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Future On Ice

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A widely varied, immensely enjoyable, and historically important anthology, Future on Ice is a showcase for the hottest stories by the coolest SF writers of the 1980s. Complete with a preface, introduction, and story notes by Card himself, here are early stories from eighteen incredibly talented authors who have since shattered the face of science fiction.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Tor Books (first published 1991)
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Josh Meares
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Lots of good stories in this collection. Seems a bit dated because all of them were written in the 80s, but some of them had aged well.

The best part of this book was the introductory essay by Orson Scott Card. My friends know that I have a lot of respect for OSC, not only as an author, but also as a thinker. In his essay, entitled "Science Fiction and The Force" he paints a picture of the modern western moral universe.

That universe is one in which established religion is anathema. It has been ex
The short story collection Future on Ice was conceived as a companion book to Orson Scott Card's first anthology, Future on Fire. Meant to appear shortly after Fire's publication in 1991, Ice did not come out until 1998, my best friend gave me the book in 2002, and here I am ten years later finally reading the thing. So the first thing one might ask is: Do the stories hold up? Card chose these stories as the best of the '80s. Are they? And if they are, are the best science fiction stories of the ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Future on Ice is a collection of short stories selected circa 1998 by Orson Scott Card representing his take on the best short science fiction of the eighties (it follows the earlier, similarly themed Future on Fire).

It was a strange exercise in cognitive dissonance for me. Many of Card's selections are terrific -- the list of contributors includes several of my personal favorites, like John Crowley, Karen Joy Fowler, Lewis Shiner, Nancy Kress, and John Kessel. But Card's introductions, with lot
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A great follow up to the 'Future on Fire' 80's sci-fi genre with the notable exception of OSC inane ramblings in the forward and also before each short story. I am talking about a hodgepodge of blog-post-esque crazy about: cyberpunk sucks, he hasn't read/been part of sci-fi since 1989, ripping on some authors, oddly flattering others, bemoaning how he can't break the 'sci-fi mold' he has been cast in, but mostly putting folks in little partitions that, partly, only seem to make sense to him and ...more
Jackson Brunsting
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
As others here have said, the stories in this anthology are a little bit hit-or-miss, because they were written in the 1980's. Some have aged badly, while some are still absolutely wonderful. The only reason I rated this anthology a 3 instead of a 4 was due to Orson Scott Card's introductions to the stories. Some of them had interesting tidbits or little anecdotes about his meeting the authorsa at some convention or other. However, the majority of them are just him venting at what he sees as wro ...more
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Bob Rust
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Robot Dreams" (1986) by Isaac Asimov
"Portraits of His Children" (1985) novelette by George R. R. Martin
"Tourists" (1985) Lisa Goldstein
"Blood Music" (1983) novelette by Greg Bear - 1983 Nebula Award - 1984 Hugo Award
"Time's Rub" (1984) Gregory Benford
"Shanidar" (1985) novelette by David Zindell
"Speech Sounds" (1983) Octavia E. Butler
"Snow" (1985) by John Crowley
"Klein's Machine" (1985]) by Andrew Weiner
"Pots" (1985) novelette by C. J. Cherryh
"Press Enter []" (1984) novella by John Varley - 1984
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
When I decided to pick this book up, I had long been a fan of the science-fiction genre. However, I'd never gone outside of the few select authors I was familiar with. Choosing a compilation was definitely the right choice in stepping outside of my comfort zone. The selection in this book gave such a wide range of styles. I never grew tired of the seperate authors, each one of them had mastered their own style of literature, presenting it with such skill that I enjoyed every story almost equally ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I haven't finished all the short stories in this collection, but I think I'm done with it. Some stories were good, some were confusing. In general a good way to kill time while I was travelling. I got it for a dollar at a bookstore so it was well worth the price, I guess.

Not sure why Card must ramble on in some of the writer intros. Definitely skippable; go straight to the stories.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it liked it
This is the second part to a two part anthology edited by Orson Scott Card. The first volume was Future on Fire. This was a pretty good collection of stories my favorite of which was 'Pots'. It includes stories from a wide range of sci-fi writers and introduced me to a few new ones.
Ariel Celeste
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best SF anthology I have ever read. Ever. Read it! Go, now!
Feb 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Amazing collection of short imaginative fiction from the 1980s. An excellent introduction to writers who expanded the genre.
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortstories
Great exposure to sci-fi authors outside my normal comfort zone. I hadn't read non-OSC stories in a looooong time.
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
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
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