The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990 / Edition 1

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In the tradition of other groundbreaking Norton Collections, Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery's Norton Book of Science Fiction provides the first truly comprehensive and coherent look at the best of contemporary science fiction.Successfully used at over one hundred schools nationwide, these sixty-seven stories offer compelling evidence that science fiction is a source of the most thoughtful, imaginative-indeed, literary-fiction being written today.Readers will be introduced to some rarely anthologized gems from well-known authors-Poul Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Joanna Russ, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree, Jr., Gene Wolfe, Roger Zelazny-as well as starling work by today's rising stars. Students and teachers alike will appreciate the sophisticated range of voices exploring the nature of reality and the condition of the human spirit.

A breathtaking collection of contemporary science fiction--67 stories in all. Includes gems by Poul Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Philip K. Dick, Joanna Russ, Theodore Sturgeon, Gene Wolfe, and Roger Zelazny--as well as startling work by today's rising stars.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the help of SF author Karen Joy Fowler (billed as ``consultant''), editors Le Guin ( Tehanu ) and Attebery ( Strategies of Fantasy ) have assembled a massive volume of admirable scope and ingenuity that includes most--no one could include all --of the influential North American science fiction writers of the past 30 years. From Fritz Leiber and Samuel R. Delany through Zenna Henderson, James Tiptree Jr. and Barry N. Malzberg to Harlan Ellison, Joanna Russ, John Varley, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card and Connie Willis, the table of contents reads like an SF Who's Who. But the editors have collected ``rarely anthologized gems,'' an approach that may not serve readers unfamiliar with the genre: by and large, they've chosen lesser-known works by these well-known authors, rather than the stories that best exemplify their contributions to the field. All the selections are quite good, but in many cases they don't demonstrate what makes these writers important: for instance, William Gibson is represented by ``The Gernsback Continuum'' instead of one of the cyberpunk tales that made him famous. For those well-versed in futuristic fiction, this volume offers a treasure trove of more obscure but eminently worthwhile stories. For the newcomer, it will serve as only a partial introduction to the subject. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393972412
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 870
  • Sales rank: 1,538,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin has written over fifty books of prose and poetry. Winner of many prizes including a National Book Award, she is perhaps best known for her six Books of Earthsea which have sold millions of copies and been translated into sixteen languages.

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Table of Contents

Special Thanks 13
Introduction 15
The Handler 45
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard 49
Tandy's Story 74
2064, or Thereabouts 93
Balanced Ecology 98
The House the Blakeneys Built 115
Over the River and Through the Woods 125
How Beautiful with Banners 133
Nine Hundred Grandmothers 142
When I Was Miss Dow 151
Comes Now the Power 161
Day Million 166
The Winter Flies 171
High Weir 183
Kyrie 201
For the Sake of Grace 211
As Simple As That 231
Good News from the Vatican 242
Gather Blue Roses 250
The Women Men Don't See 255
Feather Tigers 280
The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn 287
The Private War of Private Jacob 300
The Warlord of Saturn's Moons 305
Making It All the Way into the Future on Gaxton Falls of the Red Planet 313
The New Atlantis 317
A Few Things I Know About Whileaway 337
Strange Wine 350
Lollipop and the Tar Baby 357
Night-Rise 376
Frozen Journey 386
Precession 402
Elbow Room 412
Tauf Aleph 427
Exposures 445
The Gernsback Continuum 457
The Start of the End of the World 466
Schrodinger's Plague 477
"... the World, as we Know 't" 485
The Byrds 501
Speech Sounds 513
Distant Signals 525
The Lucky Strike 538
The Life of Anybody 569
Interlocking Pieces 571
The War at Home 577
The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things 580
Snow 591
After the Days of Dead-Eye 'Dee 605
The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software & Satori Support Services Consortium, Ltd. 616
His Vegetable Wife 628
The Brains of Rats 633
Out of All Them Bright Stars 647
Rat 654
America 665
Schwarzschild Radius 689
Stable Strategies for Middle Management 705
Kirinyaga 716
A Midwinter's Tale 733
(Learning About) Machine Sex 746
We See Things Differently 762
Half-Life 780
Homelanding 794
And the Angels Sing 797
Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters 814
Midnight News 819
Invaders 830
Notes on the Authors 851
Acknowledgments 863
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