The Hard SF Renaissance

By Kathryn Cramer

Something intriguing has been occurring in smooth SF. After a long time of bewilderment, the various field's top writers were returning to the subgenre known as, approximately, "hard SF"-science fiction all in favour of technological know-how and expertise, usually with powerful event plots. Now, international fable Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer current a big, authoritative anthology that maps the improvement and modern day resurgence of this way, argues for its specific virtues and current preeminence-and entertains us with a few brilliant storytelling alongside the way.

Included are significant tales through modern and vintage names comparable to Poul Anderson, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Greg Egan, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Paul Levinson, Paul McAuley, Frederik Pohl, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Charles Sheffield, Brian Stableford, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, and Vernor Vinge.

The tough SF Renaissance can be an anthology that SF readers go back to for years to come.

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