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AN ABC OF SCIENCE FICTION
An ABC of Science Fiction, a reprint-anthology edited by Tom Boardman (1966.) The main gimmick is obvious: a story by an author for each letter of the alphabet. Tom Boardman in his introduction explains the less obvious intent - to show stories "that range over the whole spectrum of SF: pasts, presents, and futures; gadgets and inventions; men and supermen; robots and aliens; time travel and psionics... an ABC of ideas as well." I think he has succeeded: many of these are uncommon unless you have a huge magazine collection, and some are quite good - I particularly recommend the Aldiss story at the beginning (not in any Aldiss collection.) Original appearances from 1809 to 1966 - in Science Fantasy, Future SF, Magazine of F&SF (8), Galaxy (4), Astounding (3), Amazing, Worlds of Tomorrow (2), Fantastic (2), Space SF, Angels and Spaceships, History of New York.
(Introduction by Tom Boardman, Jr.)