Modern Science Fiction

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Cerf Vintage Anthology <— Anthologies & Collections —> Card Masterpieces
Norman Spinrad, ed.

Anchor, 1974

Anchor Books was and is a trade paperback imprint of Doubleday. This book, though mass market paperback sized, has heavier-than-usual cover stock, and a higher-than-usual cover price ($3.50, at a time most mm paperbacks ran $1.50), giving it the flavor of a basic textbook, though Spinrad does not use that term. He does provide an introduction to modern sf, and three intermediate essays for the book's three sections: "The Golden Age", "The Postwar Awakening", "The Full Flowering". And he provides an appendix of "additional significant works", novels especially by authors who couldn't be included in this book.

  1. “Twilight”, John W. Campbell, Jr. (Astounding Nov 1934)
  2. “Enchanted Village”, A. E. van Vogt (Other Worlds Science Stories Jul 1950)
  3. “Helen O'Loy”, Lester del Rey (Astounding Dec 1938)
  4. “Nightfall”, Isaac Asimov (Astounding Sep 1941)
  5. “The Star”, Arthur C. Clarke (Infinity Science Fiction Nov 1955)
  6. “Affair with a Green Monkey”, Theodore Sturgeon (Venture May 1957)
  7. “Stranger Station”, Damon Knight (F&SF Dec 1956)
  8. “The Cold Equations”, Tom Godwin (Astounding Aug 1954)
  9. “The Marching Morons”, C. M. Kornbluth (Galaxy Apr 1951)
  10. “5,271,009”, Alfred Bester (F&SF Mar 1954)
  11. “The Voices of Time”, J. G. Ballard (New Worlds Oct 1960)
  12. “The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius”, Michael Moorcock (New Worlds Sep 1965)
  13. “No Direction Home”, Norman Spinrad (New Worlds Quarterly 2, 1971)
  14. “Descending”, Thomas M. Disch (Fantastic Jul 1964)
  15. “For a Breath I Tarry”, Roger Zelazny (New Worlds Mar 1966)
  16. “Don't Wash the Carats”, Philip Jose Farmer (Orbit 3, 1968)
  17. “Faith of Our Fathers”, Philip K. Dick (Dangerous Visions, 1967)
  18. “Aye, and Gomorrah...”, Samuel R. Delany (Dangerous Visions, 1967)
  19. “At the Mouse Circus”, Harlan Ellison (New Dimensions I, 1971)
  20. “In Entropy's Jaws”, Robert Silverberg (Infinity, 1971)
  21. “Nine Lives”, Ursula K. Le Guin (World's Best Science Fiction: 1970, 1969)

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