Wollheim/Carr : World's Best SF


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Ace editor Donald A. Wollheim began this series in 1965 with co-editor Terry Carr (who would later launch the 'Ace Specials'), initially emphasizing a world-wide scope, with stories in the first volume by Joseph Nesvadba, Harry Mulisch, and Colin Free, though subsequent volumes drew material almost exclusively from genre sources. Beginning with the third volume, each story was decorated by a Jack Gaughn black and white illustration, and beginning with the fifth volume, the US Science Fiction Book Club published hardcover editions, as shown in the photo. (The paperbacks in the photo are second printings with revised titles.) The series ended as both Wollheim and Carr left Ace, Wollheim to found DAW books, Carr to go freelance, each subsequently publishing his own best-of-year anthology series.

Most reprinted authors: R.A. Lafferty (6), then Brian W. Aldiss, Fritz Leiber, Larry Niven, and Robert Silverberg (4 each).

Most used sources: Galaxy (22), F&SF (17), If (16), New Worlds (12), Analog (8). Only about a dozen are from anthologies, including three from volumes of Orbit and three from Joseph Elder's 1968 The Farthest Reaches.

  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1965, (Ace, 1965) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1966, (Ace, 1966) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1967, (Ace, 1967) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1968, (Ace, 1968) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1969, (Ace, 1969) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1970, (Ace, 1970) [isfdb]
  • World's Best Science Fiction: 1971, (Ace, 1971) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • Amen and Out (New Worlds Aug 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Full Sun (Orbit 2, 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Total Environment (Galaxy Feb 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • The Worm That Flies (The Farthest Reaches, 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Poul Anderson
  • Kyrie (The Farthest Reaches, 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Christopher Anvil
  • Bill for Delivery (Analog Nov 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • The Captive Djinn (Analog May 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Paul Ash
  • The Wings of a Bat (Analog May 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Billiard Ball (If Mar 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Waterclap (If Apr 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Neal Barrett, Jr.
  • Greyspun's Gift (Worlds of Tomorrow Win 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Gregory Benford
  • Nobody Lives on Burton Street (Amazing May 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Ben Bova
  • Men of Good Will (by BB & Myron R. Lewis) (Galaxy Jun 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Jonathan Brand
  • Vanishing Point (If Jan 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • John Brunner
  • The Last Lonely Man (New Worlds May/Jun 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Terry Carr
  • The Dance of the Changer and the Three (The Farthest Reaches, 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Lin Carter
  • Uncollected Works (F&SF Mar 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Sunjammer (Boys' Life Mar 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • D. G. Compton
  • It's Smart to Have an English Address (sf Impulse Feb 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Michael G. Coney
  • Sixth Sense (Vision of Tomorrow Aug 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Whatever Became of the McGowans? (Galaxy May 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Avram Davidson
  • Bumberboom (F&SF Dec 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Driftglass (If Jun 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (New Worlds Dec 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! (Galaxy Feb 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (F&SF Apr 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Now Is Forever (Amazing Mar 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • The Number You Have Reached (sf Impulse Feb 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Gordon Eklund
  • Dear Aunt Annie (Fantastic Apr 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Suzette Haden Elgin
  • For the Sake of Grace (F&SF May 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Harlan Ellison
  • A Boy and His Dog (New Worlds Apr 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (If Mar 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • 'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman (Galaxy Dec 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Burt K. Filer
  • Backtracked (F&SF Jun 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Colin Free
  • The Weather in the Underworld (Squire Jun 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Ron Goulart
  • Calling Dr. Clockwork (Amazing Mar 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Confessions (F&SF Aug 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • The Sword Swallower (F&SF Nov 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Joseph Green
  • The Decision Makers (Galaxy Apr 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • H. B. Hickey
  • Gone Are the Lupo (Quark, 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • H. H. Hollis
  • Sword Game (Galaxy Apr 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Edward Jesby
  • Sea Wrack (F&SF May 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Gerald Jonas
  • The Shaker Revival (Galaxy Feb 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Norman Kagan
  • Four Brands of Impossible (F&SF Sep 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Colin Kapp
  • Ambassador to Verdammt (Analog Apr 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • The Cloudbuilders (New Writings in SF. 12, 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Damon Knight
  • Masks (Playboy Jul 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Continued on Next Rock (Orbit 7, 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • In Our Block (If Jul 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • The Man Who Never Was (Magazine of Horror Sum 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers (If Feb 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • This Grand Carcass (Amazing Nov 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne (Galaxy Feb 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Jack B. Lawson
  • The Competitors (If Jan 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Fritz Leiber
  • The Good New Days (Galaxy Oct 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Ship of Shadows (F&SF Jul 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • The Square Root of Brain (New Worlds Feb 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • When the Change-Winds Blow (F&SF Aug 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Myron R. Lewis
  • Men of Good Will (by Ben Bova & MRL) (Galaxy Jun 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Robert Lory
  • The Star Party (F&SF Sep 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • C. C. MacApp
  • For Every Action (Amazing May 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Edward Mackin
  • The Unremembered (New Worlds Mar 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Fear Hound (Analog May 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • David I. Masson
  • Traveller's Rest (New Worlds Sep 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Bruce McAllister
  • And So Say All of Us (If Sep 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Behold the Man (New Worlds #166 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Harry Mulisch
  • What Happened to Sergeant Masuro? (The Busy Bee Review: New Writing from the Netherlands, 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Josef Nesvadba
  • Vampires Ltd. (Vampires Ltd., 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Larry Niven
  • Becalmed in Hell (F&SF Jul 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Bird in the Hand (F&SF Oct 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Death by Ecstasy (Galaxy Jan 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Handicap (Galaxy Dec 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • andrew j. offutt
  • Population Implosion (If Jul 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Alexei Panshin
  • One Sunday in Neptune (Tomorrow's Worlds, 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Dannie Plachta
  • The Man from When (If Jul 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Day Million (Rogue Feb/Mar 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Tom Purdom
  • Greenplace (F&SF Nov 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • Keith Roberts
  • Coranda (New Worlds Jan 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Therapy 2000 (New Writings in SF. 15, 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Fred Saberhagen
  • Masque of the Red Shift (If Nov 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Starsong (If Jan 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • James H. Schmitz
  • Planet of Forgetting (Galaxy Feb 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • Arthur Sellings
  • The Last Time Around (New Writings in SF. 12, 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Bob Shaw
  • Invasion of Privacy (Amazing Jul 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Light of Other Days (Analog Aug 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay (Galaxy Feb 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Robert Silverberg
  • After the Myths Went Home (F&SF Nov 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Going Down Smooth (Galaxy Aug 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Hawksbill Station (Galaxy Aug 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Ishmael in Love (F&SF Jul 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Over the River and Through the Woods (Amazing May 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • The Thing in the Stone (If Mar 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • Norman Spinrad
  • The Big Flash (Orbit 5, 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • Slow Sculpture (Galaxy Feb 1970) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1971
  • William F. Temple
  • A Niche in Time (Analog May 1964) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Your Haploid Heart (Analog Sep 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • Sydney J. Van Scyoc
  • A Visit to Cleveland General (Galaxy Oct 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Vernor Vinge
  • Apartness (New Worlds Jun 1965) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
  • E. G. von Wald
  • Hemeac (Galaxy Aug 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Welcome to the Monkey House (Playboy Jan 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • A. A. Walde
  • Bircher (If Jul 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • Richard Wilson
  • A Man Spekith (Galaxy May 1969) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1970
  • See Me Not (sf Impulse Feb 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968
  • Laurence Yep
  • The Selchey Kids (If Feb 1968) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1969
  • Roger Zelazny
  • For a Breath I Tarry (New Worlds Mar 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • The Keys to December (New Worlds Aug 1966) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1967
  • The Man Who Loved the Faioli (Galaxy Jun 1967) -- World's Best Science Fiction: 1968

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