The Asimov's SF 30th Anniversary Anthology
by Sheila Williams, ed.
$14.95 trade paperback / 352 pp.
Cover illustration by Michael Whelan / Cover design by Ann Monn
"A truly extraordinary sampler of tales.... Every piece in this superlative collection is a nugget of pure science fiction gold."
A gem, and a credit to editor Williams.
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
John Varley - "Air Raid"
Robert Silverberg - "The Time of the Burning"
Octavia E. Butler - "Speech Sounds"
Bruce Sterling - "Dinner in Audoghast"
Isaac Asimov - "Robot Dreams"
Kim Stanley Robinson - "Glacier"
Connie Willis - "Cibola"
Jonathan Lethem - "The Happy Man"
Mike Resnick - "Over There"
Ursula K. LeGuin - "Ether, OR"
Kelly Link - "Flying Lessons"
Michael Swanwick - "Ancient Engines"
James Patrick Kelly - "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Charles Stross - "Lobsters"
Lucius Shepard - "Only Partly Here"
Stephen Baxter - "The Children of Time"
Robert Reed - "Eight Episodes"
This anniversary anthology presented in chronological order showcases 30 years of excellent stories published in the legendary magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction. Asimov's Science Fiction was founded in 1977. As one of science fiction’s most influential and prolific writers, Isaac Asimov wanted to provide a home for new SF writers—a new magazine for young writers could break into. Asimov's Science Fiction remains that home, as well as the publisher of some of the field’s best known authors.
From John Varley's 1977 look at a new kind of "Air Raid" to Robert Reed's 2006 dissection of a fictitious and ominously portentous short-lived TV-series ("Eight Episodes"), the 17 stories in this collection span the 30-year period since the late Isaac Asimov first published the magazine that bears his name and stands for the best in current sf and visionary fiction. Including stories by Robert Silverberg, Octavia Butler, Mike Resnick, Ursula Le Guin, and other genre standouts, this volume belongs in most sf or short fiction collections.
The good folk at Tachyon Publications have done a fine job producing this handsome book, and are to be commended, as is editor Sheila Williams for her introductory remarks, where the history of the magazine and its various editors are recalled, as well as when a few of its authors first saw print in the magazine, and when some of its classic stories first appeared.