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(not included in this list!):
- BEST SPACE-THEMED SF STORIES
- BEST TIME-THEMED SF STORIES
- BEST APOCALYPTIC STORIES

Again let me repeat, this list omits any SPACE-themed or TIME-themed or "END-of-the-WORLD" themed stories - they get their own "best lists"! In a way this is only cool ideas and stylistic impact compilation.

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FIRST PLACE Best SF Story (1920-1960)

James Blish (as Arthur Merlyn) "Sunken Universe"

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SECOND PLACE Best SF Story (1920-1960)

Jerome Bixby "It's a Good Life"
Robert A. Heinlein "...And He Built a Crooked House''
Henry Kuttner "Cold War"; "Ex Machina"
"Exit the Professor"; "Gallegher Plus"; "Happy Ending"
"Pile of Trouble"; "The Proud Robot"; "See You Later"
"Time Locker"; "The World Is Mine"
Stanislaw Lem "The Limphater Formula"
C. L. Moore "No Woman Born"
Clark Ashton Smith "The Seed from the Sepulcher"

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THIRD PLACE Best SF Story (1920-1960)

Robert Abernathy "Single Combat"
Brian Aldiss "Gene-Hive" ("Journey to the Interior")
"Old Hundredth"; "But Who Can Replace A Man?"
Poul Anderson "The Chapter Ends"; "Ghetto"
Isaac Asimov "The Last Question"
"Robot AL-76 Goes Astray"; "Runaround"
J. G. Ballard "Billenium"; "The Concentration City" ("Build-Up")
"Chronopolis"; "Manhole 69"
Alfred Bester "Fondly Fahrenheit"
Anthony Boucher "The Star Dummy"
Ray Bradbury "The Smile"
John W. Campbell "The Voice of the Void"
Garen Drussai "Woman's Work"
Lester Del Rey "Helen O'Loy"
William Earls "Traffic Problem"
John Russel Fearn "Brain of Venus"
Raymond Z. Gallun "Terror Out Of The Past"
Horace L. Gold "No Charge for Alterations"
Lee Harding "Quest"
Daniel Keyes "Flowers for Algernon"
Damon Knight "Four In One"
Henry Kuttner "Camouflage"; "The Ego Machine"
"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" ; "This Is The House"
Fritz Leiber "The Night He Cried"
Frank Belknap Long "The Flame Midget"
Ib J. Melchior "The Racer"
Walter Miller Jr. "Dumb Waiter"
Rog Phillips "No Greater Wisdom"; "The Yellow Pill"
Frederick Pohl "The Tunnel Under the World"
Fletcher Pratt "The Thing in the Woods"
H. Thompson Rich "The Beast Plants"
Nat Schachner "Stratosphere Towers" Robert Sheckley "The Last Weapon"; "The Prize of Peril"
"The Seventh Victim"; "Specialist"
Clifford Simak "Skirmish"; "Crying Jag"; "Earth For Inspiration"
Clark Ashton Smith "The Dark Age"
"The Dimension of Chance"; "The Metamorphosis of Earth"
Cordwainer Smith "The Game of Rat and Dragon"; "Scanners Live in Vain"
Margaret St. Clair "The Counter Charm"
Theodore Sturgeon "It"; "Killdozer!"; "Largo"; "Saucer Of Loneliness"
William Tenn "Wednesday's Child"
Walter Tevis Jr. "Farnsworth' Eye"
A. E. Van Vogt "The Monster" ("Resurrection"); "Ship of Darkness"
Donald Wandrei "Strange Harvest"
Stanley Weinbaum "The Adaptive Ultimate"
Jack Williamson "The Moon Era"

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FOURTH PLACE Best SF Story (1920-1960)

Brian Aldiss "All the World's Tears"; "A Kind of Artistry"
"Out Of Reach"; "Outside" ; "Psyclops"
"Dumb Show"; "T"; "Ten-Story Jigsaw"
Poul Anderson "Details"; "The Martyr"
Robert Arthur "The Eternal Moment"; "The Wheel Of Time"
Isaac Asimov "Each an Explorer"
"I'm in Marsport Without Hilda"; "Nightfall"
Stephen Barr "Callahan and the Wheelies"
J. G. Ballard "The Voices Of Time"
Robert Bloch "Comfort Me, My Robot"; "The Spoiled Wife"
"Wheel And Deal"
, "I Like Blondes"; "The Girl From Mars"
Hannes Bok "One Touch of Terra", "Web of Moons"
Nelson Bond "The Monster from Nowhere"
Anthony Boucher "They Bite"
Ray Bradbury "I'll Not Look for Wine" ("Ylla"); "The Record"
Miles J. Breuer "The Captured Cross-Section"
Howard Browne "C/O Mr. Makepeace" (as by Peter Phillips)
Kenneth Bulmer "Station HR972"
John W. Campbell "Atomic Power"; "Forgetfulness"; "Night"; "Twilight"
Arthur Clarke "The Other Tiger"
Alfred Coppel "And Goal To Go"
Ray Cummings "The Thought Machine"
A. J. Deutsch "A Subway Named Mobius"
Avram Davidson "Or All the Seas with Oysters"
Roger Dee "Travelogue"
Lester Del Rey "Instinct"; "Into Thy Hands"; "The Years Draw Nigh''
August Derleth & H. P. Lovecraft "Witches Hollow"
Phillip K. Dick "Autofac"; "Captive Market"; "The Commuter";
"The Crawlers"; "The Indefatigable Frog"; "The Little Movement"
"The Minority Report"; "The Mold of Yancy"; "Nanny"; "Pay for the Printer";

"Paycheck"; "Piper in the Woods"; "The Preserving Machine"
"Prize Ship"; "Recall Mechanism"; "Roog"; "Service Call"
"The Short, Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford"
"The Unreconstructed M"; "Upon the Dull Earth"; "War Veteran"
Gordon R. Dickson "Black Charlie" ; "Listen"
Harlan Ellison "Blind Lightning"; "A Case of Ptomaine" ("Mealtime")
"The Crackpots"; "Eyes of Dust"; "In Lonely Lands"; "Life Hutch"
"The Silver Corridor"; "The Sky Is Burning"' "Worlds to Kill"
Carol Emshwiller "Pelt"
Paul Ernst "The Microscopic Giants"; "Protoplasmic Station"
Charles E. Fritch "Geever's Flight"
John Russel Fearn "Earth Mausoleum"
Francis Flagg "The Synthetic Monster"
Oscar J. Friend "The Molecule Monsters"; "The Worms Turn"
H. B. Fyfe "Protected Species"
E. A. Grosser "The PsychoMorph"
Wyman Guin "Beyond Bedlam"
Raymond Z. Gallun "Davey Jones' Ambassador"
"Seeds of the Dusk"; "Trail Blazer"
Tom Godwin "Brain Teaser"
James Gunn "Every Day Is Christmas";
"A Monster Named Smith"; "Teddy Bear"
Russell Hays "The Beetle Experiment"
Benson Herbert "The World Without"
Edmond Hamilton "The Accursed Galaxy"; "Devolution"
"The Earth-Brain"; "The Man Who Evolved"; "The Seeds from Outside"
Henry Hasse "He Who Shrank"
Robert A. Heinlein "Goldfish Bowl"; "The Menace from Earth"
Raymond F. Jones "The Unlearned"
Myer Krulfeld "The Thing From Antares"
Walter Kubilius "Eternal Earthling" ("The Other Side")
David Keller "The Life Detour"; "The Thing in the Cellar"; "The Worm"
Daniel Keyes "Robot - Unwanted"
Damon Knight "Babel II"; "The Country Of The Kind"
C. M. Kornbluth "The Mindworm"
Henry Kuttner "The Black Sun Rises"; "Call Him Demon"
"Don't Look Now"; "The Elixir of Invisibility"; "Housing Problem"
"Masquerade"; "Reverse Atom"; "Shock"; "Two-Handed Engine"
"What You Need"; "When the Bough Breaks"
Fritz Leiber "A Bad Day for Sales"; "The Enchanted Forest"
"I'm Looking for "Jeff"; "A Pail of Air"; "Pipe Dream"
"The Ship Sails at Midnight"; "Wanted - An Enemy"
``The Foxholes of Mars''
Murray Leinster "The Aliens"; "De Profundis"
"Dead City" ("Malignant Maradeur") ; "The Devil of East Lupton, Vermont"
"The End"; "Keyhole"; "A Logic Named Joe"
"The Lonely Planet". "The Lost Race" ("The Duplicators")
"Med Ship Man"; "Nobody Saw the Ship"; "Sam, This Is You"
Stanislaw Lem "The Darkness And The Mold"
Milton Lesser (as Stephen Marlowe) "The Last Revolution"
Frank Belknap Long "Critters"; "Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall"
"Step Into My Garden", "The Flame of Life"
Robert A. Lowndes "The Abyss"; "Descent"
John D. McDonald "Spectator Sport"
Richard Matheson "Little Girl Lost"
Walter Miller, Jr. "The Big Hunger"
P. Schuyler Miller "The Cave"; "Dust Of Destruction"
"Old Man Mulligan"; "Tetrahedra of Space";
"The Thing on Outer Shoal"
William F. Nolan "The Joy of Living"
Alan E. Nourse "High Threshold"
Chad Oliver "The Boy Next Door"
Rog Phillips "Executioner No.43"
Frederick Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth "Before the Universe"
"Best Friend"; "Mars Tube"; "Nova Midplane"
Frederick Pohl "The Midas Plague"; "We Purchased People"
Arthur Porges "The RUUM"
John Rackham "Nulook"
Ed Earl Repp "Beyond Gravity"; "From Out of the Earth"
Eric Frank Russell "The Case For Earth"; "The Mechanical Mice"
"The Sin of Hyacinth Peuch"
Joseph Shallit "Wonder Child"
Nat Schachner "The Orb of Probability"
James Schmitz "We Don't Want Any Trouble"
Michael Shaara "Be Fruitful and Multiply"; "The Sling And The Stone"
Robert Sheckley "Early Model"; "Hunting Problem"
"Keep Your Shape" ("Shape"); "The Language Of Love"; The Leech"
"Love, Incorporated" ("Pilgrimage to Earth"); "The People Trap"; "Warm"
"Prospector's Special"; "Restricted Area"; "Trap" (as Finn O'Donnevan)
Clifford Simak "Carbon Copy"; "Contraption"
"Galactic Chest"; "Tools"; "The World That Couldn't Be"
Cordwainer Smith "The Burning of the Brain"
"Golden the Ship Was - Oh! Oh! Oh!"
Margaret St. Clair "An Egg A Month From All Over"
(as by Idris Seabright); "Horrer Hawce"
"Short In The Chest"(as by Idris Seabright)
R. F. Starzl "Out Of The Sub-Universe"; "The Radiant Enemies"
Theodore Sturgeon "Brownshoes" ("The Man Who Learned Loving")
"Derm Fool"; "Exalibur And The Atom"; "The Golden Egg"
"Microscopic God"; "The Travelling Crag"; "Cargo"
Dwight V. Swain "Henry Horn's Super-Solvent"
William Tenn "Bernie The Faust"; "Child's Play"
"Errand Boy"; "The Flat-Eyed Monster"
Theodore L. Thomas "The Good Work"
F. Orlin Tremaine "Son Of The Stars"
A. E. Van Vogt "Dormant"; "The Earth Killers"
"The Replicators"; "The Sound"
Jack Vance "Chateau D' If" ("New Bodies For Old")
Harry Walton "Intelligence Test"
Bryce Walton "Dreamer's World"; "When Better Budgies Are Built"
Donald Wandrei "Colossus"; "The Destroying Horde"; "Giant Plasm"
"The Red Brain"; "A Scientist Divides"; "Spawn Of The Sea"
"Blinding Shadows"
James White "Christmas Treason"
Jack Williamson "The Cosmic Express"; "Guinevere For Everybody";
"The Ice Entity"; "The Infinite Enemy"; "Non-Stop To Mars"
"Operation: Gravity"; "Through The Purple Cloud"
Richard Wilson "Love"
Donald Wollhelm "Mimic"; "The Rag Thing" (as David Grinnell)
John Wyndham "Pillar To Post"; "Random Quest"
Robert F. Young "To Fell a Tree"
Arthur Leo Zagat "Beyond the Spectrum"


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