Extra (Ordinary) People


Joanna Russ - 1984
    A medieval abbess defends her community against Viking invasion; a young girl sails on a 19th-century clipper bound for America with a guardian who is not what 'he' seems; a time traveller disguises herself as a male god on an errand of mercy in a feudal past; an author evokes the plot of a Gothic romance between two women. The stories are as much about the nature of sf as they are about the imagined & fantastical worlds they describe. Russ once more draws on her talent for vivid characterisation to involve us in worlds not our own, exploring gender & power relationships in past & future to illuminate our own time.Comprising:Souls (1983 Hugo Award)The Mystery of the Young GentlemenBodiesWhat Did You Do During the Revolution, Grandma?Everyday Depressions

Warm Worlds and Otherwise


James Tiptree Jr. - 1979
    Ain [nominated, 1969 Nebula Award]AmberjackThrough a Lass DarklyThe Girl Who Was Plugged In [winner, 1974 Hugo Award. Nominated, 1973 Nebula Award. 1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 4)]The Night-Blooming SaurianThe Women Men Don't See [1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 18)]FaultLove Is the Plan the Plan Is Death [1973 Nebula Award. Nominated, 1974 Hugo Award. 1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 3)]On the Last Afternoon

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    Includes a previously unpublished story by Asimov, Big Game.Complete text in one volume;Contents: IntroductionPart 1: 1920 to 1930 by Isaac AsimovPart Two: 1931 by Isaac Asimov* The Man Who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.

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.

Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition


Ellen Datlow - 2013
    A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2013.Contents:“A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey“The Too-Clever Fox” by Leigh Bardugo“Thief of War” by Beth Bernobich“A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry“Contains Multitudes” by Ben Burgis“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu“Old Dead Futures” by Tina Connolly“The Elephant in the Room” by Paul Cornell“Lawful Interception” by Cory Doctorow“Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages“A Terror” by Jeffrey Ford“The Hanging Game” by Helen Marshall“In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness“The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt“Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes“Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma“Equoid” by Charles Stross“Sing” by Karin Tidbeck“Terrain” by Genevieve Valentine“The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn“Super Bass” by Kai Ashante Wilson

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1: Sex, the Future, & Chocolate Chip Cookies


Karen Joy Fowler - 2004
    Award. Created in 1991 to honor the innovative fiction of Alice Bradley Sheldon (who wrote under the pen name James Tiptree), the Tiptree Award is presented to speculative fiction that explores and expands gender roles—and in the process touches on the most fundamental of human desires: the need for sex, for love, and for acceptance. This collection includes thought-provoking essays by Suzy McKee Charnas, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Murphy, and Joanna Russ.ContentsIntroduction by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler"Boys" by Carol Emshwiller"Birth Days" by Geoff Ryman"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson"Everything but the Signature Is Me" by James Tiptree, Jr."'Tiptree' and History" by Joanna Russ"The Lady of the Ice Garden" by Kara Dalkey"What I Didn't See" by Karen Joy Fowler"Travels With the Snow Queen" by Kelly LinkExcerpts from Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff"The Catgirl Manifesto: An Introduction" by Richard Calder"Looking Through Lace" by Ruth Nestvold"The Ghost Girls of Rumney Mill" by Sandra McDonald"Judging the Tiptree" by Suzy McKee Charnas"Genre: A Word Only the French Could Love" by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Logic Named Joe


Murray Leinster - 2005
    He succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations, becoming not just a pirate, but the deadliest do-gooder in the galaxy.Gateway to Elsewhere - Suppose that in another dimension, the world of the Arabian Nights is real, including very powerful and very dangerous djinns, who are nothing like Aladdin's big blue pal. A man from our world wouldn't have a chance against them ... or, would he?The Duplicators - A planet with a machine which can duplicate anything would be the wealthiest world in the galaxy, right? Wrong. And unless the hapless voyager who's trapped on the planet can find a solution to its problem, he isn't going to live to leave again. Plus three short stories, including "A Logic Named Joe," an uncannily prophetic story of home computers and the internet - written in 1946.

The Crystal Egg and Other Tales


H.G. Wells - 1897
    Cave, Naturalist and Dealer in Antiquities," was inscribed. The contents of its window were curiously variegated. They comprised some elephant tusks and an imperfect set of chessmen, beads and weapons, a box of eyes, two skulls of tigers and one human, several moth-eaten stuffed monkeys (one holding a lamp), an old-fashioned cabinet, a flyblown ostrich egg or so, some fishing-tackle, and an extraordinarily dirty, empty glass fish tank. There was also, at the moment the story begins, a mass of crystal, worked into the shape of an egg and brilliantly polished.The clergyman, without any ceremony, asked the price of the crystal egg."Five pounds is my price," said Mr. Cave, with a quiver in his voice.*Also included in this volume are Wells's "The Man Who Could Work Miracles," "The Plattner Story," "The Strange Orchid," "The New Accelerator," "The Diamond Maker," "The Apple," and "The Purple Pileus."

The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum


Stanley G. Weinbaum - 1978
    Contents:A Martian Odyssey (1934)Valley of Dreams (1934)The Adaptive Ultimate (1935)Parasite Planet (1935)Pygmalion's Spectacles (1935)Shifting Seas (1937)The Worlds of If (1935)The Mad Moon (1935)Redemption Cairn (1936)The Ideal (1935)The Lotus Eaters (1935)Proteus Island (1936)

Fun with Your New Head


Thomas M. Disch - 1968
    (1964)Casablanca (1967)

The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories


Arthur C. Clarke - 1968
    Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century, and surely the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is -- with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein -- one of the writers who define the genre. Now, at the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive definitive edition of his collected shorter works, which will be made available on audio in four chronological volumes, followed by a 30 cassette gift set, the most ambitious science fiction audio project in history. Brief introductions place each story in the context of Clarke's career. Fantastic Audio has acquired exclusive audio rights to this collection. From early stories like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre," to classics like "The Star," "Earthlight," "The Nine Billion Names of God," and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel, and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later works like "A Meeting With Medusa" and "The Hammer of God," this immense volume encapsulates one of the great SF careers of all time.

The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Volume 1


Ursula K. Le Guin - 1975
    Here, in this brilliant collection of stories by one of the world's most talented writers of science fiction, are two which have won Ursula Le Guin Hugo and Nebula Awards.

The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF


Mike Ashley - 2009
    G. Ballard, Arthur C. Clarke, Alastair Reynolds, and Geoffrey Landis.Contentsvii • Acknowledgments (The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF) • essay by uncreditedix • Introduction: That Sense of Wonder • essay by Mike Ashley1 • Out of the Sun • (1958) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke9 • The Pevatron Rats • (2009) • novelette by Stephen Baxter30 • The Edge of the Map • (2006) • shortstory by Ian Creasey47 • Cascade Point • (1983) • novella by Timothy Zahn105 • A Dance to Strange Musics • (1998) • novelette by Gregory Benford131 • Palindromic • (1997) • novelette by Peter Crowther156 • Castle in the Sky • (2009) • novelette by Robert Reed191 • The Hole in the Hole • [Wilson Wu and Irving • 1] • (1994) • novelette by Terry Bisson224 • Hotrider • (1991) • shortstory by Keith Brooke237 • Mother Grasshopper • (1997) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick255 • Waves and Smart Magma • novelette by Paul Di Filippo282 • The Black Hole Passes • [Eight Worlds] • (1975) • novelette by John Varley309 • The Peacock King • (1965) • shortstory by Larry McCombs and Ted White325 • Bridge • [Cities in Flight] • (1952) • novelette by James Blish355 • Anhedonia • (2009) • novelette by Adam Roberts380 • Tiger Burning • (2006) • novelette by Alastair Reynolds (variant of Tiger, Burning)407 • The Width of the World • (1983) • shortstory by Ian Watson421 • Our Lady of the Sauropods • (1980) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg438 • Into the Miranda Rift • (1993) • novella by G. David Nordley504 • The Rest is Speculation • shortstory by Eric Brown524 • Vacuum States • (1988) • shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis

The Other Half of the Sky


Athena Andreadis - 2013
    In The Other Half of the Sky, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers heroes who happen to be women, doing whatever they would do in universes where they’re fully human: starship captains, planet rulers, explorers, scientists, artists, engineers, craftspeople, pirates, rogues... As one of the women in Tiptree’s Houston, Houston, Do You Read? says: "We sing a lot. Adventure songs, work songs, mothering songs, mood songs, trouble songs, joke songs, love songs – everything." Everything.

The Jack Vance Treasury


Jack Vance - 2007
    Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Edgar awards, his acclaimed first book The Dying Earth and its sequels helped shape the face of modern heroic fantasy for generations of readers—and writers! In more than sixty novels, he has done more than any other author to define science fantasy and its preeminent form: the planetary adventure.Born in San Francisco in 1916, Vance wrote much of what you'll find between these covers both abroad and at home in the hills above Oakland, either while serving in the merchant marine or traveling the world with his wife Norma, all the while pursuing his great love of fine cuisine and traditional jazz.Now, at last, the very best of Vance's mid-length and shorter work has been collected in a single landmark volume. With a Preface by Vance himself and a foreword by long-time Vance reader George R.R. Martin, it stands as the capstone to a splendid career and makes the perfect introduction to a very special writer.Table of ContentsPreface, Jack VanceJack Vance: An Appreciation, George R.R. MartinIntroduction: Fruit from the Tree of LifeThe Dragon MastersLiane the WayfarerSail 25The Gift of GabThe Miracle WorkersGuyal of SfereNoiseThe Kokod WarriorsThe OverworldThe Men ReturnThe Sorcerer PharesmThe New PrimeThe SecretThe Moon MothThe Bagful of DreamsThe MitrMorreionThe Last CastleBiographical Sketch & Other Facts, Jack Vance