edited by Martin H. Greenberg
"Who do today's top science fiction writers read -- and why?"
This was the question posed to some of the most influential authors in the field today. This book is their answer. Here are seventeen of the most memorable stories in the genre, each one personally selected by a well-known writer, and each prefaced by that writer's explanation of his or her choice. Here's your chance to enjoy familiar favorites, and perhaps to discover some wonderful treasures. In each case, you'll have the opportunity to see the story from the perspective of a master of the field.
Stories have been choosen by: Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Mike Resnick, Andre Norton, Alan Dean Foster, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, Greg Bear, Connie Willis, Lois McMaster Bujold, L. Sprague de Camp, Robert Silverberg, Gregory Benford, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and David Drake.
The included stories were written by: C.M. Kornbluth (2), Theodore Sturgeon, Keith Laumer, Frederik Pohl, Barry N. Malzberg, Eric Frank Russell, Robert Sheckley, Gordon R. Dickson, Howard Waldrop, Norman Kagan, Ward Moore, Cordwainer Smith, Stanley G. Weinbaum, James Blish, Roger Zelazny, and Lester del Rey.
# 1 â¢ The Man Who Lost the Sea â¢ (1959) â¢ shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
# 13 â¢ The Last Command â¢ [Bolo] â¢ (1967) â¢ shortstory by Keith Laumer
# 32 â¢ Day Million â¢ (1966) â¢ shortstory by Frederik Pohl
# 38 â¢ The Little Black Bag â¢ (1950) â¢ novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
# 67 â¢ A Galaxy Called Rome â¢ (1975) â¢ novelette by Barry N. Malzberg
# 86 â¢ Diabologic â¢ (1955) â¢ shortstory by Eric Frank Russell
# 108 â¢ Untouched By Human Hands â¢ (1953) â¢ shortstory by Robert Sheckley
# 123 â¢ Black Charlie â¢ (1954) â¢ shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson
# 139 â¢ The Ugly Chickens â¢ (1980) â¢ novelette by Howard Waldrop
# 162 â¢ The Mathenauts â¢ (1964) â¢ shortstory by Norman Kagan
# 178 â¢ Lot â¢ [David Jimmon] â¢ (1953) â¢ novelette by Ward Moore
# 205 â¢ The Ballad of Lost C'Mell â¢ [The Instrumentality of Mankind] â¢ (1962) â¢ novelette by Cordwainer Smith
# 226 â¢ A Martian Odyssey â¢ [Tweel] â¢ (1934) â¢ novelette by Stanley G. Weinbaum
# 252 â¢ Common Time â¢ (1953) â¢ novelette by James Blish
# 273 â¢ The Engine at Heartspring's Center â¢ (1974) â¢ shortstory by Roger Zelazny
# 282 â¢ Nerves â¢ (1942) â¢ novella by Lester del Rey
# 356 â¢ The Only Thing We Learn â¢ (1949) â¢ shortstory by C. M. Kornbluth