THE HUMAN ZERO AND OTHER SCIENCE-FICTION MASTERPIECES, edited by Sam Moskowitz and Roger Elwood, Tower Books, 1967.
- Isaac Asimov - The Imaginary (from Super Science Stories, November, 1942)
- Robert Bloch - The Proxy Head (from Science-Fiction Plus, May, 1953)
- Ray Bradbury - I, Rocket (from Amazing Stories, May, 1944)
- Arthur C. Clarke - The Man Who Ploughed the Sea (from Tales of the White Hart, Ballantine, 1957)
- Erle Stanley Gardner - The Human Zero (from Argosy, December 19, 1931)
- Chad Oliver - Hands Across Space (from Science-Fiction Plus, August, 1953; the story was also published as Scientific Method)
- Eric Frank Russell - The Cosmic Relic (first appeared under the title Relic in Fantasy No. 2, April, 1947)
- A. E. van Vogt - Itself (first appeared under the title Itself! in Scientific American, January, 1963)
Comments: It's easy see why Sam Moskowitz got top billing on this one; three of the stories (Bradbury, Gardner, and Russell) had been chosen by him to be reprinted in Fantastic and Amazing as "classic" stories; two were from the Hugo Gernsback-edited Science-Fiction Plus, where Moskowitz had a book review column (and probably did some editorial work); and one (Asimov) was originally published in an Alden Norton-edited magazine (Moskowitz collaborated with Norton on a number of anthologies). This is a solid collection, but only in Moskowitz's mind could the stories by called "masterpieces".
THE TIME CURVE, edited by Sam Moskowitz and Roger Elwood, Towere Books, 1968
- Robert Bloch - Time Wounds All Heels (a Lefty Feep story from Fantastic Adventures, April, 1942)
- L. Sprague de Camp - A Gun for Dinosaur (a Reginald Rivers story from Galaxy Science Fiction, March, 1956)
- Lester del Rey - Unto Him That Hath (originally published as by "Philip St. John" in Space Science Fiction, November 1952)
- Fritz Leiber - Nice Girl With 5 Husbands (originally published under the title Nice Girl With Five Husbands in Galaxy Science Fiction, April, 1951)
- Sam Moskowitz - Death of a Dinosaur (from Amazing Stories, August, 1956)
- Andre Norton - The Gifts of Asti (originally published as by "Andrew North" in Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 1, July, 1948; the story has also been published as Gifts of Asti)
- Clifford D. Simak - Over the River and Through the Woods (from Amazing, May, 1965; the story was a nominated for a Nebula Award)
- A. E. van Vogt - The Great Judge (from Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 3, July, 1948; this story formed the core of van Vogt's novel The Mind Cage)
- Jack Williamson - The Terror Out of Time (from Astounding Stories, December, 1933)
- John Wyndham - Operation Peep (this story appeared in an earlier form in Suspense Magazine, Summer, 1951, and in this form as Pawley's Peepholes in Science-Fantasy, Vol. 1, #3, Winter, 1951)
Comments: Another solid anthology with many "name" writers. The only weak story is the Moskowitz.
THE LITTLE MONSTERS, edited by Roger Elwood and Vic Ghidalia, Macfadden-Bartell, 1969
- Cynthia Asquith - The Playfellow (first appeared in Asquith's anthology Shudders, Scribner, 1929)
- E. F. Benson - How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery ( from The Windsor Magazine, December, 1911)
- Algernon Blackwood - Old Clothes (from The Lost Valley and Other Stories, Nash, 1910)
- Ray Bradbury - Let's Play "Poison" (from Weird Tales, November, 1946)
- August Derleth - The Metronome (from Terror by Night, edited by Christine Campbell Thomson, Selwyn & Blount, 1934)
- Rudyard Kipling - "They" (from Scribner's Magazine, August, 1904)
- Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore - Mimsy Were the Borogoves (originally published as by "Lewis Padgett" in Astounding Science Fiction, February, 1943; the story is also known as The Last Mimzy)
- Greye La Spina - The Antimacassar (from Weird Tales, May, 1949)
Comments: This was the first of several anthologies Elwood did with Ghidalia. Don't judge the Kuttner/Moore story by the recent disasterous movie. A solid collection, even though many of the stories are now readily available elsewhere. Recommended.
More to come.