Modern Classics of Science Fiction

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Brian Aldiss

William Gibson

R.A. Lafferty

Ursula K. Le Guin

Lucius Shepard

Bruce Sterling

Theodore Sturgeon

Howard Waldrop

Connie Willis

Gene Wolfe

Roger Zelazny

"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."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"'Modern Classics of Science Fiction' is the kind of book you use to hook someone on science fiction for life, the sort of landmark anthology that defines a generation of literature."

The Atlanta Journal


"An excellent collection of science fiction."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"Lives up to its billing."

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This new collection from the editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine generally lives up to its billing. Deliberately avoiding oft-anthologized stories, Dozois serves up a wide variety of SF from 1955 to 1989, offered here chronologically and ranging from the disturbing settings characteristic of Damon Knight, Richard McKenna and Ursula K. Le Guin, to touching character studies from Samuel R. Delaney, Roger Zelazny and Connie Willis, to the complex futures of James Tiptree Jr., Pat Cadigan and William Gibson. A highlight is Jack Vance's brilliant tale of alien anthropology, ``The Moon Moth.'' The collection's weak link is Keith Roberts's ``The Lady Margaret,'' which moves too slowly toward an uninteresting climax. Readers might enjoy Bruce Sterling's ``Dori Bangs,'' but only if they're familiar with rock critic Lester Bangs and with cartoonist Dori Seda. Dozois's introductions tend toward hyperbole (many contributors are labeled ``giants'' or ``masters''). Also included are tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, R. A. Lafferty, Gene Wolfe, Joanna Russ and eight others. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312088477
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. He is the editor of the Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies, Songs of the Dying Earth, and many others.  As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
The Country of the Kind 7
Aristotle and the Gun 22
The Other Celia 59
Casey Agonistes 78
Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons 90
The Moon Moth 116
The Golden Horn 157
The Lady Margaret 196
This Moment of the Storm 238
Narrow Valley 273
Driftglass 287
The Worm That Flies 309
The Fifth Head of Cerberus 331
Nobody's Home 397
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever 416
The Barrow 437
Particle Theory 447
The Ugly Chickens 472
Going Under 499
Salvador 521
Pretty Boy Crossover 543
The Pure Product 557
The Winter Market 580
Chance 603
The Edge of the World 637
Dori Bangs 654
Afterword 671
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