Twenty-First Century Science Fiction
David G. Hartwell

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction is an enormous anthology of short stories―close to 250,000 words―edited by two of the most prestigious and award-winning editors in the SF field and featuring recent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.

David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted arbiters of the field, but Twenty-First Century Science Fiction presents fans’ first opportunities to see what their considerable talents come up with together, and also to get a unique perspective on what’s coming next in the science fiction field.

The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favorites to incandescent new talents including Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, and Peter Watts, and the stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction field’s major awards.

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Science Fiction Books of 2013

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction book cover

This was quite modern in its own way, which naturally is the idea. I particularly enjoyed:
Neal Asher’s Strood, ,
Rachel Swirsky’s Eros, Philia, Agape,
Tony Ballantyne’s tk’tk’tk,
Ian Creasey’s Erosion,
Ted Kosmatka’s The Prophet of Flores,
James Cambias balancing accounts,
Peter Watts The Island,
And Cory Doctorow’s Chicken Little.

Omited from the above because I enjoyed it most of all is Ken Liu’s Algorithms for Love, which haunted me for the whole night I red it, and is undeniably my favourite of the collection. I also have a whole coven of new authors to look at now, of course!

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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