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CLASSIC "SPACE SCIENCE FICTION" NOVELLA

- space adventure, planetary exploration, wonder of the spaceways...

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FIRST PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1920-1960)

Edmond Hamilton "The Star Kings"; "The Three Planeteers"

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SECOND PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1920-1960)

Murray Leinster "Exploration Team"; "First Contact"
Poul Anderson "Call Me Joe"
Clifford Simak "The Trouble With Tycho"

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THIRD PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1920-1960)

Leigh Brackett "Citadel of Lost Ships"; "The Jewel of Bas"
"The Lake of the Gone Forever"; "Lorelei of the Red Mist"
"The Vanishing Venusians"; "The Veil of Astellar"
Ray Bradbury "Frost and Fire"
Bertram A. Chandler "The Giant Killer"
Boyd Ellanby "The Star Lord"
Philip Jose Farmer "Mother"
James Gunn "Breaking Point"
Edmond Hamilton "The Starcombers"
Raymond F. Jones "The Wrong Side of Paradise"
Damon Knight "Stranger Station"
Murray Leinster "Skit-Tree Planet"; "White Spot"
Richard Matheson "Being"
Vic Phillips "Maiden Voyage"
Ross Rocklynne "Into The Darkness"
Eric Frank Russell "Somewhere a Voice"
Clifford Simak "Junkyard"; "Mirage" ("Seven Came Back"); "Shadow Show"
Clark Ashton Smith "The Dweller in the Gulf" ("The Eidolon of the Blind")
Jack Vance "The Gift Of Gab"
Harl Vincent "Thia of the Drylands"
James White "Counter Security"; "Medic" ("O'Mara's Orphan")
"Out-Patient"; "Sector General"; "The Trouble With Emily"; "Visitor At Large"
Arthur Leo Zagat "The Cavern of the Shining Pool"

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FOURTH PLACE Best "Space SF" Novella (1920-1960)

Eando Binder "Where Eternity Ends"
Leigh Brackett "The Beast-Jewel of Mars"
"People of the Talisman"; "The Citadel of Lost Ages"
"Enchantress of Venus"; "The Dancing Girl of Ganymede"
"The Secret of Sinharat"; "The Ark of Mars"
John W. Campbell "The Battery of Hate" ("Uncertainty")
Hal Clement "Critical Factor"
Edmond Hamilton "Birthplace Of Creation"; "Children Of The Sun";
"The Horror on the Asteroid"; "Kingdoms of the Stars"; "Murder in the Void";
"Thunder World"; "Treasure on Thunder Moon"
Neil R. Jones "The Moon Pirates"
Murray Leinster "Planet Of Dread"; "Planet of Sand"
"Proxima Centauri"; "Rogue Star"; "Second Landing"
Milton Lesser "All Heroes Are Hated !"
Sam Moskowitz "Man of the Stars"
Ray C. Noll "Flight Perilous!"
Ross Rocklynne "At the Center of Gravity"
Edwin K. Sloat "Beyond the Planetoids"
Clifford Simak "Ogre"
E. E. Doc Smith "Pirates Of Space" (from "Triplanetary")
"The Robot Nemesis"
A. E. Van Vogt "Co-Operate-or Else!"
Jack Vance "The World Thinker"


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Best Space SF Novel
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Best Space SF Novella 1920-1960
Best Space SF Novella 1961-now
Best Time SF Novella
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