Sunday, January 31, 2010

Night Shade Books October 2009 - Jeremy Lassen

An omnibus of five books.

By Blood We Live - John Joseph Adams
The The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One - Ellen Datlow
How to Make Friends with Demons - Graham Joyce
Madness of Flowers - Jay Lake
House of Windows - John Langan


An almost all reprint vampire anthology. It isn't a best vampire stories of all time, as it pretty much only states with Stephen King's era. Probably not such a bad idea as a ton of anthologies will have the famous Victorian era ghost stories contained therein. I've read quite a lot of vampire anthologies, and a chunk of these tales are new to me, which is always good. King's is from the 70s, but there are 80s, 90s and 00s, and even stories from the last year or two. L. A. Banks excellent immortal meets copy hellbent for revenge on the mob in Atlantic City tale for example.

The new novella by John Langan is actually the best story in the book, so that is very well done, and certainly original. One of the best stories of the year, without a doubt.

At a 3.54 average, a good book. Also great price from Night Shade webscriptions, no DRM, even better! In a timely bundle for Halloween is even better still!

There's a brief introduction, and a short reading list. Also, if you want to indulge in corporate onanist weasel words, in best practice terms Adams has the world leading promotional/informative websites for his anthologies. You'll find sample stories - with no paranoid horrible to use faecal flash interfaces or anything, just html. Interviews, and more.

Something most publishers are absolutely terrible at. If you look up johnjosephadams with the usual suffix you'll find it. Plus links to his several other anthologies, done similarly.

At the end is a suggested reading list of other work of possible interest. Speaking of websites, though, such destinations could still be used for more expansive introductions or lists of interest if the writers in question had more to add.

So for stories etc., a 4.00 - for added extras and cutting edeg anthologising, format, etc. no problem taking this over the mark to round to 4.5.

By Blood We Live : Snow Glass Apples - Neil Gaiman
By Blood We Live : The Master of Rampling Gate - Anne Rice
By Blood We Live : Under St. Peter's - Harry Turtledove
By Blood We Live : Child of an Ancient City - Tad Williams
By Blood We Live : Lifeblood - Michael A. Burstein
By Blood We Live : Endless Night - Barbara Roden
By Blood We Live : Infestation - Garth Nix
By Blood We Live : Life is the Teacher - Carrie Vaughn
By Blood We Live : The Vechi Barbat - Nancy Kilpatrick
By Blood We Live : The Beautiful The Damned - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
By Blood We Live : Pinecones - David Wellington
By Blood We Live : Do Not Hasten to Bid Me Adieu - Norman Partridge
By Blood We Live : Foxtrot at High Noon - Sergei Lukyanenko
By Blood We Live : This is Now - Michael Marshall Smith
By Blood We Live : Blood Gothic - Nancy Holder
By Blood We Live : Mama Gone - Jane Yolen
By Blood We Live : Abraham's Boys - Joe Hill
By Blood We Live : Nunc Dimittis - Tanith Lee
By Blood We Live : Hunger - Gabriela Lee
By Blood We Live : Ode to Edvard Munch - Caitlín R. Kiernan
By Blood We Live : Finders Keepers - L. A. Banks
By Blood We Live : After the Stone Age - Brian Stableford
By Blood We Live : Much at Stake - Kevin J. Anderson
By Blood We Live : House of the Rising Sun - Elizabeth Bear
By Blood We Live : A Standup Dame - Lilith Saintcrow
By Blood We Live : Twilight - Kelley Armstrong
By Blood We Live : In Darkness, Angels - Eric Van Lustbader
By Blood We Live : Sunrise on Running Water - Barbara Hambly
By Blood We Live : Hit - Bruce McAllister
By Blood We Live : Undead Again - Ken MacLeod
By Blood We Live : Peking Man - Robert J. Sawyer
By Blood We Live : Necros - Brian Lumley
By Blood We Live : Exsanguinations - Catherynne M. Valente
By Blood We Live : Lucy in Her Splendor - Charles Coleman Finlay
By Blood We Live : The Wide, Carnivorous Sky - John Langan
By Blood We Live : One for the Road - Stephen King

Prefer heartless little girls.

4 out of 5

Burning down the house as dead dad suggested a better move.

2.5 out of 5

Papal Christ feeding.

4 out of 5

Sad stories say so much, says the vamp.

4 out of 5

If a vamp's gonna get you, maybe any religion will do.

2.5 out of 5

Cold and scary.

3.5 out of 5

Vampire$ slayer scenario not alien to Judas.

4 out of 5

New vampire city seduction.

3.5 out of 5

Stuck by old style.

3 out of 5

Fictional disappearance.

2.5 out of 5

First colony suckers.

3 out of 5

Quincey not dead, Drac not dead, Lucy not dead. Blimey.

4 out of 5

Vampire anti-vampire gang.

4 out of 5

Think we'll stay away from the suckers.

3 out of 5

Undeath requires child offering.

3.5 out of 5

Vamp a bye baby.

3 out of 5

Finding some horror in dad's other job, and weapons.

3.5 out of 5

Vampire princess scares Snake.

3 out of 5

Band feeding.

4 out of 5

Old drinker meeting.

3.5 out of 5

Mob revenge good, but temporary.

4.5 out of 5

Ultra vampire Master diet.

3.5 out of 5

Lugosi and Tepes, temporal communication.

3.5 out of 5

Tenacious, Da Tribute.

3.5 out of 5

Private detective undead.

4 out of 5

Birthday lifetaking.

3.5 out of 5

Wing change.

4 out of 5

Titanic vampire hunt sunk.

3.5 out of 5

On a Mission From God. Of the killing vampire kind.

3.5 out of 5

Vampire generation ship.

4 out of 5

Stoneage vampires.

3 out of 5

Summer lovin' cut horribly short.

3.5 out of 5

Death is colourless. But stinky and rather academic.

3.5 out of 5

Voyeuristic adjustments.

3.5 out of 5

The Shadow Out Of Space Vampire.

4.5 out of 5

What sort of people go to 'Salem's Lot? Not smart ones, that is for sure.

4 out of 5


4.5 out of 5


A bit down for a Year's Best bunch, at 3.37. This new series does have an overview of various media and the horror contained therein - with a focus on prose. However, all written by Datlow by the looks, so rather more succinct than in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series version. Probably have sacrificed that for stories perhaps.

Best two are by leMoal and Edwards - one nasty, one rather whacky.

Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Cargo - E. Michael Lewis
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : If Angels Fight - Richard Bowes
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Clay Party - Steve Duffy
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Penguins of the Apocalypse - William Browning Spencer
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Esmeralda - Glen Hirshberg
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Hodag - Trent Hergenrader
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Very Low-Flying Aircraft - Nicholas Royle
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : When the Gentlemen Go By - Margaret Ronald
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Lagerstätte - Laird Barron
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Harry and the Monkey - Euan Harvey
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Dress Circle - Miranda Siemienowicz
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Rising River - Daniel Kaysen
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Loup-garou - R.B. Russell
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Girl in Pieces - Graham Edwards
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : It Washed Up - Joe R. Lansdale
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Goosle - Margo Lanagan
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : Beach Head - Daniel LeMoal
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Man From the Peak - Adam Golaski
Best Horror Of the Year 1 : The Narrows - Simon Bestwick

Evac body blow.

3.5 out of 5

Jumper boy.

3.5 out of 5

Gets much smaller, furry.

3 out of 5

Pooka drink.

3 out of 5

Junk piles.

3 out of 5

Whitey beast.

3.5 out of 5

Headless swooping.

3.5 out of 5

Hollow, blokey existence.

3 out of 5

Plane crash ghosts.

3.5 out of 5

Missing kid doolally.

3.5 out of 5

Rocky skirting.

3.5 out of 5

Ghost bear mad.

3.5 out of 5

Movie me.

3 out of 5

Golem help Athena serial fate.

4 out of 5

Harmonica blasted.

3 out of 5

Arsebanditry better than cannibalry.

3.5 out of 5

Up to the neck clubbing.

4 out of 5

Prudence snack story.

3.5 out of 5

Everything gone. Pray for Death.

3 out of 5


4 out of 5



Do not meddle in the affairs of crazy veterans, because they might not be.

Or, there are a variety of dodgy blokes to be found here. One that gets involved with more than one bookish scam - and claims he can see demons.

Whether he actually can or not is quite debatable, as this is not populated with a bunch of stable types.

One character, a professional with the skills to do so suggests he may be a functioning schizo - that is, all this demon junk may just be his craziness, too.
Do not meddle in the affairs of crazy veterans, because they might not be.

Or, there are a variety of dodgy blokes to be found here. One that gets involved with more than one bookish scam - and claims he can see demons.

Whether he actually can or not is quite debatable, as this is not populated with a bunch of stable types.

One character, a professional with the skills to do so suggests he may be a functioning schizo - that is, all this demon junk may just be his craziness, too.

Other than that, a lot of meandering from pub to pub with various women.

3 out of 5


Madness of Flowers is a different animal to Trial of Flowers. First is is considerably longer. The first book was closer to 120000 words. This volume clocks in at somewhere approaching 150000 words.

The book itself is broken down into four parts:

I: POLLINATION
II: GERMINATION
III: BLOSSOMING
IV: HARVEST

In the first novel, Trial of Flowers, Bijaz the Dwarf, Imago the lawyer and Jason the Factor were more in the situation of 'what thehell is going on and what do we do about it, if we can at all'?

At the outset of this novel, Bijaz wields the magic powers of minordivinity, Imago is the Lord Mayor, and 'Jason the Factor, the dead man of winter who was now in hiding'. He undergoes transformation. Something like Swamp Thing without all the moss if you like, but witha rather more Man-Thing taciturnity.

The first and second parts are of similar length, with the second the longer at around 60000 words. The last part is pretty much an epilogue, being extremely brief and probably pushes the whole vegetation naming metaphor thing a bit far, by content.

The experience of a follow-up to a novel that partly trades on its Weird is different. Generally speaking that setting, if similar, cannot in most cases have the same impact as the initial exposure. The strange or surreal aspect is lessened. Bears aside that is-the cover art character does indeed appear, somewhat unexpectedly. This, along with the enhanced competence and experience of the major characters and the more leisurely pace combine to make Madness of Flowers less
compelling than Trial Of Flowers.

Each section is broken into strands, following major characters.Bijaz and Imago again are major features. Another dwarf, Onesiphorous also features, being and agent of Imago, and undertakes a mission downriver on his behalf.

Conflict comes because there are those not happy with the way things are done now, and with Imago's rule as Lord Mayor. Jason's sister Kalliope, the Tokhari sand-mage also plays a major role. This time on the side of the faction that supports Imago.

Rebellion divides The City Imperishable, and divides it rather brutally, with targeted killings of those supporting Imago. The problem with dividing the City is that outside interests realise this causes weakness, and it gives them an opportunity if they decide the time is right to attack.

The plot turns on whether on not Onesiphorous' mission can succeed, cut off from any support from a beleagured Imago, and what Bijaz and Kalliope can add along with the wildcard of her transformed into something other brother Jason. Along with Imago's burgeoning relationship with the librarian Marelle produces, as there is still quite a bit of the weird and unknown lurking in, around and under corners of The City Imperishable. Who has the best information often will come out ahead in conflict.

Possibly this is some of the author's point. Even if you are in the middle of something outre, if you want to be in charge you still have to deal with the mundane knives-in-the-dark venality of your ambitious competitors.

3.5 out of 5


The old professor married professor has affair with fiery much younger student story. With associated academic office politics.

Well, not quite, because most of those are pretty dull compared to the one where the disowned son killed by an RPG in Afghanistan turns up again.

The majority of the novel is a recounting from the younger party point of view of what happened, as told to a visitor of somewhat authoresque proportions. From the hot affair, to the descent into horror.

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

House of Windows - John Langan

The old professor married professor has affair with fiery much younger student story. With associated academic office politics.

Well, not quite, because most of those are pretty dull compared to the one where the disowned son killed by an RPG in Afghanistan turns up again.

The majority of the novel is a recounting from the younger party point of view of what happened, as told to a visitor of somewhat authoresque proportions. From the hot affair, to the descent into horror.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, January 29, 2010

Analog 946 - Stanley Schmidt

Some ok stories, with Stone and Clements in the middle the pick, along with some interesting articles on twins, culture, and more.

ANALOG946 : NEPTUNE'S TREASURE - Richard A. Lovett
ANALOG946 : SHAME - Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn
ANALOG946 : ON RICKETY THISTLEWAITE - Michael F. Flynn
ANALOG946 : REJIGGERING THE THINGAMAJIG - Eric James Stone
ANALOG946 : A WAR OF STARS - David L. Clements
ANALOG946 : SIMPLE GIFTS - Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
ANALOG946 : THUS SPAKE THE ALIENS - H. G. Stratmann
ANALOG946 : THE POSSESSION OF PAAVO DESHIN - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Brittney AI dead alien space bicycle.

3 out of 5


Skeleton war kangaroo court.

3 out of 5


“You not come back Jenlushy.”

3 out of 5


Teleport stuffed live gun AI nanoswarm no-no.

3.5 out of 5


No, no they are trying to kill all of us, Gold Leader.

3.5 out of 5


Substitution of.

2 out of 5


Destroy the Earth, save the Earth. One of those.

3 out of 5


Disappeared ghost case.

3.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

The Possession of Paavo Deshin - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Disappeared ghost case.


3.5 out of 5

Thus Spake the Aliens - H. G. Strattman

Destroy the Earth, save the Earth. One of those.


3 out of 5

Simple Gifts - Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Substitution of.


2 out of 5

A War Of Stars - David L. Clements

No, no they are trying to kill all of us, Gold Leader.


3.5 out of 5

Rejiggering The Thingamajig - Eric James Stone

Teleport stuffed live gun AI nanoswarm no-no.


3 out of 5

On Rickety Thistlewhaite - Michael F. Flynn

“You not come back Jenlushy.”


3 out of 5

Shame - Mike Resnick and Lezsli Robyn

Skeleton war kangaroo court.


3 out of 5

Neptune's Treasure - Richard A. Lovett

Brittney AI dead alien space bicycle.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rotten Fruit - Nathan Long

Stripped sorceress and strung scofflaws.


3 out of 5

Nova War - Gary Gibson

Or, more importantly, how to stop one.

In a second book that is a bit better than the first, if again a little long, the major problem is that almost everybody wants to kill people and blow shit up.

The Shoal and their FTL capable antagonists want to blow up each other's star systems. The Bandati Hives wants to take each other out. They would also like one of the Magi ships to they can do big star boom, too. So would Lucas Corso's planet's delusional libertarian rump government.

Hugh Moss already has a ship that can blow up a star.

Seems the only person that doesn't want to rearrange any bits of local cosmology in a grand manner is Dakota Merrick. She is the one everyone wants, though, because she can communicate with the Magi ships and make them do stuff. Not that she hasn't killed plenty of people, however.

The whole torture and threats thing against her backfires in a big way when she learns that no, that wasn't the last Magi ship she got rid of - and it was actually kind of beaten up.

With people making with the big stellar fireworks display, Dakota wants to see what she can do to minimise the damage, and maybe just save the human race.

Again the sort of space opera we'd like to see more of.


3.5 out of 5 (call it almost 3.75)

The Good the Bad and the Uncanny - Simon R. Green

Another solid outing for John Taylor, with the usual mayhem and lack of the mundane.

Larry Oblivion wants John to find his brother Tommy (also a friend of John's), who went missing in the Lilith War.

There's also an elf lord caught in the middle of the usual skullduggery and shenanigans between the various branches of faerie.

Add in a crossdressing superheroine, some old adventurers, and a farewell tour for Walker.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Changing Land - Roger Zelazny

Considered next to the Dilvish stories, The Changing Land is very disappointing. Part of the problem is that Dilvish and Black are not in this particularly much, and they are the most interesting part about the earlier stories of course.

A bunch of wizards and skullduggery etc., that is nothing that you wouldn't get in a sub-par fantasy novel of the generic variety - and this is absolutely what this novel is. Poor.


2.5 out of 5

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Valnir's Bane - Nathan Long

This is your dirty dozen plot.

Go on a nasty mission for us you soldier boys in the brig, or else get hung.

So, being soldiers, they opt for branding and the secret mission. A motley crew of wastrels, pikemen, surgeons, bowmen, duellists, and others, all who had been arrested for some supposed crime or other. Some a lot guiltier than others.

Add one hardbitten veteran captain in charge, and a priestess who comes along, and it is even more suspicous.

Mystic artifacts to be found, betrayals to be uncovered, structures to be demolished, and barbarians to be fought.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Major Fantasy Anthologies: A Briefer History

Updated 19 Jan 2010


For fantasy in general, the short story has been less of a focus than science fiction, it would appear. I certainly also have less of it in my collection, or in my head. However, such a form has been around a lot longer, with more practitioners. Monster and ghost stories galore for centuries, for example, not to mention the various mythological tales from all around the world.

This list is fantasy in the 'Fantasy and Horror' sense, to be clear at the start. These overlap quite a bit, as can be seen in various publications, including some of the references. You will, of course, find some fantasy (or horror) in a lot of science fiction publications. You can find the Science Fiction version of this at :- Major Science Fiction Anthologies - A Brief History

So I thought I'd have a go at listing some works that I know about, and others found with some browsing and in some reference material. Of more particular interest is more modern publication, even if not more modern work, that is likely to be more available to actually acquire.

I certainly wasn't around in the 20s, 30s and 40s to acquire or read the older volumes, and as such, I am much more likely not to know about books from that time. I also don't have as much interest in your garden variety ghost story, either. Part of the point of writing this is for people to point out additions or corrections, though. A Super Editor or eidetic memoried bibliographer I am not. This was also partly to find out what is out that there I didn't know about.

Where I have actually read and rated them, I will put a link after the volume that goes to that for anyone who cares. The editors of the volumes are listed at the end of the article and linked to their isfdb or other entry if there is one, for those who would like to check out the contents of the volumes. You can also look them up in the various Contento indexes.

One glaring omission is the lack of any list of anthologies in the paranormal romance sub-genre (barring Elrod's Supernatural Wedding book). I have not looked, but I have certainly seem some, novella collections at least. If there are any series of such, or best ofs and anyone knows, please tell me and I will list them.



NINETEENTH CENTURY AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY


You will find a lot of older work here, including Lovecraft and Howard :
Project Gutenberg Australia SF Project
ProjectGutenberg
If you are after Clark Ashton Smith, there is pretty much everything at : The Eldritch Dark


Some dead tree anthologies of this type that I have found while browsing :

Famous Ghost Stories - J. Walker McSpadden (1918)

The Haunters and the Haunted: Ghost Stories and Tales of the Supernatural -Ernest Rhys (1921)

Not at Night 1-4 - Christine Campbell Thomson (1925-1962)
You'll Need a Nightlight - Christine Campbell Thomson (1927)
By Daylight Only - Christine Campbell Thomson (1929)
Switch on the Light - Christine Campbell Thomson (1931)
At Dead of Night - Christine Campbell Thomson (1931)
Grim Death - Christine Campbell Thomson (1932)
Keep on the Light - Christine Campbell Thomson (1932)
Terror by Night - Christine Campbell Thomson (1934)
Nightmare By Daylight - Christine Campbell Thomson (1936)

The Ghost Story Omnibus - Joseph Lewis French (1926)

Shudders - Cynthia Asquith (1929)
A Century of Creepy Stories - Cynthia Asquith (1936)
A Book of Modern Ghosts - Cynthia Asquith (1953)
The Third Ghost Book - Cynthia Asquith (1970)


Beware After Dark!: The Worlds Most Stupendous Tales of Mystery, Horror, Thrills and Terror - T. Everett Harre (1929)

A Second Century of Creepy Stories - Hugh Walpole (1930)

The Supernatural Omnibus - Montague Summers (1931)

Creeps by Night [Modern Tales of Horror] - Dashiell Hammett (1931)

Strange Assembly - John Gawsworth (1932)
New Tales of Horror - John Gawsworth (1932)

A Century Of Horror - Dennis Wheatley (1935)

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural - Herbert Wise and Phyllis M. Fraser (1944)

Six Novels of the Supernatural - Edward Wagenknecht (1944)

They Walk Again - Colin De La Mare (1946)

Tales of the Undead - Elinor Blaisdell (1947)

Boris Karloff's Favorite Horror Stories [The Boris Karloff Horror Anthology] - Boris Karloff (1965)

Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror - Robert Donald Spector (1963)

The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural - Ray Russell (1967)

Five Victorian Ghost Novels - E. F Bleiler (1971)
A Treasury of Victorian Ghost Stories - E. Fl Bleiler (1981)

Gaslight Tales of Terror - R. Chetwynd Hayes (1976)

The Taste of Fear - Hugh Lamb (1976)

The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories - Richard Dalby (1988)
The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories - Richard Dalby (1995)

Tales Before Tolkien - Douglas A. Anderson (2003)


THE MODERN ERA

I will call this time period up until around the end of the 1980s, as it would appear that is when horror crashed and fantasy started booming.


There are and wore more major (or majority) science fiction magazines than fantasy magazines, but some like Weird Tales, Unknown and the 50-50ish Fantasy and Science Fiction did of course exist, with others that do publish fantasy.

The editor that has put the most work into writing about the magazines in this era here is Mike Ashley, and he has updated this work recently

The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 1 1926-1935 - Mike Ashley (1974)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 2 1936-1945 - Mike Ashley (1975)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 3 1946-1955 - Mike Ashley (1976)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 4 1956-1965 - Mike Ashley (1978)

These books are history, analysis, anthologies of stories and bibliographies.

The updated volumes begin with :

Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950 - Mike Ashley (2001)

and are still continuing.

Who Knocks? - August Derleth (1946)
The Night Side - August Derleth (1947)
The Sleeping and the Dead - August Derleth (1947)

The Mandrake Root: An Anthology of Fantastic Tales - Kay Dick (1946)


Science Fiction editors Conklin and Wollheim put together some early examples, before some actual anthology series took off.

In the Grip Of Terror - Groff Conklin (1951)
The Supernatural Reader - Groff Conklin and Lucy Conklin (1953)

Terror In the Modern Vein - Donald A. Wollheim (1955)
The Macabre Reader - Donald A. Wollheim(1959)
More Terror in the Modern Vein - Donald A. Wollheim(1961)
More Macabre - Donald A. Wollheim(1961)

Pan Books of Horror Stories 1-3 - Herbert Van Thal (1960-1966)
Famous Tales of the Fantastic - Herbert Van Thal (1965)

Best Fantasy Stories - Brian Aldiss (1962)

Best Tales of Terror 1-2 - Edmund Crispin (1962-1965)

The Tandem Book of Ghost Stories - Charles Birkin (1965)
The Tandem Book of Horror Stories - Charles Birkin (1965)

Medley Macabre - Bryan A. Netherwood (1966)
Uncanny - Bryan A. Netherwood (1974)

Horror Times Ten - Alden H. Norton (1967)
Masters of Horror - Alden H. Norton (1968)
Horrors In Hiding - Sam Moskowitz and Alden H. Norton (1973)

Hauntings, Tales of the Supernatural - Henry Mazzeo (1968)

The Coming (again) of Conan thanks to L. Sprague de Camp, and other Sword and Sorcery and adult fantasy promoters, such as Lin Carter was very important for fantasy to start on its road to stardom.

The Young Magicians - Lin Carter (1969)
The Magic of Atlantis - Lin Carter (1970)
New Worlds for Old - Lin Carter (1971)
Discoveries in Fantasy - Lin Carter (1972)
Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy I - Lin Carter (1972)
Great Short Novels of Adult Fantasy II - Lin Carter (1973)
Realms of Wizardry - Lin Carter (1976)

Splinters - Alex Hamilton (1969)

Horrors Unknown - Sam Moskowitz (1971)
This includes an all-star round-robin story by Moore, Merritt, Lovecraft, Howard and Long it seems.

The Golden Road - Damon Knight (1973)

Fiends and Creatures - Marvin Kaye (1975)
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New - Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye (1981)


Moving into the Stephen King era, and then Clive Barker, making anthology appearances.

Night Chills - Kirby McCauley (1975)
Beyond Midnight - Kirby McCauley (1976)
Frights - Kirby McCauley (1976)
Frights 1 - Kirby McCauley (1979)
Dark Forces - Kirby McCauley (1980)

Nameless Places - Gerald W. Page (1975)

Superhorror - Ramsey Campbell (1976)

Gahan Wilson's Favorite Tales of Horror - Gahan Wilson (1976)
First World Fantasy Awards - Gahan Wilson (1977)

A Book Of Contemporary Nightmares - Giles Gordon (1977)

The Fantastic Imagination - Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski (1977)
Dark Imaginings - Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski (1978)
Fantastic Imagination II - Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski (1986)

Nightmares - Charles L. Grant (1979)
Horrors - Charles L. Grant (1981)
Tales from the Nightside - Charles L. Grant (1981)
Terrors - Charles L. Grant (1982)
The Dodd Mead Gallery of Horror [Gallery of Horror] - Charles L. Grant (1983)
Fears - Charles L. Grant (1983)
Midnight - Charles L. Grant (1985)
After Midnight - Charles L. Grant (1986)

Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories - Eric S. Rabkin (1979)

Basilisk - Ellen Kushner (1980)

The World Fantasy Awards Volume Two - Fritz Leiber and Stuart David Schiff (1980)

The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural - Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg and Barry N. Malzberg (1980)
The Arbor House Necropolis - Bill Pronzini (1981)

Modern Masters of Horror - Frank Coffey (1981)


The combination of Carr and Greenberg and Carr and Silverberg have put together a couple of excellent retrospectives, that have been republished more recently, when a second title is given.

A Treasury of Modern Fantasy [Masters Of Fantasy] - Martin H. Greenberg and Terry Carr Martin H. Greenberg (1981)
Masters of Fantasy - Martin H. Greenberg and Terry Carr Martin H. Greenberg (1981)
The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural - Martin H. Greenberg and Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg (1981)
The Fantasy Hall of Fame [The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats] - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg (1983)
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg (1983)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories - Terry Carr and Martin H. Greenberg (1984)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories - Martin H. Greenberg and Terry Carr and Isaac Asimov (1987)

A Treasury of Fantasy [The Mammoth Book Of Classic Fantasy] - Cary Wilkins (1981)

Cutting Edge - Dennis Etchison (1986)


Year's Best Series

The first of the fantasy Year's Best series, with Carter displaying more of a like for adventure than the more mundane variety of fantasy the modern Year's Best editors favor, in general.

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 1-14 - Lin Carter [1-6] and Arthur W. Saha [7-12] (1975-1988)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12 - Arthur W. Saha (1986)

Science Fiction Super Editor Carr's series has a different names, the Year's Finest Fantasy for the first two, and then the name below for the final volumes.

Fantasy Annual 1-5 - Terry Carr (1978-1982)
The Year's Finest Fantasy 1 - Terry Carr (1978)
The Year's Finest Fantasy 2 - Terry Carr (1979)
Fantasy Annual IV - Terry Carr (1981)


Other Series

Anthology series became a lot more column, and the shared world anthology arrived in a big way with Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey's Thieves' World, which is still going.


The Avon Fantasy Reader 1-6 - Donald A. Wollheim (1947-1952)

19 Tales of Terror - Whit Burnett and Hallie Burnett (1956)

The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories 1-8 - Robert Aickman (1964-1972)

Fontana Horror 1-2 - Christine Barnard (1966-1967)

New Worlds of Fantasy 1-3 - Terry Carr (1967-1971)

The Year's Best Horror Stories 1-22 - Karl Edward Wagner [8-22] and Richard Davis [1-3] and Gerald W. Page [4-7] (1971-1992)

Mayflower Books of Black Magic Stories 1-6 - Michel Parry (1974-1977)
From the Archives of Evil 1-2 - Michel Parry and Christopher Lee (1976)

The Armada Monster Book 1-6 - R. Chetwynd-Hayes (1975-1980)
The Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Stories - R. Chetwynd-Hayes (1972-1984)

Whispers 1-6 - Stuart Schiff (1977-1987)
The Best of Whispers - Stuart Schiff (1995)

Shadows 1-10 - Charles L. Grant (1978-1987)
The Best of Shadows - Charles L. Grant (1988)
Final Shadows - Charles L. Grant (1991)

Thieves World - Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey (1979, ongoing)
Thieves' World - Robert Lynn Asprin
Tales From the Vulgar Unicorn - Robert Lynn Asprin
Shadows of Sanctuary - Robert Lynn Asprin

New Terrors 1-2 - Ramsey Campbell (1980)
New Terrors (selection from above 2 books) - Ramsey Campbell (1982)

Weird Tales 1-4 - Lin Carter (1980-1983)

Elsewhere 1-3 - Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold (1981-1984)

Night Visions 1-11 - Alan Ryan and Charles L. Grant and George R. R. Martin and Anonymous and Stanley Wiater and Richard Chizmar and Bill Sheehan (1984-2004)

Masters of Darkness 1-3 - Dennis Etchison (1986-1991)


THE NEW ERA

The Hartwell massive tome pops up here, too, so a good place to start, I think, after the end of the many bad books with black covers with skulls on them era. Another Hartwell renaissance if you like, as far as availability of books goes.

The Dark Descent - David G. Hartwell (1987)
also split up as these volumes
The Dark Descent 1 The Colour of Evil - David G. Hartwell (1990)
The Dark Descent 2 The Medusa in the Shield - David G. Hartwell (1990)
The Dark Descent 3 A Fabulous Formless Darkness - David G. Hartwell (1992)
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment - David G. Hartwell (1988)
Foundations of Fear - David G. Hartwell (1992)
also split up as
Foundations of Fear 1 - David G. Hartwell Shadows of Fear (1994)
Foundations of Fear 2 - David G. Hartwell Worlds of Fear (1994)
Foundations of Fear 3 - David G. Hartwell Visions of Fear (1994)
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder - David G. Hartwell (1994)

The Architecture of Fear - Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz (1987)
The Walls of Fear - Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz (1990)

The Weirds - Sheldon Jaffrey (1987)

The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels - Mike Ashley (1988)

Prime Evil - Douglas Winter (1988)
Dark Visions - Douglas Winter (1988)

The Book of Fantasy - Jorge Luis Borges (1989)

Book of the Dead - John Skipp and Craig Spector (1989)
Still Dead - John Skipp and Craig Spector (1989)

Horrorstory: Volume 4 - Karl Edward Wagner (1990)

The Horror Hall of Fame - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg (1991)
Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves - Alan Dean Foster and Martin H. Greenberg (1991)
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1997)
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories: Get Your Daily Dose of Terror - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1998)
My Favorite Fantasy Story - Martin H. Greenberg (2000)
My Favorite Horror Story - Martin H. Greenberg (2000)

Under the Fang - Robert McCammon (1991)

Visions & Imaginings: Classic Fantasy Fiction - Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski (1992)

MetaHorror - Dennis Etchsion (1992)
The Museum of Horrors - Dennis Etchsion (2001)
Gathering the Bones - Jack Dann and Ramsey Campbell and Dennis Etchison (2003)


H. P. Lovecraft's Book Of Horror - Stephen Jones and David Carson (1994)
The Giant Book of Fantasy and the Supernatural - Stephen Jones and David Sutton (1994)
The Anthology of Fantasy & the Supernatural - Stephen Jones and David Sutton (1994
Dark of the Night - Stephen Jones (1998)
Dancing with the Dark - Stephen Jones (1998)
White Of the Moon - Stephen Jones (1999)
Keep out the Night - Stephen Jones (2002)

Freakshow - F. Paul Wilson (1992)

Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown - Marvin Kaye (1993)

100 Hair Raising Little Horror Stories - Al Sarrantonio (1993)
999: New Tales of Horror and Suspense - Al Sarrantonio (1999)

The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories - Tom Shippey (1994)

New Masterpieces of Horror - John Gregory Betancourt (1996)
also split up as
Horrorscape 1: New Masterpieces of Horror - John Gregory Betancourt (2005)
Horrorscape 2: New Masterpieces of Horror - John Gregory Betancourt (2005)

Modern Classics of Fantasy - Gardner Dozois (1997)

Treasures of Fantasy - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (1997)

The Wizards of Odd - Peter Haining (1997)

Legends - Robert Silverberg (1998)
also split as
Legends 1 - Robert Silverberg (1999)
Legends 2 - Robert Silverberg (1999)
Legends 3 - Robert Silverberg (2000)
Legends II - Robert Silverberg (2003)
also split as
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King - Robert Silverberg (2004)
Legends II: Shadows, Gods, and Demons - Robert Silverberg (2004)
The Fantasy Hall of Fame sfwa - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1998)

The Mammoth Book of Fantasy - Mike Ashley (2001)
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales - Mike Ashley (2004)
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy - Mike Ashley (2008)

Familiar and Haunting - Philippa Pearce (2002)

The Ultimate Undead - Byron Preiss and John Gregory Betancourt (2006)

Best New Fantasy - Sean Wallace (2006)

The Coyote Road - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (2007)
Inferno - Ellen Datlow (2008)

Movement Anthologies

Splatterpunks 1-2 - Paul Sammon (1990-1996)

The New Weird - Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer (2008)


Year's Best Series

Two major ongoing series that still continue. The Best New Horror Series is now called the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.

The Datlow and Windling, then Link and Grant series is sort of two books, with Datlow doing the horror, and the others the fantasy, indicating who chose which, but it is not 'all horror first' then the fantasy stories next.

Best New Horror - Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell (1-5) (1990, ongoing)

Best New Horror 01 - Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell (1990)
Best New Horror 02 - Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell (1991)
Best New Horror 05 - Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell (1994)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 06 - Stephen Jones (1995)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 07 - Stephen Jones (1996)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 09 - Stephen Jones (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 10 - Stephen Jones (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 - Stephen Jones (2000)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 - Stephen Jones (2003)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17 - Stephen Jones (2006)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 16 - Stephen Jones (2007)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 - Stephen Jones (2007)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19 - Stephen Jones (2008)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20 - Stephen Jones (2009)

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (1-16) and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (17-20)

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 01st Annual Collection - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 18th Annual Collection - Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 19th Annual Collection - Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 20th Annual Collection - Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 21st Annual Collection - Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin Grant

Starting in 2009

The Best Horror of the Year 1 - Ellen Datlow


David Hartwell started a science fiction year's best series, so I suppose someone suggested fantasy, too, and with that comes a similar proliferation of Year's Best Series, with Haber and Silverberg, Haber and Strahan, Horton, and Betancourt and Wallace all producing volumes.

The Year's Best Fantasy - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2001, Ongoing)

The Year's Best Fantasy 1 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2001)
The Year's Best Fantasy 2 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2002)
The Year's Best Fantasy 3 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2003)
The Year's Best Fantasy 4 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2003)
The Year's Best Fantasy 5 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2005)
The Year's Best Fantasy 6 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2006)
The Year's Best Fantasy 7 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2007)
The Year's Best Fantasy 8 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2008)

Fantasy the Best Of 1-3 - Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg and Jonathan Strahan (2001-2004)
Fantasy the Best of the Year 2001 - Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber (2001)
Fantasy the Best of 2004 - Jonathan Strahan and Karen Haber (2004)
Fantasy the Very Best of 2005 - Jonathan Strahan (2006)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 1 - Jonathan Strahan (2007)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 2 - Jonathan Strahan (2008)

Horror the Best of the Year - John Gregory Betancourt and Sean Wallace (2006, ongoing)
Horror the Best of the Year - John Gregory Betancourt and Sean Wallace (2006)


Fantasy the Best of the Year - Rich Horton (2006, ongoing)
Fantasy the Best of the Year 2006 - Rich Horton (2006)
Fantasy the Best of the Year 2007 - Rich Horton (2007)


Other Series

More Year's Best series, not so many of the ordinary anthology series, it would appear, although a couple of new books by Mann and Datlow may say this develop, at least for fantasy, anyway.

Masques 1-5 - J. N. Williamson and Gary Braunbeck [5] (1984-2006)
Braunbeck
Best of Masques - J. N. Williamson (1988)
Dark Masques - J. N. Williamson(2001)
Darker Masques - J. N. Williamson(2002)

Borderlands 1-5 - Thomas F. Monteleone and Elizabeth E. MOnteleone [4-5] (1990-2003)

Dark Voices 1-6 - Stephen Jones and David Sutton (1991-1994)
Dark Voices II - Stephen Jones and David Sutton

Dark Terrors 1-6 - Stephen Jones and David Sutton (1995-2002)
Dark Terrors 4 - Stephen Jones and David Sutton

Extreme Visions 1-3 - Al Sarrantonio (2001-2006)
Redshift - Al Sarrantonio (2001)
Flights 1 - Al Sarrantonio (2004)
Flights 2 - Al Sarrantonio (2006)

Eclipse - Jonathan Strahan (2007, ongoing)
Eclipse 1 - Jonathan Strahan (2007)
Eclipse 2 - Jonathan Strahan (2008)
The Solaris Book Of New Fantasy - George Mann (2007, ongoing)

The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Ellen Datlow (2008)


APPENDICES

I am not saying these are major anthologies as such (and maybe not even good), although some may be These are just some I have come across, or examples I have read and included. This is also to point out the wide range of good stuff that can be seen.

Also for people that like particular monsters, or Cthulhu, or faeries, or dragons, there are some examples. Have a particular interest in sword and sorcery and ghost busting 'dark detectives' to use Stephen Jones' rather nice title, for example. Also Australian fiction, and there are likely geographical examples of ghost story anthologies from many, many places.


1. SUBSET ANTHOLOGIES

Examples of books that are restricted by geography, or by sex.

Cornish Tales of Terror - R. Chetwynd Hayes (1970)
Scottish Tales of Terror - R. Chetwynd Hayes (1972)
Welsh Tales of Terror - R. Chetwynd Hayes (1973)
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories - Alberto Manguel (1984)
Modern Ghost Stories by Eminent Women Writers - Richard Dalby (1992)
Terror Australis - Leigh Blackmore (1993)
The Screaming Skull and Other Great American Ghost Stories - David G. Hartwell(1994)
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy By Women - A. Susan Williams and Richard Glyn Jones (1995)
Bonescribes: Year's Best Australian Horror: 1995 - Robert Hood and Bill Congreve (1996)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy - Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne (1996-1997)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy - Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne (2006)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 2 - Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne (2007)
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy - Peter Haining (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women - Stephen Jones (2001)
The American Fantasy Tradition - Brian M. Thomsen (2002)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1-3 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2005,ongoing)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy One - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2006)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 2 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2007)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 3 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2008)
The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction - Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver
Best American Fantasy - Jeff VanderMeer (2007)
Great American Ghost Stories: Chilling Tales by Poe, Bierce, Hawthorne and Others - Mike Ashley (2008)

2. THEME ANTHOLOGIES

Books that focus on a particular subject, or type of fantasy.

Sword and Sorcery

The Ghoul Keepers - Leo Margulies (1961)
Swords & Sorcery - L. Sprague De Camp (1963)
The Spell of Seven - L. Sprague de Camp (1965)
Realms Of Wizardry - Lin Carter (1976)
The Fantastic Swordsmen - L. Sprague de Camp (1967
The Young Magicians - Lin Carter (1969)
The Mighty Barbarians - Hans Stefan Santesson (1969)
The Mighty Swordsmen - Hans Stefan Santesson (1970)
Warlocks and Warriors - L. Sprague De Camp (1970)
New Worlds For Old - Lin Carter (1971)
Swordsmen and Supermen - Donald M. Grant (1972)
Flashing Swords 1-5 - Lin Carter (1973-1977)
Flashing Swords 1 - Lin Carter
Flashing Swords 2 - Lin Carter
Flashing Swords! 3 Warriors and Wizards - Lin Carter
Flashing Swords 4 - Lin Carter
Flashing Swords 5 - Lin Carter

Realms Of Wizardy - Lin Carter (1976))
Swords Against Darkness 1-5 - Andrew J. Offutt (1977-1979)
Swords Against Darkness 1 - Andrew J. Offutt
Swords Against Darkness 2 - Andrew J. Offutt
Swords Against Darkness 3 - Andrew J. Offutt
Swords Against Darkness 4 - Andrew J. Offutt
Swords Against Darkness 5 - Andrew J. Offutt

Savage Heroes - Donald A. Wollheim (1977)
Heroic Fantasy - Gerald W. Page and Hank Reinhardt (1979)
Amazons 1-2 - Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1979-1982)
Amazons! - Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Amazons 2 - Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Heroic Visions 1-2 - Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1983-1986)
Heroic Visions 1 - Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Heroic Visions 2 - Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Sword and Sorceress - Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxon [21-22] and Elisabeth Waters [23]] (1984, ongoing)
Barbarians 1-2 - Robert Adams and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh and Pamela Crippen Adams (1985-1988)
Barbarians - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Adams and Charles G. Waugh
Barbarians II - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Adams and Pamela Crippen Adams

Echoes of Valor (1-3) - Karl Edward Wagner (1991-1993)
Echoes Of Valor - Karl Edward Wagner
Echoes Of Valor II - Karl Edward Wagner
Echoes Of Valor III - Karl Edward Wagner


Chicks In Chainmail 1-5 - Esther M. Friesner (1995-2004)

Ghost Busters
Supernatural Sleuths - Peter Haining (1986)
The Supernatural Solution - Michel Parry (1976)
Ghostbreakers - Michel Parry (1985)
Supernatural Sleuths - Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg (1996)
Dark Detectives - Stephen Jones (1999)
Vampire Slayers: Stories of Those Who Dare to Take Back the Night - Martin H. Greenberg and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (2003)
Ghost Hunters and Psychic Detectives - Jean Marie Stine

Cthulhu Mythos
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos - August Derleth (1969)
The Spawn of Cthulhu - Lin Carter (1971)
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Volume 1 - August Derleth (1971)
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Volume 2 - August Derleth (1971)
New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos - Ramsey Campbell (1980)
Shadows Over Innsmouth - Stephen Jones (2001)
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth - Stephen Jones (2005)
H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos: A Weird Tales Retrospective - John Gregory Betancourt and Robert Weinberg (2007)

Arthurian
The Pendragon Chronicles - Mike Ashley (1990)
The Camelot Chronicles - Mike Ashley (1992)
The Giant Book Of Arthurian Tales - Mike Ashley (1992)
The Merlin Chronicles - Mike Ashley (1995)
The Chronicles of the Holy Grail [Quest for the Holy Grail] - Mike Ashley (1996)
The Chronicles of the Round Table [Tales of the Round Table] - Mike Ashley (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends - Mike Ashley (1998)
The Mammoth Book of King Arthur - Mike Ashley (2005)

Fairy Tales
Faery! - Terri Windling (1984)
Faery - Terri Windling (1985)
Fairy Tale Anthologies (1-6) - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (1993-2000)
Snow White Blood Red - Ellen Datlow (1993)
Black Thorn White Rose - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (1994)
The Faery Reel - Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (2004)
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales - Alison Lurie (1994)
The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales - Mike Ashley (1997)
The Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales - Jack Zipes (1995)
The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors (1995)
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (1998) with Ellen Datlow
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (2000) with Ellen Datlow
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (2001)
The Green Man: Tales of the Mythic Forest (2002) with Ellen Datlow
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (2004) with Ellen Datlow
Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold (2005) with Ellen Datlow
Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy (2006) with Ellen Datlow
The Coyote Road (2007) with Ellen Datlow

Dragons
The Ultimate Dragon - Byron Preiss and John Gregory Betancourt and Keith R. A. DeCandido (1995)
The Dragon Quintet - Marvin Kaye
Dragons of Light/Darkness 1-2 - Orson Scott Card (1980-1981)

Vampires
Vampire - Peter Haining (1985)
Blood Is Not Enough - Ellen Datlow (1988)
The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories - Alan Ryan (1988)
A Whisper Of Blood - Ellen Datlow (1991)
Vampire Stories - Richard Dalby (1992)
The Mammoth Book of Vampires - Stephen Jones (1994)
The Giant Book Of Vampires
The Vampire Sextette - Marvin Kaye
By Blood We Live - John Joseph Adams (2009)

100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1995)
The Vampire Omnibus - Peter Haining (1995)
Vampire Sexette - Marvin Kaye (2002)
Classic Vampire Stories - Leslie Shepard (1995)
Vampires the Great Stories - Martin H. Greenberg (1991)

Dracula
The Ultimate Dracula - Byron Preiss and David Keller and Megan Miller (1991)
The Mammoth Book of Dracula - Stephen Jones (1997)

Frankenstein
The Ultimate Frankenstein - Byron Preiss and Megan Miller and David Keller and John Betancourt (1991)
The Frankenstein Omnibus - Peter Haining (1994)
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein - Stephen Jones (1994)

Werewolves
Book of the Werewolf - Brian J. Frost (1973)
Werewolf! - Bill Pronzini (1979)
Werewolf Horror Stories of the Man-Beast - Peter Haining (1987)
The Ultimate Werewolf - Byron Preiss and John Gregory Betancourt and Megan Miller and David Keller (1991)
The Mammoth Book of Werewolves - Stephen Jones (1994)

Mummies
The Mummy Walks Among Us - Vic Ghidalia (1971)
Mummy! - Bill Pronzini (1980)
The Mummy Stories Of the Living Corpse - Peter Haining (1988)
Mummy Stories - Martin H. Greenberg (1990)
The Face of Tutankhamun - Christopher Frayling (1992)

Zombies
Zombie - Peter Haining (1985)
The Mammoth Book of Zombies - Stephen Jones (1993)
The Ultimate Zombie - Byron Preiss and John Gregory Betancourt (1993)
The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams (2008)

Ghosts
Specter! - Bill Pronzini (1982)
Christmas Ghosts - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (1987)
Ghost Stories - Robert Westall (1988)
Spirits of Christmas - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (1989)
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories - Richard Dalby (1990)
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 - Richard Dalby (1991)
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century: Volume 2 - Richard Dalby (1991)
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1993)
Western Ghosts - Frank D. McSherry and Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg (1990)
Eastern Ghosts (1990) - Frank D. McSherry and Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg (1990)
Civil War Ghosts - Frank D. McSherry and Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg (1991)
The Anthology of Ghost Stories - Richard Dalby (1994)
Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House (1996) with Nancy A. Collins
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories - Peter Haining (1998)
Great Ghost Stories - Stephen Jones and R. Chetwynd-Hayes (2004)
More Great Ghost Stories - Stephen Jones and R. Chetwynd-Hayes (2006)
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories - Peter Haining (2007)
Spinetinglers: Ghoulish Ghost Stories - Robert Westall (2007)


Witches
Tales of Witchcraft - Richard Dalby (1992)
The Ultimate Witch - Byron Preiss and John Gregory Betancourt (1993)
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories (1995) with Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg

Paranormal Romance
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - P. N. Elrod (2006)
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon - P. N. Elrod (2007)

Erotic
Hot Blood - Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett and Lonn Friend [1] (ongoing,1989)
Hot Blood - Jeff Gelb (1989)
Stranger By Night - Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett (1995)
Little Deaths - Ellen Datlow (1994)
Love In Vein 1-2 - Poppy Z. Brite and Martin H. Greenberg (1994-1997)
Forbidden Acts - Nancy A. Collins and Martin H. Greenberg and Edward E. Kramer (1995)
Dark Love - Nancy A. Collins and Martin H. Greenberg and Edward E. Kramer (1995)

Paranormal Romance
Hotter Than Hell - Kim Harrison

Miscellaneous
Voodoo! - Bill Pronzini (1980)
Mad Scientists - Stuart Schiff (1980)
Creature! - Bill Pronzini (1981)
The Exclamatory Series (Unicorns! to Angels!) - Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (1982-1995) Note that some of this series is science fiction.
Greystone Bay 1-4 - Charles L. Grant (1985-1994)
Borderland/Bordertown 1-3 - Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold (1986-1991)
The Essential Bordertown - Terri Windling and Delia Sherman (1998)
What Did Miss Darrington See? (1989)
Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1983-1984)
The New Gothic - Bradford Morrow and Patrick McGrath (1990)
Isaac Asimov's Magic Worlds of Fantasy 1-12 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. (1983-1991)
Fantastic! Series - Martin H. Greenberg and various others (1991-2002)
World Fantasy 1-2 - Martin H. Greenberg and various others (1992-1994)
Phobias 1-2 - Martin H. Greenberg and various others (1994-1995)
Magical Realist Fiction - Keith Hollaman and David Young (1984)
The Mammoth Book of Terror - Stephen Jones (1991)
The Mammoth Book Of New Terror - Stephen Jones (2004)
The Mammoth Book of Monsters - Stephen Jones (2007)
Horror For Christmas - Richard Dalby (1992)
American Gothic Tales - Joyce Carol Oates (1996)
The Horns of Elfland - Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman and Donald G. Keller (1997)
Robert Bloch's Psychos - Robert Bloch (1997)
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1998)
Horror at Halloween - Stephen Jones (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories - Peter Haining (2000)
My Favorite Horror Story - Martin H. Greenberg and Mike Baker (2000)
Cities - Peter Crowther (2002)
Daikaiju 1-3 - Robert Hood (2006-2008)
Summer Chills - Stephen Jones (2007)


DAW Publishes a monthly anthology with a different theme, some of which are fantasy, for example :-
The Secret History Of Vampires - Martin H. Greenberg and Darrell Schweitzer (2007)


3. MAGAZINE ANTHOLOGIES

Books that have stories culled from the pages of a particular periodical that no longer exists.

Examples from Defunct Magazines

Unknown
Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Fantastic Universe
Fantasy Tales
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine

The Fantastic Universe Omnibus - Hans Stefan Santesson (1960)
The Unknown - D. R. Bensen (1963)
The Unknown 5 - D. R. Bensen (1964)
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine - Marion Zimmer Bradley (1994)
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. II - Marion Zimmer Bradley and Elisabeth Waters (1995)
Famous Fantastic Mysteries - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1991)
The Giant Book Of Fantasy Tales - Stephen Jones and Richard Sutton
The Best Horror From Fantasy Tales - Stephen Jones and Richard Sutton


Veteran

Books that have stories culled from the pages of a particular periodical that has been around a long time.


Fantasy and Science Fiction
Weird Tales
Asimov's

Large numbers of anthologies have been taken from these magazines over the years, for example, there are many from FSF and Asimov's alone.

The Best Fantasy Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Edward L. Ferman (1985)
The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - Edward L. Ferman and Anne Jordan (1988)
The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. I - Edward L. Ferman and Anne Jordan (1989)
The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume II - Edward L. Ferman and Anne Jordan (1990)
In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - Gordon Van Gelder (2004)
Weird Tales - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1988)
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors - Martin H. Greenberg and Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg (1988)
The Best of Weird Tales - John Gregory Betancourt (1995)
Weird Tales: The Magazine that Never Dies - Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye (1996)
Weird Tales - Marvin Kaye (1996)
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts - Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams (1995)
Isaac Asimov's Vampires - Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams 1996)
Isaac Asimov's Camelot - Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams (1998)




New

A couple of new magazines, that are definitely feature a majority of science fiction work - around two thirds in this case.

Black Gate
Black Static
Cemetery Dance
Clarkesworld
Fantasy
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Realms Of Fantasy


The Best of Cemetery Dance - Richard Chizmar (1998)
The Best of Cemetery Dance 1 - Richard Chizmar (2000)
The Best of Cemetery Dance 2 - Richard Chizmar (2001)
Cemetery Dance: A Fifteen Year Celebration - Richard Chizmar (2008)

The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet - Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (2007)
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine - Sean Wallace and Nick Mamatas (2007)


4. MINOR ANTHOLOGIES SERIES

New Writings in Horror and the Supernatural 1-2 - David Sutton (1971-1972)

Tales by Moonlight 1-2 (1984-1989)

Other Edens 1-3 - Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock (1987-1989)

Echoes Of Valor 1-3 - Karl Edward Wagner (1987-1991)

Darklands - Nicholas Royle (1991)
Darklands 2 - Nicholas Royle (1992)

Xanadu 1-3 - Jane Yolen (1993-1995)
Pulphouse 3-5,7,9 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1989-1991)

Narrow Houses 1-3 - Peter Crowther (1992-1994)

The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy 1-5 - Mike Ashley (1998-2005)

Fantasy Annual 3-4 - Sean Wallace (1999-2000)

Fantasy Adventures 1-10 - Philip Harbottle (2002-2005)





5. EDITOR LIST

Isfdb links to the various editors mentioned, so you can look up their work and the contents of the volumes if you like. Isfdb will often have wikipedia links to them, as well.

Lynn Abbey
Robert Aickman
Brian Aldiss
Mark Alan Arnold
Mike Ashley
Robert Lynn Asprin
Cynthia Asquit
Isaac Asimov
Mike Baker
Christine Barnard
D. R. Bensen
R. L. Bensen
John Gregory Betancourt
Charles Birkin
Leigh Blackmore
Elinor Blaisdell
Everett F. Bleiler
Robert H. Boyer
Jorge Luis Borges
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Gary A. Braunbeck
Randolph Bull
Hallie Burnett
Whit Burnett
Ramsey Campbell
Orson Scott Card
Terry Carr
Lin Carter
Jeanne Cavelos
R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Richard Chizmar
Frank Coffey
Nancy A. Collins
Vere Henry Collins
Bill Congreve
Groff Conklin
Kathryn Cramer
Edmund Crispin
Peter Crowther
Richard Dalby
Jack Dann
Ellen Datlow
Richard Davis
Russell Davis
L. Sprague de Camp
Colin de la Mare
Keith R. A. DeCandido
John DeChancie
Lester del Rey
August Derleth
Kay Dick
P. N. Elrod
Gardner Dozois
Stefan% Dziemianowicz
Dennis Etchison
Christopher Evans
Edward L. Ferman
Marjorie Fisher
Alan Dean Foster
Phyllis M. Fraser
Joseph Lewis French
Lonn Friend
Esther M. Friesner
Brian J. Frost
Michael Garrett
John Gawsworth
Vic Ghidalia
Richard Gilliam
Giles Gordon
Charles L. Grant
Gavin J. Grant
Martin H. Greenberg
Rosalind M. Greenberg
Frederik Stuart Greene
Karen Haber
Peter Haining
Alex Hamilton
T. Everett Harre
Dashiell Hammett
Thomas R. Hanlon
Philip Harbottle
David G. Hartwell
John Helfers
Robert Holdstock
Robert Hood
Rolfe Humphries
Richard Glyn Jones
Stephen Jones
Boris Karloff
Marvin Kaye
David Keller
Donald G. Keller
Damon Knight
Brittiany A. Koren
Edward E. Kramer
Ellen Kushner
Hugh Lamb
Alexander Lang
Christopher Lee
Fritz Leiber
Keith Hollaman
Alison Lurie
Barry N. Malzberg
Alberto Manguel
George R. R. Martin
Henry Mazzeo
Robert McCammon
Kirby McCauley
Patrick McGrath
J. Walker McSpadden
Frank D. McSherry
Megan Miller
A. R. Morlan
Jane Morley
Bradford Morrow
Violet T. Murray
Sam Moskowitz
A. Neimark
Bryan A. Netherwood
Alden H. Norton
Andrew J. Offutt
Gerald W. Page
Michel Parry
Peter D. Pautz
Diana L. Paxon
Alexander Potter
Byron Preiss
Bill Pronzini
Eric S. Rabkin
Mickey Zucker Reichert
Hank Reinhardt
Mike Resnick
Ernest Rhys
Nicholas Royle
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Ray Russell
Alan Ryan
Paul Sammon
Arthur W. Saha
Hans Stefan Santesson
Al Sarrantonio
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Stuart Schiff
Lawrence Schimel
C. A. Dawson Scott
Larry Segriff
Bill Sheehan
Delia Sherman
Tom Shippey
Robert Silverberg
John Skipp
Craig Spector
Robert Donald Spector
Jonathan Strahan
Montague Summers
David Sutton
Brian M. Thomsen
Christine Campbell Thomson
Gordon Van Gelder
Ann VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer
Karl Edward Wagner
Sean Wallace
Hugh Walpole
Elisabeth Waters
Charles G. Waugh
Wendy Webb
Robert E. Weinberg
Robert Westall
Dennis Wheatley
Stanley Wiater
A. Susan Williams
Sheila Williams
Cary Wilkins
J. N. Williamson
Gahan Wilson
F. Paul Wilson
Terri Windling
Herbert Wise
Donald A. Wollheim
Jane Yolen
David Young
Kenneth J. Zahorski
Jack Zipes

6. REFERENCES

Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections - William G. Contento
Locus Index to Science Fiction - William G. Contento and Charles N. Brown
Isfdb.org
Building the Genre Fantasy Canon, Black Gate Magazine 02 - Rich Horton (2001)
Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature - Frank Northern McGill (1983)
Fantasy & Horror - Neil Barron (1999)
Supernatural Literature of the World - S.T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz (2003)

Major Science Fiction Anthologies : A Brief History

Major Science Fiction Anthologies - A Brief History

Updated 19 Jan 2010

Plenty has been written about the decline of the short story, anthology and collection, and when you read some older books they have been saying the same thing for decades, even in the first issue of Asimov's magazine in 1977.

I have also seen Gardner Dozois write about the acceleration of the 'lack of memory' of past science fiction work. Not too surprising perhaps with the pace of change.

I have looked for an article like this for a while, and one may well exist somewhere that I have never seen, or in an obscure journal, fanzine or book. Of the critical works I have seen they are more interested in listing novels, in general.

With less interest in anything not a novel, it explains why fewer people write about anthologies, certainly. If anyone knows of any piece of writing relatively recently by someone far more knowledgeable than I am, I would love to see it. Likewise with suggestions for additions.

A Fantasy version of this article can be found here Major Fantasy Anthologies - Breifer History

So I thought I'd have a go at listing some works that I know about, and others found with some browsing. Of more particular interest is more modern publication, even if not more modern work, that is likely to be more available. I certainly wasn't around in the 40s and 50s and 60s to acquire or read the older volumes, and as such, I am much more likely not to know about books from that time. Part of the point of writing this is for people to point out additions, though. A Super Editor or eidetic memoried bibliographer I am not.

Where I have actually read and rated them, I will put a link after the volume that goes to that for anyone who cares. The editors of the volumes are listed at the end of the article and linked to their isfdb entry for those who would like to check out the contents of the volumes.

A couple more additions and the DAW suggestion.


NINETEENTH CENTURY AND PRE-GERNSBACK

Whether you want to call the start of Science Fiction Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, you will find all those stories online here :-

Project Gutenberg Australia SF Project
Science Fiction (Bookshelf) - ProjectGutenberg

Of particular interest of course is H. G. Wells, but also Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle and others have stories here.

Some dead tree anthologies of this type that I have found while browsing :

Masterpieces of Science Fiction - Sam Moskowitz (1966)
Science Fiction by Gaslight - Sam Moskowitz (1968)
The Road to Science Fiction 1 - James Gunn (1977)
Science Fiction by the Rivals of H. G. Wells - Alan K. Russell (1979)
Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction of the 19th Century - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1981)



THE ELDER ERA


I will call this time period up until around 1960, as I have done a couple of times before.

Amazing Stories started in 1926, edited by Hugo Gernsback, he whom for which the major Science Fiction awards are named.

The editor that has put the most work into writing about the magazines in this era here is Mike Ashley, and he has updated this work recently

The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 1 1926-1935 - Mike Ashley (1974)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 2 1936-1945 - Mike Ashley (1975)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 3 1946-1955 - Mike Ashley (1976)
The History of the Science Fiction Magazine Part 4 1956-1965 - Mike Ashley (1978)

These books are history, analysis, anthologies of stories and bibliographies.

The updated volumes begin with :

Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950 - Mike Ashley (2001)

and are still continuing.

Once John W. Campbell took over Astounding Science Fiction and had been going for a while, the idea to put some stories into books took hold. I have never seen any of his books, but I have certainly seen quite a few people write about Groff Conklin, even on LibraryThing recently.

So here's a selection of titles, preceded by a small volume by Donald A. Wollheim, the founder of DAW books, who would later go on to commit anthology at great length.

Boucher was the editor of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, early on.

The Pocket Book of Science Fiction - Donald A. Wollheim (1943)

Adventures in Time and Space - Raymond J. Healy and Frances McCormack (1946)

The Best of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1946)
Treasury of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1946)
The Science Fiction Galaxy - Groff Conklin (1950)
The Big Book of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1950)
Possible Worlds of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1951)
Omnibus of SF - Groff Conklin (1952)
6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1954)
6 Great Short Science Fiction Novels - Groff Conklin (1954)
13 Great Stories of Science Fiction - Groff Conklin (1960)

Best SF (1-7) - Edmund Crispin (1955-1970)

A Treasury of Great Science Fiction 1 - Anthony Boucher (1959)
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction 2 - Anthony Boucher (1959)

Also, an anthology series of sorts by Frederik Pohl.

Star Short Novels - Frederik Pohl (1954)
Star of Stars - Frederik Pohl (1960)
1 Star Science Fiction Stories - Frederik Pohl (1953)
2 Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 - Frederik Pohl (1953)
3 Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3 - Frederik Pohl (1954)
4 Star Science Fiction Stories No. 4 - Frederik Pohl (1958)
5 Star Science Fiction Stories No. 5 - Frederik Pohl (1959)
6 Star Science Fiction Stories No. 6 - Frederik Pohl (1959)


Some later volumes putting together some of the best work from these time periods.

1 Decade the 1940s - Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss (1975)
2 Decade the 1950s - Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss (1976)
3 Decade the 1960s - Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss (1977)

Some more recently published books that look at the early era were produced by Isaac Asimov and his editing cohort, and Mammoth books should be a bit easier to find.

Before the Golden Age - Isaac Asimov (1974)
Before the Golden Age 1 - Isaac Asimov (1975)
2 Before the Golden Age - Isaac Asimov (1975)
Before the Golden Age 3 - Isaac Asimov (1975)

01 The Great SF Stories 01-25, 1939-162 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg (1979-1992)
Isaac Asimovs Presents the Grest SF Stories 01 1939 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimovs Presents the Grest SF Stories 03 1941 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimovs Presents the Grest SF Stories 11 1949 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimovs Presents the Grest SF Stories 12 1950 - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg



1 Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction (1983) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2 The Golden Years of Science Fiction (Second Series) (1983) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
3 The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Third Series (1984) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
4 The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Fourth Series (1984) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
5 The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Fifth Series (1985) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
6 The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Sixth Series (1988) - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg

The Mammoth Book of Classic Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1930s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1988)
The Giant Book Of Golden Age SF - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1989)
The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1940s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1989)
Science Fiction Classic Stories From the Golden Age Of Science Fiction - Martin H. Greenberg and Isaac Asimov and Charles G. Waugh

The Mammoth Book of Vintage Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1950s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1990)


Science Fiction of the 30's - Damon Knight (1975)

This one covers from mid 40s to mid 60s.

Science Fiction 101 [v.t. Robert Silverberg’s Worlds of Wonder] - Robert Silverberg 1987)

Didn't get to any other decades, it seemed, in thist lot.

A Century of Science Fiction (1950-59) - Robert Silverberg (1997)

Also in the Conklin era, some other editors had the rather brilliant idea to collect the best stories as they saw it, and publish them in yearly volumes, and thus the Year's Best Science Fiction Series was born.

The first of these was co-edited:

E. F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty (1-6,Short Novels 1-3) (1949-1958)
The Best Science Fiction Stories 1949 - E. F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty (1950)
The Year's Best Science Fiction Novels 1953 - E. F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty

T. E Dikty Year's Best Scince Fiction Stories and Novels (1-3) 1956-1958
The 1958 volume is called 'Ninth Series'

Towards the end of the fifties, a remarkable woman turned her hand to the same exercise, and with a different, wider ranging philosophy, which lasted into the modern era.

Judith Merrill (1-12) (1956-1967)
The Best Of Sci-Fi 12 - Judith Merril (1970)


THE MODERN ERA


Along with Merril's continuing work, and the arrival of Galaxy science fiction magazine, anthologies began to appear in much larger numbers, and the sixties saw several original anthology series begin to appear, published annually like the reprint Year's Best Series.

These are just those I happen to know about, or recall at the moment, I know there are others and even some short more recent varieties in the 1990s, and suggestions can certainly be made. I have read some of these earlier books as a kid, but cannot remember which volumes, other than the Spectrum.

Spectrum - Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest (1961-1965)
Spectrum 5 - Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest (1965)
New Writings in SF - John Carnell (1964-1972)
Orbit - Damon Knight (1966-1980)
Orbit 07 - Damon Knight
Alpha - Robert Silverberg (1970-1978)
New Dimensions - Robert Silverberg (1971-1981)
Universe - Terry Carr (1971-1987)
Universe 04 - Terry Carr (1974)
Universe 13 - Terry Carr (1983)
Universe 14 - Terry Carr (1984)
Universe 15 - Terry Carr (1985)

These series produced some 'Best Of' selections, as well, and here are a few examples of such books :-

The Best from New Writings in SF - John Carnell (1972)
New Writings In SF 03 - John Carnell
The Best from Orbit - Damon Knight (1975)
The Best of New Dimensions - Robert Silverberg (1979)
The Best from Universe - Terry Carr (1984)

Also in this time some chronologically broader anthologies appeared, as some of the other editors of the time put together some more general books. Earlier examples of which appear to have come from Orbit editor and critic Damon Knight.


A Century of Science Fiction - Damon Knight (1962)
A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels - Damon Knight (1964)
One Hundred Years of Science Fiction - Damon Knight (1968)
Science Fiction Argosy - Damon Knight (1972)

Great Science Fiction Stories - Cordelia Titcomb Smith (1964)

Modern Masterpieces of Science Fiction - Sam Moskowitz (1965)

Master's Choice - Laurence M. Janifer (1966)
Master's Choice 1 - Lawrence M. Janifer (1968)
Master's Choice 2 - Laurence M. Janifer (1969)

Here we get a 'movement' anthology, that influenced a large number of writers and people during this period.

Dangerous Visions has at times been split into two and three volume sets, as well.

Dangerous Visions - Harlan Ellison (1967)
Dangerous Visions (1-2) - Harlan Ellison (1970)
Dangerous Visions (1-3) - Harlan Ellison (1974)
Dangerous Visions 1 - Harlan Ellison (1974)


Science Fiction Novellas - Harry Harrison and Willis E. McNelly (1975)
1 SF: Authors’ Choice - Harry Harrison (1968)
2 SF: Authors’ Choice 2 - Harry Harrison (1970)
3 SF: Authors’ Choice 3 - Harry Harrison (1971)
4 SF: Authors’ Choice 3 - Harry Harrison (1974)

A Science Fiction Reader - Harry Harrison and Carol Pugner (1973)

Science Fiction The Great Years - Frederik Pohl and Carol Pohl (1973)
Science Fiction The Great Years 2 - Frederik Pohl and Carol Pohl (1976)
The Great Science Fiction Series - Frederik Pohl and Martin H. Greenberg and Joseph Olander (1980)

Brian Aldiss edited some books for noted publisher Penguin, and a couple of these my father actually still has, as you will see by the links. These volumes has been reissued and monkeyed with over the years it seems, and even last year, yet another release of this Omnibus came out.

Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus - Brian Aldiss (1973)
Penguin Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss (1961)
More Penguin Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss (1963)
Yet More Penguin Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss (1964)
Introducing Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss (1964)
The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction - Brian Aldiss and Sam Lundwall (1986)

SF: The Best of the Best, Part 1 - Judith Merril (1970)

Classic Science Fiction The First Golden Age - Terry Carr (1978)
Classic Science Fiction - Terry Carr (1978)

Each of the following looks at a chunk of time, volume 1 is proto-SF to Verne and Wells, listed earlier.

The Road to Science Fiction 2 - James Gunn (1979)
The Road to Science Fiction 3 - James Gunn (1979)
The Road to Science Fiction 4 - James Gunn (1982)

The Golden Age of Science Fiction - Kingsley Amis (1981)

Great Short Novels of Science Fiction - Robert Silverberg (1970)
The Arbor House Book of Modern Science Fiction - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1980)
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1980)
Great Science Fiction Of the 20th Century - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1980)
The Arbor House Treasure of Science Fiction Masterpieces - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1983)
Great Tales Of Science Fiction - Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg (1983)

A volume with introductory academic essays, looking at broad story types.
Science Fiction Contemporary Mythology - Martin H. Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander and Patricia Warrick (1979)

A volume aimed at using SF in teaching in schoolrooms and lectures, Atteberry being an Idaho State University lecturer-type.

The Norton Book of Science Fiction - Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Atteberry (1984))

This following volume has a more international focus, including Europeans whose first language is not English, South Americans, etc, so a little different.

Movement anthology number two, with the arrival of Neuromancer, the continuing improvement of personal computing technology, and a focus on cyberpunk.

Mirrorshades The Cyberpunk Anthology - Bruce Sterling (1986)

World Treasury of Science Fiction - David G. Hartwell (1988)

Isaac Asimov is almost his own publishing category at this time, and he mentioned to assist with getting lots of books into print. In one of his other works that I have read he says that the three worked well together, Greenberg was good at the nuts and bolts paperwork, and Waugh had a great collection and ability to track down relevant stories. Asimov of course had the name as well as his own not inconsiderable input. Even if you find anthologies of his for kids or with an ordinary bunch of stories, they can be worth flipping through for his introductions.

100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories - Isaac Asimov and Martin Harry Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander (1978)
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury - Isaac Asimov and M artin H. Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander (1980)
Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction of the 19th Century - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1981)
Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction Firsts - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1984)
Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1985)
Science Fiction Masterpieces - Isaac Asimov (1986)

Also fitting into the modern era, with New Era mass market type publication are these :-

The Mammoth Book of Short Science Fiction Novels - Isaac Asimov (1986)
The Mammoth Book of New World Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1960s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1991)
The Mammoth Book of Fantastic Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1970s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1992)
The Mammoth Book of Modern Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1980s - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (1993)

I imagine it is quite possible that Martin H. Greenberg could put together an anthology on a dark night, in a storm, hanging upside down on a rope ladder from a helicopter while supercriminals take potshots at him. Or, we should be happy to have him.


Another different type of book also came on the scene, starting in the sixties, and again thanks to Isaac Asimov. Work was collected from those stories that had garnered Hugo Awards, and several volumes of these came out, and have been pretty influential, as well as being available thanks to the Asimov name, and many people will have seen these.

1 The Hugo Winners, Volume 1 - Isaac Asimov (1962)
2 The Hugo Winners, Volume 2 - Isaac Asimov (1971)
The Hugo Winners 1968-1970 - Isaac Asimov
3 The Hugo Winners, Volume 3 - Isaac Asimov (1977)
4 The Hugo Winners, Volume 4 - Isaac Asimov (1985)
5 The Hugo Winners, Volume 5 - Isaac Asimov (1986)
1 The New Hugo Winners - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg (1989)
2 The New Hugo Winners, Volume II - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg (1991)
The Super Hugos - Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg (1992)
3 The New Hugo Winners, Volume III - Martin H. Greenberg
4 The New Hugo Winners, Volume IV - Martin H. Greenberg (1997)

More consistent in publication, if not in actual editor or content is the yearly volume publishing some of the Nebula award winning work. While not as good as the Hugo stories, in general, whether Nebula Awards, or Nebula Awards Showcase, these are still coming out, certainly a good thing.

Nebula Awards (series) - Various Various
Nebula Awards Showcase 2003 - Nancy Kress
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 - Mike Resnick
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 - Ben Bova

Ben Bova's anthology picking the cream is an outstanding book, too.

The Best of the Nebulas - Ben Bova (1989)

Taking a similar sort of approach to the Asimov Hugo series, Silverberg, Bova and some others made some selection, both short stories and novellas (which is what 2A and 2B are, as well) of high quality work.

The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Volume 1 - Robert Silverberg (1970)
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1 - Robert Silverberg
Science Fiction Hall of Fame The Novellas 1 - Ben Bova (1975)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame The Novellas 2 - Ben Bova (1975)
The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Volume 2A - Ben Bova (1973)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2B - Ben Bova
Science Fiction Hall of Fame 3 - Arthur C. Clarke and George Proctor (1982)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame 4 - Arthur C. Clarke (1981)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame IV - Terry Carr (1987)


The modern era saw the rise of multiple Year's Best Science Fiction series, both in co-editing team-ups and solo efforts. The most influential at the time, reading what the Super Editors and others write, would appear to have been Terry Carr's, and at least by my numbers of those stories I have come across, the best selections. This, of course, is before Gardner Dozois and his Bugcrushers came on the scene towards the end of that period.

Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1-9) (1968-1976)
Best SF 67 - Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1968)
Best SF 68 - Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1969)
Best SF 73 - Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1974)
Best SF 74 - Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1975)
Best SF 75 - Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss (1976)

Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr (1-7) (1965-1971)
World's Best Science Fiction 1965 - Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
World's Best Science Fiction 1969 - Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
World's Best Science Fiction 1970 - Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr

Lester Del Rey to Gardner Dozois (1-10) (1972-1981)
Best Science Fiction Stories Of the Year 03rd Annual Collection - Lester Del Rey (1974)
Best Science Fiction Stories Of the Year 06th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1977)

Donald A. Wollheim (1-19) (1972-1990)
The 1973 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (1973)
The 1980 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (1980)
The 1981 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (1981)
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (1985)
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim (1987)
The 1989 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim
The 1990 Annual World's Best SF - Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha

Terry Carr (1-16) (1972-1987)
The Best Science Fiction Of the Year 01 - Terry Carr (1972)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 02 - Terry Carr (1973)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 03 - Terry Carr (1974)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 04 - Terry Carr (1975)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 05 - Terry Carr (1976)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 06 - Terry Carr (1977)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 08 - Terry Carr (1979)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 09 - Terry Carr (1980)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 14 - Terry Carr (1985)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 15 - Terry Carr (1986)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 16 - Terry Carr (1987)

The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year 02 - Terry Carr

There are three stray volumes in this era :

Best Science Fiction for 1972 - Frederik Pohl
Best Science Fiction 1973 - Forrest J. Ackerman
SF Choice 77 - Mike Ashley

David Garnett (1-3) (1988-1990)


With the loss of Wollheim and Carr, and the inability of the UK Orbit series to survive, this left Dozois as the Lone Gunman in the Year's Best Science Fiction Series. Fortunately for us, his are the longest volumes with long critical, bilbliographical introductions, so if you were going back with a time machine to pick a series to survive, this is the one you would choose. These are the must-have type volumes, and now appear in varieties to suit most people (and hopefully electronically sometime). Whether hardback, or trade, or mass market, or the UK Mammoth Book of Best New SF (which are nice and cheap thanks to the no postage charge http://www.bookdepository.co.uk".) This was on top of his editing Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and producing other books.

Gardner Dozois (1984,Ongoing)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 03rd Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1986)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 04th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1987)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 05th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1988)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 06th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1989)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 07th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1990)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 08th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1991)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 09th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1993)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 10th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1993)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 11th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1994)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 12th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1995)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 13th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1996)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 14th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1997)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 15th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1998)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 16th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (1999)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 17th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2000)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 18th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2001)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 19th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2002)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 20th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2003)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 21st Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2004)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2005)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 23rd Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2006)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 24th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2007)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 25th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2008)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 26th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois (2009)


Shared World Anthologies

These type of projects appeared in this period, and the major series still going is Wild Cards. Note some volumes in the series are novels

Wild Cards : 01 Wild Cards - George R. R. Martin (1987)
Wild Cards : 02 Aces High - George R. R. Martin (1987)
Wild Cards : 04 Aces Abroad - George R. R. Martin (1988)
Wild Cards : 05 Down and Dirty- George R. R. Martin (1988)
Wild Cards : 06 Ace In The Hole - George R. R. Martin (1988)
Wild Cards : 07 Dead Man's Hand - George R. R. Martin (1990)
Wild Cards : 08 One Eyed Jacks - George R. R. Martin (1991)
Wild Cards : 09 Jokertown Shuffle - George R. R. Martin (1991)
Wild Cards : 13 Card Sharks - George R. R. Martin (1993)
Wild Cards : 14 Marked Cards - George R. R. Martin (1994)
Wild Cards : 16 Deuces Down - George R. R. Martin (2002)
Wild Cards : 18 Inside Straight - George R. R. Martin (2008)
Wild Cards : 18 Busted Flush - George R. R. Martin (2009)




THE NEW ERA

Or, the Hartwell Renaissance, if you like, in more ways than one. I'll start this section the second way, with the Year's Best Series.

In a great move for reader, David G. Hartwell managed to get a mass market paperback Year's Best Science Fiction series started, which continues currently.
His remit was to include only science fiction, not wobbly or dodgy curveball fantasy stories, no matter, how good. Gardner Dozois for example, chose Bears Discover Fire for his, and also included it in his Modern Classics of Fantasy. This is the sort of thing I am guessing he means.

David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (1996, Ongoing)
Year's Best SF 01 - David G. Hartwell (1996)
Year's Best SF 02 - David G. Hartwell (1997)
Year's Best SF 03 - David G. Hartwell (1998)
Year's Best SF 04 - David G. Hartwell (1999)
Year's Best SF 05 - David G. Hartwell (2000)
Year's Best SF 06 - David G. Hartwell (2001)
Year's Best SF 07 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2002)
Year's Best SF 08 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2003)
Year's Best SF 09 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2004)
Year's Best SF 10 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2005)
Year's Best SF 11 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2006)
Year's Best SF 12 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2007)
Year's Best SF 13 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2008)
Year's Best SF 14 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2008)



The appearance of Hartwell's series, and the fact that some definitely better science fiction was being written from the 1990s onwards, led Byron Preiss to have a go at a similar series, but considerably shorter books, being your standard paperback length, 300 odd pages, not the close to 500 of the Hartwell books. Karen Haber is the constant in all these volumes, and as a whole, the stories aren't quite as good as the other Year's Best Series. That doesn't mean don't get them if you see them around, as a Year's Best series is still better than any other anthologies, barring rare exceptions. Strahan was a longtime editor of Australian magazine Eidolon, and also two volumes of Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy with Jeremy Byrne.

Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber to Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan (1-4) (2002-2005)
Science Fiction The Best of 2001 - Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
Science Fiction The Best of 2002 - Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
Science Fiction The Best Of 2003 - Jonathan Strahan and Karen Haber
Science Fiction The Best Of 2004 - Jonathan Strahan and Karen Haber

When publisher Byron Preiss was killed in an accident (very sad, they also produced a whole heap of other books, superhero or Zelazny or whatever that I have read), this series ceased.

Locus rescued the Australian half of this duo, and allowed Jonathan Strahan to put out his stray Very Best of 2005 that very few people will have seen - but is still available. Unfortunate, as this is a really great selection of work.

Jonathan Strahan (1,1-2,Short Novels 1-4) (2005,2007-????,2004-????)
Science Fiction the Very Best of 2005 - Jonathan Strahan

The volumes after this have the fairy pollution, unfortunately, as like the Australian work, it is now Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 1 - Jonathan Strahan (2007)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 2 - Jonathan Strahan (2008)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of the Year 3 - Jonathan Strahan (2009)


With the mass popularity of the internet, so too perhaps, Rich Horton. Noted for lots of writing on usenet, and on the web, as well as similar in magazines, his 'Virtual Bests of the Year (sans stories, of course) - see http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Reader/HortonSummaries.php for example' and analysis have led to dead tree Bests of the Year, including a separate Fantasy volume.

Rich Horton (2006, Ongoing)
Science Fiction the Best of the Year 2006 - Rich Horton
Science Fiction the Best of the Year 2007 - Rich Horton
Science Fiction the Best of the Year 2008 - Rich Horton


In other work, that other dusty and musty smelling like your parents publisher like Penguin had a go at a Science Fiction anthology, with a long, critical introduction.

The Oxford Book Of Science Fiction Stories - Tom Shippey (1992)


A bunch of good books produced by Dozois in this period, setting out to choose some not as widely reprinted stories for his Modern Classics series.

Modern Classics Of Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois (1992)
The Legend Book Of Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois (1992)

Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois (1994)
Mammoth Book Of Contemporary SF Masters 13 Short Novels


These two books are full of older, and newer, respectively, space opera and adventure stories of high quality. A really welcome addition. There's a geolocked bookclub edition that combines them both, I think. An editor that manages to get his books titled 'Stuff' has to be about as far from pretentious as you can get.

The Good Old Stuff - Gardner Dozois (1998)
The Good New Stuff - Gardner Dozois (1999)


These volumes are short stories in the first, novellas in the second, that are Dozois' personal picks from the first 20 odd volumes of his Year's Best series, as the stories that he likes or affected him the most.

Best of the Best - Gardner Dozois (2005)
The Best Of the Best 2 - Gardner Dozois (2007)
(note UK versus are Mammoth Books of the Best of the Best - one of which apparently has 3 extra stories, according to the editor)


Here's the second part of the Hartwell Renaissance, not to discount that it was a joint effort, just that Hartwell and Hard SF start with the same three letters and roll off the keyboard and tongue better.

The Ascent of Wonder is subtitled The Evolution of Hard SF, and that is what you get, from the Victorian era writers through to Egan, and an outstanding volume it is, and has some critical work throughout, start, per story, and end.

The Ascent of Wonder The Evolution of Hard SF - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (1994)

This book follows on from the volume above, and is designed to point out that beginning in the nineties something was in the water, and that the work being produced was an improvement, and a return to some of these themes traced in the earlier book.

The Hard SF Renaissance - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2002)

A very similar style of book to the Hard SF Renaissance, although Space Opera is a smaller range of work to look at than Hard SF, which can overlap but has a much greater variety of story.

The Space Opera Renaissance - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2006)

A couple of wide ranging taking stories from many decades and places style of anthology come next. I think the first one is more obscure and pricey, and The Science Fiction Century is available split up and in Mammoth style books too for those not in the US.

Visions of Wonder - David G. Hartwell (1996)
The Science Fiction Century - David G. Hartwell (1997)
The Science Fiction Century Volume One - David G. Hartwell (2006)
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction - David G. Hartwell
The Science Fiction Century Volume Two - David G. Hartwell (2006)

The first volume, looking at the contents, isn't close to the standards of the latter, but I have included it for recency and easy availability, as well as being long and cheap and pretty decent. The second volume is really good and even includes an old story discovered.

Masterpieces the Best Science Fiction of the Century - Orson Scott Card (2001)

The Mammoth Book of Science Fiction - Mike Ashley (2002)
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction - Mike Ashley (2006)

Strahan and Brown choose a selection of work from the Locus Awards, so this is rather high quality.

The Locus Awards - Jonathan Strahan and Charles N. Brown (2004)


The point of this next volume is somewhat different. The editors delve into their childhoods and old collections and magazines to choose older stories that influence them when they were younger. Should be easy to find this, and you can also get it electronically from Baen. It is also a free ebook if you subscribe to Jim Baen's Universe, too. A fine deal, that.

People probably miscategorise Baen as 'just that right wing military SF stuff', and it is certainly true that they do a lot of that, and make money at it. However, they also have a keen interest in SF history, as shown by this volume, and them republishing Cordwainer Smith, A. Bertram Chandler, and their rediscovery projects like James H. Schmitz. Lots of fine work there, plus a reasonable number of anthologies. Not to mention JBU itself.

I wouldn't sneer at other publishers just because they make lots of money from crappy big fat overextended fantasy series, or sex with vampire lines, or producing multiple pastoral feminist utopias, or whatever.

The World Turned Upside Down - Eric Flint and David Drake and Jim Baen (2005)

New Legends was the rare beast, a really, really strong original anthology, and with a harder SF focus to boot.

New Legends - Greg Bear (1995)

The next work noted for moving a lot of copies moreso than being brilliant, it still had some good stories and is likely findable in your libraries sitll today, along with its fantasy counterpart Legends, that both produce novellas to go along with really popular novel series.

Far Horizons - Robert Silverberg (1999)


Two rare beasts in 12 years, another outstanding original anthology, able to come about because of better work being published in the nineties and beyond, like. Much as pointed out in The Space Opera Renaissance written about by Hartwell and Cramer, just prior. (Thank you, Alastair Reynolds and company.)

The New Space Opera - Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan (2007)

Strahan appears to have scored again, with a work aimed somewhat at younger readers, that is good enough to appeal to old, too.

The Starry Rift - Jonathan Strahn


New Anthology Series

Just recently has seen the rise of original anthology series again, and these appear to have made it past one volume, with the first volume of the former better than the latter, but as the latter was a mass market paperback, it is much, much cheaper.

There is also 'Eclipse' by Jonathan Strahan, which looking at it would seem to be a mixture of work, and not a lot of SF of the style of these two books. Then there is a Del Rey book of Science Fiction and Fantasy coming, too, which of course is not just a science fiction series.

The Del Rey Book Of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Ellen Datlow (2008)

Eclipse 1 - Jonathan Strahan (2007)

Fast Forward - Lou Anders (2007,ongoing)
Fast Forward 1 - Lou Anders
Fast Forward 2 - Lou Anders

Solaris Book of New Science Fiction - George Mann (2007,ongoing)
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction - George Mann (2007)
The Solaris Book Of New Science Fiction 2 - George Mann(2008)
The Solaris Book Of New Science Fiction 3 - George Mann(2009)



APPENDICES

I am not saying these are major anthologies as such (although some are, to me, I rate the Centaurus volume highly, even though all Australian.) These are just some I have come across, or examples I have read and included. This is also to point out the wide range of good stuff that can be seen.

1. SUBSET ANTHOLOGIES

Examples of books that are restricted by geography, or by sex.

Matilda At the Speed Of Light - Damien Broderick
Metaworlds - Paul Collins (1985)
Dreaming Down-Under Book One - Jack Dann and Janeen Webb (1998)
Dreaming Down-Under Book Two - Jack Dann and Janeen Webb (1998)
Centaurus - Damien Broderick and David G. Hartwell (1999)
Dreaming Again - Jack Dann (2008)
The Road to Science Fiction 5 The British Way - James Gunn (1998)
The Road to Science Fiction 6 Around the World - James Gunn (1998)
Northern Stars - David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant (1994)
Australian Science Fiction - Van Ikin (1982)
Mortal Fire - Van Ikin and Terry Dowling (1993)
Alien Shores - Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch (1994)
Forever Shores - Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch (2003)
Wonder Years - Peter McNamara (2003)
The SFWA European Hall Of Fame - James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow (2007)
Terra SF: The Year's Best European SF - Richard D. Nolane (1981)
Terra SF II: The Year's Best European SF - Richard D. Nolane (1983)
Women Of Wonder - Pamela Sargent (1975)
New Women of Wonder - Pamela Sargent (1977)
Women of Wonder: The Classic Years - Pamela Sargent (1995)
Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years - Pamela Sargent (1995)
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1 - Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne (1996)
Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 2 - Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy Byrne (1997)
The Best From the Rest of the World - Donald A. Wollheim (1976)

Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1-3 (2006, ongoing) - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt
Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2006)
Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 2 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2007)
Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 3 - Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (2008)

The Best Australian Science Fiction Writing - Rob Gerrand

2. THEME ANTHOLOGIES

Books that focus on a particular subject, oppression of science by religious nuts in the case of the less obviously titled Galileo's Children.

The best example of consistently doing this is the publisher DAW, who produce a book a month, with a different theme, for example, this one :-

Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures - Orson Scott Card

Not all of them are science fiction of course. One I read last year was 'The Secret History of Vampires' for example.

Also

The Exclamatory Series (Aliens! to Immortals!) - Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (1980-1998) Note that some of this series is fantasy.


Some examples of others than I liked :

Selections From Beyond Human Ken - Judith Merril (1954)
Earthmen and Strangers - Robert Silverberg (1966)
New Dreams This Morning - James Blish (1966)
First Contact - Damon Knight (1971)
Infinite Jests - Robert Silverberg (1974)
Creatures From Beyond - Terry Carr (1975)
Beyond Tomorrow - Leigh Harding (1976)
Starstreak Stories Of Space - Betty M. Owen (1979)
They Came From Outer Space - Jim Wynorski (1980)
Beyond Armageddon - Martin H. Greenberg and Walter M. Miller (1985)
Echoes Of Valor II - Karl Edward Wagner (1991)
Tomorrow Sucks - Toni Weisskopf and Greg Gox (1995)
Tomorrow Bites - Toni Weisskopf and Greg Gox (1995)
The Furthest Horizon - Gardner Dozois (1999)
Explorers - Gardner Dozois (2000)
Futures - Peter Crowther (2001)
The Best Alternate History Stories Of the Twentieth Century - Martin H. Greenberg and Harry Turtledove (2001)
Supermen : Tales of the Posthuman Future - Gardner Dozois (2002)
Future Sports - Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann (2002)
The Warmasters - Bill Fawcett (2002)
The Mammoth Book of Future Cops - Maxim Jakubowski and M. Christian (2003)
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time - Barry N. Malzberg (2003)
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century - Martin H. Greenberg and Harry Turtledove (2004)
Live Without A Net - Lou Anders (2004)
Galileo's Children - Gardner Dozois (2005)
Futureshocks - Lou Anders (2006)
Forbidden Planets - Peter Crowther (2006)
Dangerous Games - Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
Rewired - John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly (2007)
Wastelands - John Joseph Adams (2008)
Seeds Of Change - John Joseph Adams (2008)
Steampunk - Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer (2008)
Diamonds In the Sky - Mike Brotherton (2009)

SPACE OPERA
The New Space Opera - Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan (2007)
The New Space Opera 2 - Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
The Space Opera Renaissance - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
Galactic Empires - Gardner Dozois (2008)
Federations - John Joseph Adams (2009)

Older :

The Best Of Planet Stories 1 - Leigh Brackett
Space Opera - Brian Aldiss
Swordsmen In the Sky - Donald A. Wollheim

The Good Old Stuff - Gardner Dozois
The Good New Stuff - Gardner Dozois (1998)

Space Odysseys - Brian Aldiss
Galactic Empires 1 - Brian Aldiss
Galactic Empires 2 - Brian Aldiss
Galactic Empires Omnibus (1 and 2) - Brian Aldiss
Perilous Planets - Brian Aldiss
Evil Earths - Brian Aldiss

Deep Space - Robert Silverberg
To the Stars - Robert Silverberg


HUMOUR

Laughing Space - Isaac Asimov
The Wizards of Odd Tales of Comic Fantasy - Peter Haining
Tales from the Spaceport Bar - George H. Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer
Another Round at the Spaceport Bar - George H. Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer
Infinite Jests - Robert Silverberg
This Is My Funniest - Mike Resnick
This Is My Funniest 2 - Mike Resnick

Suggested by others :

Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy - Peter Haining
The Book of Comic Fantasy - Mike Ashley
The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy - Mike Ashley
The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy - Mike Ashley
The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy - Mike Ashley
Lost in Time With Lefty Feep - Robert Bloch
Science Fiction Carnival - Frederic Brown and Mack Reynolds
Isaac Asimov's SF Lite - Gardner Dozois
Betcha Can't Read Just One - Martin H. Greenberg and Alan Dean Foster
Dangerous Vegetables - Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh and Keith Laumer
Cosmic Laughter - Joe Haldeman
Shaggy BEM Stories - Mike Resnick
Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three - Don Sakers
Analog's Lighter Side - Stan Schmidt
Never In This World - Idella Purnell Stone
Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies - Philip Strick



3. MAGAZINE ANTHOLOGIES

Books that have stories culled from the pages of a particular periodical that no longer exists.

Examples from Defunct Magazines

Planet Stories
The Best Of Planet Stories 1 - Leigh Brackett

Amazing Stories
Galaxy
If
New Worlds
Omni

Galaxy Science Fiction Omnibus - H. L. Gold (1955)
The Best Science Fiction From If - Frederik Pohl (1964)
The Best SF Stories from New Worlds - Michael Moorcock (1967)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 2 - Michael Moorcock (1968)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 3 - Michael Moorcock (1968)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 4 - Michael Moorcock (1969)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 5 - Michael Moorcock (1969)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 6 - Michael Moorcock (1970)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 7 - Michael Moorcock (1971)
Best SF Stories from New Worlds 8 - Michael Moorcock (1974)
Galaxy 1 - Martin H. Greenberg and Frederik Pohl and Joseph D. Olander (1980)
Galaxy 2 - Martin H. Greenberg and Frederik Pohl and Joseph D. Olander (1981)
Galaxy : The Best of My Years 1 - James Baen
Worlds of If - Frederik Pohl and Martin H. Greenberg (1986)
1 The Best of Omni Science Fiction - Ben Bova (1980)
2 The Best of Omni Science Fiction - Ben Bova (1981)
3 The Best of Omni Science Fiction - Ben Bova (1982)
4 The Best of Omni Science Fiction - Ben Bova (1982)

Omni Books of Science Fiction
The First Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1983)
The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1983)
The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1985)
The Fourth Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1985)
The Fifth Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1987)
The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1989)
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1989)

Omni Best Science Fiction - Ellen Datlow (1991)
Omni Best Science Fiction Two - Ellen Datlow (1992)
Omni Best Science Fiction Three - Ellen Datlow (1993)


Veteran

Books that have stories culled from the pages of a particular periodical that has been around a long time.


Fantasy and Science Fiction
Asimov's
Analog
Interzone

Large numbers of anthologies have been taken from these magazines over the years, for example, there are many from FSF and Asimov's alone.

Astounding: the John W Campbell Memorial Anthology - Harry Harrison (1973)
The Best Of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine - Gardner Dozois (1988)
The Best From Amazing Stories - Ted White (1989)
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction Sixth Series - Anthony Boucher (1957)
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction Eleventh Series - Robert P. Mills
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction 23rd Series - Edward L. Ferman
The Best From Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology - Gordon Van Gelder and Edward L. Ferman (1999)
Isaac Asimov's Utopias - Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams (2002)
Isaac Asimov's Detectives - Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams
Fourth Planet From the Sun - Gordon Van Gelder (2005)

Other anthology titles such as Analog, Isaac Asimov's...,Astounding Analog Reader, If Reader, Galaxy Reader, Interzone, Omni, etc., etc.


New

A couple of new magazines, that are definitely feature a majority of science fiction work - around two thirds in this case.

Jim Baen's Universe - Eric Flint
Helix - William Sanders and Lawrence Watt-Evans

Anthologies

The Best Of Jim Baen's Universe - Eric Flint (2007)
Best of Jim Baen's Universe 2 - Eric Flint (2008)


4. MINOR ANTHOLOGIES SERIES

Quark - Samuel R. Delany (1970-1971)
Nova - Harry Harrison (1970-1974)
Andromeda - Peter Weston (1976-1978)
Stellar - Judy Lynn Del Rey (1976-1981)
Stellar 4 - Judy Lynn Del Rey

Chrysalis - Roy Torgeson (1977-1983)
Destinies - Jim Baen (1980-1981)
Destinies Vol 1 No 1 - James Baen
Destinies Vol 2 No 1 - James Baen
Destinies Vol 2 No 2 - James Baen
Destinies Vol 3 No 2 - James Baen

Far Frontiers - Jim Baen and Jerry Pournelle (1985-1986)
New Destinies - Jim Baen (1987-1990)
Synergy - George Zebrowski (1987-1989)
Full Spectrum - Lou Aronica (1988-1993)
New Worlds - David Garnett (1991-1994)
Starlight - Patrick Nielsen Hayden (1996-2001)



5. EDITOR LIST

Isfdb links to the various editors mentioned, so you can look up their work and the contents of the volumes if you like. Isfdb will often have wikipedia links to them, as well.

John Joseph Adams
Brian Aldiss
Kingsley Amis
Lou Anders
Lou Aronica
Mike Ashley
Isaac Asimov
Brian Attebery
Jim Baen
Greg Bear
Everett F. Bleiler
James Blish
Anthony Boucher
Ben Bova
Charles N. Brown
Orson Scott Card
John Carnell
Terry Carr
M. Christian
Arthur C. Clarke
John Clute
Paul Collins
Groff Conklin
Robert Conquest
Andy Cox
Kathryn Cramer
Edmund Crispin
Peter Crowther
Jack Dann
Ellen Datlow
Judy-Lynn del Rey
Lester del Rey
Samuel R. Delany
T. E. Dikty
Gardner Dozois
Terry Dowling
David Drake
Harlan Ellison
Bill Fawcett
Edward L. Ferman
Eric Flint
David Garnett
H. L. Gold
Glenn Grant
Martin H. Greenberg
Karen Haber
Harry Harrison
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Raymond John Healy
Maxim Jakubowski
Lawrence M. Janifer
John Kessel
James Patrick Kelly
Damon Knight
Ursula K. Le Guin
Sam Lundwall
Barry N. Malzberg
George Mann
George R. R. Martin
Shawna McCarthy
J. Francis McComas
Peter McNamara
Willis E. McNelly
Judith Merril
Michael Moorcock
James Morrow
Sam Moskowitz
Richard D. Nolane
Joseph D. Olander
Carol Pohl
Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
David Pringle
Carol Pugner
Mike Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Alan K. Russell
Arthur W. Saha
William Sanders
Pamela Sargent
Stanley Schmidt
George H. Scithers
Tom Shippey
Robert Silverberg
Cordelia Titcomb Smith
Jonathan Strahan
Bruce Sterling
Roy Torgeson
Harry Turtledove
Gordon Van Gelder
Ann VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer
Charles G. Waugh
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Janeen Webb
Peter Weston
Ted White
Sheila Williams
Margaret Winch
Donald A. Wollheim
George Zebrowski

6. REFERENCES

Science Fiction Anthology List - Don D'Ammassa
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections - William G. Contento
Locus Index to Science Fiction - William G. Contento and Charles N. Brown
The Original Anthology Series in Science Fiction - Rich Horton
Best SF - Mark Watson
Isfdb.org
AsYouKnow_Bob's Librarything Catalog