Bleiler/Dikty : The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels


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The very first annual best-of-the-year anthology series began in 1949, edited by Everett F. Bleiler and T.E. Dikty, the former best known as a bibliographer, the latter as an editor and publisher. The hardcover series had an irregular run: annual volumes of "Best Science Fiction Stories" from 1949 through 1954, a companion set of "Year's Best Science Fiction Novels" from 1952 to 1954, and then -- under Dikty's editorship alone -- combined volumes of "Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels" for 1955, 1956, and after a year's absence, a "Ninth Series" published in 1958; the last two of these volumes were much slimmer than earlier anthologies, and included stories from each of the previous two years.

The photo shows 9 of the total 12 anthologies.

Most reprinted authors: Walter M. Miller, Jr. (7), Ray Bradbury (6), then Fritz Leiber, Murray Leinster, and Frank M. Robinson (5 each).

Most used sources: Astounding (34), F&SF (27), Galaxy (24), Thrilling Wonder Stories (12).

  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949, (Frederick Fell, 1949) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950, (Frederick Fell, 1950) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951, (Frederick Fell, 1951) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952, (Frederick Fell, 1952) [isfdb]
  • Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952, (Frederick Fell, 1952) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953, (Frederick Fell, 1953) [isfdb]
  • Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953, (Frederick Fell, 1953) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954, (Frederick Fell, 1954) [isfdb]
  • Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954, (Frederick Fell, 1954) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955, (Frederick Fell, 1955) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956, (Frederick Fell, 1956) [isfdb]
  • The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series, (Advent:Publishers, 1958) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Robert Abernathy
  • Axolotl (F&SF Jan 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Heirs Apparent (F&SF Jun 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Poul Anderson
  • Call Me Joe (Astounding Apr 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Flight to Forever (Super Science Stories Nov 1950) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952
  • Genius (Astounding Dec 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Trespass! (by PA & Gordon R. Dickson) (Fantastic Story Quarterly Spr 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Alex Apostolides
  • What Thin Partitions (by Mark Clifton & AA) (Astounding Sep 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Isaac Asimov
  • No Connection (Astounding Jun 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Raymond E. Banks
  • Christmas Trombone (F&SF Jan 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • The Littlest People (Galaxy Mar 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Alfred Bester
  • Oddy and Id (Astounding Aug 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Of Time and Third Avenue (F&SF Oct 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Time Is the Traitor (F&SF Sep 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • The Tunesmith (If Aug 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Jerome Bixby
  • One Way Street (Amazing Dec 1953/Jan ’) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • James Blish
  • Surface Tension (Galaxy Aug 1952) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953
  • Robert Bloch
  • I Do Not Love Thee, Doctor Fell (F&SF Mar 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Nine-Finger Jack (Esquire May 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Leigh Brackett
  • The Other People (Venture Mar 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Ray Bradbury
  • ...And the Moon Be Still as Bright (Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Dwellers in Silence (Maclean's Sep 15 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • The Fox in the Forest (Colliers May 13 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • The Man (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Mars Is Heaven! (Planet Stories Fll 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • The Pedestrian (The Reporter Aug 7 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Reginald Bretnor
  • The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out (F&SF Win/Spr 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Bill Brown
  • The Star Ducks (F&SF Fll 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Fredric Brown
  • Dark Interlude (by FB & Mack Reynolds) (Galaxy Jan 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Knock (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • The Last Martian (Galaxy Oct 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Mouse (Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Algis Budrys
  • The Man Who Always Knew (Astounding Apr 1956) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Nightsound (Satellite Feb 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Robert Spencer Carr
  • Easter Eggs (The Saturday Evening Post Sep 24 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • James O. Causey
  • Felony (Galaxy Jul 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • John Christopher
  • Balance (New Worlds Spr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Seeker of the Sphinx (Two Complete Science-Adventure Books Spr 1951) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952
  • Mark Clifton
  • Clerical Error (Astounding Feb 1956) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • The Conqueror (Astounding Aug 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • What Thin Partitions (by MC & Alex Apostolides) (Astounding Sep 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Everett B. Cole
  • Exile (Astounding Jan 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Alfred Coppel
  • The Dreamer (F&SF Apr 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • J. J. Coupling
  • Period Piece (Astounding Nov 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Kendell Foster Crossen
  • Assignment in Aldebaran (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1953) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • Betsy Curtis
  • A Peculiar People (F&SF Aug 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Max Dancey
  • The Collectors (by G. Gordon Dewey & MD) (Amazing Jun/Jul 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Judgment Day (Astounding Aug 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Summer Wear (Startling Stories May 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • G. Gordon Dewey
  • The Collectors (by GGD & Max Dancey) (Amazing Jun/Jul 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Second Variety (Space Science Fiction May 1953) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Trespass! (by Poul Anderson & GRD) (Fantastic Story Quarterly Spr 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Boyd Ellanby
  • Category Phoenix (Galaxy May 1952) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • Hunting Machine (Science Fiction Stories May 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Erik Fennel
  • Doughnut Jockey (Blue Book May 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Albert Compton Friborg
  • Careless Love (F&SF Jul 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Martin Gardner
  • Thang (Comment Fll 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Tom Godwin
  • The Cold Equations (Astounding Aug 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • The Last Victory (If Aug 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • You Created Us (Fantastic Universe Oct 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • H. L. Gold
  • The Enormous Room (by HLG & Robert W. Krepps) (Amazing Oct/Nov 1953) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • Ruth M. Goldsmith
  • Yankee Exodus (F&SF Jul 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • David Grinnell
  • Extending the Holdings (F&SF Apr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Charles L. Harness
  • The New Reality (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Zenna Henderson
  • Ararat (F&SF Oct 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Frank Herbert
  • Nightmare Blues (Astounding Jun 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • John Jakes
  • Machine (F&SF Apr 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Ivan Janvier
  • Thing (Fantastic Universe Mar 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Will F. Jenkins
  • Doomsday Deferred (The Saturday Evening Post Sep 24 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Damon Knight
  • To Serve Man (Galaxy Nov 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Marching Morons (Galaxy Apr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • The Mindworm (Worlds Beyond Dec 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Robert W. Krepps
  • The Enormous Room (by H. L. Gold & RWK) (Amazing Oct/Nov 1953) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • Five Years in the Marmalade (Fantastic Adventures Jul 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Walter Kubilius
  • The Other Side (Super Science Stories Apr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Henry Kuttner
  • Happy Ending (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Private Eye (by HK & C. L. Moore) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Appointment in Tomorrow (Galaxy Jul 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • A Bad Day for Sales (Galaxy Jul 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • The Big Holiday (F&SF Jan 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Coming Attraction (Galaxy Nov 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • The Moon Is Green (Galaxy Apr 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Gadget Had a Ghost (Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun 1952) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953
  • The Life-Work of Professor Muntz (Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • The Middle of the Week After Next (Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • The Sentimentalists (Galaxy Apr 1953) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • The Strange Case of John Kingman (Astounding May 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Frank Belknap Long
  • Two Face (Weird Tales Mar 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • John D. MacDonald
  • Flaw (Startling Stories Jan 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Game for Blondes (Galaxy Oct 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Katherine MacLean
  • Contagion (Galaxy Oct 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Winston K. Marks
  • John's Other Practice (Imagination Jul 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Richard Matheson
  • Born of Man and Woman (F&SF Sum 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • The Last Day (Amazing Apr/May 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Lover, When You're Near Me (Galaxy May 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Witch War (Startling Stories Jul 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • James V. McConnell
  • Nor Dust Corrupt (If Feb 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • John J. McGuire
  • The Queen's Messenger (Astounding May 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • J. T. McIntosh
  • One in Three Hundred (F&SF Feb 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • R. DeWitt Miller
  • Swenson, Dispatcher (Galaxy Apr 1956) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (F&SF Apr 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Command Performance (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Conditionally Human (Galaxy Feb 1952) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953
  • Crucifixus Etiam (Astounding Feb 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Izzard and the Membrane (Astounding May 1951) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952
  • Memento Homo (Amazing Mar 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • The Will (Fantastic Jan/Feb 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • C. L. Moore
  • Private Eye (by Henry Kuttner & CLM) (Astounding Jan 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Ward Moore
  • Dominions Beyond (The Saturday Evening Post Aug 28 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Lot (F&SF May 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • William Morrison
  • The Inner Worlds (F&SF Apr 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • The Model of a Judge (Galaxy Oct 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Andre Norton
  • Mousetrap (F&SF Jun 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Chad Oliver
  • Didn't He Ramble (F&SF Apr 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Of Course (Astounding May 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Lewis Padgett
  • Ex Machina (Astounding Apr 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Peter Phillips
  • At No Extra Cost (Marvel Science Fiction Aug 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Arthur Porges
  • The Fly (F&SF Sep 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • The Rats (Man's World Feb 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Mack Reynolds
  • Dark Interlude (by Fredric Brown & MR) (Galaxy Jan 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Frank Riley
  • The Cyber and Justice Holmes (If Mar 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Frank M. Robinson
  • Dream Street (Imaginative Tales Mar 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • The Girls from Earth (Galaxy Jan 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • The Hunting Season (Astounding Nov 1951) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952
  • The Oceans Are Wide (Science Stories Apr 1954) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954
  • One Thousand Miles Up (Science Stories Apr 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • ...And Then There Were None (Astounding Jun 1951) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952
  • Fast Falls the Eventide (Astounding May 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • I Am Nothing (Astounding Jul 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Into Your Tent I'll Creep (Astounding Sep 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Idris Seabright
  • Brightness Falls from the Air (F&SF Apr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Michael Shaara
  • 2066: Election Day (Astounding Dec 1956) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Joseph Shallit
  • Wonder Child (Fantastic Jan/Feb 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Wilmar H. Shiras
  • In Hiding (Astounding Nov 1948) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1949
  • Opening Doors (Astounding Mar 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Eternity Lost (Astounding Jul 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • How-2 (Galaxy Nov 1954) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories and Novels: 1955
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (Galaxy Oct 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Hurkle Is a Happy Beast (F&SF Fll 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • William F. Temple
  • Counter-Transference (Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Forget-Me-Not (Other Worlds Science Stories Sep 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • The Two Shadows (Startling Stories Mar 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • William Tenn
  • Firewater (Astounding Feb 1952) -- Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953
  • Generation of Noah (Suspense Magazine Spr 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Wilson Tucker
  • The Tourist Trade (Worlds Beyond Jan 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Process (F&SF Dec 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951
  • Jack Vance
  • DP! (Avon SF&F Reader Apr 1953) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1954
  • Men of the Ten Books (Startling Stories Mar 1951) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1952
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • The Mile-Long Spaceship (Astounding Apr 1957) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 9th Series
  • Robert Moore Williams
  • Refuge for Tonight (Blue Book Mar 1949) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950
  • John Wyndham
  • Survival (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1952) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1953
  • Robert F. Young
  • Jungle Doctor (Startling Stories Fll 1955) -- The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956
  • Roger Flint Young
  • Not to Be Opened— (Astounding Jan 1950) -- The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1951

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