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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame - volume one - 1929-1964


This is as nearly definitive an anthology of modern science fiction stories as is likely to be compiled for quite some time. Its contents were chosen by vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America, an organization of some three hundred professional writers whose roster includes virtually everyone now living who has ever had science fiction published in the United States.

The book you now hold represents the considered verdict of those who themselves have shaped science fiction—a roster of outstanding stories selected by people who know more intimately than any others what the criteria for excellence in science fiction should be.

SFWA—the Science Fiction Writers of America—was founded in 1965 "to inform science fiction writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors, and anthologists."

Though other special writers' organizations, such as the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America, had come into existence long before, all previous attempts to create a professional science fiction writers' group had been abortive. However—thanks in large measure to the energy and devotion of the first president of SFWA, Damon Knight, and its first secretarytreasurer, Lloyd Biggie—all but a few writers in this notoriously individualistic field quickly joined. For greater cohesiveness, membership was limited to writers whose work had appeared m the United States, but no restrictions were placed on a writer's own residence or citizenship.

Thus SFWA has a large British contingent as well as members from Australia, Canada, and several other Commonwealth countries.

In 1966 SFWA held the first of its annual awards banquets, at which handsome trophies nicknamed Nebulas were presented to the authors of 1965's outstanding science fiction stories, as chosen by vote of the membership. These awards have been presented in each subsequent year in four categories: short story, novelet, novella, and novel.

During my term of office (1967-68) as SFWA's second president, it was decided to extend the concept of awards retroactively into the period prior to SFWA's inception. Members would be asked to nominate and vote for the best science fiction stories of the era ending on December 31, 1964: that is, the period up to the point covered by the Nebula awards.

No trophies would be given, but the stories chosen would be republished in a showcase anthology spanning several volumes—the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

This is the first of those anthologies.

It embraces the categories of short story and novelet; arbitrarily, stories over 15,000 words in length were excluded from nomination and reserved for consideration in the volumes to come.


Contents
Introduction: Robert Silverberg
A MARTIAN ODYSSEY - Stanley G. Weinbaum
TWILIGHT - John W. Campbell
HELEN O'LOY - Lester del Rey
THE ROADS MUST ROLL - Robert A. Heinlein
MICROCOSMIC GOD - Theodore Sturgeon
NIGHTFALL - Isaac Asimov
THE WEAPON SHOP - A. E. van Vogt
MIMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES - Lewis Padgett
HUDDLING PLACE - Clifford D. Simak
ARENA - Fredric Brown
FIRST CONTACT - Murray Leinster
THAT ONLY A MOTHER - Judith Merril
SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN - Cordwainer Smith
MARS IS HEAVEN! - Ray Bradbury
THE LITTLE BLACK BAG - C. M. Kombluth
BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN - Richard Matheson
COMING ATTRACTION - Fritz Leiber
THE QUEST FOR SAINT AQUIN - Anthony Boucher
SURFACE TENSION - James Blish
THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD - Arthur C. Clarke
IT'S A GOOD LIFE - Jerome Bixby
THE COLD EQUATIONS - Tom Godwin
FONDLY FAHRENHEIT - Alfred Bester
THE COUNTRY OF THE KIND - Damon Knight
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON - Daniel Keyes
A ROSE FOR ECCLESIASTES - Roger Zelazny

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