Quite possibly the GREATEST science-fiction collection of ALL TIME—past, present, and FUTURE! What if life was never-ending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the Pope was a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the new wave, and more. Learn the secret history of science fiction, from literary icons who wrote SF to authors from over 25 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. Read the genre that predicted electric cars, travel to the moon, and the modern smart phone. We’ve got the worlds if you’ve got the time. Including: · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula LeGuin! · An unearthed sci-fi story from W.E.B. DuBois! · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in 20 years! · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Liu Cixin! Plus: · Aliens! · Space battles! · Robots! · Technology gone wrong! · Technology gone right!
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The Pied Piper of Spring - A galactic tinkerer is called to a small settlement. Two Idiots From Earth - A government official finds two supposed spies at a bar. Raymond The Automatic House - A survivor in a post-apocalyptic world stumbles across an automatic house. The Fate Of Humanity Rests In Her Hands: A scientist and his assistant visit a temporal research station in Alaska. Radiation Can Really Mess Things Up: What happens when you aren’t monitoring the site of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl closely enough. Notes From Heaven is a thriller novella. Duplicity - A story about a female police detective investigating a crime. The Brand New & Instant Pop-Up Mall. A large mall springs up seemingly overnight. The Refugee - A cowboy finds a downed balloon and is shocked when the inhabitant emerges and starts to yell at him in a strange language.Rio Temporal - Spring arrives at Amarillo Falls, a town nested somewhere in the future, and with it a restaurant owner encounters a mysterious boy.
Fantastic fiction has existed since man's earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some of the greatest masters of storytelling. Fantastic fiction has had an impact on all types of literature, and we can trace its effects via the generations of writers who have contributed to the field, from Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Herbert, Franz Kafka, Guy de Maupassant, H Beam Piper, Herman Melville, HG Wells, HP Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Jack London, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, Marion Zimmer Bradley, MR James, O Henry, Philip K Dick, Richard Connell, Robert A Heinlein, Robert E Howard, William Hope Hodgson, WF Harvey to WW Jacobs, whose bestelling and award-winning collections of short fiction have proved the durability of the form. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction is a mammoth of a book, containing over 800 pages featuring 47 of the greatest short stories ever told in horror, fantasy and science fiction. It is a book to last the ages. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft 2 B R O 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs A Dream Of Armageddon by H.G. Wells Lost Hearts by M.R. James The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Ancient Lights by Algernon Blackwood Second Variety by Philip K. Dick The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson The Gun by Philip K. Dick The Beast With Five Fingers by W.F. Harvey Youth by Isaac Asimov The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce In The Year 2889 by Jules Verne The Vampyre by John William Polidori Beyond The Door by Philip K. Dick The Pit And The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe The Valley Of Spiders by H.G. Wells A Wicked Woman by Jack London The Time Machine by H.G. Wells Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker The Missing Link by Frank Herbert Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft The Last Days Of The United States by Robert A. Heinlein The Apparition by Guy de Maupassant The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley Pigeons From Hell by Robert E. Howard Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K. Dick The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft Old Rambling House by Frank Herbert The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft The Red Room by H.G. Wells Beyond The Wall Of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft Crossroads Of Destiny by H. Beam Piper The Masque Of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe The Monster Mine by Anonymous The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story Of Wall Street by Herman Melville The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
From Ann and Jeff VanderMeer--esteemed editors of The Big Book of Science Fiction and high scholars of the fantastic--comes a globe-spanning anthology that unearths the origins of fantasy fiction. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL. From the fairy tales we first heard as children, fantasy stories have always been with us. They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic: all the things we know are lurking just out of sight--on the other side of the looking-glass, beyond the music of the impossibly haunting violin, through the dark trees of the forest. Other worlds, talking animals, fairies, goblins, demons, tricksters, and mystics: these are the elements that populate a rich literary tradition that spans the globe. In this collection, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer explore the stories that shaped our modern idea of "fantasy." There are the expected pillars of the genre: the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, Nikolai Gogol, Franz Kafka, L. Frank Baum, Robert E. Howard, and J. R. R. Tolkien. But it's the unexpected treasures from Asian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and Native American traditions--including fourteen stories never before in English--that show that the urge to imagine surreal circumstances, bizarre creatures, and strange new worlds is truly a universal phenomenon. A work composed both of careful scholarship and fantastic fun, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is essential reading for anyone who's never forgotten the stories that first inspired feelings of astonishment and wonder.
Introduces the seasons, weather, animals, plants, the earth, machines, matter, energy, and related topics.
The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Stephen Baxter, M.Shayne Bell, Rick Cook, Albert E. Cowdrey, Tananarive Due, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Peter F. Hamilton, Earnest Hogan, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Ian McDonald, Susan Palwick, Severna Park, Alastair Reynolds, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Robert Charles Wilson Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.
With stories about consciousness and conscience, about heroes and horrors, this volume offers up two dozen dazzling stories from some of science fiction's greatest writers, including: Neal Barret, Jr., Terry Bisson, Pat Cadigan, Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague de Camp, Bradley Denton, Greg Egan, Joe Haldeman, Lukas Jaeger, Kathe Koja, Nancy Kress, Jonathan Lethem, Ian R. McLeod, Tom Maddox, Maureen F. McHugh, Ian McDonald, Frederik Pohl, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Ian Watson, Kate Wilhelm, Connie Willis. Rounded out by a list of Honourable Mentions and Gardner Dozois's annual summation of the year in science fiction, this anthology is the single best guide available to the best possible tomorrows and alternate yesterdays of the past year.
Called “one of our brightest cultural commentators” by Publishers Weekly, Kit Reed draws from life—with a difference. This new collection brings together thirty-four of her strong, original stories, from early classics like “The Wait” and “Winter” to six never-before-collected short stories, including “The Legend of Troop 13” and “Wherein We Enter the Museum.” An early favorite, “Automatic Tiger,” is the first in a series of Reed’s stories about animals. There’s a monkey who grinds out bestsellers with the help of a “creative writing” app. Her uncanny black dog can enter a crowded room and sit down at the feet of the next man to die. Her characters confront war in various arenas: mother/daughter battles, the war of the sexes, the struggles of men scarred by war. Kit Reed’s self-described “transgenred” fiction is confirmation of an “extraordinary talent” (The Financial Times). The range and complexity of her work speaks for itself in The Story Until Now.
Help students gain writing confidence with this comprehensive collection of easy, super-engaging lessons that invite them to describe a dream, write a mystery story, create a movie review, compose a business letter, and so many more! Everything you need is here: Complete how-to's, quick mini-lessons, pre-writing graphic organizers, and reproducible assessment forms. A great way to prepare kids to shine on the standardized tests! For use with Grades 3-6.