The 1981 Annual World's Best SF

The 1981 Annual World's Best SF[Read] ➬ The 1981 Annual World's Best SF By Donald A. Wollheim – Heartforum.co.uk 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 Introduction Donald A Wollheim Variation on a Annual World's PDF/EPUB ¼ 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.

Donald Allen Wollheim was a science fiction Annual World's PDF/EPUB ¼ writer, editor, publisher and fan He published his own works under pseudonyms, including David GrinnellA member of the Futurians, he was one of the leading influences on the development of science fiction and science fiction fandom in the th century United StatesIn , Wollheim founded the Fantasy Amateur Press Association The first mailing was distributed in July of that year and included this statement from Wollheim There are many fans desiring to put out a voice who dare not, for fear of being obliged to The 1981 PDF/EPUB ² keep it up, and for the worry and time taken by subscriptions and advertising It is for them and for the fan who admits it is his hobby and not his business that we formed the FAPA Wollheim was also a member of the New York Science Fiction League, one of the clubs established by Hugo Gernsback to promote science fiction When Wollheim published a complaint of non payment for stories against Gernsback, Gernsback dissolved the New York chapter of the clubWollheim s first story, The Man from Ariel, was published in the 1981 Annual World's MOBI ð January issue of Wonder Stories when Wollheim was nineteen Wollheim was not paid for the story and when he began to look into the situation, he learned that many other authors had not been paid for their work, publishing his findings in the Bulletin of the Terrestrial Fantascience Guild Gernsback eventually settled the case with Wollheim and other authors out of court for , but when Wollheim submitted another story to Gernsback, under the pseudonym Millard Verne Gordon, he was again not paid One of Wollheim s short stories, Mimic was made into the feature film of the same name, which was released in He left Avon Books in to work for A A Wyn at Ace Books In he introduced science fiction to the Ace lineup, and for years edited their renowned sf list Ace was well known for the Ace Doubles series which consisted of pairs of books, usually by different authors, bound back to back with two front covers Because these paired books had to fit a fixed total page length, one or both were usually heavily abridged to fit, and Wollheim often made many other editorial alterations and title changes as witness the many differences between Poul Anderson s Ace novel War of the Wing Men and its definitive revised edition, The Man Who Counts It was also during the s he bought the book Junk by William S Burroughs, which, in his inimitable fashion, he retitled JunkieIn Wollheim published an unauthorized Ace edition of The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien in three volumes the first mass market paperback edition of Tolkien s epic This was done because Wollheim believed the Houghton Mifflin hardcover editions failed to properly assert copyright In a interview, Wollheim s daughter claimed that Tolkien had angered her father by saying that his magnum opus would never be published in so degenerate a form as the paperback book However, Tolkien had previously authorized a paperback edition of The Hobbit in , and eventually supported paperback editions of The Lord of the Rings and several of his other texts In any case, Ace was forced to cease publishing the unauthorized edition and to pay Tolkien for their sales following a grass roots campaign and boycott by Tolkien s US fans In a court found that the copyright loophole suggested by Ace Books was incorrect and their paperback edition found to have been a violation of Tolkien s copyright under US lawAfter leaving Ace he founded DAW Books in , named by his initials, which can claim to be the first mass market specialist science fiction and fantasy fiction publishing house In later years, when his distributors, New American Library, threatened to withhold distribution of Thomas Burnett Swann s Biblical fantasy How are the Mighty Fallen because of its homosexual con.

The 1981 Annual World's Best SF Epub é 1981 Annual
  • Paperback
  • 252 pages
  • The 1981 Annual World's Best SF
  • Donald A. Wollheim
  • English
  • 09 September 2018
  • 0879976179

10 thoughts on “The 1981 Annual World's Best SF

  1. Liz says:

    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 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 love a good the social norms of the far future will be almost incomprehensible and often disturbing to our eyes story, and this one really pulls it off You really feel like the world of this story could be the setting for hundreds of other equally fascinating stories But and this is kind of a big but there s some stuff in here about children having sex with people who are artificially aged down adults, and while it didn t actually bother me within the context of the story, I can see this particular story REALLY REALLY not going over well with many people Elbow Room, Marion Zimmer Bradley A woman is stationed by a wormhole in the middle of nowhere, and hardly ever sees her other crewmates and then, well Basically, the idea here is that certain kinds of mental instability might wind up being assets as humans move into space and way, way out of our comfort zones I liked this, though the twist is pretty obvious from a mile away though I m not sure it wasn t supposed to be.The Ugly Chickens, Howard Waldrop This is one of my favorite SF stories of all time An ornithology grad student happens to be reading a book about extinct birds when an old lady on the bus leans over and says, hey, I haven t seen one of those ugly chickens since I was a little girl She s talking about a picture of a dodo And from there well, I won t ruin the story, but it s all completely plausible and surprisingly emotionally affecting Prime Time, Norman Spinrad What if retirement homes were Matrix esque virtual reality tanks is the basic setup here The story presents three possible responses to this situation living in the past and pretending it s real, pursuing everoutlandish and insane fantasy scenarios, or going insane This is muchdated than most of the rest of this collection, but you can t really fault it too much for that.Nightflyers, George R R Martin A second tier group of scientists charter a ship to pursue a mysterious object which has been slowly moving through space for aeons This could easily have been adapted as a movie GRRM s screenwriter experience is super visible in this one I can t say the ultimate revelation which I won t spoil was exactly mindblowing, but it had some great imagery and genuinely tense moments and it moved along at a good clip A Spaceship Built of Stone, Lisa Tuttle A small group of people have the same mysterious dream about a maze, and then, well this is as unsettling as a story about nice aliens who mean us no harm can get Oddly, this is the second story in this collection where the plot is set in motion by one character noticing a picture in another character s book on a bus Window, Bob Leman A mysterious government funded experiment goes weirdly awry, and suddenly there s a massive one way window into the idyllic Victorian past in the middle of a research base The first time I read this, I was genuinely surprised by the direction it took.The Summer Sweet, the Winter Wild, Michael G Coney What if everybody could feel everybody else s pain, all the time Probably world peace or something, right MAYBE NOT This is the best story from the perspective of a herd of caribou you ve ever read.Achronos, Lee Killough An artist stumbles into a still pool in the time stream, accessible from every point in time, and meets some people who live there full time Another one that makes muchsense to me as an adult than when I first read it Favorites in this one The Ugly Chickens The Summer Sweet, the Winter Wild and because I was really captured by the world it paints I gotta say Beatnik Bayou although, ya know, trigger warning and all that

  2. Tony Carson says:

    Great collection A lot of lost innocence , painful knowledge gained type stories.Beethoven, Ugly Chickens, Window, Achronos, all great Not a bad story in the bunch, though Nightflyers is a little slow.

  3. Tim Meechan says:

    See my review for the 1973 issue ditto

  4. Josh says:

    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 h 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 exceptional stories in it, from some of the greatest authors in the fields of science fiction fantasy Which is a subjective issue, I know, but if your into these genres, then you know names like John Varley Marion Zimmer Bradley Names aside, these stories are highly entertaining I like finding books now edited by people like Donald A Wollheim, Terry Carr Arthur W Saha to name a few , because I was lucky in finding this book in my house as a kid Now I bet your wondering, why give this book five out of five, for any other reason than being one of my favorite books Well, it s the quality of the work A lot of people who don t read science fiction or fantasy, might not like this book There are some stories that push the envelope even 34 years later , which some people might find personally offensive, or distasteful Then again, the concept of progression usually is In one way or another Especially stories like Beatnik Bayou by John Varley, or Achronos by Lee Killough Still, this book holds a lot of intriguing views I recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction I m still trying to find the whole series I hope you at least give it a shot

  5. Marsha says:

    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 c 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 contains a work by George R R Martin fans of his who know nothing of him but his Game of Thrones series will want to read his disturbing attempt at science fiction

  6. Erik Graff says:

    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.

  7. bluetyson says:

    Annual World s Best Science Fiction, 1981 World s Best SF by Donald A Wollheim 1981

  8. Rena Sherwood says:

    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 onIf 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 diffe 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 onIf 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 but who cares This is written so well that it s not only a treat to read, but a treat to re read Break out the popcorn and enjoy.There s a nice variety of stories here Some are short and some are long Some are set on Earth and some in space Some are darkly humorous like Howard Waldrop s The Ugly Chickens and some are chilling such as Lee Killough s Achronos The most bizzare was written from a caribou s point of view in The Summer Sweet, The Winter Wild by Michael G Coney

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