Men Against the Stars

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Men Against the Stars
Men against the stars.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
EditorMartin Greenberg
Cover artistEdd Cartier
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction Short stories
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

Men Against the Stars is a 1950 anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Martin Greenberg, originally published in hardcover by Gnome Press. A British hardcover was issued by Grayson & Grayson in 1951. Pyramid Books published several abridged paperback versions in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[1]

It was the first “theme” anthology in science fiction, where all stories are about a common idea, setting, or concept.[2] All the stories, save one, had originally appeared in the magazine Astounding SF. The other story, "When Shadows Fall", first appeared in Startling Stories.



Fletcher Pratt, writing in The New York Times, reported that editor Greenberg "has done an extremely good job of choosing his entries".[3] Anthony Boucher praised the volume as "a pioneer among 'patterned' anthologies [and] an outstanding collection."[4] P. Schuyler Miller called it "one of the best science fiction antholgies to date [in 1950], praising the consistent selection of "stories of human problems and human values."[5]


  1. ^ ISFDB publishing history
  2. ^ Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 298.
  3. ^ "In the Realm of the Spacemen: Star Rovers", The New York Times Book Review, July 2, 1950
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, May 1957, p.77.
  5. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding, November 1950, p.93-94