Harry Harrison : Nova


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One of three original anthology series to debut in 1970, Harry Harrison's Nova was the only one of the three to appear in hardcover (The photo shows paperback reprints of the first three, with the title of the third changed.) Harrison's introduction to the first volume rejects claims by some critics that science fiction dates to Lucian of Samosata, or to 19th century gothic novels (Harrison's frequent co-editor Brian Aldiss would make a case, three years later in Billion Year Spree, for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein being the first true SF novel), laying SF's origins with H.G. Wells. Noting the number of SF short stories published every year (in the magazines), and the proportionally greater number of anthologies and author collections, Harrison echoes earlier editors who discovered that the anthologist's solution is to assemble volumes of original stories.

In addition to the stories below, Nova 4 includes Alfred Bester's essay "My Affair with Science Fiction," which would appear in Harrison & Aldiss' anthology of essays Hell's Cartographers in 1975.

Most frequently published authors: Barry N. Malzberg (6), Brian Aldiss and Naomi MItchison (4 each), Robert Sheckley (3).

  • Nova 1, (Delacorte, 1970) [isfdb]
  • Nova 2, (Walker, 1972) [isfdb]
  • Nova 3, (Walker, 1973) [isfdb]
  • Nova 4, (Walker, 1975) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Michael Addobati
  • Side View of a Circle -- Vol. #4
  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Ergot Show -- Vol. #2
  • The Expensive Delicate Ship -- Vol. #3
  • The Monsters of Ingratitude IV -- Vol. #4
  • Swastika! -- Vol. #1
  • Poul Anderson
  • I Tell You, It's True -- Vol. #2
  • Piers Anthony
  • The Whole Truth -- Vol. #1
  • Richard Bireley
  • Not a Petal Falls -- Vol. #4
  • Ray Bradbury
  • And This Did Dante Do -- Vol. #1
  • Edward Bryant
  • The Poet in the Hologram in the Middle of Prime Time -- Vol. #2
  • David R. Bunch
  • Breakout in Ecol 2 -- Vol. #3
  • André Carneiro
  • Darkness -- Vol. #2
  • Chan Davis
  • Hexamnion -- Vol. #1
  • Hank Dempsey
  • The Defensive Bomber -- Vol. #3
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Jean Duprès -- Vol. #1
  • Jeff Duntemann
  • Our Lady of the Endless Sky -- Vol. #4
  • Scott Edelstein
  • The Exhibition -- Vol. #3
  • Philip José Farmer
  • Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind -- Vol. #3
  • The Sumerian Oath -- Vol. #2
  • Bill Garnett
  • Singular -- Vol. #4
  • David Gerrold
  • Love Story in Three Acts -- Vol. #1
  • Gerard E. Giannattasio
  • Protective Temporal Strike -- Vol. #4
  • Dick Glass
  • The Ultimate End -- Vol. #3
  • James Gunn
  • The Old Folks -- Vol. #2
  • Damon Knight
  • On the Wheel -- Vol. #2
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • The Destruction and Exculpation of Earth -- Vol. #3
  • In the Pocket -- Vol. #1
  • Introduction to the Second Edition -- Vol. #3
  • Making It All the Way Into the Future on Gaxton Falls of the Red Planet -- Vol. #4
  • Terminus Est -- Vol. #1
  • Two Odysseys Into the Center -- Vol. #2
  • Dean McLaughlin
  • Endorsement, Personal -- Vol. #3
  • Naomi Mitchison
  • The Factory -- Vol. #3
  • Mary and Joe -- Vol. #1
  • Miss Omega Raven -- Vol. #2
  • Out of the Waters -- Vol. #4
  • John R. Pierce
  • The Higher Things -- Vol. #1
  • Tom Reamy
  • Beyond the Cleft -- Vol. #4
  • Kit Reed
  • Songs of War -- Vol. #4
  • Mack Reynolds
  • The Cold War...continued -- Vol. #3
  • Frank M. Robinson
  • "East Wind, West Wind" -- Vol. #2
  • James Sallis
  • Faces, Hands -- Vol. #1
  • Robin Scott
  • The Big Connection -- Vol. #1
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Slaves of Time -- Vol. #4
  • Welcome to the Standard Nightmare -- Vol. #3
  • Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerley Dead -- Vol. #2
  • Philip Shofner
  • Pity the Poor Outdated Man -- Vol. #3
  • Robert Silverberg
  • A Happy Day in 2381 -- Vol. #1
  • (Now+n), (Now-n) -- Vol. #2
  • John Sladek
  • The Steam-Driven Boy -- Vol. #2
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The National Pastime -- Vol. #3
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • And I Have Come Upon This Place by Lost Ways -- Vol. #2
  • Edward Wellen
  • Too Long at the Fair -- Vol. #4
  • Donald Westlake
  • The Winner -- Vol. #1
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The HORARS of War -- Vol. #1

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