STAR SCIENCE FICTION STORIES


STAR SCIENCE FICTION STORIES
   ORIGINAL-ANTHOLOGY series (1953-9) ed Frederik POHL, published by BALLANTINE BOOKS. SSFS was the first such series, antedating NEW WRITINGS IN SF by 11 years, and in its example very influential. The series was irregular; after Star Science Fiction Stories (anth 1953), \#2 (anth 1953) and \#3 (anth 1954) there was a 3-year gap. In Jan 1958 Ballantine attempted to relaunch the title in magazine format, but STAR SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE lasted only 1 issue. Reverting to book format, the seriescontinued with Star Science Fiction Stories \#4 (anth 1958), \#5 (anth 1959) and \#6 (anth 1959). Star Short Novels (anth 1954) was an out-of-series volume. The first 3 vols were of extraordinarily high quality; later issues, while highly competent, were less inspired. Notable stories included "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. CLARKE (\#1), "Disappearing Act" by Alfred BESTER (\#2), "It's a Good Life" by JeromeBIXBY (\#2), "Foster, You're Dead" by Philip K. DICK (\#3) and "Space-Time for Springers" by Fritz LEIBER (\#4). Star of Stars (anth 1960; vt Star Fourteen UK) collects stories from SSFS. The later Ballantine anthologyseries STELLAR derived its title from SSFS.
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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