The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964
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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964 is a 1970 anthology of science fiction short stories, edited by Robert Silverberg. It is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, of the many science fiction anthologies. Author Lester del Rey said that "it even lives up to its subtitle." It was first published by Doubleday and subsequently reprinted by Orb.
The content of the book was decided by a vote of the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America, choosing among short stories (up to 15,000 words long) that predated the Nebula Awards. The top 15 vote-getters were included; Silverberg then used his judgment, rather than the number of votes, in selecting 11 of the next 15 for a total of 26 stories. (Several authors had two stories in the top 30 vote-getters, but no author is represented twice in the collection.) "Nightfall" was chosen as the best short story, followed by "A Martian Odyssey" and "Flowers for Algernon".
In 1973, it was followed by The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two: The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time. Further volumes were published, consisting of early Nebula winners, thus straying outside the original "pre-Nebula" concept.
Algis Budrys, finding the story selection inexact, concluded that "the book is as advertised -- a basic one-volume library of the short science fiction story," but that "you should also leave space beside it."
- "Galaxy Bookshelf," Galaxy, December 1970, pp.93-94