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.
Wow! Lots of great stories here! The best SF collection I've ever come across. Its formatting for my paperwhite is a wee bit funky--the story intros run right into the stories--but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by cDye
Opened my eyes to the world of Science Fiction aka SF... And yes, it's "SF" and not "Sci-Fi"----nerds!Published 4 months ago by DH
This is the best collection of SF short stories that I've found. Most stories are very technologically and philosophically interesting, but admittedly this often comes at the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by G
Five Stars all the way. Hard SF the way it should be. Highly recommend this great collectionPublished 10 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 12 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 16 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 17 months ago by Amazon Customer