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New skies : an anthology of today's science fiction
Nielsen Hayden, Patrick.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2003.
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288 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
They're made out of meat / Terry Bisson -- A walk in the sun / Geoffrey A. Landis -- Peaches for Mad Molly / Steven Gould -- Serpents' teeth / Spider Robinson -- Uncle Joshua and the Grooglemen / Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald -- A letter from the Clearys / Connie Willis -- Brian and the aliens / Will Shetterly -- Different kinds of darkness / David Langford -- Will you be an astronaut? / Greg van Eekhout -- Cards of grief / Jane Yolen -- Tangents / Greg Bear -- The alien mind / Philip K. Dick -- Out of all them bright stars / Nancy Kress -- The Lincoln train / Maureen F. McHugh -- Arthur Sternbach brings the curveball to Mars / Kim Stanley Robinson -- Salvage / Orson Scott Card -- The great goodbye / Robert Charles Wilson.
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A new generation of science fiction fans is at hand. A new generation that is curious, smart, audacious, and experimental. It is for them that Patrick Nielsen Hayden-winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology - has selected these stories from the thousands published by contemporary SF writers over the past two decades.Here are writers such as Philip K. Dick, Orson Scott Card, Jane Yolen, Greg Bear, Kim Stanley Robinson, Steven Gould, Connie Willis, Spider Robinson, and many more. Here is a careening adventure along the outside of a tower looming miles above the ground, and a tale of desperate survival on the deadly surface of the Moon. Here is a world in which children divorce their parents, and the story of a four-dimensional boy in a three-dimensional world. Here are future young people rebuilding afterterrible disasters, and here is a story of the future development of baseball-on Mars.Nightmarish or whimsical, irreverent or swashbuckling, each of these stories is an adventure in imagination. Journey from the here and now into New Skies.

Author Notes

Patrick Nielsen Hayden is Senior Editor, Manager of Science Fiction, at Tor Books. He has worked in the science fiction field as an editor, reviewer, publisher, and in other capacities, since the mid-1970s. The Washington Post has called him "one of the most literate and historically aware editors in science fiction."His original anthology series Starlight has won the World Fantasy Award, while individual stories from it have won the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. His other anthologies include the YA reprint collections New Skies and New Magics and Up . A frequent speaker at science fiction conventions and writing workshops, he also plays guitar with a variety of ensembles and maintains a popular weblog about politics and culture. He lives with his wife and collaborator, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. A fine lineup of authors, including Orson Scott Card, Philip. Dick, Steven Gould, Connie Willis, andane Yolen, distinguishes this collection of short stories that first appeared in science fiction magazines. The most recent story, Greg van Eekhout's Will You Be an Astronaut? features a Mexican astronaut named Antonio in a future when all astronauts come from Central and South America and a place called the North American Diaspora. Other stories conjure up a world in which children can divorce their parents, a four-dimensional boy who exists in a three-dimensional world, and an explanation for baseball's development on Mars. There is something for everyone--adventure, comedy, horror, satire, suspense, and whimsy. Especially noteworthy is Terry Bisson's They're Made Out of Meat, about aliens who visit Earth and are astonished by how much sentient meat have managed to accomplish. Science fiction fans will enjoy this solid collection of some of the best the genre has to offer. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, gathers 17 stories starring aliens and dimensions beyond the 3-D world. In "They're Made Out of Meat" by Terry Bisson, a pair of aliens are stunned to discover an intelligent species made not of machinery or gasses, but of flesh. A boy and his dog exchange bodies with a pair of tentacled aliens in "Brian and the Aliens" by Will Shetterly. And in the award-winning "Tangents" by Greg Bear, a scientist and a kid make contact with the fourth dimension. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved