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The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier

Stories of Exploring Space, Colonizing the Universe, and First Contact
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ISBN: 9781597809399
Published: 07/10/2018


The vast and mysterious universe is explored in this reprint anthology from award-winning editor and anthologist Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year).

The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them.

Generations of writers have explored these new frontiers and the endless possibilities they present in great detail. With galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, from generation ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, science fiction writers have given readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe.

The Final Frontier delivers stories from across this literary spectrum, a reminder that the universe is far larger and brimming with more possibilities than we could ever imagine, as hard as we may try.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • “A Jar of Goodwill” by Tobias S. Buckell (Clarkesworld, May 2010)
  • “Mono no aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington)
  • “Rescue Mission” by Jack Skillingstead (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3, edited by George Mann)
  • “Shiva in Shadow ” by Nancy Kress (Between Worlds, edited by Robert Silverberg)
  • “Slow Life” by Michael Swanwick (Analog, December 2002)
  • “Three Bodies at Mitanni” by Seth Dickinson (Analog, June 2015)
  • “The Deeps of the Sky” by Elizabeth Bear (Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Diving into the Wreck” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s, December 2005)
  • “The Voyage Out” by Gwyneth Jones (Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, edited by Lynne Jamneck)
  • “The Symphony of Ice and Dust” by Julie Novakova (Clarkesworld, October 2013)
  • “Twenty Lights to “The Land of Snow”” by Michael Bishop (Going Interstellar, edited by Les Johnson and Jack McDevitt)
  • “The Firewall and the Door” by Sean McMullen (Analog, March 2013)
  • “Permanent Fatal Errors” by Jay Lake (Is Anybody Out There? edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern )
  • “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz (PM Press, November 2015)
  • “Sailing the Antarsa” by Vandana Singh (The Other Half of the Sky, edited by Athena Andreadis)
  • “The Mind is Its Own Place” by Carrie Vaughn, LLC (Asimov’s, September 2016)
  • “The Wreck of the Godspeed” by James Patrick Kelly (Between Worlds, edited by Robert Silverberg)
  • “Seeing” by Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld, November 2010)
  • “Travelling into Nothing” by An Owomoyela (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • “Glory” by Greg Egan (New Space Opera, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois)
  • “The Island” by Peter Watts (New Space Opera 2, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois)

Cover art by Fred Gambino.

Praise for Neil Clarke’s Anthologies with Night Shade Books
 
“Readers should savor the stories a few at a time to get the most out of Clarke’s superior selections . . . but there are no inferior pieces here. This is a fine, thoughtful book.
Publishers Weeklystarred review for Not One of Us
 
“Well-known SF authors grace this . . . top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review for More Human Than Human
 
“Clarke’s stellar reprint anthology explores the expansive variety of space exploration stories. . . . Outstanding works in which extreme environments bring out the best and worst of human nature.”
Publishers WeeklyStarred Review for The Final Frontier

“Twenty one fascinating tales from some of science fiction’s new stars. The reprint collection is multicultural and diverse, with tales of all kinds and from some unusual places. . . . Many standouts in this one and likely something here for all sorts of different kinds of folks.”
—Manhattan Book Review, 4.5/5 Stars for The Final Frontier
 
“This hefty anthology of imperial SF covers great space battles, small dramas within an empire, hopeless bureaucracy, and even living space stations, zooming in and out to capture every nuance . . . The diverse array of stories ensures that there’s plenty of interest for any fan of large-scale SF.” 
Publishers Weekly on Galactic Empires

Masterful editor Neil Clarke has assembled an exotic, bountiful treasure chest of reprint tales dedicated to that mode of SF that can arguably be said to constitute the very core of the field, the space opera.”
Asimov’s on Galactic Empires
 
“Clarke has assembled a wide range of authors – from old masters like Robert Silverberg to more recent talents such as Aliette De Bodard – each offering a different take on the central premise. . . There isn’t a bad piece amongst them . . . the Galaxy really is there for the taking.”
Starburst on Galactic Empires, reviewed by Alister Davison

“As editor Clarke points out in his introduction, when most people hear the term galactic empire, they immediately picture Darth Vader and Star Wars. But there is a long history of star-faring empires in the genre, with stories that imagine our human tendencies to explore and conquer among the stars. . . . The stories gathered here, all of which have appeared elsewhere, show the huge range of possibilities of the chosen theme.” 
Library Journal on Galactic Empires

“The first must-read anthology of the year, no question, is Neil Clarke’s Galactic Empires, an ambitious (read: huge) collection of SF tales featuring far-flung confederations in the stars. The TOC is a who’s-who of virtually everyone doing important work at short length in science fiction.” 
—John O’Neil, Black Gate on Galactic Empires

Brings together some of the best voices writing in the genre today. . . . a stunning collection of short fiction.”
WorldsInInk on Galactic Empires