A Song for Lya

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This article is about the story collection. For the novella by the same author, see A Song for Lya (novella).
A Song for Lya
A Song for Lya (George R. R. Martin anthology - front cover).jpg
First edition cover
Author George R. R. Martin
Cover artist Patrick Woodroffe
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction and fantasy short stories
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-380-00521-2
OCLC 2411749

A Song for Lya is the first collection of stories by science fiction and fantasy writer George R. R. Martin, published as a paperback original by Avon Books in 1976. It was reprinted by different publishers in 1978 and in 2001. The title is sometimes rendered A Song for Lya and Other Stories.[1] A Song for Lya won the 1977 Locus Poll as the year's best story collection.[2]


  1. "With Morning Comes Mistfall" (Analog 1973)
  2. "The Second Kind of Loneliness" (Analog 1972)
  3. "Override" (Analog 1973)
  4. "Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels" (Vertex 1973)
  5. "The Hero" (Galaxy 1971)
  6. "FTA" (Analog 1974)
  7. "Run to Starlight" (Amazing 1974)
  8. "The Exit to San Breta" (Fantastic 1972)
  9. "Slide Show" (Omega 1973)
  10. "A Song for Lya" (Analog 1974)[3]


Spider Robinson reviewed the collection favorably, declaring that while a few stories were "duds," that "the good stuff in Song for Lya is so dazzingly good that it would cover a much greater multitude of sins."[4]