New Bottles: Classic Stories Newly Assembled
Gardner Dozois, ed. Worldmakers
(St. Martin's Griffin, December, $17.95)
Anthology of 20 stories that survey the theme of "terraforming"--how humans remake new worlds to fit themselves (or themselves to fit the worlds). Though most of the stories date from the past 20 years, a few earlier classics are included: Roger Zelazny's 1966 "The Keys to December"; Arthur C. Clarke's "Before Eden" (1961); John Varley's "Retrograde Summer" (1974); Cordwainer Smith's "When the People Fell" (1959). More recent stories are by Bruce Sterling, G. David Nordley, Joe Haldeman, Geoffrey A. Landis, Stephen Baxter, and Kim Stanley Robinson. (Coming shortly is a companion anthology, Supermen.)
This page compiles books, either reprints, or new anthologies or single-author collections, that bring back into bring classic works of short fiction. Listings are compiled from bookstore sightings and Locus Magazine's comprehensive monthly Books Received listing.
Orson Scott Card, ed., Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (Tor, November, $24.95)
Though the subtitle invites quibbling over what stories the editor included or exluded--one notes that fully 8 stories, of the total 27, were published in 1985 or 1986, the years Card was most active editing his short fiction review 'zine Short Form--the contents speak for themselves, and comprise a worthy selection of classic short stories, among them Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of God", Heinlein's "All You Zombies--", Ellison's "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", Blish's "A Work of Art", Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", and many more. The later stories are the lesser-reprinted and perhaps of greater interest for their lesser familiarity: James Patrick Kelly's "Rat", John Kessel's "A Clean Escape", John Crowley's "Snow", Karen Joy Fowler's "Face Value", etc. Not the stories you or I would have picked, but a batch worthy of rereading, nonetheless.
Frederik Pohl, ed., The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 3 (Tor, June, $25.95)
Third volume of stories by recipients of SFWA's Grand Master Award, with classic stories by Lester del Rey, Damon Knight, A.E. van Vogt, Jack Vance, and Frederik Pohl himself. Pohl provides introductions to the other four masters, while Elizabeth Anne Hull does the honors for him.
Damon Knight, ed., Nebula Awards One
(Stealth Press 1-58881-018-6, $24.95, February 2001)
Brian W. Aldiss & Harry Harrison, eds., Nebula Award Stories Two
(Stealth Press 1-58881-019-4, $29.95, April 2001)
Roger Zelazny, ed. Nebula Award Stories Three
(Stealth Press 1-58881-020-8, $29.95, May 2001)
The first three volumes in the annual series of anthologies sponsored by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) commemorating their annual Nebula Awards; each volumes contains winning short works, and selected runners-up. Available online from www.stealthpress.com.
James H. Schmitz, edited and compiled by Eric Flint & Guy Gordon Agent of Vega and Other Stories (Baen, November, $7.99)
On a much less ambitious note, this is the latest collection of stories from a popular '50s and '60s Astounding/Analog writer of galactic space opera. With a preface by Mercedes Lackey.