Title: It's a Good Life

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Title: It's a Good Life Title Record # 41109
Author: Jerome Bixby
Date: 1953-00-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: In a small American town, a child with paranormal powers is born.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1953 'It's a Good Life'
Year Language Title
1957 Dutch Het Leven Is Goed
1961 French La meilleure des vies
1967 Spanish ¡Qué vida tan buena!
1975 French C'est vraiment une bonne vie
1977 German Schöner leben
1987 Italian Una vita splendida
1993 Italian È una bella vita

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
2 2004 Retro Hugo Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1953-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books H-55 $2.00 [4]+
195+
[2]
hc? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1953-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 55 $0.35 [8]+
195
pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Science Fantasy, v 6 #16, 1955 1955-11-00 ed. John Carnell Nova Publications Ltd.   2/- 128 digest? mag Gerard Quinn Checkmark
De Vuurballons 1957-08-00 ed. Sybren Polet Bert Bakker (Ooievaar #61) 61   192 pb? anth Checkmark
Star of Stars 1960-10-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday   $3.50 240 hc? anth Eric Carle Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night 1961-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Random House   $5.95 469 hc? anth  
Fiction Spécial No 3: 17 Récits d'anticipation passionnants 1961-00-00 ed. uncredited OPTA (Fiction Spécial #3)   F3.35 239 digest? anth Jean-Claude Forest Checkmark
Star of Stars 1961-01-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 240 hc? anth Eric Carle Checkmark
Best SF Four: Science Fiction Stories 1961-03-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   15/- 224 hc? anth John Griffiths Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1962-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 612 $0.35 196 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night 1962-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Max Reinhardt   20/- 500 hc? anth Bernard Blatch Checkmark
Best SF Four: Science Fiction Stories 1962-07-00 ed. Edmund Crispin The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 63 5/6 224 hc? anth John Griffiths Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More Stories for Late at Night 1962-12-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Dell 5815 $0.50 207 pb? anth  
Introducing SF: A Science Fiction Anthology 1964-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Faber and Faber   18/- 224 hc? anth Bridget Riley  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night: Part One 1964-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Pan Books X344 3/6 285 pb? anth Glenn Steward  
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books U2171 C$0.50 224 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books U2171 $0.50 224 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Horror Anthology 1965-00-00 ed. Syd Bentlif Mayflower-Dell 3720 3/6 126 pb? anth Jacks  
Best SF Four 1965-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/6 224 tp? anth Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night: Part One 1965-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Pan Books X344 3/6 285 pb? anth Glenn Steward Checkmark
Masters' Choice 1966-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Simon & Schuster   $5.95 350 hc? anth Carl Smith  
Star Fourteen 1966-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Whiting & Wheaton   21/- 240 hc? anth  
Tomorrow's Children 1966-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Doubleday   $4.95 431 hc? anth Emanuel Schongut Checkmark
Tomorrow's Children 1966-10-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Doubleday   $5.70 431 hc? anth Emanuel Schongut  
Introducing SF: A Science Fiction Anthology 1967-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Faber and Faber   6/- 224 tp? anth Bridget Riley Checkmark
Cuentos para la madrugada 1967-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Aguilar (El Lince Astuto)     867 hc? anth  
Wake Up Screaming 1967-02-00 ed. Lee Wright, Richard G. Sheehan Bantam Books H2950 $0.60 213 pb? anth Checkmark
Star Fourteen 1968-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Pan Books 0-330-02043-9 5/- 236 pb? anth Checkmark
Masters' Choice 1968-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Herbert Jenkins   25/- 327 hc? anth  
Masters' Choice 1 1969-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tandem 3279 / PB. 380 3/6 175 pb? anth Checkmark
Science Fiction Classics 1970-00-00 ed. Sybren Polet Bruna (Zwarte Beertjes #1335) 90-229-1335-X ƒ2.75 175 pb? anth Dick Bruna Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1970-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday   $7.95 xi+
558
hc? anth Sagebrush Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday / SFBC 2265 $2.98 xi+
558
hc? anth Sagebrush Checkmark
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories 1971-01-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tempo Books / Grosset & Dunlap 0-448-05375-6 $0.95 x+
310
pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 C$1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1972-11-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 0-345-02718-3 $0.95 195 pb? anth John Berkey Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1972-11-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1972-11-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 0-345-02718-3 C$0.95 195 pb? anth John Berkey Checkmark
Speculations 1973-00-00 ed. Thomas E. Sanders Glencoe Press   $6.95 xvii+
621
tp? anth  
The Supernatural in Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Leo P. Kelley McGraw-Hill (Patterns in Literary Art) 0-07-033497-8 $3.96 [iv]+
313
tp? anth Checkmark
Cuentos para la madrugada 1973-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Aguilar (El Lince Astuto) 84-03-68080-5   914 hc? anth  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1973-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Tomorrow's Children 1974-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Orbit 0-86007-821-3 £0.75 431 pb? anth  
Mutants: Eleven Stories of Science Fiction 1974-12-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Thomas Nelson 0-8407-6412-X $6.50 224 hc? anth James Barry Checkmark
Science Fiction Hall of Fame: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time 1975-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 22012 $1.75 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Mutants: Eleven Stories of Science Fiction 1975-01-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Thomas Nelson / SFBC 6434 $1.98 x+
182
hc? anth James Barry Checkmark
Histoires de pouvoirs 1975-04-07 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3770) 2-253-00739-0   413 pb? anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
In Dreams Awake 1975-07-00 ed. Leslie A. Fiedler Dell Laurel 4159 $1.75 400 pb? anth Checkmark
Tomorrow's Children 1976-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Compton Russell 0-85955-034-6 £ 431 hc? anth  
Tomorrow's Children 1976-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Orbit 0-86007-821-3 £0.90 431 pb? anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Mutants: Eleven Stories of Science Fiction 1976-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Abelard-Schuman 0-200-72455-X £3.95 224 hc? anth James Barry Checkmark
Titan 4 1977-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl, Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3533) 3-453-30426-8 DM 3.80 142+
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pb? anth David A. Hardy Checkmark
Mutants 1977-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Corgi 0-552-10387-X £0.65 204 pb? anth Peter Jones Checkmark
Some Things Weird and Wicked 1977-08-00 ed. Joan Kahn Bantam Books 0-553-10608-2 $1.50 xii+
207+
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pb? anth Bob Larkin Checkmark
Tomorrow's Children 1977-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Orbit 0-86007-821-3 £1.25 431 pb? anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Galerij der Giganten 4 1978-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Ben Bova Elsevier (Elsevier SF) 90-10-02002-9   219 tp? anth Tim White Checkmark
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror 1979-06-00 ed. Leonard Wolf Clarkson N. Potter 0-517-53752-4 $14.95 xvi+
473
hc? anth Virgil Finlay Checkmark
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror 1979-06-00 ed. Leonard Wolf Clarkson N. Potter 0-517-53635-8 $8.95 xvi+
473
tp? anth Virgil Finlay Checkmark
Constellations: Stories of the Future 1980-00-00 ed. Malcolm Edwards Gollancz 0-575-02838-6 £4.95 189 hc? anth Stuart Hughes (artist) Checkmark
Weekend Book of Science Fiction 1981-00-00 ed. Stuart Gendall Harmsworth Publications Ltd. for Assoc. Newspapers Group Ltd. 0-85144-180-7 £1.00 127 tp? anth Reginald Gray Checkmark
Tomorrow's Children 1981-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov Orbit 0-86007-821-3 £1.75 431 pb? anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Van Jules Verne tot Isaac Asimov: De Vijftig Beste Science Fiction-Verhalen 1981-00-00 ed. Erik Lankester Publiboek / Baart 90-6513-003-9   467 hc? anth Frank Frazetta Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1981-10-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Hutchinson 0-09-145770-X £6.95 370 hc? anth Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1983-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Penguin Books 0-14-006382-X £2.95 365 pb? anth Mick Brownfield Checkmark
Constellations: Stories of the Future 1983-00-00 ed. Malcolm Edwards Puffin (Plus) 0-14-031582-9 £1.25 171 pb? anth Tony Roberts  
Hallucination Orbit: Psychology in Science Fiction 1983-03-14 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Farrar, Straus and Giroux 0-374-32835-8 $12.95 279 hc? anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
Constellations: Stories of the Future 1983-07-00 ed. Malcolm Edwards Penguin Books 0-14-006734-5 £1.50 175 pb? anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories 1985-00-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, Charles G. Waugh MJF Books 1-56731-065-6   550 hc? anth  
Orbite hallucination 1985-05-13 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Londreys 2-904184-19-8 F75.00 255 tp? anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories 1985-07-00 ed. Richard Matheson, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Avon Books 0-380-89601-X $8.95 550 tp? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1986-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $4.95 672 pb? anth  
The Great SF Stories# 15 (1953) 1986-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #694) 0-88677-171-4 $3.50 352 pb? anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
The Great SF Stories# 15 (1953) 1986-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books 0-88677-171-4 C$4.50 352 pb? anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
Le grandi storie della fantascienza 15 1987-05-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Armenia Editore (Le Grandi Storie della Fantascienza #15) 88-344-0205-7 20,000 Lit 304 tp? anth Bob Layzell  
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic 1991-01-00 ed. Alberto Manguel Clarkson N. Potter 0-517-57559-0 $14.95 xx+
941
tp? anth George Tooker  
Reel Terror 1992-04-00 ed. Sebastian Wolfe Xanadu 0-947761-53-5 £9.99 249 tp? anth Checkmark
Reel Terror 1992-06-00 ed. Sebastian Wolfe Carroll & Graf 0-88184-821-2 $9.95 249 tp? anth Checkmark
Brivido a 35 mm 1993-06-00 ed. Sebastian Wolfe Garden Editoriale (Horror Story #14)   Lit 7,000 224 pb? anth Miani  
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (revised) 1994-11-00 ed. Leonard Wolf Newmarket Press 1-55704-214-4 $16.00 viii+
343
tp? anth  
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream! 1998-08-00 ed. Peter Haining Souvenir Press 0-285-63461-5 £5.99 223 hc? anth  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1998-08-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday / SFBC 1-56865-878-8 $10.98 xi+
560
hc? anth  
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream! 1999-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Barnes & Noble Books 0-7607-1574-2   223 hc? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 2001-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg The Easton Press     xi+
558
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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 2003-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Tor 0-765-30536-4 $27.95 xiv+
560
hc? anth Kenn Brown  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 2005-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Orb 0-765-30537-2 $17.95 xiv+
560
tp? anth Kenn Brown Checkmark
Mutants 2009-03-05 ed. Robert Silverberg Wildside Press 978-1-4344-5512-3 $14.99 228 tp? anth  
Time Enough at Last & Other SF Stories that Inspired Classic Episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Tales of Tomorrow, and Other Classic SF Television Series 2010-02-24 ed. Jean Marie Stine Pageturner 978-1-61508-103-5 $16.99 164 tp? anth  
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories 2011-10-31 ed. Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer Corvus 978-0-85789-487-8 £25.00   ebook? anth  
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories 2012-05-08 ed. Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer Tor / SFBC 1356431 $22.99 xx+
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories 2012-05-08 ed. Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer Tor 978-0-7653-3360-5 $39.99 xx+
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories 2012-05-08 ed. Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer Tor 978-0-7653-3362-9 $29.99 xx+
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The 18th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack 2015-06-04 Jerome Bixby Wildside Press 978-1-4794-0605-0 $0.99   ebook? coll  
Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2: Die besten Storys 1948-1963 2018-03-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Golkonda 978-3-944720-56-2 €19.90 395 tp? anth s.BENeš Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-44933-1 $2.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 26346 $1.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories date unknown ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tempo Books 0-448-12128-X $1.50 x+
310
pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.95 672 pb? anth  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 26346 $1.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.25 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Orb 0-765-30537-2 $19.99 xiv+
560
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