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Nineteen-ninety-nine looms near and yet the stars are still far away . . . but this anthology brings them closer with more than a dozen of the best SF adventure stories ever written. Among the gems collected here are "The New Prime," by Jack Vance, " Fritz Leiber's "Moon Duel," and "The Sky People," by Poul Anderson, along with masterpieces by less-familiar names such as Murray Leinster and James H. Schmitz.
With more than a dozen stories (written between 1940 and 1970) from ...

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Overview

Nineteen-ninety-nine looms near and yet the stars are still far away . . . but this anthology brings them closer with more than a dozen of the best SF adventure stories ever written. Among the gems collected here are "The New Prime," by Jack Vance, " Fritz Leiber's "Moon Duel," and "The Sky People," by Poul Anderson, along with masterpieces by less-familiar names such as Murray Leinster and James H. Schmitz.
With more than a dozen stories (written between 1940 and 1970) from greats such as Brian W. Aldiss, Leigh Brackett, L. Sprague de Camp, and A. E. van Vogt, this anthology ranges throughout our galaxy and into the stars. Whether you're revisiting past adventures or discovering these stories for the first time, you're sure to thrill to these wonderful adventures across the vast expanse of space.

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A substantial collection of 16 grand old adventure yarns—-space operas, more or less—-written between 1948 and '71 and compiled by editor Dozois (the annual Year's Best Science Fiction anthology, etc.). Dozois gloomily remarks that many of today's younger audience have never heard of the authors represented here; even those few readers who recognize some of the names have never read anything written by them. This volume, then, attempts to help preserve the best of science fiction's legacy. The famous (at least to earlier generations of readers) names include: A.E. van Vogt's "The Rull" (human ingenuity vs. aliens with superior nervous systems); Jack Vance's "The New Prime" (in selecting a galactic ruler, the crazy man becomes king); C. M. Kornbluth's "That Share of Glory" (far-future industrial-cultural missionaries); Murray Leinster `s "Exploration Team" (humans and their animal partners tackle dangerous new worlds together); Poul Anderson's "The Sky People" (civilization vs. barbarism, with a sting in the tail); Roger Zelazny's "The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth" (a realistically depicted pulp-tradition Venus awash with oceans containing huge swimming saurians). Women can write gripping adventures, too, as equally good but less famous yarns from Leigh Brackett, Ursula K. LeGuin, and James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon) demonstrate. Also represented: James H. Schmitz, L. Sprague de Camp, Gordon R. Dickson, Cordwainer Smith, Brian W. Aldiss, H. Beam Piper, and Fritz Leiber. Don't let these Golden Oldies disappear into limbo: adopt some today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466859500
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 370,891
  • File size: 630 KB

Meet the Author

Gardner Dozois has won nine Hugo Awards for Best Editor. He edits Asimov's SF magazine from his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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
The Rull 1
The Second Night of Summer 27
The Galton Whistle 52
The New Prime 75
That Share of Glory 98
The Last Days of Shandakor 127
Exploration Team 155
The Sky People 188
The Man in the Mailbag 235
Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons 261
A Kind of Artistry 282
Gunpowder God 304
Semley's Necklace 345
Moon Duel 364
The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth 375
Mother in the Sky with Diamonds 406
Recommended Reading 431
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