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Best SF: 1968 (also known as The Year's Best Science Fiction No. 2) is the second on a series of annual anthologies of science fiction stories edited by Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss, first published in a British edition in January 1969 by Sphere Books. The first American (and first hardcover) edition was released later that year by Putnam, with a Berkley paperback following shortly thereafter. Severn House issued a British hardcover edition in 1977.[1]

Best SF: 1968
Best SF 1968.jpg
First edition cover
EditorsHarry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherSphere Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Preceded byBest SF: 1967 
Followed byBest SF: 1969 


"Final War" was originally published under Malzberg's "K. M. O'Donnell" pseudonym.[2][3]


Joanna Russ described the anthology as "a fair mixed bag of stories, framed by an Introduction and Afterword that indirectly--and unfortunately--lead one to expect more from the stories than they manage to give." She noted that the editors' story selection "leans to the obvious and toward stories which have one good, clear, conventional idea."[4] P. Schuyler Miller, reviewing it for Analog, found the book "down a notch" from the previous year's volume, faulting the influence of the "New Wave".[5]


  1. ^ ISFDB publication history
  2. ^ Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections
  3. ^ ISFDB bibliography
  4. ^ "Books," F&SF, January 1970, p. 42
  5. ^ "The Reference Library", Analog, September 1969, p. 162