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The Science Fiction Century (1997)

by David G. Hartwell (Editor)

Other authors: Lino Aldani (Contributor), Poul Anderson (Contributor), Gregory Benford (Contributor), Eddy C. Bertin (Contributor), James Blish (Contributor)41 more, Algis Budrys (Contributor), Dino Buzzati (Contributor), Hal Clement (Contributor), Mildred Clingerman (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Gordon Eklund (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Philip Jose Farmer (Contributor), E.M. Forster (Contributor), William Gibson (Contributor), Charles Harness (Contributor), Frank Herbert (Contributor), Wolfgang Jeschke (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), Alexander Kuprin (Contributor), Philip Latham (Contributor), C.S. Lewis (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Frank Belknap Long (Contributor), Richard A. Lupoff (Contributor), James Morrow (Contributor), Chad Oliver (Contributor), Edgar Pangborn (Contributor), J. H. Rosny aîné (Contributor), Michael Shaara (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Cordwainer Smith (Contributor), Margaret St. Clair (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor), Michael Swanwick (Contributor), William Tenn (Contributor), James Tiptree, Jr. (Contributor), George Turner (Contributor), A.E. van Vogt (Contributor), Jack Vance (Contributor), H.G. Wells (Contributor), Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg (Contributor), Connie Willis (Contributor), John Wyndham (Contributor), Roger Zelazny (Contributor)

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Series: The Science Fiction Century (1-2)

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"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." So says David G. Hartwell in his introduction to "The Science Fiction Century, " an anthology spanning a hundred years of science fiction, from its birth in the 1890s to the future it predicted. David G. Hartwell is a World Fantasy Award-winning editor and anthologist who has twice before redefined a genre--first the horror field with "The Dark Descent, " then the subgenre of hard science fiction with "The Ascent of Wonder, " coedited with Kathryn Cramer. Now, Hartwell has compiled the mother of all definitive anthologies, guaranteed to change not only the way the science fiction field views itself but also the way the rest of literature views the field. "The Science Fiction Century "includes stories from the founding fathers of the field, such as H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling; beloved mainstays of the genre, such as Philip Jose Farmer, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson; noted female writers, including Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and James Tiptree, Jr.; and writers who have hit their stride in the last two decades, such as Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, and James Morrow. Hartwell has also included writers widely recognized outside the genre, such as E.M. Forster, Michael Shaara, and John Crowley; and translations of foreign writers' formative works, including Dino Buzzati and Wolfgang Jeschke. This is must-have anthology for all literary interests.… (more)
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Excellent collection by an editor who knows his stuff ( )
  expatscot | Jun 6, 2022 |
I read this over the summer of 1998. It is a very comprehensive science fiction anthology. I think it makes a very good work if you want to get a historical overview of where the genre comes from and where it is going. The stories do vary in quality, so odds are good you may find some you like more than others. Overall, a book you can read cover to cover, or just to browse. It has been a while since I read it, so I may have to revisit this book sometime. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
I like to dip at leisure into my home library's short-story collections, rather than reading straight through. And so, by its nature, a book like this occupies the "unfinished" shelf. Like its title suggests, this book's authors encompass the 20th century. They represent a wide range of genres and focuses within the field of "science fiction." This book is sure to occupy my interest for some time to come.
  Cynthia_Parkhill | Nov 24, 2018 |

Little did I know the treasure I was finding when I picked up The Science Fiction Century, a massive anthology of 45 science fiction short stories edited by David Hartwell. Almost all of the selections included were outstanding, but I especially enjoyed the stories noted with an asterisk below. Each selection opens with a brief biography of the writer and their work, which I really appreciated.
Highly Recommended; http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/

Table of Contents
Introduction
* Beam Us Home - James Tiptree Jr.
Ministering Angels - C. S. Lewis
* The Music Master of Babylon - Edgar Pangborn
A Story of the Days to Come - H. G. Wells
Hot Planet - Hal Clement
* A Work of Art - James Blish
* The Machine Stops - E. M. Forster
Brightness Falls from the Air - Margaret St. Clair
2066 Election Day - Michael Shaara
The Rose - Charles Harness
* The Hounds of Tindalos - Frank Belknap Long
* The Angel of Violence - Adam Wisniewski-Snerg
Nobody Bothers Gus - Algis Budrys
The Time Machine - Dino Buzzati
Mother - Philip Jose Farmer
As Easy as A.B.C. - Rudyard Kipling
* Ginungagap - Michael Swanwick
* Minister Without Portfolio - Mildred Clingerman
Time in Advance - William Tenn
Good Night Sophie - Lino Aldani
* Veritas - James Morrow
Enchanted Village - A. E. van Vogt
The King and the Dollmaker - Wolfgang Jeschke
Fire Watch - Connie Willis
Goat Song - Poul Anderson
* The Scarlet Plague - Jack London
Drunkboat - Cordwainer Smith
Another World - J. H. Rosny-Aîné
If the Stars Are Gods - Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund
* I Still Call Australia Home - George Turner
Liquid Sunshine - Alexander Kuprin; trans. by Leland Fetzer
Great Work of Time - John Crowley
* Sundance - Robert Silverberg
Greenslaves - Frank Herbert
* Rumfuddle - Jack Vance
The Dimple in Draco - Philip Latham
* Consider Her Ways - John Wyndham
Something Ending - Eddy C. Bertin
He Who Shapes - Roger Zelazny
Swarm - Bruce Sterling
* Beggars in Spain - Nancy Kress
Johnny Mnemonic - William Gibson
Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman - Harlan Ellison
Blood's a Rover - Chad Oliver
Sail the Tide of Mourning - Richard A. Lupoff ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hartwell, David G.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldani, LinoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, PoulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bertin, Eddy C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blish, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budrys, AlgisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buzzati, DinoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clement, HalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clingerman, MildredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eklund, GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farmer, Philip JoseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forster, E.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibson, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harness, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herbert, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jeschke, WolfgangContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kipling, RudyardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kuprin, AlexanderContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Latham, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, C.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
London, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Long, Frank BelknapContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lupoff, Richard A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrow, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliver, ChadContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pangborn, EdgarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosny aîné, J. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaara, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, CordwainerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
St. Clair, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sterling, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swanwick, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tenn, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tiptree, James, Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turner, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
van Vogt, A.E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vance, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wells, H.G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wiśniewski-Snerg, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Willis, ConnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyndham, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." So says David G. Hartwell in his introduction to "The Science Fiction Century, " an anthology spanning a hundred years of science fiction, from its birth in the 1890s to the future it predicted. David G. Hartwell is a World Fantasy Award-winning editor and anthologist who has twice before redefined a genre--first the horror field with "The Dark Descent, " then the subgenre of hard science fiction with "The Ascent of Wonder, " coedited with Kathryn Cramer. Now, Hartwell has compiled the mother of all definitive anthologies, guaranteed to change not only the way the science fiction field views itself but also the way the rest of literature views the field. "The Science Fiction Century "includes stories from the founding fathers of the field, such as H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling; beloved mainstays of the genre, such as Philip Jose Farmer, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance, and Poul Anderson; noted female writers, including Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, and James Tiptree, Jr.; and writers who have hit their stride in the last two decades, such as Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, and James Morrow. Hartwell has also included writers widely recognized outside the genre, such as E.M. Forster, Michael Shaara, and John Crowley; and translations of foreign writers' formative works, including Dino Buzzati and Wolfgang Jeschke. This is must-have anthology for all literary interests.

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Anthology contains:
  • Introduction / David G. Hartwell
  • Beam Us Home / James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Ministering Angels / C. S. Lewis
  • The Music Master of Babylon / Edgar Pangborn
  • A Story of the Days to Come / H. G. Wells
  • Hot Planet / Hal Clement
  • A Work of Art / James Blish
  • The Machine Stops / E. M. Forster
  • Brightness Falls from the Air / Margaret St. Clair
  • 2066: Election Day / Michael Shaara
  • The Rose / Charles L. Harness
  • The Hounds of Tindalos [Cthulhu Mythos] / Frank Belknap Long
  • The Angel of Violence / Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg (trans. of Anioł przemocy)
  • Nobody Bothers Gus / Algis Budrys
  • The Time Machine / Dino Buzzati (trans. of La macchina che fermera il tempo)
  • Mother / Philip José Farmer
  • As Easy as A.B.C. [Aerial Board of Control] / Rudyard Kipling
  • Ginungagap / Michael Swanwick
  • Minister Without Portfolio / Mildred Clingerman
  • Time in Advance / William Tenn
  • Good Night, Sophie / Lino Aldani (trans. of Buonanotte Sofia)
  • Veritas / James Morrow
  • Enchanted Village / A. E. van Vogt
  • The King and the Dollmaker / Wolfgang Jeschke (trans. of Der König und der Puppenmacher)
  • Fire Watch [Time Travel] / Connie Willis
  • Goat Song / Poul Anderson
  • The Scarlet Plague / Jack London
  • Drunkboat [The Instrumentality of Mankind] / Cordwainer Smith
  • Another World / J. H. Rosny aîné (trans. of Un autre monde)
  • If the Stars Are Gods [Bradley Reynolds] / Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund
  • I Still Call Australia Home / George Turner
  • Liquid Sunshine / Александр Куприн (trans. of Жидкое солнце) [as by Alexander Kuprin]
  • Great Work of Time / John Crowley
  • Sundance / Robert Silverberg
  • Greenslaves / Frank Herbert
  • Rumfuddle / Jack Vance
  • The Dimple in Draco / R. S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham]
  • Consider Her Ways / John Wyndham
  • Something Ending / Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of Het einde van iets)
  • He Who Shapes / Roger Zelazny
  • Swarm [Shaper/Mechanist] / Bruce Sterling
  • Beggars in Spain [Sleepless] / Nancy Kress
  • Johnny Mnemonic / William Gibson
  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman / Harlan Ellison
  • Blood's a Rover / Chad Oliver
  • Sail the Tide of Mourning [Space War Blues] / Richard A. Lupoff
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