Ambitious, definitive . . . the best short-form SF published this century so far.
A fantastic collection of recent stories from some of science fiction's greatest up-and-coming authors, including many award-winners.
David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognised as some of the most skilled and trusted arbiters in science fiction, but Twenty-First Century Science Fiction presents fans with a first opportunity to see their considerable talents combined, and also to get a unique perspective on what's coming next in the genre.
The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favourites to incandescent new talents, including Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear and Peter Watts. The stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction genre's major awards.
Stories include Bacigalupi's 'The Gambler' (Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon and BSFA nominee), Bear's 'Tideline' (Hugo and Sturgeon winner), Cooper's 'Savant Songs' (Sturgeon nominee), Cornell's 'One of Our Bastards Is Missing' (Hugo nominee), Gregory's 'Second Person Present Tense' (Sturgeon nominee), Mary Robinette Kowal's 'Evil Robot Monkey' (Hugo nominee), David Levine's 'Tk'tk'tk' (Hugo winner), David Moles's 'Finisterra' (Hugo nominee, Sturgeon winner), Hannu Rajaniemi's 'His Master's Voice' (BSFA and Sturgeon winner), Rachel Swirsky's 'Eros', Philia, Agape (Hugo and Sturgeon nominee), Peter Watts's 'The Island' (Hugo winner, Sturgeon nominee).
Hartwell has produced a pool of anthologies that attempt to stand as definitive volumes. The Science Fiction Century is another such successful landmark collection.
- Publishers Weekly
A superb survey for the uninitiated and a definitive sampler for confirmed fans. - Booklist
This ranks as one of the definitive anthologies of the genre - and it makes the perfect introduction to the field of science fiction . . . The Science Fiction Century shows great breadth and range . . . Editor Hartwell succeeds by including a wide range of authors, styles, and themes. - The Des Moines Register
We are in the hands of a loving expert.
A first-rate selection of some of the best short SF and fantasy of recent years.
Locus Magazine on New Skies and New Magics - Locus Magazine
The finest collection of SF short stories published specifically for young adult readers in recent memory. - VOYA on New Skies
Superior - Nielsen Hayden deserves a medal. There hasn't been an original anthology series so consistently satisfying since Damon Knight's Orbit. - Kirkus Reviews on Starlight 3
The finest collection of SF short stories published specifically for young adult readers in recent memory. - Voice of Youth Advocates