Gordon Van Gelder Books In Order

Anthologies edited

  1. The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology (1994)
  2. One Lamp (2003)
  3. In Lands That Never Were (2004)
  4. Fourth Planet from the Sun (2005)
  5. The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2009)
  6. Welcome to the Greenhouse (2011)
  7. Lonely Souls (2013)
  8. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 (2014)
  9. Welcome to Dystopia (2019)

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Gordon Van Gelder Books Overview

The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology

Since its founding, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has been acclaimed as one of the pinnacles of the field, the source of fantastic fiction of the highest literary quality. Now the magazine known to its readers as ‘F&SF’ celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a spectacular anthology of the best recent work from the magazine. Included are stories from major writers like Bruce Sterling, John Crowley, and Harlan Ellison. Also here are award winners like Ursula K. Le Guin’s Nebula winning ‘Solitude,’ Maureen F. McHugh’s Hugo winning ‘The Lincoln Train,’ and Elizabeth Hand’s Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning ‘Last Summer at Mars Hill.’The fiftieth anniversary collection for the most distinguished magazine of the science fiction and fantasy world. Contributors include:Dale BaileyTerry BissonMichael BlumleinRay BradburyJohn CrowleyBradley DentonPaul Di FilippoS.N. DyerHarlan EllisonEsther M. FriesnerElizabeth HandTanith LeeUrsula K. Le GuinMaureen F. McHughRachel PollackRobert ReedBruce Holland RogersBruce SterlingRay VukcevichKate WilhelmGene Wolfe

One Lamp

What if Gandhi and his army of pacifists faced down the Nazis? What would Philip K. Dick and Richard M. Nixon have said to one another? These and other wild imaginings of events that never occurred make up this prime collection of alternate histories. Written over fifty years, culled from the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, these 15 tales enthrall readers drawn to the fantastic, the meta real, the might have been. Contributors include Sci Fi/Fantasy legends C.M. Kornbluth, Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, Alfred Bester, and Poul Anderson.

In Lands That Never Were

Long before Arnold attempted a pale copy, Conan the Barbarian held sway over the land, and all was swell. Neither man nor woman, beast nor spirit could rival him. Then, for many a day, he disappeared…
but lo, now he’s back! Conan is featured, together with some of fantasy’s favorite characters, in this compendium of swordplay and wizardry, fleet footed thieves and flat footed palace guards, witches and man eating leopards, giants and giant slugs. In Lands That Never Were also Includes introductions to each story by the editor.

Fourth Planet from the Sun

In the minds of readers and writers of science fiction and fantasy since H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, Mars has been the hottest of topics. The Fourth Planet from the Sun is the confirmed obsession of millions of Earthlings, and it is not a fixation that will go away. Perhaps noting the tens of millions of hits on the NASA websites during the recent exploration of Mars, President Bush has declared a manned visit to the red planet the next great goal of the space program. The widespread passionate preoccupation with Mars, combined with the masterful storytelling of the legendary writers in this volume, will seize the imaginations of readers of any generation From the soul searching poetry of Ray Bradbury’s prose to the weirdly paranoid and baroque visions of Philip K. Dick, World Fantasy Award winning editor Gordon Van Gelder offers some of the greatest science fiction writing on the red planet in Fourth Planet from the Sun..

The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Collecting more than two dozen stories that originally appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction the premiere speculative fiction magazine this extraordinary anthology celebrates 60 years of top notch genre fiction. Including All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury’s lasting tale of what happened on one special day; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, describing what happened to Charlie Gordon when he was made into a genius; Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut s absurdist cautionary tale of mandatory equality; and The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick, concerning what Garson Poole learned after the accident that hospitalized him. This remarkable collection also features some of the most highly acclaimed, award winning authors, including Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Shirley Jackson, Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, and Roger Zelazny. Hand picked by the magazine s current editor, this is an unmatched assemblage of appealing, first rate fiction.

Welcome to the Greenhouse

Forty years ago, Walt Kelly’s comic strip character Pogo famously intoned: ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.’ Now, as the evidence for climate change becomes overwhelming, we learn the hard reality behind that witticism. The possible destruction, and certain transformation, of the ecosphere has been brought about by our own activities. What will our new world look like? How will we can we adapt? The clash of a rapidly changing environment with earth’s self styled ruling species, humans, provides ample creative fodder for this riveting anthology of original science fiction. In Welcome to the Greenhouse, award winning editor Gordon Van Gelder has brought together sixteen speculative stories by some of the most imaginative writers of our time. Terrorists, godlike terraformers, and humans both manipulative and hapless populate these pages. The variety of stories reflects the possibilities of our future: grim, hopeful, fantastic and absurd. Included is new work by Brian W. Aldiss, Jeff Carlson, Judith Moffett, Matthew Hughes, Gregory Benford, Michael Alexander, Bruce Sterling, Joseph Green, Pat MacEwen, Alan Dean Foster, David Prill, George Guthridge, Paul Di Filippo, Chris Lawson, Ray Vukcevich and M. J. Locke.

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