Strange Dreams


Stephen R. Donaldson - 1993
    John Harrison and Harlan Ellison.

Impossible Places


Alan Dean Foster - 2002
    . . .NASA Sending Addicts to Mars! It was the most insane idea in the annals of space travel--and the only one that would work.Diesel Dream Sometimes on dark, lonely highways dreams do come true, and this trucker's hope was the best one of all.Sideshow Flinx hadn't a clue about the alien dancer, but Pip knew trouble when she saw it.Empowered A magnificent male discovers the not-so-super part about being a superhero.The Question A bold adventurer determines to solve one of life's profound mysteries. . . . and fifteen other amazing stories!

9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn


Matthew Hughes - 2013
    Included are the six stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, leading up to the events that began the first Hapthorn novel, Majestrum, plus three more.

Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories


Frederik Pohl - 2007
    First and foremost, Pohl is a master of the science fiction short story. For more than fifty years he has been writing incisive, entertaining SF stories, several hundred in all. Even while writing his bestselling triple-crown (Hugo, Nebula, Campbell Award) novel Gateway and the other Heechee Saga novels, he has always written short fiction.Now, for the first time, he has gathered together the best of his many stories. Spanning the decades, these tales are in their way a living history of science fiction. Because Frederik Pohl has been on the frontlines of the field since the halcyon days of the late 1930s, and has written short stories in every decade since. And because he has always been a keen observer of the human condition and the world that is shaped by it, his stories reflect the currents of political movements, social trends, major events that have shaken the world . . .Yet at their core, all his stories are most acutely concerned with people. All sorts of people. Some are people you'll love, some you'll hate. But you will need to find out what happens to the people who inhabit these stories. Because Frederik Pohl imbues his characters with a depth and individuality that makes them as real as people you see every day. Of course, he also employs a mind-boggling variety of scientific ideas and science fictional tropes with which his characters must interact. And he does it all with seemingly no effort at all. That's some trick. Not everyone can do that . . . but that's why he was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by his peers in the Science Fiction Writers of America.Here are his two Hugo Award winning stories, "Fermi and Frost" and "The Meeting" (with C. M. Kornbluth), along with such classic novellas as the powerful "The Gold at the Starbow's End" and "The Greening of Bed-Stuy," and stories such as "Servant of the People," "Shaffery Among the Immortals," and "Growing Up in Edge City," all finalists for major awards. And dozens of other tales, like the wonderful "The Mayor of Mare Tranq" and the provocative "The Day the Martians Landed" and many others.Altogether, a grand collection of thought-provoking, entertaining science fiction by one of the all-time greats!

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven


Jonathan Strahan - 2017
    With established names and new talent this diverse and ground-breaking collection will take the reader to the outer-reaches of space and the inner realms of humanity with stories of fantastical worlds and worlds that may still come to pass.ContentsIntroduction by Jonathan StrahanThe Future Is Blue / Catherynne M. ValenteMika Model / Paolo BacigalupiSpinning Silver / Naomi NovikTwo's Company (The First Law Universe) / Joe AbercrombieYou Make Pattaya / Rich LarsonYou'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay / Alyssa WongA Salvaging of Ghosts (Universe of Xuya) / Aliette de BodardEven the Crumbs Were Delicious / Daryl GregoryNumber Nine Moon / Alex IrvineThings with Beards / Sam J. MillerSuccessor, Usurper, Replacement / Alice Sola KimLaws of Night and Silk / Seth DickinsonTouring with the Alien / Carolyn Ives GilmanThe Great Detective (Cwmlech Manor #2) / Delia ShermanEveryone from Themis Sends Letters Home / Genevieve ValentineThose Shadows Laugh / Geoff RymanSeasons of Glass and Iron / Amal El-MohtarThe Art of Space Travel / Nina AllanWhisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9) / Caitlín R. KiernanRed Dirt Witch / N. K. JemisinRed as Blood and White as Bone / Theodora GossTerminal / Lavie TidharFoxfire, Foxfire / Yoon Ha LeeElves of Antarctica / Paul J. McAuleyThe Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight / E. Lily YuSeven Birthdays / Ken LiuThe Visitor from Taured / Ian R. MacLeodFable / Charles YuHonorable Mentions: 2016 -- essay

Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2012 Edition


Patrick Nielsen Hayden - 2013
    A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2012.The stories included in this book are:Dormanna by Gene WolfePortrait of Lisane de Patagnia by Rachel SwirskyThe Mongolian Wizard by Michael SwanwickA Tall Tail by Charles StrossThe Ghosts of Christmas by Paul CornellThe Finite Canvas by Brit MandeloAm I Free To Go? by Kathryn CramerAbout Fairies by Pat MurphyOur Human by Adam Troy CastroFaster Gun by Elizabeth Bear

The Language of Knives


Haralambi Markov - 2015
    A strong-willed daughter is guided by her unloved parent in the customs of how to respect the remains of her favorite parent.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The End of the Trail


Louis Rakovich - 2015
    An unnamed hero must navigate through these places as he takes on the task of tracking down a supposed witch, in a story that blends dream and reality, rumor and truth, danger and hope.

Lightspeed: Year One


John Joseph Adams - 2011
    Lightspeed publishes all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. Each month, Lightspeed features a mix of originals and reprints, from a variety of authors - from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven''t heard of yet. Now, in Lightspeed: Year One, you will find all of the fiction published in Lightspeed''s first year, from new stories such as Nebula Award finalists, Vylar Kaftan''s "I''m Alive, I Love You, I''ll See You in Reno" and "Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro, and Carrie Vaughn''s Hugo Award-nominee "Amaryllis," to classic reprints by Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and more.Contents:"I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" by Vylar Kaftan"The Cassandra Project" by Jack McDevitt"Cats in Victory" by David Barr Kirtley"Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn"No Time Like the Present" by Carol Emshwiller"Manumission" by Tobias S. Buckell"The Zeppelin Conductors' Society Annual Gentlemen's Ball" by Genevieve Valentine"...For a Single Yesterday" by George R. R. Martin"How to Become a Mars Overlord" by Catherynne M. Valente"Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due"Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro"More Than the Sum of His Parts" by Joe Haldeman"Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" by Yoon Ha Lee"The Long Chase" by Geoffrey A. Landis"Amid the Words of War" by Cat Rambo"Travelers" by Robert Silverberg"Hindsight" by Sarah Langan"Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back" by Joe R. Lansdale"The Taste of Starlight" by John R. Fultz"Beachworld" by Stephen King"Standard Loneliness Package" by Charles Yu"Faces in Revolving Souls" by Caitlin R. Kiernan"Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters" by Alice Sola Kim"Ej-Es" by Nancy Kress"In-Fall" by Ted Kosmatka"The Observer" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch"Jenny's Sick" by David Tallerman"The Silence of the Asonu" by Ursula K. Le Guin"Postings from an Amorous Tomorrow" by Corey Mariani"Cucumber Gravy" by Susan Palwick"Black Fire" by Tanith Lee"The Elephants of Poznan" by Orson Scott Card"Long Enough And Just So Long" by Cat Rambo"The Passenger" by Julie E. Czerneda"Simulacrum" by Ken Liu"Breakaway, Backdown" by James Patrick Kelly"Saying the Names" by Maggie Clark"Gossamer" by Stephen Baxter"Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor"Woman Leaves Room" by Robert Reed"All That Touches the Air" by An Owomoyela"Maneki Neko" by Bruce Sterling"Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son" by Tom Crosshill"Velvet Fields" by Anne McCaffrey"The Harrowers" by Eric Gregory"Bibi From Jupiter" by Tessa Mellas"Eliot Wrote" by Nancy Kress"Scales" by Alastair Reynolds

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!"

Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel


David Gatewood - 2014
    From Michael Bunker's story of a father, a son, and the legendary Santa Anna Gold, to Jason Gurley's heart-wrenching tale of an astronaut forever torn from his young wife and daughter, these stories will keep you on the edge of your seat, and often have you guessing right up until the final word. You'll meet a prison therapist who treats his patients by going back and preventing their crimes; a woman who can't stop reliving her life, no matter how much it hurts; a space marine suffering from a time-altering brain injury; a woman who will betray the man she loves to correct a horrible mistake; a vengeful soul from ages past; and a time cop charged with preserving the timelines of multiple universes. You'll experience a world where time travel is so common, reality itself hangs by a thread; a love story that overcomes the unforgiving barriers of time; a thrilling encounter with a pack of T-rex; a historian's efforts to alter Roman history; and the first manned mission to the Red Planet-or is it? So sit back and enjoy. Just be sure you've got plenty of time.Contents; Foreword (Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel) • essay by Nick Cole The Santa Anna Gold / short fiction by Michael Bunker Corrections / short fiction by Susan Kaye Quinn Hereafter / short story by Samuel Peralta Reentry / short fiction by Eric Tozzi The Swimming Pool of the Universe / short fiction by Nick Cole The River / short fiction by Jennifer Ellis A Word in Pompey's Ear / short fiction by Christopher G. Nuttall Rock or Shell / novella by Ann Christy The Mirror / short fiction by Irving Belateche Reset / short fiction by MeiLin Miranda The Laurasians / short fiction by Isaac Hooke The First Cut / short fiction by Edward W. Robinson The Dark Age / (2014) / short story by Jason Gurley Afterword (Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel) • essay by David Gatewood.

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

Map of Dreams


M. Rickert - 2006
    These underlying myths and fantasies exist not as musty old stories but as ancient truths that have come to illuminate the modern human condition. The title story touches on themes of grief, redemption, and time travel; "Cold Fire" ventures into love and obsession; and "Peace on Suburbia" introduces readers to a Christmas with an entirely different kind of savior. These and 13 other tales are framed by four interludes—Dreams, Nightmares, Waking, and Rising—that guide readers through a world that is at once familiar and eerily off-kilter.

The Apex Book of World SF


Lavie Tidhar - 2009
    Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age. Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around the world. Table of Contents S.P. Somtow(Thailand)-"The Bird Catcher" Jetse de Vries(Netherlands)-"Transcendence Express" Guy Hasson (Israel)-"The Levantine Experiments" Han Song (China)-"The Wheel of Samsara" Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)-"Ghost Jail" Yang Ping (China)-"Wizard World" Dean Francis Alfar (Philippines)-"L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" Nir Yaniv (Israel)-"Cinderers" Jamil Nasir (Palestine)-"The Allah Stairs" Tunku Halim (Malaysia)-"Biggest Baddest Bomoh" Aliette de Bodard (France)-"The Lost Xuyan Bride" Kristin Mandigma (Philippines)-"Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang" Aleksandar iljak (Croatia)-"An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind" Anil Menon (India)-"Into the Night" Melanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)-"Elegy" Zoran ivkovic (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-To ic)-"Compartments""

Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic


Eduardo Jiménez Mayo - 2011
    Stereotypes of Mexican identities and fictions are identified and transcended. Traditional tales rub shoulders with mindbending new worlds. Welcome to the new Mexican fantastic.Eduardo Jiménez Mayo's translations include books by Bruno Estañol, Rafael Pérez Gay, and José María Pérez Gay.Chris N. Brown lives in Austin, Texas. He is a contributor to the blog No Fear of the Future.Bruce Sterling lives in Turin, Italy, and blogs at Wired's Beyond the Beyond.