Beyond Time and Space

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Beyond Time and Space
Beyond time and space orig.jpg
Cover of the first edition.
EditorAugust Derleth
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPellegrini & Cudahy
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

Beyond Time and Space is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by American writer August Derleth. It was first published by Pellegrini & Cudahy in 1950. Several of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines The Century, The Atlantic Monthly, The Strand, Blue Book, Blackwood's Magazine, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Astounding Stories, Maclean's, The American Legion Magazine and Startling Stories. A heavily abridged paperback edition was issued by Berkley Books in 1958.[1]



New York Times reviewer Villiers Gerson praised the anthology, saying "the overall excellence of the stories selected is a measure of Mr. Derleth's ability of an editor."[2] Groff Conklin noted that while Derleth's selection of older stories was sound, the more contemporary choices tended to be "tales of the weird, the supernatural or the fantastic" which did not "represent modern science fiction".[3] P. Schuyler Miller praised the anthology as a "fat but rather expensive collection truly representative of most of the growing pains of our young-old genre."[4] Boucher and McComas declared that "Derleth has succeeded admirably in his attempt to 'glance backward over the stream of science fiction,' bringing together the much discussed -- but too seldom read -- classics of the field" and "some of the best efforts of" contemporary writers".[5] Wilson Tucker, however, gave Beyond Time and Space a more lukewarm review, saying "Derleth has succeeded in compiling a record of science fiction through the ages -- if you like to keep such records".[6] Robert A. W. Lowndes challenged Derleth's claim to presenting a collection of stories associating contemporary science fiction with classical imaginative work, saying "if his anthology proves anything, [it] proves that there is no such connection to be made".[7]


  1. ^ ISFDB publishing history
  2. ^ "In the Realm of the Spacemen: Fantasy, Unlimited", The New York Times Book Review, July 2, 1950
  3. ^ "Galaxy's Five Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1950, p. 143.
  4. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding Science Fiction. March 1951, p.146-47
  5. ^ "Recommended Reading", F&SF, Fall 1950, p.82.
  6. ^ "Science Fiction Book Reviews", Other Worlds, January 1951, p.100
  7. ^ "From the Bookshelf", Future Science Fiction, March 1951, p.69


  • Contento, William G. "Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections". Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 139. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.