Edmund Crispin : Best SF


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One of the earliest SF anthology series, these books, published only in the UK, were of great influence, according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: "When Best SF (anth 1955) appeared it was unique in several ways: its editor was a respected literary figure; its publisher, Faber and Faber, was a prestigious one; and it made no apologies or excuses for presenting sf as a legitimate form of writing. Moreover, Crispin's selection of stories showed him to be thoroughly familiar with sf in both magazine and book form, and his introductions to this and succeeding volumes were informed and illuminating."

Most reprinted authors: Brian W. Aldiss (5), Eric Frank Russell (4), then Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown, and John Wyndham (3 each).

Cover scans are adapted from isfdb.

  • Best SF, (Faber & Faber , 1955) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 2, (Faber & Faber , 1956) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 3, (Faber & Faber , 1958) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 4, (Faber & Faber , 1961) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 5, (Faber & Faber , 1963) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 6, (Faber & Faber , 1967) [isfdb]
  • Best SF 7, (Faber & Faber , 1970) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Heresies of the Huge God (Galaxy Aug 1966) -- Vol. #7
  • Old Hundredth (New Worlds Nov 1960) -- Vol. #6
  • Outside (New Worlds Jan 1955) -- Vol. #2
  • Psyclops (New Worlds Jul 1956) -- Vol. #4
  • Who Can Replace a Man? (Infinity Science Fiction Jun 1958) -- Vol. #5
  • Poul Anderson
  • The Martyr (F&SF Mar 1960) -- Vol. #5
  • Christopher Anvil
  • The Prisoner (Astounding Feb 1956) -- Vol. #5
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Little Lost Robot (Astounding Mar 1947) -- Vol. #2
  • The Machine That Won the War (F&SF Oct 1961) -- Vol. #7
  • J. G. Ballard
  • Billennium (New Worlds Nov 1961) -- Vol. #6
  • Alfred Bester
  • Hobson's Choice (F&SF Aug 1952) -- Vol. #2
  • Jerome Bixby
  • It's a Good Life (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Vol. #4
  • James Blish
  • A Case of Conscience (If Sep 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • A Work of Art (Science Fiction Stories Jul 1956) -- Vol. #6
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Balaam (9 Tales of Space and Time, 1954) -- Vol. #4
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- Vol. #5
  • Ray Bradbury
  • The Fire Balloons (Imagination Apr 1951) -- Vol. #1
  • Kaleidoscope (Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct 1949) -- Vol. #6
  • Zero Hour (Planet Stories Fll 1947) -- Vol. #2
  • Bill Brown
  • The Star Ducks (F&SF Fll 1950) -- Vol. #6
  • Fredric Brown
  • Answer (Angels and Spaceships, 1954) -- Vol. #3
  • Letter to a Phoenix (Astounding Aug 1949) -- Vol. #6
  • Placet Is a Crazy Place (Astounding May 1946) -- Vol. #2
  • John Brunner
  • Protect Me from My Friends (F&SF Nov 1962) -- Vol. #7
  • Algis Budrys
  • Death March (Astounding Oct 1956) -- Vol. #6
  • John Christopher
  • The New Wine (Fantastic Story Magazine Sum 1954) -- Vol. #1
  • Weapon (The Twenty-Second Century, 1954) -- Vol. #6
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Vol. #2
  • The Star (Infinity Science Fiction Nov 1955) -- Vol. #5
  • A. J. Deutsch
  • A Subway Named Mobius (Astounding Dec 1950) -- Vol. #4
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Impostor (Astounding Jun 1953) -- Vol. #2
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Come to Venus Melancholy (F&SF Nov 1965) -- Vol. #7
  • Francis Donovan
  • The Short Life (Astounding Oct 1955) -- Vol. #4
  • Kelley Edwards
  • Counterspy (Astounding Dec 1953) -- Vol. #3
  • Tom Godwin
  • The Cold Equations (Astounding Aug 1954) -- Vol. #3
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Blowups Happen (Astounding Sep 1940) -- Vol. #2
  • Zenna Henderson
  • Food to All Flesh (F&SF Dec 1953) -- Vol. #3
  • Henry I. Hirshfield
  • On Handling the Data (by HIH & G. M. Mateyko) (Astounding Sep 1959) -- Vol. #5
  • Roy Hutchins
  • The Nostalgia Gene (Galaxy Nov 1954) -- Vol. #6
  • Raymond F. Jones
  • Noise Level (Astounding Dec 1952) -- Vol. #5
  • Gerald Kersh
  • The Copper Dahlia (Argosy (UK) Oct 1949) -- Vol. #2
  • Daniel Keyes
  • Flowers for Algernon (F&SF Apr 1959) -- Vol. #4
  • Damon Knight
  • Four in One (Galaxy Feb 1953) -- Vol. #3
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Altar at Midnight (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- Vol. #2
  • Henry Kuttner
  • Camouflage (Astounding Sep 1945) -- Vol. #6
  • Or Else (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Amazing Aug/Sep 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Snuffles (Galaxy Dec 1960) -- Vol. #7
  • Philip Latham
  • The Xi Effect (Astounding Jan 1950) -- Vol. #1
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Later Than You Think (Galaxy Oct 1950) -- Vol. #5
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Wabbler (Astounding Oct 1942) -- Vol. #3
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Pictures Don't Lie (Galaxy Aug 1951) -- Vol. #1
  • G. M. Mateyko
  • On Handling the Data (by Henry I. Hirshfield & GMM) (Astounding Sep 1959) -- Vol. #5
  • J. T. McIntosh
  • The Bliss of Solitude (Galaxy Jan 1952) -- Vol. #4
  • First Lady (Galaxy Jun 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • Lion Miller
  • The Available Data on the Worp Reaction (F&SF Sep 1953) -- Vol. #3
  • C. L. Moore
  • No Woman Born (Astounding Dec 1944) -- Vol. #1
  • Or Else (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Amazing Aug/Sep 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • H. Nearing, Jr.
  • The Cerebrative Psittacoid (F&SF Aug 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • Alan E. Nourse
  • The Coffin Cure (Galaxy Apr 1957) -- Vol. #7
  • Edgar Pangborn
  • Angel's Egg (Galaxy Jun 1951) -- Vol. #2
  • The Music Master of Babylon (Galaxy Nov 1954) -- Vol. #7
  • Rog Phillips
  • The Yellow Pill (Astounding Oct 1958) -- Vol. #4
  • H. Beam Piper
  • He Walked Around the Horses (Astounding Apr 1948) -- Vol. #3
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Children of Night (Galaxy Oct 1964) -- Vol. #7
  • A Life and a Half (If Jul 1959) -- Vol. #6
  • Arthur Porges
  • The Fly (F&SF Sep 1952) -- Vol. #6
  • The Ruum (F&SF Oct 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • Kit Reed
  • Judas Bomb (F&SF Apr 1961) -- Vol. #6
  • Maurice Richardson
  • Way Out in the Continuum (Horizon Mar 1946) -- Vol. #7
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • Hobbyist (Astounding Sep 1947) -- Vol. #4
  • A Present from Joe (Astounding Feb 1949) -- Vol. #1
  • Ultima Thule (Astounding Oct 1951) -- Vol. #7
  • The Waitabits (Astounding Jul 1955) -- Vol. #6
  • Michael Shaara
  • Grenville's Planet (F&SF Oct 1952) -- Vol. #3
  • Robert Sheckley
  • The Monsters (F&SF Mar 1953) -- Vol. #5
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Green Thumb (Galaxy Jul 1954) -- Vol. #5
  • Worrywart (Galaxy Sep 1953) -- Vol. #2
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (Galaxy Oct 1955) -- Vol. #3
  • Evelyn E. Smith
  • BAXBR/DAXBR (Time to Come, 1954) -- Vol. #4
  • Margaret St. Clair
  • Prott (Galaxy Jan 1953) -- Vol. #1
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • When You're Smiling (Galaxy Jan 1955) -- Vol. #2
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Dormant (Startling Stories Nov 1948) -- Vol. #1
  • Jack Vance
  • The Gift of Gab (Astounding Sep 1955) -- Vol. #3
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Harrison Bergeron (F&SF Oct 1961) -- Vol. #7
  • John Wyndham
  • Consider Her Ways (Sometime, Never, 1956) -- Vol. #5
  • Dumb Martian (Galaxy Jul 1952) -- Vol. #1
  • Una (F&SF Jan 1953) -- Vol. #2
  • Roger Zelazny
  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (F&SF Mar 1965) -- Vol. #7

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