Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century

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Orson Scott Card
Penguin, Mar 2, 2004 - Fiction - 432 pages
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An overview of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.

Featuring stories from the genre's greatest authors:

Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, George Alec Effinger, Brian W. Aldiss, William Gibson & Michael Swanwick, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, James Blish, George R. R. Martin, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Terry Bisson, Poul Anderson, John Kessel, R.A. Lafferty, C.J. Cherryh, Lisa Goldstein, and Edmond Hamilton
 

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This is easily the best book of short SciFi ever assembled. The stories are quick and to the point and by some of the greatest genre writers in the business. A great book for anyone interested in reading scifi, or just looking to get into reading. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Golden Age
POUL ANDERSONCall Me Joe
ROBERT A HEINLEINAll You Zombies
LLOYD BIGGLE JRTunesmith
THEODORE STURGEONA Saucer of Loneliness
ISAAC ASIMOVRobot Dreams
EDMOND HAMILTONDevolution
BRIAN W ALDISSWho Can Replace a Man?
URSULA K LE GUINThe Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
LARRY NIVENInconstant Moon
The Media Generation
GEORGE R R MARTINSandkings
HARRY TURTLEDOVEThe Road Not Taken
WILLIAM GIBSON AND MICHAEL SWANWICKDogfight
KAREN JOY FOWLERFace Value

ARTHUR C CLARKEThe Nine Billion Names of God
JAMES BLISHA Work of Art
RAY BRADBURYDark They Were and GoldenEyed
The New Wave
HARLAN ELLISONRepent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman
R A LAFFERTYEuremas Dam
ROBERT SILVERBERGPassengers
FREDERIK POHLThe Tunnel under the World
C J CHERRYHPots
JOHN CROWLEYSnow
JAMES PATRICK KELLYRat
TERRY BISSONBears Discover Fire
JOHN KESSELA Clean Escape
LISA GOLDSTEINTourists
GEORGE ALEC EFFINGEROne
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Orson Scott Card is a winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for short fiction and novels. His novel, Ender’s Game, is considered one of the classics of the genre and is currently being developed for film. Along with subsequent novels in the Ender’s series (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, and Ender’s Shadow), Card is also the author of the contemporary novels Lost Boys, Treasure Box, Homebody; The Homecoming Saga, including The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth, Earthfall, and Earthborn; an alternate history novel, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus; and the American fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker: Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Alvin Journeyman, and Heartfire.

A respected playwright, Card has seen a dozen of his plays produced in regional theater. He has also taught writing courses at several universities and workshops, including, most recently, a novel-writing course at Pepperdine.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and five children.

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