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Supermen : tales of the posthuman future
Dozois, Gardner R.
First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2002]

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xiii, 450 pages ; 21 cm
The chapter ends / Poul Anderson -- Watershed / James Blish -- Slow Tuesday night / R.A. Lafferty -- Aye, and Gomorrah / Samuel R. Delany -- Nobody's home / Joanna russ -- The hero as werwolf / Gene Wolfe -- Halifack / Roger Zelazny -- Dancers in the time-flux / Robert Silverberg -- Spook / Bruce Sterling -- Understand / Ted Chiang -- None so blind / Joe Haldeman -- Mortimer Gray's history of death / Brian Stebleford -- Brother perfect / Robert Reed -- A child of the dead / Liz Williams -- Nevermore / Ian R. MacLeod -- The wisdom of old Earth / Michael Stanwick -- Toast : a con report / Charles Stross -- The gardens of Saturn / Paul J. McAuley -- Grist / Tony Daniel -- Fossil games / Tom Purdom -- The wedding album / David Marusek -- Steps along the way / Eric Brown -- Border guards / Greg Egan -- Homo sapiens delcared extinct / Bruce Sterling -- A history of the human and post-human species / Geoffrey A. Landis -- The great goodbye / Robert Charles Wilson.
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Mind-expanding explorations of the future of the human form

Our bodies and minds are malleable, and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements. From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution. Included here are more than twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including:

Poul Anderson * James Blish * Eric Brown * Ted Chiang * Tony Daniel * Samuel R. Delany * Greg Egan * Joe Haldeman * Geoffrey A. Landis * Paul McAuley * Ian MacLeod * David Marusek * Tom Purdom * Robert Reed * Joanna Russ * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Liz Williams * Gene Wolfe * Roger Zelazny

Author Notes

Gardner Dozois was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 23, 1947. After working as an Army journalist, he became a science fiction and fantasy editor and author. He was the founding editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies and editor of Asimov's from 1984 until 2004. His work as an editor received more than 40 Hugo Awards, 40 Nebula Awards, and 30 Locus Awards. He received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor 15 times between 1988 and his retirement from Asimov's in 2004.

He wrote books including Strangers and short stories including The Peacemaker and Morning Child, which won the Nebula Award for Short Story in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He also collaborated with George R. R. Martin on a series of themed anthologies including Songs of the Dying Earth, Old Mars, Dangerous Women, and Rogues. In 2011, Dozois was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He died on May 27, 2018 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Veteran, not to mention highly honored, sf editor Dozois now applies his knowledge of the field to rounding up stories on the next stage of human evolution. The results in toto rather emphasize humans genetically adapted for longer life, greater intelligence, and physical survival in extraterrestrial environments. Eliminating stories in which mutation "must be the result of atomic radiation," excessively long pieces, and ones he simply dislikes, Dozois presents 29 tales, originally published between 1955 and 2000. A cluster comes from the end of that time span, when the question of genetic manipulation of humans became a hot news topic, and Dozois displays a slight tendency to draw from the files of Asimov's Science Fiction, which he has edited for quite a while. But these are high-quality stories, impressively various, that altogether soundly cover a theme that is likely to increase in importance during this coming century. Put another feather in your anthologist's cap, Mr. Dozois. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Veteran SF editor Gardner Dozois, who selects stories for the Year's Best Science Fiction series, does it again, this time with an anthology focused on future incarnations of humanity, in Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Form. Poul Anderson, Joanna Russ, Roger Zelazny and Liz Williams contribute their visions of the next dominant life form. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Poul AndersonJames BlishR.A. LaffertySamuel R. DelanyJoanna RussGene WolfeRoger ZelaznyRobert SilverbergBruce SterlingTed ChingJoe HaldemanBrian StablefordRobert ReedLiz WilliamsIan R. MacleodMichael SwanwickCharles StrossPaul J. McAuleyTony DanielTom PurdomDavid MarusekEric BrownGreg EganBruce SterlingGeoffrey A. LandisRobert Charles Wilson
Prefacep. ix
The Chapter Endsp. 1
Watershedp. 18
Slow Tuesday Nightp. 26
Aye, and Gomorrahp. 32
Nobody's Homep. 41
The Hero as Werwolfp. 54
Halfjackp. 66
Dancers in the Time-Fluxp. 71
Spookp. 85
Understandp. 97
None So Blindp. 125
Mortimer Gray's History of Deathp. 133
Brother Perfectp. 181
A Child of the Deadp. 223
Nevermorep. 229
The Wisdom of Old Earthp. 246
Toast: A Con Reportp. 255
The Gardens of Saturnp. 267
Gristp. 294
Fossil Gamesp. 340
The Wedding Albump. 373
Steps Along the Wayp. 413
Border Guardsp. 421
Epiloguep. 440
Homo Sapiens Declared Extinctp. 442
A History of the Human and Post-Human Speciesp. 444
The Great Goodbyep. 449