David Drake, Hank Davis, et al : Baen Anthologies


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Baen Books has, in recent decades, been more active than other US publishers in keeping classic, traditional science fiction in print (as well as publishing many novels and original anthologies on traditional SF themes). Perhaps Baen's most significant anthology is the 2005 volume from publisher Jim Baen and two authors associated with the publisher, gathering stories that had the most impact on them as they grew up in the 1950s and '60s. Each story is prefaced by one of the editors, describing how the story turned his own personal world upside down.

More recently editor Hank Davis has produced several anthologies on classic SF themes, often with humorous spins and with fannishly enthusiastic introductions, that rely heavily on works published from the 1930s to the 1970s, in contrast to other active anthologists who draw almost exclusively from recent decades.

Most frequent authors in this group: Fredric Brown and Sarah A. Hoyt (7 each, all of Hoyt's stories being originals); Murray Leinster (6); then Poul Anderson, David Drake, Robert Sheckley, and Clifford D. Simak (5 each).

  • The World Turned Upside Down, David Drake, Eric Flint & Jim Baen, eds. (Baen, 2005) [isfdb]
  • In Space No One Can Hear You Scream, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2013) [isfdb]
  • The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2014) [isfdb]
  • Future Wars... and Other Punchlines, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2015) [isfdb]
  • As Time Goes By, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2015) [isfdb]
  • Things From Outer Space, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2016) [isfdb]
  • Worst Contact, Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2016) [isfdb]
  • If This Goes Wrong..., Hank Davis, ed. (Baen, 2017) [isfdb]
  • Space Pioneers, Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio, eds. (Baen, 2018) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


David Afsharirad
  • As It Lays -- Things From Outer Space
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Six Months, Three Days (Tor.com 8 Jun 2011) -- As Time Goes By
  • Poul Anderson
  • Backwardness (F&SF Mar 1958) -- Worst Contact
  • Gibraltar Falls (F&SF Oct 1975) -- As Time Goes By
  • Kyrie (The Farthest Reaches, 1968) -- Space Pioneers
  • Third Stage (Amazing Feb 1962) -- Space Pioneers
  • Turning Point (If May 1963) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Christopher Anvil
  • The Gentle Earth (Astounding Nov 1957) -- The World Turned Upside Down
          -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Alan Arkin
  • Whiskaboom (Galaxy Aug 1955) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Neal Asher
  • The Rhine's World Incident -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Last Question (Science Fiction Quarterly Nov 1956) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • Mongoose (by Sarah Monette & EB) (Lovecraft Unbound, 2009) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Moxon's Master (San Francisco Examiner Apr 16 1899) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • Hornets' Nest (If Sep 1959) -- Worst Contact
  • Terry Bisson
  • They're Made Out of Meat (Omni Apr 1991) -- Worst Contact
  • Robert Bloch
  • Talent (If Jul 1960) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Nelson S. Bond
  • The Monster from Nowhere (Fantastic Adventures Jul 1939) -- Things From Outer Space
  • David Brin
  • Fortitude (Science Fiction Age Jan 1996) -- Worst Contact
  • Fredric Brown
  • Answer (Angels and Spaceships, 1954) -- The World Turned Upside Down
          -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Expedition (F&SF Feb 1957) -- Space Pioneers
  • Experiment (Galaxy Feb 1954) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Not Yet the End (Captain Future Win 1941) -- Space Pioneers
  • Puppet Show (Playboy Nov 1962) -- Worst Contact
  • Sentry (Galaxy Feb 1954) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Who Goes There? (Astounding) -- The World Turned Upside Down
          -- Things From Outer Space
  • T. P. Caravan
  • Random Sample (F&SF Apr 1953) -- Worst Contact
  • Carol Carr
  • First Contact, Sort of (by CC & Karen Haber) (The Ultimate Alien, 1995) -- Worst Contact
  • A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Cage (F&SF Jun 1957) -- Worst Contact
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Rescue Party (Astounding May 1946) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • The Shining Ones (Playboy Aug 1964) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • A Walk in the Dark (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1950) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Mildred Clingerman
  • The Day of the Green Velvet Cloak (F&SF Jul 1958) -- As Time Goes By
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Specter General (Astounding Jun 1952) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Larry Correia
  • Tokyo Raider -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Wardon Allan Curtis
  • The Monster of Lake LaMetrie (Pearson's Magazine Sep 1899) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Tony Daniel
  • A Dry, Quiet War (Asimov's Jun 1996) -- As Time Goes By
  • Frog Water -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • In from the Commons (Asimov's Oct/Nov 1999) -- Space Pioneers
  • No Love in All of Dwingeloo (Asimov's Nov 1995) -- Worst Contact
  • Hank Davis
  • The Giant Cat of Sumatra -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Into Each Life Some Periwinkles Must Fall -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • No Shoulder to Cry On (Analog Jun 1968) -- Worst Contact
  • Visiting Shadow -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • A Gun for Dinosaur (Galaxy Mar 1956) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Roger Dee
  • Rough Beast (Analog Mar 1962) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Lester del Rey
  • Instinct (Astounding Jan 1952) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Over the Top (Astounding Nov 1949) -- Space Pioneers
  • A. J. Deutsch
  • A Subway Named Mobius (Astounding Dec 1950) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Steven Diamond
  • A Single Samurai -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • And Then There Was Peace (If Sep 1962) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Computers Don't Argue (Analog Sep 1965) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Love Me True (Analog Oct 1961) -- Things From Outer Space
  • St. Dragon and the George (F&SF Sep 1957) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • David Drake
  • Airborne All the Way! (Magic: The Gathering: Tapestries, 1995) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Contact! (Analog Oct 1974) -- Worst Contact
  • The End of the Hunt (New Destinies, Vol. VIII, 1989) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Hunting Ground -- Things From Outer Space
  • Superweapon -- Space Pioneers
  • George Allan England
  • The Thing from - Outside (Science and Invention Apr 1923) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Paul Ernst
  • "Nothing Happens on the Moon" (Astounding Feb 1939) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Burt K. Filer
  • Backtracked (F&SF Jun 1968) -- As Time Goes By
  • H. B. Fyfe
  • Manners of the Age (Galaxy Mar 1952) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Protected Species (Astounding Mar 1951) -- Worst Contact
  • Daniel F. Galouye
  • Sitting Duck (If Jul 1959) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Randall Garrett
  • Time Fuze (If Mar 1954) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Who Rhymes There? (A Parody in Verse) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Chester S. Geier
  • Environment (Astounding May 1944) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • Thy Rocks and Rills (If Sep 1953) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Tom Godwin
  • The Cold Equations (Astounding Aug 1954) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Herbert Gold
  • The Day They Got Boston (Metronome Jan 1961) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Earl Goodale
  • Success Story (Galaxy Apr 1960) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Jeff Greason
  • Home Front -- Space Pioneers
  • Wyman Guin
  • Trigger Tide (Astounding Oct 1950) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • James Gunn
  • The Cave of Night (Galaxy Feb 1955) -- Space Pioneers
  • Karen Haber
  • First Contact, Sort of (by Carol Carr & KH) (The Ultimate Alien, 1995) -- Worst Contact
  • Edmond Hamilton
  • Devolution (Amazing Dec 1936) -- Things From Outer Space
  • The Monster-God of Mamurth (Weird Tales Aug 1926) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • What's It Like Out There? (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1952) -- Space Pioneers
  • Willard E. Hawkins
  • The Dwindling Sphere (Astounding Mar 1940) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • "—And He Built a Crooked House" (Astounding Feb 1941) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Complaint -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Delilah and the Space-Rigger (Blue Book Dec 1949) -- Space Pioneers
  • The Menace from Earth (F&SF Aug 1957) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • William Hope Hodgson
  • The Island of the Ud (The Red Magazine May 15 1912) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Robert E. Howard
  • The Valley of the Worm (Weird Tales Feb 1934) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Sarah A. Hoyt
  • And Your Little Dog, Too -- Things From Outer Space
  • Dragons -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • From Out the Fire -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Her Sister's Keeper -- Worst Contact
  • So Little and So Light -- As Time Goes By
  • Tic Toc -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Who Goes Boing? -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Riding the White Bull (Argosy) -- Things From Outer Space
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Only Thing We Learn (Startling Stories Jul 1949) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Nancy Kress
  • The Price of Oranges (IASFM Apr 1989) -- As Time Goes By
  • Henry Kuttner
  • Beauty and the Beast (Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr 1940) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Keith Laumer
  • The Last Command (Analog Jan 1967) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Fritz Leiber
  • The Creature from Cleveland Depths (Galaxy Dec 1962) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • The Mind Spider (Fantastic Nov 1959) -- Things From Outer Space
  • A Pail of Air (Galaxy Dec 1951) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Aliens (Astounding Aug 1959) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Historical Note (Astounding Feb 1951) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Incident on Calypso (Startling Stories Fll 1945) -- Space Pioneers
  • The Other Now (Galaxy Mar 1951) -- As Time Goes By
  • Planet of Dread (Fantastic May 1962) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • The Power (Astounding Sep 1945) -- Worst Contact
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Colour Out of Space (Amazing Sep 1927) -- Things From Outer Space
  • The Dunwich Horror (Weird Tales Apr 1929) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Pictures Don't Lie (Galaxy Aug 1951) -- Worst Contact
  • The Snowball Effect (Galaxy Sep 1952) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Sandkings (Omni Aug 1979) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Richard McKenna
  • The Secret Place (Orbit 1, 1966) -- As Time Goes By
  • P. Schuyler Miller
  • Spawn (Weird Tales Aug 1939) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Sarah Monette
  • Mongoose (by SM & Elizabeth Bear) (Lovecraft Unbound, 2009) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • C. L. Moore
  • Shambleau (Weird Tales Nov 1933) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Larry Niven
  • Becalmed in Hell (F&SF Jul 1965) -- Space Pioneers
  • Plaything (Worlds of If Jul/Aug 1974) -- Worst Contact
  • Jody Lynn Nye
  • Well Worth the Money (Cats in Space, 1992) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Chad Oliver
  • The Space Horde (Amazing Feb 1958) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Peter Phillips
  • Lost Memory (Galaxy May 1952) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • H. Beam Piper
  • Omnilingual (Astounding Feb 1957) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Abominable Earthman (Galaxy Oct 1961) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • He Fell Into a Dark Hole (Analog) -- Space Pioneers
  • Christopher Priest
  • Palely Loitering (F&SF Jan 1979) -- As Time Goes By
  • Rick Raphael
  • Code Three (Analog Feb 1963) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Ross Rocklynne
  • Quietus (Astounding Sep 1940) -- The World Turned Upside Down
          -- Space Pioneers
  • Milton A. Rothman
  • Heavy Planet (Astounding Aug 1939) -- The World Turned Upside Down as by Lee Gregor
  • Anthony M. Rud
  • Ooze (Weird Tales Mar 1923) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Christopher Ruocchio
  • The Parliament of Owls -- Space Pioneers
  • Fred Saberhagen
  • Mr. Jester (If Jan 1966) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Goblin Night (Analog Apr 1965) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Greenface (Unknown Aug 1943) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • The Searcher (Analog Feb 1966) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • We Don't Want Any Trouble (Galaxy Jun 1953) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Michael Shaara
  • All the Way Back (Astounding Jul 1952) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Early Model (Galaxy Aug 1956) -- Worst Contact
  • Fool's Mate (Astounding Mar 1953) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Hunting Problem (Galaxy Sep 1955) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • The Last Weapon (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • The Leech (Galaxy Dec 1952) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Amanda and the Alien (Omni May 1983) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • All the Traps of Earth (F&SF Mar 1960) -- Space Pioneers
  • Day of Truce (Galaxy Feb 1963) -- If This Goes Wrong...
  • Honorable Opponent (Galaxy Aug 1956) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Operation Stinky (Galaxy Apr 1957) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Shadow World (Galaxy Sep 1957) -- Worst Contact
  • Curt Siodmak
  • The Eggs from Lake Tanganyika (Amazing Jul 1926) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Clark Ashton Smith
  • The God of the Asteroid -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Wen Spencer
  • Whoever Fights Monsters -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Will Stanton
  • Dodger Fan (F&SF Jun 1957) -- Worst Contact
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Man Who Lost the Sea (F&SF Oct 1959) -- Space Pioneers
  • Medusa (Astounding Feb 1942) -- In Space No One Can Hear You Scream
  • Thunder and Roses (Astounding Nov 1947) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Michael Swanwick
  • Triceratops Summer (Amazon.com website Aug 19 2005) -- As Time Goes By
  • William Tenn
  • The Flat-Eyed Monster (Galaxy Aug 1955) -- Worst Contact
  • Project Hush (Galaxy Feb 1954) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Steven Utley
  • Custer's Last Jump (by SU & Howard Waldrop) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Deviation from a Theme (Galaxy May 1976) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • James Van Pelt
  • A Wow Finish (Amazing Nov 2004) -- As Time Goes By
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Black Destroyer (Astounding Jul 1939) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Jack Vance
  • Liane the Wayfarer (The Dying Earth, 1950) -- The World Turned Upside Down
  • Howard Waldrop
  • All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past (Shayol #4 1980) -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • Custer's Last Jump (by Steven Utley & HW) (Universe 6, 1976) -- Future Wars... and Other Punchlines
  • Peter Watts
  • The Things (Clarkesworld) -- Things From Outer Space
  • Manly Wade Wellman
  • Men Against the Stars (Astounding Jun 1938) -- Space Pioneers
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Alien Stones (Orbit 11, 1972) -- Worst Contact
  • Philip Wylie
  • An Epistle to the Thessalonians -- The Baen Big Book of Monsters
  • John Wyndham
  • The Chronoclasm (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- As Time Goes By
  • Robert F. Young
  • The Girl Who Made Time Stop (The Saturday Evening Post Apr 22 1961) -- As Time Goes By

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