The Big Book of Science Fiction

The Ultimate Collection

1178 pages

English language

Published 2016 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard.

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What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, youll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. …

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(em português → ) "The Big Book of Science Fiction" (2016) is really big: 1,200 pages of the best science fiction stories of all time, in the opinion of Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Jeff is one of today's best speculative (mainly "new weird") authors. With Ann (his wife), they also have a lot of experience in preparing collections like this one.

For anyone who likes the genre, it's a treasure trove. Even those who don't particularly like it can find short stories so good that they transcend genre limitations.

The couple also edited another collection that is waiting in my queue: "Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology". This inclusivity is also a hallmark of "The Big Book...". People such as Asimov, Clarke and Dick are all there, but the number of female authors, feminist or diverse themes and people from outside the US-England axis is impressive. …


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