal Clement
112
A WORK OF ART James Blish
127
THE MACHINE STOPS E M Forster
139
BRIGHTNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR Margaret St Clair
161
THE KING AND THE DOLLMAKER Wolfgang Jeschke
393
FIRE WATCH Connie Willis
435
GOAT SONG Poul Anderson
462
THE SCARLET PLAGUE Jack London
486
DRUNKBOAT Cordwainer Smith
518
ANOTHER WORLD J H Rosny aîné
539
IF THE STARS ARE GODS Gordon Eklund 6 Gregory Benford
558
STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME George Turner
585

THE Rose Charles Harness
177
THE HOUNDS OF TINDALOS Frank Belknap Long
232
THE ANGEL OF VIOLENCE Adam WiśniewskiSnerg
242
NOBODY BOTHERS GUS Algis Budrys
251
THE TIME MACHINE Dino Buzzati
261
As EASY AS ABC Rudyard Kipling
285
GINUNGAGAP Michael Swanwick
304
MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO Mildred Clingerman
327
TIME IN ADVANCE William Tenn
333
GOOD NIGHT SOPHIE Lino Aldani
352
VERITAS James Morrow
369
ENCHANTED VILLAGE A E van Vogt
382
LIQUID SUNSHINE Alexander Kuprin
598
GREAT WORK OF TIME John Crowley
632
SUNDANCE Robert Silverberg
683
RUMFUDDLE Jack Vance
716
THE DIMPLE IN DRACO Philip Latham
754
SOMETHING ENDING Eddy C Bertin
805
SWARM Bruce Sterling
869
BEGGARS IN SPAIN Nancy Kress
886
JOHNNY MNEMONIC William Gibson
939
REPENT HARLEQUIN SAID THE TICKTOCKMAN Harlan Ellison
952
SAIL THE TIDE OF MOURNING Richard A Lupoff
993
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David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies are the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction and the World Fantasy Award winner The Dark Descent. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times.

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