Big Book of Science Fiction

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Big Book of Science Fiction
Big Book of Science Fiction.jpg
cover of first edition
EditorGroff Conklin
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherCrown Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pagesvii, 545

Big Book of Science Fiction is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Groff Conklin. It was first published in hardcover by Crown Publishers in August 1950. A later edition was issued by Bonanza Books/Crown Publishers in 1978 under the alternate title The Classic Books of Science Fiction. An abridged paperback edition containing ten of its 32 stories was published by Berkley Books in April 1957, and reprinted in June 1957 and September 1964; the reprints bore the variant title The Big Book of Science Fiction.[1]

The book collects thirty-two novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, together with an introduction by the editor. The stories were previously published from 1889-1950 in various science fiction and other magazines.[1]


Stories also appearing in the abridged paperback edition annoted with "TBB"