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TOC: ‘Before They Were Giants’ edited by James L. Sutter

Here’s the table of contents for Before They Were Giants: First Works from Science Fiction Greats edited by James L. Sutter, which collects the first published SF stories of notable genre luminaries:

  1. “Possible to Rue” by Piers Anthony
  2. “Destroyers” by Greg Bear
  3. “A Long Way Back” by Ben Bova
  4. “Just a Hint” by David Brin
  5. “Craphound” by Cory Doctorow
  6. “Fragments of a Hologram Rose” by William Gibson
  7. “Mirrors and Burnstone” by Nicola Griffith
  8. “Out of Phase” by Joe Haldeman
  9. “Highway 61 Revisited” by China Miéville
  10. “The Coldest Place” by Larry Niven
  11. “In Pierson’s Orchestra” by Kim Stanley Robinson
  12. “The Guy with the Eyes” by Spider Robinson
  13. “A Sparkle for Homer” by R.A. Salvatore
  14. “The Boys” by Charles Stross
  15. “Ginungagap” by Michael Swanwick

All 15 stories come with brand-new retrospective critiques and interviews from the respective authors, discussing “the stories’ geneses, humorous anecdotes surrounding the stories’ publication, and what the authors know now about writing that they wish they’d known then”.

[via Flogging Babel]

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4 Comments on TOC: ‘Before They Were Giants’ edited by James L. Sutter

  1. Sounds very similar to my three anthologies published with DAW Books in 2003:

    Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings

  2. Just a heads up, this book was called out for a GenderFail. Can’t seem to find the link at the moment though.

  3. @Patrick: Looks like the editor is taking his lumps at Flogging Babel.

    @Steven: I have a copy of Wondrous Beginnings around here somewhere…

  4. The book did indeed get called out, though at this point things seem to be settling down. The long and short of it was that I naively didn’t stop to think about gender balance in the collection (though my initial list included a number of female authors who turned me down), and that was a dumb mistake. Apologies have been made, and the lesson learned for future anthologies. Hopefully now folks can enjoy the anthology as it was intended – a teaching tool and fun look at where major SF authors got their start.

    Also, Steven – kudos on your DAW anthologies. I attempted to avoid any overlap, out of respect for being beat to the idea!


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