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 ...
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.
Nature, advanced technology and the strange impulses of human beings all come together in this collection of 11 short stories published between 1972 and 2000 from Analog editor Schmidt. In the poignant title tale, Robert/Robby/Rob relives the idealism of his youth via a series of letters sent though time in which he makes statements about the Vietnam War, aging and family relationships. Three stories "Johnny Birdseed," "Floodgate" and, in its own quirky way, "Not Even a Chimney" sensitively deal with interpersonal relationships as well as human interaction with nature. The author makes some telling points about how best to preserve nature, provoking the reader into thinking about how people tend to go with what suits them best, not what might be best for the world as a whole. One brief, pun-laden story, "A Midsummer Newt's Dream," provides comic relief, while several solid SF stories, notably the memorable "The Man on the Cover," treat the aliens-among-us theme. Some tales amount to scientific wish-fulfillment, while others have the feel of straight biography with a dash of SF thrown in. All possess an easy, intimate tone, though the names of certain characters have a Dickensian oddness to them. In his unpretentious introduction, Schmidt describes the origins of the individual tales. The author may not be a pioneer in the field and some of his fiction is a tad dated, but overall this a good, representative compilation that shows his ability to write as well as edit. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Four more titles in Five Star's new series of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre. God Is an Iron and Other Stories presents ten tales by sf veteran Robinson, including the author's classic novella "Stardance" (co-written with Jeanne Robinson), which relates the bittersweet tale of a dancer who finds her destiny among the stars. Sf author and editor Schmidt's Generation Gap and Other Stories consists of 11 stories that range from the title story's exploration of a meeting between a man and his younger self to the complications surrounding the revival of an extinct species ("Johnny Birdseed"). The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature brings together 11 tales by sf veteran and scientist Sheffield, including a missing-person mystery ("The Lady Vanishes") and a wry look at the future of football ("The Whole Three Yards"). In Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories, fantasy and sf author Shwartz collects ten stories that run the gamut from alternate history ("Suppose They Gave a Peace") to feline perceptions ("Critical Cats"). Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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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.