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The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SFby David G Hartwell
Synopses & Reviews
Featuring more than sixty groundbreaking short stories by modern science fiction's most important and influential writers, The Ascent of Wonder offers a definitive and incisive exploration of the SF genre's visionary core.
From Poe to Pohl, Wells to Wolfe, and Verne to Vinge, this hefty anthology fully charts the themes, trends, thoughts, and traditions that comprise the challenging yet rich literary form known as "hard SF."
About the Author
David G. Hartwell is also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Dark Descent: The Evolution of Horror, along with several other books.
Kathryn Cramer has also co-edited The Hard SF Renaissance, Spirits of Christmas, and other titles.
Table of Contents
Real science, imaginary worlds / Gregory Benford — On science and science fiction / Kathryn Cramer — Hard science fiction / David G. Hartwell — Nine lives / Ursula K. Le Guin — Light of other days / Bob Shaw — Rappaccini's daqughter / Nathaniel Hawthorne — The star / Arthur C. Clarke — Proof / Hal Clement — It's great to be back / Robert A. Heinlein — Procreation / Gene Wolfe — Mimsy were the borogoves / Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore — Davy Jones' Ambassador / Raymond Z. Gallun — The life and times of Multivac / Isaac Asimov — The singing diamond / Robert L. Forward — Down & out on Ellfive Prime / Dean Ing — Send me a kiss by wire / Hilbert Schenck — The Xi effect / Philip Latham — A descent into the maelstrom / Edgar Allan Poe — Exposures / Gregory Benford — The planners / Kate Wilhelm — Beep / James Blish — Drode's Equations / Richard Grant — The weather man / Theodore L. Thomas — Transit of Earth / Arthur C. Clarke — Prima Belladonna / J.G. Ballard — To bring in the steel / Donald M. Kingsbury — Gomez / C.M. Kornbluth — Waterclap / Isaac Asimov — Weyr search / Anne McCaffrey — Message found in a copy of Flatland / Rudy Rucker — The cold equations / Tom Godwin — The land ironclads / H.G. Wells — The hole man / Larry Niven — Atomic power / John W. Campbell — Stop evolution in its tracks! / John T. Sladek — The hungry guinea pig / Miles J. Breuer — The very slow time machine / Ian Watson — The beautiful and the sublime / Bruce Sterling — The author of the Acacia Seeds / Ursula K. Le Guin — Heat of fusion / John M. Ford — Dophin's way / Gordon R. Dickson — All the hues of hell / Gene Wolfe — Occam's scalpel / Theodore Sturgeon — GiANTS / Edward Bryant — Time fuze / Randall Garrett — Desertion / Clifford D. Simak — Kyrie / Poul Anderson — The person from Porlock / Raymond F. Jones — Day million / Frederik Pohl — Cage of sand / J.G. Ballard — The psychologist who wouldn't do awful things to rats / James Tiptree, Jr. — In the year 2889 / Jules Verne — Surface tension / James Blish — No, No, not Rogov! / Cordwainer Smith — In a petri dish upstairs / George Turner — With the night mail / Rudyard Kipling — The longest science fiction story every told / Arthur C. Clarke — The Pi man / Alfred Bester — Relativistic effects / Gregory Benford — Making light / James P. Hogan — The last question / Isaac Asimov — The indefatigable frog / Philip K. Dick — Chromatic aberration / John M. Ford — The snowball effect / Katherine MacLean — The morphology of the Kirkham Wreck / Hilbert Schenck — Tangents / Greg Bear — Johnny Mnemonic / William Gibson — What continues, what fails-- / David Brin — Mammy Morgan played the organ: her daddy beat the drum / Michael F. Flynn — Bookworm, Run ! / Vernor Vinge.
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