Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century


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Spinrad Modern SF <— Anthologies & Collections —> Drake World Upside Down
Orson Scott Card, ed.

Ace, 2001

Card's anthology is not, he states, a history of science fiction, but rather "stories that I loved when I first read them and that, upon rereading, I still love and admire". Card wrote occasional short fiction reviews from 1979 to 1990 (under the title "You Got No Friends in This World"), which is reflected in the focus of the last third of the book on stories from those years.

  1. “Call Me Joe”, Poul Anderson (Astounding Apr 1957)
  2. “'All You Zombies—'”, Robert A. Heinlein (F&SF)
  3. “The Tunesmith”, Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (If Aug 1957)
  4. “A Saucer of Loneliness”, Theodore Sturgeon (Galaxy Feb 1953)
  5. “Robot Dreams”, Isaac Asimov (Robot Dreams, 1986)
  6. “Devolution”, Edmond Hamilton (Amazing Dec 1936)
  7. “The Nine Billion Names of God”, Arthur C. Clarke (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953)
  8. “A Work of Art”, James Blish (Science Fiction Stories Jul 1956)
  9. “Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed”, Ray Bradbury (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1949)
  10. “'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman”, Harlan Ellison (Galaxy Dec 1965)
  11. “Eurema's Dam”, R. A. Lafferty (New Dimensions II, 1972)
  12. “Passengers”, Robert Silverberg (Orbit 4, 1968)
  13. “The Tunnel Under the World”, Frederik Pohl (Galaxy Jan 1955)
  14. “Who Can Replace a Man?”, Brian W. Aldiss (Infinity Science Fiction Jun 1958)
  15. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, Ursula K. Le Guin (New Dimensions 3, 1973)
  16. “Inconstant Moon”, Larry Niven (All the Myriad Ways, 1971)
  17. “Sandkings”, George R. R. Martin (Omni Aug 1979)
  18. “The Road Not Taken”, Harry Turtledove (Analog Nov 1985)
  19. “Dogfight”, William Gibson & Michael Swanwick (Omni Jul 1985)
  20. “Face Value”, Karen Joy Fowler (F&SF Nov 1986)
  21. “Pots”, C. J. Cherryh (Afterwar, 1985)
  22. “Snow”, John Crowley (Omni Nov 1985)
  23. “Rat”, James Patrick Kelly (F&SF Jun 1986)
  24. “Bears Discover Fire”, Terry Bisson (IASFM Aug 1990)
  25. “A Clean Escape”, John Kessel (IASFM May 1985)
  26. “Tourists”, Lisa Goldstein (IASFM Feb 1985)
  27. “One”, George Alec Effinger (New Legends, 1995)
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