The Complete Short Fiction of John Wyndham


I have seen mention of 70 Wyndham stories. Of the stories, 65 can be found in the following nine collections, another one is online, a novelization of one is readily available, and three are in only original magazines or anthologies. —Michael (main@colorado.edu)
Jizzle (1954) [J]
The Seeds of Time (1956) [ST]
The Outward Urge (1959) [TROON]
Collects the five Troon stories
Consider Her Ways & Others (1961) [CHW]
Sleepers of Mars (1973) [SM]
Wanderers of Time (1973) [WT]
The Best of John Wyndham (1973) [BJW]
Also issued as two volumes and as The Man from Beyond and Other Stories
Exiles of Asperus (1979) [EA]
No Place Like Earth (2003) [NP]

The Story List

  1. “Worlds to Barter” (1931) [SM]
  2. “The Lost Machine” (1932) [BJW]
  3. “The Venus Adventure” (1932) [EA]
  4. “The Stare” (1932) [NP]
  5. “Exiles on Asperus” (1933) [EA]
  6. “Wanderers of Time” (1933) [WT]
  7. “The Third Vibrator” (1933) [SM]
  8. “Spheres of Hell,” aka “The Puff-Ball Menace&rdauo; (1933) [WT]
  9. “Invisible Monster” (1933) [SM]
  10. “The Moon Devils,” aka “The Last Lunrians” (1934) [WT]
  11. “The Man from Earth,” “The Man from Beyond” (1934) [SM][WT]
  12. “The Cathedral Crypt” (1935) [NP]
  13. “The Perfect Creature,” aka “Female of the Species,” “Perfect Creature,” “Una” (1937) [J][BJW][NP]
  14. “Sleepers of Mars” (1938) [SM]
  15. “The Trojan Beam” (1939) [BJW]
  16. “Derelict of Space” (1939) [WT][NP]
  17. “Child of Power” (1939) [WT]
  18. “Judson's Annihilator,” aka “Beyond the Screen” (1938), published three times:
    in Fantasy (Number 1, 1938) United Kingdom
    in Amazing Stories (Oct 1939)
    in Fantastic (Mar 1967)
  19. “Vengeance by Proxy” (1940) [BJW]
  20. “Meteor,” aka “Phoney Meteor” (1941) [ST]
  21. “The Living Lies” (1946), published twice and also online:
    in New Worlds (Number 2, Oct 1946)
    in Other Worlds Science Fiction (Nov 1950)
    online at pepak.net/knihy
  22. “Time to Rest” (1949) [ST][NP]
  23. “Technical Slip” (1949) [J][NP]
  24. “Jizzle” (1949) [J]
  25. “Adaptation” (1949) [BJW]
  26. “The Eternal Eve” (1950), published three times:
    in Amazing Stories (Sep 1950)
    in Amazing Stories (Oct 1965)
    in Time Untamed (1967)
  27. “Pawley's Peepholes,” aka “Operation Peep” (1951) [ST][BJW]
  28. “No Place Like Earth,”“Tyrant and Slave-Girl on Planet Venus” (1951) [EA][NP]
  29. “The Red Stuff” (1951) [BJW]
  30. “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down” (1951) [BJW]
  31. “Bargain from Brunswick,” aka “A Present from Brunswick” (1951) [J]
  32. “Pillar to Post,” aka “Body and Soul” (1951) [ST][NP]
  33. “The Wheel” (1952) [J]
  34. “Survival” (1952) [ST]
  35. “Dumb Martian,” aka “Out of This World” (1952) [ST][BJW]
  36. “Affair of the Heart” (1952) [J]
  37. “Close Behind Him” (1953) [BJW]
  38. “Time Stops Today,” aka “Time Out” (1953) [NP]
  39. “Chinese Puzzle,” aka “A Stray from Cathay” (1953) [J]
  40. “Chronoclasm” (1953) [ST]
  41. “Reservation Deferred” (1953) [J]
  42. “More Spinned Against” (1953) [J]
  43. “Confidence Trick” (1953) [J]
  44. “How Do I Do?” (1953) [J]
  45. “Esmeralda” (1954) [J]
  46. “Look Natural, Please!” (1954) [J]
  47. “Heaven Scent” (1954) [J]
  48. “Perforce to Dream” (1954) [J]
  49. “Never on Mars” (1954), published twice:
    Fantastic Universe (Jan 1954)
    Gateway to the Stars (1955)
  50. “Opposite Numbers” (1954) [ST]
  51. “Compassion Circuit” (1954) [ST]
  52. “Wild Flower” (1955) [ST]
  53. “Consider Her Ways” (1956) [CHW]
  54. “But a Kind of Ghost” (1957) [NP]
  55. “The Meddler” (1958) [NP]
  56. “The Space Station A.D. 1994” (1958) [TROON]
  57. “The Moon A.D. 2044” (1958) [TROON]
  58. “Mars A.D. 2094” (1958) [TROON]
  59. “Venus A.D. 2144” (1958) [TROON]
  60. “The Asteroids, A.D. 2194,” aka “The Emptiness of Space” (1960) [TROON][BJW]
  61. “A Long Spoon” (1960) [CHW][NP]
  62. “Odd” (1961) [CHW]
  63. “Oh, Where, Now, Is Peggy MacRafferty?” (1961) [CHW]
  64. “Random Quest” (1961) [CHW]
  65. “A Stitch in Time” (1961) [CHW]
  66. “It's a Wise Child,” aka “Wise Child” (1962) [NP]
  67. “Chocky” (1963), one publication and an expansion to a novel:
    in Amazing Stories (Mar 1963)
    novelization Chocky (1968)
  68. “In Outer Space There Shone a Star” (1965) [NP]
  69. “A Life Postponed” (1968) [NP]
  70. “Blackmoil (2003) [NP]

Notes:

The Internet SF Database also lists a Wyndham chapbook, Love in Time, but the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says that this is just a reprinting of “Wanderers of Time” (confirmed to me by Neil Pollard), so I haven’t added it to the list.

John Hinchliffe lists another item, “Melia Ann: A Fantasy of the W.I.,” which is poetry from a small print run in 1953.

A short story “No Place Like Home” is mentioned at the Internet SF Database, but I suspect this is just typo for “No Place Like Earth.” As for “No Place Like Earth,” it was published with that title in the Spring 1951 U.K. magazine New Worlds (#9) and is a sequel to “Time to Rest.’ It was simultaneously published in the Spring 1951 U.S. magazine 10 Story Fantasy (#1, the only issue) with the title “Tyrant and Slave-Girl on Planet Venus.” The ISFDB lists it there with the title “Artist and Slave Girl,” which is perhaps the name used on the actual story but not on the title page).