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Damon Knight was the first anthologist to take an explicitly historical perspective, publishing his first anthology at a time when SF was gaining a bit of literary respect, and genre historians were claiming SF antecedents as far back as Plato and Homer. With excerpts from 19th century works by Wells and Verne, A Century of Science Fiction was Knight's first take on the history of science fiction.

Knight's second big anthology supplemented the first, as later editors Silverberg and Dozois were to do, with a volume of longer stories, novellas or short novels. This volume includes three stories -- the first three -- that were originally, or since have been, published as separate books.

Knight's third big anthology parallels his first, with stories ranging from an 1898 work by H. G. Wells to a 1966 story by Sonya Dorman from Knight's own Orbit 1 original anthology, and a 1968 translation by Knight, in F&SF, of an 1887 story by J.-H. Rosny Aîné.

The idea for A Science Fiction Argosy, at nearly twice the length of the longest earlier volumes, was "simply to put together the biggest and most comprehensive collection of good science fiction that I possibly could", as he says in his introduction. Like Anthony Boucher's Treasury of more than a decade earlier, it includes full-length novels, and the contents are divided into two "books", though unlike Boucher these are published in a single physical volume. Knight's introduction also claims, "I think I have achieved a more faithful portrait of the field than ever before", so it's perhaps significant to note that this volume was published two years after the first Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

The final volume here, appearing only a couple months after Science Fiction Argosy, is clearly a fantasy counterpart to that book, though this volume isn't as along, nor does it declare the same ambition. Knight's introduction talks about "realms beyond our knowledge", and says "The stories in this book have been chosen because they gave me delicious glimpses into certain of these realms..."

Most reprinted authors in this group: H.G. Wells (5); Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, Robert A. Heinlein (3 each). The photo shows paperback reprints of the first two books.

  • A Century of Science Fiction, (Simon & Schuster, 1962) [isfdb]
  • A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels, (Delacorte, 1964) [isfdb]
  • One Hundred Years of Science Fiction, (Simon & Schuster, 1968) [isfdb]
  • A Science Fiction Argosy, (Simon & Schuster, 1972) [isfdb]
  • The Golden Road, (Simon & Schuster, 1973) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Man in His Time (Science-Fantasy #71 1965) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Who Can Replace a Man? (Infinity Science Fiction Jun 1958) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Poul Anderson
  • Call Me Joe (Astounding Apr 1957) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Journeys End (F&SF Feb 1957) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • The Man Who Came Early (F&SF Jun 1956) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Robert Arthur
  • Postpaid to Paradise (Argosy Jun 15 1940) -- The Golden Road
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Reason (Astounding Apr 1941) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • The Red Queen's Race (Astounding Jan 1949) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • J. G. Ballard
  • The Voices of Time (New Worlds Oct 1960) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Stephen Vincent Benét
  • The King of the Cats (Harper's Bazaar Feb 1929) -- The Golden Road
  • Alfred Bester
  • The Demolished Man (Shasta 1953) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Of Time and Third Avenue (F&SF Oct 1951) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Will You Wait? (F&SF Mar 1959) -- The Golden Road
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • The Ingenious Patriot (San Francisco Examiner Oct 30 1891) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Moxon's Master (San Francisco Examiner Apr 16 1899) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Anthony Boucher
  • The Quest for Saint Aquin (New Tales of Space and Time, 1951) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Wind People (If Feb 1959) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Heywood Broun
  • Artist Unknown -- The Golden Road
  • Algis Budrys
  • Nobody Bothers Gus (Astounding Nov 1955) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • The Weeblies (Fantasy Fiction Jun 1953) -- The Golden Road
  • Karel Capek
  • The Absolute at Large -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • The Star (Infinity Science Fiction Nov 1955) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • John Collier
  • Are You Too Late Or Was I Too Early (New Yorker Apr 14 1951) -- The Golden Road
  • Green Thoughts (Harper's May 1931) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Judgment Day (Astounding Aug 1955) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • A. J. Deutsch
  • A Subway Named Mobius (Astounding Dec 1950) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Black Charlie (Galaxy Apr 1954) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Sonya Dorman
  • Splice of Life (Orbit 1, 1966) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Philip José Farmer
  • Sail On! Sail On! (Startling Stories Dec 1952) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Jack Finney
  • The Third Level (Colliers Oct 7 1950) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Robert M. Green, Jr.
  • Apology to Inky (F&SF Jan 1966) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Edmond Hamilton
  • What's It Like Out There? (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1952) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Charles L. Harness
  • An Ornament to His Profession (Analog Feb 1966) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Gulf (Astounding Nov 1949 (+1)) -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • Magic, Inc. (Unknown Sep 1940) -- The Golden Road
  • Sky Lift (Imagination Nov 1953) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Zenna Henderson
  • The Anything Box (F&SF Oct 1956) -- The Golden Road
  • Frank Herbert
  • Cease Fire (Astounding Jan 1958) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Shirley Jackson
  • One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts (F&SF Jan 1955) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Edward Jesby
  • Sea Wrack (F&SF May 1964) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Norman Kagan
  • Four Brands of Impossible (F&SF Sep 1964) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Gerald Kersh
  • Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo? (The Brighton Monster, 1953) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • With the Night Mail (McClure's Nov 1905) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Mindworm (Worlds Beyond Dec 1950) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • The Words of Guru (Stirring Science Stories Jun 1941) -- The Golden Road
  • Henry Kuttner
  • The Cure (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding May 1946) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Entire and Perfect Chrysolite (Orbit 6, 1970) -- The Golden Road
  • Keith Laumer
  • Worlds of the Imperium (Fantastic Feb 1961 (+2)) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Word of Unbinding (Fantastic Jan 1964) -- The Golden Road
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-Tah-Tee (F&SF May 1958) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Sanity (Astounding Apr 1944) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Other Now (Galaxy Mar 1951) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (Beyond the Wall of Sleep, 1943) -- The Golden Road
  • Arthur Machen
  • The White People (Weirdly Supernatural #1 2001) -- The Golden Road
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Unhuman Sacrifice (Astounding Nov 1958) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Richard McKenna
  • Hunter, Come Home (F&SF Mar 1963) -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • Bernard McLaughlin
  • The Silence (Stirring Science Stories Jun 1941) -- The Golden Road
  • Thomas McMorrow
  • Mr. Murphy of New York (The Saturday Evening Post Mar 22 1930) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • C. L. Moore
  • The Cure (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding May 1946) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Kris Neville
  • New Apples in the Garden (Analog Jul 1963) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Larry Niven
  • Becalmed in Hell (F&SF Jul 1965) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Not Long Before the End (F&SF Apr 1969) -- The Golden Road
  • Fitz-James O'Brien
  • What Was It? (Harper's Mar 1859) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Oliver Onions
  • Phantas (Nash's Magazine Feb 1910) -- The Golden Road
  • Edgar Pangborn
  • Angel's Egg (Galaxy Jun 1951) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Peter Phillips
  • Manna (Astounding Feb 1949) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • H. Beam Piper
  • He Walked Around the Horses (Astounding Apr 1948) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Day Million (Rogue Feb/Mar 1966) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Mack Reynolds
  • The Business, as Usual (F&SF Jun 1952) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • J.-H. Rosny aîné
  • Another World (Revue Parisenne 1895) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • The Shapes (F&SF Mar 1968) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Howard Schoenfeld
  • Built Up Logically (Retort Win 1949) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Bob Shaw
  • Light of Other Days (Analog Aug 1966) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? (Playboy Aug 1969) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • T. L. Sherred
  • E for Effort (Astounding May 1947) -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (Galaxy Oct 1955) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The Equalizer (Analog Dec 1964) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • Will Stanton
  • You Are with It! (F&SF Dec 1961) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Olaf Stapledon
  • Odd John (Methuen 1935) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • More Than Human (Farrar, Straus & Young/Ballantine 1953) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • The Other Celia (Galaxy Mar 1957) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • William Tenn
  • Bernie the Faust (Playboy Nov 1963) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Theodore Thomas
  • Day of Succession (Astounding Aug 1959) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Mark Twain
  • Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Harper's Dec 1907-Jan ’) -- The Golden Road
  • From the "London Times" of 1904 (The Century Nov 1898) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Claude Veillot
  • The First Days of May (F&SF Dec 1961) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Jules Verne
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (George Smith 1873) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • The Ideal (Wonder Stories Sep 1935) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • H. G. Wells
  • The Crystal Egg (The New Review May 1897) -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • The Invisible Man (Pearson's Weekly Jun 12 1897 (+8)) -- A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (The Illustrated London News Jul 1898) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • The Time Machine -- A Century of Science Fiction
  • The Truth About Pyecraft (The Strand Apr 1903) -- The Golden Road
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Jenny with Wings (The Mile-Long Spaceship, 1963) -- The Golden Road
  • Somerset Dreams (Orbit 5, 1969) -- A Science Fiction Argosy
  • Ralph Williams
  • Business as Usual, During Alterations (Astounding Jul 1958) -- One Hundred Years of Science Fiction
  • John Wyndham
  • Consider Her Ways (Sometime, Never, 1956) -- A Science Fiction Argosy

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