Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century
An overview of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.
Featuring stories from the genre's greatest authors:
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, George Alec Effinger, Brian W. Aldiss, William Gibson &...more
Another compilation book to tackle, another batch of individual reviews. My review of the book overall is subject to change with each story read.
1. "Call me ...more
The New Wave contains Harlan Ellison's classic "Repent, Harlequin!" Said ...more
It contains masterworks by some of the best writers in sci-fi and is a great starting point for finding your next favorite author or book.
There are so many great stories here that I have repeated to many friends in rote fashion - they are that memorable.
I can't recomme ...more
Card's introductory blurbs were, for the most part, a lackluster litany of the each story's author's works. Perhaps he took the book's title to heart and thought there no other way the interested reader ...more
Card's anthology does a very good job at sampling from both across eras and across sub-genres of science fiction in order to provide the introductory reader with a wide variety. There's both hard, extremely technological science fiction short stories alongside dystopian and social commentaries. ...more
The collection is divided into three eras of stories and for my money, the middle or 'New Wave' era comes off the best- Every story in this section is great, but particularly the ones by Ellison, Aldiss, Le Guin and Niven. The beginning section or 'The Golden Age' has quite a few grand stories as ...more
The stories are separated into three chronological sections: 'The Gol ...more
Poul Anderson - Call me Joe ***** perfect!
Robert A. Heinlein - All You Zombies—" ***
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - Tunesmith ***
Theodore Sturgeon - A Saucer of Loneliness***
Isaac Asimov - Robot Dreams ***
Edmond Hamilton - Devolution ****
Arthur C. Clarke - The Nine Billion Names of God ***
James Blish - A Work of Art *
Ray Bradbury - Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed ***
The New Wave
Harlan Ellison - "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman **
R.A. Lafferty - Eurema's Dam **
Robert Silverberg - Pass ...more
Poul Anderson Call me Joe
Robert A. Heinlein "All You Zombies—"
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. Tunesmith
Theodore Sturgeon A Saucer of Loneliness
Isaac Asimov Robot Dreams
Edmond Hamilton Devolution
Arthur C. Clarke The Nine Billion Names of God
James Blish A Work of Art
Ray Bradbury Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
The New Wave
Harlan Ellison "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
R.A. Lafferty Eurema's Dam
Robert Silverberg Passengers
Frederik Pohl The Tunnel under the World
Brian W. Aldiss Wh ...more
Then there were a few stories that were absolutely awful, and could barely be considered sci-fi. Some lacked an ...more
I made it about halfway through the comprehensive collection of Card's own short stories before I gave up in the face of the horror, sadness and hopelessness found within. Maybe he directs all of his efforts in "literature" toward the short story form, but I maintai ...more
Short Stories read so far:
"Call Me Joe" by Poul Anderson (****) - Reminds me of the movie "Avatar".
"All You Zombies-" by Robert A. Heinlein (****)
"Tunesmith" by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (***)
"A Saucer of Loneliness" by Theodore Sturgeon (**) - I didn't care for this one at all.
"Robot Dreams" by Isaac Asimov (****)
"Sandkings" by Ge ...more
Card's introductions to each author are a bit long and dry, but if you're interested in tracking down more material from that author they should be quite useful.
I'd read most of them other places, and enjoyed the others just as much as the ones I was familiar with. A must-read for any fan of the genre.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more