Robert Silverberg, Ben Bova : Halls of Fame


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The initial volume of The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was designed by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), as it was known then, to recognize stories published before the advent of the Nebula Awards, which were first awarded in 1966 for works published in 1965.

Silverberg's introduction describes the process of conducting a survey of members for stories of up to 15,000 words published in 1964 or earlier. He also discusses some editorial decisions that were made to produce an anthology with no more than one story per author. (Thus, Arthur C. Clarke's "The Star" was omitted since another Clarke story placed higher in the survey.)

The result was, as Silverberg says, "as nearly definitive an anthology of modern science fiction stories as is likely to be compiled for quite some time." Indeed, this volume still leads many polls of all-time best SF anthologies, though its contents, now all at least 50 years old, no longer represents the literary maturity of the genre.

The second volume, edited by Ben Bova and split into two books (with more dignified cover typography compared to the cartoonish design of the first volume), includes longer stories, and were chosen by a similar process of polling SFWA members. As in Volume One, certain constraints made some of the voted stories unable to appear in the published volumes. These stories include Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman" (later expanded as Fahrenheit 451), Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s "A Canticle for Leibowitz" (later expanded into a novel of the same name), and Robert A. Heinlein's "By His Bootstraps" (since ground rules allowed only one story per author, and Heinlein's "Universe" was included instead). The second half of Volume Two presents stories that ranked lower in the SFWA membership polling than the stories in the first half of Volume Two, giving consideration, as Bova explains in his introduction, to those authors who ranked highest in overall popularity, often with multiple stories.

(There were two later volumes titled Science Fiction Hall of Fame, edited by Arthur C. Clarke and Terry Carr, but they simply collected Nebula winning stories from 1965 to 1974 and so are not included here.)

The first Fantasy Hall of Fame is analogous to the earlier Science Fiction volumes, in that the scope was limited to the year before the advent of the relevant award, in this case, the World Fantasy Awards first presented in 1975. Members of the World Fantasy Conventions in 1981 and 1982 were asked to vote for stories to be included in this anthology.

The Horror Hall of Fame was determined by the same member voting, though in this case the results include three stories published as late as 1981, so it's not strictly a supplement to the World Fantasy Awards as the Fantasy volume was.

The second Fantasy Hall of Fame has a subtitle, "Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America", which distinguishes it from the unmentioned-within earlier fantasy volume. It differs from all the previous Hall of Fame volumes in that it is not designed to supplement the history of any award, but rather to recognize the name change of the prior Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) to include fantasy, a change which occurred in 1992. A poll similar to those for the SF Halls of Fame was held of the current membership, with the scope extended to works published as late as 1990. (Though numerous fantasy stories had won the Nebula even before SFWA changed its name.) As in the earlier SF volumes, Silverberg's rules allowed one story per author; as he notes, otherwise Avram Davidson's "Or All the Sea with Oysters" would also have been included. There are just four overlaps with the previous fantasy volume: stories by Robert Bloch, Avram Davidson, L. Sprague de Camp, and Theodore Sturgeon.

(In the photo, the three SF Hall of Fame volumes are book club editions.)

Most reprinted authors: C.L. Moore and Theodore Sturgeon (5 each), then Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, and Fritz Leiber (4 each).

  • Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, Robert Silverberg, ed. (Doubleday, 1970) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A, Ben Bova, ed. (Doubleday, 1973) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B, Ben Bova, ed. (Doubleday, 1973) [isfdb]
  • The Fantasy Hall of Fame, Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Arbor House, 1983) [isfdb]
  • The Horror Hall of Fame, Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Carroll & Graf, 1991) [isfdb]
  • The Fantasy Hall of Fame, Robert Silverberg, ed. (HarperPrism, 1998) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Poul Anderson
  • Call Me Joe (Astounding Apr 1957) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Operation Afreet (F&SF Sep 1956) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Martian Way (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Nightfall (Astounding Sep 1941) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • J. G. Ballard
  • The Drowned Giant (The Terminal Beach, 1964) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Peter S. Beagle
  • Come Lady Death (Atlantic Monthly Sep 1963) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Alfred Bester
  • Fondly Fahrenheit (F&SF Aug 1954) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • The Damned Thing (Tales from New York Town Topics Dec 7 1893) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • An Inhabitant of Carcosa (San Francisco Newsletter Dec 25 1886) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Terry Bisson
  • Bears Discover Fire (IASFM Aug 1990) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Jerome Bixby
  • It's a Good Life (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Algernon Blackwood
  • The Willows (The Listener and Other Stories, 1907) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • James Blish
  • Earthman, Come Home (Astounding Nov 1953) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Surface Tension (Galaxy Aug 1952) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • There Shall Be No Darkness (Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr 1950) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Robert Bloch
  • That Hell-Bound Train (F&SF Sep 1958) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
          -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (Weird Tales Jul 1943) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Anthony Boucher
  • The Compleat Werewolf (Unknown Apr 1942) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Snulbug (Unknown Dec 1941) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Ray Bradbury
  • The Homecoming (Mademoiselle Oct 1946) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Mars Is Heaven! (Planet Stories Fll 1948) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • The Small Assassin (Dime Mystery Magazine Nov 1946) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
          -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Fredric Brown
  • 'Arena' (Astounding Jun 1944) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Algis Budrys
  • Rogue Moon (F&SF Dec 1960) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Twilight (Astounding Nov 1934) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Who Goes There? (Astounding) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A as by Don A. Stuart
  • Ramsey Campbell
  • Calling Card (Dark Companions, 1982) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Robert W. Chambers
  • The Yellow Sign (The King in Yellow, 1895) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Ted Chiang
  • Tower of Babylon (Omni Nov 1990) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Specter General (Astounding Jun 1952) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Avram Davidson
  • The Golem (F&SF Mar 1955) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
          -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Nothing in the Rules (Unknown Jul 1939) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
          -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Lester del Rey
  • Helen O'Loy (Astounding Dec 1938) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Nerves (Astounding Sep 1942) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Lord Dunsany
  • The Sword of Welleran (The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, 1908) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Jeffty Is Five (F&SF Jul 1977) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes (Knight May 1967) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (Bad Moon Rising, 1973) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • E. M. Forster
  • The Machine Stops (Oxford and Cambridge Review Nov 1909) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Tom Godwin
  • The Cold Equations (Astounding Aug 1954) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • H. L. Gold
  • Trouble with Water (Unknown Mar 1939) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Charles L. Grant
  • Coin of the Realm (Tales from the Nightside, 1981) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Our Fair City (Weird Tales Jan 1949) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • The Roads Must Roll (Astounding Jun 1940) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Universe (Astounding May 1941) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Robert E. Howard
  • Pigeons from Hell (Weird Tales May 1938) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • The Valley of the Worm (Weird Tales Feb 1934) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Shirley Jackson
  • The Lottery (New Yorker Jun 26 1948) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • W. W. Jacobs
  • The Monkey's Paw (Harper's Monthly Sep 1902) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • M. R. James
  • Casting the Runes -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Daniel Keyes
  • Flowers for Algernon (F&SF Apr 1959) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Stephen King
  • The Reach (Yankee Nov 1981) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Damon Knight
  • The Country of the Kind (F&SF Feb 1956) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Little Black Bag (Astounding Jul 1950) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • The Marching Morons (Galaxy Apr 1951) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • The Words of Guru (Stirring Science Stories Jun 1941) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Henry Kuttner
  • A Gnome There Was (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Unknown Oct 1941) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983] as by Henry Kuttner
  • The Graveyard Rats (Weird Tales Mar 1936) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Feb 1943) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One as by Lewis Padgett
  • Vintage Season (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Sep 1946) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A as by Lawrence O'Donnell
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Narrow Valley (F&SF Sep 1966) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Green Tea (All the Year Round Oct 23-Nov 13 1869) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight (Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences, 1987) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (New Dimensions 3, 1973) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Tanith Lee
  • The Demoness (The Year's Best Fantasy Stories, 1976) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre (Fantastic Aug 1963) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Coming Attraction (Galaxy Nov 1950) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Gonna Roll the Bones (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Smoke Ghost (Unknown Oct 1941) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Murray Leinster
  • First Contact (Astounding May 1945) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Silver Key (Weird Tales Jan 1929) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Arthur Machen
  • The White People (Weirdly Supernatural #1 2001) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Richard Matheson
  • Born of Man and Woman (F&SF Sum 1950) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Judith Merril
  • That Only a Mother (Astounding Jun 1948) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • A. Merritt
  • The Women of the Wood (The Fox Woman & Other Stories, 1949) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Kings in Darkness (Science-Fantasy Aug 1962) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • C. L. Moore
  • Black God's Kiss (Weird Tales Oct 1934) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Fruit of Knowledge (Unknown Oct 1940) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • A Gnome There Was (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Unknown Oct 1941) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983] as by Henry Kuttner
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Feb 1943) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One as by Lewis Padgett
  • Vintage Season (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Sep 1946) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A as by Lawrence O'Donnell
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (Burton's Gentlemen’s Magazine Sep 1839) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • The Masque of the Red Death (Graham's Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine May 1842) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Midas Plague (Galaxy Apr 1954) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • ...And Then There Were None (Astounding Jun 1951) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • James H. Schmitz
  • The Witches of Karres (Astounding Dec 1949) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Lucius Shepard
  • The Jaguar Hunter (F&SF May 1985) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • T. L. Sherred
  • E for Effort (Astounding May 1947) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Wilmar H. Shiras
  • In Hiding (Astounding Nov 1948) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Basileus (The Best of Omni Science Fiction, No. 5, 1983) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • The Big Front Yard (Astounding Oct 1958) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • The Ghost of a Model T (Epoch, 1975) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Huddling Place (Astounding Jul 1944) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Clark Ashton Smith
  • The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan (Weird Tales Jun 1932) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (Galaxy Oct 1962) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Scanners Live in Vain (Fantasy Book #6 1950) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Margaret St. Clair
  • The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles (F&SF Oct 1951) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • Baby Is Three (Galaxy Oct 1952) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • It (Unknown Aug 1940) -- The Horror Hall of Fame
  • Microcosmic God (Astounding Apr 1941) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • The Silken-Swift (F&SF Nov 1953) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
          -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • The Weapon Shop (Astounding Dec 1942) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Jack Vance
  • The Loom of Darkness (The Dying Earth, 1950) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Mazirian the Magician (The Dying Earth, 1950) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • The Moon Moth (Galaxy Aug 1961) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • A Martian Odyssey (Wonder Stories Jul 1934) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Manly Wade Wellman
  • O Ugly Bird! (F&SF Dec 1951) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1983]
  • H. G. Wells
  • The Time Machine -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Jack Williamson
  • With Folded Hands... (Astounding Jul 1947) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two A
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The Detective of Dreams (Dark Forces, 1980) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]
  • Roger Zelazny
  • A Rose for Ecclesiastes (F&SF Nov 1963) -- Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One
  • Unicorn Variation (IASFM Apr 13 1981) -- The Fantasy Hall of Fame [1998]

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