The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories


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Tom Shippey, ed.

Oxford University Press, 1992

This was the first of several academic overviews of science fiction, edited by a well-known critic and implicitly endorsed by the university publisher. Shippey's introduction 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."

There are no individual story introductions. The book ends with a Selected Bibliography of single-author collections, anthologies, and critical and reference works.

  1. “The Land Ironclads”, H. G. Wells (The Strand Dec 1903)
  2. “Finis”, Frank L. Pollock (Argosy Jun 1906)
  3. “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (The London Magazine Mar 1912 (+1))
  4. “The Metal Man”, Jack Williamson (Amazing Dec 1928)
  5. “A Martian Odyssey”, Stanley G. Weinbaum (Wonder Stories Jul 1934)
  6. “Night”, John W. Campbell, Jr. (Astounding Oct 1935)
  7. “Desertion”, Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Nov 1944)
  8. “The Piper's Son”, Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore, as by Lewis Padgett (Astounding Feb 1945)
  9. “The Monster”, A. E. van Vogt (Astounding Aug 1948)
  10. “Second Night of Summer”, James H. Schmitz (Galaxy Dec 1950)
  11. “Second Dawn”, Arthur C. Clarke (Science Fiction Quarterly Aug 1951)
  12. “Crucifixus Etiam”, Walter M. Miller, Jr. (Astounding Feb 1953)
  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. “Billenium”, J. G. Ballard (New Worlds Nov 1961)
  16. “The Ballad of Lost C'Mell”, Cordwainer Smith (Galaxy Oct 1962)
  17. “Semley's Necklace”, Ursula K. Le Guin (Amazing Sep 1964)
  18. “How Beautiful with Banners”, James Blish (Orbit 1, 1966)
  19. “A Criminal Act”, Harry Harrison (Analog Jan 1967)
  20. “Problems of Creativeness”, Thomas M. Disch (F&SF Apr 1967)
  21. “How the Whip Came Back”, Gene Wolfe (Orbit 6, 1970)
  22. “Cloak of Anarchy”, Larry Niven (Analog Mar 1972)
  23. “A Thing of Beauty”, Norman Spinrad (Analog Jan 1973)
  24. “The Screwfly Solution”, Raccoona Sheldon, aka James Tiptree, Jr. (Analog Jun 1977)
  25. “The Way of Cross and Dragon”, George R. R. Martin (Omni Jun 1979)
  26. “Swarm”, Bruce Sterling (F&SF Apr 1982)
  27. “Burning Chrome”, William Gibson (Omni Jul 1982)
  28. “Silicon Muse”, Hilbert Schenck (Analog Sep 1984)
  29. “Karl and the Ogre”, Paul J. McAuley (Interzone #23 1988)
  30. “Piecework”, David Brin (Interzone #33 1990)
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