An Anthology Of Anthologies (Part One)

When I was much younger and just starting out reading SF, I used to buy a lot of anthologies from my local branch of Woolworths or the newsagent’s book carousel. I did this like everyone else – to learn which of the authors contained within would be best followed up on, there were always a few turkeys but this is where my passion for certain writers (and the genre as a whole) first developed.

As I’ve got older and more into collecting books, I’ve not picked up as many anthologies as in my formative years, mainly because I know what I like now. This still hasn’t stopped me from occasionally indulging in a purchase however! I always enjoyed the Judith Merril and the bizarrely named Groff Conklin edited books so they’ve become something I always keep an eye open for. Do I need to say that I’m also a sucker for a great cover? Thought not.

So, here is my first anthology of eight anthologies, all edited by either Judith Merril or Groff Conklin. A selection of books with eye-catching covers plucked from the shelves of my library for your enjoyment;

Beyond Human Ken edited by Judith Merril
1954 – Pennant Books
Cover art by Charles Binger

Merril Beyond Human Ken

Enemies In Space edited by Groff Conklin
1964 – Digit
Cover artist uncredited

Anthology Enemies In Space

9th Annual S-F Edited By Judith Merril
1967 – Mayflower-Dell
Cover art by Hoot von Zitzewitz

9th Annual S-F

13 Great Stories of Science Fiction edited by Groff Conklin
1964 – Gold Medal Books
Cover art by Richard Powers

Anthology 13 Great Stories Of SF

The Best Of Sci-Fi 2 Edited By Judith Merril
1964 – Mayflower-Dell
Cover art by Richard Powers

The Best Of Sci-Fi 2

Five-Odd Edited by Groff Conklin
1971 – Pyramid Books
Cover art by Ron Walotsky


SF The Best Of The Best Part One Edited By Judith Merril
1970 – Mayflower
Cover art by Josh Kirby

SF The Best Of The Best

Minds Unleashed edited by Groff Conklin
1970 – Tempo Books/Grosset & Dunlap
Cover art possibly by Paul Lehr

Anthology Minds Unleashed


18 thoughts on “An Anthology Of Anthologies (Part One)

  1. Bernie 11/08/2014 / 9:36 am

    Hey there! The Judith Merril Best of the Best part One (1970) is definitely Josh Kirby, and her Best of Sci-Fi 2 is surely Powers?


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 9:46 am

      Hi Bernie, hope you’re keeping well. I suspected the Josh Kirby art but the other isn’t Powers as far as I can tell from the cover guide in his art book. It may have slipped through though but isn’t signed which is unusual for him. Take care Bernie.


  2. Bernie 11/08/2014 / 10:00 am

    But the “Powers” one is cropped, maybe sig lost? The Kirby one isn’t showing a sig either, but I know that’s definitely him because it IS in the checklist 🙂 E-mail will follow in a couple of days (non-blog stuff) Bernie xx


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 10:07 am

      You could be right about the Powers, I’ll update the Josh Kirby later, thanks Bernie. Speak to you soon xx


  3. Joachim Boaz 11/08/2014 / 12:46 pm

    Hmm, that 9th Annual S-F cover was used for an earlier novel… Pangborn’s West of the Sun.

    And the artist is Hoot von Zitzewitz. His art is ultra easy to identify — they are all similar types of collages. I did a post on him a while back…


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks Joachim, I hadn’t thought of Hoot. I’ll update the post later and check yours out too.


  4. Joachim Boaz 11/08/2014 / 12:49 pm

    Best of SF 2 is DEFINITELY without the slightest doubt Powers as Bernie points out 🙂


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 12:50 pm

      Yes, I think you’re both right on that one.


  5. Joachim Boaz 11/08/2014 / 1:08 pm

    I’m almost positive Minds Unleashed is Paul Lehr. He loves those large faces… And the textures are similar.


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks again Joachim, I have to bow to your encyclopaedic knowledge on these matters.


  6. Lestaret 11/08/2014 / 8:30 pm

    Another great selection of SF wonders, sir, and always a pleasure to see.


    • unsubscriber 11/08/2014 / 8:33 pm

      Why thank you Mr Lestaret, glad you enjoyed the fruits of my rummaging.


  7. Guy 13/07/2015 / 12:48 am

    Another great post I am a big Conklin fan and Merril’s anthologies have introduced me to some great new to me authors and stories. I had not see the Minds Unleashed cover but I have a copy of Giants Unleashed with a cover by Louis S. Glanzman that is wonderful..


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    • unsubscriber 13/07/2015 / 2:55 am

      Thanks for the kind words Guy, who doesn’t love a good Conklin/Merril anthology – glad to hear that you’re also a fan. Would like to see your cover of Giants Unleashed, I’m a sucker for a bit of Glanzman myself… All the best.


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