quinta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2009

Modern Classics of Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois

This new collection from the editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine generally lives up to its billing. Deliberately avoiding oft-anthologized stories, Dozois serves up a wide variety of SF from 1955 to 1989, offered here chronologically and ranging from the disturbing settings characteristic of Damon Knight, Richard McKenna and Ursula K. Le Guin, to touching character studies from Samuel R. Delaney, Roger Zelazny and Connie Willis, to the complex futures of James Tiptree Jr., Pat Cadigan and William Gibson. A highlight is Jack Vance's brilliant tale of alien anthropology, "The Moon Moth." The collection's weak link is Keith Roberts's "The Lady Margaret," which moves too slowly toward an uninteresting climax. Readers might enjoy Bruce Sterling's "Dori Bangs," but only if they're familiar with rock critic Lester Bangs and with cartoonist Dori Seda. Dozois's introductions tend toward hyperbole (many contributors are labeled "giants" or "masters"). Also included are tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, R. A. Lafferty, Gene Wolfe, Joanna Russ and eight others.

Contents
Preface
The Country of the Kind Damon Knight
Aristotle and the Gun L. Sprague de Camp
The Other Celia Theodore Sturgeon
Casey Agonistes Richard McKenna
Mother Hitton’s Littul Kittons Cordwainer Smith
The Moon Moth Jack Vance
The Golden Horn Edgar Pangborn
The Lady Margaret Keith Roberts
This Moment of the Storm Roger Zelazny
Narrow Valley R. A. Lqfferty
Driftglass Samuel R. Delany
The Worm That Flies Brian W. Aldiss
The Fifth Head of Cerberus Gene Wolfe
Nobody’s Home Joanna Russ
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree, Jr
The Barrow Ursula K. Le Guin
Particle Theory Edward Bryant
The Ugly Chickens Howard Waldrop
Going Under Jack Dann
Salvador Lucius Shepard
Pretty Boy Crossover Pat Cadigan
The Pure Product John Kessel
The Winter Market William Gibson
Chance Connie Willis
The Edge of the World Michael Swanwick
Dori Bangs Bruce Sterling
Afterword

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