The 1981 Annual World's Best SF

The 1981 Annual World's Best SF By Donald A. Wollheim Sharon Webb Lee Killough John Varley Marion Zimmer Bradley Howard Waldrop Norman Spinrad George R.R. Martin, Introduction Donald A Wollheim Variation on a Theme from Beethoven Sharon Webb Beatnik Bayou John Varley Elbow Room Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ugly Chickens Howard Waldrop Prime Time Norman Spinrad Nightflyers George R R Martin A Spaceship Built of Stone Lisa Tuttle Window Bob Leman The Summer Sweet, the Winter Wild Michael G Coney Achrono Introduction Donald A Wollheim Variation on a Theme from Beethoven Sharon Webb Beatnik Bayou John Varley Elbow Room Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ugly Chickens Howard Waldrop Prime Time Norman Spinrad Nightflyers George R R Martin A Spaceship Built of Stone Lisa Tuttle Window Bob Leman The Summer Sweet, the Winter Wild Michael G Coney Achronos Lee Killough. The Annual World s Best SF Introduction Donald A Wollheim Variation on a Theme from Beethoven Sharon Webb Beatnik Bayou John Varley Elbow Room Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ugly Chickens Howard Waldrop Prime Time Norman Spinrad Nig

  • Title: The 1981 Annual World's Best SF
  • Author: Donald A. Wollheim Sharon Webb Lee Killough John Varley Marion Zimmer Bradley Howard Waldrop Norman Spinrad George R.R. Martin
  • ISBN: 9780879976170
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This is another one that I first read many years ago, and some of the stories read very differently to an adult than to a kid.Variation on a Theme from Beethoven, Sharon Webb Humans have developed the technology to become immortal, but immortality kills off any artistic ability, so especially talented kids are trained and then given the option to choose a mortal life I can t help questioning the premise here, from several different angles, but I basically liked it.Beatnik Bayou, John Varley I lo [...]

    2. This is the book that started my love for short fiction I still love to read almost anything else I can find interesting to me, but I know I read a lot of short stories now because of this book I read this as a kid probably ten or eleven times since Thinking about it, this was also the book that made me search out the world of science fiction literature like a marooned man in the desert looking for water I know this isn t the greatest collection of short stories of all time Still, it has some ex [...]

    3. The theme of this anthology is a little hard to make out but my opinion is that it turns around mankind s attempt to retain humanity in spite of itself Many of the stories are heartrending a few are horrific and most center around a person s inner struggle to keep his her mind against overwhelming pressure The urge to conform, to sleep, to surrender, to abandon or wallow can be irresistible and punishment for those who fight can be severe But it s all worth it isn t it This anthology also contai [...]

    4. Wollheim s Annual Best SF series had a distinctive cover which I d go for any time I d see it for sale, used The stories were generally pretty good After a while, however, I got suspicious The covers were too much alike I d start one and find that I d read it before.

    5. 1980 was a VERY good year for science fiction short stories I stumbled across this at my local library filed under F ANN for Fiction annual and, considering it s age, you may stumble across it at a used book sale or on If you love science fiction especially late 1970s scifi movies then treat yourself It s a great although not stellar collection.The feature story here is George R R Martin s Nightfliers yes THAT George R R Martin Sure, this is a majorly different version of the classic movie Alien [...]

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