Science Fiction Century, Volume 1

Overview

"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." -David G. Hartwell, from the Introduction

First published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 1, literary names such as Rudyard Kipling and Jack London rub shoulders with genre authors whose ...

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Overview

"Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." -David G. Hartwell, from the Introduction

First published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 1, literary names such as Rudyard Kipling and Jack London rub shoulders with genre authors whose pedigrees run back to the 1940s and 50s, including figures such as Hal Clement, John Wyndham, Poul Anderson, Harlan Ellison, Bruce Sterling, James Tiptree, Jr., and Connie Willis. Here is modern science fiction in all its breadth, from the anthologist hailed by John Updike as a "loving expert."

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Editorial Reviews

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Originally published in 1997 as a gargantuan 992-page hardcover, The Science Fiction Century -- David G. Hartwell's ambitious attempt to pack 100 years of science fiction into one anthology -- has finally been released in a two-volume trade paperback edition.

Included within The Science Fiction Century: Volume One are stories by genre legends like H. G. Wells, A. E. van Vogt, and C. S. Lewis -- as well as mainstream literary icons like Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster, and Jack London. London's "The Scarlet Plaque" follows a group of semi-barbaric survivors of a mysterious contagion that wiped out most of humankind, while "Ministering Angels" by Lewis delves into spiritual enlightenment -- and fornication -- on Mars. Poul Anderson's Hugo- and Nebula-winning "Goat Song," equal parts science fiction and restructured Greek myth, pits man against the gods, or in this case, a supercomputer.

Hartwell writes in the introduction: "Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition of literary Modernism. It is the paraliterary shadow of Modernism…it expresses, represents, and confirms faith in science and reason." That unwavering faith exemplified in the 26 classic stories included herein makes this anthology one of the most comprehensive -- and downright interesting -- historical overviews of 20th-century science fiction ever put together. With stories by the aforementioned authors, as well as genre heavyweights like Hal Clement, James Tiptree Jr. (a.k.a. Alice B. Sheldon), and Philip José Farmer, this collection is a priceless addition to the library of anyone with a taste for science fiction. Paul Goat Allen
SF Chronicle
"This is a book filled with familiar treasures and a great way to introduce a skeptic to the field."
The Des Moines Register
"One of the definitive anthologies of the genre—and it makes the perfect introduction to the field of science fiction."
From the Publisher
"Over the past quarter century, Hartwell has built a well-deserved reputation in SF, fantasy and horror as an editor extraordinaire. In addition to discovering many of the leading luminaries in the genre, he has produced a pool of anthologies that attempt to stand as definitive volumes. The Science Fiction Century is another such successful landmark collection."

Publishers Weekly

"A superb survey for the uninitiated and a definitive sampler for confirmed fans."

Booklist on The Science Fiction Century

"This ranks as one of the definitive anthologies of the genre—and it makes the perfect introduction to the field of science fiction. . . . The Science Fiction Century shows great breadth and range. . . . Editor Hartwell succeeds by including a wide range of authors, styles, and themes."

The Des Moines Register

"This is a book filled with familiar treasures and a great way to introduce a skeptic to the field."

SF Chronicle on The Science Fiction Century

"We are in the hands of a loving expert."

—John Updike on The Hard SF Rennaissance

Booklist
"A superb survey for the uninitiated and a definitive sampler for confirmed fans."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312864842
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/18/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,330,400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Hartwell is a renowned editor and anthologist who lives in Pleasantville, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 17
Beam Us Home 21
Ministering Angels 31
The Music Master of Babylon 39
A Story of the Days to Come 57
Hot Planet 112
A Work of Art 127
The Machine Stops 139
Brightness Falls from the Air 161
2066: Election Day 166
The Rose 177
The Hounds of Tindalos 232
The Angel of Violence 242
Nobody Bothers Gus 251
The Time Machine 261
Mother 265
As Easy as ABC 285
Ginungagap 304
Minister Without Portfolio 327
Time in Advance 333
Good Night, Sophie 352
Veritas 369
Enchanted Village 382
The King and the Dollmaker 393
Fire Watch 435
Goat Song 462
The Scarlet Plague 486
Drunkboat 518
Another World 539
If the Stars Are Gods 558
I Still Call Australia Home 585
Liquid Sunshine 598
Great Work of Time 632
Sundance 683
Greenslaves 694
Rumfuddle 716
The Dimple in Draco 754
Consider Her Ways 765
Something Ending 805
He Who Shapes 812
Swarm 869
Beggars in Spain 886
Johnny Mnemonic 939
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman 952
Blood's a Rover 961
Sail the Tide of Mourning 993
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