Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, Harry Harrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Jerome Bixby, Poul Anderson, Andre Norton, Fritz Leiber & Robert Sheckley This second collection of favorite science fiction stories includes: "The Coffin Cure" by Alan Edward Nourse, "Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams, "The Blue Tower" by Evelyn E. Smith, "The Gift Bearer" by Charles Fontenay, "History Repeats" by George Oliver Smith, "The Altar at Midnight" by C. M. Kornbluth, "Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown, "The Answer" by H. Beam Piper, "The Calm Man" by Frank Belknap Long, "The Next Logical Step" by Ben Bova, "Operation Haystack" by Frank Herbert, "Foundling on Venus" by John and Dorothy DeCourcy, "The Repairman by Harry Harrison, "The Beast of Space" by F. E. Hardart, "The Big Trip Up Yonder" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "Where There's Hope" by Jerome Bixby, "The Success Machine" by Henry Slesar, "Pythias" by Poul Anderson, "Two Plus Two Makes Crazy" by Walt Sheldon, "Alien Offer" by Al Sevcik, "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton, "Zen" by Jerome Bixby, "The Unspecialist" by Murray Yaco, "The Sargasso of Space" by Edmond Hamilton, "Flamedown" by H. B Fyfe, "Grove of the Unborn" by Lyn Vanable, "What Is He Doing in There?" by Fritz Leiber, "The 4D Doodler" by Grapy Waldyte, "Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley, "Dead Ringer" by Lester del Rey, and "I'll Kill You Tomorrow" by Helen Hubert.
Poul Anderson This science fiction novel describes the epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine, which will take a 40-strong crew to a planet some 30 light years distant.
From practically the very first minute, Tau Zero sets scientific realities in dramatic tension with the very real emotional and psychological states of the travelers, exploring the effect of time contraction due to traveling at near-light speed on the human psyche. This tension is a dynamic that Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel, as 50 crewmembers settle in for the long journey together. While they are a highly trained team of scientists and researchers and therefore professionals, they are also a community of individuals, each of them trying to create for him or herself a life in a whole new space - or, literally, in space.
It isn't long, however, before the voyage takes a turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted nebula that makes it impossible to decelerate the ship. Their only hope is to do the opposite and speed up. But acceleration towards and within the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more rapidly, sending the crew deeper into space and further into an unknown future.
Poul Anderson Others have written science fiction on the theme of immortality, but in The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson made it his own. Early in human history, certain individuals were born who live on—unaging, undying—through the centuries and millennia. This story follows them over two thousand years, up to our time and beyond—to the promise of utopia, and to the challenge of the stars.
A milestone in modern science fiction and a New York Times Notable Book when first published in 1989, this is one of a great writer’s finest works.
Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Fredric Brown, Philip K. Dick, Harry Harrison, Damon Knight, Robert Sheckley & Clifford D. Simak This fourth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories contains 22 more gripping tales. Included are
"Arena" by Fredric Brown
"Mate in Two Moves" by Winston Marks
"Love Story" by Irving E. Cox"
"The Golden Man" by Philip K. Dick
"Advanced Chemistry" by Jack G. Huekels
"The Dueling Machine" by Ben Bova
"Time Enough at Last" by Lyn Venable
"Sorry, Wrong Dimension" by Ross Rocklynne
"Duel on Syrtis" by Poul Anderson
"The Gostak and the Doshes" by Miles J. Breuer
"Keep Your Shape" by Robert Sheckley
"Home Is Where You Left It" by Stephen Marlowe
"Planet of Dreams" by James McKimmer, Jr.
"Blessed Are the Meek" by G. C. Edmonson
"Incident on Route 12" by James Smitz
"The Invader" by Alfred Coppel
"Monkey on His Back" by Charles DeVet
"Robots of the World Arise" by Mari Wolf
"A Woman's Place" by Mark Clifton
"The K-Factor" by Harry Harrison
"The Hanging Stranger" by Philip K. Dick.
Poul Anderson The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons, and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realms of Light. Holger Carlsen, a bemused and puzzled twentieth-century man mysteriously snatched out of time, finds himself the key figure in the conflict. Arrayed against him are the dragons, giants, and elfin warriors of the armies of Chaos and the beautiful sorceress Morgan le Fay. On his side are a vague prophecy, a quarrelsome dwarf, and a beautiful woman who can turn herself into a swan, not to mention Papillon, the magnificent battle horse, and a full set of perfectly fitting armor, both of which were waiting for him when he entered the magical realm. The shield bears three hearts and three lions—the only clue to Holger Carlsen’s true identity. Could Carlsen really be a legendary hero, the only man who can save the world?
Poul Anderson For millions of years, the part of the galaxy containing our solar system has been moving through a vast force field that has been inhibiting certain electromagnetic and electrochemical processes and, thus, certain neurotic functions. When Earth escapes the inhibiting field, synapse speed immediately increases, causing a rise in intelligence, which results in a transfigured humanity reaching for the stars, leaving behind our earth to the less intelligent humans and animal life-forms.
This is a transcendent look at the possible effects of enhanced intelligence on our planet.
Ray Bradbury, Harry Bates, William Morrison, Mari Wolf, Robert Arthur, Michael Shara & Poul Anderson This ninth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories is a little unusual in that it includes a few stories that are not really that short, bordering on novellas. Titles include:
"The Concrete Mixer" by Ray Bradbury
"Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates
"Bedside Manner" by William Morrison
"The Inferiors" by Mari Wolf
"The Aggravation of Elmer" by Robert Arthur
"Conquest over Time" by Michael Shara
"The Virgin of Valkarion" by Poul Anderson
"No Charge for Alterations" by H. L. Gold
"Greylorn" by Keith Laumer
"The Other Now" by Murray Leinster
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by Murray Leinster
"The Fun They Had" by Isaac Asimov
"Fondly Farehheit" by Alfred Bester
"A Matter of Importance" by Murray Leinster
Poul Anderson Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.
Greg Bear, Donald Kingsbury, Poul Anderson, Joe Haldeman & Charles Sheffield Five novellas of hard science fiction by five modern masters of the form.
From Nebula Award winner Gregory Benford comes this ambitious hard SF anthology that collects five original novellas. Each one takes the very long view - all are set at least ten thousand years in the future. The authors take a rigorously scientific view of such grand panoramas, confronting the largest issues of cosmology, astronomy, evolution, and biology.
The last moments of a universe beseiged occupy Greg Bear’s Judgment Engine. Can something human matter at the very end of creation, as contorted matter ceases to have meaning and time itself stutters to an eerie halt?
Genesis by Poul Anderson is set a billion years ahead, when humanity has become extinct. Earth is threatened by the slowly warming sun, and vast machine intelligences decide to recreate humans.
Donald Kingsbury contributes Historical Crisis, a starting work on the prediction of the human future that challenges the foundations of psychohistory, as developed in Isaac Asimov's famous Foundation Trilogy.
Joe Haldeman’s For White Hill confronts humanity with hostile aliens who remorselessly grind down every defense against them. A lone artist struggles to find a place in this distant, wondrous future when humanity seems doomed.
In At the Eschaton by Charles Sheffield, a man tries to rescue his dying wife from oblivion by hurling himself forward, in both space and time, to the very end of the universe itself.
Poul Anderson, Cpt S P Meek, E.E. Doc Smith, H. Thompson Rich & H. Beam Piper Sci Fi Shorts is a collection of classic science fiction stories from the golden age of space stories. This group of five unabridged short stories by various authors covers such adventures as space-going disasters, culture-shocked Martians, minds being stolen, alien flying cities and ancient artefacts being discovered in the far future.