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A Treasury of Science Fiction book. vii · Introduction · Groff Conklin · in · One of the earliest hardbound anthologies of science fiction, this collection includes 30 stories by recognized leaders in the field including .

A Treasury of Science Fiction book. Heard, Lewis Padgett, Robert Heinlein, Murray Leinster, A. E. Van Vogt, Arthur Clarke, and many others.

It was first published in hardcover by Crown Publishers in 1948, and reprinted in March 1951. An abridged paperback version including eight of its thirty stories was published by Berkley Books in July 1957 and reprinted in January 1958 and January 1965.

Treasury of Science Fiction (1948) is Groff Conklin's second science fiction anthology; his first was The Best of Science Fiction (1946). Thes two anthologies did much to shape how later sf anthologies were done. Treasury is slightly smaller than the first book, but still very large- 517 pages. The selections are more modern, come from less diverse sources (most are from Astounding ), and are, I think, of a generally higher quality.

A treasury of science fiction. Conklin, Groff, 1904-1968, ed. Publication date. Science fiction, American. New York : Bonanza Books : Distributed by Crown. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. From 1950 to 1955, he was the book critic for Galaxy Science Fiction.

~ table of contents. INTRODUCTION, by Groff Conklin. THE BLAST, by Stuart Cloete. When the science fiction author has to work within the limits of the short story, he only too often has to assume certain preconceptions on the part of his readers, thus limiting his audience to a relatively small group of fans who have read so much science fiction that they accept the improbable as commonplace. This is what has led many critics to dismiss science fiction as narrow in scope and limited in appeal.

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  • When I was a child, my father had this book on his bookshelves. When I went to college, I took it with me.
    Unfortunately, I loaned it to a friend who never returned it, and have regretted it ever since. The stories are superb and fun to read, especially after all these years. I was very pleased to find it, and to receive it in such good condition.

  • Awesome selection classic stories from the golden age of science fiction. I particularly the Heinlein story.

  • This is a pretty good collection of stories, especially because there aren't a lot of repeats from other similar books in my library.

  • Gets no better than this....

  • Very happy with purchase. Must have SF collection.

  • I am reviewing the 1980 reprint Crown Publishers Bonanza hardback (ISBN: 0-517-30618-2). This book contains all of thirty stories, a three page foreword by R. Scott Latham (1979) and a three page introduction by the editor, Groff Conklin (1948). This book is Groff Conklin’s second anthology, following the immensely successful trailblazing “The Best of Science Fiction” (reprinted as “The Golden Age of Science Fiction”).

    Only seven of these stories were published before 1940. In addition, twenty five of these stories were first published in Astounding Science Fiction (and twenty four of these while John W. Campbell Jr. was editor).
    For me personally, the high proportion of 1940s and Campbell-edited stories make this a better volume than its trailblazing predecessor. My personal favourites are the classic “The Ethical Equations” by Murray Leinster, “Vintage Season” by Lawrence O’Donnell, “Mimsy were the Borogroves” by Lewis Padgett, and “Tools” by Clifford D. Simak, but in fact all the stories are very readable. I have a particular soft spot for “Tools” as at the time of writing this is the only English language printing, other than the original pulp. (Currently Open Road Media intend to re-issue all of Simak’s writing in ebook form, but it is not certain yet whether there will also be print editions).

    The above is only my opinion. I do not know enough about science fiction to give a detailed review. I’m also concerned that in the detail I might give away too much of the storylines. My main motivation for reviewing is to give an easily accessible list of contents to those browsing through anthologies on Amazon.

    It is my usual practice at this point to give a list of the stories together with a very brief introduction for each one (definitely not plot spoiling). As it happens Amazon will not accept this at this time, perhaps because of the resulting length of review, so here is a list of the stories without any description:

    “The Nightmare” by Chan Davis (1946)
    “Tomorrow’s Children” by Poul Anderson and F.N. Waldrop (1947)
    “ The Last Objective” by Paul Carter (1946)
    “Loophole” by Arthur C. Clarke (1946)
    “The Figure” by Edward Grendon (1947)
    "The Great Fog” by H.F. Heard (1944 )
    “The Chrysalis” by P. Schuyler Miller (1936)
    “Living Fossil” by L. Sprague de Camp (1939)
    “N Day” by Philip Latham (1946)
    “With Folded Hands” by Jack Williamson (1947)
    “No Woman Born” by C.L. Moore (1944)
    “With Flaming Swords” by Cleve Cartmill (1942)
    “Children of the “Betsy-B.”” by Malcolm Jameson (1939)
    “Child’s Play” by William Tenn (Pseudonym of Philip Klass) (1947)
    “The Person from Porlock” by Raymond F. Jones (1947)
    “Juggernaut” by A.E. van Vogt (1944)
    “The Eternal Man” by D.D. Sharp (1929)
    “Mimsy were the Borogroves” by Lewis Padgett (1943) (Pseudonym used by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore)
    “Time and Time Again” by H. Beam Piper (1947)
    “Housing Shortage” by Harry Walton (1947)
    “Flight of the Dawn Star” by Robert Moore Williams (1938)
    “Vintage Season” by Lawrence O’Donnell (1946) (Pseudonym used by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore, solo or jointly, in this instance its C.L. Moore)
    “Of Jovian Build” by Oscar J. Friend (1938)
    “Wings Across the Cosmos” by Polton Cross (1938)
    “The Embassy” by Martin Pearson (1942)
    “Dark Mission” by Lester del Rey (1940)
    “The Ethical Equations” by Murray Leinster (1945)
    “It’s Great to be Back” by Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
    “Tools” by Clifford D.Simak (1942)
    “Rescue Party” by Arthur C. Clarke (1946)

  • _Treasury of Science Fiction_ (1948) is Groff Conklin's second science fiction anthology; his first was _The Best of Science Fiction_ (1946). Thes two anthologies did much to shape how later sf anthologies were done. _Treasury_ is slightly smaller than the first book, but still very large-- 517 pages. The selections are more modern, come from less diverse sources (most are from _Astounding_), and are, I think, of a generally higher quality.

    A sampling of the thirty stories are "Tomorrow's Children" by Poul Anderson and F.N. Waldrop, "Rescue Party" by Arthur C. Clarke, "With Folded Hands..." by Jack Williamson, "No Woman Born" by C. L.Moore, "Child's Play" by William Tenn, "The Ethical Equations" by Murray Leinster, "It's Great To Be Back" by Robert A. Heinlein, and "Juggernaut" by A.E. van Vogt. All of the stories, not just those listed, are of good to excellent quality. If many of these stories seem a bit familiar to you, remember: This collection was where many of them were appearing in book form for the first time. And if they seem a bit old-fashioned in some ways, I would argue that quality tells; they still hold up remarkably well.

    The contents are divided up into seven categories: The Atom and After, The Wonders of the Earth, The Superscience of Man, Dangerous Inventions, Adventures in Dimension, From Outer Space, and Far Traveling. Categories such as these may have led to the development of Conklin's "theme anthologies" in the fifties.

    In another review I once asked if anybody today still remembered Groff Conklin. Since that time, I have stumbled across a piece of scholarship by Bud Webster called _41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin_ (2005). It is a 70 page checklist of Conklin's anthologies and the stories reprinted in them. It is perhaps a sign that this man of intelligence and taste is not wholly forgotten.

  • This is Groff Conklin's second anthology, published originally in 1948. It consists of 30 stories, mostly from the 1940's, and a large number of those were from 1946 and 1947. This differs from his previous collection, which tried to cover short fiction from the entire history of the genre. All but five of these stories first appeared in the pages of "Astounding Science Fiction".

    It is amazing how well these stories hold up even today. Yes there are some things which are dated, but on the whole the stories work nearly as well today as they did when they were first published. Included are stories from some of the great masters of Science Fiction, such as Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague De Camp, Murray Leinster, Robert A. Heinlein and more. There are also many stories by lesser known writers.

    Surprisingly only two of these stories have been recognized in reader polls. These are "With Folded Hands..." by Jack Williamson which was tied for 32nd on the Locus All-Time Poll for novelettes in 1999, and "Rescue Party" by Arthur C. Clarke, which was tied for 9th on the 1971 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll of short fiction. The Anthology itself was rated 20th on the 1952 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll of books.