The Big Book of Science Fiction

Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time—past, present, and future!
What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds.
· Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin
· An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois
· The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in twenty years
· A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu
· Aliens!
· Space battles!
· Robots!
· Technology gone wrong!
· Technology gone right!

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  1. You’ll probably find new favorites as well as old ones This book might have been better titled “The Big Book of Short Science Fiction,” because it comprises 105 short stories and short-story-like novel excerpts. These are arranged in chronological order, from H. G. Wells’ “The Star” to Johanna Sinisalo’s “Baby Doll.” Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer explain that the earliest works were chosen for their clear influence on later science fiction. The book’s timeline eliminates many seminal works…

  2. Content is varied, interesting and gives an excellent outline of evolution of SF. Layout is horrid, double column per page. I vaguely remembered an internet solicitation for readers to suggest short science fiction, I looked it back up and it was for this volume and the call for suggestions was put out in January of 2015. They specifically asked for works under 10,000 and desired under 6,000. This is the resultant volume which covers about 100 years of science fiction. The editors include a few pages delineating how they made the decisions about what to include, and I actually found this information useful to…

  3. A Great Collection That Is Exactly What It Says Weighing it at over 1,200 pages, the Big Book of Science-Fiction could be as close to a definitive overview of the genre as I’ve ever seen. Starting with the early days of the genre and covering right up to today, this selection of short stories shows the great scope of the genre and how it’s evolving and continuing to evolve to this day. 

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