We’ve talked before about “gateway” science fiction; that is, accessible science fiction that you would recommend to people who do not normally read it. I was in a used bookstore this weekend – What, you don’t spend your weekends trolling used bookstores? – and found an anthology of gateway short stories: Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction edited by Terry Carr.
Here’s the list of stories that Carr thought would be good introductions to sf:
- “The Star” by Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
- “A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury (1952)
- “The Year of the Jackpot” by Robert A. Heinlein (1952)
- “The Man with English” by H. L. Gold (1953)
- “In Hiding [Timothy Paul]” by Wilmar H. Shiras (1948)
- “Not with a Bang” by Damon Knight (1950)
- “Love Called This Thing” by Avram Davidson & Laura Goforth (1959)
- “The Weapon” by Fredric Brown (1951)
- “What’s It Like Out There?” by Edmond Hamilton (1952)
Carr’s book appeared in 1968. I wonder what a more current list would look like?
For more on gateway books, see:
- David Hartwell’s Top 32 Gateway Science Fiction Books
- John Scalzi’s post: Outreach in Action: Gateway Science Fiction
- A. Wolverton’s Amazon book list of Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction