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Judy-Lynn del Rey became editor at Ballantine Books following its acquisition by Random House in 1973 and the departure of Ian and Betty Ballantine. Her taste for straightforward, traditional SF is reflected in the Stellar series of original anthologies, which implicitly evoked Frederik Pohl's Star anthologies from the same publisher 20 years before. (Both series included a volume of short novels.) The introduction to the first volume contrasts "good old-fashioned stories that are fun to read" with "stories designed to be meaningful, relevant and even significant," and her call to writers and agents stresses stories with "beginnings, middles, and--most important--ends" that solve the problems they postulate.

The most important and popular story published by the series was Isaac Asimov's Hugo and Nebula winner "The Bicentennial Man" in volume 2. Also Hugo nominated were Robert Silverberg's "Schwartz Between the Galaxies" (ironically not the type of story del Rey was looking for, but she had asked Silverberg for a story and that's what she got) and James White's "Custom Fitting."

Most published authors: James P. Hogan (5), Clifford D. Simak (4), then Larry Niven and L. Neil Smith (3 each).

  • Stellar 1, (Ballantine, 1974) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2, (Ballantine, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Short Novels, (Ballantine, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3, (Del Rey, 1977) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4, (Del Rey, 1978) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5, (Del Rey, 1980) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6, (Del Rey, 1981) [isfdb]
  • Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7, (Del Rey, 1981) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Isaac Asimov
  • The Bicentennial Man -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Ben Bova
  • The Last Decision -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Elbow Room -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Mildred Downey Broxon
  • The Book of Padraig -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Terry Carr
  • Horn O' Plenty (by TC & Leanne Frahm) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Paul A. Carter
  • The Mystery of the Duplicate Diamonds -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Jack L. Chalker
  • No Hiding Place -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Hal Clement
  • The Logical Life -- Stellar 1
  • Stuck with It -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Patrick G. Conner
  • Tindar-B -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • B. Lee Cooper
  • An Error in Punctuation (by BLC & Larry S. Haverkos) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Robert H. Curtis
  • The Nobel Laureate -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Arsen Darnay
  • Salty's Sweep -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Gene DeWeese
  • When You Wish Upon a Star -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Chains of Air, Web of Aether -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • The Mortal and the Monster -- Stellar Short Novels
  • Twig -- Stellar 1
  • Martha Dodson
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras III (by MD & Robert L. Forward) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Animal Lover -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • G. C. Edmondson
  • All That Glitters -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Robert L. Forward
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras III (by Martha Dodson & RLF) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Alan Dean Foster
  • A Miracle of Small Fishes -- Stellar 1
  • Snake Eyes -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • Leanne Frahm
  • Horn O' Plenty (by Terry Carr & LF) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Jack C. Haldeman II
  • Songs of Dying Swans -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Larry S. Haverkos
  • An Error in Punctuation (by B. Lee Cooper & LSH) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Ira Herman
  • The Two Tzaddiks -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Margaret C. Hewitt
  • A Gift of Space -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • James P. Hogan
  • Assassin -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • Identity Crisis -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Making Light -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • The Sword of Damocles -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Till Death Us Do Part -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Lee Killough
  • Corpus Cryptic -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Mr. Hamadryad -- Stellar 1
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Cinderella Switch -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Mark J. McGarry
  • The Slow-Death Corridor -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Henry Melton
  • We Hold These Rights... -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Larry Niven
  • Mistake -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Singularities Make Me Nervous -- Stellar 1
  • War Movie -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • andrew j. offutt
  • The Greenhouse Defect -- Stellar Short Novels
  • Rick Raphael
  • Pelangus -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Milton A. Rothman
  • Fusion -- Stellar 1
  • Charles Runyon
  • Metafusion -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Charles Sheffield
  • The Deimos Plague -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • The Subtle Serpent -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Schwartz Between the Galaxies -- Stellar 1
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Auk House -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • The Birch Clump Cylinder -- Stellar 1
  • Byte Your Tongue! -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Unsilent Spring (by Richard S. Simak & CDS) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Richard S. Simak
  • Unsilent Spring (by RSS & Clifford D. Simak) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • L. Neil Smith
  • Folger's Factor -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • Grandfather Clause -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Grimm's Law -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #5
  • Bill Starr
  • The People Who Could Not Kill -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Excursion Fare -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #7
  • We Who Stole the Dream -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #4
  • Steven Utley
  • Sic Transit...?, A Shaggy Hairless-Dog Story (by SU & Howard Waldrop) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • The Thirteenth Labor -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Vernor Vinge
  • The Whirligig of Time -- Stellar 1
  • Howard Waldrop
  • Sic Transit...?, A Shaggy Hairless-Dog Story (by Steven Utley & HW) -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Jeffrey M. Wallmann
  • Chasing Shadows -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #3
  • Richard S. Weinstein
  • Oceans Away -- Stellar Short Novels
  • James White
  • Custom Fitting -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #2
  • Jack Williamson
  • ...All Ye Who Enter Here -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6
  • Robert Zend
  • 5980 A.D. -- Stellar Science Fiction Stories #6

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