"The Mixed Men"
Short Fiction 1945 10,968 words
  • Not to be confused with the novel The Mixed Men (more commonly known under the title Mission to the Stars) which contains this shorter work.

  • The original, unrevised version of this story was only reprinted once, in the 2006 collection Transgalactic.

Part of the
Mixed Men Series
1 —     "Concealment" 1943
2 —     "Lost: Fifty Suns" 1972
3 —     "The Storm" 1943
4 —     "The Mixed Men" 1945

The short stories formed the basis for the novel Mission to the Stars in 1952 [aka The Mixed Men].

"Lost: Fifty Suns" was originally linking material written for the novel, and was first published as a story in its own right twenty years later in 1972.

The original versions of the early stories were reprinted in the collection Transgalactic.



original version


adapted for fix-up novel
Included In
Mission to the Stars 1955
The Mixed Men 1952
Transgalactic 2006
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1945 January Street & Smith
digest Vol 34, No 5 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

3 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: José
Illustration images: José
Data: Walwyn