World's Best Science Fiction: 1966

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World's Best Science Fiction: 1966
Worlds Best Science Fiction 1966 cover.jpg
Cover of first edition, 1966
Author edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
Cover artist Jack Gaughan
Country United States
Language English
Series World's Best Science Fiction
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
1966
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 287 pp.
Preceded by World's Best Science Fiction: 1965
Followed by World's Best Science Fiction: 1967

World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr, the second volume in a series of seven. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1966. It was reprinted by the same publisher in 1970 under the alternate title World's Best Science Fiction: Second Series. An Italian edition appeared in December 1966 under the title Il vento del sole.

The book collects fifteen novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by the editors. Most of the stories were previously published in 1964 and 1965 in the magazines New Worlds SF, Amazing Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy Magazine, If, and Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction; another was published for the first time in the collection.

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Awards[edit]

"Becalmed in Hell" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

"Over the River and Through the Woods" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

"Planet of Forgetting" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novelette

"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" won the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the 1966 Hugo Award for Best Short Fiction.

"The Decision Makers" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

"Uncollected Works" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

"Vanishing Point" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

"In Our Block" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

"Masque of the Red Shift" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

"The Good New Days" was nominated for the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Reception[edit]

Algis Budrys found the anthology unimpressive, saying that one-third of the stories "will not on inspection seem to be outstanding." He concluded that WBSF66 was "not a bad anthology" and"contains some rewarding moments." but that it reflects "what its editors think science fiction ought to be, or worse, it can be the false face they think will most ingratiate the field with strangers."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1966, pp.152-54

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