Isaac Asimov : Anthologies


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Isaac Asimov published hundreds of anthologies over his career, but the vast majority of these were 'co-edited' by Martin H. Greenberg and sometimes others. Virtually all were theme anthologies, and many focused on specific audience (e.g. young readers) or were constrained by source (e.g. from his eponymous magazine). But early in his career he did two substantial solo volumes, Tomorrow's Children in 1966 and Where Do We Go From Here? in 1971. Both books have thoughtful introductions; the first also provides anecdotal introductions to the stories, a pattern that continued through most of the other volumes grouped on this page.

Among others that followed was Before the Golden Age, his only other solo anthology (whose contents were not pre-selected, as in anthologies of awards winners); that book is included on the Decade Bests page.

Of all the others a small selection is included here: two 1979 books that appeared in hardcover; two "Future" anthologies from 1980 and 1981 in paperback (one of stories whose titles are questions; the second of stories told in first person); a huge 1982 hardcover of stories on 50 great SF themes, arranged alphabetically by theme; a 1983 hardcover about origins, with co-editor George Zebrowski and including nonfiction and Biblical selections; and a 1984 hardcover about robots and computers with co-editor Patricia S. Warrick.

Asimov includes his own stories 13 times across these nine books. After that the most reprinted authors are Arthur C. Clarke (6), Philip K. Dick, Robert Sheckley, and Clifford D. Simak (4 each).

  • Tomorrow's Children, Isaac Asimov, ed. (Doubleday, 1966) [isfdb]
  • Where Do We Go from Here?, Isaac Asimov, ed. (Doubleday, 1971) [isfdb]
  • The Science Fictional Solar System, Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, eds. (Harper & Row, 1979) [isfdb]
  • The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, eds. (Doubleday, 1979) [isfdb]
  • The Future in Question, Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg & Joseph Olander, eds. (Fawcett, 1980) [isfdb]
  • The Future I, Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg & Joseph D. Olander, eds. (Fawcett, 1981) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction A to Z, Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, eds. (Houghton Mifflin, 1982) [isfdb]
  • Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science, Isaac Asimov, George Zebrowski & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Crown, 1983) [isfdb]
  • Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers, Isaac Asimov, Patricia S. Warrick & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Holt Rinehart Winston, 1984) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Let's Be Frank (Science-Fantasy #23 1957) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Non-Isotropic (Galileo #7 1978) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Who Can Replace a Man? (Infinity Science Fiction Jun 1958) -- The Future in Question
  • Poul Anderson
  • Barnacle Bull (Astounding Sep 1960) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • The Last Monster (Super Science Stories Aug 1951) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Sam Hall (Astounding Aug 1953) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Piers Anthony
  • In the Jaws of Danger (If Nov 1967) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Christopher Anvil
  • The Troublemaker (Astounding Jul 1960) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Bicentennial Man (Stellar, 1976) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Evidence (Astounding Sep 1946) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • The Evitable Conflict (Astounding Jun 1950) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • The Last Question (Science Fiction Quarterly Nov 1956) -- The Future in Question
  • Pate de Foie Gras (Astounding Sep 1956) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • The Red Queen's Race (Astounding Jan 1949) -- The Future I
  • Robbie (Super Science Stories Sep 1940) -- Science Fiction A to Z
          -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Runaround (Astounding Mar 1942) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • The Singing Bell (F&SF Jan 1955) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • The Ugly Little Boy (Galaxy Sep 1958) -- Tomorrow's Children
          -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Waterclap (If Apr 1970) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Raymond E. Banks
  • Transstar (Galaxy Jun 1960) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Harry Bates
  • Farewell to the Master (Astounding Oct 1940) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Stephen Vincent Benét
  • The Place of the Gods (The Saturday Evening Post Jul 31 1937) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Gregory Benford
  • Exposures (IASFM Jul 6 1981) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Alfred Bester
  • The Pi Man (Star Light, Star Bright, 1959) -- The Future I
  • Will You Wait? (F&SF Mar 1959) -- The Future in Question
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Moxon's Master (San Francisco Examiner Apr 16 1899) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Jerome Bixby
  • The Draw (Amazing Mar 1954) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • The Holes Around Mars (Galaxy Jan 1954) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • It's a Good Life (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • James Blish
  • Bridge (Astounding Feb 1952) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Surface Tension (Galaxy Aug 1952) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Who's in Charge Here? (F&SF May 1962) -- The Future in Question
  • J. F. Bone
  • Triggerman (Astounding Dec 1958) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Ray Bradbury
  • All Summer in a Day (F&SF Mar 1954) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • There Will Come Soft Rains (Colliers May 6 1950) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Fredric Brown
  • Answer (Angels and Spaceships, 1954) -- Science Fiction A to Z
          -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • John Brunner
  • Judas (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Night (Astounding Oct 1935) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Who Goes There? (Astounding) -- The Future in Question
  • Terry Carr
  • Hop-Friend (F&SF Nov 1962) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Rejoice, Rejoice, We Have No Choice (Future Kin, 1974) -- The Future I
  • A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Cage (F&SF Jun 1957) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Deep Range (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1954) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Dial "F" for Frankenstein (Playboy Jan 1965) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • History Lesson (Startling Stories May 1949) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Saturn Rising (F&SF Mar 1961) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Transit of Earth (Playboy Jan 1971) -- The Future I
  • Who's There? (New Worlds Nov 1958) -- The Future in Question
  • Hal Clement
  • Dust Rag (Astounding Sep 1956) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Proof (Astounding Jun 1942) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Mark Clifton
  • Star, Bright (Galaxy Jul 1952) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • What Have I Done? (Astounding May 1952) -- The Future in Question
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Cabbage Patch (Perspective Fll 1952) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Lee Correy
  • The Easy Way Out (Analog Apr 1966) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Avram Davidson
  • The Ceaseless Stone (New Venture Sep 1975 (+1)) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • A Gun for Dinosaur (Galaxy Mar 1956) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Charles V. De Vet
  • Second Game (by CVDV & Katherine MacLean) (Astounding Mar 1958) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Lester del Rey
  • The Day Is Done (Astounding May 1939) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Though Dreamers Die (Astounding Feb 1944) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • A. J. Deutsch
  • A Subway Named Mobius (Astounding Dec 1950) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Philip K. Dick
  • The Electric Ant (F&SF Oct 1969) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • The Father-Thing (F&SF Dec 1954) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • If There Were No Benny Cemoli (Galaxy Dec 1963) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • War Game (Galaxy Dec 1959) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Black Charlie (Galaxy Apr 1954) -- The Future I
  • The Man from Earth (Galaxy Jun 1964) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • The Monkey Wrench (Astounding Aug 1951) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Suzette Haden Elgin
  • For the Sake of Grace (F&SF May 1969) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Harlan Ellison
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (If Mar 1967) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Life Hutch (If Apr 1956) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Howard Fast
  • The Large Ant (Fantastic Universe Feb 1960) -- The Future I
  • Charles Fontenay
  • The Silk and the Song (F&SF Jul 1956) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Alan Dean Foster
  • Why Johnny Can't Speed (Galaxy Sep 1971) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Gertrude Friedberg
  • The Wayward Cravat -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Raymond Z. Gallun
  • Seeds of the Dusk (Astounding Jun 1938) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Randall Garrett
  • The Ipswich Phial (Analog Dec 1976) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Tom Godwin
  • Too Soon to Die (Venture Mar 1957) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • H. L. Gold
  • The Man with English (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Ron Goulart
  • What's Become of Screwloose? (If Jul 1970) -- The Future in Question
  • James Gunn
  • The Cave of Night (Galaxy Feb 1955) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Kindergarten (Galaxy Apr 1970) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Open Warfare (Galaxy May 1954) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Edmond Hamilton
  • What's It Like Out There? (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1952) -- The Future in Question
  • Harry Harrison
  • A Criminal Act (Analog Jan 1967) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • War with the Robots (Science Fiction Adventures (UK) #27 1962) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • "—And He Built a Crooked House" (Astounding Feb 1941) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • The Menace from Earth (F&SF Aug 1957) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Zenna Henderson
  • Gilead (F&SF Aug 1954) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Hindu Rg-veda
  • The Song of Creation -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Evan Hunter
  • Dream Damsel (Fantastic Universe Oct 1954) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Will F. Jenkins
  • The Little Terror (The Saturday Evening Post Aug 22 1953) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • J. O. Jeppson
  • Positively the Last Pact with—the Devil? (F&SF Mar 1976) -- The Future I
  • Norman Kagan
  • The Mathenauts (If Jul 1964) -- The Future I
  • Damon Knight
  • Cabin Boy (Galaxy Sep 1951) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • An Eye for a What? (Galaxy Mar 1957) -- The Future in Question
  • Henry Kuttner
  • When the Bough Breaks (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Nov 1944) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Keith Laumer
  • Prototaph (Analog Mar 1966) -- The Future I
  • William M. Lee
  • Junior Achievement (Analog Jul 1962) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Fritz Leiber
  • A Pail of Air (Galaxy Dec 1951) -- Tomorrow's Children
          -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • The Snowbank Orbit (If Sep 1962) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Murray Leinster
  • A Logic Named Joe (Astounding Mar 1946) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Stanislaw Lem
  • Project Genesis (New Yorker Nov 2 1981) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Duncan Lunan
  • The Comet, the Cairn and the Capsule (Worlds of If Jul/Aug 1972) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Fear Hound (Analog May 1968) -- The Future I
  • Second Game (by Charles V. De Vet & KM) (Astounding Mar 1958) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • The Snowball Effect (Galaxy Sep 1952) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Closed Sicilian (F&SF Nov 1973) -- The Future I
  • Laurence Manning
  • The Living Galaxy (Wonder Stories Sep 1934) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • George R. R. Martin
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall (Analog May 1973) -- The Future I
  • Richard Matheson
  • A Touch of Grapefruit (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1959) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • The Ship Who Sang (F&SF Apr 1961) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Richard McKenna
  • Mine Own Ways (F&SF Feb 1960) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • The Secret Place (Orbit 1, 1966) -- The Future I
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • I Made You (Astounding Mar 1954) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • C. L. Moore
  • When the Bough Breaks (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Nov 1944) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • William Morrison
  • Country Doctor (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Larry Niven
  • ARM (Epoch, 1975) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Neutron Star (If Oct 1966) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Wait It Out (The Future Unbound Program Book 1968) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • William F. Nolan
  • The Underdweller (Fantastic Universe Aug 1957) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Andre Norton
  • All Cats Are Gray (Fantastic Universe Aug/Sep 1953) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Alan E. Nourse
  • Brightside Crossing (Galaxy Jan 1956) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Chad Oliver
  • The Mother of Necessity (Another Kind, 1955) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Transfusion (Astounding Jun 1959) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Alexei Panshin
  • Down to the Worlds of Men (If Jul 1963) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • How Can We Sink When We Can Fly? (Four Futures, 1971) -- The Future I
  • One Sunday in Neptune (Tomorrow's Worlds, 1969) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Richard Peck
  • Gantlet (Orbit 10, 1972) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Rog Phillips
  • Game Preserve (If Oct 1957) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • H. Beam Piper
  • Omnilingual (Astounding Feb 1957) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Frederik Pohl
  • I Plinglot, Who You? (Galaxy Feb 1959) -- The Future in Question
  • Tom Reamy
  • The Detweiler Boy (F&SF Apr 1977) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Milton A. Rothman
  • Heavy Planet (Astounding Aug 1939) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • First Person Singular (Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct 1950) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Top Secret (Astounding Aug 1956) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Fred Saberhagen
  • The Long Way Home (Galaxy Jun 1961) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • William Sambrot
  • Creature of the Snows (The Saturday Evening Post Oct 29 1960) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Novice (Analog Jun 1962) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • J. W. Schutz
  • The Santa Claus Problem (Analog Jan 1979) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Michael Shaara
  • 2066: Election Day (Astounding Dec 1956) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Jack Sharkey
  • No Harm Done (Fantastic Jul 1961) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Bob Shaw
  • Skirmish on a Summer Morning (Cosmic Kaleidoscope, 1976) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Robert Sheckley
  • The Accountant (F&SF Jul 1954) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? (Playboy Aug 1969) -- The Future in Question
  • The Odor of Thought (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Prospector's Special (Galaxy Dec 1959) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Ishmael in Love (F&SF Jul 1970) -- The Future I
  • The Macauley Circuit (Fantastic Universe Aug 1956) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Why? (Science Fiction Stories Nov 1957) -- The Future in Question
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • The Creator (Marvel Tales Mar/Apr 1935) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • A Death in the House (Galaxy Oct 1959) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • How-2 (Galaxy Nov 1954) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • No Life of Their Own (Galaxy Aug 1959) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (Galaxy Oct 1955) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • George H. Smith
  • The Great Secret (Super Science Fiction Oct 1959) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Margaret St. Clair
  • Child of Void (Super Science Stories Nov 1949) -- Tomorrow's Children
  • L. J. Stecher
  • Man in a Quandary (Galaxy Jul 1958) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- The Future in Question
  • Saucer of Loneliness (Galaxy Feb 1953) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • William F. Temple
  • The Green Car (Science-Fantasy #23 1957) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • William Tenn
  • Bernie the Faust (Playboy Nov 1963) -- The Future I
  • Time in Advance (Galaxy Aug 1956) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • "Will You Walk a Little Faster" (Marvel Science Fiction Nov 1951) -- The Future in Question
  • Walter S. Tevis
  • The Big Bounce (Galaxy Feb 1958) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Theodore Thomas
  • The Doctor (Orbit 2, 1967) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • The Weather on the Sun (Orbit 8, 1970) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (Aurora: Beyond Equality, 1976) -- The Future in Question
  • Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death (The Alien Condition, 1973) -- The Future I
  • Wilson Tucker
  • Time Exposures (Universe 1, 1971) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • Steven Utley
  • Custer's Last Jump (by SU & Howard Waldrop) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Fulfillment (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • The Seesaw (Astounding Jul 1941) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Jack Vance
  • Coup de Grace (Super Science Fiction Feb 1958) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • John Varley
  • Air Raid (IASFM Spr 1977) -- The Future I
  • Harl Vincent
  • Rex (Astounding Jun 1934) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Vernor Vinge
  • Long Shot (Analog Aug 1972) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Howard Waldrop
  • Custer's Last Jump (by Steven Utley & HW) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • F. L. Wallace
  • End as a World (Galaxy Sep 1955) -- The Future I
  • Ian Watson
  • A Letter from God (Destinies Win 1981) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • A Martian Odyssey (Wonder Stories Jul 1934) -- Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Edward Wellen
  • Mouthpiece (F&SF Feb 1974) -- The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction
  • H. G. Wells
  • In the Abyss (Pearson's Magazine Aug 1896) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? (Quark, 1971) -- The Future in Question
  • Robert Moore Williams
  • Robots Return (Astounding Sep 1938) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Alien Stones (Orbit 11, 1972) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • John Wyndham
  • The Lost Machine (Amazing Apr 1932) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Robert F. Young
  • Nikita Eisenhower Jones (F&SF Aug 1960) -- The Science Fictional Solar System
  • One Love Have I (If Apr 1955) -- Science Fiction A to Z
  • George Zebrowski
  • Heathen God (F&SF Jan 1971) -- Creations: The Quest for Origins in Story and Science
  • Starcrossed (Eros in Orbit, 1973) -- Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots & Computers
  • Roger Zelazny
  • A Museum Piece (Fantastic Jun 1963) -- Science Fiction A to Z

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