The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

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Arthur B. Evans
Wesleyan University Press, 2010 - Fiction - 767 pages
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The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today. A free online teacher’s guide at http://sfanthology.site.wesleyan.edu/ accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting.

The stories in this anthology have been selected and introduced by the editors of Science Fiction Studies, the world’s most respected journal for the critical study of science fiction.
 

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Contents

Nathaniel Hawthorne Rappaccinis Daughter 1844
1
Jules Verne from Journey to the Center of the Earth 1864
26
H G Wells The Star 1897
39
Forster The Machine Stops 1909
50
Edmond Hamilton The Man Who Evolved 1931
79
Leslie F Stone The Conquest of Gola 1931
96
Stanley Weinbaum A Martian Odyssey 1934
136
Isaac Asimov Reason 1941
160
Robert Silverberg Passengers 1968
430
Brian Aldiss SuperToys Last All Summer Long 1969
443
Ursula K Le Guin Nine Lives 1969
452
Frank Herbert Seed Stock 1970
477
Stanislaw Lem The Seventh Voyage from The Star Diaries 1971
490
Joanna Russ When It Changed 1972
507
James Tiptree Jr And I Awoke and Found Me Here
516
John Varley Air Raid 1977
525

Simak Desertion 1944
177
Theodore Sturgeon Thunder and Roses 1947
189
Judith Merril That Only a Mother 1948
211
Fritz Leiber Coming Attraction 1950
221
Ray Bradbury There Will Come Soft Rains 1950
234
Clarke The Sentinel 1951
241
Robert Sheckley Specialist 1953
250
William Tenn The Liberation of Earth 1953
266
Alfred Bester Fondly Fahrenheit 1954
283
Avram Davidson The Golem 1955
303
Cordwainer Smith The Game of Rat and Dragon 1955
309
Robert A Heinlein All You Zombies 1959
324
J G Ballard The Cage of Sand 1962
337
R A Lafferty Slow Tuesday Night 1965
359
Harlan Ellison Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman 1965
367
Frederik Pohl Day Million 1966
379
Philip K Dick We Can Remember It for You Wholesale 1966
385
Samuel R Delany Aye and Gomorrah 1967
405
Pamela Zoline The Heat Death of the Universe 1967
415
Carol Emshwiller Abominable 1980
539
William Gibson Burning Chrome 1982
547
Octavia E Butler Speech Sounds 1983
566
Nancy Kress Out of All Them Bright Stars 1985
580
Pat Cadigan Pretty Boy Crossover 1986
587
Kate Wilhelm Forever Yours Anna 1987
598
Bruce Sterling We See Things Differently 1989
611
Misha Nogha Chippoke Na Gomi 1989
630
Eileen Gunn Computer Friendly 1989
637
John Kessel Invaders 1990
654
Gene Wolfe Useful Phrases 1992
675
Greg Egan Closer 1992
683
James Patrick Kelly Think Like a Dinosaur 1995
698
Geoff Ryman Everywhere 1999
717
Charles Stross Rogue Farm 2003
727
Ted Chiang Exhalation 2008
742
Acknowledgments
757
thematIc lIStINg of StorIeS
764
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ARTHUR B. EVANS is a professor of French at DePauw University. He has published numerous books and articles on Jules Verne and is the general editor of Wesleyan University Press's Early Classics of Science Fiction book series. ISTVAN CSICSERY-RONAY JR. is a professor of English at DePauw University and the author of The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction (Wesleyan, 2008). JOAN GORDON is a professor of English at Nassau Community College and coeditor of several volumes of scholarly essays on science fiction. VERONICA HOLLINGER is a professor of cultural studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and the coeditor of Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (2008). ROB LATHAM is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (2002). CAROL MCGUIRK is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University and is widely published in eighteenth-century studies and Romanticism.

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