The Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 30th Anniversary Anthology
by Sheila Williams, ed.
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback
This retrospective anniversary anthology showcases thirty years of top-notch stories published in the legendary magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction. Asimov’s was founded in 1977. As one of science fiction’s most influential and prolific writers, Isaac Asimov wanted to provide a home for new SF writers—a new magazine that young writers could break into. Asimov’s Science Fiction remains that home as well as the publisher of some of the field’s best-known authors.
“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 Varley’s 1977 look at a new kind of ‘Air Raid’ to Robert Reed’s 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, where the history of the magazine and its various editors are recalled, as well as when a few of its authors first saw print in the magazine, and when some of its classic stories first appeared.”
“Weighty and memorable emotional punches.”
Sheila Williams is the Hugo Award–winning editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction. She started her career at Asimov’s in 1982 and served as the executive editor of Analog from 1998 until 2004. Williams has edited or co-edited more than twenty anthologies.
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“Air Raid” by John Varley
“The Time of the Burning” by Robert Silverberg
“Speech Sounds” by Octavia E. Butler
“Dinner in Audoghast” by Bruce Sterling
“Robot Dreams” by Isaac Asimov
“Glacier” by Kim Stanley Robinson
“Cibola” by Connie Willis
“The Happy Man” by Jonathan Lethem
“Over There” by Mike Resnick
“Ether, OR” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Flying Lessons” by Kelly Link
“Ancient Engines” by Michael Swanwick
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” by James Patrick Kelly
“Lobsters” by Charles Stross
“Only Partly Here” by Lucius Shepard
“The Children of Time” by Stephen Baxter
“Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed