Terry Carr

Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction

"Science Fiction has come a long way from the pulps of the thirties and forties with their gaudy covers and the advertisements for athlete's foot cures and rupture easers. In a literary period when most stories are about the average man doing average things in an average way, we tend to forget that all life is not average. Science Fiction tells us that adventure does exist, extraordinary things do happen, and people do sometimes solve their problems. This collection of nine short stories by Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and others tells just what science fiction is all about. More important they demonstrate that science fiction is not terribly special and exclusive...it is something to be enjoyed by every reader with an imagination."

Original Publication: Doubleday, November 1966
This Edition: Doubleday, November 1966
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Hardback

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Contents: The Star by Arthur C. Clarke, A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury, The Man with English by H.L. Gold, In Hiding by Wilmar H. Shiras, Not with a Bang Damon Knight, Love Called This Thing by Avram Davidson and Laura Goforth, The Weapon by Fredric Brown and What's it Like Out There? by Edmond Hamilton


Universe 3

"Science Fiction is the most dynamic form of the storyteller's art today, and this anthology of never-before-published tales offers fascinating examples of the very best in the genre. Robert Silverberg's novelette Many Mansions penetrates the boundaries of time itself to tell a surprising story of human relationships in constant flux. Gene Wolfe's THe Death of Doctor Island brings to life a future satellite where disturbed, dangerous children pit their fantasy-realities against each other. Edgar Pangborn's The World is a Sphere tells a powerful story of tomorrow's world where science has become anathema and the struggle for freedom has become a noble quest for truth. Four more complete new stories, by the finest science fiction writers both new and well-known, offer visions of humanity's far future and just-around-the-corner developments. Universe 3 is a treasure trove for the lover of imaginative writing."

Original Publication: Random House, October 1973
This Edition: Random House, October 1973
Cover Art: Bob Silverman
Format: Hardback

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Contents: The Death of Dr. Island by Gene Wolfe, The Ghost Writer by George Alex Effinger, Many Mansions by Robert Silverberg, Randy-Tandy Man by Ross Rocklynne, The World is a Sphere Edgar Pangborn, The Legend of Cougar Lou Landis by Edward Bryant and Free City Blues by Gordon Eklund

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Fellowship of the Stars

"In this collection of original short stories, Terry Carr has focused on the theme of friendship between humans and beings from other dimensions. The stories explore the ways in which reality might present itself to creatures who are vastly different from us but whose perceptions are just as valid. Terry Carr, himself a Hugo-nominated author, has produced an anthology of nine never-before-published stories by major writers in the field: Alan Dean Foster, Geo. Alec Effinger, Frederik Pohl, Mildred Downey Broxon, Fritz Leiber, Pamela Sargent, Alan Brennert, John Brunner, Ursula K. le Guin. These stories will take you to planets beyone earth's existence where life is both fantastic and strikingly like our own."

Original Publication: Simon & Schuster/Science Fiction Book Club, November 1974
This Edition: Simon & Schuster/Science Fiction Book Club, November 1974
Cover Art: Joel Avirom
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Dream Done Green by Alan Dean Foster, Ashes All My Lust by George Alec Effinger, Enjoy, Enjoy by Frederik Pohl, The Stones Have Names by Mildred Downey Broxon, Do You Know Dave Wenzel? by Fritz Leiber, Shadows by Pamela Sargent, In This Image by Alan Brennert, What Friends Are For by John Brunner and The Author of the Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics by Ursula K. le Guin

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Universe 4

"Nine of science fiction's best authors combine in this exciting anthology to produce a panorama of the delights and dangers of mankind's future. Here are never-before-published stories of life on other worlds, travel between stars, strange creatures and intriguing changes in mankind itself. Jack Vance's long novelette, Assault on a City is a fast-moving, colorful tale of the far future of Earth, when the nobility lives in the sky and descends to the ancient cities on slimming expeditions that are sometimes more dangerous than they expected. Alexei Panshin, in When the Vertical World Becomes Horizontal, tells a delightful story of the day humanity passes into a higher realm of existence. Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford collaborate in If the Stars are Gods, a surprising story of alien beings who visit our solar system to worship the star that is our sun - and of the secrets learned by both aliens and humans in this eerie communion. Robert Silverberg's A Sea of Faces tells of a future psychologies who voyages into the inner realm of his patient's fantasies and must battle desperately for his own life. Plus four more stories, by Ron Goluart, R.A. Lafferty, Pamela Sargent and Howard Waldrop, that explore the endless vistas of the science fiction imagination. Universe 4 will prove to be one of the most fascinating anthologies of this or any other science fiction year."

Original Publication: Random House, March 1974
This Edition: Random House, March 1974
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Hardback

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Contents: If the Stars Are Gods by Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford, Assault on a City by Jack Vance, And Read the Flesh Between the Lines by R.A. Lafferty, A Sea of Faces by Robert Silverberg, When the Vertical World Becomes Horizontal by Alexei Panshin, Stungun Slim by Ron Goulart, Desert Places by Pamela Sargent and My Sweet Lady Jo by Howard Waldrop

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year

"Every year critics hail Terry Carr's annual anthology as the best of the bests! The Queen of Air and Darkness - Poul Anderson - The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella.a haunting and beautiful tale of an alien planet where science and magic meet in battle! Vaster Than Empires and More Slow - Ursula K. Le Guin - Human Explorers on the planet of a distant sun encounter a strange menace that threatenes to kill everyone in the expedition! A Meeting with Medusa! - Arthur C. Clarke - A Master of science fiction tells of the first exploration of Jupiter...and of the people who made it possible. A Nebula Award Novelette! -PLUS- In Entropy's Jaws - Robert Silverberg - The Sliced-Crosswise-Only-On-Tuesday World - Philip Jose Farmer - No Direction Home - Norman Spinrad - The Frayed String of the Stretched Forefinger of Time - Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - All the Last Wars at Once - George Alec Effinger - How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? - Alexi Panshin - The Fourth Profession - Larry Niven"

Original Publication: Ballantine, July 1972
This Edition: Ballantine, April 1976
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Occam's Scalpel by Theodore Sturgeon, The Queen of Air and Darkness by Poul Anderson, In Entropy's Jaws by Robert Silverberg, The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World by Philip Jose Farmer, A Meeting with Medusa by Arthur C. Clarke, The Frayed String on the Stretched Forefinger of Time by Lloyd Biggle, Jr., How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? by Alexei Panshin, No Direction Home by Norman Spinrad, Vaster Than Empires and More Slow by Ursula K. Le Guin, All the Last Wars at Once by George Alec Effinger and The Fourth Profession by Larry Niven

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The Best Science Fiction of the Year #6

"Every year the critics hail Terry Carr's annual anthology as the best of the bests!"

Original Publication: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, July 1977
This Edition: Del Rey/Ballantine, July 1977
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: I See You by Damon Knight, The Phantom of Kansas by John Varley, Seeing by Harlan Ellison, The Death of Princes by Fritz Leiber, The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats by James Tiptree, Jr., The Eyeflash Miracles by Gene Wolfe, An Infinite Summer by Christopher Priest, The Highest Dive by Jack Williamson, Meathouse Man by George R. R. Martin, Custer's Last Jump by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop and The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov

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The Infinite Arena

"Will there be sports in man's future? Science fiction says, "Well, yes and no." Yes, there will be sports - of a sort. No, they won't necessarily be the same sports we know today. Editor Terry Carr has collected the views of seven science-fiction veterans on this subject and presents them here in an anthology about the ways in which men may compete in centuries to come. *In "Joy in Mudville," the bear-faced natives of Toka defend their baseball championship of the Interbeing League. *In "Bullard Reflects," the Dazzle Dart champions turn their athletic gifts against a crew of murderous invaders. *In "The Body Builders," a fighter exchanges his own heavyweight frame for the body of a jockey, and is promptly challenged to a fight. *In "The Great Kladnar Race," bored earthmen try to get up a morning line from among the low-strung, six-legged kladnars of Gornik VII. *In "Mr. Meek Plays Polo," a visitor to Saturn finds his game of space polo being masterminded by a group of educated bugs. *In "Sunjammer," space vehicles are powered only by their vast, mile-high plastic sails which are propelled by the sun. *In "Run to Starlight," earthling footballers are faced with a team of squat, superpowerful Brish-diri. Sports fans of not, readers will enjoy this engaging compendium - fantastic athletes, frantic coaches, and all."

Original Publication: Thomas Nelson, April 1977
This Edition: Thomas Nelson, April 1977
Cover Art: Frank Kalan
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Joy in Mudville by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson, Bullard Reflects by Malcolm Jameson, The Body Builders by Keith Laumer, The Great Kladnar Race by Randall Garrett and Robert Silverberg, Mr. Meek Plays Polo by Clifford D. Simak, Sunjammer Arthur C. Clarke and Run to Starlight by George R. R. Martin

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Universe 7

"Each volume of Terry Carr's Universe series is an eagerly awaited event in science fiction: the best new stories by famous authors and tomorrow's stars. This latest collection features: Fritz Leiber's A Rite of Spring, a full-length novelette in which a young genius discovers an unknown cosmos; Brian Aldiss's My Lady of the Psychiatric Sorrows, a tale of humanity struggling to adjust to a strange future; R.A. Lafferty's Brain Fever Season, the wacky story of a time when everyone in the world became an intellectual. Plus stories of time travel, future art-forms, gremlins from another dimension, and more, by Gene Wolfe, Julian Reid, Robert Childson, George Alec Effinger and Carter Scholz."

Original Publication: Doubleday, January 1977
This Edition: Doubleday, January 1977
Cover Art: Roger Zimmerman
Format: Hardback

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Contents: A Rite of Spring by Fritz Leiber, My Lady of the Psychiatric Sorrows by Brian W. Aldiss, Probably Storm by Julian Reid, People Reviews by Rob Childson, Ibid by George Alec Effinger, The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton by Gene Wolfe, Brain Fever Season by R.A. Lafferty and The Ninth Symphony of Ludwig von Beetoven and Other Lost Songs

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The Year's Finest Fantasy Volume 2

"Terry Carr's annual collection of the very best, the most imaginative, the most spellbinding fiction published during the last year includes an amply selection of stories by such famous masters as Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King and Avram Davidson. The Year's Finest Fantasy has already become a major annual event, confirming what his readers have always known: that Terry Carr, the acclaimed anthologist of The Year's Best Science Fiction, is an editor with a full measure of taste, insight, and inspiration. There are nine stories included here - a hefty selection by some very special authors. Susan Wood has contributed an essay on the state, and the art, of fantasy in 1978. The Year's Finest Fantasy Volume 2 is a collection of the essential ingredients which make fantasy important reading year after year, including: Ray Bradbury's chilling tale of young long gone all wrong, all too soon - "Gotcha!" Stephen King's unlikely story of "The Gunslinger." He was fast on the trail of the man in black - but what lay in ambush for him? Harlan Ellison's furious fantasy about "The Man Who Was Heavily Into Revenge," a tale that has the ring of truth because it could happen to anyone, once. Stephen Donaldson's "The Lady in White" is waiting for the unwary reader at the edge of his heart's desire. To complete the collection, Charles Sheffield relates the perilous adventures of Erasmus Darwin deep under the English fells, Avram Davidson continues his Limekiller series with a story that is guaranteed not to help you "Sleep Well of Nights," Michael Bishop contributes a strange tale of a woman who nurses a secret from the past "Within the Walls of Tyre," R. A. Lafferty writes about the early days of the Soaps - the very early days - in "Selenium Ghosts of the Eighteen Seventies," and Raylyn Moore kicks in with a sensitive account of a woman and her haunted house that is visible only in "A Certain Slant of Light.""

Original Publication: Berkley, July 1979
This Edition: Berkley/Putnam, July 1979
Cover Art: Carl Lundgren
Format: Hardback

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Contents: A Certain Slant of Light by Raylyn Moore, Gotcha! by Ray Bradbury, Selenium Ghosts of the Eighteen Seventies by R. A. Lafferty, Sleep Well of Nights by Avram Davidson, The Gunslinger by Stephen King, The Lady in White by Stephen R. Donaldson, The Man Who Was Heavily Into Revenge by Harlan Ellison, The Treasure of Odirex by Charles Sheffield, The Year in Fantasy: 1978 by Susan Wood and Within the Walls of Tyre by Michael Bishop

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Universe 9

"Universe 9 is another exciting addition to Terry Carr's award-winning anthology series. This collection of original science fiction stories contains pieces by established authors as well as the field's newest rising stars. Included here are: Bob Shaw's "Frost Animals," in which a galactic traveler's return to earth is complicated by temporal adjustments - and a murder charge. Mary C. Pangborn's "The Back Road," a quiet tale of a New England Country family who share the secret of a doorway to another dimension. John Varley's "Options," which follows a happily married mother of three as she explores the idea of sex change. Plus other speculative glimpses at future life styles and legacies, galactic escapades, and unearthly concepts by Paul David Novitski, Gregory Benford, Marta Randall, John Shirley, Juleen Brantingham, and Greg Bear."

Original Publication: Doubleday, May 1979
This Edition: Doubleday, May 1979
Cover Art: Roger Zimmerman
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Frost Animals by Bob Shaw, Nuclear Fission by Paul David Novitski, Time Shards by Gregory Benford, The Captain and the Kid by Marta Randall, The Back Road by Mary C. Pangborn, Will the Chill by John Shirley, Chicken of the Tree by Juleen Brantingham, The White Horse Child by Greg Bear and Options by John Varley

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Universe 10

"Enter through the stellar portal of Universe 10, where an astronaut must confront humanity's ultimate fear of the unknown. Wander into a colony filled with artistic bizarreness and taste the deliciously evil nature of Bete et Noir. Take Edgar Rice Burroughs one step further to a place where extinct creatures from Earth's past reemerge. These are but a few of the intriguing tales that await you in Universe 10, the latest in the award-winning series of original stories specially gathered by the well-known and respected editor-writer Terry Carr. This compendium contains new stories by some of the best writers in the science fiction cosmos, including James Tiptree, Jr.; Michael Bishop; R. A. Lafferty; and F. M. Busby, along with two special non-fact articles. Universe 10 is sure to leave you thinking about the "shape of things to come.

Original Publication: Doubleday, September 1980
This Edition: Doubleday, September 1980
Cover Art: Lawrence Ratzkin
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Saving Face by Michael Bishop, A Source of Innocent Merriment by James Tiptree, Jr., And All the Skies Are Full of Fish by R.A. Lafferty, Bete et Noir by Lee Killough, The Ugly Chickens by Howard Waldrop, SUPERL Charles E. Elliot, Report of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life by Harry Turtledove, The Confession of Harno by Mary C. Pangborn, The Johann Sebastian Bach Memorial Barbecue and Nervous Breakdown by Carter Scholz and First Person Plural by F.M. Busby

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Universe 11

"In the first ten years, the Universe series established in enviable reputation as a showcase for outstanding science fiction. No other anthology series during the decade has published more prize-winning stories than has Universe, whose first nine volumes produced no fewer than thirteen nominees for - and three winners of - the Hugo and Nebula awards. Universe 11 launches a new decade with a collection of nine tales that sparkle with the imagination, variety, and excellence that readers have come to expect from editor Terry Carr. In this volume: Michael Bishop's "The Quickening," wherein civilization is totally disrupted overnight, turning the world's population into refugees with a future to build...or destroy. "The Gernsback Continuum," by William Gibson, the account of a man recently returned from a sojourn in the world as it might have been, instead of how it is. "In Reticulum," Carter Scholz's story of an abandoned building in a distant star system, where the crew of an interstellar spaceship must face themselves...and the nature of humankind. "Mummer Kiss," by Michael Swanwick, a disturbing adventure into the countryside around Philadelphia after a nuclear meltdown. Plus five more intriguing, extraordinary, and thought-provoking pieces in the tradition established by Universes 1 through 10."

Original Publication: Doubleday, June 1981
This Edition: Doubleday, June 1981
Cover Art: Roger Zimmerman
Format: Hardback

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Contents: The Quickening by Michael Bishop, The Snake Who Had Read Chomsky by Josephine Saxton, Shadows on the Cave Wall by Nancy Kress, The Gernsback Continuum by William Gibson, Venice Drowned by Kim Stanley Robinson, In Reticulum by Carter Scholz, Jean Sandwich, the Sponsor, and I by Ian Watson, The Start of the End of the World by Carol Emshwiller and Mummer Kiss by Michael Swanwick

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Universe 12

"Terry Carr's Universe anthologies are recognized as the premier forum for new works of science fiction and fantasy. As the latest in this exciting series, Universe 12 continues the tradition of creative and ltierary excellence, concentrating on the human element. Included in this supernova of fiction are: George Turner's "A Pursuit of Miracles," in which the "impossible" is commonplace but dilemmas of the heart are an impenetrable puzzle - even under laboratory conditions. Nancy Kress's "Talk Hunt," which explores humanity's tenuous grasp on selfhood in the "externalizing" process of an alien planet. Howard Waldrop's "God's Hooks," a Hawthornesque allegory of plagues, hellfire, and dire incantations as Izaak Walton meets John Bunyan on apocalyptic fishing expedition. R.A. Lafferty's "Thieving Bear Planet," the tale of havoc among explorers of a topsy-turvy world where reality merges with hallucinatory memory of disturbing hilarity. Plus stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce McAllister, Mary C. Pangborn, James Patrick Kelly, and Leigh Kennedy, all sure to delight readers and awards voters."

Original Publication: Doubleday, June 1982
This Edition: Doubleday, June 1982
Cover Art: Roger Zimmerman
Format: Hardback

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Contents: A Pursuit of Miracles by George Turner, Exploring Fossil Canyon by Kim Stanley Robinson, God's Hooks! by Howard Waldrop, Talp Hunt by Nancy Kress, When the Fathers Go by Bruce McAllister, Thieving Bear Planet by R.A. Lafferty, The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Mary C. Pangborn, In Memory Of by James Patrick Kelly, and Helen, Whose Face Launched Twenty-Eight Conestoga Hovercraft by Leigh Kennedy

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Universe 13

"Terry Carr's Universe anthologies have long been recognized as the premier forum for new works of science fiction and fantasy. As the latest in this exciting series, Universe 13 continues the tradition of creative and literary excellence. Included in this supernova of fiction are: Michael Bishop's "Her Habiline Husband," a novella about the surprising appearance of a member of a supposedly extinct race in present-day Georgia - and the reactions of people who are threatened by his presence. Ian Watson's "The Width of the World," a tale about what happens to civilization in general - and one man in particular - when distances on earth suddenly expand. Lucius Shepard's "The Taylorsville Reconstruction" - a deadpan satire about a secret government project to establish mind control in the Old South of the near future. Leanna Frahm's "A Way Back" - a marvelous fantasy about the sudden reappearance of dinosaurs on earth. Plus stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, Bill Bickel, and Bruce Sterling - all sure to delight readers and awards voters."

Original Publication: Doubleday, July, 1983
This Edition: Doubleday, July, 1983
Cover Art: Peter R. Kruzan
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Her Habiline Husband by Michael Bishop, The Width of the World by Ian Watson, Stone Eggs by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Widow and the Body Sitter by Bill Bickel, The Taylorsville Reconstruction by Lucius Shepard, The Way Back by Leanne Frahm and Cicada Queen by Bruce Sterling

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