Gardner Dozois : Theme Anthologies


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Gardner Dozois' first anthology was A Day in the Life in 1972, inspired by his experience as a slush-pile reader and a desire to show the world SF stories done right. Then followed Another World in 1977, the same year Dozois began his first best-of-the-year series; perhaps aimed at younger readers, the book ends with a "Reader's Guide to SF" with 10 pages of text, recommending anthologies, critical works, and magazines -- anticipating the detailed annual reviews in his later best-of-the-year series -- and 20 pages of recommended book titles.

Six large trade paperbacks for St. Martin's Griffin came at the turn of the century. Contents of all these are arranged chronologically (with only one story pre-dating 1950), and the "Good Stuff" pair are essentially one long anthology split into two volumes. These books feature long introductions to the stories, longer even than those in his best-of-year anthologies, often summarizing the author's entire career and essential works.

A final volume, in hardcover, focuses on the cultural war between religion and superstition on the one hand, science and rationality on the other, presenting SF as "one of the few places in modern letters" where the battle "is openly discussed and debated."

Authors most often reprinted in this group: Cordwainer Smith (6), then Poul Anderson, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree, Jr., and Roger Zelazny (5 each).

  • A Day in the Life, (Harper & Row, 1972) [isfdb]
  • Another World: Adventures in Otherness, (Follett, 1977) [isfdb]
  • The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition, (St. Martin's Griffin, 1998) [isfdb]
  • The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition, (St. Martin's Griffin, 1999) [isfdb]
  • Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons, (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000) [isfdb]
  • The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future, (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000) [isfdb]
  • Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming, (St. Martin's Griffin, 2001) [isfdb]
  • Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future, (St. Martin's Griffin, 2002) [isfdb]
  • Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition, (Pyr Books, 2005) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • A Kind of Artistry (F&SF Oct 1962) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Old Hundredth (New Worlds Nov 1960) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
          -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Poul Anderson
  • The Big Rain (Astounding Oct 1954) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • The Chapter Ends (Dynamic Science Fiction Jan 1954) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Genesis (Far Futures, 1995) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • The Longest Voyage (Analog Dec 1960) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • The Sky People (F&SF Mar 1959) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Cilia-of-Gold (Asimov's Aug 1994) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Lieserl (Interzone Dec 1993) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • People Came from Earth (Moon Shots, 1999) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Gregory Benford
  • A Dance to Strange Musics (Science Fiction Age Nov 1998) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Shall We Take a Little Walk? (Destinies Win 1981) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • James Blish
  • Watershed (If May 1955) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Leigh Brackett
  • The Last Days of Shandakor (Startling Stories Apr 1952) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Eric Brown
  • Steps Along the Way (Moon Shots, 1999) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Ted Chiang
  • Understand (IASFM Aug 1991) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Before Eden (Amazing Jun 1961) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • A Meeting with Medusa (Playboy Dec 1971) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • The Sentinel (Ten Story Fantasy Spr 1951) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • The Star (Infinity Science Fiction Nov 1955) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Hal Clement
  • Hot Planet (Galaxy Aug 1963) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Tony Daniel
  • A Dry, Quiet War (Asimov's Jun 1996) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Grist (Asimov's Dec 1998) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Avram Davidson
  • Bumberboom (F&SF Dec 1966) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Galton Whistle (Future Jul 1951) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Aye, and Gomorrah... (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Driftglass (If Jun 1967) -- A Day in the Life
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Man in the Mailbag (Galaxy Apr 1959) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Brendan DuBois
  • Falling Star (Space Stations, 2004) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Greg Egan
  • Border Guards (Interzone Oct 1999) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Oracle (Asimov's Jul 2000) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Wang's Carpets (New Legends, 1995) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • H. B. Fyfe
  • Moonwalk (Space Science Fiction Nov 1952) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • R. Garcia y Robertson
  • Gone to Glory (F&SF) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • James Alan Gardner
  • Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream (Asimov's Feb 1997) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Anniversary Project (Analog Oct 1975) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • For White Hill (Far Futures, 1995) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • None So Blind (Asimov's Nov 1994) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Peter F. Hamilton
  • Escape Route (Interzone Jul 1997) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Alexander Jablokov
  • The Death Artist (IASFM Aug 1990) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Phillip C. Jennings
  • The Road to Reality (Asimov's Mar 1996) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Janet Kagan
  • The Return of the Kangaroo Rex (IASFM Oct 1989) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • William H. Keith, Jr.
  • Fossils (Asimov's Aug 1999) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Damon Knight
  • Man in the Jar (Galaxy Apr 1957) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Mary (Galaxy Jun 1964) -- A Day in the Life
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • That Share of Glory (Astounding Jan 1952) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Among the Hairy Earthmen (Galaxy Aug 1966) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers (If Feb 1966) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Slow Tuesday Night (Galaxy Apr 1965) -- A Day in the Life
          -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Approaching Perimelasma (Asimov's Jan 1998) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Ecopoiesis (Science Fiction Age May 1997) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • A History of the Human and Post-Human Species (Science Fiction Age Jan 2000) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Chris Lawson
  • Written in Blood (Asimov's Jun 1999) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Semley's Necklace (Amazing Sep 1964) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • The Stars Below (Orbit 14, 1974) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
          -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Vaster Than Empires and More Slow (New Dimensions I, 1971) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Fritz Leiber
  • The Haunted Future (Fantastic Nov 1959) -- A Day in the Life
  • Moon Duel (If Sep 1965) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • The Oldest Soldier (F&SF May 1960) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Murray Leinster
  • Exploration Team (Astounding Mar 1956) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Ian R. MacLeod
  • Nevermore (Dying for It, 1997) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • George R. R. Martin
  • The Way of Cross and Dragon (Omni Jun 1979) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
          -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • David Marusek
  • The Wedding Album (Asimov's Jun 1999) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Paul J. McAuley
  • All Tomorrow's Parties (Interzone May 1997) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • The Gardens of Saturn (Interzone Nov 1998) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Recording Angel (New Legends, 1995) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Jack McDevitt
  • Promises to Keep (IASFM Dec 1984) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Ian McDonald
  • The Catharine Wheel (IASFM Jan 1984) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • The Days of Solomon Gursky (Asimov's Jun 1998) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Missionary's Child (IASFM Oct 1992) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Richard McKenna
  • Hunter, Come Home (F&SF Mar 1963) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Laura J. Mixon
  • At Tide's Turning (Asimov's Apr 2001) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Pale Roses (New Worlds 7, 1974) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Larry Niven
  • Becalmed in Hell (F&SF Jul 1965) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • G. David Nordley
  • Crossing Chao Meng Fu (Analog Dec 1997) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Dawn Venus (Asimov's Aug 1995) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Poles Apart (Analog mid-Dec 1992) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Edgar Pangborn
  • The Red Hills of Summer (F&SF Sep 1959) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • The World Is a Sphere (Universe 3, 1973) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Paul Park
  • The Last Homosexual (Asimov's Jun 1996) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • H. Beam Piper
  • Gunpowder God (Analog Nov 1964) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Day Million (Rogue Feb/Mar 1966) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Tom Purdom
  • Fossil Games (Asimov's) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Robert Reed
  • Brother Perfect (Asimov's Sep 1995) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Guest of Honor (F&SF Jun 1993) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • A Place with Shade (F&SF Apr 1995) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Sister Alice (Asimov's Nov 1993) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Mike Resnick
  • When the Old Gods Die (Asimov's Apr 1995) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Keith Roberts
  • Coranda (New Worlds Jan 1967) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • The Lady Margaret (Impulse Apr 1966) -- A Day in the Life
  • The Signaller (Impulse Mar 1966) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • The Will of God (IASFM Jul 1991) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Exploring Fossil Canyon (Universe 12, 1982) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • A Martian Romance (The Martians, 1999) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Mary Rosenblum
  • The Eye of God (Asimov's Mar 1998) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Joanna Russ
  • The Barbarian (Orbit 3, 1968) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Nobody's Home (New Dimensions II, 1972) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Pamela Sargent
  • Dream of Venus (Star Colonies, 2000) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Grandpa (Astounding Feb 1955) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Second Night of Summer (Galaxy Dec 1950) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Charles Sheffield
  • Out of Copyright (F&SF May 1989) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Robert Silverberg
  • After the Myths Went Home (F&SF Nov 1969) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Dancers in the Time-Flux (Heroic Visions, 1983) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • A Happy Day in 2381 (Nova 1, 1970) -- A Day in the Life
  • Nightwings (Galaxy Sep 1968) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • The Pope of the Chimps (Perpetual Light, 1982) -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (F&SF Jun 1961) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Drunkboat (Amazing Oct 1963) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons (Galaxy Jun 1961) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • On the Gem Planet (Galaxy Oct 1963) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • On the Storm Planet (Galaxy Feb 1965) -- A Day in the Life
  • When the People Fell (Galaxy Apr 1959) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Brian Stableford
  • Mortimer Gray's History of Death (Asimov's Apr 1995) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct (Nature Nov 11 1999) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Spook (F&SF Apr 1983) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Sunken Gardens (Omni Jun 1984) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Swarm (F&SF Apr 1982) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Charles Stross
  • Toast: A Con Report (Interzone Aug 1998) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Michael Swanwick
  • The Blind Minotaur (Amazing Mar 1985) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Ginungagap (TriQuarterly #49 1980) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • The Wisdom of Old Earth (Asimov's Dec 1997) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Beam Us Home (Galaxy Apr 1969) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • The Man Who Walked Home (Amazing May 1972) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
          -- Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition
  • Mother in the Sky with Diamonds (Galaxy Mar 1971) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Slow Music (Interfaces, 1980) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • George Turner
  • Flowering Mandrake (Alien Shores, 1994) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • The Rull (Astounding May 1948) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Jack Vance
  • Guyal of Sfere (The Dying Earth, 1950) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • The New Prime (Worlds Beyond Feb 1951) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • John Varley
  • Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe (IASFM Spr 1977) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • In the Hall of the Martian Kings (F&SF Feb 1977) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Retrograde Summer (F&SF Feb 1975) -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • Vernor Vinge
  • The Blabber (Threats...And Other Promises, 1988) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Long Shot (Analog Aug 1972) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
  • Liz Williams
  • A Child of the Dead (Interzone Sep 1997) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • Dinosaurs (IASFM Jun 1987) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Prayers on the Wind (When the Music's Over, 1991) -- The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Great Goodbye (Nature Sep 21 2000) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The Hero as Werwolf (The New Improved Sun, 1975) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • The Map (Light Years and Dark, 1984) -- The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future
  • Straw (Galaxy Jan 1975) -- Another World: Adventures in Otherness
  • Roger Zelazny
  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (F&SF Mar 1965) -- The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition
  • Halfjack (Omni Jun 1979) -- Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • The Keys to December (New Worlds Aug 1966) -- Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons
          -- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming
  • This Moment of the Storm (F&SF Jun 1966) -- A Day in the Life

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