The Secret History of Science Fiction
by James Patrick Kelly
and John Kessel, eds.
Also edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka
Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology
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The Secret Is Out
"These stories are good enough to make The New Yorker's Eustace Tilley pop
Margaret Atwood / T. C. Boyle / Michael Chabon / Don DeLillo / Thomas M. Disch / Karen Joy Fowler / Molly Gloss / Ursula K. Le Guin / Jonathan Lethem / Maureen F. McHugh / Steven Millhauser / George Saunders / Carter Scholz / Lucius Shepard / Kate Wilhelm
Exploring an alternate history of science fiction, this ingenious anthology showcases eighteen brilliant authors leading the way to a new literature of the future. These award-winning stories defy trends, cross genres, and prove great fiction cannot be categorized.
Two strangely-detached astronauts orbit Earth while a third world war rages on. A primatologistís lover suspects her of obsession with one of her simian charges. The horrors of trench warfare dovetail with the theoretical workings of black holes. A dissolving marriage and bitter custody dispute are overshadowed by the arrival of time travelers. An astonishing invention that records the sense of touch is far too dangerous for Thomas Edison to reveal.
The future is here. Read it.
Table of Contents
Introduction by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel
Angouleme by Thomas M. Disch
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis by Kate Wilhelm
Descent of Man by T.C. Boyle
Human Moments in World War III by Don DeLillo
Homelanding by Margaret Atwood
The Nine Billion Names of God by Carter Scholz
Interlocking Pieces by Molly Gloss
Salvador by Lucius Shepard
Schwarzschild Radius by Connie Willis
Buddha Nostril Bird by John Kessel
The Ziggurat by Gene Wolfe
The Hardened Criminals by Jonathan Lethem
Standing Room Only by Karen Joy Fowler
10^16 to 1 by James Patrick Kelly
93990 by George Saunders
The Martian Agent, A Planetary Romance by Michael Chabon
Frankensteinís Daughter by Maureen F. McHugh
The Wizard of West Orange by Steven Millhauser
his cartoon monocle."
"A compelling collection...very unique and thought provoking."
-Sacramento Book Review
"All I really want to do, at the moment, is embrace the unsuspecting editors in a massive, spine-crunching bear hug"
-Ed Park, LA Times
"If youíre interested in reading a bunch of stories written by some of the best contemporary writers out there, youíll like this anthology. If you also want to read some of the best science fiction stories since the 70s, youíll love this anthology. "
Praise for Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
Oh, these stories!... Don't stop until all have been read.
-Booklist, starred review
Is slipstream just science fiction and fantasy that doesn't know that it's science fiction or fantasy? Or is it more than that? Decide for yourself by slipping into short stories that are superb, whatever you choose to call them.
Highlight: Lethem's crack-smoking aliens.
At last we have our definitive collection.... And once again, we can rejoice that revolution after revolution will be printed, not televised.
-The Agony Column
Worth buying? Well if you want to be the hippest cat on the block, then yes.
Leave it to Tachyon, one of the most exhilarating and intellectually probing small presses, to put out a book like this. We hope it makes its way out of what the editors call the "ghetto of the fantastic" and into the mainstream. This book is a joy, and could easily become a staple of college syllabi in the not-so-distant future.
-Time Out Chicago
Whether you're interested in the boundaries of slipstream or not, Feeling Very Strange is a terrific collection of stories.
-Intergalactic Medicine Show
If you read the contents of Feeling Very Strange in linear order (I recommend that you do), you will actually have a non-linear, information-building, increasingly exhilirating experience.
-Science Fiction Studies
I've seldom read an anthology in which every story works so well both as a stand-alone and as an element in a greater whole. Heed its contributors and marvel that so diverse a group sings such fine distinctive solos and yet harmonizes so well. Credit Kessel and Kelly, too, for the grace of their introduction, the art of the book's arrangement, and the modesty of their editorial presence, directing our attention away from themselves and toward either the authors of the stories or the participants in the amusing four-part discussion "I Want My 20th-Century Schizoid Art."
I expect to wake up as a giant cockroach tomorrow morning. Can anything really be better than that?
-Reading the Leaves
Praise for Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
"fascinating, and indispensable to any serious SF reader.... Rewired is one of the best imaginable anthologies covering what SF is doing right now..."
"...cyberpunk has grown past its rebel stage and is now not only capable of dazzling us with surfaces but also of speaking of the human condition..."
"...an excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is
often the best venue for new ideas in the field."
"...sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories...and every story in the
bunch is a knockout."
Rewired is so controversial that it engendered pre-publication flame war. (OK, it's fairly polite and very funny flame war, but still...)