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A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Vol. 1, ed. Anthony Boucher, Doubleday 1959

Anthony Boucher, ed.

Doubleday, 1959

This two-volume set from 1959 is included here as a "tome" anthology somewhat by default. Not because it doesn't include some excellent stories -- and four full-length novels -- and despite its editor's explicit claim in his introduction that the book "is not a definitive anthology ... not a scholarly survey ... not, indeed, any kind of shaped or patterned anthology, but simply a very large collection of stories which are (I think) of high quality and (I hope) unfamiliar to many readers." Thus, along with a number of still-famous stories, there are a few that have never again been reprinted since and have languished into obscurity.

The reason these volumes are a "tome" is that for many years it was an introductory selection for members of the US Science Fiction Book Club -- an attractive choice, if for no other reason, than containing those four full-length novels, all of them classic works -- and so book club editions of these achieved, among a certain generation of SF readers, far wider currency than any other contemporaneous anthologies.

Boucher was a founding editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and produced annual The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction anthologies from 1952 to 1959. This two-volume set were his last anthologies.

This section of "Tomes" is called "Singletons" because they include major anthologies by editors who only produced one such anthology.

  1. Re-Birth, John Wyndham (Ballantine 1955)
  2. “The Shape of Things That Came”, Richard Deming (F&SF Oct 1951)
  3. “Pillar of Fire”, Ray Bradbury (Planet Stories Sum 1948)
  4. “Waldo”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Aug 1942)
  5. “The Father-Thing”, Philip K. Dick (F&SF Dec 1954)
  6. “The Children's Hour”, Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore (Astounding Mar 1944)
  7. “Gomez”, C. M. Kornbluth (The Explorers, 1954)
  8. “The (Widget), the (Wadget), and Boff”, Theodore Sturgeon (F&SF Nov 1955 (+1))
  9. “Sandra”, George Paul Elliott (F&SF Oct 1957)
  10. “Beyond Space and Time”, Joel Townsley Rogers (All-American Fiction Feb 1938)
  11. “The Martian Crown Jewels”, Poul Anderson (EQMM Feb 1958)
  12. The Weapon Shops of Isher, A. E. van Vogt (Greenberg 1951)
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A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Vol. 2, ed. Anthony Boucher, Doubleday 1959

Anthony Boucher, ed.

Doubleday, 1959


  1. Brain Wave, Poul Anderson (Ballantine 1954)
  2. “Bullard Reflects”, Malcolm Jameson (Astounding Dec 1941)
  3. The Lost Years (extract), Oscar Lewis (Knopf 1951)
  4. “Dead Center”, Judith Merril (F&SF Nov 1954)
  5. “Lost Art”, George O. Smith (Astounding Dec 1943)
  6. “The Other Side of the Sky”, Arthur C. Clarke (Infinity Oct 1957)
  7. “The Man Who Sold the Moon”, Robert A. Heinlein (The Man Who Sold the Moon, 1950)
  8. “Magic City”, Nelson S. Bond (Astounding Feb 1941)
  9. “The Morning of the Day They Did It”, E. B. White (New Yorker Feb 1950)
  10. “Piggy Bank”, Henry Kuttner (Astounding Dec 1942)
  11. “Letters from Laura”, Mildred Clingerman (F&SF Oct 1954)
  12. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester (NAL/Signet 1957)
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