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50 Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) [Anthology]
by Karen Anderson Poul Anderson Isaac Asimov Alan Bloch Anthony Boucher Fredric Brown T. P. Caravan Cleve Cartmill Peter Cartur James O. Causey Arthur C. Clarke Mildred Clingerman Roger Dee Arthur Feldman Jack Finney Stuart Friedman Edward Grendon David Grinnell Marion Gross Robert A. Heinlein Albert Hernhuter H.B. Hickey W. Hilton-Young Damon Knight Cyril M. Kornbluth Fritz Leiber Jack Lewis John D. MacDonald Avro Manhattan Winston K. Marks John P. McKnight Lion Miller Alan Nelson Alan E. Nourse Peter Phillips Arthur Porges Mack Reynolds Frank M. Robinson Edward G. Robles, Jr. Eric Frank Russell James H. Schmitz Howard Schoenfeld Idris Seabright Robert Sheckley Walt Sheldon Evelyn E. Smith Will Stanton Theodore Sturgeon William Tenn A.E. van Vogt Ralph Williams S. Fowler Wright Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

You visit a world where Robots strain to remember the existence of the Men who created them; hear the tantalizingly brief report of a man who returns from a trip to the future; see the snake-armed Thing that emerges from the minds of the people who conjure it. You meet a souvenir hunter in the Thirtieth Century and a schoolgirl who tries to cope with the teaching methods of the Twenty-second Century. You share the terror of an astronaut in a "haunted" space suit and the dilemma of a wife whose husband knows a common chemical formula for destroying the earth. In short, you feel the impact, the originality, and the uncanny atmosphere created by these science fiction experts not once-- but 50 times.

50 Short Science Fiction Tales have been selected for their concise writing, and for punch lines that leave the reader "surprised, shocked, and delighted at the final sentence." According to the editors, another important aspect of this literary form is "evocation of a background differing from our own." Consequently, though some of the stories are just a page long, the reading experience is always excitingly unique.


  • Ballade of an Artificial Satellite by Poul Anderson
  • The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov
  • Men Are Different by Alan Bloch
  • The Ambassadors by Anthony Boucher
  • The Weapon by Fredric Brown
  • Random Sample by T. P. Caravan
  • Oscar by Cleve Cartmill
  • The Mist by Peter Cartur
  • Teething Ring by James Causey
  • The Haunted Spacesuit by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Stair Trick by Mildred Clingerman
  • Unwelcome Tenant by Roger Dee
  • The Mathematicians by Arthur Feldman
  • The Third Level by Jack Finney
  • Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! by Stuart Friedman
  • The Figure by Edward Grendon
  • The Rag Thing by David Grinnell
  • The Good Provider by Marion Gross
  • Columbus Was a Dope by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Texas Week by Albert Hernhuter
  • Hilda by H. B. Hickey
  • The Choice by W. Hilton-Young
  • Not with a Bang by Damon Knight
  • The Altar at Midnight by C. M. Kornbluth
  • A Bad Day for Sales by Fritz Leiber
  • Who’s Cribbing? by Jack Lewis
  • Spectator Sport by John D. MacDonald
  • The Cricket Ball by Avro Manhattan
  • Double-take by Winston K. Marks
  • Prolog by John P. McKnight
  • The Available Data on the Worp Reaction by Lion Miller
  • Narapoia by Alan Nelson
  • Tiger by the Tail by Alan E. Nourse
  • Counter Charm by Peter Phillips
  • The Fly by Arthur Porges
  • The Business, as Usual by Mack Reynolds
  • Two Weeks in August by Frank M. Robinson
  • See? by Edward G. Robles, Jr.
  • Appointment at Noon by Eric Frank Russell
  • We Don’t Want Any Trouble by James H. Schmitz
  • Built Down Logically by Howard Schoenfeld
  • An Egg a Month from All Over by Idris Seabright
  • The Perfect Woman by Robert Sheckley
  • The Hunters by Walt Sheldon
  • The Martian and the Magician by Evelyn E. Smith
  • Barney by Will Stanton
  • Talent by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Project Hush by William Tenn
  • The Great Judge by A. E. van Vogt
  • Emergency Landing by Ralph Williams
  • Obviously Suicide by S. Fowler Wright
  • Six Haiku by Karen Anderson

Original title: 50 Short Science Fiction Tales
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Third Level, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Jack Finney
     Fun They Had, the (1957) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov

Edition #1: 50 Short Science Fiction Tales

50 Short Science Fiction Tales (1963)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Isaac Asimov Groff Conklin
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50 Short Science Fiction Stories (1997)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780684842967
Pages: 288

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50 Short Science Fiction Tales (1963)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Collier Books (Macmillan)
Pages: 285

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