Visions of Wonder: The Science Fiction Research Association Anthology

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For years, those bringing SF into the classroom have had to improvise their course materials from anthologies and collections not designed for classwork. Now, David G. Hartwell, award-winning anthologist, and Professor Milton T. Wolf, Vice President of the Science Fiction Research Association, present a carefully selected reading anthology reflecting the SF field in all its modern diversity. Here are Golden Age writers like John W. Campbell and Jack Williamson, and here also are towering latter-day titans like ...

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Overview

For years, those bringing SF into the classroom have had to improvise their course materials from anthologies and collections not designed for classwork. Now, David G. Hartwell, award-winning anthologist, and Professor Milton T. Wolf, Vice President of the Science Fiction Research Association, present a carefully selected reading anthology reflecting the SF field in all its modern diversity. Here are Golden Age writers like John W. Campbell and Jack Williamson, and here also are towering latter-day titans like Gene Wolfe and Ursula K. Le Guin, along with today's popular writers such as Greg Bear, Robert Jordan, and Vernor Vinge.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A broad-ranging anthology; highly recommended for SF collections."—Library Journal

"An excellent and informed introduction to the genre while also supplying fans with plenty of new pleasures. . . . [A] wise, witty and wonderful collection."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Library Journal
The Science Fiction Research Association sponsored two previous anthologies of contemporary sf in the 1970s and 1980s. This book, designed for classroom use, covers the range of current sf and fantasy topics, concerns, and approaches published in the last ten years. The editors offer 32 short stories and nine essays by established and new authors, including Anne McCaffrey, Greg Bear, Kate Wilhelm, Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Jordan, Joanna Russ, William Gibson, and Andre Norton. A broad-ranging anthology; highly recommended for sf collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312852870
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies are the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction and the World Fantasy Award winner The Dark Descent. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times.

Milton T. Wolf is a noted librarian, scholar, and vice president of the Science Fiction Research Association. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Critics (Chapter One of In Search of Wonder)/Damon Knight

The Ship Who Sang/Anne McCaffrey

Blood Music/Greg Bear

Paperjack/Charles de Lint

Forever Yours, Anna/Kate Wilhelm

The Golden Age of Science Fiction Is Twelve/David G. Hartwell

Mr. Boy/James Patrick Kelly

Jamboree/Jack Williamson

The Death of Doctor Island/Gene Wolfe

Ender's Game/Orson Scott Card

What Do You Mean . . . Human?/John W. Campbell, Jr.

Bears Discover Fire/Terry Bisson

One Down, One to Go/Philip Jose Farmer

Sur/Ursula K. Le Guin

Introduction to England Swings SF/Judith Merril

Doing Lennon/Gregory Benford

A Tupolev Too Far/Brian W. Aldiss

Them Old Hyannis Blues/Judith Tarr

Paradise Charted/Algis Budrys

Masque of the Red Shift/Fred Saberhagen

Redemption in the Quantum Realm/Frederik Pohl

Devil You Don't Know/Dean Ing

The Eye of the World (Excerpt)/Robert Jordan

Split Light/Lisa Goldstein

Science Fiction & The Adventures of the Spherical Cow/Kathryn Cramer

The Sun Spider/Lucius Shepard

Science Fiction and 'Literature' - or, the Conscience of the King/Samuel R. Delany

Souls/Loanna Russ

pardOverdrawn at the Memory Bank/John Varley

The Girl Who Was Plugged In/James Tiptree

Burning Chrome/William Gibson

Towards an Aesthetic of Science Fiction/Joanna Russ

Identifying the Object/Gwyneth Jones

The Mountain to Mohammed/Nancy Kress

Wall, Stone, Craft/Walter Jon Williams

Boobs/Suzy McKee Charnas

To Bring in Fine Things: The Significance of Science Fiction Plots/Brian Stableford

Spider Silk/Andre Norton

A Braver Thing/Charles Sheffield

Getting Real/Susan Shwartz

True Names/Vernor Vinge

Science Fiction: A Selective Guide to Scholarship/Gary K. Wolfe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    Still My Favorite

    I've been buying SF antholgies for the past decade. This is still my favorite. I was in it again last night and I felt like I was having a religious experience.

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    Posted January 22, 2000

    Review from a college student

    A great textbook. After using this in a science fiction class, I am looking for a copy to own myself. I recommend it to college students, as well as those interested in science fiction/fantasy literature and short stories.

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