The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction, Volume 2

This quantity, overlaying the interval from the Nineties to the long run, contains tales from founding fathers of the sphere like H.G. Wells and C.S. Lewis; liked mainstays of the style, reminiscent of Philip Jose Farmer, Roger Zelazny and Jack Vance; and, awesome woman writers, together with Nancy Kress, and authors like Bruce Sterling, William Gibson and James Morrow, who've hit their stride within the final twenty years. additionally featured during this name are these largely recognized outdoor the style, the distinguished writing of E.M. Forster and Michael Shaara, in addition to translations of overseas writers' formative paintings together with that of Wolfgang Jeschke and Dino Buzzati.

Contents:

* a piece of artwork / James Blish;

* 2066: Election Day / Michael Shaara;

* The Rose / Charles Harness;

* The Time computer / Dino Buzzati;

* mom / Philip José Farmer;

* Veritas / James Morrow

* Enchanted Village / A. E. van Vogt;

* The King and the Dollmaker / Wolfgang Jeschke;

* Drunkboat / Cordwainer Smith;

* one other global / J. H. Rosny Aîné;

* If the celebrities are Gods / Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford;

* I nonetheless name Australia domestic / George Turner;

* Liquid Sunshine / Alexander Kuprin;

* Greenslaves / Frank Herbert;

* He Who Shapes / Roger Zelazny;

* Beggars in Spain / Nancy Kress;

* Rumfuddle / Jack Vance.

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