Ahead of Time

Ahead of Time is a collection of science fiction stories by the American writer Henry Kuttner, first published in hardcover by Ballantine Books in 1953, with a paperback edition shortly afterwards. A British hardcover appeared in 1954, with a paperback following in 1961. Paperback reissues of both the UK and US editions appeared in the mid-1960s. A French translation appeared in 1962 and an Italian translation in 1971.[1]

Ahead of Time
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorHenry Kuttner
Cover artistRichard Powers
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)


Stories marked with an asterisk (*) have been identified as collaborations by Kuttner and his wife, C. L. Moore.[2]


Boucher and McComas, describing Kuttner as "one of s.f.'s most literate and intelligent storytellers", found the collection to be "just about as good as the modern magazine science-fantasy story can get".[3] P. Schuyler Miller similarly reported that Ahead of Time was "as good as any of the short-story collections now being published".[4] New Worlds reviewer Leslie Flood described Ahead of Time as "excellent".[5]


  1. ^ Publication history
  2. ^ ISFDB publication listing
  3. ^ "Recommended Reading", F&SF, October 1953, p. 73.
  4. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, March 1954, p.154
  5. ^ "Book Reviews", New Worlds, April 1954, p.128

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