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The Playboy Book of Science Fiction

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9780061052880: The Playboy Book of Science Fiction

Playboy has always been about breaking the rules. So has science fiction. Is it any wonder that the two have enjoyed such a long, exciting, satisfying relationship?

Since its beginning almost a half century ago, Playboy has been one of the most popular, most prestigious, most profitable short fiction markets in America. Under the direction of Hugh Hefner and a series of distinguished literary editorsmost recently and durably, Alice K. Turner-the magazine has successfully sought out and published the world's literary superstars.

In addition to the triple attractions of fame, luster and lucre, Playnboy offers a venue where authors are uncensored and allowed to address adult themes and controversial issues. This has proven irresistible to writers who have something new or different to saywhich includes most, if not at all, of the top names in the peculiarly American and distinctively modern field of science fiction.

In this extraordinary diverse and distinguished collection, covering SF's most provocative half century, you will find the classic short works of such familiar names as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin, along with daring forays by innovators such as Harlan Ellison, Lucias Shepard, and Howard Waldrop, leavened with surprise appearances by Donald Westlake, Doris Lessing, and even Billy Crystal. These stories assembled here provide a glittering array of science fiction at its best, form the Golden Age to the New Wave, from Cyberpunk to Virtual Sex.

All they have in common is that they are first-rate SF, unforgettable short fiction, and they were published in the always selective, never censorious, proudly controversial Playboy magazine.

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Despite (or perhaps because of) its once taboo subject matter, Playboy magazine has garnered a reputation as a market for daring, innovative short fiction since its inception in 1953. In particular, science fiction authors used Playboy as a forum for stories in which they explored literary themes and adult situations that would have rendered them unpublishable by mainstream SF magazines then aimed at teenagers. Alice K. Turner, Playboy's fiction editor, has collected a remarkable set of science fiction stories for this anthology. The list of prestigious, award-winning authors whose stories graced the magazine's pages between those (in)famous photos reads like a science fiction hall of fame: Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Norman Spinrad, Damon Knight, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., J.G. Ballard, Frederick Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman, and more. The stories span from the late 1960s through the late 1990s, with several SF subgenres such as new wave and cyberpunk represented. Some of these works are reprints, some are original, but each provides a glimpse into a fascinating sidebar in SF publishing. (Adult content and situations)

About the Author:

Alice K. Turner, one of America's most renowned editors, has been at the fictional helm of Playboy for over a decade, nurturing today's literary lights and discovering tomorrow's stars. In her own right, she is the author of The History of Hell and the editor of Playboy Stories. She lives in New York City.

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