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The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories


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Table of Contents

Introduction H. G. Wells: The Land Ironclads Frank L. Pollack: Finis Rudyard Kipling: As Easy as ABC Jack Williamson: The Metal Man Stanley G. Weinbaum: A Martian Odyssey John W. Campbell Jr.: Night Clifford D. Simak: Desertion 'Lewis Padgett': The Piper's Son A. E. van Vogt: The Monster James H. Schmitz: The Second Night of Summer Arthur C. Clarke: Second Dawn Walter M. Miller Jr.: Crucifixus Etiam Frederik Pohl: The Tunnel Under the World Brian Aldiss: Who Can Replace a Man? J. G. Ballard: Billennium 'Cordwainer Smith': The Ballard of Lost C'mell Ursula K. Le Guin: Semley's Necklace James Blish: How Beautiful with Banners Harry Harrison: A Criminal Act Thomas M. Disch: Problems of Creativeness Gene Wolfe: How the Whip Came Back Larry Niven: Cloak of Anarchy Norman Spinrad: A Thing of Beauty 'Raccoona Sheldon': The Screwfly Solution George R. R. Martin: The Way of Cross and Dragon Bruce Sterling: Swarm William Gibson: Burning Chrome Hilbert Schenck: Silicon Muse Paul J. McAuley: Karl and the Ogre David Brin: Piecework Select Bibliography Sources

About the Author

Tom Shippey inherited J. R. R. Tolkien's Chair of Medieval English Language at the University of Leeds, where he taught the syllabus Tolkien had set up. He now holds the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities at St Louis University, Missouri, specializing in Medieval Literature, Old English Arthurian and Romance Literature, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. He has written and edited numerous books, including J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (2001), The Road to Middle-earth (second edition, 1992), The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (reissue, 2003), and Fiction 2000: Cyberpunk and the Future of Narrative (co-edited with George Slusser, 1993).


`Review from previous edition 'both authoritative and audacious, up-to-date and historically wise, the best yet introduction to a bewildering field'' Greg Benford `'travels through ninety years' development from mechanical to fantastical ... first rate'' Daily Telegraph `'ideal ... even contains much to convert the sceptics, with its survey of highlights from Wells to Kipling, via Arthur C. Clarke and J.G. Ballard, to David Brin'' Independent on Sunday `'[Tom Shippey's] new anthology not only is useful and important, it illuminates the field with the editor's insights and selections.'' James Gunn

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