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Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
by Poul Anderson Isaac Asimov J. G. Ballard Greg Bear Gregory Benford Alfred Bester James Blish Miles J. Breuer David Brin Ed Bryant Arthur C. Clarke Hal Clement Philip K. Dick Gordon R. Dickson Michael F. Flynn John M. Ford Robert L. Forward Raymond Z. Gallun Randall Garrett William Gibson Tom Godwin Richard Grant Nathaniel Hawthorne Robert A. Heinlein James P. Hogan Dean Ing Raymond F. Jones Donald M. Kingsbury Rudyard Kipling Cyril M. Kornbluth Henry Kuttner Philip Latham Ursula K. Le Guin Katherine MacLean Anne McCaffrey Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore Larry Niven Edgar Allan Poe Frederik Pohl Rudy Rucker Hilbert Schenck Bob Shaw Clifford D. Simak John Sladek Cordwainer Smith Bruce Sterling Don A. Stuart Theodore Sturgeon Theodore L. Thomas James Tiptree, Jr. George Turner Jules Verne Vernor Vinge Ian Watson H. G. Wells Kate Wilhelm Gene Wolfe Rating: Weighted - 9.1 / Average - 9.2 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard Science Fiction is a groundbreaking collection of SF's finest works, selected by two of the field's most respected anthologists from the genre's visionary core -- the pure form known as "hard SF" that has always been the field's cutting edge. In The Ascent of Wonder, David G. Hartwell, editor of the critically acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning The Dark Descent: The Evolution of Horror, which redefined the literature of terror, joines with noted anthologist Kathryn Cramer to craft an equally ambitious exploration of this challenging and controversial literary form. The volume contains more than sixty exciting, insightful works of short science fiction by many of the field's best-known writers, as well as insightful interpretive essays by the editors and by author and scientist Gregory Benford.

The Ascent of Wonder is not only a definitive collection of many of science fiction's landmark works, it also provides a brilliant critical analysis of the origins and meaning of this popular literary form. "Hard SF is about the beauty of truth," writes David Hartwell in his Introduction. "It is a symbolic representation of the wonder at the perception of truth that is experienced at the moment of scientific discovery." The stories in the collection explore that theme -- the lively dialogue between unbridled imagination and hard scientific reality that has produced the field's most influential and memorable works. The authors represented range from the genre's earliest pioneers to its most visionary innovators, and its most outstanding younger talents.

Includes introductions by Gregory Benford, Kathryn Cramer, and David G. Hartwell.

Original title: The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Descent into the Maelström, a (1841) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Rappaccini's Daughter (1844) [Short Story]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     In the Year 2889 (1889) [Short Story]
      Author: Jules Verne
     Land Ironclads, the (1903) [Short Story]
      Author: H. G. Wells
     With the Night Mail (1905) [Short Story]
      Author: Rudyard Kipling
     Hungry Guinea Pig, the (1930) [Short Story]
      Author: Miles J. Breuer
     Atomic Power (1934) [Short Story]
      Authors: Don A. Stuart , John W. Campbell
     Davy Jones' Ambassador (1935) [Short Story]
      Author: Raymond Z. Gallun
     Proof (1942) [Short Story]
      Author: Hal Clement
     Mimsy Were the Borogroves (1943) [Novelette]
      Authors: Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Lewis Padgett
     Desertion (1944) [Short Story]
      Author: Clifford D. Simak
     Person from Porlock, the (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Raymond F. Jones
     "It's Great to Be Back!" (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert A. Heinlein
     Xi Effect, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Philip Latham
     Surface Tension (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: James Blish
     Snowball Effect, the (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Katherine MacLean
     Indefatigable Frog, the (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Philip K. Dick
     Beep (1954) [Short Story]
      Author: James Blish
     Time Fuze (1954) [Short Story]
      Author: Randall Garrett
     Cold Equations, the (1954) [Short Story]
      Author: Tom Godwin
     Gomez (1954) [Short Story]
      Author: Cyril M. Kornbluth
     Star, the (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Last Question, the (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Prima Belladonna (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: J. G. Ballard
     Pi Man, the (1959) [Short Story]
      Author: Alfred Bester
     No, No, Not Rogov! (1959) [Short Story]
      Author: Cordwainer Smith
     Cage of Sand, the (1962) [Short Story]
      Author: J. G. Ballard
     Weather Man, the (1962) [Short Story]
      Author: Theodore L. Thomas
     Dolphin's Way (1964) [Short Story]
      Author: Gordon R. Dickson
     Longest Science Fiction Story Ever Told, the (1965) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Bookworm, Run! (1966) [Short Story]
      Author: Vernor Vinge
     Day Million (1966) [Short Story]
      Author: Frederik Pohl
     Light of Other Days (1966) [Short Story]
      Author: Bob Shaw
     Weyr Search (1967) [Novella]
      Author: Anne McCaffrey
     Planners, the (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: Kate Wilhelm
     Kyrie (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: Poul Anderson
     Nine Lives (1969) [Novelette]
      Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
     Waterclap (1970) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Occam's Scalpel (1971) [Novelette]
      Author: Theodore Sturgeon
     Transit of Earth (1971) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Author of the Acacia Seeds, the (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
     Life and Times of Multivac, the (1975) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats, the (1976) [Short Story]
      Author: James Tiptree, Jr.
     Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck, the (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Hilbert Schenck
     To Bring in the Steel (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Donald M. Kingsbury
     In a Petri Dish Upstairs (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: George Turner
     Very Slow Time Machine, the (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Ian Watson
     giANTS (1979) [Short Story]
      Author: Ed Bryant
     Singing Diamond, the (1979) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert L. Forward
     Down & Out on Ellfive Prime (1979) [Short Story]
      Author: Dean Ing
     Drode's Equations (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: Richard Grant
     Johnny Mnemonic (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: William Gibson
     Exposures (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: Gregory Benford
     Making Light (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: James P. Hogan
     Relativistic Effects (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Gregory Benford
     Message Found in a Copy of Flatland (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Rudy Rucker
     Send Me a Kiss by Wire (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Hilbert Schenck
     Heat of Fusion (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: John M. Ford
     Procreation (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Gene Wolfe
     Beautiful and the Sublime, the (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Bruce Sterling
     Tangents (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Greg Bear
     All the Hues of Hell (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: Gene Wolfe
     Stop Evolution in Its Tracks! (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: John Sladek
     Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael F. Flynn
     Hole Man, the (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: Larry Niven
     What Continues, What Fails... (1991) [Short Story]
      Author: David Brin
     Chromatic Aberration (1994) [Short Story]
      Author: John M. Ford

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Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994)
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Language: English

Edited by: David G. Hartwell Kathryn Cramer
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ISBN: 031285062X

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