Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
The Big Book of Science Fiction

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Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time—past, present, and future!

What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds.

· Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin
· An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois
· The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in     twenty years
· A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu

· Aliens!
· Space battles!
· Robots!
· Technology gone wrong!
· Technology gone right!

Praise for THE WEIRD:

"The definitive collection of weird fiction . . . its success lies in its ability to lend coherence to a great number of stories that are so remarkably different and yet share the same theme." —Times Literary Supplement

"Studded with literary gems, it's a hefty, diligently assembled survey of a genre that manages to be at once unsettling, disorientating and bracing in its variety." —Financial Times

"Ambitious in the extreme, the Vandermeers' latest genre-blurring endeavor is one of the most far-reaching and inclusive speculative anthologies to ever see print. Alongside familiar names — from Lovecraft and Kafka to Link and Kiernan — the Vandermeers unveil a menagerie of obscure authors and impressive stories from around the world. This standard-setting compilation is a deeply affectionate and respectful history of speculative fiction's blurry edges, and its stunning diversity and excellent quality will entice a wide variety of readers — including those who think they don't like 'weird.'"
Publishers Weekly starred review


"Some of the most interesting fantasist-fabulists writing today."
Los Angeles Times, Recommended Summer Reading

"The narrative scope and stellar assemblage of writers and illustrators in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities makes this a book that will be absolutely cherished by fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk aficionados alike." — Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble Book Club

"A science-fiction symphony of strangeness . . . Cabinet of Curiosities will give you a good jolt of wonder." —The Gainesville Times

"Well written with plenty of meticulous line drawings, photos, excerpts from letters and manuscripts and more, this engaging read is sure to pique the interest of young and old alike." —MonstersandCritics.com

Category: Anthology/Science Fiction
Page extent: 1216 pages (pb)
Publication Date: July 2016

North America English & Spanish rights, Vintage

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Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

ANN VANDERMEER currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and weirdfictionreview.com. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with multiple nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she also has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, three Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies include The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, an anthology of feminist speculative fiction, and The Bestiary, an anthology of original fiction and art.

JEFF VANDERMEER's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), which Entertainment Weekly included on its list of the top ten novels of 2014 and which prompted the New Yorker to call the author “the weird Thoreau.” The series has been acquired by publishers in 34 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions acquired the movie rights and Annihilation won both the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award for best novel. VanderMeer’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Atlantic.com, and the Los Angeles Times. A three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, he has also edited or coedited many iconic fiction anthologies, taught at the Yale Writers’ Conference and the Miami International Book Fair, lectured at MIT, Brown, and Library of Congress, and serves as the co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen writing camp located at Wofford College. His forthcoming novel is Borne.

  • Bestiary
  • Fast Ships, Black Sails
  • Steampunk
  • Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded
  • Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities
  • The Time Traveler's Almanac
  • The New Weird
  • The Weird