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An overview of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.


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An overview of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card.

30 review for Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sercan Vatansever

    Çıkışı, satışı kendi içeriğinden daha büyük olay olan kitabı son anda edinen şanslı kişilerden biriyim. Kitap eğer İthaki'nin Bilimkurgu Klasikleri'ne dahil olmasa bu kadar sükse yaratır mıydı emin değilim. İçerik olarak kesinlikle tatmin olsam da, 'bu ne (burada küfür var) şimdi' dediğim, bütüne yakışmayan öyküler de yok değil. Kitaptaki öyküler üç kısma ayrılıyor; Altın Çağ En güçlü bulduğum, en çok zevk alarak okuduğum kısım buydu. Yıllar önce bugünlerimiz öngörülerek yazılmış bu öykülerin heps Çıkışı, satışı kendi içeriğinden daha büyük olay olan kitabı son anda edinen şanslı kişilerden biriyim. Kitap eğer İthaki'nin Bilimkurgu Klasikleri'ne dahil olmasa bu kadar sükse yaratır mıydı emin değilim. İçerik olarak kesinlikle tatmin olsam da, 'bu ne (burada küfür var) şimdi' dediğim, bütüne yakışmayan öyküler de yok değil. Kitaptaki öyküler üç kısma ayrılıyor; Altın Çağ En güçlü bulduğum, en çok zevk alarak okuduğum kısım buydu. Yıllar önce bugünlerimiz öngörülerek yazılmış bu öykülerin hepsi son derece anlaşılır -ilki hariç- ve sade bir dille aktarılmış. Hepsinden farklı farklı zevkler alabileceğiniz, kimi klasikleşmiş (bkz. Robot Rüyaları), kimi kıyıda köşede kalıp da klasikleşmeyi hak eden (bkz. Bana Joe Deyin) kimi de filme uyarlanmış (bkz. Siz Zombiler) nefis öyküler. 1- Poul Anderson - Bana Joe Deyin 5/5 2- Robert A. Heinlein - Siz Zombiler 4.5/5 3-Lloyd Biggle, Jr - Ezgibent 3.5/5 4- Theodore Sturgeon - Yalnızlığın Uçan Dairesi 4/5 5-Isaac Asimov - Robot Rüyaları 5/5 6-Edmond Hamilton- Ters Evrim 4/5 7-Arthur C. Clarke - Tanrı'nın Dokuz Milyar Adı 2/5 8-James Blish - Sanat Eseri 3/5 9-Ray Bradbury- Karaydı Tenleri ve Altın Rengiydi Gözleri 5/5 Yeni Dalga Diğerlerine nispeten daha az öykü barındırıyor bu kısım. İlki kadar olmasa da yine çok güçlü. Bu kısmın en sevdiğim özelliği kullanılan dil biraz daha süslenmiş. Özellikle Gezginler buna güzel bir örnek. Toplumsal önyargıların, mesajların daha ağır bastığı bir bölüm. 10-Harlan Ellison - "Tövbe et, Harlequin!" Dedi Tiktakbey 3/5 11-R. A. Lafferty - Eurema'nın Varisi 4/5 12-Robert Silverberg - Gezginler 5/5 13-Frederik Pohl- Dünya'nın Altındaki Tünel 4/5 14-Brian W. Aldiss - Bir İnsanın Yerini Kim Alabilir Ki? 4/5 15-Ursula K. Le Guin - Omelas'ı Terk Edenler 4/5 16-Larry Niven - Gelgeç Ay 5/5 Medya Jenerasyonu Dilin anlamsızca ağırlaştığı, kimsenin ilgilenmeyeceği gereksiz savaş, dövüş sahneleriyle doldurulmuş, ruhu olmayan öykülerin ağırlıkta olduğu, günümüz toplumuna bakarsak ismi son derece yerinde olan kısım. On bir öykü barındırıyor ancak sadece 4 tanesi dişe dokunur. Geri kalanlar nasıl en iyi öyküler arasında anlayamadım. 17-George R. R. Martin - Çölkralları 5/5 18- Harry Turtledove - Gidilmeyen Yol 1/5 19-William Gibson & Michael Swanwick - İt Dalaşı 2.5/5 20-Karen Joy Fowler - Görünen Yüz 1/5 21-C. J. Cherry - Çömlekler 1.5/5 22-John Crowley - Kar 2/5 23-James Patrick Kelly - Sıçan 1/5 24-Terry Bison - Ateşi Keşfeden Ayılar 2/5 25-John Kessel- Temiz Bir Kaçış 5/5 26-Lisa Goldstein - Turistler 4/5 27-George Alec Effinger - Bir 4/5 Ithaki'nin BK serisini inanılmaz seven biri olarak bu cildin bende olmasından dolayı tabii ki mutluyum. Ancak okumak isteyip de ulaşamayanlar varsa kitabın pdfsi internette mevcut, rahatlıkla indirebilirler. Puan ortalamam 3,46

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Well, I finally finished it going about 1 story a day. "sandkings," "call me joe," "all you zombies--," "tunesmith," "dark they were, and golden-eyed," "repent harlequin," and "inconstant moon" are probably my favorites in this collection. Overall a wonderful collection. A must read for everyone. I would highly recommend this book to others. Another compilation book to tackle, another batch of individual reviews. My review of the book overall is subject to change with each story read. 1. "Call me Well, I finally finished it going about 1 story a day. "sandkings," "call me joe," "all you zombies--," "tunesmith," "dark they were, and golden-eyed," "repent harlequin," and "inconstant moon" are probably my favorites in this collection. Overall a wonderful collection. A must read for everyone. I would highly recommend this book to others. Another compilation book to tackle, another batch of individual reviews. My review of the book overall is subject to change with each story read. 1. "Call me Joe" - FANTASTIC! A great story. This had me hooked from the very beginning. 5/5 2. "All You Zombies--" - Decent story. It was pretty short, but I don't feel that anything was left out. Brings a whole new meaning to the "grandfather paradox" in a sense. Not quite killing your grandpa in the past, but still a massive effect. 4/5 3. "Tunesmith" - A little slow starting off, but not bad overall. I enjoy stories, such as this, that touch on media/entertainment in the future. This particular story, in reference to visiscopes "ruling" the world, reminds me of "Harrison Bergeron." 4/5 4. "A Saucer of Loneliness" - A straightforward story that deals with loneliness at face value. I prefer the part that shows just how humanity would act if something alien happens or what they would expect to achieve/do with the alien presence. 3/5 5. "Robot Dreams" - Another classic tale of "what would happen if robots became self aware?" Doesn't seem to be much new here. Pretty much ends the way you expect it to. 2/5 6. "Devolution" - Interesting concept. Tackles evolution in an entire new way. I can't recall ever reading anything like this before. Definitely help my attention and had me wishing for more at the end. 4/5 7. "The Nine Billion Names of God" - Classic religion/end of the world story. Easy read, amusing. 4/5 8. "A Work of Art" - An interesting spin on bringing people back to life. As a psychology major, this was particularly interesting to me. 4/5 9. "Dark they Were, and Golden-eyed" - Amusing, is all I can say without giving spoilers. Definitely an amusing spin on the concept of life on other planets. 4/5 10. "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the ticktockman" - At first I didn't like this one, but I kept reading. Shortly into the story it became my favorite so far. Nothing beats the classic line (in this story) "Repent, Harlequin!" Response: "Get Stuffed." 5/5 11. "Eurema's Dam" - Interesting to say the least. Says a lot about how the author views human intelligence and those who are "geniuses." 4/5 12. "Passengers" - This story left me with a lot of questions about the story itself. I'm sure the questions I have are meant to be left unanswered. "who are the passengers," "where did they come from," "whats the purpose of it all?" Reminded me a lot of the movie "Gamer" in which people control others because of a brain implant. The concept was alright, but not sure if i truly like it or not. 3/5 13. "The Tunnel Under the world" - Interesting story, but almost too predictable a few pages in. The end still did manage to surprise me a bit, though it wasn't too far off from what I was expecting. Rather enjoyable. 4/5 14. "Who can Replace a Man?" - This story brought up some things I had never thought about myself. Life what would AI do, if it existed, when man no longer existed? 4/5 15. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" - A bit brief. Seems more a bit on morality rather than a story. Still fairly good though. 4/5 16. "Inconstant Moon" - The concept of the end of the world is something that is extremely common in science fiction. Though, this is the first "nova" end I have ever read about. I've heard it spoken of in real life as something that will eventually happen after millions of years but never thought of it being applied to a story. I really liked the writing style in this story, I will surely be checking out some more of Niven's stuff. 5/5 17. "Sandkings" - Fantastic story. Possibly the first time I've actually felt horror with what i was reading. I think I'm going to have trouble sleeping after this one.. 5/5 18. "The Road not Taken" - Good read. Thought the concept was rather fascinating. People "find" or "stumble upon" high tech stuff rather than invent it. 4/5 19. "Dogfight" - interesting concept. what do you have left to lose rather than everything you have left. 4/5 20. "Face value" - Not too much to say about this one. Wasn't bad, wasn't great. 2/5 21. "Pots" - 3/5 22. "snow" - 3/5 23. "rat" Didn't care for this one at all. 1/5 24. "Bears discover fire" - Amusing, to say the least. Not quite sure if there is meant to be some underlying meaning or if it is all just meant for a fun read. 4/5 25. "A Clean Escape" - a lot like pleading the "insanity" case but a level up. 3/5 26. "tourists" - reminded me of a lot of "dark they were, and golden-eyed" earlier in this book. you become where you are. 3/5 27. "one" - a solemn tale. 4/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    Muy buen compilado de la ciencia ficción del siglo XX por Orson Scott Card. Me gustó más por la variedad de los relatos que por su calidad (en algunos casos superlativa, en otros pasable); en ese sentido, logra capturar las sustanciales diferencias de estilo en tres grandes épocas del género: la Edad de Oro (40s y 50s), la Nueva Ola (60s y parte de los 70s) y la Generación Mediática (último cuarto del siglo XX). Parecen estar presentes la mayor parte de los grandes (aunque desconocía a buena par Muy buen compilado de la ciencia ficción del siglo XX por Orson Scott Card. Me gustó más por la variedad de los relatos que por su calidad (en algunos casos superlativa, en otros pasable); en ese sentido, logra capturar las sustanciales diferencias de estilo en tres grandes épocas del género: la Edad de Oro (40s y 50s), la Nueva Ola (60s y parte de los 70s) y la Generación Mediática (último cuarto del siglo XX). Parecen estar presentes la mayor parte de los grandes (aunque desconocía a buena parte de los autores), con la significativa ausencia de Philip K. Dick. Incluye muy buenas introducciones por parte del compilador (que en un gesto humildad no incluyó ninguno de sus relatos) útiles para continuar explorando nuevas obras. A continuación hago una síntesis de los cuentos: La Edad de Oro (8,5/10): "Llamame Joe" de Poul Anderson (10/10) Excelente relato sobre la manipulación genética y el control mental de otra especie, con reminiscencias a Avatar. "Todos vosotros, zombies" de Robert Heinlein (8/10) Las paradojas de los viajes temporales llevadas al extremo. Me dejó con ganas de más. "Componedor" de Lloyd Biggle Jr (10/10) Realmente cautivador, muestra un mundo en el que la música publicitaria ha desplazado a cualquier otro tipo de música. Pero un nuevo artista cambia todo. El mejor de esta sección. "Un platillo de soledad" de Theodore Surgeon (7/10) La idea de un mensaje en una botella llevada a nivel interplanetario "Sueños de robot" de Isaac Asimov (9/10) Excelente como todo lo de Asimov, naturalemente ubicado en el universo robótico de Susan Calvin. Lamentablemente corto. "Involución" de Edmond Hamilton (7/10) Un contacto con una especie extrarrestre le da un golpe duro al antropocentrismo. "Los nueve mil millones de nombres de Dios" de Arthur C. Clarke (8/10) Un cuento místico-tecnológico. "Una obra de arte" de James Blish (7/10) Una premisa clásica y atractiva (una mente del pasado transplantada a al futuro), aunque no me terminó de convencer la resolución. "Tenían la piel oscura y los ojos dorados" de Ray Bradbury (10/10) Excelente cuento, con la sofisticada mezcla de terror y ciencia ficción que es propia de Bradbury. La Nueva Ola (8,5/10) "¡Arrepiéntete, Arlequín!, dijo el señor tic-tac" de Harlan Ellison (9/10) La historia de un rebelde en un sistema social distópico donde el tiempo es el nuevo rey. "La madre de Eurema" de R. A. Lafferty (10/10) La historia del mayor de los genios que se cree, y lo creen, el mayor de los idiotas. El mejor cuento de esta grupo y de todo el libro. "Pasajeros" de Robert Silverberg (8/10) Una raza alienígena puede tomar el control de cualquier humano, que no responde por sus actos. La búsqueda de amor con un trasfondo escalofriante. "El túnel bajo el mundo" de Frederik Pohl (9/10) Un relato de realidad simulada (en el estilo The Truman Show), con un final que sorprende. "¿Quién puede reemplazar a un hombre?" de Brian W. Aldiss (8/10) ¿Qué ocurrirá el día que no haya humanos para controlar a un grupo de robots inteligentes? El autor juega a partir de esta premisa. "Los que se van de Omelas" de Úrsula K. Le Guin (7/10) Una suerte de fábula, con una sociedad en apariencia perfecta pero con un oscuro secreto. Bien escrito aunque no me encantó. "Luna inconstante" de Larry Niven (8/10) Un cataclismo apocalíptico encuentra a una pareja procurando disfrutar su ¿último? día de vida. La Generación Mediática (7,5/10) "Los reyes de la arena" de George R. R. Martin (10/10) Un personaje desagradable y despótico juega a ser Dios con unas criaturas que no son mascotas, aunque lo parezcan. El resultado es terrorífico. El mejor de esta parte. "El sendero descartado" de Harry Turtlove (9/10) En el imaginario cultural siempre imaginamos (y con razón) a la civilización extraterrestre que visite la Tierra como de un avanzado poder tecnológico (con alguna forma de igualar o ¿superar? la velocidad de la luz para recorrer las imposibles distancias del universo). ¿Pero que pasaría si ese no fuera el caso? "Combate aéreo" de William Gibson y Michael Swanwick (8/10) La tecnología de los videojuegos llevada a un nuevo nivel (no lejos de lo que ocurrirá en las próximas décadas). Un pantallazo del mundo ciberpunk propio de Gibson. "Valor facial" de Karen Joy Fowler (5/10) Un relato de encierro, aislamiento, y una misteriosa especie alienígena. Me costó encontrarle algún sentido. El más flojito de la colección. "Vasijas" de C. J. Cherryh (7/10) Una civilización del futuro lejano explora sus orígenes en un planeta desolado que todos conocemos muy bien. "Nieve" de John Crowley (7/10) El registro audiovisual de los últimos días de una persona como una especie de memorial. Cae un poco en la resolución. "Rata" de James Patrick Kelly (6/10) Una "rata" que es una "mula". Intrascendente. "Los osos descubren el fuego" de Terry Bison (7/10) Un relato raro (el título lo resume bastante bien). Más una historia de despedida hacia un ser amado que un cuento de ciencia ficción. "Una huida perfecta" de John Kessel (8/10) Un escenario posapocalíptico y una entrevista que se repite hasta el hartazgo de la entrevistadora. "Turistas" de Lisa Goldstein (9/10) Un turista norteamericano ve cumplir sus peores pesadillas en un país del Tercer Mundo. Muy atrapante. "Uno" de George Alec Effinger (7/10) La tripulación de una nave terrestre que sale en busqueda de vida por todo el universo llega a la más desoladora de las conclusiones. No me gustó del todo el cierre con implicaciones místico-religiosas.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Odo

    3.5/5.0

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kayıp Rıhtım

    Çeşit çeşit hikâyeye ev sahipliği yapan bir bilimkurgu galaksisi var. Birisi için gezegen olanın bir başkası için cüce-gezegen statüsünde değerlendirildiği, türlü gök cismine ev sahipliği yapan bir galaksi bu. Hem de varlığı kesin, ebatları ve nelerden meydana geldiği tartışma konusu olup duran bir galaksi. Türü ve temsilcilerini tanımlama çabası için alınan her referans noktası ancak tartışmaların alevini körüklemeye yarıyor. Zihinlerin tazelenmesi ve yeni fikirlerin üretilebilmesi namına yararl Çeşit çeşit hikâyeye ev sahipliği yapan bir bilimkurgu galaksisi var. Birisi için gezegen olanın bir başkası için cüce-gezegen statüsünde değerlendirildiği, türlü gök cismine ev sahipliği yapan bir galaksi bu. Hem de varlığı kesin, ebatları ve nelerden meydana geldiği tartışma konusu olup duran bir galaksi. Türü ve temsilcilerini tanımlama çabası için alınan her referans noktası ancak tartışmaların alevini körüklemeye yarıyor. Zihinlerin tazelenmesi ve yeni fikirlerin üretilebilmesi namına yararlı tartışmalar bunlar; buna şüphe yok. Süreç içerisinde nesnel bakış açısı ile aşırı öznel bakış açısının karıştırılmasıysa yararlı bulunamayacak tek şey. Çünkü bir kurmacanın nesnel açıdan kendi iç dinamiklerine göre neler vadettiği ve bunları nasıl karşıladığı yönünden incelenmesi, öznel açıdan ise kişisel zevklerin biçimlendirdiği kalıplara göre değerlendirilmeye tabi tutulması söz konusudur. Nesnelliği baştan kabul etmesi, öznelliğiyse umursamaması neticesinde, türü oluşturan üç temeli dikkatlerden kaçırmak tek ortaklıkları. Bu üç temel: Spekülasyonlar, o spekülasyonlardan türetilmiş gerçeklikler ve bu ikisinin tesisini sağlayan anlatım ve biçem. Üçlünün belli dozajlarda ayarlanma ve birleştirilme yöntemi, hikâyelerin başarı ve başarısızlık skalasını etkileyen başat faktör. Tek bir spekülasyona ve basit bir anlatım tarzına sahipken, kendi gerçekliğini ikna ettirmedeki ustalığı başarı getirtmiş hikayeler varken; ilk ikisinin kılı kırk yarmasının üçüncünün zayıflığına kurban gittiği hikayeler de mevcut. Bunlar üçlünün teoride kolay, uygulamada zor dengesinin sonucu. Bu yüzden onları ve etkilerini kavramak, iyi ile kötünün, başarılı ile başarısızın sebeplerini anlamak açısından önemli. - Cemalettin Sipahioğlu İncelemenin tamamı için: https://kayiprihtim.com/inceleme/kole...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Danahy

    I had never really read much science fiction before this, much less enjoyed short stories. I guess I've always imagined the genre as the stereotype: the cold, hard-calculated science that I couldn't possibly comprehend. Instead, I found that there is variety, soft and hard, some dealing with music, some with loneliness, etc. This book has a good selection of stories that has made me want to dive further into science fiction. I had to read a few stories out of this for class: I ended up reading t I had never really read much science fiction before this, much less enjoyed short stories. I guess I've always imagined the genre as the stereotype: the cold, hard-calculated science that I couldn't possibly comprehend. Instead, I found that there is variety, soft and hard, some dealing with music, some with loneliness, etc. This book has a good selection of stories that has made me want to dive further into science fiction. I had to read a few stories out of this for class: I ended up reading the WHOLE thing. What does that tell you? Call Me Joe- A story of a disabled man who finds freedom telepathically living through this other guy while on an experiment on Jupiter. A good story, however, I did not find it as captivating and insightful as some of the others and maybe not the best choice for the first story of this selection. 6.5/10 "All You Zombies --"- This story involves time travel. The little you know the better (or perhaps that might just be my justification since it is mind-blowingly complex and I can't say even I completely understand it). 7.5/10 Tunesmith- A story that combines music and science and emotion. An interesting story, but perhaps I need to reread it to feel the full effect. 6/10 *A Saucer of Loneliness- A must read. Minimal science fiction elements means that most anyone can pick this up and enjoy. Very powerful message and definitely resonated with me in the end. 9/10 *Robot Dreams- What do you know? Apparently, Asimov and this story helped inspired the movie I, Robot. Short, thought-provoking story. 8/10 Devolution- A story about aliens and the beginning of humanity. Not quite as powerful as I would have hoped. 6.5/10 The Nine Billion Names of God- The title says a great deal. Essentially, the story is about these monks that believe once they find all of the names of God the world will end. I was not fond of this story; it simply didn't hold anything for me in plot or message. 3.5/10 A Work of Art- The twist at the end was interesting but the story was a little hard to get through. Ironically, this was not due to the science elements but due to the music elements. 6.5/10 *Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed- A story of a family adjusting to life on Mars. Very fascinating. 8/10 *"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman- an odd story to be sure with a dystopian feel mixed in with children storytelling elements, it's an entertaining read to say the least. 7.5/10 Eurema's Dam- I felt the story started off with potential but I didn't quite get the ending. Truly, I didn't remember the story for this little review and had to look at it in the book again. 5/10 Passengers- A story about alien(s) or forces called "Passengers" that "ride" humans for a few days making them due odd and embarrassing things. An interesting premise, an interesting world-building, I felt the plot twist at the end cut it short from what I wanted to see in it. 7/10 *The Tunnel under the World- Twist after twist after twist. I think it might be better going into this one blind. 8.5/10 Who Can Replace a Man?- A story about robots and what they decide to do when they think mankind is over. Again, another ending that I felt left me unsatisfied. It was going well until then. 6/10 The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas- The ending...good, good. I won't spoil it here but even though the story has a lot of the happy fantasy at first it does go further, darker. 6.5/10 *Inconstant Moon- What would you do if you thought this was your last night? What if the world restarted? Kept me going, kept me thinking. 8/10 *Sandkings- George, George, George. This story was fucking creepy. I wonder about him sometimes. Where do his Sandkings hide? Insert evil hand gesture here. 9.5/10 The Road Not Taken- A story about space bears. Very interesting. 7/10 Dogfight- It took me two tries to get through this one. The world building is interesting but the flight simulations/fights didn't interest me and therefore, bogged down the story. Also, with the ending, I simply don't like characters that make the douchey move and then want pity. 6/10 Face Value- Interesting, but not one of my favorites. A story of a human couple studying on a different planet these humanoid creatures with useless wings that have a design of human faces. Creepy. 6.5/10 Pots- A story about a cloned man who finds out about a conspiracy. Not as interesting as it sounds. This one had a hard time keeping my attention and I didn't feel like keeping with it paid out. 4/10 *Snow- A man who deals with the death of his wife with this technology that can glimpse random moments in her life. I really loved this story. 9/10 Rat- A story about a rat drug-dealer and a drug called "Dust". I liked the idea of this new drug but everything else was kind of a flop for me. 2/10 Bears Discover Fire- The title is the story. I read the story. Still haven't gotten more out of it than just what the title says... 2/10 A Clean Escape- Fancy little story, this. I liked it. Kept you guessing. I don't think I can really say much without giving something away. So...I'll say nothing. Ha! 7.5/10 Tourists- Not the best story. It's about a tourist who loses the person he was with and all of his belongings and slowly seeps into this country that he doesn't know. Didn't really care for this one. 4/10 One- A story about a couple that go into space searching for life. A bit bland and the grandness of the ending's message just doesn't match with the little feeling I got out of it. 5/10 Overall, I guess you could say this is a great introduction to the world of short story science fiction because it definitely was for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arda Alkkåskøgen

    aslında kitabın notu tam olarak 3.43. her hikayeyi tek tek değerlendirerek 3 bölümün ortalaması olarak bu sayıya ulaştım. 3 bölümde en iyi notu ise 3.85 ile 'yeni dalga' aldı. antolojiler çoğunluğu tatmin etmek için ortaya çıkmazlar bunu biliyoruz, genel olarak bay scott'ın bizlere ortalama üstü bir derleme sunduğunu ise rahatlıkla söyleyebiliriz.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dore' Ripley

    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game, collects together a fine group of short science fiction from the Golden Age, New Wave and Media Generation. New readers of the genre will get a good grounding in Golden Age science fiction with stories like Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe," a story that explores what it means to be human (literally. Theodore Sturgeon's "A Saucer of Loneliness" presents an updated look at a message in a bottle. The New Wave contains Harlan Ellison's classic "Repent, Harlequin!" Said Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game, collects together a fine group of short science fiction from the Golden Age, New Wave and Media Generation. New readers of the genre will get a good grounding in Golden Age science fiction with stories like Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe," a story that explores what it means to be human (literally. Theodore Sturgeon's "A Saucer of Loneliness" presents an updated look at a message in a bottle. The New Wave contains Harlan Ellison's classic "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman, a comical fable of uniform consumerism, politics, and timeliness. Ursula K. Le Guin's stunning "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" a thought provoking commentary on the price of a stable society is also featured. The Media Generation is treated to an archeological thriller of mythological proportions in C.J. Cherryh's "Pots" while "Bears Discover Fire" in Terry Bisson's fable of aging and evolution. These are just a few of the stories included in this anthology, and it's easy to say there should be more, but Card offers a great collection for an overall view of science fiction in the twentieth century.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Osmyska

    The Golden Age Poul Anderson - Call me Joe ***** perfect! Robert A. Heinlein - All You Zombies—" *** Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - Tunesmith *** Theodore Sturgeon - A Saucer of Loneliness*** Isaac Asimov - Robot Dreams *** Edmond Hamilton - Devolution **** Arthur C. Clarke - The Nine Billion Names of God *** James Blish - A Work of Art * Ray Bradbury - Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed *** The New Wave Harlan Ellison - "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman ** R.A. Lafferty - Eurema's Dam ** Robert Silverberg - Pass The Golden Age Poul Anderson - Call me Joe ***** perfect! Robert A. Heinlein - All You Zombies—" *** Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - Tunesmith *** Theodore Sturgeon - A Saucer of Loneliness*** Isaac Asimov - Robot Dreams *** Edmond Hamilton - Devolution **** Arthur C. Clarke - The Nine Billion Names of God *** James Blish - A Work of Art * Ray Bradbury - Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed *** The New Wave Harlan Ellison - "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman ** R.A. Lafferty - Eurema's Dam ** Robert Silverberg - Passengers *** Frederik Pohl - The Tunnel under the World *** Brian W. Aldiss - Who Can Replace a Man? *** Ursula K. Le Guin - The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas ** Larry Niven - Inconstant Moon **** The Media Generation George R.R. Martin - Sandkings **** Harry Turtledove - The Road Not Taken *** William Gibson and Michael Swanwick - Dogfight * Karen Joy Fowler - Face Value * C. J. Cherryh - Pots ** John Crowley - Snow ** James Patrick Kelly - Rat *** Terry Bisson - Bears Discover Fire *** John Kessel - A Clean Escape * Lisa Goldstein - Tourists *** George Alec Effinger - One **

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Jones

    I love this book. It was used as one of the textbooks for a sci-fi literature class I took and it has been one of my favorites ever since. My copy is taped together with love due to the amount of travel it's gone through with me. It contains masterworks by some of the best writers in sci-fi and is a great starting point for finding your next favorite author or book. There are so many great stories here that I have repeated to many friends in rote fashion - they are that memorable. I can't recomme I love this book. It was used as one of the textbooks for a sci-fi literature class I took and it has been one of my favorites ever since. My copy is taped together with love due to the amount of travel it's gone through with me. It contains masterworks by some of the best writers in sci-fi and is a great starting point for finding your next favorite author or book. There are so many great stories here that I have repeated to many friends in rote fashion - they are that memorable. I can't recommend it enough for anyone even remotely interested in sci-fi. I think it's best taken out of order. Enjoy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Some stories I liked a lot... some, not so much... The Golden Age Poul Anderson "Call me Joe" (1957) - the story that inspired "Avatar" - as usually, better than the movie in my humble opinion... Robert A. Heinlein "All You Zombies" (1958) - mind-bending but not a favorite... Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - Tunesmith (1957) - reminded me of Terry Pratchett's "Soul Music" (the other way around actually) ("Baque" - haha) Theodore Sturgeon "A Saucer of Loneliness" (1953) - weird, sad, metaphoric... borderline Some stories I liked a lot... some, not so much... The Golden Age Poul Anderson "Call me Joe" (1957) - the story that inspired "Avatar" - as usually, better than the movie in my humble opinion... Robert A. Heinlein "All You Zombies" (1958) - mind-bending but not a favorite... Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - Tunesmith (1957) - reminded me of Terry Pratchett's "Soul Music" (the other way around actually) ("Baque" - haha) Theodore Sturgeon "A Saucer of Loneliness" (1953) - weird, sad, metaphoric... borderline science-fiction Isaac Asimov "Robot Dreams" (1986) - short, dry, robotic laws Edmond Hamilton "Devolution" (1936) - black humor, all that humans call evolution is involution from another point of view Arthur C. Clarke "The Nine Billion Names of God" (1953) - a classic - what if Buddhists were right - and writing all the names of God brings the end of the world... James Blish "A Work of Art" (1956) - another music-related story of the anthology... so so... Ray Bradbury "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" (1949) - the special flavor of "science"-fiction typical to Bradbury... dreamy... poetic The New Wave Harlan Ellison "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (1965) - didn't like... too burlesque... R.A. Lafferty "Eurema's Dam" (1972) - extreme case of impostor syndrome Robert Silverberg "Passengers" (1968) - very, very good! No hope... (nothing to do with "Passengers" the 2016 movie) Frederik Pohl "The Tunnel under the World" (1955) - Excellent! What would happen if advertising had more budget?... Would they shrink from "reviving" a whole town in order to test advertisements on them? "The hedgehog day" with miniature people... Again no hope... Brian W. Aldiss "Who Can Replace a Man?" (1958) Ursula K. Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" (1973) - another not-really-science-fiction classic... Yin and Yang... Light is "The Left Hand of Darkness"... happiness must be payed for... Larry Niven "Inconstant Moon" (1973) - probably my favorite story of the book... speculative, smart and humane... The Media Generation George R.R. Martin "Sandkings" (1979) - once you read this story you never forget it... maybe because of the recurring nightmares? Harry Turtledove "The Road Not Taken" (1985) - easygoing, what if space travel was discovered by other sentient beings before electricity? (reminds me of the game "Civilization") William Gibson and Michael Swanwick "Dogfight" (1985) - William Gibson universe, one recognizable character - the teenage hacker - how important is to win? What is worth giving up in order to win a game? Friendship? Compassion? Karen Joy Fowler "Face Value" C. J. Cherryh "Pots" John Crowley "Snow" (1985) - What if one could record every moment of ones life and replay it randomly? James Patrick Kelly "Rat" (1986) - cyberpunk - not my piece of cake Terry Bisson "Bears Discover Fire" (1990) - As the title says - what if bears discovered fire? ... simple somehow... incomplete... didn't like too much John Kessel "A Clean Escape" (1986) - amnesia as an escape mechanism Lisa Goldstein "Tourists" (1985) George Alec Effinger "One" - What if man is completely alone in the universe?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    Fabulous stuff. This short anthology is MILES better than many larger "best ever" anthologies I've read. I shot through this entire anthology when in the middle of reading The Big Book of Science Fiction. After reading this, I had the energy to go and finish Big Book. Also has a short introduction where Card explains why he could not include all of the authors he wanted to. His author introductions are also short so you can get right on with reading the story or novella. My only quibbles are that Fabulous stuff. This short anthology is MILES better than many larger "best ever" anthologies I've read. I shot through this entire anthology when in the middle of reading The Big Book of Science Fiction. After reading this, I had the energy to go and finish Big Book. Also has a short introduction where Card explains why he could not include all of the authors he wanted to. His author introductions are also short so you can get right on with reading the story or novella. My only quibbles are that some stories are in numerous anthologies like "Sandkings" by George R. R. Martin and "Bears Discover Fire" by Terry Bisson. Also the last story is a real bummer. Written well, but depressing as hell.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Read this aloud in the car, on a family trip. It is a good collection of science fiction stories (which is not a genre I read often). It reminded me of watching old Twilight Zone episodes as a child. There were a few stories we skipped (because they seemed more adult or less interesting) but we read about a third of them and then ran out of "car time". It was fun to discuss each story with my hubby and kids to get everyone's perspectives. We each had a different favorite and overall it was an en Read this aloud in the car, on a family trip. It is a good collection of science fiction stories (which is not a genre I read often). It reminded me of watching old Twilight Zone episodes as a child. There were a few stories we skipped (because they seemed more adult or less interesting) but we read about a third of them and then ran out of "car time". It was fun to discuss each story with my hubby and kids to get everyone's perspectives. We each had a different favorite and overall it was an enjoyable read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Rippel

    As a whole, I did enjoy this stroll through SF short stories covering a large portion of the 20th century. As with any compilation, some stories were more interesting than others. Your mileage may vary... My favorite, I believe, may have been George R. R. Martin's entry, "Sandkings". This also a great way to become familiar with authors one has never read! The introduction to each story also gave a quick discussion of the author's works (up to publication of this work) that sometimes gave me some As a whole, I did enjoy this stroll through SF short stories covering a large portion of the 20th century. As with any compilation, some stories were more interesting than others. Your mileage may vary... My favorite, I believe, may have been George R. R. Martin's entry, "Sandkings". This also a great way to become familiar with authors one has never read! The introduction to each story also gave a quick discussion of the author's works (up to publication of this work) that sometimes gave me some other possible "to read" materials.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Lawlor

    A good selection of science fiction short stories I enjoyed several of the stories in this collection. I liked that Orson Scott Card included a sampling of different types. My favorites? Ray Bradbury: Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed and Isaac Asimov: Robot Dreams (from the Golden Age); Ursula K. Le Guin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas; and Larry Nevin: Inconstant Moon (from the New Wave); and Lisa Goldstein: Tourists (from the Media Generation).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julio

    Mas que espectaculares, estos cuentos son importantes, significativos para la CF. O ese es uno de los argumentos que usa Scott Card para la selección. Y la verdad que son buenos cuentos, pero algunos no envejecieron bien y lo que fue notable en su momento ya ha perdido brillo ahora. De todos modos, vale la pena.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Edward B.

    Twenty-seven short stories, going as far back as 1936. I'm not sure that I would have classified *any* of these as The Best of the Twentieth Century, and some of them not even as Science Fiction. But it was still interesting. I had not previously read most of the stories.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Willow Grier

    A fantastic, varied collection I would recommend to any sci-fi and/or human philosophy nerd. Filled with short, impactful stories from some of the greats, and with ideas that will leave the mind churning endlessly after.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    An interesting mix of stories, some I liked, some I didn't. Some of them were thought provoking, some were just kind of weird leaving me wondering what the author was trying to say. But mostly they were good

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Meh.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hattas Martin

    Zlatý vek určite Hovorte mi Joe, Písmotepec, Deväť miliard božích mien. Nová vlna ...Harlekín... a ...Omelas... Stredná generácia ma najviac nudila. Z nej vyberám Nevyšliapaná cena, Stíhači a Potkana

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zulfikar Yamac

    Bilimkurgu namına bu sene içinde çıkmış ve çıkacak en iyi şeylerden bir tanesi olduğuna şüphem yok. Kesinlikle okunmaya değer bir hazine sandığı.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diego Ramirez

    Gran compilación variada de historias para los fanáticos de la ciencia ficción

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Esteves

    Pretty good. I'm my opinion a couple of stories weren't good enough but a great book nonetheless.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carmelo Medina

    Una selección de relatos de uno de mis escritores favoritos. El libro no es de 5 estrellas pero hay varios relatos que son tan impactantes que este libro merece estar en mi top de este año.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pointed Review

    Can’t Go Wrong Not a bad story in the bunch. Well worth the effort to read. If you like Sci Fi, take a look.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I tracked down this volume in order to find Heinlein's classic "All You Zombies--"; it did not disappoint. I was also very pleased to find a story I thought about often, despite forgetting who wrote it or when exactly I read it. I will not forget Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas again. Card's introductory blurbs were, for the most part, a lackluster litany of the each story's author's works. Perhaps he took the book's title to heart and thought there no other way the interested reader I tracked down this volume in order to find Heinlein's classic "All You Zombies--"; it did not disappoint. I was also very pleased to find a story I thought about often, despite forgetting who wrote it or when exactly I read it. I will not forget Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas again. Card's introductory blurbs were, for the most part, a lackluster litany of the each story's author's works. Perhaps he took the book's title to heart and thought there no other way the interested reader could follow up on a particular author. I could appreciate Call Me Joe, A Saucer of Loneliness, Robot Dreams, The Nine Billion Names of God, A Work of Art, Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed, Dogfight, Snow, Bears Discover Fire, A Clean Escape, Tourists, and One, but they weren't really for me. "All You Zombies--" deserves it's status as the classic time travel story. In hindsight, the line about everyone in the narrator's family being a bastard was amusing. I liked, to varying degrees, Tunesmith, Passengers, Who Can Replace a Man?, Sandkings, and Rat. Devolution was amusing only as a cliche of a bygone era. "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman is great. Like some other stories in the book, I think I've read it before, but there is no way I appreciated it as a child or teen. I could skip Eurema's Dram, Face Value. It's tempting to say The Tunnel Under the World is prescient, but ridiculous advertising was clearly well-established in 1955. If one wanted to maintain the claim, one could perhaps make an appeal to some sort of big data comparison. One could make a convincing argument that The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is one of the best short stories ever written. I really like Inconstant Moon and The Road Not Taken. In both cases, the story was engaging enough and the ending raised enough interesting ideas that I would have liked a full novel on the subject. I really liked Pots. If I felt no desire to know more about that universe, it's because the story had no need to be added to. my favorite quote: "We have an enemy we cannot fight; at best we can resist through endurance. So we endure."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ris

    Masterpieces is, as the title suggests, a collection of science fiction short stories from the 20th century. The book breaks the stories down into eras: the Golden Age, New Wave, and the Media Generation. Card's anthology does a very good job at sampling from both across eras and across sub-genres of science fiction in order to provide the introductory reader with a wide variety. There's both hard, extremely technological science fiction short stories alongside dystopian and social commentaries. Masterpieces is, as the title suggests, a collection of science fiction short stories from the 20th century. The book breaks the stories down into eras: the Golden Age, New Wave, and the Media Generation. Card's anthology does a very good job at sampling from both across eras and across sub-genres of science fiction in order to provide the introductory reader with a wide variety. There's both hard, extremely technological science fiction short stories alongside dystopian and social commentaries. I highly recommend this book both for new and old science fiction fans seeking to branch out their knowledge of the genre or just a good read. Although the science fiction genre is still relatively new, it is dense with content and variety, and Masterpieces provides readers with a good starting place for exploring that variety. Obviously, the use of the word "best" is subjective, as there were several stories in the compilation I didn't think were very good representations of writing within the genre. Although science fiction primarily interested itself with facts and used plot and characters solely to explain the technology, it has since evolved and there are plenty of well-rounded, well-written stories in the genre other than those Card has selected, in my opinion. Personally, my favorite stories from Masterpieces fell in the Golden Age and New Wave eras. I have a particular fondness for social commentary, and especially Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," and I'll praise every collection that remembers to include it in its pages. Some other personal favorites from this collection are, "A Saucer of Loneliness" by Theodore Sturgeon, "Robot Dreams" by Isaac Asimov, "The Tunnel Under the World" by Frederik Pohl, and "Dogfight" by William Gibson and Michael Swanwick.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rafal Jasinski

    Zbiór opowiadań arcymistrzów science-fiction, choć niekoniecznie "arcydzieł", zarówno gatunku, jak i dorobku poszczególnych pisarzy. "Selekcjoner" podszedł do sprawy dość subiektywnie i posłużył się kluczem doboru raczej mniej powszechnie znanych - ale, zważywszy na nagrody, jakimi je obsypano, uznanych - krótkich form mistrzów fantastyki naukowej. Oczywiście, gusta pozostają gustami, ale w kilku przypadkach do zaszczytnego miana arcydzieł, niektórym z zamieszczonych tu opowiadań, co nieco, brak Zbiór opowiadań arcymistrzów science-fiction, choć niekoniecznie "arcydzieł", zarówno gatunku, jak i dorobku poszczególnych pisarzy. "Selekcjoner" podszedł do sprawy dość subiektywnie i posłużył się kluczem doboru raczej mniej powszechnie znanych - ale, zważywszy na nagrody, jakimi je obsypano, uznanych - krótkich form mistrzów fantastyki naukowej. Oczywiście, gusta pozostają gustami, ale w kilku przypadkach do zaszczytnego miana arcydzieł, niektórym z zamieszczonych tu opowiadań, co nieco, brakuje. Owszem, są to bez wyjątku rzeczy dobre, bardzo dobre, świetne, czy wręcz znakomite, ale ciężko tu doszukać się czegoś, co pozostawiłoby czytelnika z uczuciem obcowania z czymś bezapelacyjnie wielkim, czy wręcz można by uznać to za kamień milowy w historii gatunku. Zbiór jednakowo jest o tyleż dobry, że początkującemu i poszukującemu miłośnikowi science-fiction, może wskazać autorów, których czytać trzeba i należy, chociaż - każdy kij ma dwa końca - w wielu przypadkach, niestety, ilość ich dzieł, dostępna i przetłumaczona na nasz język ojczysty, jest, delikatnie rzecz ujmując, bardzo uboga (zwłaszcza, jeśli chodzi o nazwiska z części książki, prezentującej twórców tzw. Nowej Fali). Podsumowując, bardzo dobry zbiorek, z opowiadaniami - które warto przeczytać - twórców, do nieznajomości których, po prostu lepiej się w kulturalnym towarzystwie nie przyznawać. Poza tym dużo nostalgii, wywołanej z obcowaniem ze "starym, dobrym, science-fiction". A czy te "Arcydzieła..." to naprawdę arcydzieła? Cóż, nie wszystkie...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Extremely uneven book. The knowledgeable reader can probably sense the uneveness by scanning the table of contents and will be able to fairly predict which stories are masterpieces and which ones aren't. The collection is divided into three eras of stories and for my money, the middle or 'New Wave' era comes off the best- Every story in this section is great, but particularly the ones by Ellison, Aldiss, Le Guin and Niven. The beginning section or 'The Golden Age' has quite a few grand stories as Extremely uneven book. The knowledgeable reader can probably sense the uneveness by scanning the table of contents and will be able to fairly predict which stories are masterpieces and which ones aren't. The collection is divided into three eras of stories and for my money, the middle or 'New Wave' era comes off the best- Every story in this section is great, but particularly the ones by Ellison, Aldiss, Le Guin and Niven. The beginning section or 'The Golden Age' has quite a few grand stories as well, particularly Heinlein's classic, "...All You Zombies" but in this section the uneveness is evident. Where the uneveness is manifest, however, is in the third section of the book, or 'The Media Generation.' It starts off very strong with Martin's 'Sandkings,' but never comes anywhere close to that level in the remaining 10 stories in that section. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe there are any out and out stinkers in this section- they are simply not masterpieces by any definition. The Turtledove story is a Hoka story gone terribly wrong, Cherryh's 'Pots' was interesting and Effinger's 'One' reasonated with me on an emotional level. The other stories were forgetable and, in a few cases, barely qualified to be in the genre of Science Fiction. There are some gems in "Masterpieces of Science Fiction" but some of Orson Scott Card's selections were head-scratchers to be sure.

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