Future Games - Paula Guran

Edited by Paula Guran.

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
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Release date: January 2013
Genres: science fiction, anthology
Updated: August 14, 2021