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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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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, b This novelette won the Hugo award in and has been hailed by many as a science fiction classic b Intelligent dinosaurs from outer space offer humanity the chance to use their transporter technology to join the galactic culture but at a terrible price When a routine transport goes wrong one man must face the consequences of becoming too much like an alien p Author James Patrick Kelly is a two time winner of the Hugo Award and a Nebula Award winner His stories appear frequently in Asimov s Science Fiction and he writes the magazine s On the Net column Publishers Weekly has called him a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short story form p p Don t miss more great science fiction stories by b James Patrick Kelly b p, Following the rapid evolution of cyberpunk from Bruce Sterling and William Gibson into the current millennium this vivid anthology welcomes a new generation of exciting writers to take the genre in new and unexpected directions Cyberpunk freewheels with punk rock energy careening between the internet bioengineering and international politics its influence saturating entertainment and the mass media Drawing on the traditions of the pioneering cyberpunk manifesto i Mirrorshades i each story delves into the gritty world of technological change Legendary i Mirrorshades i editor and contributor Bruce Sterling is back alongside such cutting edge writers as Cory Doctorow Jonathan Lethem Gwyneth Jones Hal Duncan Charles Stross and Pat Cadigan br br With a daring introduction from James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel editors of the controversial i Feeling Very Strange The Slipstream Anthology i this collection is an exhilarating snapshot of a vibrant literary movement br br Contents br br Introduction Hacking Cyberpunk by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel br br Bicycle Repairman by Bruce Sterling br Lobsters by Charles Stross br The Voluntary State by Christopher Rowe br When Sysadmins Rules the Earth by Cory Doctorow br The Wedding Album by David Marusek br Two Dreams on Trains by Elizabeth Bear br Yeyuka by Greg Egan br Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland by Gwyneth Jones br Sterling Kessel Correspondence br How We Got in Town and out Again by Jonathan Lethem br Search Engine by Mary Rosenblum br The Dog Said Bow Wow by Michael Swanwick br The Calorie Man By Paolo Bagciaglupi br The Final Remake of The Return of Little Latin Larry With a Completely Remastered Soundtrack by Pat Cadigan br What s Up Tiger Lily by Paul Di Filippo br Daddy s World by Walter Jon Williams br Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City by William Gibson br br, 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