Old SF Anthologies
First Step Outward edited by Robert Hoskins, introduction by Poul Anderson, Dell 1969 mass market paperback, science fiction anthology.
Today, a Millenial or Gen Whatever science fiction reader would likely find these stories too old and creaky to be worth notice, especially since science has caught up to much of what’s here. But older readers, such as myself (born in 1945, I’m at the beginning of the Baby Boom age) find these fun and can appreciate both the stories and the viewpoints. I found my very nice copy on eBay. I’ve made a few notes on specific stories after the contents list, below.
Introduction (First Step Outward) • essay by Poul Anderson
Prologue (First Step Outward) • essay by Robert Hoskins
Cold War • (1949) • short story by Kris Neville
Third Stage • (1962) • short story by Poul Anderson
Gentlemen, Be Seated! • (1948) • short story by Robert A. Heinlein
Jaywalker • (1950) • short story by Ross Rocklynne
The Hated • (1958) • short story by Frederik Pohl
Sunrise on Mercury • (1957) • short story by Robert Silverberg
Hop-Friend • (1962) • short story by Terry Carr
The Man Who Lost the Sea • (1959) • short story by Theodore Sturgeon
First Contact • (1945) • novelette by Murray Leinster
Misbegotten Missionary (aka Green Patches) • (1950) • short story by Isaac Asimov
Market in Aliens • (1968) • short story by K.M. O’Donnell ]
The Rules of the Road • (1964) • short story by Norman Spinrad
Jetsam • (1953) • short story by A. Bertram Chandler
Two of the stories here were in one or the other of the old SF Anthologies I’ve posted recently, “Sunrise on Mercury” and “First Contact”. The latter was oft-anthologized, and for good reason, it is truly a classic, and a favorite of mine. “The Man Who Lost the Sea”, on the other hand, which I’d read before, not so much. Though I have read and was impressed by Sturgeon’s novel More Than Human it seems to me much of his writing, including this story, is just strange.
The Asimov story is one of his lesser efforts, and though I liked it, “Jetsam” shows it’s age. Overall, though an anthology of it’s time, which you might enjoy.