Explosive and provocative battles fought across the boundaries of time and spaceâ€”and on the frontiers of the human mind.
Science fictionâ€™s finest have yielded this definitive collection featuring stories of warfare, victory, conquest, heroism, and overwhelming odds. These are scenarios few have ever dared to contemplate, and they include:
â€śSuperiorityâ€ť: Arthur C. Clarke presents an intergalactic war in which one sideâ€™s own advanced weaponry may actually lead to its ultimate defeat.
â€śDragonriderâ€ť: A tale of Anne McCaffreyâ€™s Dragonriders of Pern, in which magic tips the scales of survival.
â€śSecond Varietyâ€ť: Philip K. Dick, author of the short story that became the movie Blade Runner, reaches new heights of terror with his post-apocalyptic vision of the future.
â€śThe Night of the Vampyresâ€ť: A chilling ultimatum of atomic proportions begins a countdown to disaster in George R. R. Martinâ€™s gripping drama.
â€śHeroâ€ť: Joe Haldemanâ€™s short story that led to his classic of interstellar combat, The Forever War.
â€śEnderâ€™s Gameâ€ť: The short story that gave birth to Orson Scott Cardâ€™s masterpiece of military science fiction.
PLUS SEVEN MORE EPIC STORIES
â€śAmong Thievesâ€ť by Poul Anderson
â€śHangmanâ€ť by David Drake
â€śThe Last Articleâ€ť by Harry Turtledove
â€śThe Game of Rat and Dragonâ€ť by Cordwainer Smith
â€śTo the Storming Gulfâ€ť by Gregory Benford
â€śWolf Timeâ€ť by Walter Jon Williams
â€śThe Scapegoatâ€ť by C. J. Cherryh
Guaranteed to spark the imagination and thrill the soul, these thirteen science fiction gems cast a stark light on our dreams and our darkest fearsâ€”truly among the finest tales of the twentieth century.