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Read online The Secret History of Science Fiction.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Secret History of Science Fiction This ingeniously conceived anthology raises the intriguing question i If Thomas Pynchon s i Gravity s Rainbow i had won the Nebula award in would the future distinction between literary fiction and science fiction have been erased i Exploring the possibility of an alternate history of speculative fiction this literary collection reveals that the lines between genres have already been obscured Don DeLillo s Human Moments in World War III follows the strange detachment of two astronauts who are orbiting in a skylab while a third world war rages on earth The Ziggurat by Gene Wolfe traverses a dissolving marriage a custody dispute and the visit of time travelers from the future T C Boyle s Descent of Man is the subversively funny tale of a man who suspects that his primatologist lover is having an affair with one of her charges In Schwarzschild Radius Connie Willis draws an allegorical parallel between the horrors of trench warfare and the speculative physics of black holes Artfully crafted and offering a wealth of esteemed authors from writers within the genre to those normally associated with mainstream fiction as well as those with a crossover reputation this volume aptly demonstrates that great science fiction appears in many guises .

Contents .

Introduction by James Patrick Kelly amp John Kessel .

Angouleme by Thomas M Disch The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K Le Guin Ladies and Gentlemen This Is Your Crisis by Kate Wilhelm Descent of Man by T C Boyle Human Moments in World War III by Don DeLillo Homelanding by Margaret Atwood The Nine Billion Names of God by Carter Scholz Interlocking Pieces by Molly Gloss Salvador by Lucius Shepard Schwarzschild Radius by Connie Willis Buddha Nostril Bird by John Kessel The Ziggurat by Gene Wolfe The Hardened Criminals by Jonathan Lethem Standing Room Only by Karen Joy Fowler to by James Patrick Kelly by George Saunders The Martian Agent A Planetary Romance by Michael Chabon Frankenstein s Daughter by Maureen F McHugh The Wizard of West Orange by Steven Millhauser .

by James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Lucius Shepard, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Karen Joy Fowler, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, Maureen F. McHugh, Thomas M. Disch, Steven Millhauser, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kate Wilhelm, T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Carter Scholz, Molly Gloss

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The Secret History of Science Fiction
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Category:Science fiction, Short stories, Anthologies, Fiction
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This is a handsome limited edition collection of the best work by one of the finest short fiction writers in science fiction There are stories in all ranging from straight SF to tales that stray into the fantasy and horror genres Of special note is the title story which earned the Hugo Award for Best Novelette the Nebula Award nomination for Best Novelette among several other awards and nominations as well But all of the stories are excellent in their own right An insightful forward by James Patrick Kelly s friend and sometimes collaborator John Kessel i Corrupting Dr Nice i leads off the collection and explores Kelly s somewhat underrated career p br Contents br Think Like a Dinosaur br Heroics br Pogrom br Faith br Big Guy br Dancing with the Chairs br Rat br The First Law of Thermodynamics br Breakaway Backdown br Standing in Line with Mister Jimmy br Crow br Monsters br Itsy Bitsy Spider br Mr Boy p, Colonization is the theme of this exciting complex page turner that provides a provocative and entertaining look at Thoreau s classic eco text i Walden i Eccentric billionaire Jack Winter has bought the planet Beekman s Pea renamed it Walden and created a utopia in which members renounce the technologies of human civilization Marginalized by these newcomers the planet s original inhabitants are resisting the colony s dominance by setting fires to Walden s artificial ecology A member of Walden Prosper Gregory Leung is a veteran firefighter who believes in protecting Winter s utopian vision but when he is wounded he begins to learn of the terrible price that the people of Walden are paying for their paradise Interwoven with themes of environmental responsibility political struggle and courage this adventure novel nimbly combines political and social relevance with a flawless and gripping narrative from a veteran science fiction author br, If it is true that the test of a first rate mind is its ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time then we live in a century when it takes a first rate mind just to get through the day We have unprecedented access to information cognitive dissonance is a banner headline in our morning papers and radiates silently from our computer screens Slipstream poised between literature and popular culture embraces the dissonance br br These ambitious stories of visionary strangeness defy the conventions of science fiction Tales by Michael Chabon Karen Joy Fowler Jonathan Lethem Carol Emshwiller George Saunders and others pull the reader into a vivid dreamspace and embrace the knowledge that life today is increasingly surreal br br Contents br br Introduction by John Kessel and Jim Patrick Kelly br br Al by Carol Emshwiller br The Little Magic Shop by Bruce Sterling br The Healer by Aimee Bender br The Specialist s Hat by Kelly Link br Light and the Sufferer by Jonathan Lethem br Sea Oak by George Saunders br Exhibit H Torn Pages Discovered in the Vest Pocket of an Unidentified Tourist by Jeff VanderMeer br Hell is the Absence of God by Ted Chiang br Lieserl by Karen Joy Fowler br Bright Morning by Jeffrey Ford br Biographical Notes to A Discourse on the Nature of Causality with Air planes by Benjamin Rosenbaum br The God of Dark Laughter by Michael Chabon br The Rose in Twelve Petals by Theodora Goss br The Lions Are Asleep This Night by Howard Waldrop br You Have Never Been Here by M Rickert br I Want My th Century Schizoid Art I IV various contributors br br, Presenting the posthuman future in its wildest science fictional imaginings and intriguing speculations this far reaching anthology of fiction and nonfiction traces the path of the Singularity an era when advances in technology totally transform human reality The featured stories and essays travel from the alien far future of H G Wells and the almost human near future of Ray Kurzweil to Elizabeth Bear s fusion of woman machine God and shark and Isaac Asimov s evolution of ineffable logic Daring to peek over the edge of the event horizon as intelligence both figuratively and literally explodes this collection also includes pieces by Nick Bostrom Cory Doctorow Robert Reed Justina Robson Charles Stross Vernor Vinge and more br br Content br br Introduction Digital Rapture by James Patrick Kelly amp John Kessel br br The Last Question by Isaac Asimov br The Flesh Excerpt from The World The Flesh and The Devil br An Inquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul by J D Bernal br Day Million by Frederik Pohl br Thought and Action Chapter Six from Odd John by Olaf Stapledon br The Coming Technological Singularity How to Survive in the Post Human Era by Vernor Vinge br Hive Mind Man by Rudy Rucker amp Eileen Gunn br Sunken Gardens by Bruce Sterling br The Six Epochs Chapter One from The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil br Crystal Nights by Greg Egan br Firewall by David D Levine br The Cookie Monster by Vernor Vinge br Cracklegrackle by Justina Robson br Nightfall by Charles Stross br Coelacanths by Robert Reed br The Great Awakening by Rudy Rucker br True Names by Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum br The Server and the Dragon by Hannu Rajaniemi br The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe by Elizabeth Bear br br