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The Seedling Stars

James Blish - 1956
    It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957 in an edition of 5000 copies. The stories all concern adapting humans to alien environments. The stories all originally appeared in the magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction, If, Super Science Stories & Galaxy Science Fiction.Contents:"Seeding Program" "The Thing in the Attic" "Surface Tension" "Watershed"

The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction

George MannKeith Brooke - 2007
    Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable collection of science-fiction stories. While mediocre science fiction fails to work on any level other than the conceptual, the best of the stories in this new Solaris anthology successfully navigate both conceptual and emotional territory... Editor Mann has gathered a collection that should appeal to science-fiction buffs, and make a worthwhile introduction for novices. Stands as proof that science fiction is alive and well." Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two

Neil ClarkeKarl Bunker - 2017
    For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a new yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy award–winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor in chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year’s writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome “sensawunda” that the genre has to offer.

Space Jockey; The Green Hills of Earth

Robert A. Heinlein - 1947
    "The green hills of Earth" is the fascinating tale of the Blind Singer of the Spaceways, a legend from Marsopolis to the Jovian asteroids. Jake Pemberton is a "Space jockey" on the regular run from Earth to the moon-- when disaster strikes, it takes guts to ride his ship home safely.~~~Warner Audio Publishing : 2145.Duration: 70 mins.Reader: Colin Fox.

The Ouroboros Wave

Jyouji Hayashi - 2002
    Ninety years from now, a satellite detects a nearby black hole scientists dub Kali for the Hindu goddess of destruction. Humanity embarks on a generations-long project to tap the energy of the black hole, and found colonies on planets across the solar system. Earth and Mars and the moons Europa (Jupiter) and Titan (Uranus) develop radically different societies, with only Kali, that swirling vortex of destruction and creation, and the hated but crucial Artificial Accretion Disk Development association (AADD) in common.

Case and the Dreamer and Other Stories

Theodore Sturgeon - 1962
    Contents:Case and the Dreamer (1973)If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? (1967)When You Care, When You Love (1962)

The Worlds of Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert - 1970
    All of the stories in this collection had been previously published in magazines. This collection consists of:The Tactful SaboteurCommittee of the WholeOld Rambling HouseMating CallA-W-F UnlimitedThe FeatherbeddersThe GM EffectEscape Felicity

The Best of A.E. Van Vogt

A.E. van Vogt - 1974
    Malzberg · in 11 · Introduction · in 15 · Don’t Hold Your Breath · ss Saving Worlds, ed. Roger Elwood & Virginia Kidd, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973 38 · All We Have on This Planet · ss Stopwatch, ed. George Hay, NEL, 1974 47 · War of Nerves [Beagle] · nv Other Worlds May ’50 72 · The Rull [Rulls] · nv Astounding May ’48 99 · The Semantics of Twenty-First Century Science · ar, 1976 120 · Future Perfect · nv Vertex Aug ’73 146 · Being an Examination of the Ponsian and Holmesian Secret Deductive Systems · ar The Pontine Dossier v1 #2 ’71; speech given at the annual banquet of the Praed Street Irregulars in 1971. 152 · Home of the Gods [Clane] · nv Astounding Apr ’47 178 · The Violent Male · ar, 1976; last of a series of five talks given on radio station KPFK in 1964/65. 192 · Prologue to “The Silkie” [Silkie] · ex If Jul ’64 201 · The Proxy Intelligence [William Leigh] · na If Oct ’68 253 · Final Comment · aw

Year's Best SF 13

David G. HartwellStephen Baxter - 2008
    Once again, award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have gathered together a stunning array of science fiction that spans a veritable universe of astonishing visions and bold ideas. Hitherto unexplored galaxies of the mind are courageously traversed by some of the most exciting new talents in the field--while well-established masters rocket to remarkable new heights of artistry and originality. The stars are closer and more breathtaking than ever before--and a miraculous future now rests in your hands--within the pages of Year's Best SF 13.Contentsxi • Introduction (Year's Best SF 13) • (2008) • essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell1 • Baby Doll • (2007) • novelette by Johanna Sinisalo (trans. of Baby Doll (in Finnish) 2002)27 • Aristotle OS • (2007) • shortstory by Tony Ballantyne41 • The Last American • (2007) • shortstory by John Kessel60 • Memorare • (2007) • novella by Gene Wolfe143 • Plotters and Shooters • (2007) • novelette by Kage Baker164 • Repeating the Past • (2007) • shortstory by Peter Watts168 • No More Stories • (2007) • shortstory by Stephen Baxter185 • They Came from the Future • (2007) • poem by Robyn Hitchcock189 • The Tomb Wife • (2007) • shortstory by Gwyneth Jones207 • An Evening's Honest Peril • (2007) • novelette by Marc Laidlaw229 • End Game • (2007) • shortstory by Nancy Kress244 • Induction • (2007) • shortstory by Greg Egan261 • A Blue and Cloudless Sky • (2007) • novelette by Bernhard Ribbeck (trans. of En blå og skyfri himmel 1996)299 • Reasons not to Publish • (2007) • shortstory by Gregory Benford304 • Objective Impermeability in a Closed System • (2007) • shortstory by William Shunn319 • Always • (2007) • shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler334 • Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? • (2007) • shortstory by Ken MacLeod349 • Artifice and Intelligence • (2007) • shortstory by Tim Pratt359 • Pirates of the Somali Coast • (2007) • shortstory by Terry Bisson375 • Sanjeev and Robotwallah • [India 2047] • (2007) • shortstory by Ian McDonald395 • Third Person • (2007) • shortstory by Tony Ballantyne413 • The Bridge • (2007) • novelette by Kathleen Ann Goonan443 • As You Know, Bob • (2007) • shortstory by John G. Hemry [as by John Hemry ]453 • The Lustration • (2007) • novelette by Bruce Sterling474 • How Music Begins • (2007) • novelette by James Van Pelt

Across the Sea of Stars

Arthur C. Clarke - 1953
    In three groupings, "Expedition to the Earth," "Tales from the White Hart," and "Reach for Tomorrow," the selections include such memorable tales as "Encounter at Dawn," "The Sentinel," "Armaments Race," "Jupiter Five" and "Time's Arrow."

Stones of Significance

David Brin - 2011
    well... godlike beings? An immense topic! But from a writer's perspective, it presents a problem. One can write stories leading up to the singularity, about all the problems. (Little things like rebellious AI.) But how do you write a tale set AFTER the singularity has happened?Never one to refuse a challenge, that's exactly the topic of "Stones of Significance."

A Logic Named Joe

Murray Leinster - 1946
    He succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations, becoming not just a pirate, but the deadliest do-gooder in the galaxy.Gateway to Elsewhere - Suppose that in another dimension, the world of the Arabian Nights is real, including very powerful and very dangerous djinns, who are nothing like Aladdin's big blue pal. A man from our world wouldn't have a chance against them ... or, would he?The Duplicators - A planet with a machine which can duplicate anything would be the wealthiest world in the galaxy, right? Wrong. And unless the hapless voyager who's trapped on the planet can find a solution to its problem, he isn't going to live to leave again. Plus three short stories, including "A Logic Named Joe," an uncannily prophetic story of home computers and the internet - written in 1946.

What Good Is a Glass Dagger?

Larry Niven - 1972
    In later years he regretted that. He had kept the secret of the Warlock's Wheel for several normal lifetimes. The demon-sword Glirendree and its stupid barbarian captive would have killed him, no question of that. But no mere demon could have been as dangerous as that secret. Now it was out, spreading like ripples on a pond. The battle between Glirendree and the Warlock was too good a tale not to tell. Soon no man would call himself a magician who did not know that magic could be used up. So simple, so dangerous a secret. The wonder was that nobody had noticed it before. A year after the battle with Glirendree, near the end of a summer day, Aran the Peacemonger came to Shayl Village to steal the Warlock's Wheel. Locus Poll Award Nominee

With Her Eyes

Liu Cixin - 2008
    In the future, those who cannot go on their own journeys can ask travelers to take electronic eyes along for them, offering another a virtual window to their experiences. Whose eyes is he carrying? And why is she insistent to the point of tears that he show her a sunrise? China Galaxy Science Fiction Award of Year 1999----------------------------Liu Cixin's writing will remind SF fans of the genre's golden age, with its positive focus on scientific development, combined with a consistently constructive vision of China's future role as a global superpower. It's characteristic of an SF genre which has been embraced by Chinese culture because it is seen as representing the values of technological innovation and creativity so highly prized in a country developing more quickly than any other in the world today.– Damien Walter, The GuardianA science fiction tale with a Chinese touch. The Wandering Earth is filled with imaginative tech and a moving world, literally.–

Year's Best Science Fiction #18

David G. Hartwell - 2013
    Hartwell demonstrates the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing short stories from some of science fiction's most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. In this anthology, prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.