I Sing the Body Electric! and Other Stories is an excellent collection of classic Ray Bradbury short stories. The book is filled with great science fiction and fantasy pieces that are similar to those in The Illustrated Man. Although first published in 1976, the book contains work that spans Bradbury’s early career from the 1940s through the 1970s.
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick (2002) collects some of the very best short stories from this master of mind-bending science fiction. Dick often writes about realities that have been manufactured by media, governments, and big corporations, and his stories have been the basis for numerous science fiction films including Bladerunner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. This volume is an excellent introduction to the work of this provocative author.
Published in 2003 by Pocket Books Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe collects some of the best works of this famous author. The edition also contains a selection of critical excerpts and suggestions for further reading.
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. The book was originally published in 1970 in order to honor the best science fiction writers of the day. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and Daniel Keyes are just a few of the great writers whose works are represented.
Forest J. Ackerman’s World of Science Fiction is a book by one of the premier experts on science fiction. Ackerman has also been a lifelong friend of Ray Bradbury’s. Published in 1997, this lavishly illustrated volume presents Ackerman’s take on the history and major authors of the science fiction genre. He also discusses the pulp magazines and science fiction on television and in film.