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Melancholy Elephants


Spider Robinson - 1984
    Contents:Melancholy Elephants (1982)Half an Oaf (1976)High Infidelity (1984)Antinomy (1978)In the Olden Days (1984)Chronic Offender (1981)No Renewal (1977)Common Sense (1985)Rubber Soul (1982)Concordiat to "Rubber Soul" (1985) essayFather Paradox (1985)True Minds (1984)Satan's Children (1979)Not Fade Away (1982)

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection


Gardner DozoisSusan Palwick - 2015
    Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

Points of Departure


Pat Murphy - 1990
    Pat Murphy's stories range from "Rachel in Love," which portrays a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died, to "His Vegetable Wife," the story of a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seed only to find that she is more quiet than docile. All but one of the 19 stories in this collection have been published previously in magazines and anthologies.Contents:Dead Men on TV (1988)Women in the Trees (1990)Don't Look Back (1980)Orange Blossom Time (1981)In the Islands (1983)Touch of the Bear (1980)On a Hot Summer Night in a Place Far Away (1985)Sweetly the Waves Call to Me (1981)His Vegetable Wife (1986)Good-bye, Cynthia (1988)Prescience (1989)Clay Devils (1987)A Falling Star Is a Rock from Outer Space (1986)With Four Lean Hounds (1984)On the Dark Side of the Station Where the Train Never Stops (1984)In the Abode of the Snows (1986)Rachel in Love (1987)Recycling Strategies for the Inner City (1990)Bones (1990)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve


Jonathan Strahan - 2018
    Fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. Contents: “The Mocking Tower”, Daniel Abraham (The Book of Swords) “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue”, Charlie Jane Anders (Boston Review) “Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed) “My English Name”, R. S. Benedict (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias Buckell (Cosmic Powers) “Though She Be But Little”, C.S.E. Cooney (Uncanny) “The Moon is Not a Battlefield”, Indrapramit Das (Infinity Wars) “The Hermit of Houston”, Samuel R. Delany (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s Science Fiction) “Crispin’s Model”, Max Gladstone (Tor.com) “Come See the Living Dryad”, Theodora Goss (Tor.com) “Bring Your Own Spoon”, Saad Z. Hossain (The Djinn Falls in Love) “Babylon”, Dave Hutchison, 2084 “The Faerie Tree”, Kathleen Kayembe (Lightspeed) “Fairy Tale of Wood Street”, Caitlin R Kiernan (Sirenia Digest) “The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny) “An Evening with Severyn Grimes”, Rich Larson (Asimov’s Science Fiction) “The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers) “The Smoke of Gold is Glory”, Scott Lynch (The Book of Swords) “Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni) “Concessions”, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (Strange Horizons) “The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata (Tor.com) “The Secret Life of Bots”, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld) “A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld) “Belladonna Nights”, Alastair Reynolds (The Weight of Words) “Eminence”, Karl Schroeder (Chasing Shadows) “The Lamentation of their Women”, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com) “Confessions of a Con Girl”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s Science Fiction) “Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories


John L. ApostolouTensei Kono - 1989
    However, true fans of the genre know that for decades, Japan has been turning out some of the most innovative stories ever published. Unfortunately, those that make it into English are often difficult to find. The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories, brings together the most outstanding short stories of this body of literature.Included here are thirteen stories, by both the "big three" of Japanese science fiction, Shinichi Hoshi, Ryo Hanmura, and Sako Komatsu and by the likes of Kobo Abe and Morio Kita, writers of mainstream fiction who occasionally delve into sci-fi.

The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy


Charles N. BrownLucius Shepard - 2004
    From Ursula K. Le Guin to Bruce Sterling, this collection is, simply put, essential reading for any serious fan of the genre. Groundbreaking classics and author masterworks abound in this collection, which includes Harlan Ellison's "Jeffty Is Five," a nostalgic tale about a boy who remains five years old -- a conduit to the 1940s world of comic books, candy bars, and serial radio shows -- while society keeps rolling on; and John Varley's "The Persistence of Vision," an unforgettable story about one man's experience in an isolated colony of deaf and blind people. George R. R. Martin's "The Way of Cross and Dragon" takes an unyielding look at the future of religion, and Octavia E. Butler's "Bloodchild" examines the symbiotic relationship between humans on a planet inhabited by sentient insectlike aliens. The Locus Awards, presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll, are arguably as prestigious as the Hugo and Nebula because they are chosen by the people who really matter -- the readers. The 18 multi-award-winning stories included in this collection, all in chronological order, take the reader on a retrospective tour of the genre and its many evolutions. From Gene Wolfe's "The Death of Doctor Island" (1973) to Neil Gaiman's homage to Ray Bradbury in "October in the Chair" (2003), this is an absolutely monumental collection worth its weight in gold. Paul Goat Allen

Future History


Jerry Pournelle - 1980
    This edition incorporating ''The Mercenary'' (©1977) and ''West of Honor'' (©1976, ©1978)A dazzling saga of the future, and the events that led up to the international bestseller "The Mote in the God's eye"

AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers


Ivor W. HartmannSally Partridge - 2012
    Partridge'The Gift of Touch' Chinelo Onwualu'The Foreigner' Uko Bendi Udo'Angel Song' Dave de Burgh'The Rare Earth' Biram Mboob'Terms & Conditions Apply' Sally-Ann Murray'Heresy' Mandisi Nkomo'Closing Time' Liam Kruger'Masquerade Stories' Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu'The Trial' Joan De La Haye'Brandy City' Mia Arderne'Ofe!' Rafeeat Aliyu'Claws and Savages' Martin Stokes'To Gaze at the Sun' Clifton Gachagua'Proposition 23' (Novelette) Efe Okogu

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection


Gardner DozoisPat Cadigan - 1992
    With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary science fiction.Contents xiii • Summation: 1991 • essay by Gardner Dozois1 • Beggars in Spain • [Sleepless] • (1991) • novella by Nancy Kress63 • Living Will • (1991) • novelette by Alexander Jablokov79 • A Just and Lasting Peace • (1991) • shortstory by Lois Tilton90 • Skinner's Room • (1991) • shortstory by William Gibson98 • Prayers on the Wind • (1991) • novella by Walter Jon Williams134 • Blood Sisters • (1991) • shortstory by Greg Egan149 • The Dark • (1991) • shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler163 • Marnie • (1991) • novelette by Ian R. MacLeod185 • A Tip on a Turtle • (1991) • novelette by Robert Silverberg204 • Übermensch! • (1991) • shortstory by Kim Newman215 • Dispatches from the Revolution • (1991) • novelette by Pat Cadigan231 • Pipes • (1991) • shortstory by Robert Reed243 • Matter's End • (1989) • novella by Gregory Benford276 • A History of the Twentieth Century, with Illustrations • (1991) • novelette by Kim Stanley Robinson302 • Gene Wars • (1991) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley308 • The Gallery of His Dreams • (1991) • novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch346 • A Walk in the Sun • (1991) • shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis360 • Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria • (1991) • novelette by Ian McDonald382 • Angels in Love • (1991) • shortstory by Kathe Koja388 • Eyewall • (1991) • novelette by Rick Shelley422 • Pogrom • [Home Front] • (1991) • shortstory by James Patrick Kelly436 • The Moat • (1991) • shortstory by Greg Egan446 • Voices • (1991) • shortstory by Jack Dann454 • FOAM • (1991) • novelette by Brian W. Aldiss471 • Jack • (1991) • novella by Connie Willis511 • La Macchina • (1991) • shortstory by Chris Beckett520 • One Perfect Morning, with Jackals • [Kirinyaga • 1] • (1991) • shortstory by Mike Resnick527 • Desert Rain • (1991) • novella by Mark L. Van Name and Pat Murphy571 • Honorable Mentions: 1991 • essay by Gardner Dozois

The Zanzibar Cat


Joanna Russ - 1983
    It was the author's first collection of short fiction and was published in an edition of 3,526 copies. The story, "When It Changed", won a Nebula Award in 1972. "Old Thoughts, Old Balances" won a 1977 O. Henry Prize under the title "The Autobiography of My Mother".

Vertical Motion


Can Xue - 2011
    A couple grows a plant that blooms underground, invisibly, to their long-time neighbor's consternation. A cat worries about its sleepwalking owner, who receives a mysterious visitor while he's asleep. After a ten-year absence, a young man visits his uncle, on the twenty-fourth floor of a high-rise that is floating in the air, while his ugly cousin hesitates on the stairs . . . Can Xue is a master of the dreamscape, crafting stories that inhabit the space where fantasy and reality, time and timelessness, the quotidian and the extraordinary, meet. The stories in this striking and lyrical new collection-- populated by old married couples, children, cats, and nosy neighbors, the entire menagerie of the everyday-- reaffirm Can Xue's reputation as one of the most innovative Chinese writers in a generation.

We the Underpeople


Cordwainer Smith - 1968
    Underpeople are slave humanoids bred from animals. Planet Norstrilia is the only source of drug stroon that makes man immortal, where Rod McBan is a boy, yet owns Earth. On Earth, he joins C'Mell and the Underpeople to bring back freedom.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 3


Jonathan StrahanJoan Aiken - 2009
    Victor Frankenstein; a rivalry between brothers complicates the interpretation of a message from the stars; two girls discover that the cruel social rituals of adolescence apply differently in fact than fiction...The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.Jonathan Strahan has edited more than twenty anthologies and collections, including The Locus Awards, The New Space Opera, The Jack Vance Treasury, and a number of year's best annuals. He has won the Ditmar, William J. Atheling Jr., and Peter McNamara Awards for his work as an anthologist, and is the reviews editor for Locus.--back coverExhalation / Ted Chiang -- Shoggoths in bloom / Elizabeth Bear -- Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the angel / Peter S. Beagle -- Fixing Hanover / Jeff VanderMeer -- The gambler / Paolo Bacigalupi -- The dust assassin / Ian McDonald -- Virgin / Holly Black -- Pride and Prometheus / John Kessel -- The thought war / Paul McAuley -- Beyond the sea gates of the Scholar Pirates of Sarsköe / Garth Nix -- The small door / Holly Phillips -- Turing's apples / Stephen Baxter -- The New York Times at special bargain rates / Stephen King -- Five thrillers / Robert Reed -- The magician's house / Meghan McCarron -- Goblin music / Joan Aiken -- Machine maid / Margo Lanagan -- The art of alchemy / Ted Kosmatka -- 26 Monkeys, also The abyss / Kij Johnson -- Marry the sun / Rachel Swirsky -- Crystal nights / Greg Egan -- His master's voice / Hannu Rajaniemi -- Special economics / Maureen F. McHugh -- Evidence of love in a case of abandonment / M. Rickert -- From Babel's fall'n glory we fled / Michael Swanwich -- If angels fight / Richard Bowes -- The doom of love in small spaces / Ken Scholes -- Pretty monsters / Kelly Link.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection


Gardner DozoisJudith Moffett - 1987
    P. Somtow [as by Somtow Sucharitkul ]155 • Into Gold • (1986) • novelette by Tanith Lee181 • Sea Change • (1986) • shortstory by Scott Baker198 • Covenant of Souls • (1986) • novelette by Michael Swanwick229 • The Pure Product • (1986) • novelette by John Kessel247 • Grave Angels • (1986) • novelette by Richard Kearns274 • Tangents • (1986) • shortstory by Greg Bear289 • The Beautiful and the Sublime • (1986) • novelette by Bruce Sterling314 • Tattoos • (1986) • novelette by Jack Dann333 • Night Moves • (1986) • novelette by Tim Powers352 • The Prisoner of Chillon • (1986) • novelette by James Patrick Kelly384 • Chance • (1986) • novelette by Connie Willis411 • And so to Bed • (1986) • shortstory by Harry Turtledove425 • Fair Game • (1986) • novelette by Howard Waldrop439 • Video Star • (1986) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams469 • Sallie C. • (1986) • shortstory by Neal Barrett, Jr.490 • Jeff Beck • (1986) • shortstory by Lewis Shiner499 • Surviving • (1986) • novelette by Judith Moffett529 • Down and Out in the Year 2000 • (1986) • shortstory by Kim Stanley Robinson544 • Snake-Eyes • (1986) • shortstory by Tom Maddox562 • The Gate of Ghosts • (1986) • novelette by Karen Joy Fowler581 • The Winter Market • (1985) • novelette by William Gibson599 • Honorable Mentions: 1986 • essay by Gardner Dozois

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection


Gardner DozoisGeorge R.R. Martin - 1986
    R. Martin441 • Flying Saucer Rock & Roll • (1985) • novelette by Howard Waldrop459 • A Spanish Lesson • (1985) • novelette by Lucius Shepard486 • Roadside Rescue • (1985) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan494 • Paper Dragons • (1985) • novelette by James P. Blaylock510 • Magazine Section • (1985) • shortstory by R. A. Lafferty522 • The War at Home • (1985) • shortstory by Lewis Shiner526 • Rockabye Baby • (1985) • novelette by S. C. Sykes551 • Green Mars • (1985) • novella by Kim Stanley Robinson620 • Honorable Mentions: 1985 • essay by Gardner Dozois