quarta-feira, 7 de julho de 2010

Modern Classics of Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois

Let me talk to you for a moment about a few things that this anthology is not.

It is not an evolutionary overview of science fiction, for many of the stories that have had the greatest evolutionary impact on the field, and that would have to be included and analyzed in such an overview, were also stories that I personally didn’t much like, and they are not here.

It is not really a historical survey of the various periods of science fiction history, either, since such a survey, to function well, would have to include a balanced selection of represen-tative stories from the various aesthetic factions that are always in contention in any period of genre history, and would have to look beyond first-rate authors to the second-rank authors, from whose work you can often get a more accurate idea of the essential nature of the different kinds of work that are being done… but those stories are not here, either.

It isn’t a Politically Correct book, either, since to be Politically Correct, more care would have had to be taken in selecting the proportionately proper number of writers from each of SF’s political cliques and pressure groups—are there enough hard-science writers enough leftists enough British writers enough women—and no such demographic care was exercised.

Nor is it made up of comfortably expedient choices that could be expected to score me a lot of personal brownie points—several of my best friends and closest colleagues have no work here, for instance, which will no doubt hurt their feelings, and there are a number of important and influential genre figures I could usefully have flattered by putting them in these pages and who will probably not be flattered by finding that they have been omitted.

Nor was the book designed with an eye to insuring me a margin of safety with reviewers, since there are a number of icons, from Heinlein to Dick to Ballard, that I will no doubt be pilloried for leaving out.

The best stories, in fact, seem essentially to be timeless. (We’re still reading the Odyssey, aren’t we?) A good story is like a benign virus—even when it orginates in the minds of men and women long years dead, it can reach across the abyss of the grave, across thousands of miles of distance and hundreds of years of time, across every barrier of custom or prejudice or age, and, touching a living mind, infect that mind with the dream at its heart… can leave the one that it infects with dreaming shaken and changed forever, forever dizzy and raddled with a vision that came to them from outside the fortress self, burning up with the fever of dreams. And then they may touch someone else…

Long years from now, long after everyone in this anthology or involved with it have gone to dust, the stories here may still touch someone, and cause that person touched to blink, and put the book down for a second, and stare off through the hollow air, and shiver in wonder.


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


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