Here are 25 stories of science fiction that push the boundaries, by the biggest names in an emerging crop of high-tech futuristic writers including Charles Stross, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton and Neal Asher.
Here are 25 stories of science fiction that push the envelope, by the biggest names in an emerging new crop of high-tech futuristic SF - including Charles Stross, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton and Neal Asher. High-tech SF has made a significant comeback in the last decade, as bestselling authors successfully blend the super-science of 'hard science fiction' with real characters in an understandable scenario. It is perhaps a reflection of how technologically controlled our world is that readers increasingly look for science fiction that considers the fates of mankind as a result of increasing scientific domination. This anthology brings together the most extreme examples of the new high-tech, far-future science fiction, pushing the limits way beyond normal boundaries. The stories include: "A Perpetual War Fought Within a Cosmic String", "A Weapon That Could Destroy the Universe", "A Machine That Detects Alternate Worlds and Creates a Choice of Christs", "An Immortal Dead Man Sent To The End of the Universe", "Murder in Virtual Reality", "A Spaceship So Large That There is An Entire Planetary System Within It", and "An Analytical Engine At The End of Time", and "Encountering the Untouchable."
The last sixty years have been full of stories of one or other possible Armageddon, whether by nuclear war, plague, cosmic catastrophe or, more recently, global warming, terrorism, genetic engineering, AIDS and other pandemics. These stories, both pre- and post-apocalyptic, describe the fall of civilization, the destruction of the entire Earth, or the end of the Universe itself. Many of the stories reflect on humankind's infinite capacity for self-destruction, but the stories are by no means all downbeat or depressing - one key theme explores what the aftermath of a cataclysm might be and how humans strive to survive. Includes six original works, of which the most outstanding is probably the amazing novella Sleepover, by Alistair Reynolds (Lisa Tuttle, Times Saturday 3 July 2010).
The last sixty years have been full of stories of one or other possible Armageddon, whether by nuclear war, plague, cosmic catastrophe or, more recently, global warming, terrorism, genetic engineering, AIDS and other pandemics. These stories, both pre- and post-apocalyptic, describe the fall of civilization, the destruction of the entire Earth, or the end of the Universe itself. Many of the stories reflect on humankind's infinite capacity for self-destruction, but the stories are by no means all downbeat or depressing - one key theme explores what the aftermath of a cataclysm might be and how humans strive to survive.
This thought-provoking collection not only takes us into the past and the future, but also explores what might happen if we attempt to manipulate time to our own advantage. These stories show what happen once you start to meddle with time and the paradoxes that might arise. It also raises questions about whether we understand time, and how we perceive it. Once we move outside the present day, can we ever return or do we move into an alternate world? What happens if our meddling with Nature leads to time flowing backwards, or slowing down or stopping all together? Or if we get trapped in a constant loop from which we can never escape. Is the past and future immutable or will we ever be able to escape the inevitable? These are just some of the questions that are raised in these challenging, exciting and sometimes amusing stories by Kage Baker, Simon Clark, Fritz Leiber, Christopher Priest, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, John Varley and many others.
Pre- and post-apocalyptic science fiction is on the rise, and some of the genre’s best new stories are collected here, with contributions by Stephen Baxter, Alistair Reynolds, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, and Damien Broderick.
The art of writing great science fiction is that it challenges the imagination, pushing it to extreme limits and in this anthology, selecting some of the best modern science fiction from the last fifty years, twenty leading authors of the genre ask the question 'What if...?' and then give their own very personal views of the changes and surprises which may befall humanity in the centuries to come. In Ulla, Ulla Eric Brown recounts the first manned Martian expedition and discovers that H. G. Wells may have been right after all. In The Infinite Assassin Greg Egan polices the dimensions, seeking those who are taking over their alternate selves. Geoffrey A. Landis takes us into the depths of a black hole in Approaching Perimelasma. Is the ultimate Utopia heaven or hell? Robert Sheckley finds out in the classic A Ticket to Tranai. These and other stories by James White, Eric Frank Russell, Robert Reed, H. Beam Piper and H. Chandler Elliot make this one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction anthologies in lightyears.
Ever since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle delighted readers with the fictional genius detective, Sherlock Holmes, crime fiction has been plumbed by mystery writers everywhere. This volume of 12 stories spans crime from the Bronze Age to World War II, and will appeal to the current readers of The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures and Best British Mysteries.
Widely regarded as the essential book for every science fiction fan, "The Year's Best Science Fiction" collects work by Michael Swanwick, Geoff Ryman, Allen Steele, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Cassott, Charles Stross, and many other bright talents.
Craftsman and amateur astronomer Geoffrey Carlisle from Ely discovers that the moon is fractionally ahead of its usual elliptical orbit. He becomes instantaneously well-known for his unique observation. Using Carlisle's findings, astronomy experts discover that each star circling the moon has been slightly warped. Yet after some time, as Professor Wright from Cambridge University had predicted, the warped stars return to their rightful places, suggesting that the world is an information-ordered one, like an analogue program acting out. What then, are the actual repercussions of a computational error in reality?
In extreme fantasy anything can happen. In Mike Ashley's breathtaking new anthology the only rules are those the writer makes - these are stories to liberate both the writers' and readers' imagination. They will take you to hell and back (literally - two of the stories involve hell in ways never explored before). For too long fantasy fiction has become synonymous with vast heroic-fantasy adventures in imitation of The Lord of the Rings, but the genre has always been far greater than dwarves and elves. Today many writers are rediscovering the wider world of fantasy and creating bold new ideas or magically reworking older arts. Ashley selects 25 stories by the likes of Orson Scott Card, Paul Di Filippo, A. A. Attanasio, Michael Swanwick, Christopher Priest and Peter Crowther, arranged in ascending order of 'extremeness'. The anthology opens with a story that takes us beyond Middle Earth in 'Senator Bilbo' by Andy Duncan - showing what happens when a radical descendant of his famous namesake tries to introduce immigration control - and reaches the ultimate in 'The Dark One' by A. A. Attanasio, a rite of passage story where you, the reader, discover you are being tested to become the successor to Satan. Other stories include: A man with a terminal disease looks for a cure in a world where Edward Lear meets Lewis Carroll. A man decides to banish all language. A tour of Hell by the boatman himself. The great comic stars of Hollywood find themselves seeking their lost world. A magical experiment recreates the Crucifixion. Suddenly all colour drains out of the world. A magical recreation of Chinese fantasy cinema where a magician and his adepts fight the flying dead.
Ring of Fire, War World, Ring of Fire Ii, Dark Matter, the Ascent of Wonder
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 56. Chapters: Ring of Fire, War World, Ring of Fire II, Dark Matter, The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, Bending the Landscape, 1634: The Ram Rebellion, War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, The Service of the Sword, In Fire Forged, Again, Dangerous Visions, Adventures in Time and Space, Before the Golden Age, Changer of Worlds, Beyond Time and Space, Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Millennial Women, Farewell Fantastic Venus, Down and Dirty, Jokers Wild, Tales from Jabba's Palace, Machines That Think, Glorifying Terrorism, Tomorrow, the Stars, Worlds of Honor, A Romance in Twelve Parts, Space Opera, Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century, New Horizons, The Persistence of Vision, Wild Cards, The Enchanter Completed: A Tribute Anthology for L. Sprague de Camp, More Than Honor, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction, Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root, Worlds of Tomorrow, The Other Side of the Moon, The Panda Book of Horror, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, Science and Sorcery, Wandering Stars, Storming the Reality Studio, Strange Ports of Call, Far Boundaries, Men Against the Stars, The Space Opera Renaissance, Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus, Portals of Tomorrow, Aces High, Science Fiction Carnival, Science Fiction Terror Tales, 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Outer Reaches, Aces Abroad, Travelers of Space, Astounding: The John W. Campbell Memorial Anthology, Lord of the Fantastic, Far Horizons, Ms Wildthyme and Friends Investigate, Imagination Unlimited, Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction, Tales Beyond Time, Beachheads in Space, So Long Been Dreaming, Journey to Infinity, Asimov's Science Fiction: 30th Anniversary Anthology, The New Space Opera, Iris: Abroad, Combat SF, Tales from the Empire, All About the Future, New Worlds for Old, Quadratic, The DAW...
Far in the distant, post-human future, the Cater-Zimmermann community set out to refute the theory that the universe is created exclusively for mankind by cloning themselves a thousand times over and sending each copy to a different star within the galaxy. One of the copies of Cater-Zimmermann, Paolo Venetti, arrives at Orpheus; a water-world inhabited by floating mats that perform as a Turing machine.
The best of the bestselling historical detective writers are all here in this double-volume boxed set--Ellis Peters, Peter Tremayne, Edward D. Hoch, John Dickson Carr, Lillian de al Torre, Kate Sedley, Margaret Frazer, and many more. Editor Mike Ashley has chosen mystery stories set through the ages, with turn-of-the-century conumdrums, medieval whodunnits, and truly ancient mysteries from the Bible and Herodotus.
This annual collection of exceptional horror and dark fantasy fiction stories is the essential must-have for horror buffs. The 20th edition of this showcase of horror includes a comprehensive overview of international selections, an impressively researched necrology, and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and aspiring writer of true horror.
"I don't like bars. There's a club I like to go to. We could meet there if you like," she had said. "What kind of club?" I had asked. "They have entertainment." "What kind of entertainment?" "Erotic entertainment." From anonymous sexual encounters to sensual exploration of the darker sides of passion, this intensely erotic collection presents takes of arousal, obsession, and extreme sex.