Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time--past, present, and future! What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you'll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds. Including: · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin · An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in twenty years · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu Plus: · Aliens! · Space battles! · Robots! · Technology gone wrong! · Technology gone right!
Author: Adam Roberts
Release Date: 2016-08-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
This book is the definitive critical history of science fiction. The 2006 first edition of this work traced the development of the genre from Ancient Greece and the European Reformation through to the end of the 20th century. This new 2nd edition has been revised thoroughly and very significantly expanded. An all-new final chapter discusses 21st-century science fiction, and there is new material in every chapter: a wealth of new readings and original research. The author’s groundbreaking thesis that science fiction is born out of the 17th-century Reformation is here bolstered with a wide range of new supporting material and many hundreds of 17th- and 18th-century science fiction texts, some of which have never been discussed before. The account of 19th-century science fiction has been expanded, and the various chapters tracing the twentieth-century bring in more writing by women, and science fiction in other media including cinema, TV, comics, fan-culture and other modes.
Fantastic fiction has existed since man's earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some of the greatest masters of storytelling. Fantastic fiction has had an impact on all types of literature, and we can trace its effects via the generations of writers who have contributed to the field, from Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Herbert, Franz Kafka, Guy de Maupassant, H Beam Piper, Herman Melville, HG Wells, HP Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Jack London, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, Marion Zimmer Bradley, MR James, O Henry, Philip K Dick, Richard Connell, Robert A Heinlein, Robert E Howard, William Hope Hodgson, WF Harvey to WW Jacobs, whose bestelling and award-winning collections of short fiction have proved the durability of the form. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction is a mammoth of a book, containing over 800 pages featuring 47 of the greatest short stories ever told in horror, fantasy and science fiction. It is a book to last the ages. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft 2 B R O 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs A Dream Of Armageddon by H.G. Wells Lost Hearts by M.R. James The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Ancient Lights by Algernon Blackwood Second Variety by Philip K. Dick The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson The Gun by Philip K. Dick The Beast With Five Fingers by W.F. Harvey Youth by Isaac Asimov The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce In The Year 2889 by Jules Verne The Vampyre by John William Polidori Beyond The Door by Philip K. Dick The Pit And The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe The Valley Of Spiders by H.G. Wells A Wicked Woman by Jack London The Time Machine by H.G. Wells Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker The Missing Link by Frank Herbert Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft The Last Days Of The United States by Robert A. Heinlein The Apparition by Guy de Maupassant The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley Pigeons From Hell by Robert E. Howard Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K. Dick The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft Old Rambling House by Frank Herbert The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft The Red Room by H.G. Wells Beyond The Wall Of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft Crossroads Of Destiny by H. Beam Piper The Masque Of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe The Monster Mine by Anonymous The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story Of Wall Street by Herman Melville The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
Author: Tom Shippey
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2003-01
A collection of classic science fiction short stories features tales by H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clark, Frederik Pohl, Clifford Simak, Brian Aldiss, Ursala K. LeGuin, and many others. Edited by the author of The Road to Middle-Earth. 20,000 first printing.
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction’s engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn’s “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Screwfly Solution” reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices such as Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, this collection seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, subtle to surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today. Other contributors include Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Eleanor Arnason, Hiromi Goto, Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Pamela Sargent, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.
What would you do if someone you trusted asked you to believe the impossible? When science teacher and realist Mark is inexplicably drawn to renting a cheesy sc-fi flick, it sets in motion a chain of events that makes him rethink everything he has ever believed. After a hysterical breakdown while watching the movie, he reveals to Sue, his longtime girlfriend, that he suddenly remembers being abducted as a child. by aliens. He becomes obsessed. As Mark becomes more heavily immersed in his inner world, their relationship slowly disintegrates. All he wants is for her to believe.
A glance into the future. "Populations" A short story published by Michel Verne, in the name of his father, which focuses on Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith, an extremely wealthy newspaper magnate who owns the Earth Chronicle (that has 80,000,000 subscribers).,This book has been professionally formatted for e-readers and contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.
SIZE MATTERS From the dragons of legend to Jack the Giant Killers colleague to King Kong and Godzilla, people have found the idea of giant creatures both scary and fascinating. Why so many should find accounts of a critter big enough to gulp down a puny human like an insignificantly small hor doeuvre or step on said human and leave a grease spot might be explained by the psychologists, but such yarns are undeniable fun, and heres a book crammed full of things that you cant outrun because they take_bigsteps, by writers with equally large reputations, including: David Drake, best-selling author of the Hammers Slammers and RCN series, describes the far future plight of an unusual descendant of present-day humans, whos being pursued by the descendants of another species, which are much larger than they were in our time. Robert Bloch, winner of the Hugo award and the lifetime achievement award of the World Fantasy Convention, and author of the classic horror novel_Psycho, introduces an unusual orphan and aspiring thespian who was much more than he seemed and was destined to play the biggest role of anyones lifetime. Philip Wylie, co-author of the SF classic,_When Worlds Collide_and other imaginative works, tells of the arrival of a very,_very_tall giant on Earth and what happened next, in a sharp-edged satiric tale. Murray Leinster, known as the Dean of Science Fiction Writers, spins a yarn of a stranded starship whose crew must get replacement parts from an abandoned outpost in order to take off again¾if they can reach the outpost through the swarming gigantic insect life of the planet. H.P. Lovecraft,_renowned master of horror, is on board with a story of a star-spawned thing which was not only huge, but invisible as well. Plus all-new stories by_New York Times_best-selling author Larry Correia, and_award-winning authors Sarah A. Hoyt and Wen Spencer. And much more. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About some of the contributors: _[David Drake is] a superb storyteller.Ó ¾Library Journal _[Robert] Bloch has become a virtual fixture on the popular culture landscape.Ó ¾Publishers Weekly _Dont plan on getting anything else done if you start a Wen Spencer novel; they are exceedingly hard to put down!Ó ¾Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award winning author _[Sarah A. Hoyts science fiction is] exciting and appealing . . . so fast-paced . . . the reader will reach escape velocity.Ó ¾Kevin J. Anderson _[H.P. Lovecraft was] the twentieth centurys greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.Ó ¾Stephen King
The Pied Piper of Spring - A galactic tinkerer is called to a small settlement. Two Idiots From Earth - A government official finds two supposed spies at a bar. Raymond The Automatic House - A survivor in a post-apocalyptic world stumbles across an automatic house. The Fate Of Humanity Rests In Her Hands: A scientist and his assistant visit a temporal research station in Alaska. Radiation Can Really Mess Things Up: What happens when you aren’t monitoring the site of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl closely enough. Notes From Heaven is a thriller novella. Duplicity - A story about a female police detective investigating a crime. The Brand New & Instant Pop-Up Mall. A large mall springs up seemingly overnight. The Refugee - A cowboy finds a downed balloon and is shocked when the inhabitant emerges and starts to yell at him in a strange language.Rio Temporal - Spring arrives at Amarillo Falls, a town nested somewhere in the future, and with it a restaurant owner encounters a mysterious boy.