Future On Ice
Edited by Orson Scott Card
With eighteen stories by the leading short-fiction writers of the '80's, Future on
Ice, a new hardcover from TOR ($24.95, 432pp), completes the work begun
with Card's popular anthology Future on Fire, published in 1991.
In the review in Publisher's Weekly (Sep. 28, 1998, pp.77-78), John Kessel's
story "The Pure Product" is called "a sick, sweet and sadistic look at time
travelers, as well as an accurate prediction of where America is drifting."
Nancy Kress's "Out of All Them Bright Stars" is also singled out for praise, as
are George R. R. Martin's "Portraits of His Children," Walter Jon Williams's
"Dinosaurs," and Octavia Butler's "Speech Sounts," which is called "a haunting
journey through civilization when nearly all language is lost."
Of Card's own contribution, the reviewer said, "Card acquits himself as well as
the other authors with one of his own stories, plus a sobering and intelligent
opening essay on the religious roots and impact of the genre," but then couldn't
resist a bit of sniping: "His prefaces to the stories tend toward talk-show
schmoozing." Card's reply: "They don't invite sci-fi writers onto the talk
shows. We have to schmooze somewhere."
This long-awaited book completes Card's definitive collection of short science
fiction of the 1980s, the decade in which Card read almost every short story
published and reviewed much of it, either in Richard Geis's SF Review or in his
own Short Form magazine.
Or is it complete? Says Card, "I also prepared a table of contents for a
collection of humorous or satirical sf called Future on Hold, and without those
stories, some of the best writers aren't represented in the series -- Howard
Waldrop, for instance, and many others whose contributions to the field tended
to be brief and biting." But that book, says Card, is "unlikely to be published."
So the new book Future on Ice probably represents the end of the series.
Copyright © 1998 Orson Scott Card
A Tor Book - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.