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Collection of 26 chronologically-arranged stories by 25 authors (H. G. Wells is represented twice) that illustrate the historical development of the genre from Nathaniel Hawthorne into the 1980s. All three of the editors are academics, and each story is followed by commentary from another academic critic; the sponsoring organization is dedicated to the study of science fic ...more
Paperback, 522 pages
Published January 17th 1997 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1988)
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Werner
Jul 27, 2010 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
This collection probably would serve well as the textbook for a course on science fiction; the scholarly commentary that follows each story varies in its degree of usefulness, but even mistaken opinions can be good springboards for discussion. The editors have taken pains to choose stories that not only illustrate the period when they were written, but that feature skillful writing which delivers the effects the authors intended, and that convey serious messages which evoke thought. Those same q ...more
Lynne
May 08, 2007 Lynne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hard core SF fans
I actually started reading this book in 1999, as part of my SF/Dystopias class at George Mason. For that class I had to read four stories in the book, and I always intended to read the rest of them, but never got the chance.

This is an important book in that it is a survey of the best representations of science fiction short stories from 1843 ("The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne) to 1985 ("Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler). Most of the stories are outstanding, and when read in context of their d
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Scott
May 26, 2009 Scott added it
Just a great collection from 1843-1984. It starts with: The Birthmark; The Star; The Country of the Blind; The Machine Stops; A Martian Odyssey; Who Goes There; Nightfall; No Woman Born. How could you go wrong after that?
Abby
We read this book in a recent Science Fiction class I took part in. It is a wonderful collection of short stories picked by Science Fiction writers that also includes a small bio about the authors.
Victor
Great mish mash of Sci-Fi's acclaimed authors.
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