The Secret History of Science Fiction

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The Secret Is Out

Exploring an alternate history of science fiction, this ingenious anthology showcases eighteen brilliant authors leading the way to a new literature of the future. These award-winning stories defy trends, cross genres, and prove that great fiction cannot be categorized.

Two strangely detached astronauts orbit Earth while a third world war rages on. A primatologist’s lover suspects her of obsession with one of her simian ...

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Overview


The Secret Is Out

Exploring an alternate history of science fiction, this ingenious anthology showcases eighteen brilliant authors leading the way to a new literature of the future. These award-winning stories defy trends, cross genres, and prove that great fiction cannot be categorized.

Two strangely detached astronauts orbit Earth while a third world war rages on. A primatologist’s lover suspects her of obsession with one of her simian charges. The horrors of trench warfare dovetail with the theoretical workings of black holes. A dissolving marriage and bitter custody dispute are overshadowed by the arrival of time travelers. An astonishing invention that records the sense of touch is far too dangerous for Thomas Edison to reveal.

The future is here. Read it.

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Editorial Reviews

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“These stories are good enough to make The New Yorker’s Eustace Tilley pop his cartoon monocle.”
io9.com

“A compelling collection...very unique and thought provoking.”
Sacramento Book Review

“All I really want to do, at the moment, is embrace the unsuspecting editors in a massive, spine-crunching bear hug”
Los Angeles Times

“If you’re interested in reading a bunch of stories written by some of the best contemporary writers out there, you’ll like this anthology. If you also want to read some of the best science-fiction stories since the ’70s, you’ll love this anthology.”
Tor.com

Publishers Weekly
Genre-bending anthologists Kelly and Kessel (Rewired) select a wide range of post-1970 stories by authors who occupy the nebulous land between “literary” and “genre.” Offerings like Margaret Atwood's “Homelanding,” a vignette about alien life, and Steven Millhauser's “The Wizard of West Orange,” which conclusively demonstrates that any story centering around a new science is science fiction, make it clear that nongenre authors have been writing stories that appropriate many genre tropes. But while the title will attract genre fans, “li-fi” readers who might otherwise be drawn in by T.C. Boyle and Don DeLillo may well be put off by the Tachyon imprint and the words “science fiction,” undermining the editors' assertion that “the walls that separate the mainstream from science fiction are, in fact, crumbling.” (Nov.)
io9
These stories are good enough to make The New Yorker's Eustace Tilley pop his cartoon monocle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391933
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 488,156
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


James Patrick Kelly is the Hugo, Nebula, and Italia award–winning author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur, and Wildlife. He is a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He has co-edited a series of anthologies with John Kessel, described by the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as “each surveying with balance and care a potentially disputed territory within the field.” Kelly is the technology columnist for Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and the publisher of the e-book ’zine Strangeways.

John Kessel is a Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus award winner and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News From Outer Space, and The Pure Product. He teaches courses in science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    I guess I'm not smart enough to appreciate this book. I'm in the habit of reading a book of Science Fiction while I'm also reading a book or two of nonfiction. I need the SciFi to relax and flex my imagination. I really wanted to read Science Fiction and all I got was a lot of weird stuff that didn't satisfy my yearning for wonder. Below is a SciFi anthology that I do recommend: "The New Space Opera" and "The New Space Opera 2"

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