The World Treasury of Science Fiction Author:David G. Hartwell If you already love science fiction, you don't need to be sold on this book--it's the biggest and best collection from all over the world ever compiled in one volume, totaling more than fifty complete works in all. And for those who aren't yet aficionados of the genre, this collection offers the pleasures of discovery. — Ranging in scope from th... more »e 1930s to the present, from Latin America to Japan, from space adventures to meditations on the human condition, 'The World Treasury of Science Fiction' offers an unparalleled history and survey of science fiction in this century. All the great masters are here--Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Stanislaw Lem, J.G. Ballard, Robert Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, and dozens more. Equally fine stories by writers not usually associated with science fiction--including Kurt Vonnegut, John Berryman, Jorge Luis Borges, and Italo Calvino--explore the literary diversity and potential of a genre that questions our view of the future and the worlds we imagine beyond our own.
As the range and variety of this collection show, SF has changed and grown since the so-called Golden Age of the 1940s, when stories tended to be energetic visions of the bright future that science and technology would make possible. The stories in this volume are sophisticated, challenging, witty, sometimes profound, and always entertaining. They will win for science fiction the broad audience it deserves.« less