Future Games edited by Paula Guran

Future Games edited by Paula Guran

Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6" X 9"
ISBN: 9781607013815
Publication Date: January 16, 2013
Price: $15.95

Human competition is eternal. No matter what the future brings, sports will be a part of it. But what forms will these games take? Who will be the spectator, who will play? Will aliens be our opponents or machines? What rules will we play by? What will be at stake? What rewards will be reaped by the victors? What fates await the defeated? Will the entire universe be our arena or will our world be smaller than today? Visionary authors speculate on what swifter, higher, stronger will mean in the near and distant future.

CONTENTS (alphabetical order)
“Distance” by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
“Anda’s Game” by Cory Doctorow
“Breakaway” by George Alec Effinger
“Pawn” by Timons Esaias
“Will the Chill” by John Shirley
“Diamond Girls” by Louise Marley
“Run to Starlight” by George R.R. Martin
“The Fate of Nations” by James Morrow
“The Survivor” by Walter F. Moudy
“Listen” by Joel Richards
“Name That Planet!” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
“Man-Mountain Gentian” by Howard Waldrop
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct” by Scott Westerfeld
“Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis!” by Kate Wilhelm
“Kip Running” by Genevieve Williams

Editor Paula Guran has put together a really great anthology of sf stories involving a variety sports and games in Future Games. From a sport involving planets colliding to a story about the children of enemies playing football, the stories span the familiar to the unfamiliar... There are encounters with alien beings, reality television events and sports played on strange terrain... I can't think of [story] I didn't enjoy in this collection. There are a couple standout favorites, but the collection stands quite nicely in it's complete form. All the stories seemed to focus on what it means to be human and compete, whether your opponent is an alien lifeform, or your own mind. I'm glad I picked this one up.—Brain Shrapnel

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isbn: 9781607013815
booktype: Trade Paperback
pagecount: 384
pubdate: 2013-01-16
size: 6" X 9"