Poll: Standalone Anthologies or Anthology Series

You wouldn’t know it from the number of times I’ve been posting lately, but I’ve been struggling with what to write. I’ve had an idea for a post about ranking ground-breaking anthologies (’cause who doesn’t like lists?), but I think the topic is too sweeping for one post.

Do I write just about anthologies like Dangerous Visions, Dark Forces, or Trampoline—standalone anthologies with lots of interesting content that came out once, wowed us, and sat as a benchmark for future anthologies?

Or do I write about anthology series like Orbit, New Dimensions, Starlight, Polyphony, Leviathan, and New Worlds Quarterly; anthologies that were series that consistently published new writers and interesting content again and again?

I don’t know that I can fairly compare a standalone anthology to a series. Also, where do I put reprint anthologies like The Year’s Best Science Fiction (particularly the first volume) or The Science Fiction Century or The SFWA Grandmasters Hall of Fame?

So, I need your help. I’ve created a poll to help me decide what tack to take in order to generate a list of the most groundbreaking anthologies. I’m not able to embed javascript into this site, so you’ll have to go here to see the poll. What do you think?


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