Generation Gap and Other Storiesby Stanley Schmidt
This brilliant single-author collection of stories comes to you from Dr. Stanley Schmidt, the long-time editor of ANALOG Science Fiction / Science Fact Magazine. Stanley Schmidt has been writing even longer that he's been editing, and his skill and experience show. Here are many of his favorite and best stories, ranging from the hardest of hard science fiction to the exploration of complex philosophical ideas. What is the nature of time? Is it best for humanity to be on top of the food chain, or would it keep us on our toes if we let someone else be the top predator? If extinction can be reversed, should it be? The author's introduction to the collection tells the stories behind the stories, explores his approach to fiction, and reveals one or two tricks of the trade along the way. It's a single-author collection that belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of short-form science fiction.
- Cengage Gale
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- Five Star First Edition Science Fiction and Fantasy Ser.
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- 5.74(w) x 8.84(h) x 1.03(d)
Meet the Author
Stanley Schmidt was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1966. He began selling stories while a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, where he completed his Ph.D. in physics in 1969. He continued freelancing while an assistant professor at Heidelberg College in Ohio, teaching physics, astronomy, science fiction, and other oddities. (He was introduced to his wife, Joyce, by a serpent while teaching field biology in a place vaguely resembling that well-known garden.) He has contributed numerous stories and articles to original anthologies and magazines including Analog, Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Rigel, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, American Journal of Physics, Camping Journal, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He has edited or coedited more than a dozen anthologies. As editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact from 1978 to 2012, he won the Hugo award for Best in 2013 for Best Professional Editor, Short Form. He is or has been a member of the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. In his writing and editing he draws on a varied background including extensive experience as a musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist. Most of these influences have left traces in his five novels and short fiction. His nonfiction includes the books Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms, The Coming Convergence: The Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future, and hundreds of Analog editorials, some of them collected in Which Way to the Future? He was Guest of Honor at BucConeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore, and has been a Nebula and Hugo award nominee for his fiction. He received the Robert A. Heinlein Award in 2012, and a Special Committee Award from the World Science Fiction Convention in 2013. In September 2012, he retired from editing Analog (after a longer run than any previous editor, including John W. Campbell), and now anticipates doing more of his own writing, as well as many of the other things mentioned above.
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