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Stories deal with the discovery of extraterrestrials, people turned into trees, new religions, alien talk show hosts, brain stimulation addicts, future race cars, androids, and alternate universes. ix • Foreword (The First Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow 15 • Found! • (1978) • short story by Isaac Asimov 37 • Standing Woman • (1974) • short story by 筒井康隆 Stories deal with the discovery of extraterrestrials, people turned into trees, new religions, alien talk show hosts, brain stimulation addicts, future race cars, androids, and alternate universes. ix • Foreword (The First Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow 15 • Found! • (1978) • short story by Isaac Asimov 37 • Standing Woman • (1974) • short story by 筒井康隆? (trans. of 佇むひと?) [as by Tsutsui Yasutaka] 53 • St. Amy's Tale • (1980) • novelette by Orson Scott Card 87 • The Last Jerry Fagin Show • (1980) • short story by John Morressy 107 • God Is an Iron • [Mindkiller] • (1979) • novelette by Spider Robinson 137 • Count the Clock That Tells the Time • (1978) • short story by Harlan Ellison 165 • Petra • (1982) • short story by Greg Bear 195 • Sam and the Sudden Blizzard Machine • (1979) • short story by Dean Ing (variant of The Blizzard Machine) 213 • Burning Chrome • (1982) • novelette by William Gibson 245 • Ike at the Mike • (1982) • short story by Howard Waldrop 267 • The Palace at Midnight • (1981) • short story by Robert Silverberg 291 • The Angel's Gift • (1978) • short story by Ben Bova [as by Oxford Williams] 301 • The Hitmaker • (1981) • novelette by Cynthia Morgan 331 • Sandkings • [Thousand Worlds] • (1979) • novelette by George R. R. Martin


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Stories deal with the discovery of extraterrestrials, people turned into trees, new religions, alien talk show hosts, brain stimulation addicts, future race cars, androids, and alternate universes. ix • Foreword (The First Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow 15 • Found! • (1978) • short story by Isaac Asimov 37 • Standing Woman • (1974) • short story by 筒井康隆 Stories deal with the discovery of extraterrestrials, people turned into trees, new religions, alien talk show hosts, brain stimulation addicts, future race cars, androids, and alternate universes. ix • Foreword (The First Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow 15 • Found! • (1978) • short story by Isaac Asimov 37 • Standing Woman • (1974) • short story by 筒井康隆? (trans. of 佇むひと?) [as by Tsutsui Yasutaka] 53 • St. Amy's Tale • (1980) • novelette by Orson Scott Card 87 • The Last Jerry Fagin Show • (1980) • short story by John Morressy 107 • God Is an Iron • [Mindkiller] • (1979) • novelette by Spider Robinson 137 • Count the Clock That Tells the Time • (1978) • short story by Harlan Ellison 165 • Petra • (1982) • short story by Greg Bear 195 • Sam and the Sudden Blizzard Machine • (1979) • short story by Dean Ing (variant of The Blizzard Machine) 213 • Burning Chrome • (1982) • novelette by William Gibson 245 • Ike at the Mike • (1982) • short story by Howard Waldrop 267 • The Palace at Midnight • (1981) • short story by Robert Silverberg 291 • The Angel's Gift • (1978) • short story by Ben Bova [as by Oxford Williams] 301 • The Hitmaker • (1981) • novelette by Cynthia Morgan 331 • Sandkings • [Thousand Worlds] • (1979) • novelette by George R. R. Martin

54 review for The First Omni Book of Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philip Hollenback

    Some great short 80s scifi stories in this book. Of course George RR Martin's 'Sandkings' is in this book, it seems to be a requirement for anthologies of this era. One comment: this is an extremely cheaply made book. The typesetting is terrible, and there a quite a number of typos. Some great short 80s scifi stories in this book. Of course George RR Martin's 'Sandkings' is in this book, it seems to be a requirement for anthologies of this era. One comment: this is an extremely cheaply made book. The typesetting is terrible, and there a quite a number of typos.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    As SF anthologies go, this one is pretty typical. It's got some very well-known (at the time—this collection was published in mid-1985) authors like Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, and William Gibson, and the book kicks off with a classic sci-fi story by George R.R. Martin, who while not unknown at the time of this anthology, had yet to achieve the fame that his Game of Thrones series would bring him. In fact, Martin's contribution to this collection, "The Way of Cross and D As SF anthologies go, this one is pretty typical. It's got some very well-known (at the time—this collection was published in mid-1985) authors like Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, and William Gibson, and the book kicks off with a classic sci-fi story by George R.R. Martin, who while not unknown at the time of this anthology, had yet to achieve the fame that his Game of Thrones series would bring him. In fact, Martin's contribution to this collection, "The Way of Cross and Dragon," has some very interesting foreshadowing of some of the elements of his later A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin's story, and Silverberg's "Our Lady of the Sauropods," are the best examples of what I would consider classic science fiction in this collection. "Sauropods," written in 1980, is eerily similar to Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, which began as a screenplay in 1983 and got published as a novel in 1990. Other stories in the anthology really aren't science fiction at all, to my mind, like John Ford's "Boundary Echoes," which centers around modern medical technology but is entirely feasible as an actual event; and Kathleen Westfall's "Easy Points," which makes fun of bureaucracy but doesn't really have any sci-fi elements to it. (It also reads like it was written in the 1940s, which is interesting and gives it a sort of Ayn Randian twist.) Suzy McKee Charnas' "The Ancient Mind at Work" is a very well written and engaging story, but I would classify it more as horror than SF. The same goes for Kate Wilhelm's "Sister Angel," though it does contain an element of telepathy along with the horror. But there's enough excellent sci-fi in this collection to please anyone, ranging from Robinson's "Serpent's Teeth," a soft SF story set in an alternate/future society in which adoptions work a little differently; to Gibson's "Hinterlands" and Gene Wolfe's "Procreation," which are excellent examples of hard science fiction. I won't review all the stories, but a couple of things worth mentioning are: * Two of the stories (Ian Watson's "The Thousands Cuts" and Tom Sullivan's "The Mickey Mouse Olympics") are set in the Cold War, and as such have not aged as well as I would have thought, considering that my interest in sci-fi peaked during the mid-1980s, just when these stories were published. * Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata" is a chilling look at a dystopian society in which everyone's destiny is controlled by unelected Watchers. It's even more chilling if you read about Card's real-world political views, and realize this is very much the kind of world he would like to bring about! All in all, this is a very satisfying collection of stories. Some I will remember for a long time; others were more or less fun to read, even if not memorable. But it didn't take long to get through this 400-page anthology, and it was time well spent.

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