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Future on Ice by Orson Scott Card

Future on Ice

by Orson Scott Card (Editor)

Other authors: Isaac Asimov (Contributor), Greg Bear (Contributor), Gregory Benford (Contributor), Octavia E. Butler (Contributor), C. J. Cherryh (Contributor)12 more, John Crowley (Contributor), Karen Joy Fowler (Contributor), Lisa Goldstein (Contributor), John Kessel (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), George R. R. Martin (Contributor), Lewis Shiner (Contributor), S.C. Sykes (Contributor), John Varley (Contributor), Andrew Weiner (Contributor), Walter Jon Williams (Contributor), David Zindell (Contributor)

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A nice collection of stories by notable sff writers. Preceded by and interspersed with a theological morality rant by OSC (despite not agreeing with him on a number of concepts it was mildly interesting - but I'm not really sure where THAT came from!) ( )
  PortiaLong | Aug 12, 2007 |
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Asimov, IsaacContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Butler, Octavia E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cherryh, C. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Martin, George R. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Williams, Walter JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The much-delayed follow-up to Future on Fire, another anthology of the best short SF from the 1980s, Future on Ice delivers a tight, choice collection from some of the genre's top names--Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Greg Bear, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Kress, and others. SF anthologies live or die by the quality of their ideas, and Future on Ice doesn't disappoint: editor Orson Scott Card (a genre powerhouse himself) has put together an eclectic and thought-provoking set of 18 stories, from Butler's disturbing but imaginative vision of a burned-out future without language to Martin's Twilight Zone-esque retrospective on the life of an arrogant author, in which paintings of his characters come to life to haunt him. Other standouts include a classic dreaming android story from Asimov and Bear's galaxy-in-a-grain-of-sand tale, in which a person inadvertently becomes the living host to an entire universe. Card ably bookends the set with a story of his own and a compelling introductory essay on the Force and how sci-fi is really religious literature. (Other authors in the anthology include John Kessel, Gregory Benford, Andrew Weiner, David Zindell, C.J. Cherryh, Lewis Shiner, John Crowley, John Varley, S.C. Sykes, Karen Joy Fowler, and Walter Jon Williams.) --Paul Hughes

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Science fiction stories from the 1980s. The story, Out of All Them Stars by Nancy Kress, is on the cultural impact of visiting aliens, while in Portraits of His Children by George R. R Martin, an author's characters come to life.

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