Synopses & Reviews
This wide-ranging collection represents the breadth of science fiction writing published in the most significant and enduring magazine in the field during the past three decades. Slipstream authors such as Jonathan Lethem, James Patrick Kelly, and Kelly Link mingle with classic authors like Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Connie Willis along with the young turks of the fieldCharles Stross, Michael Swanwick, and Stephen Baxter. Featuring a well-balanced overview of both the classic and the contemporary, the book contains memorable stories from highly respected contributors to the science fiction genre such as Isaac Asimovs Robot Dreams,” Bruce Sterlings Dinner in Audoghast,” Jonathan Lethems The Happy Man,” Ursula LeGuins Ether, OR,” and Octavia E. Butler's "Speech Sounds.”
"'In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Asimov's Science Fiction, Williams, editor of Asimov's and Analog for 25 of those 30 years, has compiled a truly extraordinary sampler of tales, including 'Air Raid' (1977) by John Varley (writing as Herb Boehm), an oft-imitated story about time travelers trying to save the human race, and Robert Reed's 'Eight Episodes' (2006), a Hugo-nominated tale of a short-lived TV series that turns out to be a message from an alien race. Every piece in this superlative collection is a nugget of pure science fiction gold. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"This volume belongs in most sf or short fiction collections." Library Journal
"The most consistently innovative and readable SF magazine on the newsstands today." Austin Chronicle
"A fine job producing this handsome book . . . to be commended, as is editor Sheila Williams." Tangent
"A truly distinguished magazine, worthy of being set beside such classics of the earlier golden ages as John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction of 193942." Robert Silverberg, author, The Fantasy Hall of Fame
"Weighty and memorable emotional punches." Spiral Galaxy
"This volume belongs in most sf or short fiction collections." Library Journal"The most consistently innovative and readable SF magazine on the newsstands today." Austin Chronicle"A fine job producing this handsome book . . . to be commended, as is editor Sheila Williams." Tangent
"Lisa Goldstein is back and at the top of her game." Shelf Awareness
A truly extraordinary sampler of tales.... Every piece in this superlative collection is a nugget of pure science-fiction gold.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
A gem, and a credit to editor Williams.”
From John Varleys 1977 look at a new kind of Air Raid to Robert Reeds 2006 dissection of a fictitious and ominously portentous short-lived TV-series (Eight Episodes), the 17 stories in this collection span the 30-year period since the late Isaac Asimov first published the magazine that bears his name and stands for the best in current SF and visionary fiction. Including stories by Robert Silverberg, Octavia Butler, Mike Resnick, Ursula Le Guin, and other genre standouts, this volume belongs in most SF or short-fiction collections.”
The good folk at Tachyon Publications have done a fine job producing this handsome book and are to be commended, as is editor Sheila Williams for her introductory remarks...”
Weighty and memorable emotional punches.”
This retrospective anniversary anthology showcases thirty years of top-notch stories published in the legendary magazine, Asimovs Science Fiction. Asimovs was founded in 1977. As one of science fictions most influential and prolific writers, Isaac Asimov wanted to provide a home for new SF writersa new magazine that young writers could break into. Asimovs Science Fiction remains that home as well as the publisher of some of the fields best-known authors.
About the Author
Sheila Williams is the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. She has edited or coedited more than 20 anthologies, among them A Women's Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women. She is also the cofounder of the Dell Magazines Award for undergraduate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. She lives in New York City.