The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF David G. Hartwell

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The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF by David G. Hartwell
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Featuring more than sixty groundbreaking short stories by modern science fictions most important and influential writers, The Ascent of Wonder offers a definitive and incisive exploration of the SF genres visionary core.From Poe to Pohl, Wells toMoreFeaturing more than sixty groundbreaking short stories by modern science fictions most important and influential writers, The Ascent of Wonder offers a definitive and incisive exploration of the SF genres visionary core.From Poe to Pohl, Wells to Wolfe, and Verne to Vinge, this hefty anthology fully charts the themes, trends, thoughts, and traditions that comprise the challenging yet rich literary form known as hard SF.Contents15 • Real Science, Imaginary Worlds • (1994) • essay by Gregory Benford24 • On Science and Science Fiction • (1994) • essay by Kathryn Cramer30 • Hard Science Fiction • (1994) • essay by David G.

Hartwell43 • Nine Lives • (1969) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin61 • Light of Other Days • [Slow Glass] • (1966) • shortstory by Bob Shaw68 • Rappaccinis Daughter • (1844) • novelette by Nathaniel Hawthorne86 • The Star • (1955) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke91 • Proof • (1942) • shortstory by Hal Clement103 • Its Great to Be Back! • [Future History] • (1947) • shortstory by Robert A. Heinlein116 • Procreation • (1983) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe122 • Mimsy Were the Borogoves • (1943) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]144 • Davey Jones Ambassador • (1935) • novelette by Raymond Z.

Gallun166 • The Life and Times of Multivac • (1975) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov174 • The Singing Diamond • (1979) • shortstory by Robert L. Forward180 • Down & Out on Ellfive Prime • (1979) • novelette by Dean Ing196 • Send Me a Kiss by Wire • (1985) • shortstory by Hilbert Schenck208 • The Xi Effect • (1950) • shortstory by R.

S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham ]222 • A Descent into the Maelstrom • (1841) • shortstory by Edgar Allan Poe (aka A Descent into the Maelström)233 • Exposures • (1981) • shortstory by Gregory Benford243 • The Planners • (1968) • shortstory by Kate Wilhelm254 • Beep • (1954) • novelette by James Blish278 • Drodes Equations • (1981) • novelette by Richard Grant288 • The Weather Man • (1962) • novella by Theodore L. Thomas313 • Transit of Earth • (1971) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke323 • Prima Belladonna • [Vermilion Sands] • (1956) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard333 • To Bring in the Steel • (1978) • novelette by Donald Kingsbury360 • Gomez • (1954) • novelette by C.

M. Kornbluth377 • Waterclap • (1970) • novelette by Isaac Asimov398 • Weyr Search • [Dragonriders of Pern] • (1967) • novella by Anne McCaffrey434 • Message Found in a Copy of Flatland • (1983) • shortstory by Rudy Rucker442 • The Cold Equations • (1954) • novelette by Tom Godwin459 • The Land Ironclads • (1903) • novelette by H. G. Wells474 • The Hole Man • (1974) • shortstory by Larry Niven484 • Atomic Power • (1934) • shortstory by John W. Campbell, Jr. [as by Don A. Stuart ]494 • Stop Evolution in Its Tracks! • (1988) • shortstory by John Sladek499 • The Hungry Guinea Pig • (1930) • shortstory by Miles J.

Breuer, M.D.514 • The Very Slow Time Machine • (1978) • novelette by Ian Watson528 • The Beautiful and the Sublime • (1986) • novelette by Bruce Sterling547 • The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics • (1974) • shortstory by Ursula K.

Le Guin (aka The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics)553 • Heat of Fusion • (1984) • shortstory by John M. Ford564 • Dolphins Way • (1964) • shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson576 • All the Hues of Hell • (1987) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe585 • Occams Scalpel • (1971) • novelette by Theodore Sturgeon600 • giANTS • (1979) • shortstory by Edward Bryant612 • Time Fuze • (1954) • shortstory by Randall Garrett616 • Desertion • [City] • (1944) • shortstory by Clifford D.

Simak627 • Kyrie • (1968) • shortstory by Poul Anderson635 • The Person from Porlock • (1947) • shortstory by Raymond F. Jones651 • Day Million • (1966) • shortstory by Frederik Pohl656 • The Cage of Sand • (1962) • novelette by J. G. Ballard672 • The Psychologist Who Wouldnt Do Awful Things to Rats • (1976) • novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.689 • In the Year 2889 • (1889) • shortstory by Jules Verne (aka La Journée dun journaliste américain en 2890 1891 )700 • Surface Tension • [Pantropy] • (1952) • novelette by James Blish724 • No, No, Not Rogov!

• [The Instrumentality of Mankind] • (1959) • shortstory by Cordwainer Smith737 • In a Petri Dish Upstairs • (1978) • novelette by George Turner758 • With the Night Mail • (1905) • novelette by Rudyard Kipling788 • The Longest Science-Fiction Story Ever Told • (1966) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke790 • The Pi Man • (1959) • shortstory by Alfred Bester803 • Relativistic Effects • (1982) • novelette by Gregory Benford818 • Making Light • (1981) • shortstory by James P. Hogan826 • The Last Question • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov835 • The Indefatigable Frog • (1953) • shortstory by Philip K.

Dick843 • Chromatic Aberration • (1984) • novelette by John M. Ford864 • The Snowball Effect • (1952) • shortstory by Katherine MacLean873 • The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck • (1978) • novelette by Hilbert Schenck892 • Tangents • (1986) • shortstory by Greg Bear904 • Johnny Mnemonic • (1981) • shortstory by William Gibson917 • What Continues, What Fails .

. . • (1991) • novelette by David Brin937 • Mammy Morgan Played the Organ, Her Daddy Beat the Drum • (1990) • novella by Michael F. Flynn967 • Bookworm, Run! • (1966) • novelette by Vernor Vinge989 • Appendix: Another Path Through the Book (The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF) • (1994) • essay by Kathryn Cramer



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