Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future

Supermen Tales of the Posthuman Future Mind expanding explorations of the future of the human formOur bodies and minds are malleable and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements From genetics to artificial enhancemen

  • Title: Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future
  • Author: Gardner Dozois Poul Anderson Ted Chiang Joe Haldeman Robert Reed Liz Williams Ian R. MacLeod Michael Swanwick
  • ISBN: 9780312275693
  • Page: 420
  • Format: softcover
  • Mind expanding explorations of the future of the human formOur bodies and minds are malleable, and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution Included here are than twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including Poul Anderson Mind expanding explorations of the future of the human formOur bodies and minds are malleable, and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution Included here are than twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including Poul Anderson James Blish Eric Brown Ted Chiang Tony Daniel Samuel R Delany Greg Egan Joe Haldeman Geoffrey A Landis Paul McAuley Ian MacLeod David Marusek Tom Purdom Robert Reed Joanna Russ Robert Silverberg Brian Stableford Bruce Sterling Charles Stross Michael Swanwick Liz Williams Gene Wolfe Roger ZelaznyContents ix Preface Supermen essay by uncredited1 The Chapter Ends Psychotechnic League 1954 novelette by Poul Anderson18 Watershed Pantropy 1955 shortstory by James Blish26 Slow Tuesday Night 1965 shortstory by R A Lafferty32 Aye, and Gomorrah 1967 shortstory by Samuel R Delany aka Aye, and Gomorrah 41 Nobody s Home 1972 shortstory by Joanna Russ54 The Hero as Werwolf 1975 shortstory by Gene Wolfe66 Halfjack 1979 shortstory by Roger Zelazny71 Dancer s in the Time Flux shortstory by Robert Silverberg aka Dancers in the Time Flux 1983 85 Spook 1983 shortstory by Bruce Sterling97 Understand 1991 novelette by Ted Chiang125 None So Blind 1994 shortstory by Joe Haldeman133 Mortimer Gray s History of Death 1995 novella by Brian Stableford aka Mortimer Gray s History of Death 181 Brother Perfect Sister Alice 1995 novella by Robert Reed223 A Child of the Dead 1997 shortstory by Liz Williams229 Never 1997 novelette by Ian R MacLeod247 The Wisdom of Old Earth 1997 shortstory by Michael Swanwick255 TOAST A Con Report 1998 shortstory by Charles Stross267 The Gardens of Saturn 1998 novelette by Paul J McAuley296 Grist 1998 novella by Tony Daniel342 Fossil Games 1999 novelette by Tom Purdom373 The Wedding Album Cathy 1999 novella by David Marusek413 Steps Along the Way 1999 shortstory by Eric Brown421 Border Guards 1999 novelette by Greg Egan442 Epilogue Supermen essay by uncredited444 Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct 1999 shortstory by Bruce Sterling aka A.D 2380 Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct 2001 446 A History of the Human and Post Human Species 2000 shortstory by Geoffrey A Landis449 The Great Goodbye 2000 shortstory by Robert Charles Wilson

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    1. As someone fairly familiar with science-fiction and its preoccupation with the human and more-than-human, I found this collection rather dull. Some of the ideas presented in these stories must have been shockers at the time they were published, but I found them pretty predictable. If, however, you are new to science fiction or not familiar with earlier (1950-2000) authors, this would be a good introduction to a central theme and its major contributors.

    2. This is a collection of short stories that focuses on one of my current favorite sf genres, transhumanism (or posthumanism, the Singularity, whatever you want to call it). The stories are generally by well-known authors, and because they are arranged chronologically by publication date, they demonstrate the development of posthuman fiction in the last five decades. Most of the stories are quite enjoyable, although a couple are stinkers. I found the following works particularly interesting: "Mort [...]

    3. Would we ordinary, garden-variety human beings like the Posthuman Future if we were somehow suddenly catapulted into it? Or would we find it a terrifying, hostile, and incomprehensible place, a place we were no more equipped to understand and deal with successfully than an Australopithecus would be equipped to deal with Times Square? Are human beings, as we understand the term, as the term has been understood for thousand upon thousands of years, on the way out? Doomed to extinction, or at the v [...]

    4. 4.5 stars. This is a book that I could buy and reread (in this case I borrowed it from the library), which is not something I can say about most short story collections. Usually when I read a short story collection, I love one or two, enjoy several, tolerate several, and skim/dislike one or two. In this collection, I love several, enjoyed most with only one or two being stinkers. I do, however, have a soft spot for trans-humanistic tales, so I might be approaching this with a little bias. In my [...]

    5. My standard for rating a short story collection is that the number of bad stories balance out with the number of good stories , with the average stories filling out the bulk of the book. This one, to me, had more bad that good stories in it and not alot of average. Try it out if you are looking for a different collection of SiFi but for me it's a not recommended

    6. I've been reading science fiction since the 1960s. One can get locked into favorite authors over time, occasionally trying something new. Short stories are a great way to try the work of a lot of authors and find some new writers to explore and make favorites. This collection offered some good and some great stories. I believe I have found a few new writers to explore.

    7. Bought this at Balticon 44. Mostly because of the subject matter and the fact that Gardner Dozois is an excellent anthology editor.

    8. A great collection of sci-fi short stories all dealing with the theme of the posthuman future. Very cool and interesting stuff.

    9. Loved it. Great collection of essays about wellad the title. I would say that I enjoyed about 15 of them very much and the rest were still passable.

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