Tom Shippey, Le Guin & Atteberry : Oxford and Norton Books


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These three volumes, from established academic literary publishers, cemented the recognition of science fiction and fantasy by academia. The Oxford SF volume, edited by critic Tom Shippey, explores descriptions of science fiction and its history, and declares the scope of the anthology as following those of other Oxford collections: chronologically presented, no author represented more than once, with the aim "to give an impression of the range, vitality, and literally quality of a genre."

The Norton Book -- "in the tradition of other groundbreaking Norton Anthologies" though with a slightly different title than those -- followed a year later, with a higher-profile co-editor. The subtitle describes its scope: "North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990". (Karen Joy Fowler is acknowledged as a consultant, on the title page.) There is a long introduction by Le Guin, though no individual story introductions. The emphasis is on a variety of authors and themes, sometimes at the expense of story length; most stories are relatively short, and not always their authors' best or best-known works.

Shippey's fantasy anthology for Oxford follows his science fiction volume by three years. As in that earlier book, Shippey's introduction explores descriptions of the genre and its history, and the book follows the pattern of other Oxford collections: chronologically presented, no author represented more than once. The book ends with a Selected Bibliography of single-author collections, anthologies, and critical and reference works.

James Tiptree, Jr., is in all three volumes. Fifteen other authors are reprinted twice among them.

  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, Tom Shippey, ed. (Oxford University Press, 1992) [isfdb]
  • The Norton Book Of Science Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Attebery, eds. (Norton, 1993) [isfdb]
  • The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories, Tom Shippey, ed. (Oxford University Press, 1994) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Who Can Replace a Man? (Infinity Science Fiction Jun 1958) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Poul Anderson
  • Kyrie (The Farthest Reaches, 1968) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Operation Afreet (F&SF Sep 1956) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Eleanor Arnason
  • The Warlord of Saturn's Moons (New Worlds 7, 1974) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Homelanding (Elle 1989) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • J. G. Ballard
  • Billennium (New Worlds Nov 1961) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Peter S. Beagle
  • Lila the Werewolf (guabi #1 1969) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Greg Bear
  • Schrödinger's Plague (Analog Mar 29 1982) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Gregory Benford
  • Exposures (IASFM Jul 6 1981) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Michael Bishop
  • The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software & Satori Support Services Consortium, Ltd. (Interzone #12 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • James Blish
  • How Beautiful with Banners (Orbit 1, 1966) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
          -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Michael Blumlein
  • The Brains of Rats (Interzone #16 1986) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Ray Bradbury
  • The Homecoming (Mademoiselle Oct 1946) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Elbow Room (Stellar, 1980) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • David Brin
  • Piecework (Interzone #33 1990) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • John Brunner
  • The Wager Lost by Winning (Fantastic Apr 1970) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Edward Bryant
  • Precession (Interfaces, 1980) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • John, Baron Tweedsmuir Buchan
  • The Wind in the Portico (The Pall Mall Magazine Mar 1928) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • David R. Bunch
  • 2064, or Thereabouts (Fantastic Sep 1964) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Speech Sounds (IASFM mid-Dec 1983) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Pat Cadigan
  • After the Days of Dead-Eye 'Dee (IASFM May 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Night (Astounding Oct 1935) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Orson Scott Card
  • America (IASFM Jan 1987) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Angela Carter
  • The Erl-King (The Bloody Chamber and Other Tales, 1977) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Second Dawn (Science Fiction Quarterly Aug 1951) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Michael G. Coney
  • The Byrds (Changes, 1983) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • John Crowley
  • Snow (Omni Nov 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Avram Davidson
  • The House the Blakeneys Built (F&SF Jan 1965) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • The Singular Events Which Occurred in the Hovel on the Alley Off Eye Street (F&SF Feb 1962) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • High Weir (If Oct 1968) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Frozen Journey (Playboy Dec 1980) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Problems of Creativeness (F&SF Apr 1967) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Sonya Dorman
  • When I Was Miss Dow (Galaxy Jun 1966) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction as by Sonya Dorman Hess
  • Candas Jane Dorsey
  • (Learning About) Machine Sex (Machine Sex and Other Stories, 1988) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Lord Dunsany
  • The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth (The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, 1908) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Subworld (F&SF Jan 1983) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Suzette Haden Elgin
  • For the Sake of Grace (F&SF May 1969) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Strange Wine (Amazing Jun 1976) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • The Start of the End of the World (Universe 11, 1981) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things (IASFM Oct 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Richard Garnett
  • The Demon Pope (The Twilight of the Gods, 1888) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • William Gibson
  • Burning Chrome (Omni Jul 1982) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • The Gernsback Continuum (Universe 11, 1981) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • DIANE GLANCY
  • Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters (Trigger Dance, 1990) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Molly Gloss
  • Interlocking Pieces (Universe 14, 1984) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Midnight News (IASFM Mar 1990) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Phyllis Gotlieb
  • Tauf Aleph (More Wandering Stars, 1981) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Eileen Gunn
  • Stable Strategies for Middle Management (IASFM Jun 1988) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Joe Haldeman
  • The Private War of Private Jacob (Galaxy Jun 1974) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Harry Harrison
  • A Criminal Act (Analog Jan 1967) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Zenna Henderson
  • As Simple as That (Holding Wonder, 1971) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Robert Holdstock
  • Thorn (F&SF Oct 1986) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Robert E. Howard
  • The Tower of the Elephant (Weird Tales Mar 1933) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • James Patrick Kelly
  • Rat (F&SF Jun 1986) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • John Kessel
  • Invaders (F&SF Oct 1990) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • As Easy as A.B.C. (The London Magazine Mar 1912 (+1)) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Damon Knight
  • The Handler (Rogue Aug 1960) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Nancy Kress
  • Out of All Them Bright Stars (F&SF Mar 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Henry Kuttner
  • The Piper's Son (Astounding Feb 1945) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories as by Lewis Padgett
  • See You Later (Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun 1949) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers (If Feb 1966) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Sterling E. Lanier
  • The Kings of the Sea (F&SF Nov 1968) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The New Atlantis (The New Atlantis, 1975) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Semley's Necklace (Amazing Sep 1964) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Tanith Lee
  • Bite-Me-Not or, Fleur de Fur (IASFM Oct 1984) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Fritz Leiber
  • The Bleak Shore (Unknown Nov 1940) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • The Winter Flies (F&SF Oct 1967) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Nameless City (The Wolverine Nov 1921) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Night-Rise (Cassandra Rising, 1978) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Making It All the Way Into the Future on Gaxton Falls of the Red Planet (Nova 4, 1974) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • George R. R. Martin
  • The Way of Cross and Dragon (Omni Jun 1979) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Paul J. McAuley
  • Karl and the Ogre (Interzone #23 1988) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn (F&SF Feb 1974) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • A. Merritt
  • Through the Dragon Glass (All-Story Weekly Nov 24 1917) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Crucifixus Etiam (Astounding Feb 1953) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • C. L. Moore
  • Jirel Meets Magic (Weird Tales Jul 1935) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Pat Murphy
  • His Vegetable Wife (Interzone #16 1986) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Larry Niven
  • Cloak of Anarchy (Analog Mar 1972) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Not Long Before the End (F&SF Apr 1969) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Mervyn Peake
  • Same Time, Same Place (Science-Fantasy #60 1963) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Day Million (Rogue Feb/Mar 1966) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • The Tunnel Under the World (Galaxy Jan 1955) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Frank L. Pollock
  • Finis (Argosy Jun 1906) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Troll Bridge (After the King, 1992) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Paul Preuss
  • Half-Life (The Microverse, 1989) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Mike Resnick
  • Kirinyaga (F&SF Nov 1988) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Keith Roberts
  • Timothy (sf Impulse Sep 1966) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Lucky Strike (Universe 14, 1984) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Joanna Russ
  • A Few Things I Know About Whileaway (excerpt from The Female Man 1975) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Pamela Sargent
  • Gather Blue Roses (F&SF Feb 1972) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Hilbert Schenck
  • Silicon Muse (Analog) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Balanced Ecology (Analog Mar 1965) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Second Night of Summer (Galaxy Dec 1950) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Robert Sheckley
  • The Life of Anybody (Is That What People Do?, 1984) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Lucius Shepard
  • The Night of White Bhairab (F&SF Oct 1984) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Lewis Shiner
  • The War at Home (IASFM May 1985) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Good News from the Vatican (Universe 1, 1971) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Desertion (Astounding Nov 1944) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Over the River and Through the Woods (Amazing May 1965) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Clark Ashton Smith
  • Xeethra (Weird Tales Dec 1934) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (F&SF Jun 1961) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (Galaxy Oct 1962) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Norman Spinrad
  • A Thing of Beauty (Analog Jan 1973) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Swarm (F&SF Apr 1982) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • We See Things Differently (Semiotext(e) #14 1989) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Silken-Swift (F&SF Nov 1953) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Tandy's Story (Galaxy Apr 1961) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Thomas Burnett Swann
  • The Sudden Wings (Science-Fantasy #55 1962) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Michael Swanwick
  • A Midwinter's Tale (IASFM Dec 1988) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Beyond the Dead Reef (F&SF Jan 1983) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • The Screwfly Solution (Analog Jun 1977) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • The Women Men Don't See (F&SF Dec 1973) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • The Monster (Astounding Aug 1948) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Jack Vance
  • Liane the Wayfarer (The Dying Earth, 1950) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • John Varley
  • Lollipop and the Tar Baby (Orbit 19, 1977) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Howard Waldrop
  • "...The World As We Know't" (Shayol #6 1982) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • A Martian Odyssey (Wonder Stories Jul 1934) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Andrew Weiner
  • Distant Signals (Twilight Zone May/Jun 1984) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Manly Wade Wellman
  • The Desrick on Yandro (F&SF Jun 1952) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • H. G. Wells
  • The Land Ironclads (The Strand Dec 1903) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • And the Angels Sing (Omni May 1990) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Jack Williamson
  • The Metal Man (Amazing Dec 1928) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Connie Willis
  • Schwarzschild Radius (Universe, 1987) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Feather Tigers (Edge Fll 1973) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction
  • How the Whip Came Back (Orbit 6, 1970) -- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • Jane Yolen
  • Johanna (Shape Shifters, 1978) -- The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories
  • Roger Zelazny
  • Comes Now the Power (Magazine of Horror Win 1966) -- The Norton Book Of Science Fiction

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