An overview of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.
Featuring stories from the genre's greatest authors:
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, George Alec Effinger, Brian W. Aldiss, William Gibson & Michael Swanwick, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, James Blish, George R. R. Martin, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Terry Bisson, Poul Anderson, John Kessel, R.A. Lafferty, C.J. Cherryh, Lisa Goldstein, and Edmond Hamilton
The giants of the genre contribute to this highly accessible collection of twenty-seven science fiction short stories. The text is arranged into three chronological sections labeled The Golden Age, which spans the beginning of the century to the mid-sixties; The New Wave, which covers the decade from the mid-sixties to mid-seventies; and The Media Generation, which takes readers from the mid-seventies to the present. Editor and writer Card, winner of several Hugo and Nebula awards, bases his selections in this auspicious-sounding volume on one simple subjective criteria: He chooses stories that he loved when he first read them and that, when reread, he still loved and admired. Replete with representative tales from the legendary Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Clark, Gibson, Le Guin, Pohl, Niven, Ellison, and Silverberg, this collection attempts to introduce readers not to the authors' greatest hits but to some of their best but lesser-known works, and it is successful in almost every case. Because the book contains Card's own favorites and not the best stories based on critical acclaim, the book's subtitle is a bit presumptuous and could inspire debate among devotees. Although not the best science fiction of the century, the book definitely is a collection of works by the century's best science fiction writers. It is a pleasure to read each selection's introduction that expertly encapsulates the author's career and places the story in its proper historical context. This book is a recommended purchase for all public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, definedas grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Ace, 422p,