Featuring stories from the genre's greatest authors:
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, George Alec Effinger, Brian W. Aldiss, William Gibson & Michael Swanwick, Theodore Sturgeon, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, James Blish, George R. R. Martin, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Terry Bisson, Poul Anderson, John Kessel, R.A. Lafferty, C.J. Cherryh, Lisa Goldstein, and Edmond Hamilton
Author Biography: Orson Scott Card is a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author.
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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.
Hometown:Greensboro, North Carolina
Date of Birth:August 24, 1951
Place of Birth:Richland, Washington
Education:B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
Table of Contents
|The Golden Age|
|Call Me Joe||7|
|"All You Zombies--"||36|
|A Saucer of Loneliness||80|
|The Nine Billion Names of God||110|
|A Work of Art||116|
|Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed||130|
|The New Wave|
|"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman||145|
|The Tunnel under the World||177|
|Who Can Replace a Man?||203|
|The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas||212|
|The Media Generation|
|The Road Not Taken||276|
|Bears Discover Fire||375|
|A Clean Escape||384|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. Harriet Klausner
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.