quinta-feira, 11 de junho de 2009

OMNI Book Of Science Fiction


By now, OMNI doesn’t have to prove itself to anybody.

But when OMNI was the new kid on the block in 1978, the established science fiction magazines scoffed—who was Bob Guccione to come out of nowhere and dare to start a science magazine with fiction? What did he know of science fiction?

Well, he had the acumen to hire Ben Bova, award-winning editor of Analog as OMNI’s first fiction editor. Bova immediately made his mark on the magazine, initiating a policy of publishing original, exciting and thought-provoking fiction.

This tradition continues six years later. OMNI’s science fiction has influenced the field since the first issue hit the stands October 1978. In this anthology, almost half the stories are award finalists and/or were chosen for “Best of the Year” anthologies.

The humor story poses great difficulty for a science fiction editor in that it is hard to find. Possibly because humor is so hard to write well and because what one finds humorous is so subjective. Or maybe it’s because the future just doesn’t seem funny any more. In any case, OMNI has published its share of humorous stories and several of these are reprinted here. A few will provide belly laughs, some have a nasty little edge, and most are concerned, under the chuckles, with deadly serious themes.


Contents
THE WAY OF CROSS AND DRAGON - George R.R. Martin
THE THOUSAND CUTS - Ian Watson
SERPENT'S TEETH - Spider Robinson
BOUNDARY ECHOES - John M. Ford
WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST - Nancy Kress
OUR LADY OF THE SAUROPODS - Robert Silverberg
GOING UNDER - Jack Dann
SIGMUND IN SPACE - Barry N. Malzberg
THE INVITATION - Paul J. Nahin
UNACCOMPANIED SONATA - Orson Scott Card
THE MICKEY MOUSE OLYMPICS - Tom Sullivan
I AM LARGE, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES - Melisa Michaels
THE LURKING DUCK - Scott Baker
HINTERLANDS - William Gibson
SISTER ANGEL - Kate Wilhelm
PROCREATION - Gene Wolfe
EASY POINTS - Kathleen V. Westfall
WHEN AULD'S ACQUAINTANCE IS FORGOT - Harlan Ellison
THE ANCIENT MIND AT WORK - Suzy McKee Charnas


The Fourth OMNI Book Of Science Fiction por Ellen Datlow [ Download ]






As a result of the enormous popularity of the first four OMNI BOOKS OF SCIENCE FICTION, there will be many more volumes.

This is quite heartening news. I happen to love the short story form, and I think that it's crucial for publishers and editors to support this literary genre.

Most science fiction writers begin their careers writing short stories—simply for the reason that they are short, and therefore less of an investment in time than a novel. Writing stories is excellent training. And because of their length, established writers can continue to experiment with style or structure. To realize you've failed in intent after thirty pages is a lot less devastating than after several hundred pages.

Short story editors have more of a leeway than book editors in buying and publishing something unconventional or difficult.
Magazine editors, like myself, are putting together a package, and each story we buy does not make or break our magazine (or anthology).
On the other hand, book editors have less literary license. Each and every book must be viewed as a money-maker or loser.

The market for science fiction stories whether in magazines or anthologies, has always been better than for mainstream short stories. A long tradition has developed which continues to this day.

Like most editors, I have certain writers whom I publish regularly—people I affectionately refer to as my stable. These are the writers whom I can consistently count on for the kind of story I want in OMNI.
Some of those writers are included in this book. Robert Silverberg, the consummate professional, is one of the few established novelists I know who still writes several short stories a year (more than I can publish).

But OMNI does not only publish grand masters like Silverberg. William Gibson is one of the most promising young writers in science fiction today, and OMNI took a strong interest in helping him develop his talent. His first novel, NEURO-MANCER, won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Now, Gibson is being wooed away by book publishers, so that I have to charm, cajole, threaten and just plain drive him crazy in order to keep him writing short fiction for OMNI. Howard Waldrop is another young writer.

He is at his best with short fiction, and writes wonderful quirky little stories like the one included here. Marc Laidlaw was a very persistent teenager from whom I finally bought "400 Boys" after several complete overhauls. It was the first story I bought from him, and judging from his other stories of the past few years, his versatility is startling. Gregg Keizer's first story was published in OMNI in 1982, and I’ve bought three more since then. The last piece in the book, "Lunatic Bridge," is a novelette by Pat Cadigan, who is another regular OMNI contributor. It has never been published before.

The only thing these fourteen stories have in common is that they are all quite powerful in very different ways. I believe they prove how important the science fiction story continues to be, not only within the genre, but to literature.
Ellen Datlow


Contents
Multiples - Robert Silverberg
Man-Mountain Gentian - Howard Waldrop
Returning - Homelan Watson
Triceratops - Kono Tensei
New Rose Hotel - William Gibson
Adagio - Barry B. Longyear
Track of a Legend - Cynthia Felice
Prime Time - Norman Spinrad
Edges - Gregg Keizer
The Songbirds of Pain - Garry Kilworth
The Changed Man and the King of Words - Orson Scott Card
400 Boys - Marc Laidlaw
Seventh Sense - Robert Haisty
Lunatic Bridge - Pat Cadigan


The Fifth Omni Book of Science Fiction por Ellen Datlow [ Download ]