Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century

by Orson Scott Card


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ISBN-13: 9780441008643
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is a winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for short fiction and novels. His novel, Ender’s Game, is considered one of the classics of the genre and is currently being developed for film. Along with subsequent novels in the Ender’s series (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, and Ender’s Shadow), Card is also the author of the contemporary novels Lost Boys, Treasure Box, Homebody; The Homecoming Saga, including The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth, Earthfall, and Earthborn; an alternate history novel, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus; and the American fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker: Seventh Son, Red Prophet, Prentice Alvin, Alvin Journeyman, and Heartfire.

A respected playwright, Card has seen a dozen of his plays produced in regional theater. He has also taught writing courses at several universities and workshops, including, most recently, a novel-writing course at Pepperdine.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and five children.


Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington


B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

Table of Contents

The Golden Age
Call Me Joe7
"All You Zombies--"36
A Saucer of Loneliness80
Robot Dreams91
The Nine Billion Names of God110
A Work of Art116
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed130
The New Wave
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman145
Eurema's Dam156
The Tunnel under the World177
Who Can Replace a Man?203
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas212
Inconstant Moon218
The Media Generation
The Road Not Taken276
Face Value316
Bears Discover Fire375
A Clean Escape384

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harstan More than 1 year ago
This latest ¿best ... of the century¿ actually consists of twenty-six tales from the second half of the twentieth century and one story from the 1940s. Either that means science fiction matured considerably after World War II, the editor is too young to appreciate the early years, or the anthology should be labeled differently. In either case, the contributions are all aces and represent the wide gamut of the genre divided into three classifications: ¿The Golden Age, ¿The New Wave¿, and ¿The Media Generation¿. Though I enjoyed the other two periods, my favorite stories are from ¿The New Wave¿ because I cut my molars on several of these including having read some while working on a masters thesis involving science fiction. Regardless of nostalgia or other reasons for personal taste, each entry is powerful and shows how enlightening the genre can be when written by masters like those who rendered entries to MASTERPIECES: THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE CENTURY.

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jburlinson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Stories are clustered into 3 chronological eras: "The Golden Age", "The New Wave,:" and "The Media Generation." What strikes me is the parallel evolution and devolution of the SF tale; the early stories are jam packed with ideas (is there a story so full of invention as Heinlein's "All You Zombies"?), sometimes at the expense of literary craftsmanship. The later tales are better told, but have so much less to tell, often being the vessels of a single idea, or a fragment of an idea.
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