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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond

John Joseph Adams
Douglas Cohen

FOREWORD BY GREGORY MAGUIRE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WICKED.

When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought together leading fantasy writers such as Orson Scott Card and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans - and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds. Stories include:

  • Frank Baum's son has the real experiences that his father later fictionalized in Orson Scott Card's "Off to See the Emperor."
  • Seanan McGuire's "Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust" finds Dorothy grown up, bitter, and still living in Oz. And she has a murder to solve - assuming Ozma will stop interfering with her life long enough to let her do her job.
  • In "Blown Away," Jane Yolen asks: What if Toto was dead and stuffed, Ozma was a circus freak, and everything you thought you knew as Oz was
    really right here in Kansas?
  • "The Cobbler of Oz" by Jonathan Maberry explores a Winged Monkey with wings too small to let her fly. Her only chance to change that rests with
    the Silver Slippers.
  • In Tad Williams's futuristic "The Boy Detective of Oz," Orlando investigates the corrupt Oz simulation of the Otherland network.
  • And more...

Some stories are dystopian... Some are dreamlike... All are undeniably Oz.

Includes stories by these authors: Dale Bailey, Orson Scott Card, Rae Carson, David Farland, C.C. Finlay, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Simon R. Green, Kat Howard, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Rachel Swirsky, Robin Wasserman, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen.

Table of Contents:

  • Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond - (2013) - interior artwork by Galen Dara
  • Foreword: Oz and Ourselves - essay by Gregory Maguire
  • Introduction: There's No Place Like Oz - essay by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen
  • The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz - shortfiction by C. C. Finlay and Rae Carson
  • Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust - shortfiction by Seanan McGuire
  • Lost Girls of Oz - shortfiction by Theodora Goss
  • The Boy Detective of Oz: An Otherland Story - shortfiction by Tad Williams
  • Dorothy Dreams - shortfiction by Simon R. Green
  • Dead Blue - shortfiction by David Farland
  • One Flew Over the Rainbow - shortfiction by Robin Wasserman
  • The Veiled Shanghai - shortfiction by Ken Liu
  • Beyond the Naked Eye - shortfiction by Rachel Swirsky
  • A Tornado of Dorothys - shortfiction by Kat Howard
  • Blown Away - shortfiction by Jane Yolen
  • City So Bright - shortfiction by Dale Bailey
  • Off to See the Emperor - shortfiction by Orson Scott Card
  • A Meeting in Oz - shortfiction by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Cobbler of Oz - shortfiction by Jonathan Maberry

Cryptozoic! / An Age

Brian W. Aldiss

In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point where man can now travel to the past using a technique called "mind-travelling." Artist Edward Bush returns from a nearly-three year mind-travel to find that his government has crumbled and society is now under the leadership a new regime. Given Bush's excellent ability to mind-travel, he is recruited by the regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple everything they've built

Mozart on the Kalahari

Steven Barnes

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures (2017), edited by Ed Finn, Joey Eschrich and Juliet Ulman, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, April 2018.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

An Open Letter to the Family

Jennifer Brozek

This short story originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 24, September - October 2018.

Read the full story for free at Uncanny.

Bless Your Mechanical Heart

Jennifer Brozek

Since its earliest days, science fiction has explored the notion of a walking, talking, thinking machine, reflecting back our own humanity through their glass eyes, exploring their own humanity framed in the symmetry of programming and gears, trapped in a cage of synthetic flesh and metal bone. What happens when what we've made in our own image becomes more like us than we ever imagined? Robots in love. Robots at war. Robots who weep and dream. Robots who aspire to be on equal footing with their makers...or even possibly exceed us.

In Bless Your Mechanical Heart, Award-winning editor Jennifer Brozek brings together a team of writers, both new and established, to explore one of the most enduring archetypes in the science fiction genre with a tip of the hat to one of the most endearing and versatile phrases in Southern culture. Featuring stories by Peter Clines, Jody Lynn Nye, Seanan McGuire, Fiona Patton, Jean Rabe, Ken Scholes, and Lucy A. Snyder.

Never Let Me: The Complete Melissa Allen Trilogy

Jennifer Brozek

Horror collides with science fiction in this omnibus edition of Brozek's Melissa Allen trilogy, which sees a savvy teenager fighting to save the world from evil.

In "Never Let Me Sleep," virtually everyone in South Dakota falls asleep and dies. Only 14-year-old Melissa, a bipolar paranoid schizophrenic on house arrest, survives. Because of her immunity to whatever killed everyone else, she's tasked by Homeland Security to find the source and stop it, but first she has to defeat terrifying insectoid aliens.

In "Never Let Me Leave," Melissa meets several other teenagers who've survived unusual phenomena; soon they're trapped in a secured scientific facility with an alien capable of possessing humans.

In "Never Let Me Die," Melissa and the survivors of the previous incident undertake a hazardous mission that again brings them into contact with their alien foes.

Shattered Shields

Jennifer Brozek
Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic.

Grab your weapons and prepare, for the enemy is on the move.

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections to save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters... they also feature epic battles.

Imagine a doctor struggling to identify the spy who has infiltrated his company's ranks and poisoned his colleagues or a boy suspected of murder by a king yet protected by a princess as he helps her father against his own people. Imagine a butcher discovering that he's called to lead an uprising, or a First Born knowing that she must betray her own in order to save humanity.

The possibilities are endless, but at the heart they have this in common: soldiers--ordinary and otherwise-struggling against extraordinary odds to survive the day. They must withstand dark magic, dodge enemy blades, and defy the odds to survive SHATTERED SHIELDS.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jennifer Brozek
  • Ashes and Starlight - shortstory by David Farland
  • The Fixed Stars - shortstory by Seanan McGuire
  • The Keeper Of Names - shortstory by Larry Correia
  • The Smaller We Are - shortstory by John Helfers
  • Invictus - shortstory by Annie Bellet
  • Rising Above - shortstory by Sarah A. Hoyt
  • A Cup Of Wisdom - shortstory by Joe Zieja
  • Words Of Power - shortstory by Wendy N. Wagner
  • Lightweaver in Shadow - shortstory by Gray Rinehart
  • Hoofsore and Weary - shortstory by Cat Rambo
  • Vengeance - shortstory by Robin Wayne Bailey
  • Deadfall - shortstory by Nancy Fulda
  • Yael of the Strings - shortstory by John R. Fultz
  • The Gleaners - shortstory by Dave Gross
  • Bonded Men - shortstory by James L. Sutter
  • Bone Candy - shortstory by Glen Cook
  • First Blood - shortstory by Elizabeth Moon

The Last Days of Salton Academy

Jennifer Brozek

It's referred to as 'The Outbreak,' and it happened just over three months ago, casting the world (or at least this part of it) into a state of powerlessness and chaos. The Salton Academy has become a rare sanctuary for those few students who remained behind over fall break. As winter approaches, cracks are revealed in the academy's foundations as it's discovered someone is stealing food, another is taking advantage of a captive audience, and yet others have banded together and are thinking about mutiny, even murder. One thing's for certain -- a supply run must be made soon, or everyone will starve before winter's end. Oh yes, and then there's the matter of the headmaster's son and his undead dog...

Frozen Hell

John W. Campbell, Jr.

In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter's iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell's original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered. Frozen Hell expands the Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale. We are pleased and honored to offer Frozen Hell to you now, as Campbell intended it. You will be among the first people to ever read this completed version of the story.

The Elephants of Poznan

Orson Scott Card

This story originaly appeared in English on GalaxyOnline in 2000. A Polish translation apparently predates the first English publication. It was reprinted in Lightspeed, January 2011. The story can also be found in the anthologies Lightspeed: Year One (2011) and Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2015), both edited by John Joseph Adams. It is included in the collection Keeper of Dreams (2008).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Web of the Chozen

Jack L. Chalker

NOBODY BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY. He was paid to find Terraformable worlds, new planets for his corporation to plunder. Up until the day he came upon the Peace Victory, an abandoned generation ship hovering ominously above a definitely habitable planet, he believed nobody ever could. NOBODY BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY ... because he was never satisfied with anything lower than first place, because he was always the oddball, in charge of his own welfare, his own destiny ... a man determined to make his mark in the world and win all games at any cost. NOBODY EVER BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY... because he only took the wrong chances at the right times. But on the planet Patmos, where everything looked safe, but nothing was, Bar Holliday had at last met his match! (from back of book)

A Day in the Life

Gardner Dozois

A collection of legendary science fiction classics selected and individually introduced by the winner of fifteen Hugo awards for best editor, Gardner Dozois.

From the introduction: "They are stories that we intuit as life, that somehow fool us into thinking--while we are reading them--that they are something more than words on paper, that the events in the story are actually occurring in some dimension congruent with our own, viewed through the window of fiction. . .They show us, with conviction, something we would otherwise never know on this earth: what everyday, day-to-day life would be like in a different society, an alien culture, another world."

This outstanding collection full of authentic SF masterpieces includes: "On the Storm Planet," by Cordwainer Smith, "Slow Tuesday Night," by R. A. Lafferty, "This Moment of the Storm," by Roger Zelazny, "Driftglass," by Samuel R. Delany, "Mary," by Damon Knight, "The Haunted Future," by Fritz Leiber, "The Lady Margaret" by Keith Roberts, and "A Happy Day in 2381," by Robert Silverberg.

Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductee Gardner Dozois is the winner of two Nebula awards for fiction. Dozois was also the long-time editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, a position for which he won fifteen Hugo awards. He remains editor of the annual Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1972) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Slow Tuesday Night - (1965) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Lady Margaret - (1966) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • Mary - (1964) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • Driftglass - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • A Happy Day in 2381 - (1970) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • This Moment of the Storm - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Haunted Future - (1959) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • On the Storm Planet - (1965) - novella by Cordwainer Smith

A Dream at Noonday

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Orbit 7 (1970), edited by Damon Knight. It can also be found in the collections The Visible Man (1977), Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004), and When the Great Days Come (2011).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

A Kingdom by the Sea

Gardner Dozois

Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Orbit 10 (1972), edited by Damon Knight. The story can also be found in the collections The Visible Man (1977), Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, October-November 1999. The story can also be found in the anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2002, edtied by Kim Stanley Robinson and the collections Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois (2001) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

A Special Kind of Morning

Gardner Dozois

Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology New Dimensions 1 (1971), edited by Robert Silverberg. The story can also be found in the anthologies Alpha 5 (1974), edited by Robert Silverberg, and Future War (1999), edited by Jack Dann. It is included in the collections The Visible Man (1977), Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

A.I.s

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

A mind is a terrible thing to replace.

Ten masters of speculative fiction explore the future of computerized intellect, and how humanity will interact with machines that can outthink them--and are learning to outsmart them. Computers were designed to think faster than the human mind. But solving mathematical equations and retaining dizzying amounts of information are minor achievements compared to the processing technology of tomorrow's artificial intelligences... machines capable of thinking independently without human input - and evolving into self-maintaining sentient beings.

Ride the brainwaves of mechanical intellect with some of today's masters of speculative fiction, as a woman tries to outsmart a runaway A.I. and save the lives of her children...scientists lose control of a supercomputer with the power and omnipotence of a god... and a sentient starship falls in love with its pilot. These and seven more stories of man and machine await you in... A.I.s

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Aliens Among Us

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Look closely. They're here.

In this thought-provoking collection of short stories, some of the most ingenious talents in science fiction explore the secret lives of the aliens who walk among us...

Table of Contents:

  • Preface (Aliens Among Us) - (2000) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Other Celia - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Residuals - (1997) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley and Kim Newman
  • Eight O'Clock in the Morning - (1963) - shortstory by Ray Nelson
  • Expendable - (1953) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • The Reality Trip - (1970) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Decency - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Reed
  • The Mindworm - (1950) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Popeye and Pops Watch the Evening World Report - (1996) - shortstory by Eliot Fintushel
  • The Autopsy - (1980) - novella by Michael Shea
  • Or All the Seas with Oysters - (1958) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Angel - (1987) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • Among the Hairy Earthmen - (1966) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • I'm Too Big but I Love to Play - (1970) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Hero as Werwolf - (1975) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Motherhood, Etc. - (1993) - novelette by L. Timmel Duchamp

Another World: Adventures in Otherness

Gardner Dozois

Here is life on another world, in another place, another time. Here is what it is like to wear an alien skin. Here are new concepts, new vistas, magic..."Why read science fiction?" It's alive in a world of dead art, dead minds, dead institutions; it's a bright-eyed, irreverent little animal scurrying through a petrified landscape of old dead trees; it's unashamedly potent and prolific in a world that grows increasingly weary and sterile; it dares to raise its voice in boisterous joy, sorrow, and anger in a place full of sour silence and dead echoes.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1977) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Oldest Soldier - (1960) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • After the Myths Went Home - (1969) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • The Stars Below - (1974) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Straw - (1975) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • On the Gem Planet - (1963) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Beam Us Home - (1969) - short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Barbarian - (1968) - novelette by Joanna Russ
  • Among the Hairy Earthmen - (1966) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • Man in the Jar - (1957) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Old Hundredth - (1960) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Signaller - (1966) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • Reader's Guide to SF - (1977) - essay by uncredited

Armageddons

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

It's the end of the world--but not as we know it. . .

As the new millennium approaches, speculations about Earth's destruction abound. This collection presents twelve world-ending scenarios that are all too frightening -- and all too real.

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Beyond Flesh

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Consider the possibilities when the mind and body are things of the past.

These cutting-edge techno-tales by Poul Anderson, Greg Egan, Michael Swanwick, and other masters explore the infinite ways that new technology will free humankind from the boundaries of the flesh.

Table of Contents:

Beyond Singularity

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

The future isn't through with you yet.

Featuring stellar contributions from some of today's most masterful practitioners of speculative fiction, Beyond Singularity presents fourteen visions of a tomorrow where rapid technological and genetic breakthroughs have rendered humanity obsolete.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Old Hundredth - (1960) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Border Guards - (1999) - novelette by Greg Egan
  • Rogue Farm - (2003) - short story by Charles Stross
  • All Tomorrow's Parties - (1997) - short story by Paul J. McAuley
  • Naturals - (2003) - novelette by Gregory Benford
  • Osmund Considers - (2002) - short story by Timons Esaias
  • Coelacanths - (2002) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • The Dog Said Bow-Wow - (2001) - short story by Michael Swanwick
  • Barry Westphall Crashes the Singularity - (2002) - short fiction by James Patrick Kelly
  • Flowers from Alice - (2003) - novelette by Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow
  • Tracker - (2004) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • Steps Along the Way - (1999) - short story by Eric Brown
  • The Millennium Party - (2002) - short fiction by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Voluntary State - (2004) - novelette by Christopher Rowe

Chains of the Sea

Gardner Dozois

Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology Chains of the Sea (1973), edited by Robert Silverberg. It can also be found in the collections The Visible Man (1977), Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

City Under the Stars

Michael Swanwick
Gardner Dozois

City Under the Stars completes a journey undertaken by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick 25 years ago, when they published the novella The City of God. Over two decades later, the two realized there was more to the story, and began the work of expanding it. Now, after Gardner Dozois' tragic passing, the story can be told in full.

Counterfactual

Gardner Dozois

Sidewise Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2006. The story can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 12 (2012), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is included in the collection When the Great Days Come (2011).

Dangerous Games

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Extreme sports. Extreme future. Extreme collection.

Science fiction's most expert dreamers envision the computerized, high-risk games of the future in this winning collection. Features Robert Sheckley, Cory Doctorow, Kate Wilhelm, Alastair Reynolds, Vernor Vinge, Jonathan Letham, Gwyneth Jones, William Browning Spencer, Allen Steele, Terry Dowling, and Jason Stoddard.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (2007) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Prize of Peril - (1958) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • Anda's Game - (2004) - short story by Cory Doctorow
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis! - (1976) - short fiction by Kate Wilhelm
  • Stroboscopic - (1998) - short story by Alastair Reynolds
  • Synthetic Serendipity - (2004) - short story by Vernor Vinge
  • How We Got In Town and Out Again - (1996) - novelette by Jonathan Lethem
  • Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland - (1996) - short story by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness - (1998) - short story by William Browning Spencer
  • Her Own Private Sitcom - (1999) - short story by Allen Steele
  • The Ichneumon and the Dormeuse - (1996) - short story by Terry Dowling
  • Winning Mars - (2005) - short story by Jason Stoddard

Dangerous Women

Gardner Dozois
George R. R. Martin

All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors' bestselling continuities--including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden's world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

Also included are original stories of dangerous women--heroines and villains alike--by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others.

Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more."

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Dangerous Women) - (2013) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Some Desperado - [The First Law Universe] - (2013) - short story by Joe Abercrombie
  • My Heart is Either Broken - non-genre - (2013) - shortfiction by Megan Abbott
  • Nora's Song - non-genre - (2013) - shortfiction by Cecelia Holland
  • The Hands That Are Not There - [The Imperials Saga] - (2013) - novelette by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Bombshells - [The Dresden Files] - (2013) - novelette by Jim Butcher
  • Raisa Stepanova - non-genre - (2013) - novelette by Carrie Vaughn
  • Wrestling Jesus - (2013) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Neighbors - (2013) - novelette by Robin Hobb [as by Megan Lindholm]
  • I Know How to Pick 'Em - non-genre - (2013) - shortfiction by Lawrence Block
  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell - [Cosmere: Threnody] - (2013) - novella by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Queen in Exile - non-genre - (2013) - shortfiction by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Girl in the Mirror - [Fillory] - (2013) - novelette by Lev Grossman
  • Second Arabesque, Very Slowly - (2013) - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • City Lazarus - (2013) - novelette by Diana Rowland
  • Virgins - [Outlander] - (2013) - novella by Diana Gabaldon
  • Hell Hath No Fury - (2013) - short story by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Pronouncing Doom - [Emberverse] - (2013) - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • Name the Beast - (2013) - short story by Sam Sykes
  • Caretakers - non-genre - (2013) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Lies My Mother Told Me - [Wild Cards] - (2013) - novella by Caroline Spector
  • The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens - [A Song of Ice and Fire] - (2013) - novella by George R. R. Martin

Disciples

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in the anthology More Wandering Stars (1981), edited by Jack Dann. The story can also be found in the anthology Nebula Award Stories Seventeen (1983), edited by Joe Haldeman and the collections Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992) and, When the Great Days Come (2011).

Down These Strange Streets

Gardner Dozois
George R. R. Martin

In "Death by Dahlia," number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Briggs thrills in "In Red, with Pearls," as a werewolf P.I. races to crack a case involving zombies, witches, and the most horrifying creatures of them all: lawyers.

In "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies", New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon follows Lord John as he journeys to the beautiful but faintly sinister island paradise of Jamaica, where he's soon investigating a mystery with no shortage of spiders, snakes, revolutionaries, and, of course, zombies.

With these and 13 more original tales, Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still.

Table of Contents

  • The Bastard Stepchild - (2011) - essay by George R. R. Martin
  • Death by Dahlia - (2011) - novelette by Charlaine Harris
  • The Bleeding Shadow - (2011) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Hungry Heart - [Nightside] - (2011) - shortstory by Simon R. Green
  • Styx and Stones - (2011) - novelette by Steven Saylor
  • Pain and Suffering - (2011) - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • It's Still the Same Old Story - (2011) - novelette by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Lady Is a Screamer - (2011) - shortstory by Conn Iggulden
  • Hellbender - (2011) - novelette by Laurie R. King
  • Shadow Thieves - (2011) - novelette by Glen Cook
  • No Mystery, No Miracle - (2011) - novelette by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery - (2011) - novelette by M. L. N. Hanover
  • The Curious Affair of the Deodand - (2011) - novelette by Lisa Tuttle
  • Lord John and the Plague of Zombies - (2011) - novella by Diana Gabaldon
  • Beware the Snake - (2011) - shortstory by John Maddox Roberts
  • In Red, with Pearls - (2011) - novelette by Patricia Briggs
  • The Adakian Eagle - (2011) - novella by Bradley Denton

Dying for It: More Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love

Gardner Dozois

There is a love that flourishes only in the darkness; a passion that rises only from the grave. This anthology of all-new stories probes the shadowy meeting ground of our ancient, primal terrors -- and our deepest forbidden desires.

Edited by one of today's most respected anthologists, featuring today's most acclaimed fantasy authors, Dying for It takes you far beyond the realm of the ordinary, and into a realm where the living not only envy the dead, they adore them. It's love at last rites.

Table of Contetns

  • Once More, With Feeling - (1997) - novelette by Steven Utley
  • Cain - (1997) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Olders - (1995) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Saved - (1997) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • The Abbess's Prayers - (1997) - short story by L. Timmel Duchamp
  • The Ashes of New Orleans - (1997) - short story by Tony Daniel
  • Multiples - (1983) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Another Story - (1997) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Goo Fish - (1997) - short story by Robert Reed
  • Yesterday's Hostage - (1997) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • Johnny's So Long at the Fair - (1997) - short story by Nancy Kress
  • Abelard's Kiss - (1995) - short story by Madeleine E. Robins
  • The Map to the Homes of the Stars - (1997) - short story by Andy Duncan
  • Silent Love - (1997) - short story by Esther M. Friesner
  • Brody Loved the Masai Woman - (1992) - short story by Ian McDonald
  • Another Country - (1997) - short story by K. D. Wentworth
  • Nevermore - (1997) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod

Escape from Earth: New Adventures in Space

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Escaping from Earth - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Escape from Earth - novella by Allen Steele
  • Where the Golden Apples Grow - novella by Kage Baker
  • Derelict - novella by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Space Boy - novella by Orson Scott Card
  • Incarnation Day - novella by Walter Jon Williams
  • Combat Shopping - novella by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Mars Girl - novella by Joe Haldeman

Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons

Gardner Dozois

Distant planets, galaxies, alien races--the universe is vast and filled with an almost unimaginable range of possibilities. But imagine it we can. Here are more than twenty stories from the most inventive writers in the field, including:

Poul Anderson * Stephen Baxter * Greg Bear * Gregory Benford * Arthur C. Clarke * Hal Clement * Greg Egan * H. B. Fyfe * R. A. Lafferty * Geoffrey A. Landis * Ursula K. Le Guin * Jack McDevitt * Larry Niven * G. David Nordley * Edgar Pangborn * Kim Stanley Robinson * James H. Schmitz * Cordwainer Smith * Michael Swanwick * James Tiptree, Jr. * John Varley * Vernor Vinge

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Future Crimes

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Crime and Punishment--21st century style.

An anthology of classic and critically acclaimed stories about the felonies and offenses law enforcement authorities will face in a future that's closer than we realize. High-tech identity theft that carries remarkable consequences... Mutant con men devising an ingenious alien scam... A private detective with headquarters on the moon... A world where being late is punishable by death... A lone cop battling a cyborg Mafia don... Art thieves operating on the blazing surface of Mercury... CRIME HAS AN INCREDIBLE FUTURE. At the dawn of the new millennium, the criminal world has become more high-tech, more complex, and more unpredictable. Now, take one small step forward into the future with these classic and acclaimed stories from a stellar and diverse group of masters who imagine - beyond all imagining - what"s waiting on the dark mean Streets of tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (2003) - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • The Dog Said Bow-Wow - (2001) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • A Scraping at the Bones - (1975) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • The Retrieval Artist - (2000) - novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman - (1965) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Time Bum - (1953) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Mercurial - (1985) - novelette by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Taking the Piss - (2002) - novelette by Brian Stableford
  • Death of Reason - (1992) - novella by Tony Daniel

Future Power

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1976) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Diary of the Rose - (1976) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Country of the Kind - (1956) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Smoe and the Implicit Clay - (1976) - novelette by R. A. Lafferty
  • She Waits for All Men Born - (1976) - shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Day of the Big Test - (1976) - novelette by Felix C. Gotschalk
  • Contentment, Satisfaction, Cheer, Well-Being, Gladness, Joy, Comfort, and Not Having to Get Up Early Any More - (1976) - novelette by George Alec Effinger
  • Coming-of-Age Day - (1965) - shortstory by A. K. Jorgensson
  • Thanatos - (1976) - shortstory by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Eyeflash Miracles - (1976) - novella by Gene Wolfe

Future Sports

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Are you ready to rumble?

Enter a world of weird sportsmanship in this unique sci-fi anthology of stories by such great visionaries as: Arthur C. Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop, Jonathan Lethem, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Robert Reed.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Wind from the Sun" by Arthur C. Clarke
  • "Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars" by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • "Man-Mountain Gentian" by Howard Waldrop
  • "Winning" by Ian McDonald
  • "The Dead" by Michael Swanwick
  • "Game of the Century" by Robert Reed
  • "Streak" by Andrew Weiner
  • "The Holy Stomper vs. the Alien Barrel of Death" by R. Neube
  • "Stroboscopic" by Alastair Reynolds
  • "Vanilla Dunk" by Jonathan Lethem

Future War

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Joe Haldeman, Lucius Shepard, Allen Steele and others storm the battlefields of tomorrow...

Table of Contents

  • Preface - essay by uncredited
  • Second Variety - (1953) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Salvador - (1984) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Floating Dogs - (1991) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • The Private War of Private Jacob - (1974) - shortstory by Joe Haldeman
  • Spirey and the Queen - (1996) - novelette by Alastair Reynolds
  • A Dry, Quiet War - (1996) - novelette by Tony Daniel
  • Rorvik's War - (1995) - novelette by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Second Skin - (1997) - shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
  • The War Memorial - (1995) - shortstory by Allen Steele
  • A Special Kind of Morning - (1971) - novelette by Gardner Dozois

Futures Past

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Change the past... and the future may come undone.

An outstanding collection of time-traveling alternate history stories from 16 major science fiction writers, both old and new. Every day, a thousand possible futures die unborn around us-corners not turned, paths not taken. But if one could go back into the past and change it, the outcome could be unimaginable.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Aristotle and the Gun - (1958) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Sitka - (2004) - shortstory by William Sanders
  • The Only Game in Town - (1960) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • Playing the Game - (1982) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Killing the Morrow - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Reed
  • Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne - (1967) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Game of Blood and Dust - (1975) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • Calling Your Name - (2003) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • What Rough Beast - (1959) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • O Brave Old World! - (1976) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • Radiant Doors - (1998) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • The Hotel at Harlan's Landing - (2002) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • Mozart in Mirrorshades - (1985) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner
  • Under Siege - (1985) - novelette by George R. R. Martin

Galactic Empires

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Demon Trap - novella by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Owner Space - novella by Neal Asher
  • The Man with the Golden Balloon - novella by Robert Reed
  • The Six Directions of Space - novella by Alastair Reynolds
  • The Seer and the Silverman - novella by Stephen Baxter
  • The Tear - novella by Ian McDonald

Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition

Gardner Dozois

From the most celebrated editor in science fiction comes an anthology of stories about the persecution of scientists. Each of the thirteen tales depicts the struggle to make progress against the dead blank wall of superstition and fear. This title includes stories by: Arthur C Clarke, Ursula K Le Guin, Greg Egan, George R. R. Martin, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, and others.

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Genometry

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Eleven fictional experiments in genetic engineering...

In this thought-provoking anthology, eleven cutting-edge science fiction writers explore both the promise and peril of genetic engineering.

Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois's multifaceted, sharp-edged, surreal fiction has long been regarded among science fiction's finest offerings. The fourteen masterworks in this volume are unique and beautiful constructions whose images etch themselves indelibly in the reader's mind.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - (1992) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • Morning Child - (1984) - shortstory
  • Dinner Party - (1984) - shortstory
  • Executive Clemency - (1981) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack C. Haldeman, II
  • A Special Kind of Morning - (1971) - novelette
  • Down Among the Dead Men - (1982) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Solace - (1989) - shortstory
  • Slow Dancing With Jesus - (1983) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • The Peacemaker - (1983) - shortstory
  • One for the Road - (1982) - shortstory
  • Chains of the Sea - (1973) - novella
  • A Dream at Noonday - (1970) - shortstory
  • Disciples - (1981) - shortstory
  • Après Moi - (1990) - shortstory
  • A Kingdom by the Sea - (1972) - novelette

Golden Apples of the Sun

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois
Michael Swanwick

This novelette originally appeared in Penthouse, March 1984 as Virgin Territory. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11 (1985), edited by Arthur W. Saha, and The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998), edited by Mike Ashley. The story can also be found in the collections Slow Dancing Through Time (Dozois, 1990), Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois (Dozois, 2001) and The Fiction Factory (Dann, 2005).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

Hackers

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

In the tradition of Mirrorshades--stories from the virtual frontier...

A collection of short stories from the virtual frontier follows the exploits of the world's most notorious hackers and includes contributions from Greg Bear, William Gibson, Robert Silverberg, and Bruce Sterling. This wide-ranging collection of cyberspace tales, featuring the most cutting-edge writers in science fiction, goes beyond the stereotypes of computer rogues and delves into the true heart--and art--of hackerdom.

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Horse of Air

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in the anthology Orbit 8 (1970), edited by Damon Knight. The story can also be found in the anthology Nebula Award Stories Seven (1972), edited by Lloyd Biggle, Jr., and the collection The Visible Man (1977).

Hunter's Run

Daniel Abraham
Gardner Dozois
George R. R. Martin

Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the wilderness.

Mercifully, almost happily alone—far from the loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor—the luckless prospector is finally free to search for the one rich strike that could make him wealthy. But what he stumbles upon instead is an advanced alien race in hiding: desperate fugitives, like him, on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret and caught up in an extraordinary manhunt on a hostile, unpredictable planet, Ramón must first escape . . . and then, somehow, survive.

And his deadliest enemy is himself.

In Panic Town, on the Backward Moon

Gardner Dozois

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Mission: Tomorrow (2015) edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection (2016), edited by Gardner Dozois.

Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love

Gardner Dozois

True love is a rapture that outlives the flesh, a desire that reached beyond the grave, a passion that transfigures even death. This hauntingly seductive new collection of erotic stories by today's most celebrated authors probes the shadowy realm where life's two great mysteries--love and death--meet and embrace.

Table of Contents:

  • Unchosen Love - (1994) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Gardener - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • The Jaguar Hunter - (1985) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • She's Not There - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • The Affair - (1984) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Hard Drive - short story by Nancy Kress
  • Relationships - (1989) - short story by Robert Sampson
  • Waltzing on a Dancer's Grave - (1991) - novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • In the Air - short story by Maureen F. McHugh
  • North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Nunc Dimittis - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Chihuahua Flats - short story by Michael Bishop
  • The Two-Headed Man - (1990) - short story by Nancy A. Collins
  • The Joy of Hats - short story by Mike Resnick and Nicholas A. DiChario
  • The Fire When It Comes - (1981) - novelette by Parke Godwin

Mash Up

Gardner Dozois

Stories Inspired by Famous First Lines

Pride and Prejudice meets Macbeth by way of The Wizard of Oz and a dollop of the speculative, in this entertaining anthology where authors get inspiration for short stories from the first lines of famous works of literature. Edited by respected anthologist Gardner Dozois, the collection features Mary Robinette Kowal's Hugo Award-winning story "The Lady Astronaut of Mars".

Table of Contents:

  • "Fireborn" by Robert Charles Wilson - based on first line of Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Tale
  • "The Evening Line" by Mike Resnick - based on first line of Pride and Prejudice
  • "No Decent Patrimony" by Elizabeth Bear - based on first line of Marlowe's Edward II
  • "The Big Whale" by Allen M. Steele - based on first line of Moby Dick
  • "Begone" by Daryl Gregory - based on first line of David Copperfield
  • "The Red Menace" by Lavie Tidhar - based on first line of The Communist Manifesto
  • "Muse of Fire" by John Scalzi - based on first line of Shakespeare's Henry V
  • "Writer's Block" by Nancy Kress - based on 'It was a dark and stormy night...' from Paul by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Highland Reel" by John G. Hemry - based on first line of Macbeth
  • "Karin Coxswain, or, Death as She is Truly Lived" by Paul Di Filippo - baed on first line of Huckleberry Finn
  • "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal - based on first line of The Wizard of Oz
  • "Every Fuzzy Beast of The Earth, Every Pink Fowl of The Air" by Tad Williams - based on first line of the Bible
  • "Declaration" by James Patrick Kelly - based on first line of the Declaration of Independence

Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

The novella is, in the words of Gardner Dozois, "a perfect length for a science fiction story: long enough to enable you to flesh out the details of a strange alien world or a bizarre future society... and yet, still short enough for the story to pack a real punch."

The thirteen masterpieces assembled in Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction travel to the farthest reaches of the imagination, through realms of immortality, along alternate paths of time and across vast galaxies to explore the best of all imaginable worlds.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1994) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Miracle Workers - (1958) - novella by Jack Vance
  • The Longest Voyage - (1960) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • On the Storm Planet - (1965) - novella by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Star Pit - (1967) - novella by Samuel R. Delany
  • Total Environment - (1968) - novelette by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Merchants of Venus - (1972) - novella by Frederik Pohl
  • The Death of Doctor Island - (1973) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - (1974) - novella by Kate Wilhelm
  • Souls - (1982) - novella by Joanna Russ
  • A Traveler's Tale - (1984) - novella by Lucius Shepard
  • Sailing to Byzantium - (1985) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • Mr. Boy - (1990) - novella by James Patrick Kelly
  • And Wild for to Hold - (1991) - novella by Nancy Kress

Modern Classics of Fantasy

Gardner Dozois

This wonderful collection celebrates fantasy's heydey with 33 masterpieces of short fiction, ranging from 1940s stories by L. Sprague de Camp, H. L. Gold, Fritz Leiber, and Manly Wade Wellman to more recent tales by such towering modern talents as Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock, Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lucius Shepard, Michael Swanwick, JaneYolen, and Roger Zelazny.

Just as Gardner Dozois's anthology Modern Classics of Science Fiction (SMP, 1992) has helped new generations of readers and old fans discover the genre's finest short stories, so too shall this volume allow readers to find in one volume more than two dozen masterworks of fantasy.

Contents:

  • Preface - (1997) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Walk Like a Mountain - (1955) - shortstory by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Scylla's Daughter - (1961) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • Paper Dragons - (1985) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • The Golem - (1955) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Flowers of Edo - (1987) - novelette by Bruce Sterling
  • Bears Discover Fire - (1990) - shortstory by Terry Bisson
  • The Changeling's Tale - (1994) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Missolonghi 1824 - (1990) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • Blunderbore - (1990) - shortstory by Esther M. Friesner
  • Into Gold - (1986) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Space-Time for Springers - (1958) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Beauty and the Opéra or The Phanton Beast - (1996) - novelette by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule - [Griaule] - (1984) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • A Cabin on the Coast - (1984) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Sleep of Trees - (1980) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Trouble with Water - (1939) - shortstory by H. L. Gold
  • The Gnarly Man - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Death and the Executioner - (1967) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Manor of Roses - (1966) - novella by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • The Overworld - (1965) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • Extempore - (1956) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • God's Hooks! - (1982) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1987) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Tale of Hauk - (1977) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • A Gift of the People - (1988) - shortstory by Robert Sampson
  • Configuration of the North Shore - (1969) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Two Sadnesses - (1973) - shortstory by George Alec Effinger
  • Manatee Gal, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1977) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • The Signaller - (1966) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • The Troll - (1935) - shortstory by T. H. White
  • Death and the Lady - (1992) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros - (1995) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Recommended Reading - essay by Gardner Dozois

Modern Classics of Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

"The best stories are timeless. Long years from now the stories here may still touch someone, cause that person to blink, and put the book down for a second, and stare off through the hallow air, and shirver in wonder."

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1991) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Country of the Kind - (1956) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Aristotle and the Gun - (1958) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Other Celia - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Casey Agonistes - (1958) - shortstory by Richard McKenna
  • Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Moon Moth - (1961) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • The Golden Horn - (1962) - novelette by Edgar Pangborn
  • The Lady Margaret - (1966) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • This Moment of the Storm - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Narrow Valley - (1966) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Driftglass - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • The Worm That Flies - (1968) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Fifth Head of Cerberus - (1972) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • Nobody's Home - (1972) - shortstory by Joanna Russ
  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever - (1974) - shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Barrow - (1976) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Particle Theory - (1977) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • The Ugly Chickens - (1980) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • Going Under - (1981) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • Salvador - (1984) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Pretty Boy Crossover - (1986) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • The Pure Product - (1986) - novelette by John Kessel
  • The Winter Market - (1985) - novelette by William Gibson
  • Chance - (1986) - novelette by Connie Willis
  • The Edge of the World - (1989) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Dori Bangs - (1989) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Afterword - (1991) - essay by Gardner Dozois

Morning Child

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award winning short story. It originally appeared in Omni, January 1984. It can be found in the anthologies Best SF of the Year #14 (1985), edited by Terry Carr, Nebula Awards 20 (1985), edited by George Zebrowski and The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) edited by Ellen Datlow. It can also be found in the collections Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Morning Child and Other Stories

Gardner Dozois

A collection of award-winning science fiction written by two-time Nebula award winner, Gardner Dozois. Here you'll find Dozois short stories "Morning Child" and "The Peacemaker," both winners of the Nebula for best science fiction short story. Also includes Dozois classics "A Dream at Noonday," "Chains of the Sea," "The Hanging Curve," "The Bride" (with Jack Dann), and "Ancestral Voices" (with Michael Swanwick).

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Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds

Greg Bear
Gardner Dozois

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the SFWA in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels (Brain Wave, Tau Zero) and series fiction (Time Patrol, the Dominic Flandry books) and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.

Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds is a rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer--and equally remarkable man. A nicely balanced mixture of fiction and reminiscence, Multiverse contains thirteen stories and novellas by some of today's finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson's wife, Karen, his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear, and his son-in-law, novelist and co-editor Greg Bear. (Bear's introduction, My Friend Poul, is particularly illuminating and insightful).

The fictional contributions comprise a kaleidoscopic array of imaginative responses to Anderson's many and varied fictional worlds. A few of the highlights include Nancy Kress's 'Outmoded Things' and Terry Brooks' 'The Fey of Cloudmoor,' stories inspired by the Hugo Award-winning 'The Queen of Air and Darkness;' a pair of truly wonderful Time Patrol stories ('A Slip in Time' by S. M. Stirling and 'Christmas in Gondwanaland' by Robert Silverberg); Raymond E. Feist's Dominic Flandry adventure, 'A Candle;' and a pair of very different homages to the classic fantasy novel, Three Hearts and Three Lions: 'The Man Who Came Late' by Harry Turtledove and 'Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)' by Tad Williams. These stories, together with singular contributions by such significant figures as Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, and Eric Flint, add up to a memorable, highly personal anthology that lives up to the standards set by the late--and indisputably great--Poul Anderson.

Table of Contents:

  • "Outmoded Things" by Nancy Kress
  • "The Man Who Came Late" by Harry Turtledove
  • "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling
  • "Living and Working with Poul Anderson" by Karen Anderson
  • "Dancing on The Edge of The Dark" by C. J. Cherryh
  • "The Lingering Joy" by Stephen Baxter
  • "Operation Xibalba" by Eric Flint
  • "Tales Told" by Astrid Anderson Bear
  • "The Fey of Cloudmoor" by Terry Brooks
  • "Christmas in Gondwanaland" by Robert Silverberg
  • "Latecomers" by David Brin
  • "An Appreciation of Poul Anderson" by Jerry Pournelle
  • "A Candle" by Raymond E. Feist
  • "The Far End" by Larry Niven
  • "Bloodpride"" by Gregory Benford
  • "Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)" by Tad Williams

Nightmare Blue

George Alec Effinger
Gardner Dozois

Nightmare Blue: the most addictive drug in the universe. The alien race known as the Aensalords alone know from whence it comes, and are its sole purveyors. Already its effects are visible on Earth--in the stark, raving eyes of the hopelessly addicted and enslaved. Now two agents set out to find the source: Jaeger, the last private detective in the peaceful world of the future, and Corcail Sendijen, a lobster-like alien once a servant of the Aensalords themselves. But Earth alone is not all that is at stake--for it seems humans are merely test subjects, and the Aensalords have plans that could endanger the entire galaxy.

One Million A.D.

Gardner Dozois

One million years from now. It's a span of time so huge that it's hard for the mind to grasp. Even within science fiction, to conjure up a convincing portrait of what humanity might be like in such a remote future calls for writers with rare breadth of vision. Fortunately, Dozois and Dann have found them.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Exploring the Far Future - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Good Mountain - novella by Robert Reed
  • A Piece of the Great World - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • Mirror Image - novella by Nancy Kress
  • Thousandth Night - novella by Alastair Reynolds
  • Missile Gap - novella by Charles Stross
  • Riding the Crocodile - novella by Greg Egan

Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History

Gardner Dozois
Stanley Schmidt

Alternate History: The What-If? fiction that has finally come into its own! Shedding light on the past by exploring what could have happened, this bold genre tantalizes your imagination and challenges your perceptions with thrilling reinventions of humanity's most climactic events. Enter worlds that are at once fanciful and familiar, where fact and fiction meld in a provocative landscape of infinite possibilities....

  • "An Ink from the New Moon" by A. A. Attanasio
  • "We Could Do Worse" by Gregory Benford
  • "The West Is Red" by Greg Costikyan
  • "The Forest of Time" by Michael F. Flynn
  • "Southpaw" by Bruce McAllister
  • "Over There" by Mike Resnick
  • "An Outpost of the Empire" by Robert Silverberg
  • "Aristotle and the Gun" by L. Sprague de Camp
  • "Must and Shall" by Harry Turtledove
  • "How I Lost the Second World War and Helped Turn Back the German Invasion" by Gene Wolfe

With these dazzling stories, discover just how different things might have been!

Robots

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Their future depends on ours...

Here, some of the most advanced carbon-based minds in science fiction offer their own unique perspectives on the complex and conflicted future relationships between mankind and his most brilliant creations--some funny, some sad, some bizarre, some terrifying, and all beyond anything ever imagined.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider - (1997) - shortstory by James Patrick Kelly
  • Robots Don't Cry - (2003) - shortstory by Mike Resnick
  • London, Paris, Banana... - (2000) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • La Macchina - (1991) - shortstory by Chris Beckett
  • Warmth - (1995) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • Ancient Engines - (1999) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Jimmy Guang's House of Gladmech - (2002) - shortstory by Alexander C. Irvine
  • Droplet - (2002) - shortstory by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Counting Cats in Zanzibar - (1996) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Birds of Isla Mujeres - (2003) - shortstory by Steven Popkes
  • Heirs of the Perisphere - (1985) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • The Robot's Twilight Companion - (1996) - novella by Tony Daniel

Rogues

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors--including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!

If you're a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart--and yet leave you all the richer for it.

Table of Contents:

  • George R.R. Martin "Everybody Loves a Rogue" (Introduction)
  • Joe Abercrombie "Tough Times All Over"
  • Gillian Flynn "What Do You Do?"
  • Matthew Hughes "The Inn of the Seven Blessings"
  • Joe R. Lansdale "Bent Twig"
  • Michael Swanwick "Tawny Petticoats"
  • David Ball "Provenance"
  • Carrie Vaughn "The Roaring Twenties"
  • Scott Lynch "A Year and a Day in Old Theradane"
  • Bradley Denton "Bad Brass"
  • Cherie Priest "Heavy Metal"
  • Daniel Abraham "The Meaning of Love"
  • Paul Cornell "A Better Way to Die"
  • Steven Saylor "Ill Seen in Tyre"
  • Garth Nix "A Cargo of Ivories"
  • Walter Jon Williams "Diamonds From Tequila"
  • Phyllis Eisenstein "The Caravan to Nowhere"
  • Lisa Tuttle "The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives"
  • Neil Gaiman "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back"
  • Connie Willis "Now Showing"
  • Patrick Rothfuss "The Lightning Tree"

Shadow Twin

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois
Daniel Abraham

Shadow Twin is a 120 page novella by Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin, and Daniel Abraham. Gardner began the novella in the 1970s, handed it off to George in the 1980s, who, in turn, called upon Daniel Abraham to add the finishing touches.

This novella has been expanded into the novel Hunter's Run.

Slow Dancing Through Time

Gardner Dozois

Here are the short story collaborations of legendary editor and multiple Nebula Award winning author Gardner Dozois with some of the greatest writers of modern science fiction. Each story is followed by an essay by the collaborator discussing Dozois and his influence on science fiction and beyond.

Table of Contents:

  • Write Like Dozois? I Can't Even Say His Name - essay by Michael Bishop
  • How Did They Do That? - essay by Pat Cadigan
  • Collaborating - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Touring - (1981) - novelette by Michael Swanwick and Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to Touring - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Gods of Mars - (1985) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Afterword to The Gods of Mars - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Slow Dancing with Jesus - (1983) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to Slow Dancing With Jesus - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • It Doesn't Get Any Better - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Executive Clemency - (1981) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack C. Haldeman, II
  • Afterword to Executive Clemency - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Afternoon at Schrafft's - (1984) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Afterword to Afternoon at Schrafft's - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • A Change in the Weather - (1981) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to A Change in the Weather - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Time Bride - (1983) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to Time Bride - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Guilford Gafia Revisited - essay by Jack C. Haldeman, II
  • Snow Job - (1985) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick
  • Afterword to Snow Job - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Send No Money - (1985) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • Afterword to Send No Money - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Playing the Game - (1982) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to Playing the Game - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • New Kind on the Block - essay by Susan Casper
  • The Stray - (1987) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • Afterword to The Stray - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Clowns - (1985) - short story by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • Afterword to The Clowns - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Golden Apples of the Sun - (1984) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Afterword to Golden Apples of the Sun - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Running Wild - essay by Jack Dann
  • Down Among the Dead Men - (1982) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Afterword to Down Among the Dead Men - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Afterword - essay by Gardner Dozois

Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

In this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.

Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he's one of the hottest stars in literature today with "The Thing About Cassandra," a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see.

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in "A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows." Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby-no matter the cost.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents "Love Hurts," in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart.

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell.

Table of Contents:

  • Star-crossed Lovers (Introduction) - essay by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin
  • Love Hurts - [The Dresden Files] - novelette by Jim Butcher
  • The Marrying Maid - novelette by Jo Beverley
  • Rooftops - novelette by Carrie Vaughn
  • Hurt Me - short story by Daniel Abraham [as by M. L. N. Hanover]
  • Demon Lover - short story by Cecelia Holland
  • The Wayfarer's Advice - [The Imperials Saga] - novelette by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Blue Boots - [The Farseer] - novelette by Robin Hobb
  • The Thing About Cassandra - short story by Neil Gaiman
  • After the Blood - novelette by Marjorie M. Liu
  • You, and You Alone - [Kushiel's Legacy] - novelette by Jacqueline Carey
  • His Wolf - novelette by Lisa Tuttle
  • Courting Trouble - novelette by Linnea Sinclair
  • The Demon Dancer - [The Guardian] - short story by Mary Jo Putney
  • Under/Above the Water - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Kaskia - short story by Peter S. Beagle
  • Man in the Mirror - short story by Yasmine Galenorn
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows - [Outlander] - novelette by Diana Gabaldon

(all stories first published in 2010)

Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance

Gardner Dozois
George R. R. Martin

To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel.

Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz.

Table of Contents:

  • Thank You, Mr. Vance - (2009) - essay by Dean R. Koontz
  • Preface - (2009) - essay by Jack Vance
  • The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale - (2009) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Grolion of Almery - (2009) - novelette by Matthew Hughes
  • The Copsy Door - (2009) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Caulk the Witch-Chaser - (2009) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Inescapable - (2009) - shortstory by Mike Resnick
  • Abrizonde - (2009) - novelette by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Traditions of Karzh - (2009) - novelette by Paula Volsky
  • The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod - (2009) - novelette by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Green Bird - (2009) - novelette by Kage Baker
  • The Last Golden Thread - (2009) - shortstory by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • An Incident in Uskvosk - (2009) - shortstory by Elizabeth Moon
  • Sylgarmo's Proclamation - (2009) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or The Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lixal Laqavee - (2009) - novelette by Tad Williams
  • Guyal the Curator - (2009) - novelette by John C. Wright
  • The Good Magician - (2009) - novelette by Glen Cook
  • The Return of the Fire Witch - (2009) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Collegeum of Mauge - (2009) - shortstory by Byron Tetrick
  • Evillo the Uncunning - (2009) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderoz - (2009) - novella by Dan Simmons
  • Frogskin Cap - (2009) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • A Night at the Tarn House - (2009) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • An Invocation of Incuriosity - (2009) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman

Space Soldiers

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Nine visions of the future of war...

In this explosive anthology, ten of science fiction's best new and classic writers imagine the soldiers who will one day fight and die on distant worlds.

  • "The Gardens of Saturn" by Paul J. McAuley
  • "Soldiers Home" by William Barton
  • "Legacies" by Tom Purdom
  • "Mood Duel" by Fritz Leiber
  • "Savior" by Robert Reed
  • "Galactic North" by Alastair Reynolds
  • "Masque of the Red Shift" by Fred Saberhagen
  • "Time Piece" by Joe Haldeman
  • "On the Orion Line" by Stephen Baxter

Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois

A monumental collection of fiction and nonfiction by the award-winning writer and editor, Gardner Dozois, including perhaps the only World Science Fiction trip report you'll ever find that is a lyrical and evocative piece bit of journalism in itself!

These are Dozois short stories selected and introduced by writers, many of them legends themselves, who are friends and colleagues of Dozois. A sparkling collection of short fiction that contains some of the two-time Nebula winner's best work, including many topflight Dozois collaborations!

From the introduction:
Imagine you're at a party in Gardner's apartment. It's not large, but he's invited swarms of people, so it's very crowded. Gardner keeps his awards on a little table not far from the door. People who have never been there before, young editors and the like, will eventually drift over to admire the thicket of Hugos for his work as an editor, and while there notice two Nebulas gleaming in their midst. Inevitably, someone will say, "I didn't know Gardner was a writer."

"Oh, yes," one of us Old Hands will reply (we linger near the trophy table for this very purpose), "Gardner's a much better writer than he is an editor!"

Selection and introduction of Dozois-written stories by: Stephen Baxter, Michael Bishop, Pat Cadigan, Susan Casper, Jack Dann, Andy Duncan, Eliot Fintushel, Joe Haldeman, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, George R.R. Martin, Paul McAuley, Ian McCloud, Mike Resnick, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Strange and Fabulous Journey of Gardner Dozois - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Author's Preface to Introduction to Travel Diary - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Travel Diary - essay by George R. R. Martin
  • Another Introduction to Travel Diary - essay by Mike Resnick
  • Travel Diary - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to The Gods of Mars - essay by James Patrick Kelly
  • The Gods of Mars - (1985) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Introduction to Solace - essay by Nancy Kress
  • Solace - (1989) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Golden Apples of the Sun - essay by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Golden Apples of the Sun - (1984) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Introduction to The Mayan Variation - essay by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • The Mayan Variation - (1984) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to The Clowns - essay by Andy Duncan
  • The Clowns - (1985) - shortstory by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • Introduction to Touring - essay by Paul J. McAuley
  • Touring - (1981) - novelette by Michael Swanwick and Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Introduction to Dinner Party - essay by John Kessel
  • Dinner Party - (1984) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Snow Job - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Snow Job - (1985) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick
  • Introduction to Flash Point - essay by Pat Cadigan
  • Flash Point - (1974) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Send No Money - essay by Susan Casper
  • Send No Money - (1985) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • Introduction to A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows - essay by Walter Jon Williams
  • A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows - (1999) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to The Storm - essay by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Storm - (1975) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to The Last Day of July - essay by Michael Bishop
  • The Last Day of July - (1973) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Afternoon at Schrafft's - essay by Eliot Fintushel
  • Afternoon at Schrafft's - (1984) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • Introduction to Playing the Game - essay by Andy Duncan
  • Another Introduction to Playing the Game - essay by Joe Haldeman
  • Playing the Game - (1982) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Introduction to Down Among the Dead Men - essay by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Down Among the Dead Men - (1982) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Introduction to Passage - essay by Jane Yolen
  • Passage - (1993) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Community - essay by Connie Willis
  • Community - (1996) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to The Visible Man - essay by Stephen Baxter
  • The Visible Man - (1975) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to A Cat Horror Story - essay by Jack Dann
  • A Cat Horror Story - (1994) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction to Executive Clemency - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Executive Clemency - (1981) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois and Jack C. Haldeman, II
  • Introduction to Strangers - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • Strangers - (1974) - novella by Gardner Dozois
  • Editors' Afterword & Acknowledgements - essay by Ann Broomhead and Timothy P. Szczesuil

Strangers

Gardner Dozois

Hugo Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology New Dimensions IV (1974). It was later expanded to the full novel Strangers (1978). The story is included in the collection Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois (2001).

Strangers

Gardner Dozois

Hundreds of years in the future, Earthmen have moved out into the galaxy of inhabited worlds, but only through the gift of advanced technology from alien interstellar traders. Earthmen do not dominate among inhabited worlds, as many races are older and wiser -- in fact, space travelers from Earth are second-class citizens or worse on most of the planets they visit.

Joseph Farber, an artist, is part of the uncomfortable and decadent Earth colony among the alien Cian on the planet Weinunnach. As with many earthling spacefarers, Farber suffers a decline in spirits when faced with the utter difference of alien cultures, yet he is deeply moved by the rituals of the Cian -- and by Liraun, a humanoid Cian, with whom he falls in love. And though love between races is forbidden, he allows himself to be genetically altered so that he and Liraun may marry and interbreed. But the couple soon discovers that the fundamental differences between their races and cultures prevent adequate communication between them. This lack of communication leads to a powerful climax of tragedy and revelation.

Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future

Gardner Dozois

Mind-expanding explorations of the future of the human form

Our bodies and minds are malleable, and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements. From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution. Included here are more than twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including:

Poul Anderson * James Blish * Eric Brown * Ted Chiang * Tony Daniel * Samuel R. Delany * Greg Egan * Joe Haldeman * Geoffrey A. Landis * Paul McAuley * Ian MacLeod * David Marusek * Tom Purdom * Robert Reed * Joanna Russ * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Liz Williams * Gene Wolfe * Roger Zelazny

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by uncredited
  • The Chapter Ends - (1954) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • Watershed - (1955) - shortstory by James Blish
  • Slow Tuesday Night - (1965) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Aye, and Gomorrah - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • Nobody's Home - (1972) - shortstory by Joanna Russ
  • The Hero as Werwolf - (1975) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Halfjack - (1979) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • Dancer's in the Time-Flux - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Spook - (1983) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Understand - (1991) - novelette by Ted Chiang
  • None So Blind - (1994) - shortstory by Joe Haldeman
  • Mortimer Gray's History of Death - (1995) - novella by Brian Stableford
  • Brother Perfect - (1995) - novella by Robert Reed
  • A Child of the Dead - (1997) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Nevermore - (1997) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Wisdom of Old Earth - (1997) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • TOAST: A Con Report - (1998) - shortstory by Charles Stross
  • The Gardens of Saturn - (1998) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley
  • Grist - (1998) - novella by Tony Daniel
  • Fossil Games - (1999) - novelette by Tom Purdom
  • The Wedding Album - (1999) - novella by David Marusek
  • Steps Along the Way - (1999) - shortstory by Eric Brown
  • Border Guards - (1999) - novelette by Greg Egan
  • Epilogue - essay by uncredited
  • Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct - (1999) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • A History of the Human and Post-Human Species - (2000) - shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • The Great Goodbye - (2000) - shortstory by Robert Charles Wilson

The Book of Magic

Gardner Dozois

Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois's acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf... and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda... and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore... and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped--or misshaped--by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human--some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.

In these pages, seventeen of today's top fantasy writers--including award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williams--cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Return of the Pig" by K. J. Parker
  • "Community Service" by Megan Lindholm
  • "Flint and Mirror" by John Crowley
  • "The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable" by Matthew Hughes
  • "The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love" by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • "Song of Fire" by Rachel Pollack
  • "Loft the Sorcerer" by Eleanor Arnason
  • "The Governoer" by Tim Powers
  • "Sungrazer" by Liz Williams
  • "The Staff in the Stone" by Garth Nix
  • "No Work of Mine" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "Widow Maker" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "The Wolf and the Manticore" by Greg Van Eekhout
  • "The Devil's Whatever" by Andy Duncan
  • "Bloom" by Kate Elliott
  • "The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril" by Scott Lynch
  • "A Night at the Tarn House" by George R.R. Martin

The Book of Silverberg: Stories in Honor of Robert Silverberg

Gardner Dozois
William Schafer

For nearly sixty years, Grandmaster Robert Silverberg has been a significant presence in the world of science fiction. As prolific as he is gifted, Silverberg has amassed a body of work unique both in its richness and its variety. That work has influenced generations of other writers and has enriched the lives of untold numbers of devoted readers.

In The Book of Silverberg, editors Gardner Dozois and William Schafer have assembled a tribute anthology fully worthy of the Master himself. The book begins with a pair of affectionate appreciations from Greg Bear and Barry Malzberg, and continues with a series of wonderfully original stories that inhabit and extend some of Silverberg's most memorable creations. In 'In Old Pidruid,' the late Kage Baker turns to the world of Majipoor in a humorous and moving tale of rivalry and reconciliation. Kristine Kathryn Rusch's 'Voyeuristic Tendencies' shows us the world of the 1972 novel Dying Inside from a wholly different perspective. Nancy Kress's 'Eaters' provides a bleak and harrowing conclusion to the classic short story 'Sundance.' In 'Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for This Anthology,' the incomparable Connie Willis offers what might be the only plausible explanation for the whole Silverberg phenomenon. And elsewhere in the anthology, some of today's most notable writers--Mike Resnick, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear, James Patrick Kelly, and Tobias S. Buckell--ring equally brilliant changes on a number of Silverberg's signature fictions.

Funny, tragic, provocative, intelligent and always richly imagined, the stories in The Book of Silverberg are all notable accomplishments in themselves. Together, they comprise an exhilarating--and altogether fitting--celebration of one of science fiction's indisputable masters.

Table of Contents:

  • A Tribute - essay by Greg Bear
  • An Appreciation - essay by Barry N. Malzberg
  • In Old Pidruid - novelette by Kage Baker
  • Voyeuristic Tendencies - novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Bad News from the Vatican - novelette by Mike Resnick
  • The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for This Anthology - essay by Connie Willis
  • The Hand is Quicker - novelette by Elizabeth Bear
  • Eaters - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • The Chimp of the Popes - novelette by James Patrick Kelly
  • Ambassador to the Dinosaurs - short story by Tobias S. Buckell

The Book of Swords

Gardner Dozois

New epic fantasy in the grand tradition--including a never-before-published Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin!

Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction--and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters--many of them set in their authors' best-loved worlds. Join today's finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.

FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:

  • "The Best Man Wins" by K. J. Parker
  • "Her Father's Sword" by Robin Hobb
  • "The Hidden Girl" by Ken Liu
  • "The Sword of Destiny" by Matthew Hughes
  • "'I Am a Handsome Man,' Said Apollo Crow" by Kate Elliott
  • "The Triumph of Virtue" by Walter Jon Williams
  • "The Mocking Tower" by Daniel Abraham
  • "Hrunting" by C. J. Cherryh
  • "A Long, Cold Trail" by Garth Nix
  • "When I Was a Highwayman" by Ellen Kushner
  • "The Smoke of Gold Is Glory" by Scott Lynch
  • "The Colgrid Conundrum" by Rich Larson
  • "The King's Evil" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "Waterfalling" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "The Sword Tyraste" by Cecelia Holland
  • "The Sons of the Dragon" by George R. R. Martin

The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts or as noble creatures of power and grace, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. Now, in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire... Includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams, as well as tales by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Naomi Novik, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Dragon's Deep - novelette by Cecelia Holland
  • Vici - short story by Naomi Novik
  • Bob Choi's Last Job - short story by Jonathan Stroud
  • Are You Afflicted with Dragons? - short story by Kage Baker
  • The Tsar's Dragons - novelette by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
  • The Dragon of Direfell - novelette by Liz Williams
  • Oakland Dragon Blues - short story by Peter S. Beagle
  • Humane Killer - novella by Diana Gabaldon and Sam Sykes
  • Stop! - short story by Garth Nix
  • Ungentle Fire - novelette by Sean Williams
  • A Stark and Wormy Knight - short story by Tad Williams
  • None So Blind - short story by Harry Turtledove
  • JoBoy - short story by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Puz_le - short story by Gregory Maguire
  • After the Third Kiss - novelette by Bruce Coville
  • The War That Winter Is - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Dragon's Tale - novelette by Tamora Pierce
  • Dragon Storm - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • The Dragaman's Bride - novelette by Andy Duncan

The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future

Gardner Dozois

It is the essence of science fiction to chart the possibilities of the future, but it takes the hand of a master to capture the farthest reaches of time--futures almost unimaginably distant. The Furthest Horizon collects seventeen of the most inventive and audacious visions of the future by many acclaimed writers, including:

* Brian Aldiss * Paul Anderson * Avram Davidson * Joe Haldeman * Alexander Jablokov * Paul J. McAuley * Ian McDonald * Michael Moorcock * Frederik Pohl * Robert Reed * Keith Roberts * Robert Silverberg * Cordwainer Smith * James Tiptree, Jr. * Jack Vance * Walter Jon Williams * Gene Wolfe

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Guyal of Sfere - (1950) - novella by Jack Vance
  • Old Hundredth - (1960) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Alpha Ralpha Boulevard - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Day Million - (1966) - short story by Frederik Pohl
  • Bumberboom - (1966) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • Coranda - (1967) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • Nightwings - (1968) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • Pale Roses - (1974) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • Anniversary Project - (1975) - short story by Joe Haldeman
  • Slow Music - (1980) - novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Map - (1984) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • Dinosaurs - (1987) - novelette by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Death Artist - (1990) - novelette by Alexander Jablokov
  • Sister Alice - (1993) - novella by Robert Reed
  • Recording Angel - (1995) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley
  • Genesis - (1995) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • The Days of Solomon Gursky - (1998) - novella by Ian McDonald

The Gods of Mars

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois
Michael Swanwick

Nebula nominated short story. It originally appeared in Omni, March 1985. The story can also be found in the anthologies The 1986 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, and Omni Visions Two (1994), edited by Ellen Datlow. It was included in the Jack Dann collection The Fiction Factory (2005) and the Gardner Dozois collections Slow Dancing Through Time (1990) and Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois (2001).

The Peacemaker

Gardner Dozois

Nebula Award winning and Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1983. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Nebula Awards #19 (1984), edited by Marta Randell, Cults of Horror (1990), edited by Charles G. Waugh, Martin H. Greenberg, and Armageddons (1999), edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. It is included in several collections: Geodesic Dreams: The Best Short Fiction of Gardner Dozois (1992), Morning Child and Other Stories (2004) and When the Great Days Come (2011).

The Visible Man

Gardner Dozois

A collection of original fiction by Hugo and Nebula award winning SF legend Gardner Dozois. The collection contains legendary science fiction tales "A Special Kind of Morning," "Chains of the Sea," the riveting title story, "The Visible Man," and twelve other Dozois-authored stories. With an introduction by Robert Silverberg.

Table of Contennts:

  • Introduction - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • The Visible Man - (1975) - novelette
  • Flash Point - (1974) - novelette
  • Horse of Air - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Last Day of July - (1973) - novelette
  • Machines of Loving Grace - (1972) - shortstory
  • A Dream at Noonday - (1970) - shortstory
  • A Kingdom by the Sea - (1972) - novelette
  • The Man Who Waved Hello - (1972) - shortstory
  • The Storm - (1975) - novelette
  • Where No Sun Shines - (1970) - shortstory
  • A Special Kind of Morning - (1971) - novelette
  • Chains of the Sea - (1973) - novella

Touring

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois
Michael Swanwick

This short story originally appeared in Penthouse, April 1981. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series X (1982), edited by Karl Edward Wagner, and After Midnight (1986), edited by Charles L. Grant. The story is included in the collections Slow Dancing Through Time (Dozois, 1990), Strange Days: Fabulous Journeys with Gardner Dozois (Dozois, 2001), and The Fiction Factory (Dann, 2005).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

When the Great Days Came

Gardner Dozois

This short story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2005. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 11 (2006), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. The story is included in the collection When the Great Days Come (2011).

When the Great Days Come

Gardner Dozois

Millions of tiny robots dismantle Atlantic City. A Luddite encounters time travelers near the moment of Singularity. A young boy may have just destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard. By turns haunting and humorous, Gardner Dozois's acclaimed short fiction is finally collected in a definitive edition of his work. Including Nebula Award winners such as "Morning Child" and nominees "Disciples" and "A Dream at Noonday," When the Great Days Come is a must for any science fiction reader. When the Great Days Come proves that Dozois is not just one of science fiction's best editors of short fiction, but one of its best writers as well.

Contents:

  • Introduction - (2011) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • Counterfactual - (2006) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • The Hanging Curve - (2002) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Recidivist - (2010) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • When the Great Days Came - (2005) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • The Peacemaker - (1983) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Fairy Tale - (2003) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Chains of the Sea - (1973) - novella by Gardner Dozois
  • Solace - (1989) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • A Cat Horror Story - (1994) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Disciples - (1981) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • Ancestral Voices - (1998) - novella by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick
  • Dinner Party - (1984) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • A Dream at Noonday - (1970) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • A Special Kind of Morning - (1971) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Morning Child - (1984) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • A Kingdom by the Sea - (1972) - novelette by Gardner Dozois
  • Community - (1996) - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows - (1999) - novelette by Gardner Dozois

Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

In Wizards, today's master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were.

Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Witch's Headstone - (2007) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • Holly and Iron - (2007) - novelette by Garth Nix
  • Color Vision - (2007) - short story by Mary Rosenblum
  • The Ruby Incomparable - (2007) - short story by Kage Baker
  • A Fowl Tale - (2007) - short story by Eoin Colfer
  • Slipping Sideways Through Eternity - (2007) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • The Stranger's Hands - (2007) - short story by Tad Williams
  • Naming Day - (2007) - short story by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Winter's Wife - (2007) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil's Ninth Question - (2007) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • Barrens Dance - (2007) - short story by Peter S. Beagle
  • Stone Man - (2007) - short story by Nancy Kress
  • The Manticore Spell - (2007) - short story by Jeffrey Ford
  • Zinder - (2007) - short story by Tanith Lee
  • Billy and the Wizard - (2007) - short story by Terry Bisson
  • The Magikkers - (2007) - short story by Terry Dowling
  • The Magic Animal - (2007) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Stonefather - novella by Orson Scott Card

Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming

Gardner Dozois

When mankind moves out to the stars, the colonists of the future will remake the worlds they inhabit in their image. Included here are twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including:

Poul Anderson * Stephen Baxter * Gregory Benford * Arthur C. Clarke * Greg Egan * Joe Haldeman * Philip Jennings * William H. Kieth * Geoffrey A. Landis * Ian McDonald * Richard McKenna * Laura Mixon * G. David Nordley * Robert Reed * Kim Stanley Robinson * Pamela Sargent * Cordwainer Smith * Bruce Sterling * John Varley * Roger Zelazny

These are the stories of the explorers and pioneers who transform their destinations in the image of their distant home--exciting tales of alien landscapes and the struggle to make them suit human desires.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Big Rain - (1954) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • When the People Fell - (1959) - shortstory by Cordwainer Smith
  • Before Eden - (1961) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Hunter, Come Home - (1963) - novelette by Richard McKenna
  • The Keys to December - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Retrograde Summer - (1975) - novelette by John Varley
  • Shall We Take a Little Walk? - (1981) - novelette by Gregory Benford
  • The Catharine Wheel - (1984) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • Sunken Gardens - (1984) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Out of Copyright - (1989) - shortstory by Charles Sheffield
  • A Place with Shade - (1995) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • Dawn Venus - (1995) - novelette by G. David Nordley
  • For White Hill - (1995) - novella by Joe Haldeman
  • The Road to Reality - (1996) - novelette by Phillip C. Jennings
  • Ecopoiesis - (1997) - novella by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • People Came from Earth - (1999) - shortstory by Stephen Baxter
  • Fossils - (1999) - novelette by William H. Keith, Jr.
  • A Martian Romance - (1999) - novelette by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Dream of Venus - (2000) - novelette by Pamela Sargent
  • At Tide's Turning - (2001) - novelette by Laura J. Mixon

Quozl

Alan Dean Foster

The Quozl knew they'd love the third planet from the sun. But it never occurred to them that anyone lived there...

Firooz and His Brother

Alex Jeffers

This short story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2008. It can also be found in the anthologies Wilde Stories 2009: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (2017), edited by Steve Berman, and The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009, edited by Rich Horton. The story is included in the collection You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home: Wonder Stories (2012).

Instructions

Roz Kaveney

This short story originally appeared in Odyssey, Issue 3, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, November 2014.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Great Bagarozy

Helmut Krausser

Psychiatrist Cora has a new patient who is obsessed with opera diva Maria Callas. Cora's life is at a crisis point: bored of her tax consultant husband and struggling with professional failure, she finds her new patient fascinating - and also dangerously attractive. She falls in love with him, but he refuses to have an affair. He claims to be the Devil and to have inhabited Callas's black poodle - is he quite simply mad? Then he disappears but Cora rediscovers him performing in variety as The Great Bagarozy. An exhilarating blend of reality and the supernatural, this is one of the most acclaimed German novels of recent years.

Beaker's Dozen

Nancy Kress

"The twenty-first century, it's often remarked, will transform our knowledge of biology, in the same way the twentieth century transformed physics. With knowledge of course, comes application. And with the application of all we are learning about genetic engineering come social and ethical questions, some of the knotty.

This is where science fiction enters, stage left. Scientific laboratories are where the new technologies are rehearsed. Science fiction rehearses the implications of those technologies. What might we eventually do with our new-found power? Should we do it? Who should do it? Who will be affected? How? Is that a good thing or not? For whom?

Of the thirteen stories in this book, eight of them are concerned with what might come out of the beakers and test tubes and gene sequencers of microbiology. Not everything in these stories will come to pass. Possibly nothing in them will; fiction is not predicton. But I hope the stories at least raise questions about the world rushing in on us at the speed --not of light-- but of thought."

Nancy Kress from her introduction

Table of Contents:

Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes

Greg Kurzawa

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, March 2017.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Ozymandias

Karin Lowachee

This novelette originally appeared in Bridging Infinity (2016), edited by Jonathan Strahan. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, edited by Rich Horton.

The Peace Machine

Ozgur Mumcu

We'll create a machine. A peace machine that will put an end to all wars.

The twentieth century dawns and the world stands on the brink of yet another bloody war. But what if conflict were not inevitable? What if a mindcontrol machine could exploit the latest developments in electromagnetic science to put an end to violence, forever?

The search for the answer to these questions leads Celal away from his unassuming life as an Istanbul-based writer of erotic fiction, and on a quest across a continent stumbling headlong towards disaster, from the Ottoman capital to Paris and Belgrade, as he struggles to uncover the mystery of The Peace Machine before time runs out for humanity.

Frozen Voice

An Owomoyela

This short story originally appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, #58 July 2011. It can also be found in the anthologies Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013), edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, Clarkesworld: Year Five (2013), edited by Sean Wallace and Neil Clarke, and The Mammoth Book of Kaiju (2016), edited by Sean Wallace.

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki--shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

"A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

…That Thou Art Mindful of Him!

Isaac Asimov

Hugo Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1974. The story can also be found in the anthologies Final Stage (1974), edtied by Edward L. Ferman and Barry N. Malzberg and Souls in Metal (1977) edited by Mike Ashley. It is included in the collections The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories (1976), The Complete Robot (1982), The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov (1989) and The Complete Stories, Volume 2 (1992).

Asimov's Mysteries

Isaac Asimov

Contains:

  • A Loint of Paw
  • The Singing Bell
  • The Key
  • The Billiard Ball
  • The Dying Night
  • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda
  • Marooned off Vesta
  • The Talking Stone
  • Pate de Foie Gras
  • The Dust of Death
  • Anniversary
  • Obituary
  • Star Light
  • What's in a Name

Azazel

Isaac Asimov

Meet Azazel...

He's two centimeters tall. He's fiery red. He has magical powers strong enough to wreck a normal human's life...all with the best intentions, of course.

George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist and deadbeat, stumbles onto an ancient incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of astonishing wizardry. Unfortunately, Azazel refuses to do anything for George's personal gain—but he agrees to help out a few of his friends.

With Dr. Asimov himself as eager audience, George recounts eighteen episodes of life with Azazel—disastrous, hilarious episodes that could only spring from the science fiction's most fertile imagination.

Table of Contents:

  • xi - Introduction (Azazel) - (1988) - essay
  • 1 - The Two-Centimeter Demon - (1988) - short story
  • 11 - One Night of Song - (1982) - short story
  • 19 - The Smile That Loses - (1982) - short story
  • 29 - To the Victor - (1982) - short story
  • 39 - The Dim Rumble - (1982) - short story
  • 51 - Saving Humanity - (1983) - short story
  • 63 - A Matter of Principle - (1984) - short story
  • 77 - The Evil Drink Does - (1984) - short story
  • 89 - Writing Time - (1984) - short story
  • 103 - Dashing Through the Snow - (1984) - short story
  • 119 - Logic is Logic - (1985) - short story
  • 131 - He Travels the Fastest - (1985) - short story
  • 141 - The Eye of the Beholder - (1986) - short story
  • 155 - More Things in Heaven and Earth - (1986) - short story
  • 167 - The Mind's Construction - (1986) - short story
  • 179 - The Fights of Spring - (1987) - short story
  • 193 - Galatea - (1987) - short story
  • 207 - Flight of Fancy - (1988) - short story

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

Contains:

  • Darwinian Pool Room
  • Day of the Hunters
  • Shah Guido G.
  • Button, Button
  • The Monkey's Finger
  • Everest
  • The Pause
  • Let's Not
  • Each an Explorer
  • Blank!
  • Does a Bee Care
  • Silly Asses
  • Buy Jupiter!
  • A Statue for Father
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Founding Father
  • Exile to Hell
  • Key Item
  • The Proper Study
  • 2430 A.D.
  • The Greatest Asset
  • Take a Match
  • Thiotimoline to the Stars
  • Light Verse

Earth Is Room Enough

Isaac Asimov

Earth Is Room Enough is a collection of fifteen short science fiction and fantasy stories and two pieces of comic verse published by Isaac Asimov in 1957. In his autobiography In Joy Still Felt, Asimov wrote, "I was still thinking of the remarks of reviewers such as George O. Smith . . . concerning my penchant for wandering over the Galaxy. I therefore picked stories that took place on Earth and called the book Earth Is Room Enough." The collection includes one story from the Robot Series and four stories that feature or mention the fictional computer Multivac.

Eyes Do More Than See

Isaac Asimov

Nebula Award nominated short fiction story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1965. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 15th Series (1966), edited by Edward L. Ferman and 11th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1966), edited by Judith Merril. It is incleded in the collections Nightfall and Other Stories (1969), Nightfall Two (1971), Robot Dreams (1986), The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov (1989), and The Complete Stories, Volume 1 (1990).

Foundation's Friends

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov

Original tales written in honor of Isaac Asimov's fiftieth anniversary in the genre. They are set across his works.

Contents:

  • 1 - Preface (Foundation's Friends) - essay by Ray Bradbury
  • 3 - Second Preface: The Nonmetallic Isaac or It's a Wonderful Life - essay by Ben Bova
  • 7 - Strip-Runner - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - novelette by Pamela Sargent
  • 41 - The Asenion Solution - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • 57 - Murder in the Urth Degree - [Wendell Urth] - short story by Edward Wellen
  • 75 - Trantor Falls - [Foundation] - short story by Harry Turtledove
  • 95 - Dilemma - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - short story by Connie Willis
  • 115 - Maureen Birnbaum After Dark - [Maureen Birnbaum] - short story by George Alec Effinger
  • 135 - Balance - [Susan Calvin] - short story by Mike Resnick
  • 141 - The Present Eternal - short story by Barry N. Malzberg
  • 153 - PAPPI - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - short story by Sheila Finch
  • 173 - The Reunion at the Mile-High - short story by Frederik Pohl
  • 187 - Plato's Cave - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • 217 - Foundation's Conscience - [Foundation] - short story by George Zebrowski
  • 225 - Carhunters of the Concrete Prairie - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - novella by Robert Sheckley
  • 273 - The Overheard Conversation - [Black Widowers] - short story by Edward D. Hoch
  • 281 - Blot - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - novelette by Hal Clement
  • 307 - The Fourth Law of Robotics - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - short story by Harry Harrison
  • 321 - The Originist - [Foundation] - novella by Orson Scott Card
  • 397 - A Word or Two from Janet - essay by Janet Asimov [as by Janet Jeppson Asimov]
  • 401 - Fifty Years - essay by Isaac Asimov

Founding Father

Isaac Asimov

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Galaxy Magazine, October 1965. The story can also be found in the anthologies Backdrop of Stars (1969), edited by Harry Harrison and Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (1980), edited by Frederik Pohl, Martin H. Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander. The story is included in the collection Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (1975).

Gold

Isaac Asimov

Hugo Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 1991. The story can also be found in the anthology The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV: (1992-94) (1997), edited by Gregory Benford. It is included in the collection Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection (1995).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

Isaac Asimov

Gold is the final and crowning achievement of the fifty-year career of science fiction's transcendent genius, the world-famous author who defined the field of science fiction for its practitioners, its millions of readers, and the world at large.

Contents:

  • Fault-Intolerant - (1990) - short story
  • Kid Brother - (1990) - short story
  • The Smile of the Chipper - (1988) - short story
  • Gold - (1991) - novelette
  • Left to Right - [Probability Zero] - (1987) - short story
  • Cal - [The Positronic Robot Stories] - (1990) - novelette
  • Frustration - (1991) - shortfiction
  • Hallucination - (1985) - novelette
  • The Instability - (1989) - short story
  • Alexander the God - (1995) - short story
  • In the Canyon - (1990) - shortfiction
  • Good-bye to Earth - (1989) - short story
  • Battle-Hymn - (1995) - short story
  • Feghoot and the Courts - (1986) - shortfiction
  • The Nations in Space - (1995) - short story
  • Religion and Science Fiction - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1984) - essay
  • The Longest Voyage - (1983) - essay
  • Inventing a Universe - (1990) - essay
  • Flying Saucers and Science Fiction - (1982) - essay
  • Invasion - (1995) - essay
  • The Science Fiction Blowgun - (1978) - essay
  • The Robot Chronicles - (1990) - essay
  • Golden Age Ahead - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1979) - essay
  • The All-Human Galaxy - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1983) - essay
  • Psychohistory - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1988) - essay
  • Science Fiction Series - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1986) - essay
  • Survivors - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1987) - essay
  • Nowhere! - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1983) - essay
  • Outsiders, Insiders - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1986) - essay
  • Science Fiction Anthologies - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1981) - essay
  • The Influence of Science Fiction - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1981) - essay
  • Women and Science Fiction - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1983) - essay
  • Time-Travel - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1984) - essay
  • Plotting - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1989) - essay
  • Metaphor - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1989) - essay
  • Ideas - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1990) - essay
  • Serials - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1980) - essay
  • The Name of Our Field - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1978) - essay
  • Hints - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1979) - essay
  • Writing for Young People - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1986) - essay
  • Names - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1984) - essay
  • Originality - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1986) - essay
  • Book Reviews - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1981) - essay
  • What Writers Go Through - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1981) - essay
  • Revisions - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1982) - essay
  • Irony - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1984) - essay
  • Plagiarism - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1985) - essay
  • Symbolism - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1985) - essay
  • Prediction - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1989) - essay
  • Best-Seller - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1983) - essay
  • Pseudonyms - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1984) - essay
  • Dialog - [Asimov's Editorials] - (1985) - essay

I. Asimov: A Memoir

Isaac Asimov

Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname "the Great Explainer." I. Asimov is his personal story--vivid, open, and honest--as only Asimov himself could tell it.

Here is the story of the paradoxical genius who wrote of travel to the stars yet refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and vast galactic civilizations while staying home to write; who compulsively authored more than 470 books yet still found the time to share his ideas with some of the great minds of our century. Here are his wide-ranging thoughts and sharp-eyed observations on everything from religion to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, fame and mortality. Here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the varied personalities--Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others--who along with Asimov helped shape science fiction.

As unique and irrepressible as the man himself, I. Asimov is the candid memoir of an incomparable talent who entertained readers for nearly half a century and whose work will surely endure into the future he so vividly envisioned.

Nemesis

Isaac Asimov

In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies. One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth: a star named Nemesis. Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis poses to Earth's people--but she is prevented from warning them. Soon she will realize that Nemesis endangers Rotor as well. And so it will be up to her alone to save both Earth and Rotor as--drawn inexorably by Nemesis, the death star--they hurtle toward certain disaster.

Nine Tomorrows

Isaac Asimov

Contains:

  • The Ugly Little Boy
  • The Last Question
  • The Feeling of Power
  • Profession
  • All the Troubles of the World
  • The Dying Night
  • The Gentle Vultures
  • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda
  • Spell My Name with an S
  • I Just Make Them Up, See!
  • Rejection Slips

Of Time and Space and Other Things: Seventeen Essays on Science

Isaac Asimov

Seventeen science essays (all reprinted from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction) are grouped into two parts: Part I--Of Time and Space; Part II--Of Other Things. The articles are numbered as chapters, with the first ten in Part I, and the next seven in Part II.

Table of Contents:

  • ix - Introduction (Of Time and Space and Other Things) - essay
  • 2 - The Days of Our Years - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 14 - Begin at the Beginning - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1965) - essay
  • 26 - Ghost Lines in the Sky - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 38 - The Heavenly Zoo - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 51 - Roll Call - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1963) - essay
  • 64 - Round and Round and... - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 74 - Just Mooning Around - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1963) - essay
  • 86 - First and Rearmost - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 98 - The Black of Night - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 109 - A Galaxy at a Time - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 122 - Forget It! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 134 - Nothing Counts - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 146 - C for Celeritas - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1959) - essay
  • 157 - A Piece of the Action - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 168 - Welcome, Stranger! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1963) - essay
  • 180 - The Haste-Makers - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay
  • 193 - The Slowly Moving Finger - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1964) - essay

Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright

Isaac Asimov

Seventeen essays deal with ice ages, undiscovered elements, Antarctic waters, a tenth planet, quasars, and other subjects of current scientific interest.

Table of Contents:

  • It's a Wonderful Town! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • Surprise! Surprise! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • Making It! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • Moving Ahead - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • To the Top - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright! - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • The Comet That Wasn't - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • The Sea-Green Planet - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1976) - essay
  • Discovery By Blink - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • Asimov's Corollary - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • The Magic Isle - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • The Dark Companion - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Microwaves - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • The Final Collapse - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • Of Ice and Men - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • Oblique the Centric Globe - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay
  • The Opposite Poles - [Asimov's Essays: F&SF] - (1977) - essay

Robot Dreams

Isaac Asimov

Locus Award winning and Hugo and Nebula Award nominated short story. It was originally published in a collection of the same name. It can also be found in the anthologies Nebula Awards 22 (1988), edited by George Zebrowski, Future on Ice (1998), edited by Orson Scott Card and Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001), edited by Orson Scott Card.

Robot Dreams (collection)

Isaac Asimov

Robot Dreams spans the body of Asimov's fiction from the 1940s to the mid-80s, and features classic Asimovian themes, from the scientific puzzle to the extraterrestrial thriller, all introduced in an exclusive essay written especially for this collection.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1989) - essay
  • Little Lost Robot - (1947) - novelette
  • Robot Dreams - (1986) - shortstory
  • Breeds There a Man...? - (1951) - novelette
  • Hostess - (1951) - novelette
  • Sally - (1953) - shortstory
  • Strikebreaker - (1957) - shortstory
  • The Machine That Won the War - (1961) - shortstory
  • Eyes Do More Than See - (1965) - shortstory
  • The Martian Way - (1952) - novella
  • Franchise - (1955) - shortstory
  • Jokester - (1956) - shortstory
  • The Last Question - (1956) - shortstory
  • Does a Bee Care? - (1957) - shortstory
  • Light Verse - (1973) - shortstory
  • The Feeling of Power - (1958) - shortstory
  • Spell My Name with an S - (1958) - shortstory
  • The Ugly Little Boy - (1958) - novelette
  • The Billiard Ball - (1967) - novelette
  • True Love - (1977) - shortstory
  • The Last Answer - (1980) - shortstory
  • Lest We Remember - (1982) - novelette

Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov
Charles G. Waugh

In this outstanding collection of Sherlockian tales, the master of detection solves the most fantastic cases of his career. Herein are answered questions which have plagued loyal readers for decades, including: What is the truth about the mysterious menace of Sumatra? What occurs when Holmes must pursue an extra-terrestrial?

Stories by authors: Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson, Philip Jose Farmer; Sterling Lanier, Gene Wolfe, Edward Wellen and others, for your amusement and edification.

Table of Contents:

  • Sherlock Holmes - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Adventure of the Devil's Foot - (1910) - novelette by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Problem of the Sore Bridge -- Among Others - (1975) - novelette by Philip José Farmer
  • The Adventure of the Global Traveler - (1978) - short story by Anne Lear
  • The Great Dormitory Mystery - (1976) - short story by Sharon N. Farber
  • The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound - (1953) - novelette by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Thing Waiting Outside - (1977) - short story by Barbara Williamson
  • A Father's Tale - (1974) - novelette by Sterling E. Lanier
  • The Adventure of the Extraterrestrial - (1965) - novelette by Mack Reynolds
  • A Scarletin Study - (1975) - novelette by Philip José Farmer
  • Voiceover - novelette by Edward Wellen
  • The Adventure of the Metal Murderer - (1980) - short story by Fred Saberhagen
  • Slaves of Silver - (1971) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • God of the Naked Unicorn - (1976) - novelette by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Death in the Christmas Hour - (1983) - short story by James Powell
  • The Ultimate Crime - (1976) - short story by Isaac Asimov

Speculations 17

Isaac Asimov
Alice Laurance

Full title of the anthology is Speculations: 17 Stories Written Especially for This Volume By Well-Known Science Fiction Authors, But Their Names are Concealed By a Code and It's Up to You to Figure Out Who Wrote What. The names of the authors are intentially omitted from the table of content.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword: The Scope of Science Fiction - (1982) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Nor Iron Bars a Cage
  • Surfeit
  • The Winds of Change
  • Harpist
  • Great Tom Fool or The Conundrum of the Calais Customhouse Coffers
  • The Hand of the Bard
  • The Man Who Floated in Time
  • Flee to the Mountains
  • Last Day
  • The Newest Profession
  • A Break for the Dinosaurs
  • Event at Holiday Rock
  • A Touch of Truth
  • "Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?"
  • ...Old... As a Garment
  • Flatsquid Thrills
  • The Mystery of the Young Gentleman
  • Biographies of the Authors
  • To Break the Code

Starships

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - The Longest Voyage - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 7 - The Burning of the Brain - [The Instrumentality of Mankind] - short story by Cordwainer Smith
  • 19 - Home the Hard Way - novelette by Richard McKenna
  • 49 - Potential - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • 69 - Bill for Delivery - [Federation of Humanity] - short story by Christopher Anvil
  • 91 - Story of a Curse - short story by Doris Pitkin Buck
  • 97 - The Oceans Are Wide - novella by Frank M. Robinson
  • 177 - Far Centaurus - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • 203 - The Ship Who Sang - [The Ship Who ...] - novelette by Anne McCaffrey
  • 227 - Avoidance Situation - novelette by James McConnell
  • 273 - Chance Encounter - [John Grimes] - short story by A. Bertram Chandler
  • 295 - Allamagoosa - short story by Eric Frank Russell
  • 313 - Founding Father - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 323 - Wings Out of Shadow - [Berserker] - novelette by Fred Saberhagen

Sucker Bait

Isaac Asimov

The story concerns the starship George G. Grundy, or Triple G., which has been chartered by the "Confederacy of Worlds" to investigate "Junior". The only nonscientist among the passengers of the Triple G. is 20-year-old Mark Annuncio of the "Mnemonic Service", who has been trained from the age of five to memorize and correlate vast amounts of information.

Over a century earlier, an attempt to colonize Junior had failed. After nearly two years on the planet, all 1,337 colonists had died for reasons unknown. The scientists of the Triple G. and Annuncio have the mission to find out what killed them. For the first two weeks after landing, everyone remains aboard while the scientists take readings. After Rodriguez, the expedition's microbiologist, declares that the local life forms are non-infectious, a handful of scientists, plus Annuncio, travel to the original site of the colony.

Relations between the scientists and Annuncio deteriorate rapidly. The Mnemonics are loners by nature, and their training makes them even more so. The scientists, on the other hand, as specialists, tend to be contemptuous of a professional generalist like Annuncio. When Annuncio asks Rodriguez to explain how he came to a conclusion, the microbiologist regards the request as an affront to his professional reputation, and refuses to answer. The other scientists manage to offend Annuncio in various ways.

When Annuncio finally realizes that the abnormally high concentration of beryllium in the soil and plants of Junior was what killed the colonists, and that they all have to leave immediately, he does not trust the scientists to deal with it. He returns to the ship and persuades the crew to mutiny and take the ship off from the planet. The captain is barely able to convince the crew to stop at the colony site to pick up the scientists. When Annuncio is put on trial for fomenting the mutiny, he explains his actions, is acquitted, and the ship returns to the Earth to seek medical treatment for its crew for beryllium poisoning.

Collected in: The Martian Way and Other Stories

The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov!

Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • The Ugly Little Boy - (1958) - novelette
  • Found! - (1978) - short story
  • The Last Question - (1956) - short story
  • Evidence - (1946) - novelette
  • Blind Alley - (1945) - short story
  • The Bicentennial Man - (1976) - novelette
  • I Love Little Pussy - (1988) - short story
  • The Eye of the Beholder - (1986) - short story
  • Saving Humanity - (1983) - short story
  • Lest We Remember - (1982) - novelette
  • True Love - (1977) - short story
  • For the Birds - (1980) - short story
  • Nothing for Nothing - (1979) - short story
  • Robbie - (1940) - short story
  • Runaround - (1942) - novelette
  • Sally - (1953) - short story
  • Little Lost Robot - (1947) - novelette
  • Light Verse - (1973) - short story
  • Nightfall - (1941) - novelette
  • Death Sentence - (1943) - short story
  • Catch That Rabbit - (1944) - short story
  • Exile to Hell - (1968) - short story
  • Earthset and Evening Star - (1975) - short story
  • --That Thou Art Mindful of Him! - (1974) - novelette
  • Mirror Image - (1972) - short story
  • Feminine Intuition - (1969) - novelette
  • The Key - (1966) - novelette
  • Eyes Do More Than See - (1965) - short story
  • The Billiard Ball - (1967) - novelette
  • Green Patches - (1950) - short story
  • Profession - (1957) - novella
  • The Red Queen's Race - (1949) - novelette
  • The Martian Way - (1952) - novella
  • Franchise - (1955) - short story
  • The Fun They Had - juvenile - (1951) - short story
  • No Connection - (1948) - short story
  • Thiotimoline and the Space Age - (1960) - short story
  • Marooned Off Vesta - (1939) - short story
  • Breeds There a Man ... ? - (1951) - novelette
  • Unto the Fourth Generation - (1959) - short story
  • The Machine That Won the War - (1961) - short story
  • My Son, the Physicist! - (1962) - short story
  • T-Formation - (1963) - essay
  • Author! Author! - (1964) - novelette
  • A Problem of Numbers - (1970) - short story
  • Ignition Point! - (1981) - short story
  • Neither Brute Nor Human - (1984) - short story
  • The Fourth Homonym - (1985) - short story
  • The Quiet Place - (1988) - short story
  • Bill and I - (1971) - essay

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • The Prime of Life - (1966)
  • Feminine Intuition - (1969)
  • Waterclap - (1970)
  • That Thou Art Mindful of Him - (1974)
  • Stranger in Paradise - (1974)
  • The Life and Times of Multivac - (1975)
  • The Winnowing - (1976)
  • The Bicentennial Man - (1976)
  • Marching In - (1976)
  • Old-Fashioned - (1976)
  • The Tercentenary Incident - (1976)
  • Birth of a Notion - (1976)

The End of Eternity

Isaac Asimov

One of Isaac Asimov's SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov's single best SF novel.

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs.

During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambent, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

Unfortunately, they are caught. Harlan's punishment? His next assignment: Kill the woman he loves before the paradox they have created results in the destruction of Eternity.

The Gods Themselves

Isaac Asimov

Only a few know the terrifying truth--an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun. They know the truth--but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy--but who will believe? These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

The Last Man on Earth

Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh
Isaac Asimov

Stories tell of the last survivor of an alien purge, a time traveler, an immortal who outlives all of his companions, a scientist who tries to postpone the end of his race, and an individual who stays behind when Earth is abandoned.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1982) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Underdweller - (1957) - short story by William F. Nolan
  • Flight to Forever - (1950) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Trouble with Ants - [City] - (1951) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Coming of the Ice - (1926) - short story by G. Peyton Wertenbaker
  • The Most Sentimental Man - (1957) - short story by Evelyn E. Smith
  • Eddie for Short - (1953) - short story by Wallace West
  • Knock - (1948) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • Original Sin - (1946) - short story by S. Fowler Wright
  • A Man Spekith - (1969) - novelette by Richard Wilson
  • In the World's Dusk - (1936) - short story by Edmond Hamilton
  • Kindness - (1944) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • Lucifer - (1964) - short story by Roger Zelazny
  • Resurrection - (1948) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Second-Class Citizen - (1963) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Day of Judgment - (1946) - short story by Edmond Hamilton
  • Continuous Performance - (1974) - short story by Gordon Eklund
  • The New Reality - (1950) - novelette by Charles L. Harness

The Martian Way and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

This collection of four famous science fiction tales masterfully exemplifies author Isaac Asimov's ability to create quickly a believable human milieu in the midst of alien circumstances. Each of the long stores also shows his considerable skill in fully fleshing out a speculative scientific or social possibility.

Table of Contents

  • The Martian Way - (1952) - novella by Isaac Asimov
  • Youth - (1952) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • The Deep - (1952) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Sucker Bait - (1954) - novella by Isaac Asimov

The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book

Isaac Asimov
George R. R. Martin
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Fat! (The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book) - (1983) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Sylvester's Revenge - (1975) - shortstory by Vance Aandahl
  • Fat Farm - (1980) - shortstory by Orson Scott Card
  • The Stretch - (1956) - shortstory by Sam Merwin, Jr.
  • Camels and Dromedaries, Clem - (1967) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Champ - (1978) - shortstory by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Truth About Pyecraft - (1903) - shortstory by H. G. Wells
  • The Iron Chancellor - (1958) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • The Man Who Ate the World - (1956) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • Gladys's Gregory - (1963) - shortstory by John Anthony West
  • Abercrombie Station - (1952) - novella by Jack Vance
  • Shipping Clerk - (1952) - shortstory by William Morrison
  • The Malted Milk Monster - (1959) - novelette by William Tenn
  • The Food Farm - (1967) - shortstory by Kit Reed
  • The Artist of Hunger - (1983) - shortstory by Scott Russell Sanders
  • Quitters, Inc. - (1978) - shortstory by Stephen King

The Science Fictional Solar System

Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh
Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1979) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Sun - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Weather on the Sun - (1970) - novelette by Theodore L. Thomas
  • Mercury - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Brightside Crossing - (1956) - novelette by Alan E. Nourse
  • Venus - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Prospector's Special - (1959) - novelette by Robert Sheckley
  • Earth - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Waterclap - (1970) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Mars - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Hop-Friend - (1962) - short story by Terry Carr
  • Asteroids - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Barnacle Bull - (1960) - short story by Poul Anderson
  • Jupiter - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Bridge - (1952) - novelette by James Blish
  • Saturn - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Saturn Rising - (1961) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Uranus - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Snowbank Orbit - (1962) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Neptune - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • One Sunday in Neptune - (1969) - short story by Alexei Panshin
  • Pluto - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Wait It Out - (1968) - short story by Larry Niven
  • Nikita Eisenhower Jones - (1960) - novelette by Robert F. Young
  • Comets - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Comet, the Cairn and the Capsule - (1972) - short story by Duncan Lunan (variant of Comet, Cairn and Capsule)

The Winds of Change and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov

Asimov at his best! A 21-story salute featuring a levitating professor, alien traders bringing something to sell, a black hole hurtling toward Earth, the universe being created and many other matters of great import!

Table of Contents

  • About Nothing
  • A Perfect Fit
  • Belief
  • Death of a Foy
  • Fair Exchange?
  • For the Birds
  • Found!
  • Good Taste
  • How It Happened
  • Ideas Die Hard
  • Ignition Point!
  • It Is Coming
  • The Last Answer
  • The Last Shuttle
  • Lest We Remember
  • Nothing for Nothing
  • One Night of Song
  • The Smile That Loses
  • Sure Thing
  • To Tell at a Glance (previously published in an edited version)
  • The Winds of Change

Through a Glass Clearly

Isaac Asimov

Contains:

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Belief
  • Breeds There a Man...
  • The C-Chute

Tomorrow's Children: 18 Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov

Tomorrow's Children: eighteen haunting tales of children in time to come, whne the fantastic has become the commonplace, when witchcraft is a science and creatures from alien planets live next door. Stories by the masters of fantasy and science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Damon Knight, Clifford D. Simak, Stephen Vincent Benet, Fritz Leiber, Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.

Table of Contents:

  • Tomorrow's Children - interior artwork by Emanuel Schongut
  • Introduction (Tomorrow's Children) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • No Life of Their Own - (1959) - novella by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Accountant - (1954) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • Novice - [Telzey Amberdon] - (1962) - novelette by James H. Schmitz
  • Child of Void - (1949) - short story by Margaret St. Clair
  • When the Bough Breaks - (1944) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]
  • A Pail of Air - (1951) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Junior Achievement - (1962) - short story by William M. Lee
  • Cabin Boy - (1951) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • The Little Terror - (1953) - short story by Murray Leinster [as by Will F. Jenkins]
  • Gilead - [The People] - (1954) - novelette by Zenna Henderson
  • The Menace from Earth - [Future History] - (1957) - novelette by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Wayward Cravat - (1958) - short story by Gertrude Friedberg
  • The Father-Thing - (1954) - short story by Philip K. Dick
  • Star, Bright - (1952) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • All Summer in a Day - (1954) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • It's a Good Life - (1953) - short story by Jerome Bixby
  • The Place of the Gods - (1937) - short story by Stephen Vincent Benét
  • The Ugly Little Boy - (1958) - novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of Lastborn)

Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Lifetime of Letters

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of our time. When he died in 1992 at the age of seventy-two, he had published more than 470 books in nearly every category of fiction and nonfiction. Asimov was a prodigious correspondent as well as a prolific author. During his professional career he received more than one hundred thousand letters, over ninety thousand of which he answered.

For Asimov's younger brother, veteran newspaperman Stanley Asimov, the creation of Yours, Isaac Asimov was truly a labor of love. Completed before Stanley's death in August 1995, the book is made up of excerpts from one thousand never-before-published letters, each handpicked by Stanley for inclusion in this volume. Arranged by subject and accompanied by Stanley's short, insightful introductions, here are letters to statesmen and scientists, actors and authors, as well as to children, housewives, aspiring writers, and fans the world over. The letters are warm, engaging, reasoned, and occasionally impassioned. Through them all Isaac Asimov's legendary genius, wit, and charm shine through.

And so we have Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Lifetime of Letters, an intimate glimpse into the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of a great writer and thinker of the modern age. As Stanley Asimov advised, "Read the letters carefully. One of them may have been written to you."

A Frozen Heart

Elizabeth Rudnick

Anna is a princess of Arendelle. Locked away from the outside world for years, Anna is desperate to leave her lonely life behind. Her parents are gone, and her sister, Elsa--the only person who might show her an ounce of love--is cold and distant. Hans is a prince of the Southern Isles. As thirteenth in line to the throne, Hans is desperate to escape the tyranny of his father and older brothers and find a kingdom of his own to rule. Their worlds collide at Elsa's coronation. At first, it seems as if all Anna's dreams have come true. At last she has found someone to love. But as Hans's true motivations come to light, their fairy-tale romance begins to melt away and Anna discovers that love is a more mysterious--and powerful--force than she ever could have imagined. Files have been updated to reflect a change in Anna's horse's name.

Told in alternating chapters from both Anna's and Hans' perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple's backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.

Zig Zag

José Carlos Somoza

While studying advanced physics at a prestigious European university, Elisa Robledo was invited to join a select research team on a secret project to manipulate String Theory. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for the eager young scientist - the chance to actually view monumental events from the far distant past: dinosaurs roaming the Earth, life during the Stone Age, the crucifixion of Christ. But on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, the team's experiments went horribly awry... and something terrible was awakened.

Now, years later, Elisa's former colleagues are dying, one by one. The nightmare they created by meddling with Time is taking a shocking and gruesome toll. And only by uncovering the sinister truth behind the science can Elisa hope to survive the dark, devouring forces that mean to destroy her and the world she knows.

The Pavilion of Frozen Women

S. P. Somtow

WFA nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Cold Shocks (1991) edited by Tim Sullivan. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013), edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall. It is included in the collection The Pavilion of Frozen Women (1996).

The Pavilion of Frozen Women (collection)

S. P. Somtow

Table of Contents:

  • The Pavilion of Frozen Women
  • Fish are Jumping, and the Cotton Is High
  • Fire from the Wine-Dark Sea
  • Chui Chai
  • Though I Walk Through the Valley
  • Hunting the Lion
  • Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Boy
  • The Steel American
  • Gingerbread
  • Darker Angels

Being Gardner Dozois: An Interview by Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick

An in-depth look at a noted writer, anthologist and award winning editor. A facinating interview with Gardner Dozois describes his obsessions, collaborations, and his influence in the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza

Jeremiah Tolbert

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, November 2012.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

A Dozen Tough Jobs

Howard Waldrop

Suppose the ancient world of meddling gods who interfere in human affairs is reset in northern Mississippi, circa 1926. It is still a world of classic good-ol'-boys, of Southern belles, of children of ex-slaves picking cotton and "bowin' and scrapin'," and of chain gangs and rumrunners. Rump parties rule the populace and the KKK flourishes. Now add into that mix the Graeco-Roman legend of The Twelve Labors of Hercules. Waldrop takes aim at the corruption and arbitrary injustice of that place and time. It is a marvelous story told with much humour and sadness, much joy and despair.

The Lost Kafoozalum

Pauline Ashwell

Hugo Award nominated story. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fact -> Fiction, October 1960. The story can also be found in the anthology What If? Volume 2 (1981) edited by Richard A. Lupoff. It is included in the collection Unwillingly to Earth (1992).

A Touch of Heart

Adam-Troy Castro
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, July 2017.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

This short story originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 2015. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton.

Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Hugo-nominated Related Work

In addition to exploring Silverberg's career, now in its sixth decade, this collection of transcribed conversations delves into aspects of Silverberg's life -- such as his extensive travel, passion for film, opera and classical music -- not covered elsewhere.

A decade-and-a-half-long friendship, and working together on When the Blue Shift Comes, afforded Alvaro the opportunity to speak at length with Silverberg. The result: a remarkably candid series of conversations that will be of interest to science fiction readers and anyone curious about the writing life.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Gardner Dozois
  • The Vividness of Landscape
  • Aesthetics
  • In the Continuum
  • Enwonderment
  • Libraries
  • Potpourri
  • After the Myths Went Home
  • Afterword: Travels With Bob by Karen Haber

An Earth Gone Mad / The Rebellious Stars

Ace Double D-Series: Book 84

Roger Dee
Isaac Asimov

An Earth Gone Mad

Was this the end of mankind?

The cubes meant peace--but was it to be the peace of the grave?

While he was shipwrecked on a distant Jovian moon, with only a cryptic monster for a companion, Paul Shannon had longed for the laughter and friendship of men and women. But when at long last he brought is repaired space craft back to the familiar skies of North America, he was shocked to find AN EARTH GONE MAD.

Men's ambitions, women's love, and the eternal clash of wills, had all given way to the passive docility of stunned beasts. A new cult, born in the stars, was sweeping the world, promising glory but bringing only complete mental submission. And Shannon was torn between unwilling belief and panicky horror as he realized that he himself held the only key to that cosmic riddle.

The Rebellious Stars (title variant of The Stars, Like Dust)

Key man in a galactic explosion!

The Earth had been made hopelessly radioactive and useless by atomic warfare, but young Biron Farrill, a student in the University of Earth, nevertheless found himself involved in a struggle that was worse because of the mystery in it. His father, on another planet, had been murdered and the young man himself was marked for violent death.

The only certainty was that his pursuers, who identities were unknown to him, were agents of would-be conquerors of everything and everybody in the galaxy. But young Farrill had to find out why he and his father had been marked for destruction.

The 1000 Year Plan / No World of Their Own

Ace Double D-Series: Book 110

Poul Anderson
Isaac Asimov

The 1000 Year Plan

Title variant of Isaac Asimov's novel Foundation (1951).

No World of Their Own

Space explorers returning to an unrecognizable Earth after five millennia away find themselves caught up in a deadly political power game on a planet racing toward intergalactic war.

The Complete Stories, Volume 1

Asimov: The Complete Stories: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Contents:

  • The Dead Past
  • The Foundation of S. F. Success
  • Franchise
  • Gimmicks Three
  • Kid Stuff
  • The Watery Place
  • Living Space
  • The Message
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed [Susan Calvin (Robot)]
  • Hell-Fire
  • The Last Trump
  • The Fun They Had
  • Jokester
  • The Immortal Bard
  • Someday
  • The Author's Ordeal
  • Dreaming Is a Private Thing
  • ProfessionThe Feeling of Power
  • The Dying Night [Wendell Urth]
  • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda
  • Gentle Vultures
  • All the Troubles of the World
  • Spell My Name with an S
  • The Last Question
  • The Ugly Little Boy
  • Nightfall
  • Green Patches
  • Hostess
  • Breeds There a Man... ?
  • The C-Chute
  • "In a Good Cause--"
  • If...
  • Sally
  • Flies
  • "Nobody Here But--"
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Strikebreaker
  • Insert Knob A in Hole B
  • The Up-to-Date Sorcerer
  • Unto the Fourth Generation
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • The Machine That Won the War
  • My Son, the Physicist!
  • Eyes Do More Than See
  • Segregationist
  • I Just Make Them Up, See!
  • Rejection Slips

The Complete Stories, Volume 2

Asimov: The Complete Stories: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Contents:

  • Not Final!
  • The Hazing
  • Death Sentence
  • Blind Alley
  • Evidence [Susan Calvin (Robot)]
  • The Red Queen's Race
  • Day of the Hunters
  • The Deep
  • The Martian Way
  • The Monkey's Finger
  • The Singing Bell [Wendell Urth]
  • The Talking Stone [Wendell Urth]
  • Each an Explorer
  • Let's Get Together
  • Pâté de Foie Gras
  • Galley Slave
  • Lenny [Susan Calvin (Robot)]
  • A Loint of Paw
  • A Statue for Father
  • Anniversary [Brandon, Shea & Moore 2]
  • Obituary
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Light
  • Founding Father
  • The Key
  • The Billiard Ball
  • Exile to Hell
  • Key Item
  • Feminine Intuition
  • The Greatest Asset
  • Mirror Image [Elijah Bailey / R. Daneel Olivaw]
  • Take a Match
  • Light Verse
  • Stranger in Paradise
  • That Thou Art Mindful of Him
  • The Life and Times of Multivac
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Marching In
  • Old-Fashioned
  • The Tercentenary Incident

Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Fantasy Novels

Baker's Dozen

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Larger Than Life - (1984) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Gate of the Flying Knives - (1979) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Unicorn Tapestry - (1980) - novella by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Sleep Well of Nights - (1978) - novella by Avram Davidson
  • Black Heart and White Heart - (1896) - novella by H. Rider Haggard
  • Red Nails - (1936) - novella by Robert E. Howard
  • Storm in a Bottle - (1977) - novella by John Jakes
  • Ill Met in Lankhmar - (1970) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • The Lands Beyond the World - (1977) - novella by Michael Moorcock
  • A Man and His God - (1981) - novella by Janet Morris
  • Spider Silk - (1976) - novelette by Andre Norton
  • Where is the Bird of Fire? - (1962) - novella by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Guyal of Sfere - (1950) - novella by Jack Vance
  • Tower of Ice - (1981) - novella by Roger Zelazny

Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels

Baker's Dozen

Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1987) - essay by Charles G. Waugh
  • Jerusalem's Lot - (1978) - novelette by Stephen King
  • The Parasite - (1894) - novella by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Fearful Rock - (1939) - novella by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Sardonicus - (1961) - novelette by Ray Russell
  • Nightflyers - (1980) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • Horrible Imaginings - (1982) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • Jane Brown's Body - (1938) - novella by Cornell Woolrich
  • Killdozer! - (1944) - novella by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Shadow Out of Time - (1936) - novella by H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Stains - (1980) - novella by Robert Aickman
  • The Horror from the Hills - (1931) - novella by Frank Belknap Long
  • Children of the Kingdom - (1980) - novella by T. E. D. Klein
  • Frost and Fire - (1946) - novella by Ray Bradbury

Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Science Fiction Novels

Baker's Dozen

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Novellas - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Profession - (1957) - novella by Isaac Asimov
  • Who Goes There? - (1938) - novella by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • For I Am a Jealous People! - (1954) - novella by Lester del Rey
  • The Mortal and the Monster - (1976) - novella by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Time Safari - (1981) - novella by David Drake
  • In the Western Tradition - (1981) - novella by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • The Alley Man - (1959) - novella by Philip José Farmer
  • The Sellers of the Dream - (1963) - short fiction by John Jakes
  • The Moon Goddess and the Son - (1979) - novella by Donald Kingsbury
  • Enemy Mine - (1979) - novella by Barry B. Longyear
  • Flash Crowd - (1973) - novella by Larry Niven
  • In the Problem Pit - (1973) - novella by Frederik Pohl
  • The Desert of Stolen Dreams - (1981) - novella by Robert Silverberg

Before the Golden Age: Science Fiction Classics of the Thirties

Before the Golden Age: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Asimov combines many of his science fiction favorites from the thirties with his personal reflections on his early years, interests, and influences.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Part One: 1920 to 1930 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Part Two: 1931 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Man Who Evolved - (1931) - shortstory by Edmond Hamilton
  • The Jameson Satellite - (1931) - novelette by Neil R. Jones
  • Submicroscopic - (1931) - novelette by S. P. Meek
  • Awlo of Ulm - (1931) - novella by S. P. Meek
  • Tetrahedra of Space - (1931) - novelette by P. Schuyler Miller
  • The World of the Red Sun - (1931) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • Part Three: 1932 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Tumithak of the Corridors - (1932) - novella by Charles R. Tanner
  • The Moon Era - (1932) - novella by Jack Williamson

Before the Golden Age: Science Fiction Classics of the Thirties

Before the Golden Age: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Asimov combines many of his science fiction favorites from the thirties with his personal reflections on his early years, interests, and influences.

Table of Contents:

  • Untitled Introduction - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Part Four: 1933 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Man Who Awoke - (1933) - novelette by Laurence Manning
  • Tumithak in Shawm - (1933) - novella by Charles R. Tanner
  • Part Five: 1934 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Colossus - (1934) - novelette by Donald Wandrei
  • Born of the Sun - (1934) - novelette by Jack Williamson
  • Sidewise in Time - (1934) - novella by Murray Leinster
  • Old Faithful - (1934) - novelette by Raymond Z. Gallun

Before the Golden Age: Science Fiction Classics of the Thirties

Before the Golden Age: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

Asimov combines many of his science fiction favorites from the thirties with his personal reflections on his early years, interests, and influences.

Table of Contents:

  • Before the Golden Age, Book 3 - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Part Six: 1935 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Parasite Planet - (1935) - novelette by Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • Proxima Centauri - (1935) - novella by Murray Leinster
  • The Accursed Galaxy - (1935) - shortstory by Edmond Hamilton
  • Part Seven: 1936 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • He Who Shrank - (1936) - novella by Henry Hasse
  • The Human Pets of Mars - (1936) - novella by Leslie F. Stone
  • The Brain Stealers of Mars - (1936) - shortstory by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Devolution - (1936) - shortstory by Edmond Hamilton
  • Big Game - (1974) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Part Eight: 1937 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Other Eyes Watching - (1937) - essay by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Minus Planet - (1937) - novelette by John D. Clark, Ph.D.
  • Past, Present and Future - (1937) - novelette by Nat Schachner
  • Part Nine: 1938 - (1974) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Men and the Mirror - (1938) - novelette by Ross Rocklynne

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Sixth Annual Collection

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Book 6

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - Summation: 1976 - (1977) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Diary of the Rose - (1976) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Custer's Last Jump - (1976) - novelette by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
  • Air Raid - (1977) - shortstory by John Varley
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis - (1976) - shortstory by Kate Wilhelm
  • Back to the Stone Age - (1976) - shortstory by Jake Saunders
  • Armaja Das - (1976) - shortstory by Joe Haldeman
  • Mary Margaret Road-Grader - (1976) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • The Samurai and the Willows - (1976) - novella by Michael Bishop
  • Honorable Mentions - 1976 - (1977) - essay by uncredited

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Seventh Annual Collection

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Book 7

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Eighth Annual Collection

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Book 8

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Summation: 1978 - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Persistence of Vision - (1978) - novella by John Varley
  • Found! - (1978) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Whores - (1978) - shortstory by Christopher Priest
  • Cousins - (1978) - novelette by Bernard Deitchman
  • View from a Height - (1978) - shortstory by Joan D. Vinge
  • Mutability - (1978) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Lost and Found - (1978) - shortstory by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Old Folks at Home - (1978) - novella by Michael Bishop
  • September Song - (1978) - shortstory by James P. Girard
  • In Alien Flesh - (1978) - novelette by Gregory Benford
  • Seven American Nights - (1978) - novella by Gene Wolfe
  • Honorable Mentions - 1978 - essay by Gardner Dozois

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Ninth Annual Collection

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Book 9

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Tenth Annual Collection

Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Book 10

Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - Summation: 1980 - (1981) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Ugly Chickens - (1980) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • The Green Marauder - (1980) - shortstory by Larry Niven
  • The Feast of Saint Janis - (1980) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • The Last Answer - (1980) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Nightflyers - (1980) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • Strata - (1980) - novelette by Edward Bryant
  • Slow Music - (1980) - novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Finger - (1980) - shortstory by Naomi Mitchison
  • The War Beneath the Tree - (1979) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Unicorn Tapestry - (1980) - novella by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Honorable Mentions- 1980 - (1981) - essay by uncredited

Lady Slings the Booze

Callahan: Book 5

Spider Robinson

Mike Callahan's wife, Lady Sally, runs an establishment where some unusual customers enjoy erotic entertainment and where a down-on-his-luck private detective gets a second chance.

One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Le Guin, Alexander, L'engle, Card

Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 6

Marek Oziewicz

Winner, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies--The Mythopoeic Society

This work presents the genre of mythopoeic fantasy from a holistic perspective, arguing that this central genre of fantasy literature is largely misunderstood as a result of decades of incomplete and reductionist literary studies. The author asserts that mythopoeic fantasy is not only the most complete literary expression of a worldview based on the existence of supernatural or spiritual powers but that the genre is in a unique position to transform social consciousness with a renewed emphasis on anticipating the future. The author lays out theoretical foundations for his argument in the first four chapters and then demonstrates how the works of fantasy authors Ursula K. LeGuin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L'Engle, and Orson Scott Card exemplify his argument in the remaining four chapters.

The End of Oz

Dorothy Must Die: Book 4

Danielle Paige

In this dark, action-packed fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm travels from Oz to the twisted land of Ev, where she fights to free Oz from evil once and for all.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado swept me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die. That's right, everyone's favorite Wicked-Witch-slayer had let the magic of Oz corrupt her. She turned evil. So I killed her.

But just when we thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, we were betrayed. Now I'm following the Road of Yellow Brick as it helps me escape toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. And what I'm about to find is shocking: My original mission may not have been successful.

I thought my job was over, but it's only just beginning. And it's up to me to foil Dorothy's plans for revenge -- and finally save the land I've come to love.

Krozair of Kregen

Dray Prescot: Book 14

Alan Burt Akers

Never before in his fantastic career on Kregen, planet of the twin suns of Antares, has Dray Prescot been in such a desperate predicament. A despised outcast by his friends who wear the red of Zair, he has now been condemned by his old enemies whose battle color is the green of the sun Grodno. For while among these slavers and conquerors of the green, searching for a way to turn the tide of war to his own redemption and his friends' advantage, he had personally encountered the deadly animosity of Grodno's king, had betrayed his champion, and had shattered all he so carefully worked for. But he must soldier on. For, now, in addition to the enormous feat that alone would restore his honor, he has a blood vengeance to achieve that overrides everything.

The Caves of Steel

Elijah Bailey / R. Daneel Olivaw: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

The Naked Sun

Elijah Bailey / R. Daneel Olivaw: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants.

To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots - unthinkable under the laws of Robotics - or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

The Robots of Dawn

Elijah Bailey / R. Daneel Olivaw: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

A puzzling case of roboticide sends New York Detective Elijah Baley on an intense search for a murderer. Armed with his own instincts, his quirky logic, and the immutable Three Laws of Robotics, Baley is determined to solve the case. But can anything prepare a simple Earthman for the psychological complexities of a world where a beautiful woman can easily have fallen in love with an all-too-human robot...?

Robots and Empire

Elijah Bailey / R. Daneel Olivaw: Book 4

Isaac Asimov

Long after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Earthman Elijah Baley, Keldon Amadiro embarked on a plan to destroy planet Earth. But even after his death, Baley's vision continued to guide his robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, who had the wisdom of a great man behind him and an indestructable will to win....

Fantastic Voyage

Fantastic Voyage: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man's carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed.

Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

Fantastic Voyage: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Deep within Russia, would-renowned scientist Pyotor Shapirov lies in a coma. Locked within his brain rests the key to the greatest scientific advance in the world's history. Only one scientist can hope to locate this secret—Dr. Albert Jonas Morrison, an American. Morrison's mission: to be miniaturized to molecular size along with a team of four Soviet scientists, travel in a specially designed submarine to the dying Shapirov's brain, and tap the secrets held there. Morrison and his companions have only twelve hours to accomplish their task—in the face of unexpected terrors and with their own lives hanging precariously in the balance.

With his phenomenal two-million-copy bestseller Fantastic Voyage, Isaac Asimov took the world on its first amazing journey into the human body. Now, twenty year later, after deeper exploration into one of the most fascinating areas of science, Dr. Asimov delivers an all-new thriller that transports you to the far reaches of inner space. Electrifying, astonishing, and remarkably realistic, this new novel is certain to become a science fiction classic.

Future Earths: Under African Skies

Future Earths: Book 1

Gardner Dozois
Mike Resnick

A collection of science fiction tales set in a futuristic African continent features the writing of Vernor Vinge, Gregory Benford, Bruce Sterling, Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Waldrop, and Mike Resnick. The stories, told from both European and "native" viewpoints take a look at the past and the future--invasion by alien flora, a space baby adopted by an African woman, the rise of Africa after a nuclear war, a space utopia modeled after ancient Kenya, and other stories of fantasy and speculation filled this book

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1993) - essay by Mike Resnick
  • For I Have Touched the Sky - (1989) - novelette by Mike Resnick
  • Apartness - (1965) - novelette by Vernor Vinge
  • Termites - (1987) - shortstory by Dave Smeds
  • The Finger - (1980) - shortstory by Naomi Mitchison
  • The Lions Are Asleep This Night - (1986) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • Etoundi's Monkey - (1989) - shortstory by Judith Dubois
  • Dry Niger - (1990) - shortstory by M. Shayne Bell
  • A Transect - (1986) - shortstory by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Of Space-Time and the River - (1985) - novelette by Gregory Benford
  • Still Life with Scorpion - (1984) - shortstory by Scott Baker
  • The Quiet - (1981) - shortstory by George Guthridge
  • Dinner in Audoghast - (1985) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • A Passive Victim of a Random Genetic Accident - (1983) - shortstory by Janet Gluckman
  • The Pale Thin God - (1993) - shortstory by Mike Resnick
  • Toward Kilimanjaro - (1990) - novelette by Ian McDonald

Future Earths: Under South American Skies

Future Earths: Book 2

Gardner Dozois
Mike Resnick

Short stories by Lucius Shepard, Charles Sheffield, Poul Anderson, and other notable writers highlight a collection of science fiction tales about South America.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1993) - essay by Mike Resnick
  • The Women Men Don't See - (1973) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Salvador - (1984) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Doomsday Deferred - (1949) - shortstory by Will F. Jenkins
  • On a Hot Summer Night in a Place Far Away - (1985) - shortstory by Pat Murphy
  • Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight - (1977) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • Trapalanda - (1987) - novelette by Charles Sheffield
  • America - (1987) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • The World Must Never Know - (1963) - shortstory by G. C. Edmondson
  • Invaders - (1990) - novelette by John Kessel
  • Bats - (1992) - shortstory by Diane de Avalle-Arce
  • Aconcagua - (1993) - novelette by Tony Daniel
  • The Sky People - (1959) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • Further Reading About South America - essay by Mike Resnick

The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition

Good Stuff: Book 1

Gardner Dozois

Nineteen-ninety-nine looms near and yet the stars are still far away... but this anthology brings them closer with more than a dozen of the best SF adventure stories ever written. Among the gems collected here are "The New Prime," by Jack Vance, " Fritz Leiber's "Moon Duel," and "The Sky People," by Poul Anderson, along with masterpieces by less-familiar names such as Murray Leinster and James H. Schmitz.

With more than a dozen stories (written between 1940 and 1970) from greats such as Brian W. Aldiss, Leigh Brackett, L. Sprague de Camp, and A. E. van Vogt, this anthology ranges throughout our galaxy and into the stars. Whether you're revisiting past adventures or discovering these stories for the first time, you're sure to thrill to these wonderful adventures across the vast expanse of space.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Rull - (1948) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Second Night of Summer - (1950) - novelette by James H. Schmitz
  • The Galton Whistle - (1951) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The New Prime - (1951) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • That Share of Glory - (1952) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Last Days of Shandakor - (1952) - novelette by Leigh Brackett
  • Exploration Team - (1956) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • The Sky People - (1959) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • The Man in the Mailbag - (1959) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • A Kind of Artistry - (1962) - novelette by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Gunpowder God - (1964) - novella by H. Beam Piper
  • Semley's Necklace - (1964) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Moon Duel - (1965) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth - (1965) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Mother in the Sky With Diamonds - (1971) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition

Good Stuff: Book 2

Gardner Dozois

Once the mainstay of science fiction, adventure stories fell out of favor during the 1960s and early 1970s. But in recent years, science fiction writers have spun out galaxy-spanning adventures as imaginative and wonderful as any of yesteryear's tales. Renowned editor Gardner Dozois assembles seventeen such escapades here, with stories from today's and tomorrow's finest writers, including:

Stephen Baxter, Tony Daniel, R. Garcia y Robertson, Peter F. Hamilton, Janet Kagan, George R. R. Martin, Paul J. McAuley, Maureen F. McHugh. G. David Nordley, Robert Reed, Mary Rosenblum, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, George Turner, John Varley, Vernor Vinge, Walter Jon Williams

These stories brim with the exciting thrills our universe offers us-- alien landscapes, unimagined realms, life unlike any we have known before, and that mysterious realm known as the human soul. The Good New Stuff shows that they really do still write 'em like that!

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1999) - essay by Gardner DozoisGood-Bye, Robinson Crusoe - (1977) - novelette by John Varley
  • The Way of Cross and Dragon - (1979) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Swarm - (1982) - novelette by Bruce Sterling
  • The Blind Minotaur - (1985) - short story by Michael Swanwick
  • The Blabber - (1988) - novella by Vernor Vinge
  • The Return of the Kangaroo Rex - (1989) - novelette by Janet Kagan
  • Prayers on the Wind - (1991) - novella by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Missionary's Child - (1992) - novelette by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Poles Apart - (1992) - novella by G. David Nordley
  • Guest of Honor - (1993) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • Flowering Mandrake - (1994) - novelette by George Turner
  • Cilia-of-Gold - (1994) - novelette by Stephen Baxter
  • Gone to Glory - (1995) - novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson
  • A Dry, Quiet War - (1996) - novelette by Tony Daniel
  • All Tomorrow's Parties - (1997) - short story by Paul J. McAuley
  • Escape Route - (1997) - novella by Peter F. Hamilton
  • The Eye of God - (1998) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum

Ozymandias

Guardian: Book 2

Thomas F. Monteleone

The scientific magicians of the First Age who built the Artificial Intelligence machine called it Guardian. Secure in the Citadel, a secret complex constructed to contain it, Guardian had survived the holocaust which consumed its creators and the rest of civilization. Now , the world was only beginning to emerge from the ashes of the First Age; it was a time when the technologies of earlier days were little more than half-forgotten myths.

Baker's Dozen

Hal Spacejock: Book 5

Simon Haynes

Robots have a tough life in Hal Spacejock's universe: as second-class citizens they have no rights, and most are overworked, mistreated, and recycled at the drop of a hat.

When Kim Baker, a wealthy industrialist, leaves his vast fortune to an elderly robot, it's front page news.

Unfortunately, the robot hasn't been seen for decades...

Wizards

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 1

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Stories deal with a magician's quest, a man who changes into an elephant, sorcerers, werewolves, storytellers, a magical necklace, ancient monsters revived by a spell, a daring rescue, and a mysterious wall...

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Wizards - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Mazirian the Magician - [Dying Earth] - (1950) - short story by Jack Vance
  • 27 - Please Stand By - [Max Kearny] - (1962) - short story by Ron Goulart
  • 49 - What Good Is a Glass Dagger? - [Magic Goes Away] - (1972) - novelette by Larry Niven
  • 84 - The Eye of Tandyla - [Pusadian] - (1951) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 107 - The White Horse Child - (1979) - short story by Greg Bear
  • 126 - Semley's Necklace - [Hainish] - (1964) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin (variant of The Dowry of Angyar)
  • 145 - And the Monsters Walk - (1952) - novella by John Jakes
  • 182 - The Seeker in the Fortress - [Kardios] - (1979) - novelette by Manly Wade Wellman
  • 204 - The Wall Around the World - (1953) - novelette by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • 230 - The People of the Black Circle - [Conan] - (1934) - novella by Robert E. Howard

Witches

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 2

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: Witches - (1984) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 12 - My Mother Was a Witch - (1966) - short story by William Tenn
  • 18 - A Message from Charity - (1967) - short story by William M. Lee
  • 37 - The Witch - (1943) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • 58 - The Witches of Karres - [Karres] - (1949) - novelette by James H. Schmitz
  • 99 - Spree - (1984) - short story by Barry N. Malzberg
  • 107 - Devil's Henchman - (1952) - short story by Murray Leinster
  • 121 - Malice in Wonderland - (1957) - novelette by Rufus King
  • 140 - Operation Salamander - [Operation Chaos] - (1957) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • 166 - Wizard's World - (1967) - novella by Andre Norton
  • 212 - Sweets to the Sweet - (1947) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • 221 - Poor Little Saturday - (1956) - short story by Madeleine L'Engle
  • 236 - Squeakie's First Case - (1943) - novelette by Margaret Manners
  • 258 - The Ipswich Phial - [Lord Darcy] - (1976) - novelette by Randall Garrett
  • 303 - Black Heart and White Heart - (1896) - novella by H. Rider Haggard

Cosmic Knights

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 3

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Magical tales of chivalry and adventure include works by Poul Anderson, Vera Chapman, L. Sprague de Camp, Kenneth Grahame, Keith Laumer, Roger Zelazny, and others...

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction: In Days of Old - (1985) - essay by Isaac Asimov (variant of In Days of Old)
  • 7 - Crusader Damosel - (1978) - short story by Vera Chapman
  • 21 - Divers Hands - [Julian] - (1979) - novelette by Darrell Schweitzer
  • 49 - The Reluctant Dragon - (1898) - novelette by Kenneth Grahame
  • 71 - The Immortal Game - (1954) - short story by Poul Anderson
  • 85 - The Stainless-Steel Knight - (1961) - novelette by John T. Phillifent
  • 117 - Diplomat-at-Arms - [Retief] - (1960) - novella by Keith Laumer
  • 165 - Dream Damsel - (1954) - short story by Evan Hunter
  • 177 - The Last Defender of Camelot - (1979) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • 201 - A Knyght Ther Was - (1963) - novella by Robert F. Young
  • 251 - Divide and Rule - (1939) - novella by L. Sprague de Camp

Spells

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 4

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Short stories by authors such as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Andre Norton depict the strange effects of curses and magic spells...

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Curses! - (1985) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 10 - The Candidate - (1961) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • 18 - The Christmas Shadrach - (1891) - short story by Frank R. Stockton
  • 37 - The Snow Women - [Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser] - (1970) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • 106 - Invisible Boy - (1945) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • 116 - The Hero Who Returned - (1979) - novelette by Gerald W. Page
  • 140 - Toads of Grimmerdale - [Witch World Secrets] - (1973) - novella by Andre Norton (variant of The Toads of Grimmerdale)
  • 188 - A Literary Death - (1985) - short story by Martin H. Greenberg
  • 191 - Satan and Sam Shay - (1942) - short story by Robert Arthur
  • 206 - Lot No. 249 - (1892) - novelette by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 239 - The Witch Is Dead - [Simon Ark - 3] - (1956) - short story by Edward D. Hoch
  • 259 - I Know What You Need - (1976) - novelette by Stephen King
  • 282 - The Miracle Workers - (1969) - novella by Jack Vance (variant of The Miracle-Workers 1958)

Giants

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 5

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Giants in the Earth - (1985) - essay by Isaac Asimov (variant of Giants in the Earth)
  • 11 - The Riddle of Ragnarok - (1955) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • 31 - Straggler from Atlantis - [Kardios] - (1977) - novelette by Manly Wade Wellman
  • 57 - He Who Shrank - (1936) - novella by Henry Hasse
  • 123 - From the Dark Waters - (1976) - short story by David Drake
  • 139 - Small Lords - (1957) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • 161 - The Mad Planet - [Burl - 1] - (1920) - novella by Murray Leinster
  • 220 - Dreamworld - (1955) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 222 - The Thirty and One - [Tales from Cornwall - 4] - (1938) - short story by David H. Keller, M.D.
  • 235 - The Law-Twister Shorty - [Dilbia] - (1971) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
  • 279 - In the Lower Passage - (1902) - short story by Harle Oren Cummins
  • 284 - Cabin Boy - (1951) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • 312 - The Colossus of Ylourgne - [The Colossus of Ylourgne] - (1934) - novelette by Clark Ashton Smith

Mythical Beasties

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 6

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 3 - Centaur Fielder for the Yankees - (1986) - short story by Edward D. Hoch
  • 15 - The Ice Dragon - (1980) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • 38 - Prince Prigio - (1889) - novella by Andrew Lang
  • 90 - The Gorgon - (1982) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • 114 - The Griffin and the Minor Canon - (1885) - short story by Frank R. Stockton
  • 131 - The Kragen - (1964) - novella by Jack Vance
  • 205 - The Little Mermaid - (1837) - novelette by Hans Christian Andersen (trans. of Den Lille Havfrue)
  • 230 - Letters from Laura - (1954) - short story by Mildred Clingerman
  • 239 - The Triumph of Pegasus - (1964) - novelette by Frank A. Javor
  • 271 - Caution! Inflammable! - (1955) - short story by Thomas N. Scortia
  • 276 - The Pyramid Project - (1964) - novelette by Robert F. Young (variant of The Sphinx)
  • 309 - The Silken-Swift - (1953) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • 332 - Mood Wendigo - [Howie Wyman] - (1980) - short story by Thomas A. Easton

Magical Wishes

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 7

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Stories tell of a magical umbrella, a newspaper that predicts the future, a devil's advocate, a terrible curse, a witch, a wizard, nightmares, and a powerful genie...

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: Wishing Will Make It So - (1986) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 12 - The Monkey's Paw - (1902) - short story by W. W. Jacobs
  • 24 - Behind the News - (1952) - short story by Jack Finney
  • 38 - The Flight of the Umbrella - [Umbrella / Fillmore] - (1977) - novella by Marvin Kaye
  • 97 - Tween - (1978) - novelette by J. F. Bone
  • 121 - The Boy Who Brought Love - (1974) - short story by Edward D. Hoch
  • 125 - The Vacation - (1963) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • 133 - The Anything Box - (1956) - short story by Zenna Henderson
  • 148 - A Born Charmer - [Dafydd Llewelyn] - (1981) - short story by Edward P. Hughes
  • 166 - What If ... - (1952) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 180 - Millennium - (1955) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • 182 - Dreams Are Sacred - (1948) - novelette by Peter Phillips
  • 206 - The Same to You Doubled - (1970) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • 216 - Gifts - (1958) - short story by Gordon R. Dickson
  • 230 - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might - (1973) - short story by Bill Pronzini
  • 234 - Three Day Magic - (1948) - novella by Charlotte Armstrong
  • 321 - The Bottle Imp - (1891) - novelette by Robert Louis Stevenson

Devils

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 8

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

A collection of fantasy stories dealing with black magic, temptation, and demonic enchantment includes works by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Vincent Benet, Leo Tolstoy, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, and Philip Jose Farmer...

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - The Devil - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 13 - I'm Dangerous Tonight - (1937) - novella by Cornell Woolrich
  • 91 - The Devil in Exile - [Devil & Belphagor - 3] - (1968) - short story by Brian Cleeve
  • 105 - The Cage - (1959) - short story by Ray Russell
  • 113 - The Tale of Ivan the Fool - (1890) - novelette 1886) [as by Leo Tolstoi]
  • 143 - The Shepherds - (1941) - short story by Ruth Sawyer
  • 151 - He Stepped on the Devil's Tail - (1955) - short story by Winston K. Marks
  • 167 - Rustle of Wings - (1953) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • 173 - That Hell-Bound Train - (1958) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • 189 - Added Inducement - (1957) - short story by Robert F. Young
  • 197 - The Devil and Daniel Webster - (1936) - short story by Stephen Vincent Benét
  • 213 - Colt .24 - (1987) - short story by Rick Hautala
  • 225 - The Making of Revelation, Part I - (1980) - novelette by Philip José Farmer
  • 243 - The Howling Man - (1959) - short story by Charles Beaumont
  • 261 - Trace - (1961) - short story by Jerome Bixby
  • 265 - Guardian Angel - (1950) - novelette by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 309 - The Devil Was Sick - (1951) - short story by Bruce Elliott
  • 321 - Deal with the D.E.V.I.L. - (1981) - short story by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • 325 - Dazed - (1971) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon

Atlantis

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 9

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

A collection of fantastic tales from some of the world's finest science fiction writers brings to life a lost world that still holds out the promise of magical secrets or fatal traps for the curious or unwary...

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: The Lost City - (1988) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 15 - Treaty in Tartessos - (1963) - short story by Karen Anderson
  • 23 - The Vengeance of Ulios - (1935) - novelette by Edmond Hamilton
  • 61 - Scar-Tissue - (1946) - short story by Henry S. Whitehead
  • 77 - The Double Shadow - [Poseidonis] - (1933) - short story by Clark Ashton Smith
  • 95 - The Dweller in the Temple - [Kardios] - (1977) - novelette by Manly Wade Wellman
  • 123 - Gone Fishing - (1988) - short story by J. A. Pollard
  • 129 - The Lamp - [W. Wilson Newbury] - (1975) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 153 - The Shadow Kingdom - [Kull of Valusia] - (1929) - novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • 193 - The New Atlantis - (1975) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 225 - Dragon Moon - [Elak] - (1941) - novelette by Henry Kuttner
  • 273 - The Brigadier in Check -- and Mate - [Brigadier Ffellowes] - (1986) - novella by Sterling E. Lanier

Ghosts

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 10

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Fourteen chilling tales--including Charles L. Grant's "Come Dance With Me on my Pony's Grave," Parke Godwin's "The Fire When it Comes," and Isaac Asimov's "Author Author"--tells of ghosts returned on quests of justice, love, and vengeance...

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Ghosts - (1988) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Ringing the Changes - (1955) - novelette by Robert Aickman
  • 39 - Author! Author! - (1964) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • 67 - Touring - (1981) - novelette by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick [as by Jack M. Dann and Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick]
  • 85 - The Wind in the Rose-Bush - (1902) - novelette by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • 102 - Come Dance with Me on My Pony's Grave - (1973) - short story by Charles L. Grant
  • 115 - The Fire When It Comes - (1981) - novelette by Parke Godwin
  • 159 - The Toll-House - (1907) - short story by W. W. Jacobs
  • 169 - The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost - (1983) - novelette by Russell Kirk
  • 213 - A Terrible Vengeance - (1889) - novelette by Mrs. J. H. Riddell [as by Charlotte Riddell]
  • 254 - Elle Est Trois, (La Mort) - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • 275 - A Passion for History - (1976) - short story by Stephen Minot
  • 286 - Daemon - (1946) - short story by C. L. Moore
  • 309 - The Lady's Maid's Bell - (1902) - novelette by Edith Wharton
  • 329 - The King of Thieves - [Magnus Ridolph] - (1949) - short story by Jack Vance

Curses

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 11

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Tales of dark magic, sinister spells, deadly vengeance, and terrifying powers highlight a collection featuring the work of Wilkie Collins, Robert Bloch, Arthur C. Clarke, and other authors...

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Malevolence - (1989) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 10 - The Curse - (1946) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 13 - Julia Cahill's Curse - (1903) - short story by George Moore
  • 19 - The Red Swimmer - (1939) - novelette by Robert Bloch
  • 40 - The Doom of the Griffiths - (1858) - novelette by Mrs. Gaskell [as by Elizabeth Gaskell]
  • 75 - You Know Willie - (1957) - short story by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • 80 - Trouble with Water - (1939) - short story by H. L. Gold [as by Horace L. Gold]
  • 102 - Mad Monkton - (1855) - novella by Wilkie Collins
  • 164 - Long Chromachy of the Crows - (1905) - short story by Seumas MacManus
  • 175 - The Little Black Train - [John the Balladeer] - (1954) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • 191 - The Curse of the Catafalques - (1882) - novelette by F. Anstey
  • 217 - A Séance in Summer - (1974) - short story by Thomas F. Monteleone [as by Mario Martin, Jr.]
  • 228 - Transformations - (1989) - short story by Christopher Fahy
  • 237 - In Dark New England Days - (1890) - short story by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • 256 - The Messenger - (1897) - novelette by Robert W. Chambers
  • 292 - Or the Grasses Grow - (1958) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • 301 - The Dollar - (1905) - short story by Morgan Robertson
  • 317 - A Hunger in the Blood - (1989) - novelette by Talmage Powell

Faeries

Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Book 12

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Fairyland - (1991) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 4 - How the Fairies Came to Ireland - (1902) - short story by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh [as by Herminie Templeton]
  • 15 - The Manor of Roses - [John & Stephen] - (1966) - novella by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • 79 - The Fairy Prince - (1911) - short story by H. C. Bailey
  • 93 - The Ugly Unicorn - (1991) - short story by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • 105 - The Brownie of the Black Haggs - short story by James Hogg (variant of The Brownie of the Black Hags 1828)
  • 121 - The Dream of Akinosuké - (1904) - short story by Lafcadio Hearn
  • 128 - Elfinland - (1991) - novelette by Ludwig Tieck (trans. of Die Elfen 1812) [as by Johann Ludwig Tieck]
  • 148 - Darby O'Gill and the Good People - (1901) - short story by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh [as by Herminie Templeton]
  • 161 - No Man's Land - novella by John Buchan (variant of No-Man's-Land 1899)
  • 208 - The Prism - (1901) - short story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman [as by Mary E. Wilkins]
  • 220 - The Kith of the Elf-Folk - (1908) - short story by Lord Dunsany
  • 235 - The Secret Place - (1966) - short story by Richard McKenna
  • 252 - The King of the Elves - (1953) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • 274 - Flying Pan - (1956) - short story by Robert F. Young
  • 284 - My Father, the Cat - (1957) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • 292 - Kid Stuff - (1953) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 307 - The Long Night of Waiting - (1974) - short story by Andre Norton
  • 325 - The Queen of Air and Darkness - (1971) - novella by Poul Anderson

Intergalactic Empires

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 1

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Stories deal with the rise and fall, government, exploration missions, incorporation, and defense of interstellar empires.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Empires - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Cycles - essay by uncredited
  • 13 - Chalice of Death - [Lest We Forget Thee, Earth - 1] - (1957) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • 47 - Orphan of the Void - [Terran Federation - 1] - (1972) - novelette by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (variant of The Man Who Wasn't Home 1960)
  • 92 - Down to the Worlds of Men - (1963) - novelette by Alexei Panshin
  • 120 - Governance - essay by uncredited
  • 122 - Ministry of Disturbance - [Empire Era] - (1958) - novelette by H. Beam Piper
  • 163 - Blind Alley - [Foundation Universe] - (1945) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 186 - A Planet Named Shayol - [The Instrumentality of Mankind] - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • 222 - Concerns - essay by uncredited
  • 224 - Diabologic - (1955) - short story by Eric Frank Russell
  • 245 - Fighting Philosopher - [Philosophical Corps] - (1954) - novelette by Everett B. Cole [as by E. B. Cole]
  • 281 - Honorable Enemies - [Dominic Flandry] - (1951) - novelette by Poul Anderson

The Science Fictional Olympics

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 2

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

1984 Signet Classic mass market paperback. Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh. Sci-fi anthology includes stories by Asimov, George R.R. Martin, L. Sprague de Camp, Mike Resnick, Arthur C. Clarke. Alan Dean Foster and others.

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction: Competition! - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 4 - Run to Starlight - (1974) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • 33 - The Mickey Mouse Olympics - (1979) - short story by Tom Sullivan
  • 47 - Dream Fighter - (1977) - short story by Bob Shaw
  • 59 - The Kokod Warriors - [Magnus Ridolph] - (1952) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • 94 - Getting Through University - [Dr. Dillingham] - (1968) - novelette by Piers Anthony
  • 127 - For the Sake of Grace - [Coyote Jones] - (1969) - novelette by Suzette Haden Elgin
  • 150 - The National Pastime - (1973) - novelette by Norman Spinrad
  • 169 - A Day for Dying - (1969) - short story by Charles Nuetzel
  • 179 - The People Trap - (1968) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • 197 - Why Johnny Can't Speed - (1971) - short story by Alan Dean Foster
  • 210 - Nothing in the Rules - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 239 - The Olympians - (1982) - short story by Mike Resnick
  • 247 - The Wind from the Sun - (1964) - novelette by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 267 - Prose Bowl - (1979) - novelette by Barry N. Malzberg and Bill Pronzini
  • 293 - From Downtown at the Buzzer - (1977) - novelette by George Alec Effinger
  • 313 - A Glint of Gold - (1980) - short story by Simon Hawke [as by Nicholas V. Yermakov]
  • 329 - The Survivor - (1965) - novelette by Walter F. Moudy

Supermen

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 3

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Super - (1984) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Angel, Dark Angel - (1967) - short story by Roger Zelazny
  • 23 - Worlds to Kill - (1968) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • 47 - In the Bone - (1966) - short story by Gordon R. Dickson
  • 69 - What Rough Beast? - (1959) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • 92 - Death by Ecstasy - [Gil Hamilton] - (1969) - novella by Larry Niven
  • 154 - Un-Man - [Psychotechnic League] - (1953) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • 236 - Muse - (1969) - short story by Dean R. Koontz
  • 247 - Resurrection - (1948) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • 265 - Pseudopath - (1959) - novelette by Philip E. High
  • 288 - After the Myths Went Home - (1969) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • 296 - Before the Talent Dies - (1957) - novelette by Henry Slesar
  • 317 - Brood World Barbarian

Comets

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 4

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Tales by Mark Twain, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, and other masters of the science fiction genre explore the realm of comets.

Table of Contents:

  • ix - Introduction: Comets - (1986) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 1 - A Blazing Starre Seene in the West - (1642) - short fiction by Jonas Wright
  • 5 - Into the Sun - (1882) - short story by Robert Duncan Milne
  • 23 - Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven - (1907) - short fiction by Mark Twain (variant of Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven)
  • 32 - The Comet Doom - (1928) - novelette by Edmond Hamilton
  • 71 - Sunspot - (1960) - short story by Hal Clement
  • 93 - Inside the Comet - (1960) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke (variant of Into the Comet)
  • 103 - Raindrop - (1965) - novelette by Hal Clement
  • 149 - Comet Wine - (1967) - novelette by Ray Russell
  • 167 - The Red Euphoric Bands - (1967) - short story by R. S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham]
  • 180 - Throwback - (1969) - short story by Sydney J. Bounds
  • 189 - Kindergarten - (1970) - short story by James E. Gunn
  • 192 - West Wind, Falling - (1971) - novelette by Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund
  • 213 - The Comet, the Cairn and the Capsule - (1972) - short story by Duncan Lunan (variant of Comet, Cairn and Capsule)
  • 230 - Some Joys Under the Star - (1973) - short story by Frederik Pohl
  • 243 - Future Forbidden - (1973) - short story by R. S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham]
  • 260 - The Death of Princes - (1976) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • 277 - The Funhouse Effect - [Eight Worlds] - (1976) - novelette by John Varley
  • 302 - The Family Man - (1978) - short story by Theodore L. Thomas
  • 309 - Double Planet - (1984) - short story by John Gribbin [as by Dr. John Gribbin]
  • 317 - Pride - (1985) - novelette by Poul Anderson

Tin Stars

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 5

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

A collection of science fiction tales of mystery, crime, and detection features works by Stephen R. Donaldson, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison, and others.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction (Tin Stars) - (1986) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Into the Shop - (1964) - short story by Ron Goulart
  • 22 - Cloak of Anarchy - [Known Space] - (1972) - novelette by Larry Niven
  • 44 - The King's Legions - [Federation of Humanity] - (1967) - novelette by Christopher Anvil
  • 98 - Finger of Fate - (1980) - short story by Edward Wellen
  • 109 - Arm of the Law - (1958) - short story by Harry Harrison
  • 126 - Voiceover - (1984) - novelette by Edward Wellen
  • 154 - The Fastest Draw - (1963) - short story by Larry Eisenberg
  • 163 - Mirror Image - [Elijah Baley / R. Daneel Olivaw] - (1972) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 180 - Brillo - (1970) - novelette by Ben Bova and Harlan Ellison
  • 214 - The Powers of Observation - (1968) - short story by Harry Harrison
  • 230 - Faithfully Yours - (1955) - short story by Lou Tabakow
  • 249 - Safe Harbor - (1986) - novelette by Donald Wismer
  • 272 - Examination Day - (1958) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • 277 - The Cruel Equations - (1971) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • 291 - Animal Lover - (1978) - novella by Stephen R. Donaldson

Neanderthals

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 6

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

A medley of tales focusing on humankind's ancestor, the Neanderthal, features works by Poul Anderson, Philip Jose Farmer, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and Bertram Chandler.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Neanderthal Man - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Genesis - [Paratime Police] - (1951) - novelette by H. Beam Piper
  • 39 - The Ugly Little Boy - (1958) - novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of Lastborn)
  • 91 - The Long Remembering - (1957) - short story by Poul Anderson
  • 106 - The Apotheosis of Ki - (1956) - short story by Miriam Allen deFord
  • 113 - Man o' Dreams - (1929) - short story by Will McMorrow
  • 130 - The Treasure of Odirex - [Erasmus Darwin] - (1978) - novella by Charles Sheffield
  • 196 - The Ogre - (1959) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • 206 - Alas, Poor Yorick - [Howie Wyman] - (1981) - short story by Thomas A. Easton
  • 223 - The Gnarly Man - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 251 - The Hairy Parents - (1975) - short story by A. Bertram Chandler
  • 263 - The Alley Man - (1959) - novella by Philip José Farmer
  • 319 - Afterword: The Valley of Neander - (1964) - essay by Robert Silverberg

Space Shuttles

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 7

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov
Charles G. Waugh

Hitchhiker; Truck Driver; Hermes to the Ages; Pushbutton War; The Getaway Special; Between a Rock and a High Place; To Grab Power; Coming of Age in Henson's Tube.

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: Shuttles - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 13 - Truck Driver - (1972) - short story by Rob Chilson [as by Robert Chilson]
  • 31 - Hermes to the Ages - (1980) - novelette by Frederick D. Gottfried
  • 63 - Pushbutton War - (1960) - short story by Joseph P. Martino
  • 81 - The Last Shuttle - (1981) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 85 - The Getaway Special - (1985) - short story by Jerry Oltion
  • 102 - Between a Rock and a High Place - (1982) - novella by Timothy Zahn
  • 164 - To Grab Power - (1971) - short story by Hayden Howard
  • 182 - Coming of Age in Henson's Tube - (1977) - short story by William John Watkins [as by William Jon Watkins]
  • 187 - Deborah's Children - (1983) - short story by Grant Callin [as by Grant D. Callin]
  • 207 - The Book of Baraboo - [Circus World] - (1980) - novella by Barry B. Longyear
  • 279 - The Speckled Gantry - (1979) - short story by Joseph Green and Patrice Milton
  • 285 - The Nanny - (1983) - novelette by Thomas Wylde
  • 309 - Hitchhiker - (1987) - short story by Sheila Finch
  • 323 - Dead Ringer - novella by Edward Wellen

Monsters

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 8

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Tells the stories of mental parasites, extraterrestrial creatures, clones, monstrous aliens, invaders, and colonists.

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: Monsters - (1988) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 12 - Passengers - (1968) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • 25 - The Botticelli Horror - (1960) - novelette by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • 64 - The Shapes - (1968) - novelette by J. H. Rosny aîné (trans. of Les Xipéhuz 1887)
  • 88 - The Clone - (1959) - short story by Theodore L. Thomas
  • 99 - The Men in the Walls - (1963) - novella by William Tenn
  • 174 - The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth - (1965) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • 206 - Student Body - (1953) - novelette by F. L. Wallace [as by Floyd L. Wallace]
  • 227 - Black Destroyer - [Space Beagle] - (1939) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • 258 - Mother - (1953) - novelette by Philip José Farmer
  • 286 - Exploration Team - [Colonial Survey] - (1956) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • 332 - All the Way Back - (1952) - short story by Michael Shaara

Robots

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 9

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction: Robots - (1989) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 13 - The Tunnel Under the World - (1955) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • 44 - Brother Robot - (1958) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • 59 - The Lifeboat Mutiny - [AAA Ace] - (1955) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • 73 - The Warm Space - (1985) - novelette by David Brin
  • 89 - How-2 - (1954) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • 128 - Too Robot to Marry - (1959) - short story by George H. Smith
  • 130 - The Education of Tigress McCardle - (1957) - short story by C. M. Kornbluth (variant of The Education of Tigress Macardle)
  • 141 - Sally - (1953) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 159 - Breakfast of Champions - (1980) - short story by Thomas A. Easton
  • 165 - Sun Up - (1976) - short story by A. A. Jackson, IV and Howard Waldrop
  • 178 - Second Variety - [Claws - 1] - (1953) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • 223 - The Problem Was Lubrication - (1961) - short story by David R. Bunch
  • 227 - First to Serve - (1954) - short story by Algis Budrys
  • 245 - Two-Handed Engine - (1955) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • 270 - Though Dreamers Die - (1944) - novelette by Lester del Rey
  • 290 - Soldier Boy - (1953) - novelette by Michael Shaara
  • 312 - Farewell to the Master - (1940) - novelette by Harry Bates

Invasions

Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction: Book 10

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg
Charles G. Waugh

Fifteen short stories--by Piers Anthony, Henry Kuttner, A.E. Van Vogt, Lester del Rey, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and others--explore the theme of an alien invasion of Earth.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction (Invasions) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 11 - Living Space - (1956) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 26 - Asylum - (1942) - novella by A. E. van Vogt
  • 85 - Exposure - (1950) - short story by Eric Frank Russell
  • 104 - Invasion of Privacy - (1970) - novelette by Bob Shaw
  • 127 - What Have I Done? - (1952) - short story by Mark Clifton
  • 146 - Impostor - (1953) - short story by Philip K. Dick
  • 161 - The Soul-Empty Ones - (1951) - novelette by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • 200 - The Cloud-Men: Being a Foreprint from the London News Sheet #1 - short story by Owen Oliver (variant of The Cloud-Men, Being a Foreprint from the London News Sheet of March 9, 1915 1911)
  • 217 - Stone Man - [Berserker (Fred Saberhagen)] - (1967) - novelette by Fred Saberhagen
  • 253 - For I Am a Jealous People! - (1954) - novella by Lester del Rey
  • 296 - Don't Look Now - (1948) - short story by Henry Kuttner
  • 310 - The Certificate - (1959) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • 314 - The Alien Rulers - (1968) - novelette by Piers Anthony
  • 350 - Squeeze Box - (1959) - short story by Philip E. High
  • 365 - The Liberation of Earth - (1953) - short story by William Tenn

The Frozen Waves

Jade Demons: Book 2

Robert E. Vardeman

WINTER WORLD

It was the Time of Chaos, and a deadly blanket of white enshrouded the world. This was the vengeance of the implacable Jade Demon Ayondela, whose half-human son was killed... struck down by Kesira Minette, the fiercely courageous she-warrior of a religious order, and by Molimo, the man-wolf whose savage strength was devoted to Kesira.

Now they must journey to the Isle of Eternal Winter, Ayondela's stronghold, through a land of killing cold, filled with demon spawn, human mercenaries, magicks, monks, and fearsome beasts. And unless they can force Ayondela to renounce the power of the jade and her icy fury... their planet is doomed.

David Starr, Space Ranger

Lucky Starr: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Starr uncovers a Martian plot to ruin the economy of the earth's galactic colonies.

Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids

Lucky Starr: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

A year has passed since the events in David Starr, Space Ranger. In that time the spaceship TSS Waltham Zachary has been taken and gutted by pirates based in the asteroid belt, and David "Lucky" Starr has come up with a plan to deal with them.

Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus

Lucky Starr: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

In the sprawling spheres far below the boundless seas of the planet, the earthmen had established an incredible civilization. But now, a series of seemingly trivial accidents threatened to obliterate all that the men had created.

It was Lucky's job, as a representative of the powerful Council of Science, to find the evil and root it out.

Yet by the time he discovered the insidious force which preyed on the minds of men, the only enemy he could hope to destroy . . . was firmly lodged within his own head!

Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury

Lucky Starr: Book 4

Isaac Asimov

Lucky Starr is sent to Mercury by the Council of Science to determine who is sabotaging Project Light.

Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter

Lucky Starr: Book 5

Isaac Asimov

Lucky Starr & his sidekick Bigman Jones hunt for a spy and saboteur who is trying to wreck the test flight of the first anti-gravity space ship.

Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn

Lucky Starr: Book 6

Isaac Asimov

Six weeks after returning from the Jovian system, David "Lucky" Starr receives an urgent visit from Hector Conway, Chief Councilman of the Council of Science. The Council has been sweeping up the Sirian spy ring uncovered by Starr in the Jovian system, but the head of the ring, Jack Dorrance, has eluded capture and escaped from Earth in his one-man spaceship, The Net of Space. A fleet led by Councilman Ben Wessilewsky is in hot pursuit, but there is only one ship that can catch up with Dorrance, and that is Starr's own Shooting Starr.

An Accident of Stars

Manifold Worlds: Book 1

Foz Meadows

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.

There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex'Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.

Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.

Can one girl - an accidental worldwalker - really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?

A Tyranny of Queens

Manifold Worlds: Book 2

Foz Meadows

Saffron Coulter is back on Earth, but even so, nothing is easy. Struggling with the victimising expectations of her friends and family and threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she's outgrown, or pit herself against everything she's ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by Leoden's absence and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what happens when Leoden returns?

Nebula Award Stories Eight

Nebula Awards: Book 8

Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

Nebula Awards Showcase 2006

Nebula Awards: Book 40

Gardner Dozois

Each year, the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America(r) bestow the Nebula Awards to authors whose exemplary fiction represents the most thought-provoking and entertaining work the genre has to offer. Nebula Awards Showcase collects the year's most preeminent science fiction and fantasy in one essential volume. This year's winners include Lois McMaster Bujold, Eileen Gunn, Ellen Klages, and Walter Jon Williams, as well as Grand Master Anne McCaffrey.

Table of Contens:

  • Introduction - (2006) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • The Green Leopard Plague - (2003) - novella by Walter Jon Williams
  • Basement Magic - (2003) - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • Dry Bones - (2003) - novelette by William Sanders
  • The Masters Speak: Introduction - (2006) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Science Fiction Century - (2006) - essay by Jack Williamson
  • The Way It Was - (2006) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • Teaching the Art - essay by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Change and Okay In All Around I See - (2006) - essay by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Then and Now - (2006) - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • The Voluntary State - (2004) - novelette by Christopher Rowe
  • Grand Master Anne McCaffrey: An Appreciation - (2006) - essay by Jody Lynn Nye
  • The Ship Who Sang - (1961) - novelette by Anne McCaffrey
  • Coming to Terms - (2004) - shortstory by Eileen Gunn
  • Embracing-the-New - (2004) - shortstory by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Paladin of Souls (excerpt) - (2003) - shortfiction by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Zora and the Zombie - (2004) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • Film: The Year in Review - (2006) - essay by Kathy Maio
  • Travels with My Cats - (2004) - shortstory by Mike Resnick
  • Just Distance - (2003) - poem by Roger Dutcher
  • Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks - (2003) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • The Cookie Monster - (2003) - novella by Vernor Vinge

Nightfall

Nightfall

Isaac Asimov
Robert Silverberg

The story came about when, in 1988, Marty Greenberg suggested Asimov find someone who would take his forty-seven year old short story, "Nightfall", and - keeping the story essentially as written - add a detailed beginning and a detailed ending to it. This resulted in the 1990 publication of the novel, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. As Asimov relates in the Robert Silverberg chapter of his autobiography, "...Eventually, I received the extended Nightfall manuscript from Bob [Silverberg]... Bob did a wonderful job and I could almost believe I had written the whole thing myself. He remained absolutely faithful to the original story and I had very little to argue with.

These two renowned writers have invented a world not unlike our own--a world on the edge of chaos, torn between the madness of religious fanaticism and the stubborn denial of scientists. Only a handful of people on the planet Lagash are prepared to face the truth--that their six suns are setting all at once for the first time in 2,000 years, signaling the end of civilization!

Nightfall One

Nightfall

Isaac Asimov

This collection contains a subset of the stories previously published in Nightfall and Other Stories (1969).

Contains:

  • Nightfall
  • Green Patches
  • Hostess
  • Breeds There a Man...
  • C_Chute

Nightfall Two

Nightfall

Isaac Asimov

This collection contains the remainder of the stories previously published in Nightfall and Other Stories (1969) not already published in Nightfall One.

Contains:

  • "In a Good Cause -"
  • "What If -"
  • Sally
  • Flies
  • "Nobody Here But -"
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Strikebreaker
  • Insert Knob A in Hole B
  • The Up-to-Date Sorcerer
  • Unto the Fourth Generation
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • The Machine That Won the War
  • My Son, The Physicist
  • Eyes Do More Than See
  • Segregationist

Nightfall and Other Stories

Nightfall: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • What Is This Thing Called Love? - (1961)
  • Strikebreaker - (1957)
  • Sally - (1953)
  • Nightfall - (1941)
  • Segregationist - (1967)
  • Eyes Do More Than See - (1965)
  • Green Patches - (1950)
  • Hostess - (1951)
  • Breeds There a Man...? - (1951)
  • Flies - (1953)
  • The Up-to-Date Sorcerer - (1958)
  • Unto the Fourth Generation - (1959)
  • The Machine That Won the War - (1961)
  • My Son, the Physicist! - (1962)
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day - (1955)
  • Insert Knob A in Hole B - (1957)
  • "In a Good Cause--" - (1951)
  • The C-Chute - (1951)
  • Biographical Comments in "Nightfall and Other Stories" - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • "Nobody Here But--" - (1953)
  • What If-- - (1952)

Old Mars

Old...: Book 1

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

Fifteen all-new stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award winning editor Gardner Dozois

Burroughs's A Princess of Mars. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein's Red Planet. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction's greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own--a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky... and in our imaginations.

This new anthology of fifteen all-original science fiction stories, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilizations--by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-class star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars.

Join such seminal contributors as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others in this brilliant retro anthology that turns its back on the cold, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and instead embraces an older, more welcoming, more exotic Mars: a planet of ancient canals cutting through red deserts studded with the ruined cities of dying races.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Red Planet Blues - (2013) - essay by George R. R. Martin
  • Martian Blood - (2013) - novelette by Allen Steele
  • The Ugly Duckling - (2013) - novelette by Matthew Hughes
  • The Wreck of the Mars Adventure - (2013) - novelette by David D. Levine
  • Swords of Zar-Tu-Kan - (2013) - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • Shoals - (2013) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • In the Tombs of the Martian Kings - (2013) - novelette by Mike Resnick
  • Out of Scarlight - (2013) - short story by Liz Williams
  • The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls - (2013) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • A Man Without Honor - (2013) - novelette by James S. A. Corey
  • Written in Dust - (2013) - novelette by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • The Lost Canal - (2013) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • The Sunstone - (2013) - novelette by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • King of the Cheap Romance - (2013) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Mariner - (2013) - novelette by Chris Roberson
  • The Queen of the Night's Aria - (2013) - novelette by Ian McDonald

Old Venus

Old...: Book 2

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

Sixteen all-new stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award-winning editor Gardner Dozois

From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs's Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury's "The Long Rain" to visionary novels such as C. S. Lewis's Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth's next-nearest neighbor, Mars. But while the Red Planet conjured up in Golden Age science fiction stories was a place of vast deserts and ruined cities, bright blue Venus was its polar opposite: a steamy, swampy jungle world with strange creatures lurking amidst the dripping vegetation. Alas, just as the last century's space probes exploded our dreams of Mars, so, too, did they shatter our romantic visions of Venus, revealing, instead of a lush paradise, a hellish world inimical to all life.

But don't despair! This new anthology of sixteen original stories by some of science fiction's best writers--edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois--turns back the clock to that more innocent time, before the hard-won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination.

Join our cast of award-winning contributors--including Elizabeth Bear, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Gwyneth Jones, Mike Resnick, Eleanor Arnason, Allen M. Steele, and more--as we travel back in time to a planet that never was but should have been: a young, rain-drenched world of fabulous monsters and seductive mysteries.

Table of Contents:

  • "Frogheads" by Allen M. Steele
  • "The Drowned Celestrial" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "Planet Of Fear" by Paul Mcauley
  • "Greeves And The Evening Star" by Matthew Hughes
  • "A Planet Called Desire" by Gwyneth Jones
  • "Living Hell" by Joe Haldeman
  • "Bones Of Air, Bones Of Stone" by Stephen Leigh
  • "Ruins" by Eleanor Arnason
  • "The Tumbledowns Of Cleopatra Abyss" by David Brin
  • "By Frogsled And Lizardback To Outcast Venusian Lepers" by Garth Nix
  • "The Sunset Of Time" by Michael Cassutt
  • "Pale Blue Memories" by Tobias S. Buckell
  • "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "The Wizard Of The Trees" by Joe R. Lansdale
  • "The Godstone Of Venus" by Mike Resnick
  • "Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts By Ida Countess Rathangan" by Ian Mcdonald

The House of the Four Winds

One Dozen Daughters: Book 1

Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. JAMES MALLORY and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now. these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince's future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own--but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won't give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

A Barnstormer in Oz: or, A rationalization and extrapolation of the split-level continuum

Oz

Philip José Farmer

Hank Stover was one of the two people in the world who knew that Oz really existed ... but he never expected to go there. He never expected his plane would be forced down by a green cloud that April day in 1923. Nor that he would meet the witch who had befriended his mother, Dorothy. Nor that she would be so beautiful...

The Wizard of Oz

Oz: Book 1

L. Frank Baum

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.

Also appeared as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Land of Oz

Oz: Book 2

L. Frank Baum

First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.

Also appeared as The Marvelous Land of Oz.

Ozma of Oz

Oz: Book 3

L. Frank Baum

Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.

Blown overboard while sailing with her uncle, Dorothy finds herself in the fairy realm of Ev. She sets out with her friends to rescue the Queen of Ev and her ten children, who have been imprisoned by the cruel Nome King. But even Ozma, the wise Ruler of Oz, is no match for the clever king, and it's up to Dorothy to save everyone from terrible danger. But will the Nome King's enchantments be too much even for the plucky little girl from Kansas?

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Oz: Book 4

L. Frank Baum

Fantasy lovers of all ages will rejoice at this chance to travel once again to the marvelous land of Oz!

A California earthquake sends Dorothy Gale and her new friends--Zeb the farm boy, Jim the cab-horse, and Eureka the mischievous kitten--tumbling through a crack in the ground. Deep beneath the earth, Dorothy is reunited with her old friend the Wizard of Oz and his troupe of nine tiny piglets.

Together, Dorothy, the Wizard, and their friends travel through many fantastic lands, where they encounter the Mangaboos, people growing like vegetables in the ground; cross the Valley of Voe, where dama-fruit has turned everyone invisible; and are captured by mysterious flying Gargoyles. At last, the intrepid travelers reach Oz, where they have many unforgettable encounters with such favorites as the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger, Princess Ozma and the wooden Sawhorse.

The Road to Oz

Oz: Book 5

L. Frank Baum

Dorothy and Toto are off again on an exciting adventure down The Road to Oz!

In order to help the lovable, ever-wandering Shaggy Man, Dorothy and Toto must journey through magical and mysterious lands. Soon the three are joined by a lost lad named Button-Bright and the beautiful young Polychromethe Rainbow's Daughter. With magic at work and danger about, these new friends must journey through cities of talking beasts, across the Deadly Desert into the Truth Pond, and through many other strange and incredible places before they can reach the Emerald City.

Along the way, Dorothy and her companions encounter a whole new assortment of fantastic and funny characters--the crafty King Dox of Foxville, the magical donkey King Kik-a-bray, the terrible bigheaded Scoodlers, and Johnny Dooit (who can do anything)--along with old friends Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-tok, Billina, and, of course, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the wonderful Wizard himself.

The Emerald City of Oz

Oz: Book 6

L. Frank Baum

Join Dorothy and the Wonderful Wizard as they take Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a fabulous tour of Oz. During their journey they encounter such amazing and amusing people as King Kleaver with his Spoon Brigade and Miss Cuttenclip of the land of paper dolls. But while Dorothy and her friends play, the wicked Nome King has joined forces with the terrible Whimsies, the fearsome Growleywogs, and the evil Phanfasms in a plot to capture the Emerald City. Will Dorothy's friends discover the danger before it's too late?

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Oz: Book 7

L. Frank Baum

In this dazzling tale, L. Frank Baum proves once again his power to delight and enchant readers of all ages. Follow the adventures of a charming new band of characters as they explore the wondrous land of Oz and discover that you learn more by traveling than by staying at home.

Forced to venture out of the dark forest, Unc Nunkie and Ojo the Unlucky call on the Crooked Magician, who introduces them to his latest creation: a living girl made out of patchwork quilts and cotton stuffing. But when an accident leaves beloved Unc Nunkie a motionless statue, it is up to Ojo to save him. In his search for the magic ingredients that will restore his uncle to life, Ojo is joined by the Patchwork Girl and by the conceited Glass Cat, who boasts of her hard ruby heart, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and the lovable block-headed Woozy, whose tail hairs are just one of the things Ojo needs to rescue Une Nunkie.

As they travel to the Emerald City, home of the wise and powerful Ozma, they meet Dorothy, the kind and sensible girl from Kansas; the gallant Scarecrow; and, of course, Toto. But no one proves more loyal than the spirited Patchwork Girl, who, although she was brought to life as a servant, is determined to see the wide world for herself.

Tik-Tok of Oz

Oz: Book 8

L. Frank Baum

Join Tik-Tok, the Shaggy Man, and a host of other friends--both old and new--on an exciting, imaginative journey through the world of Oz.

The fun begins in an isolated corner of Oz, in the small country of Oogaboo. There Queen Ann Soforth musters an unlikely army and sets off to conquer the rest of Oz. Meanwhile, a girl from Oklahoma named Betsy Bobbin and her companion, Hank the mule, are shipwrecked and washed ashore in the Rose Kingdom, a magical land of talking roses. There they meet the Shaggy Man, who is on a quest to rescue his brother from the clutches of the wicked Nome King. Betsy, Hank, and the Rose Princess join the Shaggy Man on his journey, and before long they meet up with Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter; Tik-Tok; and Queen Ann with her army. The rest of Baum's tale is filled with hairbreadth escapes, wild puns, and mystifying magic.

The Scarecrow of Oz

Oz: Book 9

L. Frank Baum

Come along on a magical journey to Oz with a whole new group of intrepid adventurers.

Trot, a young girl from California, and her peg-legged sailor friend, Cap'n Bill, find themselves on a perilous and exciting voyage when a whirlpool leaves them stranded in an underwater cave. There they are befriended by a most curious creature--the Ork. With four paddle-like wings, legs like a stork's, a parrot's head, and a tail like a propeller, the Ork proves to be a very welcome and helpful companion.

After escaping the cave, the three friends make their way to the magical Land of Mo, where it snows popcorn and rains lemonade. Here they find Button-Bright--lost once again and eager to join in their adventures.

Together, the four travel across the deadly desert and into the Land of Oz, only to find themselves in new troubles with the scowling King Krewl and Blinkie, a wicked witch. But when everything seems its worst, who should come to their rescue but the Scarecrow of Oz himself! Thanks to the Scarecrow's wondrous brains, our friends just might have a chance to prevail against their heartless enermes.

Rinkitink in Oz

Oz: Book 10

L. Frank Baum

Meet Rinkitink--a kindhearted king who's as fat and jolly as old Saint Nick himself! When the jovial monarch sails for a visit to the island kingdom of Pingaree, he and his talking goat, Bilbil, are welcomed with open arms. Before long, Rinkitink's lighthearted ways and merry songs endear him to the king and queen of Pingaree, as well as to their son, Prince Inga.

But when the peaceful isle is invaded by fierce warriors, everyone from the rulers to the smallest child is taken off in chains. Only Prince Inga, Rinkitink, and Bilbil escape the conquerors. And so the three friends set out--aided by the magical Pearls of Pingaree--to rescue the prince's people.

Their perilous quest takes them across the vast Nonestic Ocean to the terrible islands of Regos and Coregos to the dark underground domains of the Nome King. Victories are followed by setbacks, which are in turn followed by strokes of good fortune. Just when it seems our friends have met their match in the clever Nome King, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz arrive to lend a hand.

The Lost Princess of Oz

Oz: Book 11

L. Frank Baum

Princess Ozma is missing! When Dorothy awakens one morning to discover that the beloved ruler of the Land of Oz has disappeared, all of the Emerald City's most celebrated citizens join in the search for the lost princess.

But Ozma isn't all that's gone missing. The magical treasures of Oz have disappeared, too, including the Magic Picture, the Wizard's black bag, and even Glinda's Great Book of Records. With no clues to guide them, Ozma's friends separate into four search parties and spread out across their vast country in a desperate quest for their absent ruler.

Deep in the Winkle Country, Dorothy's search party is soon Joined by Cayke the Cookie Cook, who has lost a magic gold dishpan, and the amazing Frogman, a man-sized frog who walks on his hind legs. Together with these new allies, Ozma's friends learn that their valued possessions aren't missing but have been stolen by a mysterious villain. If their new foe is powerful enough to steal Princess Ozma and all of their magical treasures, how will they defeat him with no magic of their own?

The Tin Woodman of Oz

Oz: Book 12

L. Frank Baum

The Tin Woodman of Oz: A Faithful Story of the Astonishing Adventure Undertaken by the Tin Woodman, Assisted by Woot the Wanderer, the Scarecrow of Oz, and Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter

Join the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow as they journey across the fantastic magical Land of Oz in search of the Tin Woodman's long-lost sweetheart. In a series of adventures sure to thrill Oz fans both old and new, these beloved friends face such challenges as a selfish giantess and a group of quarrelsome dragons--all to fulfill a promise made long ago to a beautiful Munchkin girl.

The Tin Woodman sits on the glittering tin throne of his splendid tin castle, ruling the Winkle Country of the Land of Oz with the help of his best friend, the Scarecrow. All is peaceful and well, but when a young wanderer named Woot asks the Tin Woodman how he came to be made of tin, the emperor recalls his days as a flesh-and-blood woodchopper and his love for Nimmie Amee, a Munchkin girl so fair that the sunsets blushed when they fell upon her.

The three quickly decide to set out on a daring quest to reunite the Tin Woodman with his lost love and ask Nimmie Amee to be Empress of the Winkie Country. During their travels, they battle dragons and loons, a mighty sorceress, and an all-too-hungry beast called the Hippo-gy-raf. Luckily, they are joined in their search by their old friend Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter, and are aided by Dorothy and Princess Ozma--the powerful fairy ruler of the Land of Oz. But just when they think their troubles are over and their quest is complete, they discover a surprise that leaves all of them truly astounded!

The Magic of Oz

Oz: Book 13

L. Frank Baum

There's trouble once again in the land of Oz!

The mischievous boy Kiki Aru has discovered a magical word--Pyrzqxgl--can transform him and anyone else into whatever Kiki demands. Worse yet, Kiki has been recruited by the villainous Nome King in his latest attempt to get revenge on Princess Ozma and all her friends.

While Ozma's court plans a spectacular celebration for her birthday, Dorothy and the Wizard set out with the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger to find a gift for their beloved princess. But in the Forest of Gugu they become entangled in the wicked plans and magical transformations of Kiki and the Nome King.

Can Dorothy and the Wizard stop the evil-doers before they conquer Oz? Or will Kiki's incredible powers finally give the Nome King the revenge he has craved for so long?

Glinda of Oz

Oz: Book 14

L. Frank Baum

Peace, prosperity, and happiness are the rule in the marvelous Land of Oz, but in a faraway corner of this magical domain dwell two tribes--the Flatheads and the Skeezers--who have declared war on each other. Determined to keep her subjects from fighting, the Ruler of Oz, Princess Ozma, along with her dearest friend, Princess Dorothy Gale (formerly of Kansas), embarks on a quest to restore peace.

When the Supreme Dictator of the Flatheads refuses to cooperate with Ozma, she and Dorothy seek out Queen Coo-ee-oh of the Skeezers, hoping she will be more reasonable. But the queen imprisons Ozma and Dorothy in her grand city and then traps them by submerging the whole city under water. Now it is up to Glinda the Good to save the day. She assembles all of Ozma's counsellors--including such beloved Oz friends as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Patchwork Girl, Shaggy Man, Tik-Tok, and Wizard of Oz--and they set out to rescue their friends. Will the magic powers of Glinda and the Wizard combined be enough to free Ozma and Dorothy?

The Royal Book of Oz

Oz: Book 15

L. Frank Baum
Ruth Plumly Thompson

In which the Scarecrow goes to search for his family roots and discovers that he is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island -- and how he was rescued and brought back to Oz by Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion.

Really! In another life, the Scarecrow was the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island. . . . Maybe he was. Who knows? Maybe not. Remember, this is the first book that's not entirely the work of L. Frank Baum. How much of it is his? Nobody can say for certain. But in retrospect, this is the first Oz book that actually shows us death, albeit of a peculiar sort: before the Scarecrow was reincarnated as the fluff-headed fellow we all know and love, he was the Emperor of Silver Island. Which was underground. -- Exactly beneath that cornfield where Dorothy first found him. But there are pictures of the place, and the pictures don't look dark enough to be set in a kingdom made of caves. . . . Hrrrm.

Kabumpo in Oz

Oz: Book 16

Ruth Plumly Thompson

During Prince Pompadore of Pumperdink's eighteenth birthday celebration, his birthday cake explodes, revealing a magic scroll, a magic mirror, and a doorknob. The scroll warns the prince that if the he doesn't wed a "proper princess" within seven days, his entire kingdom will disappear. The prince, along with the kingdom's wise elephant Kabumpo, set off on an adventure to the Emerald City so Pompa can marry Princess Ozma, the only "proper princess" the Elegant Elephant can think of as worthy of his prince.

The Cowardly Lion of Oz

Oz: Book 17

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Cowardly Lion is kidnapped by Mustafa of Mudge for Mustafa's large menagerie of lions. With the help of American circus clown Notta Bit More and orphan Bobbie Downs, or Bob Up, he is rescued from Mustafa as well as from petrifaction caused by the stone giant Crunch.

Grampa in Oz

Oz: Book 18

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Things are going from bad to worse in the dilapidated kingdom of Ragbad; even the rag crop is failing. To top it all off (or not), King Fumbo's head is blown away in a ferocious storm (with "ten thousand pounds of thunder"). Prince Tatters of Ragbad, and Grampa, a former soldier and the bravest man in the kingdom (population 27), set out on a three-fold quest: for King Fumbo's lost head, a fortune to save the bankrupt kingdom, and a princess for Tatters to marry. They are joined by Bill, an iron weathercock from Chicago, who was brought to life by an electrical storm and blown to Oz.

Meanwhile, in Perhaps City in the Maybe Mountains, the Princess Pretty Good has a problem: the prophet Abrog (also known as Gorba) foresees her marrying a monster if she does not marry in four days. (He suggests himself as her bridegroom.) When Pretty Good resists, Abrog kidnaps her and tries to transform her into a clod of earth; but since she is, in fact, more than just pretty good, as princesses go, Pretty Good turns into the beautiful flower fairy Urtha.

Wide-ranging adventures-from Fire Island to Isa Poso to Monday Mountain - culminate in the location and restoration of King Fumbo's head. Dorothy (with the help of Percy Vere the forgetful poet) manages to restore order. Prince Tatters ends up married to Princess Pretty Good - which is pretty good for him.

The Lost King of Oz

Oz: Book 19

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Old Mombi, formerly the Wicked Witch of the North, is now a cook in the land of Kimbaloo. One day she comes across Pajuka, the former prime minister of Oz, transformed by Mombi into a goose years before. She sets out to find Pastoria, the king of Oz, whom she also enchanted in the past. However, she has forgotten what shape she transformed Pastoria into. She kidnaps a local boy called Snip as her unwilling assistant and bearer of burdens. Eventually deciding, however, that he knows too much, Mombi throws Snip down a well; he ends up in Blankenburg, populated by the invisible Blanks. Snip meets and soon rescues Tora, an amnesiac old tailor. Tora has been held prisoner for many years by the Blanks, to do their tailoring; he has compensated by sending his detachable ears flying about the countryside to hear the news.

Meanwhile, Dorothy is accidentally transported to Hollywood, where she meets Humpy, a live stunt dummy, whom she brings back to Oz. They escape the Back Talkers in Eht Kcab Sdoow (by running backwards), and meet the Scooters who help scoot them on their way. Kabumpo the Elegant Elephant shows up to provide transport (of the mandane sort). Dorothy's party encounters Snip and Tora, and Mombi and Pajuka too. They come to the conclusion that Humpy the dummy is the enchanted Pastoria.

Eventually, matters are clarified and settled: Pajuka is restored to humanity, but Humpy proves not to be the missing king after all. Old Tora is disenchanted and turns out to be Pastoria. He spurns any notion of returning to his throne, however; he is content to settle down as a humble tailor in the Emerald City, with Snip as his apprentice and Humpy as his tailor's dummy.

In a rare act of Ozite capital punishment, Mombi is ruthlessly doused with water and melts away like the Wicked Witch of the West, so that nothing is left of her but her buckled shoes.

The Hungry Tiger of Oz

Oz: Book 20

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Thompson begins with a usurping tyrant, Irasha the Rough, the Pasha of Rash, a tiny kingdom in the southwest of Ev. The Pasha has a problem: his prison is too full to cram any more Rashers in. His Vizier's solution is to obtain a ferocious animal from nearby Oz to devour the luckless prisoners. Travelling to the Emerald City by his magical "hurry cane", the Vizier lures the Hungry Tiger (first seen in Ozma of Oz) to Rash. As might be expected from his history, however, the Hungry Tiger is too tenderhearted to eat prisoners.

Meanwhile, through an unfortunate series of events involving a winding road and a pair of Quick Sandals, Betsy Bobbin (introduced in Tik-Tok of Oz) and her new acquaintance, Carter Green, the Vegetable Man, end up in Rash, and no sooner do they arrive than they're thrown into the crowded prison. There they meet the Scarlet Prince Evered (known as Reddy), the rightful ruler of Rash. Together with the Tiger, they escape, and have varied adventures with Big Wigs and Gnomes in their search for three magic rubies.

Back in Oz, Princess Ozma has troubles of her own: she is confronted by Atmos Fere, a balloon-like being who lives in the upper stratosphere. His plan is to kidnap her up to his own kingdom, to prove to his skeptical fellows that living beings can actually exist on the surface of the Earth. Ozma, however, has a secret weapon (actually, a pin).

In time, the adventurers recover the magic rubies, and Reddy is restored to the Rashian throne. The Pasha and his evil Vizier end up stranded on a desert island in the Nonestic Ocean.

The Gnome King of Oz

Oz: Book 21

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Patch is the country of the Quilties, a land of seamtresses and quiltmakers; it lies in the Quadling quadrant of Oz. Its people have a serious problem. Their queen, Cross Patch the Sixth, has gone to pieces--literally; small pieces too. To find her successor, the land's Chief Scrapper and Prime Piercer unwind the Spool of Succession, and follow where the golden thread leads. It leads, in this instance, to the Emerald City, where it selects Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, to be the new queen. The two Quilties, used to resistance from Queens-to-be (it's not that good a job), kidnap Scraps.

Meanwhile, Peter Brown, a boy from Philadelphia, is transported by a balloon bird to the Runaway Island, where the Ruggedo, the wicked Gnome King has been exiled for five years (see Kabumpo in Oz). A seaquake reveals the sunken pirate ship of Polacky the Plunderer--which contains the magic chest of Soob the Sorcerer. The chest holds several magic treasures, including a magic cloak that is supposed to render the wearer invisible and teleport him anywhere he chooses. But the cloak is torn and does not work. The ship, however, derelict as it is, allows Peter and Ruggedo to drift to the Land of Ev.

Promising to make Peter a general in his army, Ruggedo returns to the Gnome Kingdom and forces the current king, Kaliko, to abdicate in his favor. Ruggedo's plan is to have the cloak mended, then use it to fly to the Emerald City and recover his magic belt, with all its power -- but he learns that the tricky repair job can only be done properly by the expert tailors in Patch. With Peter, he makes his way to Patch, where he offers Peter as a slave in return for the repair of the cloak. The Patch ministers accept this offer and the cloak is repaired.

Peter meets Scraps and makes other new friends, including Grumpy the Bear and Ozwold the Ostrich. Together they escape from Patch and set out for the Emerald City in order to warn Ozma about Ruggedo's plans. Meanwhile, using the power of the repaired cloak, Ruggedo becomes invisible and teleports to the Emerald City, where he causes some mischief before Peter arrives. Still invisible, Ruggedo steals the magic belt. He is about to use its powers to teleport Ozma and her friends to the bottom of the ocean, but Peter overcomes him by throwing a "silence stone", one of the treasures he had taken from the sunken pirate ship, at Ruggedo's head, which robs Ruggedo of the power of speech. Since the magic belt only responds to spoken commands, this renders Ruggedo harmless, and the Wizard of Oz makes him visible again. Ozma makes Peter a Prince of Oz, but the boy chooses to return to Philadelphia; he can't let down his team.

The Giant Horse of Oz

Oz: Book 22

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The tiny kingdom of the Ozure Isles, perched on five islands in Lake Orizon, surrounded by high mountains in a remote region of Munchkin Land, has little contact with the outside world--of Oz. The evil witch Mombi has turned her malice in the Ozure direction. After kidnapping Queen Orin, Mombi has left a fire-breathing lake monster named Quiberon in Lake Orizon to keep the natives prisoner. Even after Mombi was vanquished, Quiberon remains.

Conditions grow worse when the Quiberon orders the Ozurites to kidnap a mortal maiden to keep him company. Since Oz is a fairyland, the only mortal maidens are three American girls living in the Emerald City: Dorothy Gale, Betsy Bobbin, and Tiny Trot. Two Ozurites respond to the crisis in two separate ways. The heroic Prince Philador escapes from the islands to seek the aid of the Good Witch of the North, whose name is Tattypoo. The unheroic Akbad, the Ozure Isles soothsayer, steals a pair of magic wings, flies to the Emerald City, and kidnaps Trot. He also accidentally kidnaps the Scarecrow and an animated statue called Benny (short for "public benefactor") along with Trot.

In his search for Tattypoo, Prince Philador teams up with High Boy, a giant horse with telescoping legs, Herby the Medicine Man, an eighteenth-century doctor with a medicine chest in his own chest due to an incomplete disenchantment, and Jo King, a monarch with a sense of humor. Various adventures ensue, in strange locations like Cave City, and with even stranger beings like the Roundabouties and Shutterfaces. Eventually, matters are sorted out satisfactorily: the Wizard turns Quiberon into a great bronze and silver statue, and the good Witch Tattypoo is revealed to be the missing and amnesiac Queen Orin. She is restored to her family and kingdom. Trot becomes a princess of the Ozure Isles, welcome in their Sapphire City whenever she chooses to visit. By Ozma's decree, Jo King is made ruler of the entire Gillikin Country of Oz.

Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz

Oz: Book 23

Ruth Plumly Thompson

A rainy day in Philadelphia means no baseball; Peter Brown, the child protagonist introduced by Thompson in The Gnome King of Oz, mopes in his attic. He finds the sacks that were full of gold when he brought them back from his previous Oz adventure; and one of those sacks contains an odd gold coin. Toying with the coin and thinking of Oz, he wishes himself back in the magic land -- and suddenly finds himself there, in the front yard of Jack Pumpkinhead.

The sensible thing for Peter to do is to head for the Emerald City; and Jack is ready to act as his guide. They lose their way in the Quadling Country, where they blunder into Chimneyville and Scare City. By chance, Peter finds that his empty sack will fly from his hand and consume objects and creatures that are scooped into its open mouth, protecting him from danger. The two also find the magic dinner bell of Jinnicky the Red Jinn, which supplies Peter with needed provisions.

The travelers adopt a third member for their party when they meet the doggerel-spouting Snif the Iffin (he's a griffin who has lost his "gr-" and is no longer able to growl). The three then encounter the unfortunate Baron Belfaygor of Bourne. He has been accidentally cursed with a rapidly growing beard that he must constantly cut away. Even worse, his fiancée, the princess Shirley Sunshine, has been kidnapped by the local villain, Mogodore the Mighty, the Baron of Baffleburg.

Peter, Belfaygor, Snif, and Jack set out to rescue her, and are quickly taken prisoner in Baffleburg. While escaping, they acquire a Forbidden Flagon and a talkative and abusive Sauce Box. When Mogodore sets out to conquer Oz and actually succeeds in seizing the Emerald City, the travelers have to mount a desperate rescue effort. Eventually Jack, with help from the Red Jinn (here introduced for the first time; his name, Jinnicky, is not revealed until later books), manages to save the day: using the Forbidden Flagon, he reduces Mogodore and his thousand warriors to little beings "no bigger than brownies."

The miniaturized aggressors are confined to their homeland, also miniaturized. Snif the Iffin recovers his lost "gr-." Order in Oz is restored, with a great celebratory banquet before Peter is sent home, with thanks, once again.

The Yellow Knight of Oz

Oz: Book 24

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Sir Hokus of Pokes grows bored with life in the Emerald City, and he and the Comfortable Camel set out for some adventure. Sir Hokes wants to rescue a damsel in distress, or at least find a monster to fight. Sir Hokus visits Marshland and befriends Ploppa, a giant mud turtle. Ploppa would like to accompany Sir Hokus on his adventures, but cannot leave the swamp. Sir Hokus is joined by the Comfortable Camel.

Meanwhile a boy named Speedy blasts his way to Oz in a homemade rocket ship, where he finds himself in the underground kingdom of Subterranea. At his touch, a golden statue of a beautiful girl comes to life. She is called Marygolden, and she accompanies Speedy on his further adventures. Sir Hokes and Speedy join forces and, using the power of a bag of magic dates, they counter the magic of the evil Sultan of Samandra and restore the Corumbian Kingdom, which the Sultan had conquored and enchanted. Sir Hokus learns his true identity: he is actually the young and handsome Yellow Knight of Corumbia, transformed into old, absent-minded Sir Hokus by the Sultan's magic. Using the power of the magic dates, Sir Hokus regains his youthful form and vacates the Emerald City to rule as Prince of Corumbia.

Pirates in Oz

Oz: Book 25

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Peter returns for a third time, washing up on the Octagon Isle after a shipwreck. He joins King Ato, who has been abandoned by his subjects, and Captain Samuel Salt, who has been abandoned by his crew of pirates. Together, they sail on the Nonestic Ocean (which surrounds the landmass of Oz and its neighbor countries).

Meanwhile, Ruggedo, the deposed Gnome King, is back. He had been cursed with loss of speech by a magical "Silence Stone" at the end of his previous appearance in The Gnome King of Oz, and is scraping out a living as a peddler and beggar. He decides to answer an advertisement for the position of King of the Land of Menankypoo, whose people are also mute. These people demand "a dumb king" and Ruggedo meets this requirement. While serving as king, he recovers his ability to speak, joins forces with an ambitious magician, and also becomes leader of Captain Salt's mutinous pirates and Ato's rebellious subjects. He trains these followers into a military force, and attempts once again to conquer Oz.

The Purple Prince of Oz

Oz: Book 26

Ruth Plumly Thompson

While visiting the neighboring kingdom of Pumperdink, Prince Randy of the Purple Mountains criticizes the king's grapes, claiming they are sour. Randy is sentenced to be "dipped", but Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant, makes him his attendant instead. Later, the royal family disappears and Randy and Kabumpo must save the day with the help of the Red Jinn.

Ojo in Oz

Oz: Book 27

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Ojo (from The Patchwork Girl of Oz) is captured by Gypsies and escapes with fellow captive Snufferbux (whose full name is Snuffurious, Buxorious, Blundurious Boroso), a dancing bear. The pair meet up with Realbad, the leader of a group of bandits, who caries a secret that is connected to the Munchkin boy and his habitually closemouthed guardian Unc Nunkie. Together they discover X-Pando, the flexible man, and free the frozen Crystal City from the Blue Dragon. Dorothy, Scraps, and the Cowardly Lion set out looking for them but get lost and visit Dicksey Land and other strange places. Everyone is menaced by a fearsome wizard, and Ojo learns who his parents are.

Speedy in Oz

Oz: Book 28

Ruth Plumly Thompson

This book features yet another island which floats in the sky: Umbrella Island, which flies by virtue of a huge umbrella with lifting and shielding powers. The king is not very good at steering the flying island; he bumps it into a giant's head. For compensation, Loxo, the great brute, demands the King's daughter Gureeda, whom he mistakes for a boy, as a servant to lace his huge boots. However, he grants the Umbrella Islanders three months to train the child to be a bootlacer.

Meanwhile, the boy Speedy (from The Yellow Knight of Oz) returns for another adventure. While inspecting a dinosaur skeleton, Speedy is blown by a geyser into the air. The skeleton comes magically to life and becomes Terrybubble, a live dinosaur skeleton. Terrybubble and Speedy land on Umbrella Island. Speedy develops a friendship with Princess Gureeda. He also becomes friendly with the island's resident wizard, Waddy. An unscrupulous minister, however, notices that Speedy and Gureeeda look very much alike and could pass for fraternal twins. He hatches a plot to compensate the giant by handing Speedy over to him as a slave instead of Gureeda. Terrybubble learns of this plot, and he parachutes off the island with Speedy and Gureeda. Unfortunately, all three are captured by Loxo, and it is up to the wizard Waddy to save them.

The Wishing Horse of Oz

Oz: Book 29

Ruth Plumly Thompson

This Oz mystery starts in Skampavia, where King Skamperoo wishes for a horse using enchanted emerald necklaces. When Chalk, a talking Horse from Oz, falls from the sky, Skamperoo decides the emeralds must be from the Emerald City, and decides to conquer all of Oz. He magically causes all the residents of Oz to forget their rightful rulers and accept him as their emperor instead. Only Dorothy and Pigasus, the flying pig, are able to remember Princess Ozma, the true ruler of Oz, and together they set out to rescue her.

Captain Salt in Oz

Oz: Book 30

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Captain Samuel Salt (from Pirates in Oz) sails the Nonestic Ocean and discovers Ozamaland, a legendary land of flying animals, as well as the famous White City of Om, and other places.

Handy Mandy in Oz

Oz: Book 31

Ruth Plumly Thompson

A take-no-nonsense heroine, Mandy from Mt. Mern is a Mernite, a race of seven-handed people. One day, while Mandy is trying to gather her goats, the rock she is standing on is blown into the air and into Oz. She lands in Keretaria in the Munchkin Country and meets Nox the white Royal Ox. They then foil the evil plans of the Wizard of Wutz. This is also the last appearance of Ruggedo, the Gnome King.

The Silver Princess in Oz

Oz: Book 32

Ruth Plumly Thompson

In this story, young King Randy of Regalia (from Thompson's The Purple Prince of Oz) is visited by his old friend, Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant of Pumperdink. Together, they set out to visit their friend Jinnicky the Red Jinn (also from Purple Prince) in the Land of Ev. On the way, they meet Planetty, the silver Princess from Anuther Planet, and her fire-breathing colt, Thun. When they reach Jinnicky's palace, they find that Jinnicky has been deposed and enchanted by an untrustworthy slave.

Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz

Oz: Book 33

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Soar to the Stratosphere with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Wizard of Oz himself as they attempt to find the missing Ozoplane and save Oz and Jellia Jamb from the clutches of King Strut in Ruth Plumly Thompson's OZOPLANING WITH THE WIZARD OF OZ.

The Wizard of Oz has built two Ozzy spaceships to present to Princess Ozma. But before he can show them to her one of them mysteriously takes off with the Tin Woodman, Jellia Jamb, and the Soldier with the Green Whiskers aboard. The errant spaceship flies to Stratovania where King Strut learns of Oz and decides it really belongs to him--and he want Jellia to become his wife!

The Wonder City of Oz

Oz: Book 34

John R. Neill

Jenny Jump captures a leprechaun and forces him to make her into a fairy, but he only does half the job before escaping. Jenny then jumps to Oz using her half-fairy gifts. She soon sets up a fashionable Style Shop with a magic turnstile which will give anyone high style and challenges Ozma to an ozlection to become ruler of the Land of Oz.

The Scalawagons in Oz

Oz: Book 35

John R. Neill

The Wizard creates Scalawagons, intelligent cars that can also fly. He makes Tik-Tok superintendent of the Scalawagons Factory, but the mechanical man runs down. Bell Snickle, a mysterious creature, takes advantage of Tik-Tok's condition by filling the scalawagons with "flabber-gas". Can the Wizard and all his Oz friends round up the Scalawagons before they become irretrievably lost?

Lucky Bucky in Oz

Oz: Book 36

John R. Neill

Bucky Jones is aboard a tugboat in New York Harbor when the boiler blows up. He is soon blown into the Nonestic Ocean where he meets Davy Jones, a wooden whale. The pair take an undersea route to the Emerald City, and have many adventures along the way.

The Magical Mimics in Oz

Oz: Book 37

Jack Snow

Ozma and Glinda go to meet with the Fairy Queen Lurline in the Forest of Burzee and leave Dorothy in charge of Oz. During Ozma's absence, the evil Mimics escape their imprisonment on Mount Illuso and use their magic to take the form of others and attempt to conquer Oz.

The Shaggy Man of Oz

Oz: Book 38

Jack Snow

It is discovered that the love magnet, which was owned by the Shaggy Man (from The Road to Oz), has broken, and only its creator, the evil Conjo, can fix it. Meanwhile, Twink and Tom are pulled through their television to the Isle of Conjo in the Nonestic Ocean along with the wooden clown Twiffle. Soon the Shaggy Man arrives and saves them from Conjo.

The Hidden Valley of Oz

Oz: Book 39

Rachel Cosgrove Payes

Jam, a boy from Ohio, builds a kite and attaches it to a crate and sets off to Oz with his two guinea pigs, Pinny and Gig, and a lab rat named Percy. Once in Oz, Jam realizes his pets can talk. He lands in the Hidden Valley and becomes a prisoner, but they escape and set out on adventures with the Tin Woodman.

Merry Go Round in Oz

Oz: Book 40

Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Halidom and Troth are two adjacent principalities within the Land of Oz, both resembling medieval kingdoms. Heir to the throne of Halidom is Prince Gules. The people of Halidom have always derived their physical and mental abilities from three golden circlets worn by their ruler: the first around his forehead, the second on his right forearm, the third on his right thumb. The first and third circlets have been lost, with attendant loss of abilities by the subjects of Halidom.

Fess is a young pageboy in the household of Prince Gules, but Fess was born in Troth, so the circlets have no effect on him. Awakening one day to discover that all the natives of Halidom are strangely languid, Fess learns that the second (and last remaining) circlet has been stolen. He embarks on a quest with Prince Gules, aided by a unicorn and a Flittermouse (a mouse with wings) to retrieve all three.

Meanwhile, Dorothy Gale and the Cowardly Lion temporarily leave the Emerald City to place an order with the Easter Bunny, whose underground domain is conveniently accessible from Oz. When Dorothy escapes from an orphanage, she and the Lion join the Prince and Fess in their quest.

Robin Brown, an orphan from Oregon, USA, rides a magic merry-go-round horse to the Land of Oz. The horse whisks him to the Quadling and Munchkin Countries of Oz, where Robin has adventures in View Halloo (a region dedicated to fox-hunting) and Roundabout (a land where everything is round, inhabited by Roundheads). Eventually, Robin must help find the missing magic circlets of Halidom.

Hylozoic

Postsingular: Book 2

Rudy Rucker

After the Singularity, everyone and everything is sentient and telepathic. Aliens notice and invade Earth. In Rucker's last novel, Postsingular, the Singularity happened and life on Earth was transformed by the awakening of all matter into consciousness and into telepathic communication. The most intimate moments of your life can be experienced by anyone who cares to pay attention, or by hundreds of thousands of anyones if you are one of the Founders who helped create the Singularity.

The small bunch of Founders, including young newlyweds Thuy, a hypertext novelist, and Jayjay, a gamer and brain-enhancement addict, are living a popular, live-action media life. But now alien races that have already gone through this transformation notice Earth for the first time, and begin to arrive to exploit both the new environment and any available humans. Some of them are real estate developers, some are slavers, and some just want to help. But how to tell the difference? Someone has to save humanity from the alien invasions, and it might as well be reality media stars Thuy and Jayjay.

Rituals

Rhapsody of Blood: Book 1

Roz Kaveney

Two women - and the workings of Time and Fate. In a time too long ago for most human memory, a god asked Mara what she most wanted. She got her wish: to protect the weak against the strong. For millennia, she has avenged that god, and her dead sisters, against anyone who uses the Rituals of Blood to become a god through mass murder. And there are few who can stand against her. A sudden shocking incident proves to Emma that the modern world is not what she thought it was, that there are demons and gods and elves and vampires. Her weapon is knowledge, and she pursues it wherever it leads her. The one thing she does not know is who she - and her ghostly lover, Caroline - are working for. RHAPSODY OF BLOOD is a four-part epic fantasy not quite like anything you've read before: a helter-skelter ride through history and legend, from Tenochitlan to Los Angeles, from Atlantis to London. It is a story of death, love and the end of worlds - and of dangerous, witty women.

Reflections

Rhapsody of Blood: Book 2

Roz Kaveney

Two women--and the workings of Time and Fate.

Mara, tasked since the dawn of history with destroying those who use the magic of killing and torture to become as gods. Emma, who with her ghost lover Caroline fights smaller evils on the streets of modern London and LA.

What is the connection between these two? Apart from the people they seem to know in common - the sorceress Morgana, the cockney spymistress Polly, the god Jehovah - they have the same enemies.

In the streets of Paris and London, the mountains of Afghanistan and a dusty car park in Iraq, these two dangerous witty women confront thugs, magic assassins, zombie gods and some of the worst villains in history, with allies that include Voltaire, the Duchess of Devonshire and a Yorkshire jihadi with serious demolition skills.

Reviewers called Rituals one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of 2012. Reflections is its worthy successor.

Resurrections

Rhapsody of Blood: Book 3

Roz Kaveney

The worst days of their lives... Mara, immortal huntress of murderous gods, has told Aleister Crowley many stories. Now he persuades her to tell the stories she does not want to tell - of Josh and Judas, the charming clever boys she and her sister/lover Sof protected and taught in Alexandria, and of Hypatia, Sof's last incarnation before madness took her. Mara cannot save everyone and these are the tales of her worst failures... Emma is in danger. Lucifer has carried her beloved Caroline off to Hell and Jehovah wants Emma dead and his servant. She and her mysterious employer Josette journey to Hell to rescue Caroline, but what they have to deal with there is beyond Emma's ready wit and Josette's powers of intrigue... The third volume of Roz Kaveney's four-part novel of the fantastic RHAPSODY OF BLOOD, RESURRECTIONS is her darkest and most daring book yet.

Talus and the Frozen King

Talus: Book 1

Graham Edwards

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?

Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realise nothing is what it seems.

Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1: Deus lo vult

Tanya the Evil: Book 1

Carlo Zen

At the very edge of the front lines stands a young girl. She has golden hair, blue eyes, and pale, almost translucent skin. This girl soars through the skies, mercilessly cutting down her enemies. She barks crisp orders with the unmistakable voice of a child. Her name is Tanya Degruechaff.

But her true identity is that of a 40 year old Japanese elite salaryman who was forced by god to be reborn in the vessel of a little girl who must live in a tumultuous world racked by war. Concerned with being ultra-efficient and desiring self-promotion above all else, Degurechaff will join the ranks of the Imperial Army's Military Mages and become one of the most feared existences in this new world...

The Sage of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 2: Plus Ultra

Tanya the Evil: Book 2

Carlo Zen

"Girl--this, this is war."

After being reborn and becoming a magic wielding soldier in the Imperial Army, Tanya Degurechaff bemoans her fate of being placed at the very edge of the front lines instead of a comfy place in the rear. Swearing revenge on Being X, she plunges head-first into battle, dragging her subordinate along with her!

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 3: The Finest Hour

Tanya the Evil: Book 3

Carlo Zen

Contrary to her dearest wish to find a safe place and stay there, Major Tanya von Degurechaff continues to wade through the fog of war with her troops on land, at sea, and in the air. After many battles with the increasingly numerous enemies of the Empire, a chance for a breakthrough finally appears.

But when her comrades begin celebrating the glories they've reaped, savoring the sweet nectar of imminent triumph, Tanya alone is frozen in fear. Has the Empire decisively won the war, or is this nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory...?

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4: Dabit Deus His Quoque Finem

Tanya the Evil: Book 4

Carlo Zen

A devil wanders the battlefield in the guise of an adorable young child and her name is Tanya Degurechaff! After returning from the sandy southlands, Tanya receives an incredibly suspicious order from headquarters to embark on a training exercise. In reality, command has sent her on a covert mission to initiate a border conflict with the Federation. Soon the Empire finds itself embroiled in another fight it cannot back down from, even if it means making the entire world their enemies!

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 5: Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

Tanya the Evil: Book 5

Carlo Zen

Barely two months remain until winter, and opinion is split over whether the Empire should launch a full-scale offensive or rest until spring. Time is running out, and the General Staff can't make up their minds. While everyone else is frozen with inaction, the Salamander Kampfgruppe under Tanya's command is singled out for a mission that will ultimately decide the army's course. As they face attacks from a seemingly relentless enemy that leave them without even time to sleep, will Tanya's troops be able to hold out?

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 6: Nil Admirari

Tanya the Evil: Book 6

Carlo Zen

Through the bone-chilling winter wind, the clashes of war can be heard. Equipped with fragile weapons and machinery, Tanya and her unit march toward the Eastern front. There, Tanya realizes the primitiveness of it all, and that it'll take more than a miracle to emerge unscathed...

The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 7: Ut Sementem Feceris, ita Metes

Tanya the Evil: Book 7

Carlo Zen

Even in the skies above the quagmire of the Eastern front, the gunfire never ceases. It's here that the Salamander Kampfgruppe has been thrust into the madness of battle once again as another cog in the machine of war. For good or for ill, the time has come to reap what they have sown. Their only hope is that they will be blessed with a harvest of victory.

In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954

The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

This autobiography is detailed, showing how the Russian-speaking youth moved from being an English-illiterate to the self-taught genius that all came to know. It relates how he heard people pronounce street names, examined the street signs & figured out how to read before he began his formal education. This is the story as told when he didn't feel that he was running out of time. It has a sense of fun (cf. The Endochronic Properties of Theotimoline 'practice paper' he wrote prior to his Ph.D examination). Ranging widely, it includes whole stories as examples.

In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1954-1978

The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

The second volume in the autobiography of this prolific science fiction writer, who was also a child prodigy and a renowned professor. This recounts his career from his first book to his 200th, from early rejections to critical acclaim. Photographs, a catalog of his books by Asimov, title and name indexes.

Mendoza in Hollywood

The Company: Book 3

Kage Baker

In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life, for profit, of course. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus. One of these is Mendoza the botanist. The death of her lover has been followed by centuries of heartbreak. She spends a period of time in early twentieth century Hollywood in the days of D.W. Griffith, and then Mendoza is in the midst of the Civil War, and runs into a man that looks disturbingly similar to her lost love. She is about to find love again, and be in more trouble than she could ever have imagined.

Killdozer!

The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon: Book 3

Theodore Sturgeon

Killdozer! is the third volume of a series of the complete short stories from Theodore Sturgeon's career. It contains a few of his best and most famous short stories: "Medusa", "Killdozer!" and "Mewhu's Jet." The series editor Paul Williams has dug into the background of each story, and come up with a lot of interesting lore about Sturgeon. Especially of interest in this volume is the alternative original ending to "Mewhu's Jet."

Table of Contents:

  • Editor's Note by Paul Williams
  • Foreword by Robert Silverberg
  • Blabbermouth
  • Medusa
  • Ghost of a Chance
  • The Bones
  • The Hag Séleen
  • Killdozer! (revised)
  • Abreaction
  • Poor Yorick!
  • Crossfire
  • Noon Gun
  • Bulldozer is a Noun
  • August Sixth, 1945
  • The Chromium Helmet
  • Memorial
  • Mewhu's Jet
  • Story Notes by Paul Williams
  • Afterword by Robert A. Heinlein

The Early Asimov: or, Eleven Years of Trying

The Early Asimov

Isaac Asimov

The quintessence of modern science fiction is thought by many to be contained in the novels and short stories of Isaac Asimov, and this new collection of twenty-seven of his early stories again confirms his inexhaustible imagination and compelling style.

Each story is prefaced by Dr. Asimov with fascinating, and frequently amusing biographical details about how and when he came to write it as well as his own critical evaluations of it. The result is a doubly rich science fiction treat--an assortment of tales that are thoroughly entertaining in their own right besides providing a first-hand look at the development of the young author and promises of the things yet to come from this master writer.

The stories in this collection were subsequently republished in The Early Asimov Volume 1-3.

Table of Contents:

  • Biographical Comments - (1972) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Callistan Menace - (1940)
  • Ring Around the Sun - (1940)
  • The Magnificent Possession - (1940)
  • Trends - (1939)
  • The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use - (1939)
  • Black Friar of the Flame - (1942)
  • Half-Breed - (1940)
  • The Secret Sense - (1941)
  • Homo Sol - (1940)
  • Half-Breeds on Venus - (1940)
  • The Imaginary - (1942)
  • Heredity - (1941)
  • History - (1941)
  • Christmas on Ganymede - (1942)
  • The Little Man on the Subway - (1950) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl
  • The Hazing - (1942)
  • Super-Neutron - (1941)
  • Not Final! - (1941)
  • Legal Rites - (1950) - novelette by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl
  • Time Pussy - (1942)
  • Author! Author! - (1964)
  • Death Sentence - (1943)
  • Blind Alley - (1945)
  • No Connection - (1948)
  • The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline - (1948)
  • The Red Queen's Race - (1949)
  • Mother Earth - (1949)
  • Appendix - The Sixty Stories of the Campbell Years - essay by Isaac Asimov

The Early Asimov Volume 1: or, Eleven Years of Trying

The Early Asimov: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

Contains a subset of the stories originally published in The Early Asimov.

Contains:

  • The Callistan Menace
  • Ring Around the Sun
  • The Magnificent Possession
  • Trends
  • The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use
  • Black Friar of the Flame
  • Half Breed
  • The Secret Sense

The Early Asimov Volume 2

The Early Asimov: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Contains a subset of the stories originally published in The Early Asimov.

Contains:

  • Homo Sol
  • Half-Breeds on Venus
  • The Imaginary
  • Heredity
  • History
  • Christmas on Ganymede
  • The Little Man on the Subway
  • The Hazing
  • Super-Neutron
  • Not Final!
  • Legal Rites
  • Time Pussy (Probability Zero)

The Early Asimov Volume 3

The Early Asimov: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

Contains a subset of the stories originally published in The Early Asimov.

Contains:

  • Author, Author
  • Death Sentence
  • Blind Alley
  • No Connection
  • The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline
  • The Rd Queen's Race
  • Mother Earth

Aliens!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 1

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - (1980) - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing - (1978) - short story by Larry Niven
  • Grammar Lesson - (1977) - short story by Larry Niven
  • The Subject Is Closed - (1977) - short story by Larry Niven
  • Cruel and Unusual - (1977) - short story by Larry Niven
  • We Purchased People - (1974) - short story by Frederik Pohl
  • Guesting Time - (1965) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - (1972) - short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Angel's Egg - (1951) - novelette by Edgar Pangborn
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! - (1964) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Be Merry - (1966) - novelette by Algis Budrys
  • Pattern - (1954) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • An Honorable Death - (1961) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Reality Trip - (1970) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Rule Golden - (1954) - novella by Damon Knight
  • Alien-Human Relations - A Guide to Further Reading - (1980) - essay by uncredited

Unicorns!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 2

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Contents:

  • Introduction to Avram Davidson's "The Spoor of the Unicorn" - (1982) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Spoor of the Unicorn - (1982) - essay by Avram Davidson
  • The Silken-Swift - (1953) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Eudoric's Unicorn - (1977) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Flight of the Horse - (1969) - short story by Larry Niven
  • On the Downhill Side - (1972) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • The Night of the Unicorn - (1975) - short story by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Mythological Beast - (1979) - short story by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Final Quarry - (1970) - novelette by Eric Norden
  • Elfleda - (1981) - short story by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The White Donkey - (1980) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Unicorn Variation - (1981) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Sacrifice - (1982) - short story by Gardner Dozois
  • The Unicorn - (1952) - short story by Frank Owen
  • The Woman the Unicorn Loved - (1981) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • The Forsaken - (1982) - short story by Beverly Evans
  • The Unicorn - (1939) - short fiction by T. H. White
  • Selected Bibliography - (1982) - uncredited

Magicats!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 3

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Space-Time for Springers - (1958) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon - (1955) - short story by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Cat from Hell - (1977) - short story by Stephen King
  • Out of Place - (1981) - short story by Pamela Sargent
  • Schrödinger's Cat - (1974) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Groucho - (1981) - short story by Ron Goulart
  • My Father, the Cat - (1957) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • The Cat Man - (1960) - short story by Byron Liggett
  • Some Are Born Cats - (1973) - short story by Terry Carr and Carol Carr
  • The Cat Lover - (1961) - short story by Knox Burger
  • Jade Blue - (1971) - short story by Edward Bryant
  • Tom Cat - (1970) - short story by Gary Jennings
  • Sonya, Crane Wessleman, and Kittee - (1970) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • The Witch's Cat - (1939) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • Antiquities - (1977) - short story by John Crowley
  • A Little Intelligence - (1982) - novelette by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett
  • The Cat - (1983) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • Afternoon at Schrafft's - (1984) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick

Bestiary!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 4

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Stories about legendary creatures of myth and magic!

An anthology of extraordinary stories about legendary creatures of myth and magic features works by Tanith Lee, T.H. White, Jane Yolen, and Gene Wolfe.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Dragon - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule - (1984) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Draco, Draco - (1984) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Rule of Names - (1964) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Unicorn - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Black Horn - (1984) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • The Giant - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Walk Like a Mountain - (1955) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • The Centaur - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Treaty in Tartessos - (1963) - short story by Karen Anderson
  • The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus - (1979) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • The Dryad - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Sleep of Trees - (1980) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • The Hardwood Pile - (1940) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Minotaur - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Blind Minotaur - (1985) - short story by Michael Swanwick
  • The Sphinx - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Landscape With Sphinxes - (1962) - short story by Karen Anderson
  • Simpson's Lesser Sphynx - (1984) - short story by Esther M. Friesner
  • The Sea Serpent - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • God's Hooks! - (1982) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • The Phoenix - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • A Leg Full of Rubies - (1959) - short story by Joan Aiken
  • The Troll - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Valor of Cappen Varra - (1957) - short story by Poul Anderson
  • The Troll - (1935) - short story by T. H. White
  • The Griffin - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Return of the Griffins - (1948) - short story by A. E. Sandeling
  • The Pegasus - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Last of His Breed - (1984) - short story by Rob Chilson
  • About the Editors - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Mermaids!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 5

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • The Prevalence of Mermaids - - (1986) - essay by Avram Davidson
  • Nothing in the Rules - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • She Sells Sea Shells - (1983) - short story by Paul Darcy Boles
  • The Soul Cages - (1825) - short story by Thomas Crofton Croker
  • Sweetly the Waves Call to Me - (1981) - short story by Pat Murphy
  • Driftglass - (1967) - short story by Samuel R. Delany
  • Mrs. Pigafetta Swims Well - (1959) - short story by Reginald Bretnor
  • The Nebraskan and the Nereid - (1985) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • The Lady and the Merman - (1976) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • The White Seal Maid - (1977) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • The Fisherman's Wife - (1982) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Till Human Voices Wake Us - (1984) - short story by Lewis Shiner
  • A Touch of Strange - (1958) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Something Rich and Strange - (1961) - short story by Randall Garrett and Avram Davidson
  • The Crest of Thirty-six - (1980) - short story by Davis Grubb
  • The Shannon Merrow - (1982) - short story by Cooper McLaughlin
  • Fish Story - (1953) - short story by Leslie Charteris
  • In the Islands - (1983) - short story by Pat Murphy
  • Recommended Reading List - (1986) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Sorcerers!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 6

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1986) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Bleak Shore - (1940) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • O Ugly Bird! - (1951) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • The Power of the Press - (1983) - novelette by Richard Kearns
  • The Finger - (1980) - short story by Naomi Mitchison
  • The Word of Unbinding - (1964) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • His Coat So Gay - (1965) - novelette by Sterling E. Lanier
  • Narrow Valley - (1966) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • Sleep Well of Nights - (1978) - novella by Avram Davidson
  • Armaja Das - (1976) - short story by Joe Haldeman
  • My Boat - (1976) - short story by Joanna Russ
  • The Hag Séleen - (1942) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon and James H. Beard
  • The Last Wizard - (1972) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • The Overworld - (1965) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • Recommended Reading - (1986) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Demons!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 7

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Grail - (1981) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • The Willow Platform - (1973) - short story by Joseph Payne Brennan
  • The Night of White Bhairab - (1984) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • The Mangler - (1972) - novelette by Stephen King
  • The Last Demon - (1964) - short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The Golden Rope - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Basileus - (1983) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Twilla - (1974) - novelette by Tom Reamy
  • The Purple Pterodactyls - (1976) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Goslin Day - (1970) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • Nellthu - (1955) - short story by Anthony Boucher
  • Snulbug - (1941) - short story by Anthony Boucher
  • One Other - (1953) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • An Ornament to His Profession - (1966) - novelette by Charles L. Harness
  • Further Reading - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • About the Editors - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

Dogtales!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 8

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Auto-da-Fe - (1961) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Roog - (1953) - short story by Philip K. Dick
  • The Hounds - (1974) - novelette by Kate Wilhelm
  • The Howling Tower - (1941) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Demon Lover - (1984) - novelette by M. Sargent Mackay
  • A Few Kindred Spirits - (1965) - short story by John Christopher
  • Dogs' Lives - (1984) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • Here, Putzi! - (1953) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
  • Desertion - [City] - (1944) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • I Lost My Love to the Space Shuttle Columbia - (1983) - short story by Damien Broderick
  • The Master of the Hounds - (1966) - novelette by Algis Budrys
  • One-Trick Dog - (1987) - short story by Bruce Boston
  • Friend's Best Man - (1987) - short story by Jonathan Carroll
  • Wish Hound - (1980) - short story by Pat Murphy
  • A Boy and His Dog - (1969) - novella by Harlan Ellison
  • Further Reading - (1988) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Seaserpents!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 9

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents

  • Preface - (1989) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • Algy - (1976) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Out of Darkness - (1987) - short story by Lillian Stewart Carl
  • Leviathan! - (1970) - short story by Larry Niven
  • The Horses of Lir - (1981) - short story by Roger Zelazny
  • The Mortal and the Monster - (1976) - novella by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Man Overboard - (1960) - novelette by John Collier
  • The Dakwa - (1977) - short story by Manly Wade Wellman
  • The Kings of the Sea - (1968) - novelette by Sterling E. Lanier
  • Grumblefritz - (1981) - short story by Marvin Kaye
  • The Devil of Malkirk - (1982) - novella by Charles Sheffield
  • Further Reading - (1989) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Dinosaurs!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 10

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1990) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • A Gun for Dinosaur - (1956) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Poor Little Warrior! - (1958) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Green Brother - (1982) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • Hatching Season - (1985) - short story by Harry Turtledove
  • Getting Away - (1976) - short story by Steven Utley
  • The Runners - (1978) - short story by Bob Buckley
  • The Last Thunder Horse West of the Mississippi - (1988) - novelette by Sharon N. Farber
  • Strata - (1980) - novelette by Edward Bryant
  • Time's Arrow - (1950) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • A Change in the Weather - (1981) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • The Night-blooming Saurian - (1970) - short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Dinosaur - (1987) - short story by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Dinosaurs - (1985) - short story by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Dinosaur on a Bicycle - (1987) - novelette by Tim Sullivan

Magicats II

The Exclamatory Series: Book 11

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Kreativity for Kats - (1961) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats - (1991) - short story by Michael Bishop
  • Bright Burning Tiger - (1984) - short story by Tanith Lee
  • I Love Little Pussy - (1988) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • The Boy Who Spoke Cat - (1973) - short story by Ward Moore
  • The Jaguar Hunter - (1985) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • The Sin of Madame Phloi - (1962) - short story by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • The Mountain Cage - (1983) - novelette by Pamela Sargent
  • May's Lion - (1983) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Color of Grass, the Color of Blood - (1989) - short story by R. V. Barnham
  • A Word to the Wise - (1940) - short story by John Collier
  • Duke Pasquale's Ring - (1985) - novella by Avram Davidson

Little People!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 12

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Working With the Little People - (1977) - short story by Harlan Ellison
  • United Imp - (1977) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • A Cabin on the Coast - (1984) - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • Cargo - (1940) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Housing Problem - (1944) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • The Goobers - (1965) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • Fairy Tale - (1981) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • A Gift of the People - (1988) - short story by Robert Sampson
  • Trouble with Water - (1939) - short story by H. L. Gold
  • Send No Money - (1985) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • The Hob - (1988) - novelette by Judith Moffett
  • Further Reading - (1991) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Unicorns II

The Exclamatory Series: Book 13

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Contents:

  • Preface - (1992) - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • The Calling of Paisley Coldpony - (1988) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • Unicornucopia - (1992) - short story by Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • he Black Horn - (1984) - novelette by Jack Dann
  • The Hole in Edgar's Hillside - (1991) - short story by Gregory Frost
  • The Hunting of Death: The Unicorn - (1984) - novella by Tanith Lee
  • Stalking the Unicorn with Gun and Camera - (1986) - short story by Mike Resnick
  • The Boy Who Drew Unicorns - (1988) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Ghost Town - (1992) - short story by Jack C. Haldeman, II
  • The Stray - (1987) - short story by Gardner Dozois and Susan Casper
  • The Shade of Lo Man Gong - (1988) - short story by William F. Wu
  • The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn - (1988) - short story by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Naked Wish-Fulfillment - (1989) - novelette by Janet Kagan
  • Selected Bibliography - (1992) - uncredited

Invaders!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 14

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Bloodchild - (1984) - novelette by Octavia E. Butler
  • Idiot Stick - (1958) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Guesting Time - (1965) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • Trading Post - (1986) - novelette by Neal Barrett, Jr.
  • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - (1972) - short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Night of the Cooters - (1987) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • Roadside Rescue - (1985) - short story by Pat Cadigan
  • The Liberation of Earth - (1953) - short story by William Tenn
  • Roog - (1953) - short story by Philip K. Dick
  • Speed Trap - (1967) - short story by Frederik Pohl
  • The Perfect Host - (1992) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Heresies of the Huge God - (1966) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Sepoy - (1992) - novelette by Tom Purdom
  • Dress Rehearsal - (1974) - short story by Harvey Jacobs
  • The Screwfly Solution - (1977) - novelette by Raccoona Sheldon
  • Further Reading - (1993) - essay by uncredited

Dragons!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 15

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Draco, Draco - (1984) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Two Yards of Dragon - (1976) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Mrs. Byres and the Dragon - (1990) - novelette by Keith Roberts
  • A Handful of Hatchlings - (1993) - short story by Mark Sumner
  • Covenant With a Dragon - (1987) - short story by Susan Casper
  • Paper Dragons - (1985) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • Up the Wall - (1990) - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • Lan Lung - (1980) - novelette by M. Lucie Chin
  • Climacteric - (1960) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule - (1984) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Further Reading - essay by uncredited

Horses!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 16

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Classical Horses - (1991) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • The Wonder Horse - (1957) - short story by George Byram
  • On the Gem Planet - (1963) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Thunder of the Captains - (1985) - short story by Garry Kilworth
  • Brothers of the Wind - (1981) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Aunt Millicent at the Races - (1965) - short story by Len Guttridge
  • The Circus Horse - (1988) - short story by Amy Bechtel
  • Riding the Nightmare - (1986) - short story by Lisa Tuttle
  • Wild, Wild Horses - (1988) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • The Boy Who Plaited Manes - (1986) - short story by Nancy Springer
  • Horse Camp - (1986) - short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • His Coat So Gay - (1965) - novelette by Sterling E. Lanier
  • Further Reading - essay by uncredited

Dinosaurs II

The Exclamatory Series: Book 17

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1995) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Big Splash - (1992) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Just Like Old Times - (1993) - short story by Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Virgin and the Dinosaur - (1992) - novella by R. Garcia y Robertson
  • The Odd Old Bird - (1988) - short story by Avram Davidson
  • Bernie - (1994) - novelette by Ian McDowell
  • Small Deer - (1965) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • Dinosaur Pliés - (1989) - short story by R. V. Branham
  • Day of the Hunters - (1950) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Herding with the Hadrosaurs - (1992) - short story by Michael Bishop
  • Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny - (1990) - short story by R. Garcia y Robertson
  • Trembling Earth - (1990) - novella by Allen Steele

Angels!

The Exclamatory Series: Book 18

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Table of Contents:

  • Basileus - (1983) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Angelica - (1979) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Angels - (1990) - short story by Bruce McAllister
  • If Angels Ate Apples - (1993) - poem by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Alfred - (1992) - short story by Lisa Goldstein
  • A Plethora of Angels - (1989) - short story by Robert Sampson
  • The Man Who Loved the Faioli - (1967) - short story by Roger Zelazny
  • Upon the Dull Earth - (1954) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Angel - (1987) - short story by Pat Cadigan
  • Curse of the Angel's Wife - (1993) - poem by Bruce Boston
  • Sleepers Awake - (1993) - short story by Jamil Nasir
  • And the Angels Sing - (1990) - short story by Kate Wilhelm
  • Grave Angels - (1986) - novelette by Richard Kearns
  • All Vows - (1992) - short story by Esther M. Friesner

Timegates

The Exclamatory Series: Book 19

Gardner Dozois
Jack Dann

Twelve Dimension-shattering tales of travel across time...

Twelve dimension-shattering tales of time travel, featuring John Varley, Ursula K. LeGuin, Joe Haldeman, Avram Davidson, Damon Knight, Nancy Kress, R.A. Lafferty, Jack McDevitt, Bridget McKenna, Richard McKenna, Charles Sheffield, and James Tiptree, Jr. These stories take readers from everyday reality into the infinite vistas of time and space -- as far as the man can reach.

Table if Contents:

Nanotech

The Exclamatory Series: Book 20

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Ten mind-blowing tales from the cutting edge of technology...

Imagine a technology that can change the structure and function of your own body...or that can devour an entire country. This is nanotechnology--the creation of self-replicating machines with the capability to build or alter almost any structure, including the human form, by manipulating atoms or molecules--and it has captured the imaginations of science fiction writers and readers everywhere. Now these ten short tales will capture you...

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1998) - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
  • Blood Music - (1983) - novelette by Greg Bear
  • Margin of Error - (1994) - short story by Nancy Kress
  • Axiomatic - (1990) - short story by Greg Egan
  • Remember'd Kisses - (1988) - novelette by Michael F. Flynn
  • Recording Angel - (1996) - short story by Ian McDonald
  • Sunflowers - (1995) - novelette by Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • The Logic Pool - (1994) - short story by Stephen Baxter
  • Any Major Dude - (1991) - novelette by Paul Di Filippo
  • We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy - (1995) - novella by David Marusek
  • Willy in the Nano-Lab - (1998) - poem by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Further Reading - (1998) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

Clones

The Exclamatory Series: Book 21

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

New tales of genetic engineering and its impact on tomorrow...

Long before there was Dolly the sheep, there were brilliant science fiction authors speculating on the power and potential, the temptations and the terrors, of cloning. Join them as they explore the ideas, the implications, and the thrilling dramatic possibilities in this collection of nine stories by Ursula K. LeGuin, Joe Haldeman, John Varley, Greg Egan, Damon Knight, Ian R. MacLeod, Kate Wilhelm, Pamela Sargent, and Charles Sheffield.

Table of Contents:

  • "The Extra" by Greg Egan
  • "The Phantom of Kansas" by John Varley
  • "Nine Lives" by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • "Past Magic" by Ian R. MacLeod
  • "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang" by Kate Wilhelm
  • "Out of Copyright" by Charles Sheffield
  • "Mary" by Damon Knight
  • "Clone Sister" by Pamela Sargent
  • "Blood Sisters" by Joe Haldeman

Immortals

The Exclamatory Series: Book 22

Jack Dann
Gardner Dozois

Some see it as the ultimate blessing, others as an intolerable curse. Tempting or terrifying, the idea of immortality has inspired creative souls for thousands of years. In this brilliant collection, some of today's most ingeniously imaginative writers deal with the entrancing theme of eternal possibilities.

Features Thomas M. Disch, Greg Egan, Jack Vance, and other acclaimed masters of fantasy and science fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - (1998) - essay by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  • The Dying Man - (1957) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • Death Do Us Part - (1996) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • The Worm That Flies - (1968) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Child of All Ages - (1975) - short story by P. J. Plauger
  • The Grotto of the Dancing Deer - (1980) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • Learning to Be Me - (1990) - short story by Greg Egan
  • The Secret - (1966) - short story by Jack Vance
  • Mortimer Gray's History of Death - (1995) - novella by Brian Stableford

The Foundation Trilogy

The Foundation Series

Isaac Asimov

A THOUSAND-YEAR EPIC, A GALACTIC STRUGGLE, A MONUMENTAL WORK IN THE ANNALS OF SCIENCE FICTION

FOUNDATION begins a new chapter in the story of man's future. As the Old Empire crumbles into barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists must create a new entity, the Foundation-dedicated to art, science, and technology-as the beginning of a new empire.

FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE describes the mighty struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars in which man stands at the threshold of a new enlightened life which could easily be destroyed by the old forces of barbarism.

SECOND FOUNDATION follows the Seldon Plan after the First Empire's defeat and describes its greatest threat-a dangerous mutant strain gone wild, which produces a mind capable of bending men's wills, directing their thoughts, reshaping their desires, and destroying the universe.

Foundation

The Foundation Series: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed.

Foundation and Empire

The Foundation Series: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire - still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.

But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called The Mule - a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets - a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave.

Second Foundation

The Foundation Series: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.

After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins—destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But it is rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first time—but now he is certain he knows where it lies.

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only fourteen years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed…before it destroys them.

Foundation's Edge

The Foundation Series: Book 4

Isaac Asimov

At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation-a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian-set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. . .and proof that the Second Foundation still exists. Meanwhile someone-or something-outside of both Foundations sees to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose. Soon representatives of both the First and Second Foundations will find themselves racing toward a mysterious world called Gaia and a final shocking destiny at the very end of the universe!

Foundation and Earth

The Foundation Series: Book 5

Isaac Asimov

The fifth novel in Asimov's popular Foundation series opens with second thoughts. Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

Prelude to Foundation

The Foundation Series: Book 6

Isaac Asimov

It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

Forward the Foundation

The Foundation Series: Book 7

Isaac Asimov

A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

The Frozen Sky

The Frozen Sky: Book 1

Jeff Carlson

BENEATH THE ICE

Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...

FIRST CONTACT

Based on the award-winning short story, The Frozen Sky is a new full-length sci fi thriller novel from the international bestselling author of Plague Year.

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 1, 1939

The Great SF Stories: Book 1

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1979) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • I, Robot - (1939) - short story by Otto Binder
  • The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton - (1939) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • Trouble with Water - (1939) - short story by H. L. Gold
  • Cloak of Aesir - (1939) - novella by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • The Day Is Done - (1939) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • The Ultimate Catalyst - (1939) - short story by John Taine
  • The Gnarly Man - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Black Destroyer - (1939) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • Greater Than Gods - (1939) - novelette by C. L. Moore
  • Trends - (1939) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • The Blue Giraffe - (1939) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Misguided Halo - (1939) - short story by Henry Kuttner
  • Heavy Planet - (1939) - short story by Milton A. Rothman
  • Life-Line - (1939) - short story by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Ether Breather - (1939) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Pilgrimage - (1939) - novelette by Nelson S. Bond
  • Rust - (1939) - short story by Joseph E. Kelleam
  • The Four-Sided Triangle - (1939) - novelette by William F. Temple
  • Star Bright - (1939) - novelette by Jack Williamson
  • Misfit - (1939) - novelette by Robert A. Heinlein

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 2, 1940

The Great SF Stories: Book 2

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1979) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Dwindling Sphere - (1940) - short story by Willard Hawkins
  • The Automatic Pistol - (1940) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Hindsight - (1940) - short story by Jack Williamson
  • Postpaid to Paradise - (1940) - short story by Robert Arthur
  • Into the Darkness - (1940) - novelette by Ross Rocklynne
  • Dark Mission - (1940) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • It - (1940) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Vault of the Beast - (1940) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Impossible Highway - (1940) - short story by Oscar J. Friend
  • Quietus - (1940) - short story by Ross Rocklynne
  • Strange Playfellow - (1940) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • The Warrior Race - (1940) - short story by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Farewell to the Master - (1940) - novelette by Harry Bates
  • Butyl and the Breather - (1940) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Exalted - (1940) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Old Man Mulligan - (1940) - novelette by P. Schuyler Miller

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 3, 1941

The Great SF Stories: Book 3

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1980) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Mechanical Mice - (1941) - novelette by Eric Frank Russell and Maurice G. Hugi
  • Shottle Bop - (1941) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Rocket of 1955 - (1939) - short story by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Evolution's End - (1941) - short story by Robert Arthur
  • Microcosmic God - (1941) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Jay Score - (1941) - short story by Eric Frank Russell
  • Liar! - (1941) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Time Wants A Skeleton - (1941) - novella by Ross Rocklynne
  • The Words of Guru - (1941) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Seesaw - (1941) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • Armageddon - (1941) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • Adam and No Eve - (1941) - short story by Alfred Bester
  • Solar Plexus - (1941) - short story by James Blish
  • Nightfall - (1941) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • A Gnome There Was - (1941) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • Snulbug - (1941) - short story by Anthony Boucher
  • Hereafter, Inc. - (1941) - short story by Lester del Rey

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 4, 1942

The Great SF Stories: Book 4

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1980) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Star Mouse - (1942) - novelette by Fredric Brown
  • The Wings of Night - (1942) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • Cooperate - Or Else! - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • Foundation - (1942) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • The Push of a Finger - (1942) - novella by Alfred Bester
  • Asylum - (1942) - novella by A. E. van Vogt
  • Proof - (1942) - short story by Hal Clement
  • Nerves - (1942) - novella by Lester del Rey
  • Barrier - (1942) - novella by Anthony Boucher
  • The Twonky - (1942) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]
  • QRM - Interplanetary - (1942) - novelette by George O. Smith
  • The Weapon Shop - (1942) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • Mimic - (1942) - short story by Donald A. Wollheim

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 5, 1943

The Great SF Stories: Book 5

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1981) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Cave - (1943) - novelette by P. Schuyler Miller
  • The Halfling - (1943) - novelette by Leigh Brackett
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves - (1943) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]
  • Q. U. R. - (1943) - short story by Anthony Boucher
  • Clash by Night - (1943) - novella by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lawrence O'Donnell]
  • Exile - (1943) - short story by Edmond Hamilton
  • Daymare - (1943) - novelette by Fredric Brown
  • Doorway Into Time - (1943) - short story by C. L. Moore
  • The Storm - (1943) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Proud Robot - (1943) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]
  • Symbiotica - (1943) - novelette by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Iron Standard - (1943) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 6, 1944

The Great SF Stories: Book 6

Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1981) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Far Centaurus - (1944) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • Deadline - (1944) - novelette by Cleve Cartmill
  • The Veil of Astellar - (1944) - novelette by Leigh Brackett
  • Sanity - (1944) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Invariant - (1944) - short story by John R. Pierce
  • City - (1944) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • Arena - (1944) - novelette by Fredric Brown
  • Huddling Place - [City] - (1944) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • Kindness - (1944) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • Desertion - (1944) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • When the Bough Breaks - (1944) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]
  • Killdozer! - (1944) - novella by Theodore Sturgeon
  • No Woman Born - (1944) - novelette by C. L. Moore

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 7, 1945

The Great SF Stories: Book 7

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1982) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Waveries - (1945) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • The Piper's Son - (1945) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett]
  • Wanted - An Enemy - (1945) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Blind Alley - (1945) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Correspondence Course - (1945) - short story by Raymond F. Jones
  • First Contact - (1945) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • The Vanishing Venusians - (1945) - novelette by Leigh Brackett
  • Into Thy Hands - (1945) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • Camouflage - (1945) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner]
  • The Power - (1945) - short story by Murray Leinster
  • Giant Killer - (1945) - novella by A. Bertram Chandler
  • What You Need - (1945) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner]
  • De Profundis - (1945) - short story by Murray Leinster
  • Pi in the Sky - (1945) - novelette by Fredric Brown

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 8, 1946

The Great SF Stories: Book 8

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1982) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • A Logic Named Joe - (1946) - short story by Murray Leinster [as by Will F. Jenkins]
  • Memorial - (1946) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Loophole - (1946) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nightmare - (1946) - novelette by Chan Davis
  • Rescue Party - (1946) - novelette by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Placet Is a Crazy Place - (1946) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • Conqueror's Isle - (1946) - short story by Nelson S. Bond
  • Lorelei of the Red Mist - (1946) - novella by Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury
  • The Million Year Picnic - (1946) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • The Last Objective - (1946) - novelette by Paul A. Carter
  • Meihem in ce Klasrum - (1946) - essay by Dolton Edwards
  • Vintage Season - (1946) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lawrence O'Donnell]
  • Evidence - (1946) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Absalom - (1946) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner]
  • Mewhu's Jet - (1946) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Technical Error - (1946) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 9, 1947

The Great SF Stories: Book 9

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1983) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Little Lost Robot - (1947) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Tomorrow's Children - (1947) - novelette by Poul Anderson and F. N. Waldrop [as by Poul Anderson ]
  • Child's Play - (1947) - novelette by William Tenn
  • Time and Time Again - (1947) - short story by H. Beam Piper
  • Tiny and the Monster - (1947) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • E for Effort - (1947) - novelette by T. L. Sherred
  • Letter to Ellen - (1947) - short story by Chan Davis
  • The Figure - (1947) - short story by Edward Grendon
  • With Folded Hands… - (1947) - novelette by Jack Williamson
  • The Fires Within - (1947) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Zero Hour - (1947) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • Hobbyist - (1947) - novelette by Eric Frank Russell
  • Exit the Professor - (1947) - short story by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]
  • Thunder and Roses - (1947) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 10, 1948

The Great SF Stories: Book 10

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1983) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Don't Look Now - (1948) - short story by Henry Kuttner
  • He Walked Around the Horses - (1948) - novelette by H. Beam Piper
  • The Strange Case of John Kingman - (1948) - short story by Murray Leinster
  • That Only a Mother - (1948) - short story by Judith Merril
  • The Monster - (1948) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • Dreams Are Sacred - (1948) - novelette by Peter Phillips
  • Mars Is Heaven! - (1948) - short story by Ray Bradbury
  • Thang - (1948) - short story by Martin Gardner
  • Brooklyn Project - (1948) - short story by William Tenn
  • Ring Around the Redhead - (1948) - short story by John D. MacDonald
  • Period Piece - (1948) - short story by John R. Pierce [as by J. J. Coupling ]
  • Dormant - (1948) - short story by A. E. van Vogt
  • In Hiding - (1948) - novelette by Wilmar H. Shiras
  • Knock - (1948) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • A Child Is Crying - (1948) - short story by John D. MacDonald
  • Late Night Final - (1948) - novelette by Eric Frank Russell

The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 11, 1949

The Great SF Stories: Book 11

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1984) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Red Queen's Race - (1949) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Flaw - (1949) - shortstory by John D. MacDonald
  • Private Eye - (1949) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]
  • Manna - (1949) - novelette by Peter Phillips
  • The Prisoner in the Skull - (1949) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]
  • Alien Earth - (1949) - novelette by Edmond Hamilton
  • History Lesson - (1949) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Eternity Lost - (1949) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Only Thing We Learn - (1949) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Private - Keep Out! - (1949) - shortstory by Philip MacDonald
  • The Hurkle Is a Happy Beast - (1949) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Kaleidoscope - (1949) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • Defense Mechanism - (1949) - shortstory by Katherine MacLean
  • Cold War - (1949) - novelette by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner [as by Henry Kuttner ]
  • The Witches of Karres - (1949) - novelette by James H. Schmitz

The Great SF Stories 12 (1950)

The Great SF Stories: Book 12

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1984) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Not With a Bang - (1950) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Spectator Sport - (1950) - shortstory by John D. MacDonald
  • There Will Come Soft Rains - (1950) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • Dear Devil - (1950) - novelette by Eric Frank Russell
  • Scanners Live in Vain - (1950) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Born of Man and Woman - (1950) - shortstory by Richard Matheson
  • The Little Black Bag - (1950) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Enchanted Village - (1950) - shortstory by A. E. van Vogt
  • Oddy and Id - (1950) - shortstory by Alfred Bester
  • The Sack - (1950) - shortstory by William Morrison
  • The Silly Season - (1950) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Misbegotten Missionary - (1950) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • To Serve Man - (1950) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Coming Attraction - (1950) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • A Subway Named Mobius - (1950) - shortstory by A. J. Deutsch
  • Process - (1950) - shortstory by A. E. van Vogt
  • The Mindworm - (1950) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The New Reality - (1950) - novelette by Charles L. Harness

The Great SF Stories 13 (1951)

The Great SF Stories: Book 13

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1985) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Null-P - (1951) - shortstory by William Tenn
  • The Sentinel - (1951) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Fire Balloons - (1951) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • The Marching Morons - (1951) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Weapon - (1951) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • Angel's Egg - (1951) - novelette by Edgar Pangborn
  • "Breeds There a Man--?" - (1951) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • Pictures Don't Lie - (1951) - shortstory by Katherine MacLean
  • Superiority - (1951) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • I'm Scared - (1951) - shortstory by Jack Finney
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin - (1951) - novelette by Anthony Boucher
  • Tiger by the Tail - (1951) - shortstory by Alan E. Nourse
  • With These Hands - (1951) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • A Pail of Air - (1951) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Dune Roller - (1951) - novelette by Julian May

The Great SF Stories 14 (1952)

The Great SF Stories: Book 14

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1986) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Pedestrian - (1951) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • The Moon Is Green - (1952) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Lost Memory - (1952) - shortstory by Peter Phillips
  • What Have I Done? - (1952) - shortstory by Mark Clifton
  • Fast Falls the Eventide - (1952) - shortstory by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Business, As Usual - (1952) - shortstory by Mack Reynolds
  • A Sound of Thunder - (1952) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • Hobson's Choice - (1952) - shortstory by Alfred Bester
  • Yesterday House - (1952) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • The Snowball Effect - (1952) - shortstory by Katherine MacLean
  • Delay in Transit - (1952) - novelette by F. L. Wallace
  • Game for Blondes - (1952) - shortstory by John D. MacDonald
  • The Altar at Midnight - (1952) - shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Command Performance - (1952) - novelette by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The Martian Way - (1952) - novella by Isaac Asimov
  • The Impacted Man - (1952) - novelette by Robert Sheckley
  • What's It Like Out There? - (1952) - novelette by Edmond Hamilton
  • Sail On! Sail On! - (1952) - shortstory by Philip José Farmer
  • Cost of Living - (1952) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley

The Great SF Stories 15 (1953)

The Great SF Stories: Book 15

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1986) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Big Holiday - (1953) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Crucifixus Etiam - (1953) - shortstory by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Four in One - (1953) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • Saucer of Loneliness - (1953) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Liberation of Earth - (1953) - shortstory by William Tenn
  • Lot - [David Jimmon] - (1953) - novelette by Ward Moore
  • The Nine Billion Names of God - (1953) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Warm - (1953) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • Impostor - (1953) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • The World Well Lost - (1953) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • A Bad Day for Sales - (1953) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Common Time - (1953) - novelette by James Blish
  • Time Is the Traitor - (1953) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • The Wall Around the World - (1953) - novelette by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Model of a Judge - (1953) - shortstory by William Morrison
  • Hall of Mirrors - (1953) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • It's a Good Life - (1953) - shortstory by Jerome Bixby

The Great SF Stories 16 (1954)

The Great SF Stories: Book 16

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1987) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Test - (1954) - shortstory by Richard Matheson
  • Anachron - (1954) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Black Charlie - (1954) - shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Down Among the Dead Men - (1954) - novelette by William Tenn
  • The Hunting Lodge - (1954) - novelette by Randall Garrett
  • The Lysenko Maze - (1953) - shortstory by Donald A. Wollheim [as by David Grinnell ]
  • Fondly Fahrenheit - (1954) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • The Cold Equations - (1954) - novelette by Tom Godwin
  • Letters from Laura - (1954) - shortstory by Mildred Clingerman
  • Transformer - (1954) - shortstory by Chad Oliver
  • The Music Master of Babylon - (1954) - novelette by Edgar Pangborn
  • The End of Summer - (1954) - novelette by Algis Budrys
  • The Father-Thing - (1954) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • The Deep Range - (1955) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Balaam - (1954) - shortstory by Anthony Boucher
  • Man of Parts - (1954) - shortstory by H. L. Gold
  • Answer - (1954) - shortstory by Fredric Brown

The Great SF Stories 17 (1955)

The Great SF Stories: Book 17

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1988) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Tunnel Under the World - (1955) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • The Darfsteller - (1955) - novella by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The Cave of Night - (1955) - shortstory by James E. Gunn
  • Grandpa - (1955) - novelette by James H. Schmitz
  • Who? - (1955) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Short Ones - (1955) - novelette by Raymond E. Banks
  • Captive Market - (1955) - shortstory by Philip K. Dick
  • Allamagoosa - (1955) - shortstory by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Vanishing American - (1955) - shortstory by Charles Beaumont
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon - (1955) - shortstory by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Star - (1955) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Nobody Bothers Gus - (1955) - shortstory by Algis Budrys
  • Delenda Est - (1955) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • Dreaming Is a Private Thing - (1955) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov

The Great SF Stories 18 (1956)

The Great SF Stories: Book 18

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1988) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Brightside Crossing - (1956) - novelette by Alan E. Nourse
  • Clerical Error - (1956) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • Silent Brother - (1956) - short story by Algis Budrys
  • The Country of the Kind - (1956) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Exploration Team - (1956) - novelette by Murray Leinster
  • Rite of Passage - (1956) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • The Man Who Came Early - (1956) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • A Work of Art - (1956) - novelette by James Blish
  • Horrer Howce - (1956) - short story by Margaret St. Clair
  • Compounded Interest - (1956) - short story by Mack Reynolds
  • The Doorstop - (1956) - short story by Reginald Bretnor
  • The Last Question - (1956) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Stranger Station - (1956) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • 2066: Election Day - (1956) - short story by Michael Shaara
  • And Now the News… - (1956) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon

The Great SF Stories 19 (1957)

The Great SF Stories: Book 19

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1989) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Strikebreaker - (1957) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Omnilingual - (1957) - novelette by H. Beam Piper
  • The Mile-Long Spaceship - (1957) - short story by Kate Wilhelm
  • Call Me Joe - (1957) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • You Know Willie - (1957) - short story by Theodore R. Cogswell
  • Hunting Machine - (1957) - short story by Carol Emshwiller
  • World of a Thousand Colors - (1957) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Let's Be Frank - (1957) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Cage - (1957) - short story by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Education of Tigress McCardle - (1957) - short story by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Tunesmith - (1957) - novelette by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • A Loint of Paw - (1957) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Game Preserve - (1957) - short story by Rog Phillips
  • Soldier - (1957) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • The Last Man Left in the Bar - (1957) - short story by C. M. Kornbluth

The Great SF Stories 20 (1958)

The Great SF Stories: Book 20

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1990) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Last of the Deliverers - (1958) - short story by Poul Anderson
  • The Feeling of Power - (1958) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Poor Little Warrior! - (1958) - short story by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Iron Chancellor - (1958) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • The Prize of Peril - (1958) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • Or All the Seas with Oysters - (1958) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • Two Dooms - (1958) - novella by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Big Front Yard - (1958) - novella by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Burning of the Brain - (1958) - short story by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Yellow Pill - (1958) - short story by Rog Phillips
  • Unhuman Sacrifice - (1958) - novelette by Katherine MacLean
  • The Immortals - (1958) - novelette by James E. Gunn

The Great SF Stories 21 (1959)

The Great SF Stories: Book 21

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1990) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Make a Prison - (1959) - short story by Lawrence Block
  • The Wind People - (1959) - short story by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • No, No, Not Rogov! - (1959) - short story by Cordwainer Smith
  • What Rough Beast? - (1959) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • The Alley Man - (1959) - novella by Philip José Farmer
  • Day at the Beach - (1959) - short story by Carol Emshwiller
  • The Malted Milk Monster - (1959) - novelette by William Tenn
  • The World of Heart's Desire - (1959) - short story by Robert Sheckley
  • The Man Who Lost the Sea - (1959) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • A Death in the House - (1959) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Pi Man - (1959) - short story by Alfred Bester
  • Multum in Parvo - (1959) - short story by Jack Sharkey
  • What Now, Little Man? - (1959) - novelette by Mark Clifton
  • Adrift on the Policy Level - (1959) - short story by Chan Davis

The Great SF Stories 22 (1960)

The Great SF Stories: Book 22

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1991) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Mariana - (1960) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • The Day the Icicle Works Closed - (1960) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • The Fellow Who Married the Maxill Girl - (1960) - novelette by Ward Moore
  • Mine Own Ways - (1960) - short story by Richard McKenna
  • Make Mine Homogenized - (1960) - novelette by Rick Raphael
  • The Lady Who Sailed the Soul - (1960) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith and Genevieve Linebarger [as by Cordwainer Smith ]
  • I Remember Babylon - (1960) - short story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Chief - (1960) - short story by Henry Slesar
  • Mind Partner - (1960) - novelette by Christopher Anvil
  • The Handler - (1960) - short story by Damon Knight
  • The Voices of Time - (1960) - novelette by J. G. Ballard

The Great SF Stories 23 (1961)

The Great SF Stories: Book 23

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1991) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Highest Treason - (1961) - novella by Randall Garrett
  • Hothouse - (1961) - novelette by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Hiding Place - (1961) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • What Is This Thing Called Love? - (1961) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • A Prize for Edie - (1961) - shortstory by J. F. Bone
  • The Ship Who Sang - (1961) - novelette by Anne McCaffrey
  • Death and the Senator - (1961) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Quaker Cannon - (1961) - novelette by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Moon Moth - (1961) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • A Planet Named Shayol - (1961) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Rainbird - (1961) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night - (1961) - novelette by Algis Budrys
  • Remember the Alamo! - (1961) - shortstory by T. R. Fehrenbach [as by R. R. Fehrenbach ]

The Great SF Stories 24 (1962)

The Great SF Stories: Book 24

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1992) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Insane Ones - (1962) - short story by J. G. Ballard
  • Christmas Treason - (1962) - novelette by James White
  • Seven-Day Terror - (1962) - short story by R. A. Lafferty
  • Kings Who Die - (1962) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity - (1962) - short story by Fritz Leiber
  • Hang Head, Vandal! - (1962) - short story by Mark Clifton
  • The Weather Man - (1962) - novella by Theodore L. Thomas
  • Earthlings Go Home! - (1962) - short story by Mack Reynolds
  • The Streets of Ashkelon - (1962) - shortstory by Harry Harrison
  • When You Care, When You Love - (1962) - novella by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell - (1962) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • Gadget vs. Trend - (1962) - short story by Christopher Anvil
  • Roofs of Silver - (1962) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson

The Great SF Stories 25 (1963)

The Great SF Stories: Book 25

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1992) - essay by Martin H. Greenberg
  • Fortress Ship - (1963) - short story by Fred Saberhagen
  • Not in the Literature - (1963) - short story by Christopher Anvil
  • The Totally Rich - (1963) - novelette by John Brunner
  • No Truce With Kings - (1963) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • New Folks' Home - (1963) - novelette by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Faces Outside - (1963) - short story by Bruce McAllister
  • Hot Planet - (1963) - short story by Hal Clement
  • The Pain Peddlers - (1963) - short story by Robert Silverberg
  • Turn Off the Sky - (1963) - novelette by Ray Nelson
  • They Don't Make Life Like They Used To - (1963) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • Bernie the Faust - (1963) - novelette by William Tenn
  • A Rose for Ecclesiastes - (1963) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • If There Were No Benny Cemoli - (1963) - novelette by Philip K. Dick

More Stories From the Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1968-70)

The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1968 to 1969 (and the Short Story winner from 1970), each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. This is the paperback reprint edition of the second half of the original hardback volume 2 of the series (the hardback was too large to conveniently reprint in paperback and was therefore split into halves).

Table of Contents:

  • A Few More Words-Unexpectedly - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Weyr Search - (1967) - novella by Anne McCaffrey
  • Riders of the Purple Wage - (1967) - novella by Philip José Farmer
  • Gonna Roll the Bones - (1967) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream - (1967) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Nightwings - (1968) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • The Sharing of Flesh - (1968) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World - (1968) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones - (1968) - novelette by Samuel R. Delany

Stories From The Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1963-67)

The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1963 to 1967, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. This is the paperback reprint edition of the first half of the original hardback volume 2 of the series (the hardback was too large to conveniently reprint in paperback and was therefore split into halves).

Table of Contents:

  • Here I Am Again - (1971) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Dragon Masters - (1962) - novella by Jack Vance
  • No Truce With Kings - (1963) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Soldier, Ask Not - (1964) - novella by Gordon R. Dickson
  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman - (1965) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • The Last Castle - (1966) - novella by Jack Vance
  • Neutron Star - (1966) - novelette by Larry Niven

The Hugo Winners, Volume 3 Book 1: (1970-72)

The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1971 to 1972 (and the Novella winner from 1970), each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. This is the paperback reprint edition of the first half of the original hardback volume 3 of the series (the hardback was too large to conveniently reprint in paperback and was therefore split into halves).

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Third Time Around - (1977) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Ship of Shadows - (1969) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • Ill Met in Lankhmar - (1970) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • Slow Sculpture - (1970) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness - (1971) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Inconstant Moon - (1971) - novelette by Larry Niven

The Hugo Winners, Volume 3 Book 2: (1973-75)

The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1973 to 1975, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. This is the paperback reprint edition of the second half of the original hardback volume 3 of the series (the hardback was too large to conveniently reprint in paperback and was therefore split into halves).

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (The Hugo Winners) - (1977) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • The Word for World Is Forest - (1972) - novella by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Goat Song - (1972) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • The Meeting - (1972) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
  • Eurema's Dam - (1972) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Girl Who Was Plugged In - (1973) - novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Deathbird - (1973) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - (1973) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Song for Lya - (1974) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W - (1974) - novelette by Harlan Ellison
  • The Hole Man - (1974) - shortstory by Larry Niven
  • Afterword - (1977) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Appendix: The Hugo Awards 1973-75 - (1977) - essay by uncredited

The Hugo Winners, Volume 1: (1955-61)

The Hugo Winners: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1955 to 1961, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.

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The Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1963-70)

The Hugo Winners: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1963 to 1969, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. Also included is the 1970 Short Story winner (the two 1970 winners were split between volume 2 and volume 3 of the series). Not included is the 1962 winner, Hothouse (The Long Afternoon of Earth), which was never included in any volume of the series.

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The Hugo Winners, Volume 3: (1970-75)

The Hugo Winners: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1971 to 1975, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. Also included is the 1970 Novella winner (the two 1970 winners were split between volume 2 and volume 3 of the series).

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The Hugo Winners, Volume 4: (1976-79)

The Hugo Winners: Book 4

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1976 to 1979, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.

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The Hugo Winners, Volume 5: (1980-82)

The Hugo Winners: Book 5

Isaac Asimov

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1980 to 1982, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: My Magazine - (1986) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • 1980: 38th Convention, Boston - (1986) - essay by Barry B. Longyear
  • Enemy Mine - (1979) - novella by Barry B. Longyear
  • Sandkings - (1979) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • The Way of Cross and Dragon - (1979) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • 1981: 39th Convention, Denver - (1986) - essay by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Lost Dorsai - (1980) - novella by Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Cloak and the Staff - (1980) - novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
  • Grotto of the Dancing Deer - (1980) - shortstory by Clifford D. Simak
  • 1982: 40th Convention, Chicago - (1986) - essay by Poul Anderson
  • The Saturn Game - (1981) - novella by Poul Anderson
  • Unicorn Variation - (1981) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Pusher - (1981) - shortstory by John Varley

The New Hugo Winners: (1983-85)

The New Hugo Winners: Book 1

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1983 to 1985, each with an introduction by Isaac Asimov.

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The New Hugo Winners, Volume II: (1986-88)

The New Hugo Winners: Book 2

Isaac Asimov
Martin H. Greenberg

This volume contains all the Hugo award winning short fiction for the award years 1986 to 1988.

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The New Space Opera

The New Space Opera: Book 1

Jonathan Strahan
Gardner Dozois

The brightest names in science fiction pen all-new tales of space and wonder.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2007) - essay by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
  • Saving Tiamaat - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • Verthandi's Ring - (2007) - shortstory by Ian McDonald
  • Hatch - (2007) - shortstory by Robert Reed
  • Winning Peace - (2007) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley
  • Glory - novelette by Greg Egan
  • Maelstrom - (2007) - novelette by Kage Baker
  • Blessed by an Angel - (2007) - shortstory by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? - shortstory by Ken MacLeod
  • The Valley of the Gardens - (2007) - novelette by Tony Daniel
  • Dividing the Sustain - (2007) - novelette by James Patrick Kelly
  • Minla's Flowers - (2007) - novella by Alastair Reynolds
  • Splinters of Glass - (2007) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • Remembrance - (2007) - shortstory by Stephen Baxter
  • The Emperor and the Maula - (2007) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • The Worm Turns - (2007) - shortstory by Gregory Benford
  • Send Them Flowers - (2007) - novelette by Walter Jon Williams
  • Art of War - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • Muse of Fire - (2007) - novella by Dan Simmons

The New Space Opera 2

The New Space Opera: Book 2

Gardner Dozois
Jonathan Strahan

Some of the most beloved names in science fiction spin all-new tales of interstellar adventure and wonder:

Table of Contents:

  • Utriusque Cosmi - (2009) - novelette by Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Island - (2009) - novelette by Peter Watts
  • Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance - (2009) - novelette by John Kessel
  • To Go Boldly - shortstory by Cory Doctorow
  • The Lost Princess Man - (2009) - novelette by John Barnes
  • Defect - (2009) - novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves - (2009) - novelette by Jay Lake
  • Shell Game - (2009) - novelette by Neal Asher
  • Punctuality - (2009) - shortstory by Garth Nix
  • Inevitable - (2009) - novelette by Sean Williams
  • Join The Navy and See the Worlds - (2009) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings - (2009) - novelette by Bill Willingham
  • From the Heart - (2009) - novelette by John Meaney
  • Chameleons - (2009) - novella by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Tenth Muse - (2009) - novelette by Tad Williams
  • Cracklegrackle - novelette by Justina Robson
  • The Tale of the Wicked - (2009) - novelette by John Scalzi
  • Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz - (2009) - shortstory by Mike Resnick
  • The Far End of History - (2009) - novelette by John C. Wright

Twelve Fair Kingdoms

The Ozark Trilogy: Book 1

Suzette Haden Elgin

Based on Ozark Mountain folklore, this fantasy recounts the adventures of the Brightwater family, who seek revenge when a guest's baby is kidnapped and encased in a life-support bubble hung from a churchyard tree.

The Grand Jubilee

The Ozark Trilogy: Book 2

Suzette Haden Elgin

The Castle Brightwater is determined to celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Confederation of Continents even though others on the planet Ozark have threatened to sabotage the Jubilee with magic.

And Then There'll Be Fireworks

The Ozark Trilogy: Book 3

Suzette Haden Elgin

After placing Responsible of Brightwater in a pseudocoma, the people of Tinaseeh face gradual starvation and the loss of their magical powers.

Liar!

The Positronic Robot Stories

Isaac Asimov

A beautifully logical tale of a robot who simply couldn't tell the truth!

This short story is in the Susan Calvin series a Sub-series of: The Positronic Robot Stories

The story is included in the collections:

It first appeared in the May, 1941 Issue of Astounding Science Fiction, available on Internet Archives.

The Bicentennial Man

The Positronic Robot Stories

Isaac Asimov

Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Stellar #2 (1976) edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey. It has been reprinted many times and can be found in the anthologies:

The story is included in the collections:

The story was later expanded into the novel The Positronic Man (1992), written in collaboration with Robert Silverberg. It has been turned into a movie starring Robin Williams.

The Complete Robot

The Positronic Robot Stories

Isaac Asimov

The complete collection of Isaac Asimov's classic Robot stories.In these stories, Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age - when Earth is ruled by master-machines and when robots are more human than mankind.The Complete Robot is the ultimate collection of timeless, amazing and amusing robot stories from the greatest science fiction writer of all time, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were programmed into real computers thirty years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - with suprising results. Readers of today still have many surprises in store...

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (The Complete Robot) - (1982) - essay
  • Some Non-Human Robots - (1982) - essay
  • A Boy's Best Friend - (1975) - short story
  • Sally - (1953) - short story
  • Someday - (1956) - short story
  • Some Immobile Robots - (1982) - essay
  • Point of View - (1975) - short story
  • Think! - (1977) - short story
  • True Love - (1977) - short story
  • Some Metallic Robots - (1982) - essay
  • Robot AL-76 Goes Astray - (1942) - short story
  • Victory Unintentional - (1942) - short story
  • Stranger in Paradise - (1974) - novelette
  • Light Verse - (1973) - short story
  • Segregationist - (1967) - short story
  • Robbie - (1940) - short story
  • Some Humanoid Robots - (1982) - essay
  • Let's Get Together - (1957) - short story
  • Mirror Image - (1972) - short story
  • The Tercentenary Incident - (1976) - short story
  • Powell and Donovan - (1982) - essay
  • First Law - (1956) - short story
  • Runaround - (1942) - novelette
  • Reason - (1941) - short story
  • Catch That Rabbit - (1944) - short story
  • Susan Calvin - (1982) - essay
  • Liar! - (1941) - short story
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed - (1951) - short story
  • Lenny - (1958) - short story
  • Galley Slave - (1957) - novelette
  • Little Lost Robot - (1947) - novelette
  • Risk - (1955) - novelette
  • Escape! - (1945) - short story
  • Evidence - (1946) - novelette
  • The Evitable Conflict - (1950) - novelette
  • Feminine Intuition - (1969) - novelette
  • Two Climaxes - (1982) - essay
  • --That Thou Art Mindful of Him! - (1974) - novelette
  • The Bicentennial Man - (1976) - novelette
  • A Last Word - (1982) - essay

I, Robot

The Positronic Robot Stories: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

The three laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
  2. A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

Table of Contents: sub-series in [ ] all sub-series are part of the The Positronic Robot Stories series

  • Introduction (I, Robot) - short story
  • Robbie (1940) - short story (variant of Strange Playfellow)
  • Runaround - [Mike Donovan] (1942) - novelette
  • Reason - [Mike Donovan] (1941) - short story
  • Catch That Rabbit - [Mike Donovan] (1944) - short story
  • Liar! - [Susan Calvin] (1941) - short story
  • Little Lost Robot - [Susan Calvin] (1947) - novelette
  • Escape! - [Susan Calvin] (1945) - short story
  • Evidence - [Susan Calvin] - (1946) - novelette
  • The Evitable Conflict - [Susan Calvin] - (1950) - novelette

The Rest of the Robots

The Positronic Robot Stories: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Contains:

  • Robot AL-76 Goes Astray
  • Victory Unintentional
  • Let's Get Together
  • First Law
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Lenny
  • Galley Slave
  • Risk

The Positronic Man

The Positronic Robot Stories: Book 3

Robert Silverberg
Isaac Asimov

In a twenty-first century Earth where the development of the positronic brain has revolutionized the way of life, beloved household robot "Andrew" struggles with his unusual capacity for emotion and dreams of becoming human.

Robot Visions

The Positronic Robot Stories: Book 4

Isaac Asimov

From the writer whose name is synonymous with the science of robotics comes five decades of robot visions-36 landmark stories and essays, plus three rare tales-gathered together in one volume .

Sorcerers of the Frozen Isles

The Savage Empire: Book 5

Jean Lorrah

Maldek's Evil Empire... Medura-a realm of ice and gloom, Zano's homeland and the dominion of the evil sorcerer, Maldek. It is a place of barbaric savagery and extraordinary Adept powers. Few men journey to Medura. Fewer yet leave her shores alive. Now the Blind Reader Torio impulsively demands to join Zanos on his journey home, a journey that will bring him to the heart of that forsaken land-and face to face with the evil powers of the black Lord Maldek...

When The Blue Shift Comes

The Stellar Guild: Book 4

Robert Silverberg
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Life has spread across the stars, and everyone enjoys a long life. However, only those who are Earth-born are truly immortal.

But what happens when the immortals of Earth are suddenly faced with their ultimate destruction?

"The Song of Last Things" by Robert Silverberg introduces Hanosz Prime, a near-immortal (though not truly so, not being of true Earth stock) planetary ruler who abdicates his throne and travels to humanity's ancient home to meet the legendarily-beautiful Kaivilda and discover the ultimate answer to humanity's imminent end.

"The Last Mandala Sweeps" by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro comes in as a relationship is developing between Hanosz and Kaivilda. But then someone attempts to kill him. Is Kaivilda his soulmate, or a would-be murderer? And the Oracles of Earth, issuing conflicting prophecies, seem to think that he is destined to save Earth and humanity from the looming cataclysm. Can Hanosz Prime, with Kaivilda's help, avert disaster and save them all?

Out of Oz

The Wicked Years: Book 4

Gregory Maguire

The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years

Hailed as "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious," Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series—a sophisticated fantasy cycle inspired by the classic children's novel The Wizard of Oz—became national bestsellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last....

Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. It's none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.

Yet amidst all this chaos, Elphaba's granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the bestselling series begun with WickedOut of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises—the hallmarks of the unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Year's Best Short Science Fiction Novels

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

For more than twenty years The Year's Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo Award-winning editor Gardner Dozios sifts through hundreds of stories and dozens of authors who have gone on to become some of the most esteemed practitioners of the form, to bring readers the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels from his legendary series.

Included are such notable short novels as:

  • Sailing to Byzantium by Robert Silverberg
    In the fiftieth century, people of Earth are able to create entire cities on a whim, including those of mythology and legend. When twentieth-century traveler Charles Philip accidentally lands in this aberrant time period, he is simultaneously obsessed with discovering more about this alluring world and getting back home. But in a world made entirely of man's creation, things are not always as they seem on the surface.
  • Forgiveness Day by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Le Guin returns to her Hainish-settled interstellar community, the Ekumen, to tell the tale of two star-crossed lovers who are literally worlds apart in this story of politics, violence, religion, and cultural disparity.
  • Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds
    On a sea-wold planet covered with idyllic tropical oceans, peace seems pervasive. Beneath the placid water lurks an ominous force that has the potential to destroy all tranquility.

Contributors include: Greg Egan; Joe Haldeman; James Patrick Kelly; Nancy Kress; Ursula K. Le Guin; Ian R. MacLeod; Ian McDonald; Maureen F. McHugh; Frederick Pohl; Alastair Reynolds; Robert Silverberg; Michael Swanwick; Walter Jon Williams.

With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best, Volume 2 stands as the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels ever published in the world.

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Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

Contains Nebula-winning Novella "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang and Nebula-nominated Novella "Trinity" by Nancy Kress

For years, The Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection.

With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best stands as one of the ultimate science fiction anthologies ever published.

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The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction

Gardner Dozois

For the first time in a decade, a compilation of the very best in science fiction, from a world authority on the genre.

For decades, the Year's Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after thirty-five annual collections comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies. In The Very Best of the Best, legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the finest short stories for this landmark collection, including short fiction from authors such as Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, and any many more.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 1

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 2

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 3

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 4

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 5

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 6

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 7

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 8

Gardner Dozois

Annually assembling the best science fiction of the year, this series continues to live up to its name with the most original, innovative, and wonderful short fiction published in 1990. A thorough summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of recommended reading round out this volume, rendering it the one book for every reader.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 9

Gardner Dozois

In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois produces another volume in the series that Locus calls 'the field's real anthology-of-record.' With a unique combination of foresight and perspective, Dozois continues to collect outstanding work by newcomers and established authors alike, reflecting the present state of the genre while suggesting its future directions.

With the editor's annual summary of the year in the field, and his appendix of recommended reading, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary science fiction.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 10

Gardner Dozois

Collecting twenty-eight of the best short stories and novellas from science fiction veterans and new talents, including Frederick Pohl and Robert Silverberg, this anthology also includes a summary of the year in SF and a recommended reading list.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 11

Gardner Dozois

The eleventh annual collection of the most distinguished science fiction writing of the past year includes stories by leading writers, such as Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, and Terry Bisson, and features a summary of the year in science fiction.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 12

Gardner Dozois

A consistently award-winning collection once again provides the best science fiction stories of the year, featuring work by veterans and newcomers including Michael Bishop, Nancy Kress, Ursula Le Guin, Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford, and many others.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 13

Gardner Dozois

The thirteenth volume of this popular annual collection offers tales by such famed writers as Pat Cadigan, Greg Egan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Stableford, Ian MacLeod, and Nancy Kress.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 14

Gardner Dozois

Join twenty-eight of today's finest writers for a host of imaginative tours through worlds as fabulous as the farthest galaxy and as strange as life on earth can be.

Gardener Dozois's summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of honorable mentions round out this volume, making it the one book for anyone who's interested in SF today.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 15

Gardner Dozois

Gardner Dozois, science fiction's foremost editor, consistently selects the field's best work each year with this showcase anthology. This year's collection presents sterling work from veterans and newcomers alike, including Stephen Baxter, Alan Brennert, Carolyn Ives Gilman, James Patrick Kelly, Geoffrey A. Landis, Paul J. McAuley, Robert Reed, William Sanders, Howard Waldrop, and many others.

Rounded out with Dozois's insightful Summation of the Year in SF and a long list of Honorable Mentions, this anthology is the book for every science fiction fan.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 16

Gardner Dozois

Long regarded as the premier annual collection of science fiction stories, Gardner Dozois's latest volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction continues this tradition of excellence with twenty-five representing the finest offerings in the field.

Among the gems included here are:

  • "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, in which the story of alien contact and a very human drama merge beautifully
  • "The Island of the Immortals" by Ursula K. Le Guin, in which a brave traveler investigates the reasons why people shun the exotic island
  • "Approaching Perimelasma" by Geoffrey A. Landis, which boldly takes us into a black hole and through the stunning changes that ensue
  • "Taklamakan" by Bruce Sterling, a wildly inventive tale of future spies in a Lost World
  • "The Summer Isles" by Ian R. MacLeod, a moving novella reflecting an alternate history in which the Great War turned out a bit differently

Completing the collection are Dozois's insightful survey of the year in science fiction and a long list of Honorable Mentions.

With its explorations of outer space and inner space, with its examinations of what it means to be human today and tomorrow, and with its love of a good yarn, this volume remains the single best source for science fiction stories.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 17

Gardner Dozois

In science fiction's early days, stories often looked past 1984 to the year 2000 as the far unknowable future. Here now, on the brink of the twenty-first century, the future remains as distant and as unknowable as ever... and science fiction stories continue to explore it with delightful results.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 18

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 19

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results.

Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as:

  • "On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company.
  • "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be.
  • "Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction.

The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 20

Gardner Dozois

Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing.

This year's volume includes many talented authors of SF as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 21

Gardner Dozois

The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow.

This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 22

Gardner Dozois

Long considered a necessary read for fans of science fiction, the 2004 Locus Award-winning anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction is the best collection of short SF stories this side of the universe. The twenty-second edition of this venerable collection continues to uphold its traditional standard of excellence.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 23

Gardner Dozois

In the heart of the new millennium, worlds beyond our imagination have opened up, blurring the line between life and art. Embracing the challenges and possibilities of cyberspace, genetics, the universe, and beyond, the world of science fiction has become a porthole into the realities of tomorrow.

In The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-third Annual Collection, our very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world with such compelling stories as:

  • "Beyond the Aquila Rift": Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds takes readers to the edge of the universe, where no voyager has dared to travel before---or so we think.
  • "Comber": Our world is an ever-changing one, and award-winning author Gene Wolfe explores the darker side of our planet's fluidity in his own beautiful and inimitable style.
  • "Audubon in Atlantis": In a world not quite like our own, bestselling author Harry Turtledove shows us that there are reasons some species have become extinct.

The twenty-nine stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 24

Gardner Dozois

The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Gardner Dozois has been working in the science fiction field for more than thirty years. For twenty years he was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, during which time he received the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, to the realm of the gods and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 25

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 26

Gardner Dozois

The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now.

Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 27

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field and includes an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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Forthcoming...

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 28

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world.

This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Carrie Vaughn, Ian R. MacLeod and Cory Doctorow. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 29

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 30

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year's best science fiction stories.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 31

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 32

Gardner Dozois

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 33

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation of short stories has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 34

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection of 2016 works brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Book 35

Gardner Dozois

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self-evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection, the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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Tomoe Gozen

Tomoe Gozen: Book 1

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

In a dimension next to ours, the samurai are mighty warriors and one of the best is the woman Tomoe Gozen, though still young and rash. This is the story of how sorcery caused Tomoe Gozen to break faith with her bushido, and of what she did to regain her honor.

The Golden Naginata

Tomoe Gozen: Book 2

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

The story is about the woman warrior Tomoe Gozen and how she came to wield the wonderful sword called the Golden Naginata.

Thousand Shrine Warrior

Tomoe Gozen: Book 3

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

The female samurai warrior, Tomoe Gozen, helps a small village in its desperate fight against a powerful evil priest.

Tor Double #9: The Ugly Little Boy / The [Widget], The [Wadget]

Tor Double: Book 9

Isaac Asimov
Theodore Sturgeon

The Ugly Little Boy:

A small Neanderthal boy is brought into the future for scientific experimentation. The nurse who takes care of him, starts to see him as something other than a experimental subject.

The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff:

Only Robin could really see the Aliens...

Pebble in the Sky

Trantorian Empire: Book 1

Isaac Asimov

One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.

This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest.

The Stars, Like Dust

Trantorian Empire: Book 2

Isaac Asimov

Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin.

He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death, and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue, and espionage.

The mystery takes him deep into space where he finds himself in a relentless struggle with the power-mad despots of Tyrann. Now it is not just a case of life or death for Biron, but a question of freedom for the galaxy.

The Currents of Space

Trantorian Empire: Book 3

Isaac Asimov

High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters.

Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Not only do the Florinians no longer have a concept of freedom, any disruption of the vital kyrt trade would cause other planets to rise in protest, ultimately destabilizing trade and resulting in a galactic war. So the Trantorian Empire, whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace, prosperity, and freedom, has stood aside and allowed the oppression to continue.

Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed. Barely able to speak or care for himself when he was found, Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives. But as his memories begin to return, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: Everyone on Florinia is doomed . . . the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end--so some would finish the job and would kill the messenger. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.

Zaragoz

Warhammer: Orfeo: Book 1

Brian Stableford

A moment's kindness plunges the wandering player Orfeo deep into a web of intrigue within the grim walls of Zaragoz, where his life is imperiled by tyrannical ministers, secret police, black magicians and wayward saints. This is the first in a trilogy of macabre tales related by Orfeo of the struggles that threaten the Warhammer world.

Warriors

Warriors

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing?a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Included are a long novella from the world of Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, and an epic of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original tales by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S.M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams.

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Stories from the Spinner Rack - essay by George R. R. Martin
  • The King of Norway - novelette by Cecelia Holland
  • Forever Bound - novelette by Joe Haldeman
  • The Triumph - novelette by Robin Hobb
  • Clean Slate - novelette by Lawrence Block
  • And Ministers of Grace - novelette by Tad Williams
  • Soldierin' - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Dirae - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Custom of the Army - novella by Diana Gabaldon
  • Seven Years from Home - novelette by Naomi Novik
  • The Eagle and the Rabbit - novelette by Steven Saylor
  • The Pit - novelette by James Rollins
  • Out of the Dark - novella by David Weber
  • The Girls from Avenger - non-genre - novelette by Carrie Vaughn
  • Ancient Ways - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • Ninieslando - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • Recidivist - shortstory by Gardner Dozois
  • My Name is Legion - novelette by David Morrell
  • Defenders of the Frontier - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • The Scroll - novelette by David Ball
  • The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms - novella by George R. R. Martin

Warriors 1

Warriors: Book 1

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing-a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

The stories in the first mass market volume of this book are:

  • Introduction: Stories of the Spinner Rack, by George R. R. Martin
  • Forever Bound, by Joe Haldeman
  • The Eagle and the Rabbit, by Steven Saylor
  • And Ministers of Grace, by Tad Williams
  • The King of Norway, by Cecelia Holland
  • Defenders of the Frontier, by Robert Silverberg
  • The Mystery Knight, by George R. R. Martin

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Warriors 2

Warriors: Book 2

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois

From George R. R. Martin's Introduction to Warriors:

"People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing-a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they're best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat."

The stories in the second mass market volume of this book are:

  • Introduction: Stories of the Spinner Rack, by George R. R. Martin
  • Seven Years from Home, by Naomi Novik
  • Dirae, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Ancient Ways, by S. M. Stirling
  • The Scroll, by David Ball
  • Recidivist, by Gardner Dozois
  • Ninieslando, by Howard Waldrop
  • Out of the Dark, by David Weber

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.