Adventures in Time and Space

Adventures in Time and Space is an American anthology of science fiction stories edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas and published in 1946 by Random House. A second edition was also published in 1946 that eliminated the last five stories.[1] A Modern Library edition was issued in 1957.[2] When it was re-released in 1975 by Ballantine Books, Analog book reviewer Lester del Rey referred to it as a book he often gave to people in order to turn them onto the genre. It is now once again out of print.

Adventures in Time and Space
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
EditorsRaymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas
Cover artistGeorge Salter
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages997 pp

The book and A Treasury of Science Fiction were among the only science fiction hardcover books from large, mainstream publishers before about 1950.[3] The large (997 page) anthology collected numerous stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which had originally appeared in pulp magazines (mostly Astounding Science Fiction) and are now regarded as classics of science fiction. According to Frederik Pohl, it was "A colossal achievement...the book that started the science-fiction publishing industry!"[4] In 1954, Anthony Boucher described it as "the one anthology unarguably essential to every reader."[5] In Astounding readers' surveys in both 1952 and 1956, it was rated the best science fiction book ever published.[6]



  1. ^ Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 146.
  2. ^ ISFDB bibliography
  3. ^ Budrys, Algis (October 1965). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 142–150.
  4. ^ See Don Sakers, "The Reference Library" Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine, Analog, July–August 2011
  5. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, August 1954, p.78
  6. ^ P. Schuyler Miller, "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, October 1956, p. 151-53
  7. ^ "Anthopology 101: The Best of Time and Space".
  8. ^ "Publication: Astounding Science-Fiction, January 1941".
  9. ^ note variant title of "The Weapon Shop"

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