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ISBN13: 9780765306180
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"Space opera," once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the "new space opera" is one of the defining streams of modern SF.

World Fantasy Award-winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become since. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish mid-century voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern-day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.

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"[T]his distinctive anthology traces the evolution of the space opera subgenre, from its beginnings as pulp adventure to its current status as a vital part of modern sf....An important addition to most libraries' sf collections." Library Journal

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"[A]n exhaustive compendium spanning eight decades....While the massive volume may not be ideal schlep-along reading, it is an important resource for any comprehensive sf library." Booklist

Synopsis:

The best-ever anthology of one of science fiction's most vigorous subgenres.

Synopsis:

The best-ever anthology of one of science fiction's most vigorous subgenres

Synopsis:

"Space opera", once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the "new space opera" is one of the defining streams of modern SF.
 
World Fantasy Award-winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become since. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish mid-century voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern-day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.

About the Author

David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award thirty-one times.

Kathryn Cramer co-edited the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology The Architecture of Fear and was the editor of its widely-praised sequel Walls of Fear. She has edited and co-edited several other anthologies. Hartwell and Cramer co-edit the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF series. They live in Pleasantville, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Shit Became Shinola: Definition and Redefinition of Space Opera

 

I. Redefined Writers

Edmond Hamilton: The Star Stealers

Jack Williamson: The Prince of Space

Leigh Brackett: Enchantress of Venus

Clive Jackson: The Swordsman of Varnis

 

II. Draftees (1960s)

Cordwainer Smith: The Game of Rat & Dragon

Samuel R. Delany: Empire Star

Robert Sheckley: Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenjik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerly Dead

 

III. Transitions/Redefiners (late 1970s to late 1980s)

David Brin: Temptation

David Drake: Ranks of Bronze

Lois McMaster Bujold: Weatherman

Iain M. Banks: A Gift from the Culture

 

IV. Volunteers: Revisionaries (early 90s)

Dan Simmons: Orphans of the Helix

Colin Greenland: The Well Wishers

Peter Hamilton: Escape Route

David Weber: Ms Midshipwoman Harrington

Catherine Asaro: Aurora in Four Voices

R. Garcia y Robertson: Ring Rats

Allen Steele: The Death of Captain Future

 

V. Mixed Signals/ Mixed Categories (to the late 1990s)

Gregory Benford: A Worm in the Well

Donald Kingsbury: The Survivor

Sarah Zettel: Fools Errand

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Shobies Story

Robert Reed: The Remoras

Paul McAuley: Recording Angel

Steven Baxter: The Great Game

Michael Moorcock: Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel

Michael Kandel: Space Opera

 

VI. Next Wave/21st Century

Tony Daniel: Grist

Scott Westerfeld: The Movements of her Eyes

Alastair Reynolds: Spirey and the Queen

Charles Stross: Bear Trap

John Wright: Guest Law

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Mike McClure, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Mike McClure)
A great collection of Space Opera stories - but the best part of the anthology is the greater context given of the evolution of Space Opera.
From the 30s to the 21st century, a sample of each era's writing is given plus a small essay on each era and author. Education and interesting to have collected in a single volume.

Well done.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765306180
Author:
David G. Hartwell and Kathyrn Cramer
Publisher:
Orb Books
Editor:
Hartwell, David G.
Editor:
Cramer, Kathryn
Author:
Hartwell, David G.
Author:
Cramer, Kathryn
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Science Fiction - Anthologies
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Space Opera
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
July 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
9.12 x 6.28 x 1.625 in

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"Review" by , "[T]his distinctive anthology traces the evolution of the space opera subgenre, from its beginnings as pulp adventure to its current status as a vital part of modern sf....An important addition to most libraries' sf collections."
"Review" by , "[A]n exhaustive compendium spanning eight decades....While the massive volume may not be ideal schlep-along reading, it is an important resource for any comprehensive sf library."
"Synopsis" by , The best-ever anthology of one of science fiction's most vigorous subgenres.
"Synopsis" by ,
The best-ever anthology of one of science fiction's most vigorous subgenres
"Synopsis" by ,
"Space opera", once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the "new space opera" is one of the defining streams of modern SF.
 
World Fantasy Award-winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become since. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish mid-century voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern-day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.
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