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This new collection from the editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine generally lives up to its billing. Deliberately avoiding oft-anthologized stories, Dozois serves up a wide variety of SF from 1955 to 1989, offered here chronologically and ranging from the disturbing settings characteristic of Damon Knight, Richard McKenna and Ursula K. Le Guin, to touching character studies from Samuel R. Delaney, Roger Zelazny and Connie Willis, to the complex futures of James Tiptree Jr., Pat Cadigan and William Gibson. A highlight is Jack Vance's brilliant tale of alien anthropology, "The Moon Moth." The collection's weak link is Keith Roberts's "The Lady Margaret," which moves too slowly toward an uninteresting climax. Readers might enjoy Bruce Sterling's "Dori Bangs," but only if they're familiar with rock critic Lester Bangs and with cartoonist Dori Seda. Dozois's introductions tend toward hyperbole (many contributors are labeled "giants" or "masters"). Also included are tales by L. Sprague de Camp, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, R. A. Lafferty, Gene Wolfe, Joanna Russ and eight others.
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"'Modern Classics of Science Fiction' is the kind of book you use to hook someone on science fiction for life, the sort of landmark anthology that defines a generation of literature."
--The Atlanta Journal
 
"An excellent collection of science fiction."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
"Lives up to its billing."
--Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312088477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312088477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn McDorman on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is very rare for me to enjoy more than half of any anthology, but I loved 75% of this one. The stories in here, although by "classic" authors, are rare and fun. This volume knocks the socks off of any "Year's Best ..." I can't praise it enough.
Here are the three best stories:
The Fifth Head of Cerberus -- Gene Wolfe
This Moment of the Storm -- Roger Zelazny
The Edge of the World -- Michael Swanwick
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
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This collection of modern classic sci-fi novels by well-known authors is highly recommended. The authors represented include, amoung others, Robert Siverberg, Poul Andreson, Brian Aldiss and Gene Wolfe.
The quality of the stories ranges from the "just" very good (Nancy Kress' AND WILD TO HOLD, for example) to the superb (Aldiss' TOTAL ENVIORMENT and Silverberg's SAILING TO BYZANTIUM) to the extremely odd but brilliant (Cordwainer Smith's ON THE STORM PLANET and and James Kelly's MR. BOY).
If you like science fiction - and do not already have most of these previously-published short stories from other sources - buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on May 16, 2011
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Gardner Dozois stands in 1991, surveys the previous thirty years of science fiction stories, and chooses these twenty-six. He makes it clear in the introduction that he isn't trying to trace the genre's history, isn't choosing stories to represent different subgenres, and isn't trying to showcase any of his favorite authors. He picked stories he enjoyed reading. It's a good thing to be an editor.

Here are my favorite four of the editor's favorite twenty-six.

Damon Knight's "The Country of the Kind" examines the life of a lonely man who keeps reaching out for others. Something always gets in the way. This story may have influenced Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange.

Gene Wolf's "The Fifth Head of Cerberus" "echoes of Proust and Dickens and Kipling and Chesterton." It's a family history of a closer-than-usual family in business together.

Howard Waldrup's "The Ugly Chickens" follows an investigator trying to prove that an extinct bird may still be alive. What he finds makes him truly thankful.

Lucius Shepard's "Salvador" puts us inside the head of a soldier fighting the enemy in a South American jungle--with a little help from his little friends.

Gardner Dozois' taste in science fiction works for me. These stories are all interesting and most are fun to read. A couple of them take you to a dark place. So watch out for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on January 14, 2011
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For nearly 30 years, Gardner Dozois has been editing annual "best of" sci-fi collections. In the early 1990s he was asked by his publisher to pull together a volume of "classics". In selecting his slate of classics, Dozois limited himself to stories published after the "Golden Age" of sci-fi (late 1930s to mid-1950s) and, according to his preface, attempted to minimize overlap with existing anthologies.

The biggest strength of this collection is that the stories are remarkably timeless. This is partly a result of preferring stories set anywhere other than our near future, including alternate pasts and presents, after the Apocalypse, in the far future, or on other worlds. It is also a result of selecting character-driven, sociological, and philosophical pieces over technology-driven and starships-and-rayguns pieces. Only one of the stories seems truly dated -- Joanna Russ' 1972 story "Nobody's Home", featuring a future Earth where people get news through "the computer" (nicely anticipating the Internet) and (almost) everybody lives in a 1960s vision of group marriages.

Most of the stories are quite good, although the best, like Jack Vance's "The Moon Moth" and Gene Wolfe's "The Fifth Head of Cerberus", are ones that older readers like myself will have seen collected elsewhere. Some of the stories are most noteworthy for being quirky, like Howard Waldrop's "The Ugly Chickens", which describes a graduate student's frantic search for evidence of dodos that survived long after the species' supposed extinction, and R. A. Lafferty's "Narrow Valley," written in the style of a Native American trickster folktale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeltaEchoBravo on December 3, 2012
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I bought this collection because it contained the Moon Moth by Jack Vance. The entire collection is great, and I have long found that these short story compilations are some of the best places to find new authors to follow. The Moon Moth is still one of my favorites, but it was great finding the other stories too.
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