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The hard SF renaissance
Hartwell, David G.
First edition.
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New York : TOR, 2002.
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960 pages ; 25 cm
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Something exciting has been happening in modern SF. After decades of confusion, many of the field's best writers have been returning to the subgenre called, roughly, "hard SF"-science fiction focused on science and technology, often with strong adventure plots. Now, World Fantasy Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present an immense, authoritative anthology that maps the development and modern-day resurgence of this form, argues for its special virtues and present preeminence-and entertains us with some spectacular storytelling along the way.Included are major stories by contemporary and classic names such as Poul Anderson, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Greg Egan, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, Frederik Pohl, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Charles Sheffield, Brian Stableford, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, and Vernor Vinge. The Hard SF Renaissance will be an anthology that SF readers return to for years to come.A major anthology of the "hard SF" subgenre-arguing that it's not only the genre's core, but also its future:Poul AndersonStephen BaxterGregory BenfordBen BovaDavid BrinTed ChiangArthur C. ClarkeHal ClementGreg EganMichael FlynnJoe HaldemanJames P. HoganJames Patrick KellyNancy KressGeoffrey A. LandisDavid LangfordPaul LevinsonPaul McAuleyDavid NordleyFrederik PohlRobert ReedAlastair ReynoldsKim Stanley RobinsonRobert J. SawyerrdKarl SchroederCharles SheffieldJoan SlonczewskiBrian StablefordAllen SteeleBruce SterlingMichael SwanwickVernor VingePeter WattsSarah Zettel

Author Notes

David G. Hartwell , called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly , is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders , a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies are the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction and the World Fantasy Award winner The Dark Descent . He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times. Kathryn Cramer coedited the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology The Architecture of Fear and was the editor of its widely praised sequel Walls of Fear . She has edited and coedited several other anthologies. With David G. Hartwell, she edited The Ascent of Wonder , a major anthology covering the earlier history and development of "hard SF," to which this volume is a companion. Hartwell and Cramer also coedit the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF series. They live in Pleasantville, NY, with their son, Peter.

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Booklist Review

This colossal anthology covers the return of sf to themes based in the hard sciences. The contents demonstrate that biology now rivals physics as an inspiration, and that the farther shores of inspirational physics extend farther out than ever before. Of course, some writers draw on a complex compound of the sciences to realize the worlds they conjure; for instance, Kim Stanley Robinson, whose two stories here share the setting of his Mars trilogy. Among the venerable titans who have contributed to the new hard sf and whose work is represented are the late Poul Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, Hal Clement, and Frederick Pohl. One very fruitful entry is "Beggars in Spain," the seed of Nancy Kress' award-winning Beggars trilogy. Other diverse offerings come from Stephen Baxter; David Brin; Joan Slonczewski, showing her usual dab hand with biology; and Robert J. Sawyer, quietly intelligent as ever. A very satisfactory overview of a major portion of contemporary sf and a sterling achievement by Tor and the Hartwell-Cramer team. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Hard SF Renaissance, a hefty story anthology edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, showcases such talents as Paul McAuley, Greg Egan, Ted Chiang and Vernor Vinge, who have returned to SF's roots in emphasizing science and technology. The editors supply an astute introduction surveying recent trends in the genre. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From Paul McAuley's tale of runaway technology ("Gene Wars") to Gregory Benford's story of evolution and murder ("Immersion"), the 41 stories in this annotated anthology provide a strong argument for the revival of hard sf as a major force in the genre in the 1990s. Showcasing short fiction by veteran sf authors like Kim Stanley Robinson, Joe Haldeman, Bruce Sterling, Nancy Kress, Ben Bova, and Arthur C. Clarke, the collection charts the emergence of trends in the genre. Primary among them are the movement away from a conservative, pro-military route and toward a more liberal-minded science, as well as the rising prominence of British and Australian authors. Each story is prefaced by brief commentaries that continue the arguments posited in the general introduction. For libraries wanting a definitive collection of hard sf written since 1990, this is a priority purchase. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Paul McAuleyGreg EganPoul AndersonKim Stanley RobinsonStephen BaxterNancy KressGregory BenfordArthur C. ClarkeJames Patrick KellyBen BovaRobert ReedJoan SloncezewskiCharles SheffieldBruce SterlingDavid BrinKim Stanley RobinsonG. David NordleyRobert J. SawyerGeoffrey A. LandisJoe HaldemanBrian StablefordPaul McAuleyHal ClementGreg EganMichael SwanwickAlastair ReynoldsPeter WattsStephen BaxterJames P. HoganTed ChiangKarl SchroederDavid LangfordVernor VingeDavid BrinPaul LevinsonSarah ZettelAllen SteeleMichael FlynnBruce SterlingFrederik PohlGregory Benford
Introduction: New people, New Places, New Politicsp. 13
Gene Warsp. 19
Wang's Carpetsp. 25
Genesisp. 48
Arther Sternbach Brings The Curveball To Marsp. 117
On The Orion Linep. 125
Beggars In Spainp. 149
Matter's Endp. 201
The Hammer OF Godp. 229
Think like a Dinosaurp. 239
Mount Olympusp. 253
Marrowp. 282
Microbep. 317
The Lady Vanishesp. 326
Bicycle Repairmanp. 337
An Ever Reddening Glowp. 360
Sexual Dimorphismp. 364
Into The Miranda Riftp. 375
The Shoulders of Giantsp. 417
A Walk In The Sunp. 428
For White Hillp. 440
A Career In Sekual Chemistryp. 470
Reefp. 484
Exchange Ratep. 504
Reasons To Be Cheerfulp. 545
Griffin's Eggp. 568
Great Wall Of Marsp. 620
A Nichep. 651
Gossamerp. 673
Madam Butterflyp. 686
Understandp. 699
Halop. 723
Different Kinds of Darknessp. 736
Fast Timers At Fairmont Highp. 743
Reality Checkp. 786
The Mendelian Lamp Casep. 789
Kinds of Strangersp. 814
The Good Ratp. 830
Built Upon The Sands Of Timep. 845
Taklamakanp. 856
Hatching The Phoenixp. 884
Immersionp. 919