Brian W. Aldiss : Tomes and Selects


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Brian Aldiss, the most prominent British editor of anthologies, began with three small paperback volumes for Penguin Books, Penguin Science Fiction (1961), More Penguin Science Fiction (1963), and Yet More Penguin Science Fiction (1964), that were subsequently gathered into an Omnibus in 1973, the same year that Aldiss published in influential Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction. Aldiss substantially revised the Omnibus in 2007, dropping 15 stories from the earlier book and adding 10, including long stories by Chiang and Crowley.

Also gathered here are several theme anthologies, mostly of traditional SF and space opera. Three best-of-decade anthologies done with Harry Harrison are compiled on the Best of Decades page; one is in the photo.

Except for the two Penguin Omnibuses, the photo shows US paperback and book club reprints.

Most reprinted authors: Isaac Asimov (7); Arthur C. Clarke and A.E. van Vogt (5 each); Walter M. Miller, Jr., Robert Sheckley, and Clifford D. Simak (4 each).

  • The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus, (Penguin, 1973) [isfdb]
  • Space Odysseys, (Futura, 1974) [isfdb]
  • Space Opera, (Futura, 1974) [isfdb]
  • Evil Earths, (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1975) [isfdb]
  • Galactic Empires Volume One, (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Galactic Empires Volume Two, (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Perilous Planets, (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980) [isfdb]
  • A Science Fiction Omnibus, (Penguin Modern Classics, 2007) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Robert Abernathy
  • Pyramid (Astounding Jul 1954) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Strange Exodus (Planet Stories Fll 1950) -- Space Odysseys
  • Pete Adams
  • Planting Time (by PA & Charles Nightingale) (Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies, 1975) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • Heresies of the Huge God (Galaxy Aug 1966) -- Evil Earths
  • Poor Little Warrior! (F&SF Apr 1958) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Poul Anderson
  • Lord of a Thousand Suns (Planet Stories Sep 1951) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • The Star Plunderer (Planet Stories Sep 1952) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Star Ship (Planet Stories Fll 1950) -- Space Odysseys
  • Alex Apostolides
  • We're Civilized (by Mark Clifton & AA) (Galaxy Aug 1953) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation (Astounding May 1942) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Jokester (Infinity Science Fiction Dec 1956) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Last Question (Science Fiction Quarterly Nov 1956) -- Space Opera
  • Nightfall (Astounding Sep 1941) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Reason (Astounding Apr 1941) -- Space Odysseys
  • J. G. Ballard
  • Track 12 (New Worlds Apr 1958) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Greg Bear
  • Blood Music (Analog Jun 1983) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Charles Beaumont
  • The Last Word (by Chad Oliver & CB) (F&SF Apr 1955) -- Evil Earths
  • Alfred Bester
  • Time Is the Traitor (F&SF Sep 1953) -- Space Odysseys
  • Eliza Blair
  • Friends in Need (Bug-Eyed Magazine) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • James Blish
  • Beep (Galaxy Feb 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Common Time (Science Fiction Quarterly Aug 1953) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Leigh Brackett
  • The Lake of the Gone Forever (Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct 1949) -- Space Odysseys
  • Ray Bradbury
  • All Summer in a Day (F&SF Mar 1954) -- Space Opera
  • Fredric Brown
  • Answer (Angels and Spaceships, 1954) -- Space Opera
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Not Yet the End (Captain Future Win 1941) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • John Brunner
  • The Windows of Heaven (New Worlds May 1956) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Algis Budrys
  • The End of Summer (Astounding Nov 1954) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • To Civilize (Future Jan 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • F. M. Busby
  • I'm Going to Get You (Fantastic Mar 1974) -- Space Odysseys
  • J. Scott Campbell
  • Film of Death (Astounding Mar 1948) -- Evil Earths
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Night (Astounding Oct 1935) -- Evil Earths
  • A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Cage (F&SF Jun 1957) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Half Pair (New Worlds Nov 1957) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Ted Chiang
  • Story of Your Life (Starlight 2, 1998) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Before Eden (Amazing Jun 1961) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Forgotten Enemy (King's College Review Dec 1948) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." (Future Sep 1951) -- Evil Earths
  • The Possessed (Dynamic Science Fiction Mar 1953) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • The Sentinel (Ten Story Fantasy Spr 1951) -- Space Odysseys
  • Mark Clifton
  • We're Civilized (by MC & Alex Apostolides) (Galaxy Aug 1953) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Wall Around the World (Beyond Fantasy Fiction Sep 1953) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Alfred Coppel
  • The Rebel of Valkyr (Planet Stories Fll 1950) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • John Crowley
  • Great Work of Time (Novelty, 1989) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Avram Davidson
  • The Bounty Hunter (Fantastic Universe Mar 1958) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Roger Dee
  • The Interlopers (Astounding Sep 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Philip K. Dick
  • The Golden Man (If Apr 1954) -- Evil Earths
  • The Impossible Planet (Imagination Oct 1953) -- Space Odysseys
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Monkey Wrench (Astounding Aug 1951) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Howard Fast
  • The First Men (F&SF Feb 1960) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Wound (The General Zapped an Angel, 1970) -- Evil Earths
  • Gardner F. Fox
  • Tonight the Stars Revolt! (Planet Stories Mar 1952) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • H. B. Fyfe
  • Protected Species (Astounding Mar 1951) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- Galactic Empires Volume One
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Daniel F. Galouye
  • Tonight the Sky Will Fall! (Imagination May 1952) -- Space Opera
  • Randall Garrett
  • Time Fuze (If Mar 1954) -- Space Opera
  • Tom Godwin
  • The Greater Thing (Astounding Feb 1954) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • James Gunn
  • Breaking Point (Space Science Fiction Mar 1953) -- Space Opera
  • Harry Harrison
  • An Alien Agony (New Worlds Sep 1962) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Final Encounter (Galaxy Apr 1964) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • James Inglis
  • Night Watch (New Writings in SF. 3, 1965) -- Space Odysseys
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Garry Kilworth
  • Alien Embassy -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Damon Knight
  • The Country of the Kind (F&SF Feb 1956) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Four in One (Galaxy Feb 1953) -- Perilous Planets
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie (F&SF Jul 1957) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Henry Kuttner
  • The Time Trap (Marvel Science Stories Nov 1938) -- Evil Earths
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Among the Hairy Earthmen (Galaxy Aug 1966) -- Evil Earths
  • Been a Long, Long Time (Fantastic Dec 1970) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Allen Kim Lang
  • Guest Expert (Planet Stories Jan 1951) -- Evil Earths
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Later Than You Think (Galaxy Oct 1950) -- Evil Earths
  • Frank Belknap Long
  • The Unfinished (Super Science Stories Apr 1951) -- Space Odysseys
  • Mal Lynch
  • Age of Retirement (Astounding Apr 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • John D. MacDonald
  • Escape to Chaos (Super Science Stories Jun 1951) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Katherine MacLean
  • The Snowball Effect (Galaxy Sep 1952) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • David I. Masson
  • Mouth of Hell (New Worlds Jan 1966) -- Perilous Planets
  • P. Schuyler Miller
  • The Titan (The Titan, 1934) -- Perilous Planets
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The Big Hunger (Astounding Oct 1952) -- Space Odysseys
  • Command Performance (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • I Made You (Astounding Mar 1954) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Ward Moore
  • Lot (F&SF May 1953) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • William Morrison
  • The Sack (Astounding Sep 1950) -- Perilous Planets
  • Charles Nightingale
  • Planting Time (by Pete Adams & CN) (Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies, 1975) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Alan E. Nourse
  • Brightside Crossing (Galaxy Jan 1956) -- Perilous Planets
  • Counterfeit (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1952) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Chad Oliver
  • The Last Word (by CO & Charles Beaumont) (F&SF Apr 1955) -- Evil Earths
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Snowmen (Galaxy Dec 1959) -- Perilous Planets
  • The Tunnel Under the World (Galaxy Jan 1955) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Arthur Porges
  • The Rescuer (Analog Jul 1962) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Mack Reynolds
  • Down the River (Startling Stories Sep 1950) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Sexual Dimorphism (The Martians, 1999) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Ross Rocklynne
  • The Empress of Mars (Fantastic Adventures May 1939) -- Space Odysseys
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • Sole Solution (Fantastic Universe Apr 1956) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Grandpa (Astounding Feb 1955) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Howard Schoenfeld
  • Built Up Logically (Retort Win 1949) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Thomas N. Scortia
  • Sea Change (Astounding Jun 1956) -- Space Opera
  • Idris Seabright
  • Brightness Falls from the Air (F&SF Apr 1951) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Michael Shaara
  • All the Way Back (Astounding Jul 1952) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Grenville's Planet (F&SF Oct 1952) -- Perilous Planets
  • Robert Sheckley
  • The Monsters (F&SF Mar 1953) -- Perilous Planets
  • The Store of the Worlds (Playboy Sep 1959) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerley Dead (Nova 2, 1972) -- Space Opera
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Schwartz Between the Galaxies (Stellar, 1974) -- Perilous Planets
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Beachhead (Fantastic Adventures Jul 1951) -- Perilous Planets
  • Immigrant (Astounding Mar 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Skirmish (Amazing Dec 1950) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal (Amazing May 1964) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • When the People Fell (Galaxy Apr 1959) -- Perilous Planets
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The Age of Invention (F&SF Jul 1966) -- Perilous Planets
  • John Steinbeck
  • The Short-Short Story of Mankind (Lilliput Nov 1955) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Swarm (F&SF Apr 1982) -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Richard Stockham
  • The Valley (If Jun 1954) -- Evil Earths
  • Jefferson Sutton
  • After Ixmal (Amazing Oct 1962) -- Space Opera
  • William Tenn
  • Down Among the Dead Men (Galaxy Jun 1954) -- Evil Earths
  • Eastward Ho! (F&SF Oct 1958) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Liberation of Earth (Future May 1953) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side (F&SF Mar 1972) -- Space Odysseys
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • E. C. Tubb
  • The Seekers (New Writings in SF. 6, 1965) -- Perilous Planets
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Concealment (Astounding Sep 1943) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Fulfillment (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
          -- A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • The Monster (Astounding Aug 1948) -- Perilous Planets
  • The Storm (Astounding Oct 1943) -- Space Opera
  • Jack Vance
  • The Men Return (Infinity Science Fiction Jul 1957) -- Evil Earths
  • The Mitr (Vortex Science Fiction #1 1953) -- Space Opera
  • F. L. Wallace
  • Big Ancestor (Galaxy Nov 1954) -- Galactic Empires Volume Two
  • Bryce Walton
  • To Each His Star (Space Science Fiction May 1952) -- Space Odysseys
  • Donald Wandrei
  • The Red Brain (Weird Tales Oct 1927) -- Space Opera
  • James White
  • Resident Physician (New Worlds Sep 1961) -- Galactic Empires Volume One
  • Cherry Wilder
  • The Ark of James Carlyle (New Writings in SF. 24, 1974) -- Perilous Planets
  • Robert F. Young
  • Goddess in Granite (F&SF Sep 1957) -- Perilous Planets
  • On the River (Fantastic Jan 1965) -- Perilous Planets

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