A collection of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.
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 • Edmond Hamilton
In much of the science fiction of the past, the twenty-first century existed only in the writers’ imaginations. Now that it’s here, it’s time to take a look back at the last one hundred years in science fiction through the works of the most celebrated and acclaimed authors of the century—to see where we’ve been and just how far we’ve come.
Along with a critical essay by Orson Scott Card reassessing science fiction in the twentieth century, Masterpieces includes short fiction by writers who have forged a permanent place for science fiction in the popular culture of today...and tomorrow. It offers a glimpse of the greatest works that mixed science with fiction in trying to figure out humanity’s place in the universe. Featuring bold, brave, and breathtaking stories, this definitive collection will stand the test of time in both this century and those to come.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The previous reviewer obviously didn't download the sample because the ToC is right in there. This is a great compilation of science fiction by many great authors and is definitely worth reading. The anthology included Heinlen and Asimov works I hadn't read before which is what drew me to it, and I discovered many great authors I'd never heard of before so this book opened up many new worlds for me.
Great selection of stories. Sandkings (George R. R. Martin) and Tunesmith (Lloyd Biggle Jr) are not to be missed.
I'm not sure this anthology quite lives up to its title, but it's worth buying for Ellison's "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" alone. In fact, that's exactly why I bought it, since I have many of the other stories elsewhere...
When I am looking to purchase an anthology, I ALWAYS look at the Table fo Contents. This information should be presented on the "Product Details Page" along with everything else. This is getting only 1 star as I do not know what's inside the cover!