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Old 08-31-2010, 02:07 AM   #1
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Speculative Fiction Short Story Compilations

The title says it all, I'm looking for any and all good short story compilations. I suppose my taste usually trends more toward sci fi, but I'm mostly interested in reading more short stories in general, so whatever you might suggest would be great.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:34 AM   #2
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I think I shall point you to the Free SF Online Database, which is a round-up of links to full legal sf/fantasy works posted by their authors/publishers/as samples/promos online.

Always worth reading: just about anything by
  • Ted Chiang (just plain brilliant, highly recommend his Stories of Your Life collection)
  • Nancy Kress (often genetic engineering, also recommend her 3 paper collections)
  • Connie Willis (wide range of marvelous stuff, 3-4 paper vy good collections; Fire Watch collection available as e-book)
  • Judith Tarr (usually historical; well-written & well-researched)
  • Robert J. Sawyer (mix of social and harder sf from a Canadian perspective; tends to go too jokey with the shorter stories, pick one of the award-winning novella-lengthers to start with, has 2 good paper collections)
  • Terry Bisson (They're Made Out of Meat == Best Alien Contact Story EVER; Bears Discover Fire collection in DRM-free MultiFormat @ Fictionwise)
  • Mike Resnick (quality varies, but usually funny to poignant; Kirinyaga collection @ Baen Webscriptions is excellent)
  • James Patrick Kelly (inventive and sometimes disturbing),
and no doubt many more that others will suggest.

Also, I should note that Small Beer Press is offering a few of their authors works under a Creative Commons license, in various e-reader friendly formats contributed by site visitors.

I especially recommend Maureen McHugh's Mothers and Other Monsters, which I went so far as to buy in paperback. Okay, that happened long before I even knew there was an online version. But the point is, her work is good enough for me to special-order my own copies of it.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:14 AM   #3
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Off the top of my head,

Dangerous Visions
Again, Dangerous Visions
The Ascent of Wonder
The Hard SF Renaissance

all come to mind. Also look for the many "Year's Best" anthologies. Also, when I was gathering URLs for these, I saw another cover I recognized. I think I remember some good work in this, and they are short-- 50 stories in 288 pages.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury Of Thrilling Tales edited By Michael Chabon
A Science Fiction Omnibus edited by Brian Aldiss (availoable at Waterstones in the UK)
Tales Before Tolkien edited by Douglas Anderson

You could do a search for well known sci-fi editors like David Hartwell, Martin Greenberg, Gardner Dozois, Ellen Datlow, or Robert Silverberg
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Masterpieces - edited by Orson Scott Card: http://www.amazon.com/Masterpieces-S...3266056&sr=1-1
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Masterpieces - edited by Orson Scott Card: http://www.amazon.com/Masterpieces-S...3266056&sr=1-1
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The two "Dangerous Visions" are also available at Baen in multiple formats for a bit cheaper. Both are good choices.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:09 PM   #8
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H P Lovecraft's stories sometimes have a scifi leaning towards them, however they're well worth reading as some of the most atmospheric horror tales of all time.
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