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Twenty-First Century Science Fiction

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction is an enormous anthology of short stories—close to 250,000 words—edited bytwo of the mostprestigious and award-winningeditors in the SF field and featuringrecent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.

David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted
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Hardcover, 576 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Tor Books (first published April 16th 2013)
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Otherwyrld
I decided to do a quick review of each story and star them individually.

Infinities by Vandana Singh – a sad and lyrical story set in a conflict-ridden India that explores the confluence between religion and mathematics, and which left me more than a bit depressed. 3 stars

Rogue Farm by Charles Stross – a great little post-apocalyptic story where an English farm holding is just that little bit different these days. It ended with me wanting more of this universe. 4 stars

The Gambler by Paolo Bacigal
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Mike
Charlie Jane Anders recommended this, along with a number of other anthologies, on i09, and I can see why. It's packed full of excellent science fiction stories. I've been reading anthologies lately, partly to improve my own short story writing, and this is the best I've found so far.

With two exceptions, which I'll talk about in a moment, the 34 stories in this volume reminded me of how I first encountered SF while growing up: mind-expanding, excellently written, absorbing, thought-provoking, pu
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Kam-Yung Soh
A fabulous anthology of stories by some of the most outstanding writers to emerge in the 21st century. With stories ranging from the near-fantasy to cutting edge hard SF, you will definitely find much to like in the collection. My favourite stories are those by Vandana Singh, Rachel Swirsky, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, Ted Kosmatka, Daryl Gregory, James Cambias and Peter Watts.

- “Infinities” by Vandana Singh: a mostly contemporary story set in India about a man fascinated by mathemati
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Alan
May 22, 2014 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Golden-agers on up
Recommended to Alan by: A powerhouse editing team
Both David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden are powerhouse editors on their own respective turfs. When you bring the two together... the result is something very much like reaching critical mass, if I'm allowed to use an atomic-era cliché in our nanotech age. 21st Century Science Fiction is an impressively pyrotechnic compilation of speculative fiction which is both relatively new—written in our still only teenaged century—and explosively good. The website io9 already considers it one of t ...more
Nate
A garden of contemporary science fiction full of exotic, amazing species of plot and thought that are all colorfully arranged. There are so many stand-out, exceptional reads that I am embarrassed to attempt a list of highlights--so many good ones will be excluded. But... here are a few handfuls:

- Singh's "Infinities"--about an Indian mathematician living in a period of societal strife/cultural conflict--is a story that almost transcends the genre. Exploration takes place not in space, technology
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Kate
Read slowly over a period of 8 months (although there's a story or two I couldn't get into and didn't finish). A great overview with a wonderful diversity of stories from all kinds of subgenres: alternate history, apocalyptic, space opera, near future, far future, stories about relationships and stories about ideas and stories about both... robots or aliens or human-only or humans so changed as to become unrecognizable. Whatever you like, there's probably a representative example of it here. Sol ...more
Sean Randall
This was quite modern in its own way, which naturally is the idea. I particularly enjoyed:
Neal Asher's Strood, ,
Rachel Swirsky's Eros, Philia, Agape,
Tony Ballantyne's tk'tk'tk,
Ian Creasey's Erosion,
Ted Kosmatka's The Prophet of Flores,
James Cambias balancing accounts,
Peter Watts The Island,
And Cory Doctorow's Chicken Little.

Omited from the above because I enjoyed it most of all is Ken Liu's Algorithms for Love, which haunted me for the whole night I red it, and is undeniably my favourite of the
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Grigory Lukin
As anthologies go, this is a good one. The stories were hand-picked to feature sci-fi writers that have come to prominence since the turn of the century. Because of that, there's no unifying theme among these stories, and reading them can feel like a bit of a rollercoaster since they differ from one another quite a lot. While I didn't like some of the stories, there were several that I loved - I'll be reading everything I can find from those authors.

I'm taking 1 star off because of the odd story
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TheRealMelbelle
This is the big daddy of anthologies and it is edited by highly regarded folks so this is the one to read if you are, like me, a lost babe in the world of Sci/Fi literature. They took a long time to assemble this anthology and worked with love and care to offer the best short story selections.

I am not a big Sci/Fi reader but I try to read a little each summer. This one might count for two summers! It is pretty thick but the stories are short and I find some of them very thought provoking. There
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Chris Bauer
Simply a remarkable collection of some great fiction by great writers. There were a handful which I did not care for but relatively few considering how many stories there are in the collection.

Should be considered mandatory reading for anybody interested in writing short speculative fiction work.

Not to mention the fact it introduced to a couple of authors I've not read before.
Jnotes99
An interesting assortment of science fiction short stories written by new writers. I enjoyed most of the stories, some very much so. I had only known 5-6 of the writers beforehand, so it was enjoyable to read so many new authors.
Elizabeth
This is an outstanding collection of stories -- something in here for everyone, from short and thought provoking to long-form hard SF to defies categorization. Loved it!
Denise
Really good stuff here. Modern themes, old-fashioned good writing. I was happy to read a Kage Baker story - I miss her. Lots of other prize-winning authors, including Scalzi. The peril of artificial intelligence is a common preoccupation.
Graham Vingoe
As befitting an anthology showcasing the best science fiction authors to come to prominence in the 20th century, there is some absolutely cracking stories in here particularly Tony Ballantyne's , the Ken Liu Algorithms of Love, the prophet of flores, Daryl Gregory's offering and the mindboggling The Island by Peter Watts. Where the book slightly falls away is with the shorter mini-stories from Kowal, Morton and Buckell as well as the more jokey contributions from Valente and Walton. Surely there ...more
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Meh.
Niall Mcauley
A good collection, mostly solid stories.
Elisa Baker
Some misses but enough hits to make it worthwhile!
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David Geddes Hartwell (b. July 10, 1941) is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian wr ...more
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