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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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Paperback, 997 pages
Published April 12th 1978 by Del Rey (first published 1946)
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This is probably one of the first science fiction anthologies ever published (1946), and is recognized as one of the best of the early ones. The copy I have is one of the old Modern Library Giants. The dustcover looks exactly as pictured.

There are many early giants of S.F. represented here. Heinlein, Del Ray, Asimov, Van Vogt, Alfred Bester, Harry Bates, Anthony Boucher, de Camp. Also three stories by "Lewis Padgett", a pseudonym used by both Henry Kuttner and his wife
May 27, 2014 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
Note, May 27, 2014: I just edited this review (from July 2010) to correct a misspelled word.

Originally published in 1946, this thick anthology was the first major venture by a mainstream U.S. publisher in the SF field, and as such a significant contributor to the post-war popularization of the genre with general readers outside of what had been, up to that time, a small ghetto of fans served by a handful of pulp magazines. (The new popular interest in and respectability of the genre was largely
Aidan Nancarrow
If I can steal a phrase from Mark Twain, the Golden Age of SF was more Gilded than Golden.

It had ambition, it lacked guidance. It had inspiration, it lacked verve. It dreamed, but it dreamed in tunnel-vision.

Adventure's in Time and Space proposes to be '33 of the Greatest Stories, Novelettes & Short Novels by the Best SF Writers of All Time!"

That's a tall order and no surprise the volume falls short.

It doesn't help that the whole thing begins with a essay by the editors equal in pretension t
I don't think this was the very first SF anthologoy published in the USA -- I believe there was a Pocket paperback original a couple of years earlier, and Groff Conklin's 'The Best of Science Fiction' came out the same year (1946) -- but it remains the best-known and best-loved early example. It's easy to see why; 1000 pages of extremely well-chosen stories from the early years of the "Golden Age", 1937-1945, by virtually every big-name American writer in the field. It's all from the magazines, ...more
“Adventures in Time and Space” edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas is one of the best collections of science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes ever published. Originally released in August of 1946 as collection of 35 works from what are now considered the legends of science fiction. It was tied for 4th on the Arkham Survey in 1949 and the top rated book on the Astounding/Analog polls in 1952 and 1956. In 1966, 20 years after it was published, it was still rated as the ...more
Here's the deal. There was a hardcover book by this title published, and then the hardcover was broken into two volumes for paperback publication, one of the same title, which I have, and then "More Adventures in Time and Space," which I don't have.

However, in looking at the contents of the hardcover, I've read most of the stories in it in other formats so I've read somewhat over half of this book. But I only own the first paperback.

Good stuff though. This is a collection that deserves it's good
Erik Graff
Nov 26, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf fans & literary historians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I recall the title of virtually every one of these stories not so much because I read them here, but because they're famous and have been read in anthology after anthology.
Dale Houstman
This is the first science fiction anthology I can remember reading, when I was a young teen, plowing my way through the SF shelves of the local library, quite in awe of the genre's wide spectrum of subjects, and the pure joy of imagination coupled with science. I still own a very nice if somewhat worn hardcover edition of it, and still dive into it from time to time to refresh my acquaintance with its grand selection of rather well-known classics of the field. The story that originally grabbed m ...more
This is a science fiction anthology at the heart of a sci-fi class I took a few years ago in the American Studies department at University of Maryland, and it seems to have gone out of print. I was planning to use it for one of my own classes for its unique historical placement: this is, in short, the pioneering anthology of science fiction back from the era of World War II when writers like Asimov and Heinlein were beginning to shape the genre. Many of the stories--like the vision of roads that ...more
Paul Barone
This book is one of the best for "golden age" fans One of the earliest sci-fi anthologies. Includes "Farewell to the Master," the inspiration for "The Day the Earth Stood Still" as well as the seminal "Forgetfulness" by Don A. Stuart (nom de plume of famous editor John D. MacDonald), as well as his "Who Goes There?" (inspiration for the films "The Thing (From Outer Space)," Asimov's "Nightfall," Bester's "Adam and No Eve," Van Vogt's "The Weapon Shop," (prequel to his famous novel of the same na ...more
An excellent collection of science fiction stories from the 1940s. There are some really good stories and some mediocre ones in the collection. You can tell which authors went on to become famous science fiction writers and which ones did not. I believe the story that inspired the original The Day the Earth Stood Still is in this collection. The character names and situations are just too similar to be coincidental. It is a collection from the 1940s, so there is a film noir quality about the cha ...more
Karen the Comic Seller
The stories date from the '30's & 40's, - some are good, others are great yarns, some make you think, just how far have we come? Or have we? An excellent collection of stories, varying in length, tone, humor, serious, philosophical -
Among my favorites were Lewis Ladgett's "The Proud Robot" & "Time Locker" (stories with a weird twist); L. Sprague de Camp's "The Blue Giraffe" (the price of gene-splicing? or a really good yarn?) & A.E.Vogt's "The Weapons Shop" (definitely NOT what you
Arguably the best anthology of science fiction ever published; the best of golden-age sf almost surely. Almost all of the stories have been reprinted over and over again, and almost all of the authors are remembered as being important and influential forces in the field. I've re-read many of the contents multiple times and hope to have the time to pull down my tattered volume several more times!
Imaginative and relevant, even 70+ years later. Shows that good sci-fi is not bound to unimaginable (to the reader) applications of technology, and is made timeless by exploring ideas that go much deeper than mere technology.

One of the oldest and one of the best collections. I have the 1975 version. This book got me interested in science fiction and I have never regretted it. Highly recommended.
Michael Tildsley
This was just average to me. "Time Locker" by Lewis Padgett is the only really memorable story for me. I love the liberties taken with the linear nature of time.
Brad Waller
This may have been the very first Sci-Fi book I bought and I still have it. 1975 edition.
All the classics. Start here if you are not familiar with the masters of scifi.
Mark Dickson
My oldest sci-fi anthology of stories and one of my favorites.
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My version is from Dec. 1979, with a different cover
must read for science fiction lovers :)
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Raymond John Healy (1907-1969) was a pioneering American anthologist who edited four science fiction anthologies from 1946 to 1955, two with J. Francis McComas. The first, Adventures in Time and Space (1946, with McComas as coeditor) is generally recognized as the finest early anthology from the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
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