Best of
Speculative-Fiction

1995

Bloodchild and Other Stories


Octavia E. Butler - 1995
    Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself?Like all of Octavia Butler’s best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices.

Axiomatic


Greg Egan - 1995
    Contents:The Infinite Assassin (1991)The Hundred Light-Year Diary (1992)Eugene (1990)The Caress (1990)Blood Sisters (1991)Axiomatic (1990)The Safe-Deposit Box (1990)Seeing (1995)A Kidnapping (1995)Learning to Be Me (1990)The Moat (1991)The Walk (1992)The Cutie (1989)Into Darkness (1992)Appropriate Love (1991)The Moral Virologist (1990)Closer (1992)Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies (1992)

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer


Neal Stephenson - 1995
    It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence.

The Oversoul Seven Trilogy: The Education of Oversoul Seven, The Further Education of Oversoul Seven, Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time


Jane Roberts - 1995
    Jane Roberts has contributed to The Oversoul Seven Trilogy as an author.Roberts was considered one of the most important psychics of the twentieth century.

The Carpet Makers


Andreas Eschbach - 1995
    These carpets are made from the hairs of wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpetmaker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime.This art descends from father to son, since the beginning of time itself.But one day the empire of the God Emperor vanishes, and strangers begin to arrive from the stars to follow the trace of the hair carpets. What these strangers discover is beyond all belief, more than anything they could have ever imagined...Brought to the attention of Tor Books by Orson Scott Card, this edition of The Carpet Makers contains a special introduction by Orson Scott Card.

The Color of Distance


Amy Thomson - 1995
    Her only hope for survival is total transformation--and terrifying assimilation--into the amphibian Tendu species. Juna will learn more about her own human nature than ever before.

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit


Mike Resnick - 1995
    All the tales contain some science fiction or fantasy element, and all remain true to the spirit and personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and enduring creation.

Noctuary


Thomas Ligotti - 1995
    This collection of horror stories, many previously unpublished, includes "The Medusa," "Conversations in a Dead Language," and "Mad Night of Atonement." By the author of Grimscribe.

The Ships of Merior


Janny Wurts - 1995
    In defeat, the Mistwraith has set its two royal captains at odds under a powerful curse of vengeance. Now, the princes hold the fates of the nations in the throes of their feud.

The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors


Terri Windling - 1995
    A groundbreaking work in the tradition of Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim and Robert Bly, this book explores the darker side of childhood--loss, betrayal, oppression, and abuse.

Zod Wallop


William Browning Spencer - 1995
    "Gotta get moving," Rock said. A couple of hundred million years went by. A rock is always slow to take action. A rock watches an oak grow from a sapling to a towering tree, and it's a flash and a dazzle in the mind of a rock. What was that? Rock thinks. Or maybe, Huh?That's how Zod Wallop starts. Harry Gainesborough wrote and drew the story three years ago, before his daughter drowned. Now he writes nothing. Raymond Story read Zod Wallop while he was a patient at Harwood Psychiatric. Now the book means everything to him - so much so that he'd like to meet its author and live out its events. In fact, Zod Wallop means so much to Raymond that he has taken great pains to escape the institution and is now journeying to Harry Gainesborough's house with his young wife, Emily, in tow.These odd doings alone would be enough to unsettle Harry, but they're compounded by other coincidences. Bizarre coincidences. Occurrences that lead Harry to believe that Zod Wallop is actually happening.

The Gypsy Princess


Phoebe Gilman - 1995
    A gypsy girl who gets the opportunity to live in a palace as a princess finds she prefers her gypsy life after all.

I Who Have Never Known Men


Jacqueline Harpman - 1995
    In this reality where intimacy is forbidden--in the unrelenting sameness of the artificial days and nights--she knows nothing of books and time, of needs and feelings.Then everything changes...and nothing changes.A young woman who has never known men--a child who knows of no history before the bars and restraints--must now reinvent herself, piece by piece, in a place she has never been...and in the face of the most challenging and terrifying of unknowns: freedom.

The Shockwave Rider


John Brunner - 1995
    to restore their freedom in a world run mad.Nickie Halflinger, the only person to escape from Tarnover- where they raise hyper-intelligent children to maintain the political dominance of the USA in the 21st century – is on the run, dodging from loophole to crevice to crack in the computerised data-net that binds the continent like chains. After years of flight and constant changes of identity, at the strange small town called Precipice he discovers he is not alone in his quest. But can his new allies save him when he falls again into the sinister grasp of Tarnover...?

Frank, Vol. 2


Jim Woodring - 1995
    Written and illustrated (in stunning full color) by Lewis Trondheim, the hottest European cartooning talent to emerge in the 1990s, Harum Scarum mixes sardonic wit with a genuinely thrilling story that involves a plague of monsters, a fake paleontologist, a secret formula, the search for a perfect headline, and more The second book, The Hoodoodad, continues in this farcical vein, mixing elements of Tintin and The Three Stooges in a way that will thrill children and adults alike.

Women of Wonder, the Classic Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s


Pamela Sargent - 1995
    Included are works by Leigh Brackett, C. L. Moore, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Judith Merril. Introduction and Bibliography by the Editor.Content"No Woman Born" by C. L. Moore (1944)"That Only a Mother" by Judith Merril (1948)"Contagion" by Katherine MacLean (1950)"The Woman from Altair" by Leigh Brackett (1951)"Short in the Chest" by Margaret St. Clair (1954)"The Anything Box" by Zenna Henderson (1956)"Death Between the Stars" by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1956)"The Ship Who Sang" by Anne McCaffrey (1961)"When I Was Miss Dow" by Sonya Dorman Hess (1966)"The Food Farm" by Kit Reed (1966)"The Heat Death of the Universe" by Pamela Zoline (1967)"The Power of Time" by Josephine Saxton (1971)"False Dawn" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1972)"Nobody's Home" by Joanna Russ (1972)"The Funeral" by Kate Wilhelm (1972)"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" by Vonda N. McIntyre (1973)"The Women Men Don't See" by James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons" by Eleanor Arnason (1974)"The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)"The Family Monkey" by Lisa Tuttle (1977)"View from a Height" by Joan D. Vinge (1978)

Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters


Andy Mangels - 1995
    This all-new Essential Guide features detailed profiles of more than one hundred and thirty characters from across the Star Wars galaxy, including all of your favorites–such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Mara Jade–as well as, from Episode II: • Jango Fett • Count Dooku • Anakin Skywalker • Zam WesellAnd the key players from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace:• Queen Amidala • Qui-Gon Jinn • Mace Windu • Darth MaulHere is complete, updated coverage of the novels from the incredible New Jedi Order and all of the classic movies, books, comics, TV specials, games, and the rest of the Star Wars universe.This must-have book describes the essential history and personal data for each character–with vital statistics, homeworlds, and political affiliations.More characters, more information, brilliant artwork–the Essential Guides are hotter than ever!

The Chess Garden


Brooks Hansen - 1995
    Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War. Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja. She set out her husband's gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written - letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure. Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination. And yet The Chess Garden encompasses a very real world, too. Alongside the doctor's visions of the Antipodes, the story of his life gradually unfolds as well. History and allegory are expertly woven until finally both lead back to the chess garden itself, a place where ideas give way to vision, reason meets faith, and fact and figment are finally reconciled.

The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume 1: The Ultimate Egoist


Theodore Sturgeon - 1995
    Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, each of whom contributes a laudatory foreword. The more than 40 stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henry-ish plot twists, sparkling character development, and almost archetypal, why didn't I think of that? story ideas. Early Sturgeon masterpieces include "It," about the violence done by a creature spontaneously born from garbage and mud, and "Helix the Cat," about an inventor's bizarre encounter with a disembodied soul and the cat that saves it. Sturgeon's unique genius is timelessly entertaining.Table of Contents:Forewords by Ray Bradbury,Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene WolfeStories:Heavy InsuranceThe HeartCellmateFluffyAlter Ego (prev unpub)Mailed Through a PortholeA Noose of Light (prev unpub)Strangers on a Train (prev unpub)Accidentally on PorpoiseThe Right Line (prev unpub)Golden DayPermit Me My GestureWatch My SmokeThe Other CheekExtraordinary SeamenOne Sick KidHis Good AngelSome People ForgetA God in a GardenFit for a KingEx-Bachelor ExtractEast is EastThree People (prev unpub)Eyes of BlueEther BreatherHer ChoiceCajun ProvidenceStrike Three (prev unpub)Contact!The CallHelix the CatTo Shorten SaleThanksgiving Again (prev unpub)Bianca's HandsDerm FoolHe ShuttlesTurkish DelightNiobeThe Long ArmThe Man on the StepsPunctuational AdviceA Place of HonorThe Ultimate EgoistItButyl and the BreatherLook Around You (poem)Mahout

Meet Sailor Moon


Naoko Takeuchi - 1995
    The publication of Meet Sailor Moon ties in with the series premiere. Full-color illustrations.

To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction


Joanna Russ - 1995
    An excellent book for any writer or reader." --Feminist Bookstore News"In her new book of essays... Russ continues to debunk and demand, edify and entertain.... Appreciative of surface aesthetics, she continually delves deeper than most critics, yet in terms so simple and accessible that her essays read like lively, angry, humorous dialogues conducted face-to-face with the author. Russ is the antithesis of the distant critic in her ivory tower." --Paul Di Filippo, The Washington Post Book World..". 20 years of the author's feisty reports from the front lines of literature." --The San Francisco Review of Books"This is a book of imaginative and provoking essays, but you should read it for the sheer fun of it." --The Women's Review of Books"Collects more than two decades of criticism by Joanna Russ, one of the most perceptive, forthright and eloquent feminist commentators around." --Feminist Bookstore News..". a super book....This is a book that, for once, really will appeal to readers of all kinds." --Utopian Studies"If you enjoy science fiction, this is definitely a book that you'll want to talk about. I found myself sneaking a few pages at times when I really didn't have time to read." --Jan Catano, AtlantisClassic essays on science fiction and feminism by Nebula and Hugo award-winning Joanna Russ. Here she ranges from a consideration of the aesthetic of science fiction to a reading of the lesbian identity of Willa Cather. To Write Like a Woman includes essays on horror stories and the supernatural, feminist utopias, popular literature for women (the "modern gothic"), and the feminist education of graduate students in English.

Women of Wonder, the Contemporary Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s


Pamela Sargent - 1995
    Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s — A companion volume to 'The Classic Years', dispelling the notion that women don't write "real" science fiction, showcasing recent science fiction by women. Here are Octavia E. Butler, Pat Cadigan, Angela Carter, Nancy Kress, and Connie Willis, among others.Contents: Introduction and Bibliography by the Editor. Cassandra / C.J. Cherryh; The Thaw / Tanith Lee; Scorched Supper on New Niger / Suzy McKee Charnas; Abominable / Carol Emshwiller; Bluewater Dreams / Sydney J. Van Scyoc; The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe / Angela Carter; The Harvest of Wolves / Mary Gentle; Bloodchild / Octavia E. Butler; Fears / Pamela Sargent; Webrider / Jayge Carr; Alexia and Graham Bell / Rosaleen Love; Reichs-Peace / Sheila Finch; Angel / Pat Cadigan; Rachel in Love / Pat Murphy; Game Night at the Fox and Goose / Karen Joy Fowler; Tiny Tango / Judith Moffett; At the Rialto / Connie Willis; Midnight News / Lisa Goldstein; And Wild For To Hold / Nancy Kress; Immaculate / Storm Constantine; Farming in Virginia / Rebecca Ore.

The Alien Life of Wayne Barlowe


Wayne Barlowe - 1995
    70 color photos. 30 line drawings.

Wang's Carpets


Greg Egan - 1995
    One of the copies of Cater-Zimmermann, Paolo Venetti, arrives at Orpheus; a water-world inhabited by floating mats that perform as a Turing machine.

Sing the Light


Louise Marley - 1995
    She soon discovers that the Magister's house holds many secrets within its heart. A heart darker and more dangerous than the coldest Nevyan night.

Journals of the Plague Years


Norman Spinrad - 1995
    Four people hold the fate of humanity in their hands... A sexual mercenary condemned to death as a foot soldier in the Army of the Living Dead; a scientist who's devoted his whole life to destroying the virus and now discovers he has only ten weeks to succeed; a God-fearing fundamentalist on his way to the presidency before he accepts a higher calling; and a young infected coed from Berkeley on a bizarre crusade to save the world with a new religion of carnal abandon. Each will discover that the only thing more dangerous than the Plague is the cure.

Fortunes of War


Mel Keegan - 1995
    Seperated by seven years of war, the two meet up again in the Caribbean, where Dermot now commands a privateer. The couple's adventures on the Spanish Main make a swashbuckling romance in the best pirate tradition. A rip-roaring yarn from the author of "Ice Wind and Fire, Death's Head, Equinox" and "Aquamarine."

Flesh Wounds


Christopher Fowler - 1995
    A young woman must surrender her virginity to a grotesque enemy in order to fulfil her family's destiny. An extraordinary chain of events is set in motion when a cocktail cabinet falls out of the sky and kills a farmer. A depressed man decides to make his suicide the most exciting thing that's ever happened to him...Oozing paranoia, black humour and a certain amoung of old-fashioned gore, Christopher Fowler's fifth collection of short stories tells a chilling tale of desperate individuals learning the hard way that ...fresh wounds.

Wizrd


Steve Zell - 1995
    But, during one horrendous night, it died...and for a hundred years it has been nearly empty. A ghost town waiting to live again.Now that's about to happen...Fourteen-year-old Bryce Willems, whose family has just arrived from New York, is beginning to appreciate the unfamiliar charms of his new home. But gradually it becomes apparent that something about the town is very strange.As he and stepsister Megan discover the terrible secret of the nearby Wizard mine, they are caught up in a clash of ancient, vengeful powers that cannot rest until a deadly wheel of destiny is set in motion once again.

The Dunwich Cycle: Where the Old Gods Wait


Robert M. Price - 1995
    Lovecraft -- The Shuttered Room / August w. Derleth -- The Round Tower / Robert M. Price -- The Devil's Hop Yard / Richard A. Lupoff -- The Road to Dunwich / Ben Indick -- The Tree-House / W.H. Pugmire and Robert M. Price -- You Can't Take It With You / C.J. Henderson -- Wilbur Whateley Waiting / Robert M. Price.

Robotech: The Masters Saga: The Southern Cross


Jack McKinney - 1995
    That was when Dana Sterling, half-Human, half-Zentraedi commander of an elite Hovertank unit, stepped into the spotlight of interstellar history!#8 METAL FIREAn alien fortress had crashlanded on Earth--brought down in the struggle between the Robotech Masters and Earth's Human inhabitants. Now the fortress dared someone to penetrate its dark mysteries. And who better to brave that ship than Dana Sterling's 15th Squadron ATACs--after all, they had brought the thing down to begin with!#9 THE FINAL NIGHTMAREThe Robotech Masters' Protoculture Matrix was degenerating, transforming into the Flower of Life--which was sure to draw the savage, merciless Invid across the galaxy to Earth. But the Army of the Southern Cross vowed to fight to the bitter end. And Dana Sterling raged a desperate war of her own to decipher her strange visions and the secret of her alien heritage...From the Paperback edition.

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories


Terry Bisson - 1995
    It brings together nineteen of Bisson's finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered the field's highest honors, including the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards.Contents:Bears Discover Fire (1990)The Two Janets (1990)They're Made Out of Meat (1991)Over Flat Mountain (1990)Press Ann (1991)The Coon Suit (1991)George (1993)Next (1992)Necronauts (1993)Are There Any Questions? (1992)Two Guys from the Future (1992)The Toxic Donut (1993)Canción Autentica de Old Earth (1992)Partial People (1993)Carl's Lawn & Garden (1992)The Message (1993)England Underway (1993)By Permit Only (1993)The Shadow Knows (1993)

Enchanted Forests


Katharine Kerr - 1995
    Here are 25 tales created especially for this volume by some of today's most imaginative crafters of the fantastic.WOODWORK – Humor and ingenuity are part of the job requirementsThe Forest's Not for Burning by Katherine Lawrence"I'll Give You Three Wishes...." by Kevin Andrew MurphyThe Triple Death by Ken St. AndreOut of the Woods by Lawrence Watt-EvansSPEAKING WORDS – The view from the branchesViridescence by Connie HirschFiat Silva by Jack OakleyWeeds by Brook West and Julia H. WestBenbow by Nancy EtchemendyINHERITANCES – Different dances to a single tuneThe Prism of Memory by Jo ClaytonThe Force That Through the Green Fuse by Mark KreighbaumMy Soul Into the Boughs by Teresa EdgertonTHE SCARS OF WAR – Echoes in flesh and woodThese Shoes Strangers Have Died Of by Bruce Holland RogersThe Clearing by Lois TiltonVICTORIAN VARIATIONS – New shoots from an old trunkHow the Ant Made a Bargain by Karawynn LongIn Fear of Little Nell by Gregory FeeleyTHE NEW WORLD THAT NEVER WAS – Branchings from historyWood Song by Kate DanielVirginia Woods by Janni Lee SimnerIMPOSSIBLE LOVES – Joy comes in many shapesTies of Love short fiction by Lawrence SchimelThe Heart of the Forest by Dave SmedsHoly Ground by Thomas S. RocheGhostwood novelette by Michelle WestSANCTUARY – There is danger in the Forest but also peaceThe Monsters of Mill Creek Park novelette by Susan ShwartzThe Memory of Peace novelette by Kate ElliottEverything Has a Place by Barbara A. DenzTrees Perpetual of Sleep by Nina Kiriki Hoffman