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Visions of Wonder by David G. Hartwell

Visions of Wonder

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

Other authors: Brian W. Aldiss (Contributor), Greg Bear (Contributor), Gregory Benford (Contributor), Terry Bisson (Contributor), Algis Budrys (Contributor)36 more, John W. Campbell (Contributor), Orson Scott Card (Contributor), Suzy McKee Charnas (Contributor), Kathryn Cramer (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Samuel R. Delany (Contributor), Philip Jose Farmer (Contributor), William Gibson (Contributor), Lisa Goldstein (Contributor), Dean Ing (Contributor), Gwyneth Jones (Contributor), Robert Jordan (Contributor), James Patrick Kelly (Contributor), Damon Knight (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), Ursula Le Guin (Contributor), Anne McCaffrey (Contributor), Judith Merril (Contributor), Andre Norton (Contributor), Frederik Pohl (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Fred Saberhagen (Contributor), Science Fiction Research Association, Charles Sheffield (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Susan Shwartz (Contributor), Brian Stableford (Contributor), Judith Tarr (Contributor), Jr. Tiptree, James (Contributor), John Varley (Contributor), Vernor Vinge (Contributor), Kate Wilhelm (Contributor), Walter Jon Williams (Contributor), Jack Williamson (Contributor), Gary K. Wolfe (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

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Edited by two of science fiction's most knowledgeable and experienced editors and endorsed by the Science Fiction Research Association, Visions of Wonder was created to fill an urgent need for a thoughtful, readable classroom anthology of science fiction that focuses on science fiction as it is today, in the 1990s.… (more)



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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 |
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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Hartwell, David G.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolf, Milton T.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bisson, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budrys, AlgisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, John W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Charnas, Suzy McKeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cramer, KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delany, Samuel R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farmer, Philip JoseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibson, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldstein, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ing, DeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jordan, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, James PatrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knight, DamonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCaffrey, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merril, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norton, AndreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pohl, FrederikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saberhagen, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Science Fiction Research Associationsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheffield, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shwartz, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stableford, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tarr, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tiptree, Jr., JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Varley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vinge, VernorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilhelm, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, Walter JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, Gary K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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