I still have fond memories of The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1, a superb 1970 anthology of twenty-six short stories that were chosen by members of the SFWA as the best stories that existed before the institution of the Nebula Awards.
The reason I mention this is because it has come up three times this week while web surfing: first in Michael Cassutt’s The Canon of TV Sci-Fi, Part 2; second is a news item about The Mimzy, a movie based on Lewis Padgett’s (Henry Kuttner’s and C.L. Moore’s) “Mimsy Were the Borogoves”; and third in this video posting from Pistol Wimp.
The video is the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life” and is based on the awesome short story by Jerome Bixby (free read!) that I first experienced in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1. I would definitely include this story in my dream anthology.
Useless Trivia: As many readers know, the creepy kid in the episode is played by Billy Mumy who later went on to appear in Lost in Space and Babylon 5. Most people know about the episode remake in 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie, but according to wikipedia there was a sequel episode called “It’s Still a Good Life” that appeared in a 2003 revival of The Twilight Zone series. In that sequel, Bill Mumy returned as Anthony Fremont, his on-screen daughter was played by his real-life daughter Liliana and Cloris Leachman also returned as his mother.