The New Hugo Winners Volume II Author:presented by Isaac Asimov In the 1920's, an obscure editor named Hugo Gernsbach virtually invented modern-day science fiction. He filled his magazine, Amazing Stories, with extravagant tales of mad scientists, giant insects, lost civilizations and the like- stories that, to the horror of mothers everywhere, seemed to quench some long-submerged thirst in young readers. — T... more »oday, the bug-eyed monsters are gone (for the most part), replaced by a varied landscape of fantasy and hard-science speculation, social commentary, literary experimentation and thought-provoking ideas from some of the most adventurous and talented writers around. And Hugo's spirit lives on.
"24 Views of Mt. Fiji, By Hokusai", by Roger Zelazny. Mari, martial arts master and Zen disciple, undertakes a pilgrimage in preparation for her final confrontation- with the formerly human mind of the man who was once her husband, but is now a malevolent intelligence inhabiting the world's vast computer network.
"Paladin of the Lost Hour" by Harlan Ellison. Billy Kinetta, night manager of a 7-Eleven store, is about to inherit a legacy beyond anything he ever imagined: a magical watch that holds the very existence of the world in its power.
"Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans. A high-school kid who gets himself a job in a god-forsaken all-night diner discovers that it caters to a rather unique clientele: travelers from parallel worlds!
With equally remarkable tales from Ursula K. LeGuin, Orson Scott Card, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, and Greg Bear, plus a fascinating introduction by Isaac Asimov, The New Hugo Winners, Volume II represents the very peak of Science Fiction today.« less