James Gunn is one of the preeminent science fiction scholars working in the field today, and his Road to Science Fiction
historical anthology series has been called "as definitive an SF anthology as one can obtain," by Publishers Weekly
. This third volume in the series collects the best work published between 1940 and 1977, showcasing such notable authors as Isaac Asimov
, Ray Bradbury
, Arthur C. Clarke
and Ursula K. Le Guin
. This is a must-have primer for both veteran SF fans and newcomers alike.
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...the stories are among the field's best known, by the most highly regarded authors of the period....There's little doubt why these stories are considered among the finest in science fiction history....Gunn's commentary is both informative and perceptive....he explains the literary development of science fiction, and the stories support his analysis....It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who loves science fiction. (Science Fiction Weekly
An excellent introduction to the history of the genre. (The New York Times
The best series, historically arranged, of SF anthologies ever assembled...All six volumes belong in the library of every university, school, and teacher and reader of science fiction. Gunn has gathered stories of importance to the development of SF and stories that represent the best writing of the genre. (Anatomy Of Wonder, 5Th Edition
...provides one of the most comprehensive views of the field and should be required reading for all students of sf. It has withstood the test of time, with classic stories....Gunn's headnotes and introductions remain provocative, even years later. The Road to Science Fiction
can be read as an historical document, one that says much about Gunn, his mind, and his take on sf as it does about the state of sf from its roots to its full maturity as a genre. (Science Fiction Studies