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US Original-Anthology series published by Ballantine Books, edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey, who see for full publication details. The first issue was simply entitled Stellar (anth 1974); the titles of subsequent issues were expanded on the model of the second, Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #2 (anth 1976), and continued, roughly annually, until Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #7 (anth 1981). An associated book was Stellar Short Novels (anth 1976), also edited by del Rey. As the title suggests, the series was envisaged as a follow-up to Star Science Fiction Stories ed Frederik Pohl 1953-1959, also published by Ballantine. However, Stellar, while entertaining, concentrated more on straightforward adventure, with the emphasis on Hard SF, and less on the Satire typical of Pohl's series, and few stories had the same edge; exceptions were Robert Silverberg's "Schwartz Between the Galaxies" (#1), Isaac Asimov's Hugo- and Nebula-winning "The Bicentennial Man" (#2) and "Excursion Fare" (#7) by James Tiptree Jr. [PN]
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