Robert Silverberg : Tomes


science fiction awards database
Berkley Showcase <— Anthologies —> Omni Anthologies

Robert Silverberg, with co-editor Martin H. Greenberg, produced three large anthologies of science fiction for Arbor House in the early 1980s. The Treasury of Modern Science Fiction followed the last volume of Silverberg's Alpha series by two years, with more than a few stories that had appeared in those volumes (13, to be precise), reappearing among its 39 stories. Like the Alpha volumes, then, this first Arbor House volume represents Silverberg's personal taste and standards for excellence in SF, as much as it does a historical assessment of the field.

Silverberg's introduction explicitly recalls the two big 1946 anthologies, Adventures in Time and Space and The Best of Science Fiction, and so he deliberately scopes this volume to include nothing written before 1946, to provide a modern supplement to those earlier standards.

The second volume, published the same year, focuses on short novels, or novellas, and discusses the difficulty of reprinting notable works of these lengths in anthologies with limited space. (Silverberg did an earlier, paperback anthology, Great Short Novels of Science Fiction, that just preceded in 1970 the first volume of his Alpha series. Three of that book's six stories are among 15 stories here.) This volume slightly relaxes the first one's scope; one story here was published in 1945, and Silverberg's introduction mentions that one story was written as early as 1941.

The third Silverberg Arbor House anthology followed in 1983, with an expanded scope: "to trace the evolution of today's science fiction by linking the earlier 'mainstream' s-f literature to the best of the pulp-magazine work of modern writers." The lower boundary is set at Edgar Allan Poe; the upper boundary is the year of the book's publication.

As with Silverberg's first Arbor House anthology, there is some overlap with his earlier Alpha anthologies; 12 of the stories here appeared earlier in those nine volumes.

(All three volumes were published in hardcover; the photo shows a book club edition of the second, and a trade paperback edition of the third.)

Authors most reprinted in these three books: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Silverberg, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, and James Tiptree, Jr., all with 3 each.

Most frequent sources: Astounding (20) and Analog (3); F&SF (19); Galaxy (13) and If (4).

  • The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction, Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Arbor House, 1980) [isfdb]
  • The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels, Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Arbor House, 1980) [isfdb]
  • The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces, Robert Silverberg, ed. (Arbor House, 1983) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Poor Little Warrior! (F&SF Apr 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Poul Anderson
  • The Man Who Came Early (F&SF Jun 1956) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness (F&SF Apr 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Bicentennial Man (Stellar, 1976) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Dead Past (Astounding Apr 1956) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Misbegotten Missionary (Galaxy Nov 1950) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Harry Bates
  • Alas, All Thinking! (Astounding Jun 1935) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Gregory Benford
  • Doing Lennon (Analog Apr 1975) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Alfred Bester
  • Hobson's Choice (F&SF Aug 1952) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Men Who Murdered Mohammed (F&SF Oct 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • James Blish
  • A Case of Conscience (If Sep 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Common Time (Science Fiction Quarterly Aug 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Kaleidoscope (Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct 1949) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Miles J. Breuer
  • The Gostak and the Doshes (Amazing Mar 1930) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Algis Budrys
  • Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night (Galaxy Dec 1961) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Karel Capek
  • R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots (Oxford University Press/Humphrey Milford 1923) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • A. Bertram Chandler
  • Giant Killer (Astounding Oct 1945) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • A Meeting with Medusa (Playboy Dec 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Rescue Party (Astounding May 1946) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Road to the Sea (Two Complete Science-Adventure Books Spr 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Avram Davidson
  • Or All the Seas with Oysters (Galaxy May 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Charles V. De Vet
  • Second Game (by CVDV & Katherine MacLean) (Astounding Mar 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • The Star Pit (Worlds of Tomorrow Feb 1967) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Impostor (Astounding Jun 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Larry Eisenberg
  • The Time of His Life (F&SF Apr 1968) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Harlan Ellison
  • The Human Operators (by HE & A. E. van Vogt) (F&SF Jan 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • Hunting Machine (Science Fiction Stories May 1957) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • The Shadow of Space (If Nov 1967) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World (New Dimensions I, 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Jack Finney
  • I'm Scared (Colliers Sep 15 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • H. L. Gold
  • Man of Parts (9 Tales of Space and Time, 1954) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Wyman Guin
  • Beyond Bedlam (Galaxy Aug 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • 'All You Zombies—' (F&SF Mar 1959) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • By His Bootstraps (Astounding Oct 1941) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Julian Huxley
  • The Tissue-Culture King (The Yale Review Apr 1926) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • As Easy as A.B.C. (The London Magazine Mar 1912 (+1)) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Damon Knight
  • Dio (Infinity Science Fiction Sep 1957) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Stranger Station (F&SF Dec 1956) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Marching Morons (Galaxy Apr 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Michael Kurland
  • Think Only This of Me (Galaxy Nov 1973) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Henry Kuttner
  • Private Eye (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 'The Author of the Acacia Seeds' and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics (Fellowship of the Stars, 1974) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Winter's King (Orbit 5, 1969) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Fritz Leiber
  • A Bad Day for Sales (Galaxy Jul 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • The Man Who Never Grew Young (Night's Black Agents, 1947) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Strange Case of John Kingman (Astounding May 1948) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Second Game (by Charles V. De Vet & KM) (Astounding Mar 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • A Galaxy Called Rome (F&SF Jul 1975) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Gehenna (Galaxy Mar 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Julian May
  • Dune Roller (Astounding Dec 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand (Analog Oct 1973) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • P. Schuyler Miller
  • As Never Was (Astounding Jan 1944) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • C. L. Moore
  • Private Eye (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Larry Niven
  • Neutron Star (If Oct 1966) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Edgar Pangborn
  • Angel's Egg (Galaxy Jun 1951) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Peter Phillips
  • Dreams Are Sacred (Astounding Sep 1948) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Mellonta Tauta (Godey's Lady’s Book Feb 1849) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Day Million (Rogue Feb/Mar 1966) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Frank L. Pollock
  • Finis (Argosy Jun 1906) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Joanna Russ
  • Nobody's Home (New Dimensions II, 1972) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • When It Changed (Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Fred Saberhagen
  • Goodlife (Worlds of Tomorrow Dec 1963) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Grandpa (Astounding Feb 1955) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Carter Scholz
  • Travels (IASFM Apr 1980) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Bob Shaw
  • Light of Other Days (Analog Aug 1966) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Shape (Galaxy Nov 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Warm (Galaxy Jun 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • M. P. Shiel
  • Dark Lot of One Saul (The Grand Magazine Feb 1912) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Born with the Dead (F&SF Apr 1974) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Capricorn Games (The Far Side of Time, 1974) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Sundance (F&SF Jun 1969) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Desertion (Astounding Nov 1944) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (F&SF Jun 1961) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Burning of the Brain (If Oct 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • On the Storm Planet (Galaxy Feb 1965) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Golden Helix (Thrilling Wonder Stories Sum 1954) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • The Man Who Lost the Sea (F&SF Oct 1959) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • When You Care, When You Love (F&SF Sep 1962) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • William Tenn
  • Child's Play (Astounding Mar 1947) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (Aurora: Beyond Equality, 1976) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • Painwise (F&SF Feb 1972) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • The Women Men Don't See (F&SF Dec 1973) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Mark Twain
  • Sold to Satan (Europe and Elsewhere, 1923) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • The Human Operators (by Harlan Ellison & AEvV) (F&SF Jan 1971) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Jack Vance
  • The Gift of Gab (Astounding Sep 1955) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • The Miracle-Workers (Astounding Jul 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • John Varley
  • Equinoctial (Ascents of Wonder, 1977) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels
  • In the Bowl (F&SF Dec 1975) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Jules Verne
  • In the Year 2889 (The Forum Feb 1889) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Unready to Wear (Galaxy Apr 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • The Mad Moon (Astounding Dec 1935) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • H. G. Wells
  • The New Accelerator (The Strand Dec 1901) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Jack Williamson
  • The Metal Man (Amazing Dec 1928) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces
  • Roger Zelazny
  • The Keys to December (New Worlds Aug 1966) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction

  • Copyright 2012 - 2020 by Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. All rights reserved.
    This page last updated Thursday 3 Sep 2020 at 10:24 PT