The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One

Neil Clarke - 2016
    Whether it’s a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction feeds the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can better understand ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume One, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and thirty-one of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2015.Table of Contents:“Introduction: A State of the Short SF Field in 2015” by Neil Clarke“Today I Am Paul” by Martin Shoemaker“Calved” by Sam J. Miller“Three Bodies at Mitanni” by Seth Dickinson“The Smog Society” by Chen Quifan“In Blue Lily’s Wake” by Aliette de Bodard“Hello, Hello” by Seanan McGuire“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfiang“Capitalism in the 22nd Century” by Geoff Ryman“Hold-Time Violations” by John Chu“Wild Honey” by Paul McAuley“So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer“Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn“Another Word for World” by Ann Leckie“The Cold Inequalities” by Yoon Ha Lee“Iron Pegasus” by Brenda Cooper“The Audience” by Sean McMullen“Empty” by Robert Reed“Gypsy” by Carter Scholz“Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii“Damage” by David D. Levine“The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss” by David Brin“No Placeholder for You, My Love” by Nick Wolven“Outsider” by An Owomeyla“The Gods Have Not Died in Vain” by Ken Liu“Cocoons” by Nancy Kress“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim“Two-Year Man” by Kelly Robson“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer“Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan” by Ian McDonald“Meshed” by Rich Larson“A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds2015 Recommended Reading List

Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction

Jetse de Vries - 2010
    Some of the world's most talented SF writers (including Alastair Reynolds, Kay Keyon and Jason Stoddard) show how things can change for the better. From gritty polyannas to workable futures, from hard-fought progress to a better tomorrow; heart-warming and mind-expanding stories that will (re-) awaken the optimist in you!

The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Charles N. Brown - 2004
    From Ursula K. Le Guin to Bruce Sterling, this collection is, simply put, essential reading for any serious fan of the genre. Groundbreaking classics and author masterworks abound in this collection, which includes Harlan Ellison's "Jeffty Is Five," a nostalgic tale about a boy who remains five years old -- a conduit to the 1940s world of comic books, candy bars, and serial radio shows -- while society keeps rolling on; and John Varley's "The Persistence of Vision," an unforgettable story about one man's experience in an isolated colony of deaf and blind people. George R. R. Martin's "The Way of Cross and Dragon" takes an unyielding look at the future of religion, and Octavia E. Butler's "Bloodchild" examines the symbiotic relationship between humans on a planet inhabited by sentient insectlike aliens. The Locus Awards, presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll, are arguably as prestigious as the Hugo and Nebula because they are chosen by the people who really matter -- the readers. The 18 multi-award-winning stories included in this collection, all in chronological order, take the reader on a retrospective tour of the genre and its many evolutions. From Gene Wolfe's "The Death of Doctor Island" (1973) to Neil Gaiman's homage to Ray Bradbury in "October in the Chair" (2003), this is an absolutely monumental collection worth its weight in gold. Paul Goat Allen

The Wind from a Burning Woman

Greg Bear - 1983
    The Contents: 1. "Preface" 2. "The Wind From a Burning Woman" 3. "The White Horse Child" 4. "Petra" 5. "Scattershot" 6. "Mandala" 7. "Hardfought"

Space, Inc

Julie E. Czerneda - 2003
    Czerneda11 • The Eightfold Career Path; or Invisible Duties • short story by James Alan Gardner23 • Porter's Progress • short story by Isaac Szpindel43 • Catalog of Woe • short story by Mindy L. Klasky63 • Ferret and Red • short story by Josepha Sherman82 • A Man's Place • novelette by Eric Choi108 • Dancing in the Dark • novelette by Nancy Kress130 • The Siren Stone • novelette by Derwin Mak154 • Feef's House • novelette by Doranna Durgin179 • Attached Please Find My Novel • novelette by Sean P. Fodera202 • Field Trip • novelette by Janet Stirling and S. M. Stirling236 • Come All Ye Faithful • short story by Robert J. Sawyer252 • Riggers • short story by Michael E. Picray272 • Suspended Lives • novelette by Alison Sinclair297 • I Knew a Guy Once • novelette by Tanya Huff320 • Editor's Bio (Space Inc.) • essay by Julie E. Czerneda

Bridge Across the Stars: A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology

Rhett C. Bruno - 2018
    In this anthology, you’ll find seventeen tales of conflict and heroism, exploration and discovery, endurance and triumph. Flee the apocalypse of modern-day Earth, fly a fighter in the cold emptiness of deep space, and find new life on the distant shores of an alien world. You might even discover something about yourself as each author opens a window on the soul of mankind. Who are we, really? Should we survive? How do we become something greater without losing what makes us human? Open this collection and take your first steps into tomorrow. Travel the cosmos to find amazing adventure. Walk beside unforgettable characters on the bridge across the stars… Featuring a Foreword by Kevin J. Anderson – David VanDyke – “As the Sparks Fly Upward” – Ann Christy – “Peace Force” – Felix R. Savage – “Guardians of Earth” – Lindsay Buroker – “Here Be Dragons” – Chris Dietzel – “The Gordian Asteroid” – Craig Martelle – “The Trenches of Centauri Prime” – Josi Russell – “Broken One” – Chris Pourteau – “The Erkennen Job” – Daniel Arenson – “The Firebug and the Pharaoh” – Rhett C. Bruno – “Interview for the End of the World” – Steve Beaulieu – “Night Shift” – Lucas Bale – “A Friend to Man” – Jason Anspach – “…Space Pirates” – Will McIntosh – “Drive” – Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff – “Water Babies” – David Bruns – “Take Only Memories” – Patty Jansen – “This Deceitful State of Truth”

The Works of Andre Norton

Andre Norton - 2009
    12 stories by science fiction author Andre Norton, together in one collection, with an active table of contents:The Defiant AgentsThe Gifts of AstiKey Out of TimePlague ShipRalestone LuckRebel SpursRide Proud, Rebel!Star BornStar HunterStorm Over WarlockThe Time TradersVoodoo Planet

The Best of Lester Del Rey

Lester del Rey - 2000
    This collection of classic stories by writer, editor, critic, and cofounder of Del Rey Books Lester del Rey includes tales of robots and humans, animals and aliens, ghosts and gods, and the supernatural.

A Way Home

Theodore Sturgeon - 1956
    This collection of short stories contain the following stories: Unite and Conquer (1948), Special Aptitude (1951), Mewhu's Jet (1946), Hurricane Trio (1955), The Hurkle Is a Happy Beast (1949), Thunder and Roses (1947), Bulkhead (1955), Tiny and the Monster (1947), A Way Home (1953).

Explorations: Through the Wormhole

Nathan Hystad - 2016
    Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.Contents: Foreword: (Explorations: Through the Wormhole) • essay by Nathan Hystad (Series Editor) The Challenge / short fiction by Ralph Kern Through Glassy Eyes / short fiction by P. P. Corcoran Here, Then, Forever / short fiction by Chris Guillory AI Deniers / short fiction by Rosie Oliver Flawed Perspective / short fiction by P. J. Strebor The Lost Colony / short fiction by Josh Hayes The Aeon Incident / short fiction by Richard Fox The Doors of the Temple / short fiction by Jo Zebedee Dead Weight / short fiction by Thaddeus White Webbed Prisms / short fiction by Charlie Pulsipher Anathema / short fiction by Jacob Cooper When the Skies Open / short fiction by Shellie Horst A Second Infection / short fiction by Stephen Palmer Personal Growth / short fiction by Stephen Moss Join the newsletter and become an Explorer today!

Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s

Isaac Asimov - 1974
    Includes a previously unpublished story by Asimov, Big Game.Complete text in one volume;Contents: IntroductionPart 1: 1920 to 1930 by Isaac AsimovPart Two: 1931 by Isaac Asimov* The Man Who Evolved / Edmond Hamilton, Wonder Stories Apr ’31;* The Jameson Satellite / Neil R. Jones, Amazing Jul ’31;* Submicroscopic / Captain S. P. Meek, Amazing Aug ’31;* Awlo of Ulm / Captain S. P. Meek, Amazing Sep ’31;* Tetrahedra of Space / P. Schuyler Miller, Wonder Stories Nov ’31;* The World of the Red Sun / Clifford D. Simak, Wonder Stories Dec ’31;Part Three: 1932 by Isaac Asimov* Tumithak of the Corridors / Charles R. Tanner, Amazing Jan ’32;* The Moon Era / Jack Williamson, Wonder Stories Feb ’32;Part Four: 1933 by Isaac Asimov* The Man Who Awoke / Laurence Manning, Wonder Stories Mar ’33;* Tumithak in Shawm / Charles R. Tanner, Amazing Jun ’33;Part Five: 1934 by Isaac Asimov* Colossus / Donald Wandrei, Astounding Jan ’34;* Born of the Sun / Jack Williamson, Astounding Mar ’34;* Sidewise in Time / Murray Leinster, Astounding Jun ’34;* Old Faithful / Raymond Z. Gallun, Astounding Dec ’34;Part Six: 1935 by Isaac Asimov* Parasite Planet / Stanley G. Weinbaum, Astounding Feb ’35;* Proxima Centauri ·/ Murray Leinster, Astounding Mar ’35;* The Accursed Galaxy / Edmond Hamilton, Astounding Jul ’35;Part Seven: 1936 by Isaac Asimov* He Who Shrank / Henry Hasse, Amazing Aug ’36;* The Human Pets of Mars / Leslie F. Stone, Amazing Oct ’36;* The Brain Stealers of Mars / John W. Campbell, Jr., Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec ’36;* Devolution / Edmond Hamilton, Amazing Dec ’36;* Big Game / Isaac Asimov [Written 11/18/41];Part Eight: 1937 by Isaac Asimov* Other Eyes Watching / John W. Campbell, Jr., Astounding Feb ’37;* Minus Planet / John D. Clark, Ph.D., Astounding Apr ’37;* Past, Present and Future / Nat Schachner, Astounding Sep ’37;Part Nine: 1938 by Isaac Asimov* The Men and the Mirror / Ross Rocklynne, Astounding Jul ’38.

Body Armor: 2000

Joe Haldeman - 1986
    As technology advances, the tools of battle - the strategies, the weaponry, the scope of destruction - also advance.Here are eleven riveting tales of the future's battlefields - the high-tech hardware of tomoorow's wars, the bare emotions of tomorrow's warriors - from the celebrated masters of science fiction.Contents: Contact! by David DrakeThe Warbots by Larry S. ToddThe Scapegoat by C.J. CherryhThe Last Crusade by George H. SmithHired Man by Richard C. MeredithEarly Model by Robert SheckleyIn the Bone by Gordon R. DicksonThe Chemically Pure Warriors by Allen Kim LangRight to Life by Thomas A. EastonOf Battle's Sound by Harry HarrisonHero by Joe Haldeman

The Big Book of Science Fiction

Ann VanderMeer - 2016
    What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you'll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds. Including: . Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin. An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois. The first publication in twenty years of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch. A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu Plus: . Aliens!. Space battles!. Robots!. Technology gone wrong!. Technology gone right!"


A.E. van Vogt - 2006
    A caste of scientists arose who knew how to repair and operate the ancient machines, but not how they worked, and worshipped at the altars of the atomic gods who were said to make the machines run. Society was a strange mix of the modern and the medieval, with armies riding on horseback into huge spaceships, then flying to human colonies on other planets to wage war with swords and arrows. Then came the mutant Clane, who would have been put to death for his deformities had he not been born into the ruling family. Though his body was twisted, his mind was brilliant, and he not only recovered the lost science behind the ancient machines, but found the truth behind the legends of civilisation's downfall. Alien invaders, not human war, had reduced humanity to barbarism as a prelude for a later return in force to colonize the Solar System. And that return would happen soon, unless Clane could find a way to stop it. . . . For the first time, the entire Clane saga, told in the two novels Empire of the Atom and The Wizard of Linn, is complete in one volume.Mission to the Stars, Van Vogt's sweeping novel of interstellar adventure, is also included, along with the two short novels in the Ezwal series, chronicling the struggle of one man to convince a feral but intelligent species to join with humanity in the battle against a mutual enemy, but first he must convince the lone Ezwal who is trapped with him in a deadly jungle to co-operate, or neither will survive.

Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Jonathan Strahan - 2007
    It's a time when anything could happen, when any kind of story just might be true. That sense of the strange and wonderful guides Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy, the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology series edited by acclaimed anthologist Jonathan Strahan. Set to become a major event on the science fiction and fantasy calendar,Eclipse: New Science Fiction and Fantasy gathers together new science fiction and fantasy stories by the best writers working today. You can see that in Eclipse 1, which features extraordinary tales by Peter S. Beagle, Jack Dann & Paul Brandon, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Eileen Gunn, Gwyneth Jones, Ellen Klages, Maureen F. McHugh, Garth Nix, Lucius Shepard, Bruce Sterling and Ysabeau S. Wilce.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.