The Science Fiction Century, Volume One

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David G. Hartwell
Macmillan, Apr 18, 2006 - Fiction - 528 pages
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"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." –David G. Hartwell, from the Introduction

First published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 1, literary names such as Rudyard Kipling and Jack London rub shoulders with genre authors whose pedigrees run back to the 1940s and 50s, including figures such as Hal Clement, John Wyndham, Poul Anderson, Harlan Ellison, Bruce Sterling, James Tiptree, Jr., and Connie Willis. Here is modern science fiction in all its breadth, from the anthologist hailed by John Updike as a "loving expert."

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION David G Hartwell
11
MINISTERING ANGELS C S Lewis
25
A STORY OF THE DAYS TO COME H G Wells
51
Hot PLANET Hal Clement
106
A WORK OF ART James Blish
121
BRIGHTNESS Falls FROM THE AIR Margaret St Clair
155
THE Rose Charles Harness
171
THE HOUNDS OF TINDALOS Frank Belknap Long
226
As EASY AS ABC Rudyard Kipling
279
GINUNGAGAP Michael Swanwick
298
MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO Mildred Clingerman
321
Good NIGHT SOPHIE Lino Aldani
346
VERITAS James Morrow
363
ENCHANTED VILLAGE A E van Vogt
376
FIRE WATCH Connie Willis
429
Goat SONG Poul Anderson
456

NOBODY BOTHERS Gus Algis Budrys
245
MOTHER Philip Josť Farmer
259
THE SCARLET PLAGUE Jack London
480
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David B. Hartwell is a renowned editor and anthologist who lives in Pleasantville, New York.

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