Contributors to The Hard SF Renaissance range from SF gods like Poul Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frederik Pohl; to promising newcomers like Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, and Peter Watts; and to acclaimed SF writers not usually associated with hard SF, like James Patrick Kelley, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, and Michael Swanwick.
You may have noticed the lack of women in that list. It reflects the book: the 30-odd contributors (some with two stories) include only three women (Nancy Kress, Joan Slonczewski, and Sarah Zettel, with one story each). Some eyebrow-elevating omissions are Eleanor Arnason, Catherine Asaro, Nicola Griffith, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Connie Willis, all of whom have written hard SF stories in the period covered by The Hard SF Renaissance. They've certainly written SF harder than the book's implicit definition (the book reprints Kim Stanley Robinson's fine story "Sexual Dimorphism," in which fossil DNA serves as a metaphor for the protagonist's failing relationship; a few cosmetic changes and this SF story would be mainstream). The absence of several crucial authors makes The Hard SF Renaissance a less-than-definitive anthology of late-20th-century hard SF. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent collection of varied and interesting hard science fiction stories.
I recommend this book to the most dedicated and hard core science fiction fans as all as the novices in the genre who are just looking for a casual read.
The book's preface and brief introductions to each story add significant value.
Five Stars all the way. Hard SF the way it should be. Highly recommend this great collectionPublished 3 months ago by Always Already
a hefty collection of hard SF. Only a couple of stories stand out, but very few are awful. A good overview of the genre as of the end of the 20th century.Published 5 months ago by lem888
This was quite simply one of the best SF anthologies I've ever encountered, and so far the best I've read that sticks mainly to a single decade. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joshua Smith
For editors of a work of literature, these editors seemed rather intent on drawing a political line between authors from different countries. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a masterpiece and i can not put it down. For those of you haven't read the synopsis here is the edited positively biased version. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yusuf Egal
This book has many insightful SF stories. My favorite one is about a post-singularity universe in which many stellar systems have machine civilizations originally descended from... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Oleg Alexandrov
ran across this at the public library and have wanted it for my own ever since. every story rocks. "could all this strange haphazard beauty be nothing but an excuse for those... Read morePublished 18 months ago by jmg
I am a hard SciFi junkie. This 'read' brilliantly introduces, illuminates,and fires the respect attained by these authors. More, please!Published 19 months ago by Larry Simpson