Classic Science Fiction

Since my ‘retirement’ in 2012 I’ve begun revisiting classic and favorite authors of science fiction, many of which I first discovered as a teenager, to see how well they hold up against newer writers, to see if and how their premises have become obsolete in light of changing technology and scientific understanding (see General Nonfiction), and to what extent they inform my ‘Provisional Conclusions’ (see link in menu). Here’s a photo of the paperbacks I bought by those core BACH authors — Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein — with a couple book club editions, books I’m gradually reworking my way through. At the bottom of the page is a photo of some of my favorite SF books of all time that I have in first editions.

The book lists here focus on short fiction collections, for now, listed by author in chronological order. The * indicates a collection consisting mostly of stories already included in earlier collections.

Isaac Asimov:

Novels:

  • Pebble in the Sky (1950)
  • Foundation (1951)
  • The Stars Like Dust (1951)
  • Foundation and Empire (1952)
  • The Currents of Space (1952)
  • Second Foundation (1953)
  • The Caves of Steel (1954)
  • The End of Eternity (1955)
  • The Naked Sun (1957)
  • The Death Dealers/A Whiff of Death (1958)
  • six Lucky Starr juveniles (1952-1958)
  • The Gods Themselves (1972)
  • Foundation’s Edge (1982)
  • The Robots of Dawn (1983)
  • Robots and Empire (1985)
  • Foundation and Earth (1986)
  • Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain (1987)
  • Prelude to Foundation (1988)
  • Nemesis (1989)

Collections:

  • Intro posts:
  • I, Robot (1950) (notes about “Reason”, a story about a creationist robot, and how this relates to contemporary creationist thinking, and how in a sense it doesn’t matter.)
  • Foundation (1951) (notes about this first Foundation’s book’s themes of technology, religion, free trade, and nationalism, and how some of its ideas of history and psychology have to some extent have been invalidated and revised by now.)
  • Foundation and Empire (1952)
  • Second Foundation (1953)
  • The Martian Way and other stories (1955)
  • Earth Is Room Enough (1957)
  • Nine Tomorrows (1959)
  • Eight Stories from the Rest of the Robots (1966)
  • Asimov’s Mysteries (1968)
  • Nightfall and other stories (1969)
  • *The Best of Isaac Asimov (1973) (notes on Asimov’s best stories: “Nightfall,” “The Dead Past,” “The Last Question,” “The Bicentennial Man,” and the heartbreaking “The Ugly Little Boy.”
  • Buy Jupiter and other stories (1975)
  • The Bicentennial Man (1976)
  • *The Complete Robot (1982)
  • The Winds of Change and other stories (1983)
  • *Robot Dreams (1986)
  • *The Asimov Chronicles (1989)
  • *Robot Visions (1990)
  • Gold (1995)
  • (not considered: The Early Asimov (1972); Magic (1996); the mystery collections)

Ray Bradbury

  • Intro posts:
  • Dark Carnival (1947)
  • The Martian Chronicles (1950) (notes)
  • The Illustrated Man (1951)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
  • The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953)
  • The October Country (1955) (notes)
  • Dandelion Wine (1957) (notes)
  • A Medicine for Melancholy (1959)
  • R Is for Rocket (1962)
  • The Machineries of Joy (1964)
  • *The Vintage Bradbury (1965)
  • S Is for Space (1966)
  • I Sing the Body Electric (1969)
  • Long After Midnight (1976)
  • *The Stories of Ray Bradbury (1980)
  • The Toynbee Convector (1988)
  • *Green Shadows, White Whale (1992)
  • Quicker Than the Eye (1996)
  • Driving Blind (1998)
  • *From the Dust Returned (2001)
  • One More for the Road (2002)
  • *Bradbury Stories (2003)
  • The Cat’s Pajamas (2004)
  • (novel) Farewell Summer (2006) (notes)
  • Now and Forever (2007)
  • We’ll Always Have Paris (2009)
  • A Pleasure to Burn (2010)
  • (omitting incidental volumes and poetry)

Arthur C. Clarke:
Novels:

  • Prelude to Space (1951)
  • The Sands of Mars (1951)
  • Islands in the Sky (1952)
  • Childhood’s End (1953)
  • Against the Fall of Night (1953)
  • Earthlight (1955)
  • The City and the Stars (1956)
  • The Deep Range (1957)
  • A Fall of Moondust (1961)
  • Dolphin Island (1963)
  • Glide Path (1963)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Rendezvous with Rama (1973)
  • Imperial Earth (1975)
  • The Fountains of Paradise (1979)
  • 2010: Odyssey Two (1982)
  • The Songs of Distant Earth (1986)
  • 2061: Odyssey Three (1988)
  • The Ghost from the Grand Banks (1990)
  • The Hammer of God (1993)
  • 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)

Collections:

  • Expedition to Earth (1953)
  • Reach for Tomorrow (1956)
  • Tales from the White Hart (1957)
  • The Other Side of the Sky (1958)
  • Tales of Ten Worlds (1962)
  • *The Nine Billion Names of God (1967) (Two Religious Explorations, about “The Star” and “The Nine Billion Names of God”)
  • The Wind from the Sun (1972)
  • *The Sentinel (1983)
  • *Tales from Planet Earth (1990)
  • *The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (2000)
  • novel Childhood’s End part 1; part 2; part 3

Robert A. Heinlein:
Novels:

  • Rocket Ship Galileo (1947)
  • Beyond This Horizon (1948)
  • Space Cadet (1948)
  • Sixth Column (1949)
  • Red Planet (1949)
  • Farmer in the Sky (1950)
  • Between Planets (1951)
  • The Puppet Masters (1951)
  • The Rolling Stones (1952)
  • Starman Jones (1953)
  • The Star Beast (1954)
  • Tunnel in the Sky (1955)
  • Double Star (1956)
  • Time for the Stars (1956)
  • The Door Into Summer (1957)
  • Citizen of the Galaxy (1957)
  • Have Space Suit — Will Travel (1958)
  • Methuselah’s Children (1958)
  • Starship Troopers (1959)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
  • Glory Road (1963)
  • Orphans of the Sky (1963)
  • Podkayne of Mars (1963)
  • Farnham’s Freehold (1964)
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966)
  • I Will Fear No Evil (1970)
  • Time Enough for Love (1973)
  • The Number of the Beast (1980)
  • Friday (1982)
  • Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984)
  • The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)
  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987)
  • For Us, the Living (2004)

Collections:

  • The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)
  • Waldo and Magic, Inc. (1950)
  • The Green Hills of Earth (1951) (notes)
  • Assignment in Eternity (1953)
  • Revolt in 2100 (1953) (notes on “If This Goes On”)
  • The Menace from Earth (1959)
  • The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1959)
  • Orphans of the Sky (1963) (notes)
  • The World of Robert A. Heinlein (1966)
  • *The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)

Robert Silverberg:
Novels:

  • Revolt on Alpha C (1955)
  • The 13th Immortal (1957)
  • Master of Life and Death (1957)
  • Starman’s Quest (1958)
  • Aliens from Space (1958)
  • Invaders from Earth (1958)
  • Stepsons of Terra (1958)
  • The Planet Killers (1959)
  • Lost Race of Mars (1960)
  • Collision Course (1961)
  • Recalled to Life (1962)
  • The Seed of Earth (1962)
  • The Silent Invaders (1963)
  • Time of the Great Freeze (1964)
  • Regan’s Planet (1964)
  • Conquerors from the Darkness (1965)
  • The Mask of Akhnaten (1965)
  • The Gate of Worlds (1967)
  • Those Who Watch (1967)
  • Planet of Death (1967)
  • To Open the Sky (1967)
  • The Time Hoppers (1967)
  • Thorns (1967)
  • Hawksbill Station (1968)
  • The Masks of Time (1968)
  • Three Survived (1969)
  • The Man in the Maze (1969)
  • Nightwings (1969)
  • Up the Line (1969)
  • To Live Again (1969)
  • Across a Billion Years (1969)
  • Downward to the Earth (1970)
  • World’s Fair 1992 (1970)
  • Tower of Glass (1970)
  • The World Inside (1971)
  • A Time of Changes (1971)
  • Son of Man (1971)
  • The Second Trip (1972)
  • The Book of Skulls (1972)
  • Dying Inside (1972)
  • The Stochastic Man (1975)
  • Shadrach in the Furnace (1976)
  • Lord Valentine’s Castle (1980)
  • Valentine Pontifex (1983)
  • Lord of Darkness (1983)
  • Gilgamesh the King (1984)
  • Tom O’Bedlam (1985)
  • Star of Gypsies (1986)
  • Project Pendulum (1987)
  • At Winter’s End (1988)
  • The Mutant Season (1989)
  • The Queen of Springtime (1989)
  • To the Land of the Living (1989)
  • The Face of the Waters (1991)
  • Kingdoms of the Wall (1992)
  • Hot Sky At Midnight (1994)
  • The Mountains of Majipoor (1995)
  • Starborne (1996)
  • Sorcerers of Majipoor (1997)
  • The Alien Years (1998)
  • Lord Prestimion (1999)
  • The King of Dreams (2001)
  • The Longest Way Home (2002)
  • Roma Eterna (2003)

    Collections:

    Philip K. Dick
    Novels:

    • Solar Lottery (1955)
    • The Man Who Japed (1956)
    • The World Jones Made (1956)
    • The Cosmic Puppets (1957)
    • Eye in the Sky (1957)
    • Time Out of Joint (1959)
    • Dr. Futurity (1960)
    • Vulcan’s Hammer (1960)
    • The Man in the High Castle (1962)
    • The Game-Players of Titan (1963)
    • The Simulacra (1964)
    • Martian Time-Slip (1964)
    • The Penultimate Truth (1964)
    • Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)
    • Dr. Bloodmoney (1965)
    • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)
    • The Crack in Space (1966)
    • Now Wait for Last Year (1966)
    • The Unteleported Man (1966)
    • Counter-Clock World (1967)
    • The Zap Gun (1967)
    • The Ganymede Takeover (1967)
    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
    • Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)
    • Ubik (1969)
    • Our Friends from Frolix 8 (1970)
    • A Maze of Death (1970)
    • We Can Build You (1972)
    • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974)
    • Deus Irae (1976)
    • A Scanner Darkly (1977)
    • The Divine Invasion (1981)
    • VALIS (1981)
    • The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982)
    • Radio Free Albemuth (1985)

    Gene Wolfe:

    Misc:

     

    Some of my first editions: