Posted December 16, 2013 by Jeff Grantz in Books & Comics

Book Giveaway: Three Awesome Science Fiction Anthologies!!!

Don’t miss out on this exclusive giveaway from Tor Books!

Today we have the pleasure of featuring an exclusive giveaway for only Geek Smash readers for a set of three (count em, 3!) Science Fiction Anthology Books from Tor Books.  For those of you not in the know, Tor Books is the most successful Science Fiction and Fantasy publisher in the world, publishing books from some of the greatest Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors of our time, such as Orson Scott Card (author of “Ender’s Game”), Phillip K. Dick, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.  We’re big fans of Tor’s titles here at Geek Smash and we have reviewed many of their works in the past.

The first book that is up for grabs is “Twenty-First Century Science Fiction”

21st Century Science Fiction

“Twenty-First Century Science Fiction” is an enormous anthology of short stories—close to 250,000 words—edited by two of the most prestigious and award-winning editors in the SF field and featuring recent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.
David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted arbiters of the field, but “Twenty-First Century Science Fiction” presents fans’ first opportunities to see what their considerable talents come up with together, and also to get a unique perspective on what’s coming next in the science fiction field.
The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favorites to incandescent new talents including Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, and Peter Watts, and the stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction field’s major awards.  – Tor Books

The second anthology is “Year’s Best SF 18”

Year's Best SF 18

Once again, the finest SF short stories of the year have been collected in a single volume.

With “Year’s Best SF 18,” acclaimed, award-winning editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell demonstrates the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing stories from some of science fiction’s most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch.  In this anthology, prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.  – Tor Books

And finally, we have “Dangerous Women”

Dangerous Women

All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in “Dangerous Women” include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ bestselling continuities—including a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of “The Magicians,” and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of “A Game of Thrones.”

Also included are original stories of dangerous women–heroines and villains alike–by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn,  S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others.
Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, “Here you’ll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you’ll find you have a real fight on your hands.  Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more.”  – Tor Books

I have to say, out of all three of these titles, the one I am most interested in is “Dangerous Women.”  Not only does it feature 21 stories about seriously awesome females, and I’m a fan of kick-ass women characters (I’m a lot like Joss Whedon in that sense…  I’d like to think we’re alike in more ways than that… right? Anybody??), but the book also includes a novella by George R.R. Martin AND it’s set in the “Game of Thrones” universe?  Count me in!!

To enter our contest, head to page 2.

Jeff Grantz

Jeff has spent every day since childhood coping with the fact that he will never be able to fly or have super speed. He spends his free time watching way too much TV, watching movies, reading comics, playing video games, and listening to podcasts. He is a founding member of Third Place Productions, an Atlanta-based independent comedy production company, where he produces, writes and occasionally acts in short films. He also has a cape and a mask in his closet, just in case.