Books: Outpaced by Space

THE 7TH ANNUAL OF THE YEAR'S BEST S-F (399 pp.)—Edited by Judith Merril —Simon & Schuster ($4.50).

Alas for science fiction! Science has caught up with it, or it has caught up with science. Except for low-grade space opera, there is not much of the good old stuff around. To fill her seventh annual S-F anthology. Judith Merril scraped the bottom of the barrel, and, by her own admission, few of the 32 short stories, poems, cartoons and other oddments that she assembled are science fiction. James Blish, a drug industry public relations man, writes In Tomorrow's Little Black Bag, which is...

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