The Big Book of Science Fiction Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Big Book of Science Fiction

  • Author : Jeff VanderMeer
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 1218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101910092

The Big Book of Science Fiction Excerpt :

Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time—past, present, and future! What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds. Including: · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin · An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in twenty years · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu Plus: · Aliens! · Space battles! · Robots! · Technology gone wrong! · Technology gone right!

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

  • Author : Ann Vandermeer
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525435570

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy Excerpt :

A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 WORLD FANTASY AWARD Unearth the enchanting origins of fantasy fiction with a collection of tales as vast as the tallest tower and as mysterious as the dark depths of the forest. Fantasy stories have always been with us. They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic: all the things we know are lurking just out of sight—on the other side of the looking-glass, beyond the music of the impossibly haunting violin, through the twisted trees of the ancient woods. Other worlds, talking animals, fairies, goblins, demons, tricksters, and mystics: these are the elements that populate a rich literary tradition that spans the globe. A work composed both of careful scholarship and fantastic fun, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is essential reading for anyone who’s never forgotten the stories that first inspired feelings of astonishment and wonder. INCLUDING: *Stories by pillars of the genre like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, L. Frank Baum, Robert E. Howard, and J. R. R. Tolkien *Fantastical offerings from literary giants including Edith Wharton, Leo Tolstoy, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, and W.E.B. Du Bois *Rare treasures from Asian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and Native American traditions *New translations, including fourteen stories never before in English PLUS: *Beautifully Bizarre Creatures! *Strange New Worlds Just Beyond the Garden Path! *Fairy Folk and Their Dark Mischief! *Seriously Be Careful—Do Not Trust Those Fairies!

The Berenstain Bears  Big Book of Science and Nature Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature

  • Author : Stan Berenstain
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9780486498348

The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature Excerpt :

Introduces the seasons, weather, animals, plants, the earth, machines, matter, energy, and related topics.

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy

  • Author : Ann Vandermeer
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2020-07-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525563877

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy Excerpt :

WORLD FANTASY AWARD WINNER • A true horde of fantasy tales sure to delight fans, scholars, and even the greediest of dragons—from bestselling authors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Step through a shimmering portal ... a worn wardrobe door ... a schism in sky ... into a bold new age of fantasy. When worlds beyond worlds became a genre unto itself. From the swinging sixties to the strange, strange seventies, the over-the-top eighties to the gnarly nineties—and beyond, into the twenty-first century—the VanderMeers have found the stories and the writers from around the world that reinvented and revitalized the fantasy genre after World War II. The stories in this collection represent twenty-two different countries, including Russia, Argentina, Nigeria, Columbia, Pakistan, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, China, the Philippines, and the Czech Republic. Five have never before been translated into English. From Jorge Luis Borges to Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock to Angela Carter, Terry Pratchett to Stephen King, the full range and glory of the fantastic are on display in these ninety-one stories in which dragons soar, giants stomp, and human children should still think twice about venturing alone into the dark forest. Completing Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's definitive The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, this companion volume to takes the genre into the twenty-first century with ninety-one astonishing, mind-bending stories. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

  • Author : Tom Shippey
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2003-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 587
  • ISBN 10 : 0192803816

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories Excerpt :

A collection of classic science fiction short stories features tales by H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clark, Frederik Pohl, Clifford Simak, Brian Aldiss, Ursala K. LeGuin, and many others. Edited by the author of The Road to Middle-Earth. 20,000 first printing.

Masterpieces Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings


  • Author : Orson Scott Card
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-03-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 0441011330

Masterpieces Excerpt :

A collection of the best science fiction short stories of the 20th century as selected and evaluated by critically-acclaimed author Orson Scott Card. Featuring stories from the genre's greatest authors: Isaac Asimov • Arthur C. Clarke • Robert A. Heinlein • Ursula K. Le Guin • Ray Bradbury • Frederik Pohl • Harlan Ellison • George Alec Effinger • Brian W. Aldiss • William Gibson & Michael Swanwick • Theodore Sturgeon • Larry Niven • Robert Silverberg • Harry Turtledove • James Blish • George R. R. Martin • James Patrick Kelly • Karen Joy Fowler • Lloyd Biggle, Jr. • Terry Bisson • Poul Anderson • John Kessel • R.A. Lafferty • C.J. Cherryh • Lisa Goldstein • Edmond Hamilton In much of the science fiction of the past, the twenty-first century existed only in the writers’ imaginations. Now that it’s here, it’s time to take a look back at the last one hundred years in science fiction through the works of the most celebrated and acclaimed authors of the century—to see where we’ve been and just how far we’ve come. Along with a critical essay by Orson Scott Card reassessing science fiction in the twentieth century, Masterpieces includes short fiction by writers who have forged a permanent place for science fiction in the popular culture of today...and tomorrow. It offers a glimpse of the greatest works that mixed science with fiction in trying to figure out humanity’s place in the universe. Featuring bold, brave, and breathtaking stories, this definitive collection will stand the test of time in both this century and those to come.

What Makes This Book So Great Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

What Makes This Book So Great

  • Author : Jo Walton
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Release Date : 2014-01-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466844094

What Makes This Book So Great Excerpt :

As any reader of Jo Walton's Among Others might guess, Walton is both an inveterate reader of SF and fantasy, and a chronic re-reader of books. In 2008, then-new science-fiction mega-site asked Walton to blog regularly about her re-reading—about all kinds of older fantasy and SF, ranging from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. These posts have consistently been among the most popular features of Now this volumes presents a selection of the best of them, ranging from short essays to long reassessments of some of the field's most ambitious series. Among Walton's many subjects here are the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by "mainstream"; the underappreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field's many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel you have most certainly never read. Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely readable, engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Kate the Chemist  The Big Book of Experiments Book

Kate the Chemist The Big Book of Experiments

  • Author : Kate Biberdorf
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593116166

Kate the Chemist The Big Book of Experiments Excerpt :

25 incredible science experiments kids can do at home! Introduce young scientists to the fascinating world of STEM! *An Amazon Best Book of 2020* Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano explode? Or why dropping dry ice in soap bubbles forms neon brains? With these 25 kid-friendly science experiments Kate the Chemist's big book of experiments, shows kids just how fun--and easy--it is to be a scientist. Learn to make: slime fake tattoos edible snot and more! Each experiment includes step-by-step instructions, an ingredients list, full color photographs, a messiness factor rating, and a note from chemistry professor and science entertainer, Kate the Chemist! Create future engineers, scientists, and inventors, and introduce your child to the world of STEM with Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments! Praise for The Big Book of Experiments: "The experiments are all designed and presented in a way, not just to make science fun, but to make it accessible for all ages and interest levels. This is a great book to follow if you are currently homeschooling across multiple grade levels."

The Big Book of Maker Skills Book

The Big Book of Maker Skills

  • Author : Chris Hackett
  • Publisher : Weldon Owen International
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681881614

The Big Book of Maker Skills Excerpt :

This ultimate guide for tech makers covers everything from hand tools to robots plus essential techniques for completing almost any DIY project. Makers, get ready: This is your must-have guide to taking your DIY projects to the next level. Legendary fabricator and alternative engineer Chris Hackett teams up with the editors of Popular Science to offer detailed instruction on everything from basic wood- and metalworking skills to 3D printing and laser-cutting wizardry. Hackett also explains the entrepreneurial and crowd-sourcing tactics needed to transform your back-of-the-envelope idea into a gleaming finished product. In The Big Book of Maker Skills, readers learn tried-and-true techniques from the shop classes of yore—how to use a metal lathe, or pick the perfect drill bit or saw—and get introduced to a whole new world of modern manufacturing technologies, like using CAD software, printing circuits, and more. Step-by-step illustrations, helpful diagrams, and exceptional photography make this book an easy-to-follow guide to getting your project done.

The History of Science Fiction Book

The History of Science Fiction

  • Author : A. Roberts
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2005-11-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230554658

The History of Science Fiction Excerpt :

The History of Science Fiction traces the origin and development of science fiction from Ancient Greece up to the present day. The author is both an academic literary critic and acclaimed creative writer of the genre. Written in lively, accessible prose it is specifically designed to bridge the worlds of academic criticism and SF fandom.

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

  • Author : Arthur B. Evans
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 787
  • ISBN 10 : 9780819569554

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction Excerpt :

The best single-volume anthology of science fiction available—includes online teacher's guide The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years' worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today. A free online teacher's guide at accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting. The stories in this anthology have been selected and introduced by the editors of Science Fiction Studies, the world's most respected journal for the critical study of science fiction.

The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do

  • Author : Rebecca Gilpin
  • Publisher : Usborne Pub Limited
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105132806923

The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do Excerpt :

Provides instructions for creating science-themed crafts and performing simple science experiments.

Moderan Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings


  • Author : David R. Bunch
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Release Date : 2018-09-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681372556

Moderan Excerpt :

A collection of chilling and prescient stories about ecological apocalypse and the merging of human and machine. Welcome to Moderan, world of the future. Here perpetual war is waged by furious masters fighting from Strongholds well stocked with “arsenals of fear” and everyone is enamored with hate. The devastated earth is coated by vast sheets of gray plastic, while humans vie to replace more and more of their own “soft parts” with steel. What need is there for nature when trees and flowers can be pushed up through holes in the plastic? Who requires human companionship when new-metal mistresses are waiting? But even a Stronghold master can doubt the catechism of Moderan. Wanderers, poets, and his own children pay visits, proving that another world is possible. “As if Whitman and Nietzsche had collaborated,” wrote Brian Aldiss of David R. Bunch’s work. Originally published in science-fiction magazines in the 1960s and ’70s, these mordant stories, though passionately sought by collectors, have been unavailable in a single volume for close to half a century. Like Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange, Bunch coined a mind-bending new vocabulary. He sought not to divert readers from the horror of modernity but to make us face it squarely. This volume includes eleven previously uncollected Moderan stories.

The Big Book of the Weird Wild West Book

The Big Book of the Weird Wild West

  • Author : John Whalen
  • Publisher : DC Comics
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 191
  • ISBN 10 : 1563893614

The Big Book of the Weird Wild West Excerpt :

Based on thorough research, 'The big book of the weird wild West' presents an unabashed look at the violence, tragedy and strangeness of the American frontier. Using humor and wit to depict tales of cannibalism, gunfights, decapitations, curses, ghosts, cults, lynch mobs, alcoholism, prostitution, and airships, this amusing and informative tome presents the West in an unflattering but accurate fashion. Also included in this black and white comic strip book are the true histories and adventures of such western legends as Jesse James, Doc Holiday, Butch Cassidy, and the infamous Donner Party.

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

  • Author : George Mann
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780337043

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Excerpt :

This encyclopedia is the most up-to-date, concise, clear and affordable guide to all aspects of science fiction, from its background to generic themes and devices, from authors (established and new) to films. Science fiction has evolved into one of the most popular, cutting-edge and exciting fiction geners, with a proliferation of modern and classic authors, themes and ideas, movies, TV series and awards. Arranged in an A-Z format, and featuring a comprehensive index and cross-referencing system, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is also the most accessible and easy to use encyclopedia of its kind currently available.