Lou Aronica, et al : Full Spectrum


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Full Spectrum was the largest most ambitious original anthology series of the late 1980s to mid 1990s, launched by Bantam Spectra editor Lou Aronica and co-edited with Shawna McCarthy and others. The first volume was a paperback original; the second and third had hardcovers from Doubleday Foundation with a simultaneous trade paperback of the third; the last two were trade paperback originals. Aronica left Bantam in 1994, with the fifth volume in 1995 edited by three others.

As the title suggests and the first volume's introduction explains, the editors were open to the entire range of "fantastic fiction," science fiction and fantasy, from the traditional subgenres to the occasional "unclassifiable."

Ten stories from the five volumes were Hugo and/or Nebula nominees. Fives stories from the first volume alone were Nebula nominees in that year, with James Morrow's "Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge" winning. Michael Swanwick's "The Edge of the World" frome volume 2 won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, while Martha Soukup's "The Story So Far" placed second for that award four years later.

Other notable stories are Greg Bear's "Sleepside Story," Gregory Benford's "Matter's End," Ted Chiang's "Division by Zero," Jack McDevitt's "The Fort Moxie Branch" (incorrectly published as "The Fourth Moxie Branch"), Norman Spinrad's "Journals of the Plague Years," and Gene Wolfe's "The Ziggurat."

The first and third anthologies won Locus Awards. The fourth won a World Fantasy Award.

Most published authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Hand, Howard V. Hendrix, and Jack McDevitt, 3 times each.

  • Full Spectrum, Lou Aronica & Shawna McCarthy, eds. (Bantam Spectra, 1988) [isfdb]
  • Full Spectrum 2, Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout & Patrick LoBrutto, eds. (Doubleday Foundation, 1989) [isfdb]
  • Full Spectrum 3, Lou Aronica, Amy Stout & Betsy Mitchell, eds. (Doubleday Foundation, 1991) [isfdb]
  • Full Spectrum 4, Lou Aronica, Amy Stout & Betsy Mitchell, eds. (Bantam Spectra, 1993) [isfdb]
  • Full Spectrum 5, Jennifer Hershey, Tom Dupree & Janna Silverstein, eds. (Bantam Spectra, 1995) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Ray Aldridge
  • The Beauty Addict -- Vol. #4
  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • Fondest of Memories -- Vol. #3
  • Human, Martian—One, Two, Three -- Vol. #4
  • Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror (by KJA & Doug Beason) -- Vol. #1
  • Poul Anderson
  • Rokuro -- Vol. #3
  • Patricia Anthony
  • The Dark at the Corner of the Eye -- Vol. #3
  • Fred Bals
  • Once in a Lullaby -- Vol. #1
  • William Barton
  • When a Man's an Empty Kettle -- Vol. #5
  • Greg Bear
  • Sleepside Story -- Vol. #2
  • Doug Beason
  • Homecoming -- Vol. #5
  • Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror (by Kevin J. Anderson & DB) -- Vol. #1
  • Gregory Benford
  • Matter's End -- Vol. #3
  • Proselytes -- Vol. #1
  • Steven Bryan Bieler
  • Tinker to Evers to Chance -- Vol. #1
  • Michael Bishop
  • Apartheid, Superstrings, and Mordecai Thubana -- Vol. #3
  • Simply Indispensible -- Vol. #5
  • Michael Blumlein
  • The Thing Itself -- Vol. #1
  • Mark Bourne
  • What Dreams Are Made on -- Vol. #5
  • Richard Bowes
  • Fountains in Summer -- Vol. #5
  • R. V. Branham
  • Chango Chingamadre, Dutchman, & Me -- Vol. #3
  • David Brin
  • The Giving Plague -- Vol. #2
  • What Continues, What Fails... -- Vol. #4
  • Edward Bryant
  • 'Saurus Wrecks -- Vol. #2
  • Ted Chiang
  • Division by Zero -- Vol. #3
  • David Ira Cleary
  • All Our Sins Forgotten -- Vol. #2
  • Tony Daniel
  • Prism Tree -- Vol. #3
  • Emily Devenport
  • Goddoggit -- Vol. #5
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Voices of the Kill -- Vol. #1
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Woman Who Loved Pigs -- Vol. #4
  • Marcos Donnelly
  • As a Still Small Voice -- Vol. #2
  • Tracking the Random Variable -- Vol. #3
  • L. Timmel Duchamp
  • Motherhood, Etc. -- Vol. #4
  • Jean-Claude Dunyach
  • The Dead Eye of the Camera -- Vol. #5
  • In Medicis Gardens -- Vol. #4
  • Gregory Feeley
  • The Mind's Place -- Vol. #4
  • Lauren Fitzgerald
  • A Fruitful Harvest -- Vol. #5
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • Black Glass -- Vol. #3
  • Shimabara -- Vol. #5
  • Joseph Gangemi
  • The Painted Man -- Vol. #2
  • Jean Mark Gawron
  • Tale of the Blue Spruce Dreaming (or How to be Flesh) -- Vol. #5
  • Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • The Gamemaker -- Vol. #2
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • My Year with the Aliens -- Vol. #1
  • Richard Grant
  • Magister Rudy -- Vol. #1
  • Michael Gust
  • A Belly Full of Stars -- Vol. #5
  • Karen Haber
  • A Plague of Strangers -- Vol. #2
  • Elizabeth Hand
  • The Boy in the Tree -- Vol. #2
  • The Erl-King -- Vol. #4
  • Snow on Sugar Mountain -- Vol. #3
  • Howard V. Hendrix
  • Ah! Bright Wings -- Vol. #4
  • The Farm System -- Vol. #1
  • The Music of What Happens -- Vol. #5
  • Wolfgang Jeschke
  • Loitering at Death's Door -- Vol. #3
  • Bonita Kale
  • The Saints -- Vol. #4
  • Michael Kallenberger
  • Dogs Die -- Vol. #2
  • Peg Kerr
  • Lethe -- Vol. #3
  • James P. Killus
  • Shiva -- Vol. #2
  • Nancy Kress
  • The Death of John Patrick Yoder -- Vol. #4
  • Philippa's Hands -- Vol. #1
  • John M. Landsberg
  • Embodied in Its Opposite -- Vol. #4
  • Which Darkness Will Come Upon Us? -- Vol. #5
  • Andy Lane
  • Saving Face -- Vol. #5
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Fragments from the Women's Writing -- Vol. #4
  • Newton's Sleep -- Vol. #3
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • The Insipid Profession of Jonathan Hornebom -- Vol. #5
  • Karawynn Long
  • Of Silence and Slow Time -- Vol. #5
  • Elissa Malcohn
  • Moments of Clarity -- Vol. #1
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Police Actions -- Vol. #3
  • Jeff Mariotte
  • The Last Rainmaking Song -- Vol. #1
  • Lisa Mason
  • The Sixty-Third Anniversary of Hysteria -- Vol. #5
  • Jack Massa
  • Prayerware -- Vol. #1
  • Jack McDevitt
  • The Fort Moxie Branch -- Vol. #1
  • Lake Agassiz -- Vol. #3
  • Whistle -- Vol. #2
  • Pat McEwen
  • Where the Shadows Rise and Fall -- Vol. #5
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Malheur Maar -- Vol. #2
  • Patricia A. McKillip
  • A Doorkeeper of Khaat -- Vol. #2
  • Wonders of the Invisible World -- Vol. #5
  • Danith McPherson
  • Roar at the Heart of the World -- Vol. #4
  • Mike McQuay
  • Re: Generations -- Vol. #2
  • Deborah Million
  • Then I Sleeps and Dreams of Rose -- Vol. #2
  • A. R. Morlan
  • The Best Lives of Our Years -- Vol. #4
  • James Morrow
  • Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge -- Vol. #1
  • Daughter Earth -- Vol. #3
  • Pat Murphy
  • Dead Men on TV -- Vol. #1
  • Desert Rain (by Mark L. Van Name & PM) -- Vol. #3
  • Charles Oberndorf
  • Close to Light -- Vol. #2
  • Mannequins -- Vol. #1
  • Paul Park
  • The Breakthrough -- Vol. #5
  • T. L. Parkinson
  • My Imaginary Parents -- Vol. #1
  • Steven Popkes
  • Rain, Steam and Speed -- Vol. #2
  • Mark Rich
  • Foreigners -- Vol. #4
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Part of Us That Loves -- Vol. #2
  • Alan Rodgers
  • Frankenstein Goes Home -- Vol. #2
  • Ruby -- Vol. #5
  • Michaela Roessner
  • An Excerpt from The Confession of the Alchemist Edward Dee, Who Was Burnt in the City of Findias on the Planet Paracelsus, 1437 PIC (Post Imperial Colonial Period) -- Vol. #2
  • Bruce Holland Rogers
  • Vox Domini -- Vol. #4
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Precious Moments -- Vol. #3
  • James Sallis
  • Attitude of the Earth Toward Other Bodies -- Vol. #2
  • Robert Sampson
  • A Gift of the People -- Vol. #1
  • A Plethora of Angels -- Vol. #2
  • Aaron Schutz
  • Beyond the Seventh Sphere -- Vol. #1
  • Ronnie Seagren
  • Listening -- Vol. #1
  • Lewis Shiner
  • Oz -- Vol. #1
  • Walton Simons
  • Ghost Ship -- Vol. #1
  • Dave Smeds
  • Suicidal Tendencies -- Vol. #4
  • Martha Soukup
  • The Story So Far -- Vol. #4
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The Helping Hand -- Vol. #3
  • Journals of the Plague Years -- Vol. #1
  • Steven G. Spruill
  • Silver -- Vol. #2
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Excerpt from the Third and Last Volume of 'Tribes of the Pacific Coast' -- Vol. #5
  • Scott A. Stolnack
  • Evita, Among the Wild Beasts -- Vol. #5
  • Del Stone, Jr.
  • The Googleplex Comes and Goes -- Vol. #4
  • Tricia Sullivan
  • The Question Eaters -- Vol. #5
  • Michael Swanwick
  • The Edge of the World -- Vol. #2
  • Gay Partington Terry
  • Barbara Hutton Toujours -- Vol. #2
  • Mark L. Van Name
  • Desert Rain (by MLVN & Pat Murphy) -- Vol. #3
  • William John Watkins
  • The Massive Quantities of Ice -- Vol. #5
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Hearts and Flowers -- Vol. #5
  • Andrew Weiner
  • This Is the Year Zero -- Vol. #1
  • Lori Ann White
  • Strange Attractors -- Vol. #2
  • Nancy Willard
  • Dogstar Man -- Vol. #3
  • JoŽlle Wintrebert
  • Transfusion -- Vol. #3
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The Ziggurat -- Vol. #5
  • Pat York
  • Cool Zone -- Vol. #5
  • David Zindell
  • When the Rose Is Dead -- Vol. #3

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