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Visions of Wonder

by David G. Hartwell (Editor), Milton T. Wolf (Editor)

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This is an anthology of classic sf stories - and classic pieces of sf criticism - assembled in the mid- 1990s on behalf of the Science Fiction Research Association. I found it somewhat frustrating and slightly incomprehensible. There is very little editorial apparatus to help the reader appreciate whatever point the editors are trying to make; some groupings of stories do have a clear linking theme, others less so. While the editors declare their intention to skip the classics of the 1940s-1960s, the collection does include five pieces from that era, which seems a bit inconsistent. The non-fiction pieces of sf criticism interspersed through the stories are of varying degrees of accessibility, and here I really felt the lack of an editorial voice explaining why another 30 pages of this vast tome had been dedicated to a particular commentator's meanderings. I found Algis Budrys' piece, 'Paradise Charted', incomprehensible. On the other hand I very much appreciated Sam Delany's 'Science Fiction and 'Literature' - or, the Conscience of the King'. On the fiction side, most of the stories that I liked were pieces I already knew - I bought the book in the first place because it had three joint Hugo/Nebula winners, 'Blood Music', 'Ender's Game' and 'Bears Discover Fire', none of which is a particular favourite of mine, and that should perhaps have warned me that few of the other stories would really blow me away. The one story that did grab the soppy romantic in me was Kate Wilhelm's 'Forever Yours, Anna'. But I was left rather wondering what the point of the anthology was. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 24, 2010 |
An anthology of science fiction and fantasy, as well as some criticism, given it is related to the science fiction research association. There are chapters from books like Damon Knights, and Hartwell's Age of Wonders, as well as pieces by Cramer, Delany, Stableford and others, including a lengthy chunk by Budrys. The stories are good quality, coming out at 3.53.

For those interested in more academic geekery, there is a lengthy bibliography of such material by Gary Wolfe, at the end.

Visions Of Wonder : The Ship Who Sang [short story] - Anne McCaffrey
Visions Of Wonder : Blood Music - Greg Bear
Visions Of Wonder : Paperjack - Charles de Lint
Visions Of Wonder : Forever Yours Anna - Kate Wilhelm
Visions Of Wonder : Mr. Boy - James Patrick Kelly
Visions Of Wonder : Jamboree - Jack Williamson
Visions Of Wonder : The Death of Doctor Island - Gene Wolfe
Visions Of Wonder : Ender's Game [short story] - Orson Scott Card
Visions Of Wonder : Bears Discover Fire - Terry Bisson
Visions Of Wonder : One Down One to Go - Philip José Farmer
Visions Of Wonder : Sur - Ursula K. Le Guin
Visions Of Wonder : Doing Lennon - Gregory Benford
Visions Of Wonder : A Tupolev Too Far - Brian W. Aldiss
Visions Of Wonder : Them Old Hyannis Blues - Judith Tarr
Visions Of Wonder : Masque of the Red Shift - Fred Saberhagen
Visions Of Wonder : Redemption in the Quantum Realm - Frederik Pohl
Visions Of Wonder : Devil You Don't Know - Dean Ing
Visions Of Wonder : The Eye of the World [short story] - Robert Jordan
Visions Of Wonder : Split Light - Lisa Goldstein
Visions Of Wonder : The Sun Spider - Lucius Shepard
Visions Of Wonder : Souls - Joanna Russ
Visions Of Wonder : Overdrawn at the Memory Bank - John Varley
Visions Of Wonder : The Girl Who Was Plugged In - James TiptreeJr.
Visions Of Wonder : Burning Chrome - William Gibson
Visions Of Wonder : Identifying the Object [Forward Echoes] - Gwyneth Jones
Visions Of Wonder : The Mountain to Mohammed - Nancy Kress
Visions Of Wonder : Wall Stone Craft - Walter Jon Williams
Visions Of Wonder : Boobs - Suzy McKee Charnas
Visions Of Wonder : Spider Silk - Andre Norton
Visions Of Wonder : A Braver Thing - Charles Sheffield
Visions Of Wonder : Getting Real - Susan Shwartz
Visions Of Wonder : True Names - Vernor Vinge

Rogue rejection replacement return.

3.5 out of 5

Microcolony kill failure transfer overrun.

4 out of 5

Fiddlng with origami.

3.5 out of 5

Love letter time analysis.

4 out of 5

Not wanting to grow up attitude certainly isn't helped by mum's mechanical approach to parenting.

3.5 out of 5

Hop on Pop old Scouts won't be Rovers.

3.5 out of 5

Isolated mental adjustment.

3.5 out of 5

Battle School strategy surprise.

4 out of 5

Hibernatin's a big ol' waste of time.

4 out of 5

Humans, not quite breeding like insects.

3.5 out of 5

Antarctic women trip, even a really small one.

3.5 out of 5

Fielding impersonation simulation.

4 out of 5

Russian travel wasted.

2.5 out of 5

Iron Maggie anti-terror band.

3 out of 5

Big star leadership freeze out massacre revival.

3.5 out of 5

God's observation doesn't count.

4 out of 5

Patient retardation.

3 out of 5

Moraine story.

3 out of 5

Just passed around.

2.5 out of 5

Sunbeast seeker shags separately from spouse, summons super maths.

3 out of 5

Nun of that Viking stuff here.

3.5 out of 5

A man's virtual vacation is extended rather too long.

3.5 out of 5

Remote media darling.

3.5 out of 5

Cracking victim charity.

4 out of 5

Then blowing it up, if alien.

3.5 out of 5

Emergency medicine restrictions.

4 out of 5

Shelley war effort.

4 out of 5

A well-built werewolf still has to eat Billy.

4.5 out of 5

With a title like that you won't be disappointed, there are giant ones, and half-human hybrids. So they have to hope the blind witch girl can handle her fledgling powers.

3 out of 5

Black bagged mate's Nobel notebook space travel cribbing award speech shocker.

4 out of 5

Temporary Reality bunny.

3 out of 5

Delivering the Mailman is Slippery.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2008/09/visions-of-wonder-david-g-hartwell-and.htm... ( )
  bluetyson | Sep 20, 2008 |
The best in this anthology (e.g. "Island of Dr. Death", "Mr. Boy", "Sur" and "Souls") can easily be found elsewhere. Most of the remainder should never have been born, let alone exhumed. The critical essays, with one exception, (Joanna Russ') define the abc's of meretriciousness -- absurd, boring, challenged ... ( )
  jburlinson | Oct 21, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312852878, Paperback)

Should a textbook be this fun to read? If it's a science fiction anthology put together by the Science Fiction Research Association, the answer is yes! This hefty (798 pages) tome is meant to be both a primer to the SF of the '90s as well as an enjoyable book in its own right, and it succeeds fully on both counts. With more than 30 "classic" stories from the current decade supplemented by critical essays from some of the genre's finest writers, this book is both a scholarly resource and road map to some of the best short fiction in recent years.

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