Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year


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Debuting within a couple months of the first volumes of Wollheim and Carr's separate series, this line from Dutton was the first hardcover best-of-year series since the end of Judith Merril's run. The books were shorter than comparable series, running 200-250 pages. Each volume opened with a Foreword, usually about the nature of the genre, and closed with a five or six page summary of the field, "The Science Fiction Yearbook." Del Rey's selections were generally conservative, especially compared with those of the much younger Gardner Dozois, who took over the series with volume 6.


  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: First Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1972) (isfdb)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Second Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1973) (isfdb)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Third Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1974) (isfdb)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Fourth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1975) (isfdb)
  • Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Fifth Annual Collection, (Dutton, 1976) (isfdb)



Complete Contents by Author and Title


Poul Anderson
  • The Bitter Bread (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • A Little Knowledge (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • The Problem of Pain (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Greatest Asset (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Alfred Bester
  • Something Up There Likes Me (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Mildred Downey Broxon
  • The Night Is Cold, the Stars Are Far Away (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • John Brunner
  • What Friends Are For (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • B. Alan Burhoe
  • Ornithanthropus (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • F. M. Busby
  • If This Is Winnetka, You Must Be Judy (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Population Implosion (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Robert L. Davis
  • Teratohippus (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Enter a Pilgrim (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Tree of Life (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Gordon Eklund
  • Underbelly (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Harlan Ellison
  • The Human Operators (by HE & A. E. van Vogt) (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Sleeping Dogs (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Burt K. Filer
  • Hot Potato (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Alan Dean Foster
  • Dream Done Green (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Carolyn Gloeckner
  • Earth Mother (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Miscount (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Jack C. Haldeman II
  • Watchdøg (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Harry Harrison
  • Ad Astra (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • The Wicked Flee (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Robert Hoskins
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Liz Hufford
  • The Book Learners (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Harvey Jacobs
  • Dress Rehearsal (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Meeting (by Frederik Pohl & CMK) (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Mute Inglorious Tam (by Frederik Pohl & CMK) (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Michael Kurland
  • Think Only This of Me (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • And Name My Name (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Eurema's Dam (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • The Man Underneath (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Parthen (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • A. Lentini
  • Autumntime (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • David M. Locke
  • The Power of the Sentence (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Wallace MacFarlane
  • To Make a New Neanderthal (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Phyllis MacLennan
  • Thus Love Betrays Us (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • George R. R. Martin
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Larry Niven
  • Cloak of Anarchy (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Rammer (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Donald G. Noakes
  • The Long Silence (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Stan Nodvik
  • The Postponed Cure (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Hayford Peirce
  • High Yield Bondage (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Mail Supremacy (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • P. J. Plauger
  • Child of All Ages (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Meeting (by FP & C. M. Kornbluth) (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Mute Inglorious Tam (by FP & C. M. Kornbluth) (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Stephen Robinett
  • Helbent 4 (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Bill Rotsler
  • Patron of the Arts (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Thomas N. Scortia
  • Thou Good and Faithful (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • When You Hear the Tone (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Woman's Rib (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Good News from the Vatican (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • The Man Who Came Back (1961) -- Vol. #4
  • When We Went to See the End of the World (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • The Birch Clump Cylinder (1974) -- Vol. #4
  • Construction Shack (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Senior Citizen (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The National Pastime (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • A Thing of Beauty (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • Occam's Scalpel (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Cogswell Thomas
  • Paradise Regained (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool Is Empty (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • The Man Who Walked Home (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • The Human Operators (by Harlan Ellison & AEvV) (1971) -- Vol. #1
  • Joan D. Vinge
  • The Peddler's Apprentice (by JDV & Vernor Vinge) (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Vernor Vinge
  • Long Shot (1972) -- Vol. #2
  • The Peddler's Apprentice (by Joan D. Vinge & VV) (1975) -- Vol. #5
  • Edward Wellen
  • Androids Don't Cry (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Whatever Happened to the Olmecs? (1973) -- Vol. #3
  • Robert F. Young
  • Ghosts (1973) -- Vol. #3

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