Science fiction writers of the past dreamed of futures, dark and bright, in which humans traveled to the stars, colonized other worlds, and encountered aliens both friendly and deadly. In all their imaginings, did they ever see their genre--ghettoized for so long as just that, genre fiction, said with a sneer--gaining prominence, even prevalence in the culture?
Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have gathered an impressive collection of 34 tales from this new century which is no longer so new, and created an anthology which will serve as a guide to the genre for years to come. Highlights include John Scalzi's "The Tale of the The Wicked" and M. Rickert's phenomenal "Bread and Bombs".
This year's Summer Challenge theme is "a universe of stories", and that's exactly what you get with this book. It's a little slice of the future, and it's here today.