Damon Knight : Selections


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Over the course of just over a decade, beginning in 1962 with A Century of Science Fiction, Damon Knight produced a couple of dozen reprint anthologies. Five 'tomes' are compiled on the "Knight Tomes" page; his Science Fiction of the 30's is compiled on the "Decades Bests" page. Another fifteen are compiled on this page. Some are theme anthologies while others simply gather Knight's selections of stories, mostly from the 1940s and '50s, that he felt deserved preservation in book form.

Authors most often reprinted in this group: Robert A. Heinlein (8), Isaac Asimov (7), Theodore Sturgeon (6), C.M. Kornbluth and Henry Kuttner (5 each). Knight also found stories by non-genre authors who rarely if ever appeared in other genre anthologies, including W. Somerset Maughm, Ogden Nash, and Damon Runyon.

  • Tomorrow X 4, (Fawcett Gold Medal, 1964) [isfdb]
  • Beyond Tomorrow, (Harper & Row, 1965) [isfdb]
  • The Dark Side, (Doubleday, 1965) [isfdb]
  • Cities of Wonder, (Doubleday, 1966) [isfdb]
  • Worlds to Come, (Harper & Row, 1967) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction Inventions, (Lancer, 1967) [isfdb]
  • The Metal Smile, (Belmont, 1968) [isfdb]
  • Toward Infinity, (Simon & Schuster, 1968) [isfdb]
  • Dimension X, (Simon & Schuster, 1970) [isfdb]
  • A Pocketful of Stars, (Doubleday, 1971) [isfdb]
  • First Contact, (Pinnacle, 1971) [isfdb]
  • Perchance to Dream, (Doubleday, 1972) [isfdb]
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow, (Simon & Schuster, 1973) [isfdb]
  • A Shocking Thing, (Pocket, 1974) [isfdb]
  • Happy Endings, (Bobbs-Merrill, 1974) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Robert Abernathy
  • Single Combat (F&SF Jan 1955) -- Cities of Wonder
  • Conrad Aiken
  • Mr. Arcularis (Harper's Mar 1931) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • The New Father Christmas (F&SF Jan 1958) -- The Metal Smile
  • Poor Little Warrior! (F&SF Apr 1958) -- A Shocking Thing
  • The Saliva Tree (F&SF Sep 1965) -- Dimension X
  • The Underprivileged (New Worlds May 1963) -- Cities of Wonder
  • Poul Anderson
  • Quixote and the Windmill (Astounding Nov 1950) -- The Metal Smile
  • Leonid Andreyev
  • The Abyss -- A Shocking Thing
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Dreaming Is a Private Thing (F&SF Dec 1955) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • The Martian Way (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- Worlds to Come
  • Nightfall (Astounding Sep 1941) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Not Final! (Astounding Oct 1941) -- Toward Infinity
          -- First Contact
  • Someday (Infinity Science Fiction Aug 1956) -- The Metal Smile
  • The Ugly Little Boy (Galaxy Sep 1958) -- Dimension X
  • Hugh Atkinson
  • The Language of Flowers (Splinters, 1968) -- Happy Endings
  • Isaac Babel
  • A Letter (Red Cavalry, 1929) -- Happy Endings
  • J. G. Ballard
  • Billennium (New Worlds Nov 1961) -- Cities of Wonder
  • The Sound-Sweep (Science-Fantasy Feb 1960) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Stephen Vincent BenÚt
  • By the Waters of Babylon (The Saturday Evening Post Jul 31 1937) -- Cities of Wonder
  • Nightmare Number Three (Selected Works of Stephen Vincent Benét, 1935) -- The Metal Smile
  • Alfred Bester
  • Fondly Fahrenheit (F&SF Aug 1954) -- A Shocking Thing
  • Hobson's Choice (F&SF Aug 1952) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (San Francisco Examiner Jul 13 1890) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Oil of Dog (Oakland Daily Evening Tribune Oct 11 1890) -- A Shocking Thing
  • James Blish
  • Mistake Inside (Startling Stories Mar 1948) -- The Dark Side
  • Okie (Astounding Apr 1950) -- Cities of Wonder
  • Sunken Universe (Super Science Stories May 1942) -- Worlds to Come
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Circular Ruins (Labyrinths, 1962) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Nellthu (F&SF Aug 1955) -- The Dark Side
  • Ben Bova
  • Fifteen Miles (F&SF May 1967) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Ray Bradbury
  • The Black Ferris (Weird Tales May 1948) -- The Dark Side
  • The Earth Men (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1948) -- Toward Infinity
  • Mars Is Heaven! (Planet Stories Fll 1948) -- Worlds to Come
  • The Million Year Picnic (Planet Stories Sum 1946) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Robert Branson
  • The Red-Headed Murderess (Colliers Oct 9 1948) -- Happy Endings
  • Fredric Brown
  • Answer (Angels and Spaceships, 1954) -- The Metal Smile
  • The Waveries (Astounding Jan 1945) -- First Contact
  • Algis Budrys
  • The Edge of the Sea (Venture Mar 1958) -- Worlds to Come
  • First to Serve (Astounding May 1954) -- The Metal Smile
  • The Man Who Always Knew (Astounding Apr 1956) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Italo Calvino
  • A Sign in Space (Cosmicomics, 1968) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Forgetfulness (Astounding Jun 1937) -- Cities of Wonder as by Don A. Stuart
  • Twilight (Astounding Nov 1934) -- Beyond Tomorrow as by Don A. Stuart
  • Who Goes There? (Astounding) -- Toward Infinity as by Don A. Stuart
  • Carol Carr
  • Look, You Think You've Got Troubles (Orbit 5, 1969) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Terry Carr
  • Hop-Friend (F&SF Nov 1962) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • The Portable Phonograph (The Yale Review Spr 1941) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Deep Range (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1954) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • The Sentinel (Ten Story Fantasy Spr 1951) -- Worlds to Come
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • The Burning (F&SF Jul 1960) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • The Cabbage Patch (Perspective Fll 1952) -- A Shocking Thing
  • John Collier
  • De Mortuis (New Yorker Jul 18 1942) -- Happy Endings
  • Interpretation of a Dream (New Yorker May 5 1951) -- Perchance to Dream
  • The Touch of Nutmeg Makes It (New Yorker May 3 1941) -- A Shocking Thing
  • Roald Dahl
  • Man from the South (Colliers Sep 4 1948) -- A Shocking Thing
  • The Way Up to Heaven (New Yorker Feb 27 1954) -- Happy Endings
  • Avram Davidson
  • The Golem (F&SF Mar 1955) -- The Dark Side
  • The Sources of the Nile (F&SF Jan 1961) -- Tomorrow X 4
          -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Employment (Astounding May 1939) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Impostor (Astounding Jun 1953) -- The Metal Smile
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • An Honorable Death (Galaxy Feb 1961) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • The Monkey Wrench (Astounding Aug 1951) -- The Metal Smile
  • Sonya Dorman
  • Harry the Tailor (Cosmopolitan 1961) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Dream of a Ridiculous Man -- Perchance to Dream
  • Harlan Ellison
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (If Mar 1967) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • Hunting Machine (Science Fiction Stories May 1957) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Pelt (F&SF Nov 1958) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Philip JosÚ Farmer
  • Father's in the Basement (Orbit 11, 1972) -- Happy Endings
  • E. M. Forster
  • The Machine Stops (Oxford and Cambridge Review Nov 1909) -- Cities of Wonder
  • H. B. Fyfe
  • In Value Deceived (Astounding Nov 1950) -- First Contact
  • Moonwalk (Space Science Fiction Nov 1952) -- Worlds to Come
  • H. L. Gold
  • Trouble with Water (Unknown Mar 1939) -- The Dark Side
  • Graham Greene
  • The End of the Party (The London Mercury Jan 1932) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Harry Harrison
  • Rock Diver (Worlds Beyond Feb 1951) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Coventry (Astounding Jul 1940) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Goldfish Bowl (Astounding Mar 1942) -- First Contact
  • It's Great to Be Back! (The Saturday Evening Post Jul 26 1947) -- Cities of Wonder
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon (The Man Who Sold the Moon, 1950) -- Dimension X
  • Ordeal in Space (Town & Country May 1948) -- Worlds to Come
  • The Roads Must Roll (Astounding Jun 1940) -- Tomorrow X 4
  • They (Unknown Apr 1941) -- The Dark Side
  • The Year of the Jackpot (Galaxy Mar 1952) -- A Shocking Thing
  • Charles Henneberg
  • The Blind Pilot (F&SF Jan 1960) -- First Contact
  • Frank Herbert
  • Committee of the Whole (Galaxy Apr 1965) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Patricia Highsmith
  • The Snail-Watcher (Gamma #3 1964) -- A Shocking Thing
  • Will F. Jenkins
  • Doomsday Deferred (The Saturday Evening Post Sep 24 1949) -- First Contact
  • Nunnally Johnson
  • Ashes to Ashes (The Smart Set May 1923) -- Happy Endings
  • Garson Kanin
  • The Damnedest Thing (Esquire Feb 1956) -- Happy Endings
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • The Brushwood Boy (The Century Dec 1895) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Damon Knight
  • Masks (Playboy Jul 1968) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • Gomez (The Explorers, 1954) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • The Luckiest Man in Denv (Galaxy Jun 1952) -- Cities of Wonder
  • The Marching Morons (Galaxy Apr 1951) -- Dimension X
  • The Silly Season (F&SF Fll 1950) -- First Contact
  • That Share of Glory (Astounding Jan 1952) -- Worlds to Come
  • Henry Kuttner
  • Dream's End (Startling Stories Jul 1947) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Happy Ending (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1948) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Jesting Pilot (Astounding May 1947) -- Cities of Wonder
  • Private Eye (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Two-Handed Engine (by HK & C. L. Moore) (F&SF Aug 1955) -- The Metal Smile
  • Keith Laumer
  • The Last Command (Analog Jan 1967) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Fritz Leiber
  • The Man Who Never Grew Young (Night's Black Agents, 1947) -- The Dark Side
  • The Secret Songs (F&SF Aug 1962) -- Perchance to Dream
  • The Winter Flies (F&SF Oct 1967) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Murray Leinster
  • First Contact (Astounding May 1945) -- First Contact
  • John D. MacDonald
  • The Big Contest (Worlds Beyond Dec 1950) -- Worlds to Come
  • Katherine MacLean
  • And Be Merry... (Astounding Feb 1950) -- Toward Infinity
  • The Snowball Effect (Galaxy Sep 1952) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • Lord Mountdrago (The International Feb 1939) -- Perchance to Dream
  • Miss Thompson (The Smart Set Apr 1921) -- Happy Endings
  • Ford McCormack
  • March Hare Mission (Worlds Beyond Jan 1951) -- Toward Infinity
  • Richard McKenna
  • Casey Agonistes (F&SF Sep 1958) -- The Dark Side
          -- A Shocking Thing
  • Fiddler's Green (Orbit 2, 1967) -- Dimension X
  • The Night of Hoggy Darn (If Dec 1958) -- Tomorrow X 4
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Dumb Waiter (Astounding Apr 1952) -- Cities of Wonder
  • I Made You (Astounding Mar 1954) -- The Metal Smile
  • C. L. Moore
  • No Woman Born (Astounding Dec 1944) -- Tomorrow X 4
  • Private Eye (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Two-Handed Engine (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (F&SF Aug 1955) -- The Metal Smile
  • Ogden Nash
  • The Purist -- Happy Endings
  • Alan E. Nourse
  • Brightside Crossing (Galaxy Jan 1956) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Peter Phillips
  • c/o Mr. Makepeace (F&SF Feb 1954) -- The Dark Side
  • John R. Pierce
  • Invariant (Astounding Apr 1944) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Kit Reed
  • Winter (Winter's Tales 15, 1969) -- Happy Endings
  • Jane Rice
  • The Idol of the Flies (Unknown Jun 1942) -- Happy Endings
  • Damon Runyon
  • Undertaker Song (Colliers Nov 24 1934) -- Happy Endings
  • Joanna Russ
  • This Night, at My Fire (Epoch Win 1966) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Saki
  • Tobermory (The Westminster Gazette Nov 27 1909) -- Happy Endings
  • James Sallis
  • A Few Last Words (Orbit 4, 1968) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • James H. Schmitz
  • The Witches of Karres (Astounding Dec 1949) -- Toward Infinity
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Fool's Mate (Astounding Mar 1953) -- The Metal Smile
  • T. L. Sherred
  • Eye for Iniquity (Beyond Fantasy Fiction Jul 1953) -- The Dark Side
  • Wilmar H. Shiras
  • In Hiding (Astounding Nov 1948) -- Toward Infinity
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Desertion (Astounding Nov 1944) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • No, No, Not Rogov! (If Feb 1959) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • Margaret St. Clair
  • Short in the Chest (Fantastic Universe Jul 1954) -- The Metal Smile as by Idris Seabright
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • And Now the News... (F&SF Dec 1956) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Bianca's Hands (Argosy (UK) May 1947) -- A Shocking Thing
  • The Chromium Helmet (Astounding Jun 1946) -- Science Fiction Inventions
  • The Hurkle Is a Happy Beast (F&SF Fll 1949) -- First Contact
  • It (Unknown Aug 1940) -- The Dark Side
  • The Man Who Lost the Sea (F&SF Oct 1959) -- Toward Infinity
  • William Tenn
  • The Liberation of Earth (Future May 1953) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Theodore Thomas
  • The Clone (Fantastic Dec 1959) -- A Shocking Thing
  • The Intruder (F&SF Feb 1961) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • J. C. Thompson
  • The Right Man for the Right Job (Playboy Jul 1962) -- A Shocking Thing
  • James Thurber
  • A Friend to Alexander (New Yorker Jan 10 1942) -- Perchance to Dream
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Resurrection (Astounding Aug 1948) -- Toward Infinity
  • Rogue Ship (Super Science Stories Mar 1950) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • The Seesaw (Astounding Jul 1941) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • H. G. Wells
  • In the Abyss (Pearson's Magazine Aug 1896) -- First Contact
  • The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham (The Idler May 1896) -- The Dark Side
  • Under the Knife (The New Review Jan 1896) -- Perchance to Dream
  • John Anthony West
  • A Case History -- A Shocking Thing
  • Edward Lucas White
  • Lukundoo (Weird Tales Nov 1925) -- A Shocking Thing
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • The Mile-Long Spaceship (Astounding Apr 1957) -- Beyond Tomorrow
  • Windsong (Orbit 4, 1968) -- A Pocketful of Stars
  • Bernard Wolfe
  • Self Portrait (Galaxy Nov 1951) -- Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Gene Wolfe
  • The HORARS of War (Nova 1, 1970) -- A Pocketful of Stars

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