Raymond J. Healy : Original Anthologies


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The first significant "original" anthology -- containing stories that had never been published before -- was New Tales of Space and Time in 1951 from Raymond J. Healy, who had co-edited Adventures in Time and Space five years earlier. (J. Francis McComas, meanwhile, had become co-editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.) First published in hardcover and then in three paperback editions, the book included several significant stories, notably Bradbury's "Here There Be Tygers," Kris Neville's "Bettyann," and Anthony Boucher's (later SF Hall of Fame story) "The Quest for Saint Aquin."

The book introduction by Anthony Boucher makes explicit the key motivation for assembling an original anthology: that so many anthologies of reprinted stories were being published that the field was "getting into a pretty bad way.... [T]here simply are not that many magazine stories worth reprinting." And readers would be dismayed to encounter the same stories in one anthology after another. "The anthology of unpublished stories is an answer to this situation."

Healy followed with 9 Tales of Space and Time in 1954. Its contents include a second "Bettyann" story by Kris Neville.

The image shows a cover images of the hardcover first editions, and a photo of the first printing of the Pocket Books paperback of the first book.

  • New Tales of Space and Time, (Holt, 1951) [isfdb]
  • 9 Tales of Space and Time, (Henry Holt, 1954) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Isaac Asimov
  • "In a Good Cause—" -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Balaam -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Here There Be Tygers -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Reginald Bretnor
  • Genius of the Species -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • Little Anton -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • The Idealists -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • Cleve Cartmill
  • You Can't Say That -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Frank Fenton
  • The Chicken Or the Egg-Head -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • Tolliver's Travels (by FF & Joseph Petracca) -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • David Harold, M.D. Fink
  • Compound B -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • H. L. Gold
  • Man of Parts -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • Raymond J. Healy
  • The Great Devon Mystery -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • H. F. Heard
  • B + M — Planet 4 -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • J. Francis McComas
  • Shock Treatment -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • P. Schuyler Miller
  • Status Quondam -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Kris Neville
  • Bettyann -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • Overture -- 9 Tales of Space and Time
  • Joseph Petracca
  • Tolliver's Travels (by Frank Fenton & JP) -- New Tales of Space and Time
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Fulfillment -- New Tales of Space and Time

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