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Posted on Feb 2, 2013 3:08:02 PM PST
Tom Rogers says:
this is worth a look: 2001 Nights: Journey Beyond Tommorow the stories have a real Golden Age vibe.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 9:12:02 AM PST
it's not an anthology with a lot of writers it's just a collection of one writer's shot stories. Pump Six and other stories by Paolo Bacigalupi. I love his stuff but it might not be for everyone if you're just getting into the sci-fi stuff.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 1:24:23 PM PST
Nancynan says:
If you're looking for something new, after all of those classics, I can suggest "Time Wars", by Gordon Rowlinson. Not only is it good science fiction (short stories), but he infuses humor, as well. A good collection.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 1:24:14 PM PST
the 1 new for 365.64 cracks me up.. :) I love books, but not that much. I did order a used copy for about 7 bucks though. :) Thanks for the heads up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 8:42:56 AM PST
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W.T. says:
Also from Conklin, Clarke and Asimov, a favorite of mine:

Omnibus Of Science Fiction

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 8:05:37 AM PST
Richard says:
You can never go wrong with Groff Conklin, arguably the greatest anthologist of the 20th century.
Crossroads in Time
17 X Infinity
Science Fiction Terror Tales
Great Science Fiction About Doctors
Possible Worlds of Science Fiction
Science Fiction Adventures In Dimension
Strange Travels in Science Fiction

all contain short stories you will love reading from the golden age of Science Fiction.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 3:49:54 PM PST
Great list, Bill. I'll add a few of my favorite golden age authors to the list whose works are available in inexpensive or free Kindle editions:

James H. Schmitz
H. Beam Piper
Harry Harrison
Keith Laumer

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 5:59:41 AM PST
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W.T. says:
Back in the seventies, Doubleday released a series of "best of" collections for sci-fi legends who were in their creative "stable" (or out-of-print). Many of the volumes were then published in paperback by Ballantine, who added a few extra volumes themselves that were never Doubleday HC's. If you enjoy pulp-era stories, they are a relatively cheap way to get the best of that era, and are a nice alternative to the more expensive collections out today.

I have the volumes for:

Isaac Asimov
Edmond Hamilton
Leigh Brackett
Fredric Brown
Cordwainer Smith
C. L. Moore
Henry Kuttner
Fritz Lieber

and I'm sure at least four more that I'm not thinking of.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 12:47:31 AM PST
Opera Ghost says:
That's the one!

Thank you so much!

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 2:14:44 AM PST
The last one sounds like this:

"The Enchanted Village," A. E. van Vogt, 1950 - (Alternate title: "The Sands of Mars") The lone survivor of a ship crashed on Mars encounters a living city that tries to please him but is unsuited to his needs. The music is oppressive and clamorous, the shower delivers an acid bath. With each drop of water it provides, a bit of the city disintegrates. The man tries to commit suicide, reasoning that his fate is sealed and there is no need for the city to destroy itself. During the night, it seems the city adjusts. The man wakes up to a delicious meal, violin music, and a proper bed temperature. He waddles off happily, unperturbed by his new snout and four-foot tail.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 7:49:51 PM PST
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Opera Ghost says:
I've been looking for a science fiction anthology used for high school sophomore English in the mid-80s. Can't remember the title or cover, but I do recall "A Sound of Thunder," "Harrison Bergeron" (I believe), and two other stories: one about a prisoner with a little device implanted in his neck to keep him from escaping a wall-less prison and the other about an astronaut on Mars (?) who "adapts" to his surroundings.

Any help is appreciated greatly!

Posted on May 7, 2011 7:05:24 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
A few suggestions:

Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science
Escape from Earth: New Adventures in Space
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964
The Golden Age of Science Fiction: An Anthology of 50 Short Stories (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century

Posted on May 7, 2011 6:56:11 PM PDT
If you want to read some good stories from an up and coming science fiction author, check out Amaranthine Rebellion by Rian McArdle. He says some of his influences are Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. Anyway, the book is available on the Kindle and it's only a few bucks - check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 6:15:21 PM PDT
No problem at all with posting the link and thank you for the kind words about Small Moments in Time. I didn't know that link was still up, but that's fine. My earlier short fiction is on fictionwise still, but since fictionwise seems to have gone into stasis I'm trying to find the right place to post my later stuff. Most of it has first appeared in Analog. (There have been two other stories using the main character from Small Moments - "Working on Borrowed Time" and "These Are the Times," as well as other time travel stories using different mechanisms ("Joan" about Joan of Arc and most recently "Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms")). If you do use the story in a class and the students have some questions, have them send them to me via my webpage contact form (at

Posted on May 7, 2011 5:05:47 PM PDT
To the OP, just about any volume of The Hugo Winners.

Posted on May 7, 2011 4:39:13 PM PDT

Thanks for the link to "Small Moments in Time". Great short story! If Analog had more stories like that I would buy it. [I bought an issue this past Christmas after many years of not buying it, and was disappointed.]

Posted on May 7, 2011 11:03:28 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 27, 2011 11:15:41 AM PDT
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Douglas says:
Thanks for the suggestion, CivWar64. I finally found the book with the cover I was thinking of. It's Modern Classics of Science Fiction. However, the contents don't match up with what I remember so I think I've conflated the contents of one book with the cover and title of another.

John, you are the the same guy who wrote "Small Moments in Time"? If so, it's a great story. If any of the rest of you haven't read it, it's available at I wholeheartedly recommend it. I've actually thought about having my students read that one. I think it could lead to some interesting discussions (unless you'd rather I didn't link them to the web page).

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 7:31:49 PM PDT

Just a pure guess, since this included "The Saturn Game" by Poul Anderson and the cover has a planet on it (but no rings). Edited by Asimov.
The Hugo Winners, Volume 5, 1980-1982

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 3:34:48 PM PDT
Douglas says:
I don't know if any of you can help me but I'm looking for a particular anthology. I bought it in the late '80s or early 90's. I'm pretty sure I got my copy from the Science Fiction Book Club. It was a huge anthology and I think it had a picture of Saturn on the cover (or some other planet with rings). I don't remember any specific selections but it was huge. I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 11:01:16 PM PDT
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Music Man says:
Thank you so much for all of the great ideas and suggestions. I've definitely got a full shopping cart now! Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 8:41:56 AM PDT
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FYI: Adventure Books of Seattle is releasing a new sci-fi anthology with 42 stories from authors all over the world. Should be out at Amazon in about two weeks. Runs 380 pages in six-by-nine paperback. Title: 'Escape Velocity - The Anthology'. (from the magazine we once published) ISBN 13 is still inactive because it hasn't been offiicially released, but here's the one that will be assigned to to it:


On a personal note, I always thought 'Dangerous Visions' and the follow-up to it, 'Again, Dangerous Visions' the collections put together by Harlan Ellison were pretty good.

Robert Blevins
Managing Editor

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2011 7:26:27 AM PDT
I personally think a lot of Stan Schmidt as an editor. He finds a lot of new talent, keeps old talent producing for him, and tries lots of different things. If you're interested in short SF, then you could do a lot worse than a subscription to Analog magazine. (No, I don't work there, but I do sell stories to Analog on occasion.)

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 7:17:37 PM PDT
Bill C. says:
My favorite anthologies are the Asimov "Golden Years" collections which have a marvellous selection of S.F. short stories from the 1930's through the 1950's. In hardback they begin with "Before the Golden Age" and are followed by "Isaac Asimov presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction" in six volumes titled "First Series" through "Sixth Series" (In paperback there were 12 volumes). They include, of course, Asimov's comments on each story.
I've helped several individuals in this forum who have posted "Looking for a short story" inquiries by referring them to various volumes of this series. I'd also like to second Mr. Avila above, his "seminal" collections are essential to any personal library.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 6:19:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2011 6:20:10 AM PDT
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964 is a great starting point.
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