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Damon Knight






"The Analogues"
© Astounding, Jan 1952
The Best of D. Knight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"An Ancient Madness"
(also as "Mary")
© Galaxy, Jun 1964
Turning On, 1966
--/ cool sf story

"Babel II"
© Beyond, Jul 1953
Far Out, 1961
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Be My Guest"
© Fantastic Universe, Sep 1958
Off Center, 1965

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"The Beach Where Time Began"
(also as "Extempore")
© Infinity Stories, Aug 1956
Far Out, 1961
--/ cool time sf story
--/ style award

Stylish, engaging story with wide vistas of time and philosophical threads of thought. Sticks out in a sea of mediocrity and points to a very promising writer. (and editor... and thinker...) Although general effect is still blurry and vague.
review: 24-Jul-06 (read in 2001)

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"The Big Pat Boom"
© Galaxy, Dec 1963
Turning On, 1966
--/ fourth place humour sf story
--/ idea: selling crap to aliens
--/ humour award
--/ style award

"Cabin Boy" (nv)
© Galaxy, Sept 1951
Far Out, 1961
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ wonder award


"Catch That Martian"
© Galaxy, Mar 1952
Off Center, 1965
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ cool sf story

"The Country Of The Kind"
© F&SF, Feb 1956
In Deep, 1963
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /22 (tie)
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Dio"
(also as "The Dying Man")
© Infinity Stories, Sep 1957
Three Novels, 1967
--/ cool sf story

"Double Meaning" (nv)
(also as "The Rithian Terror")
© Startling Stories, Jan 1953
Rule Golden and Other Stories, 1979
Off Center, 1965
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Down There"
© New Dimensions # 3, 1973
The Best of D. Knight, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Dying Man" (nv)
(also as "Dio")
© Infinity Stories, Sep 1957
Three Novels, 1967
Natural State and Other Stories, 1975
Rule Golden and Other Stories, 1979
--/ cool sf story

"The Earth Quarter"
© IF, Jan 1955
Rule Golden and Other Stories, 1979
--/ cool sf story

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"Extempore"
(also as "The Beach Where Time Began")
© Infinity Stories, Aug 1956
Far Out, 1961
--/ cool time sf story
--/ style award

Stylish, engaging story with wide vistas of time and philosophical threads of thought. Sticks out in a sea of mediocrity and points to a very promising writer. (and editor... and thinker...) Although general effect is still blurry and vague.
review: 24-Jul-06 (read in 2001)

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"Four In One"
© Galaxy, Feb 1953
In Deep, 1963
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


"The God Machine"
© F&SF, July 1986

"The Handler"
© Rogue, Aug 1960
In Deep, 1963
Turning On, 1966

"I See You"
© F&SF, Nov 1976
--short story : 1977 Hugo
--short story : 1977 Locus /2
--short story : 1977 Jupiter W

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Idiot Stick"
© Star Science Fiction # 4, 1958
Far Out, 1961

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"Life Edit"
© Science Fiction Age, Sep 1996
--/ cool sf story

The idea of editing "life" just like a scrap-book for a future generation's keep-sake, or even revising it as the person goes on living - this idea is not new, and by 1996 has been used already a few times. However, this story is written in usual Damon Knight competent and literate style, so it is a welcome addition to the bunch.
review: 24-Aug-06 (read in 2000)

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"Man in the Jar"
© Galaxy, Apr 1957
Turning On, 1966
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Mary"
(also as "An Ancient Madness")
© Galaxy, Jun 1964
Turning On, 1966
--/ cool sf story

"Masks"
© Playboy, Jul 1968
Off-Center, 1969
--short story : 1969 Hugo
--short story : 1969 Nebula
--story : Best SF 1969

--/ fourth place robot sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value

"Mind Switch" (nv)
(also as "The Other Foot")
© 1965, Doubleday Books
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Natural State" (nv)
© Galaxy, Jan 1954
Three Novels, 1967
Natural State and Other Stories, 1975
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Not With The Bang"
© F&SF, Win 1950
Far Out, 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"O"
© Universe # 14, 1984
--/ cool sf story

"The Other Foot" (nv)
(also as "Mind Switch")
© 1965, Doubleday Books
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"The Rithian Terror" (nv)
(also as "Double Meaning")
© Startling Stories, Jan 1953
Rule Golden and Other Stories, 1979
Off Center, 1965
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Rule Golden"
© Science Fiction Adventures, 1954
Natural State and Other Stories, 1975
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Special Delivery"
© Galaxy, Apr 1954
Far Out, 1961
--/ cool sf story

"Stranger Station"
© F&SF, Dec 1956
In Deep, 1963
--/ third place space sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award


"Thing of Beauty"
© Galaxy, Sep 1958
Far Out, 1961
The Best of D. Knight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"To Serve Man"
© Galaxy, Nov 1950
Far Out, 1961
--short story : 2001 Retro Hugo W

"What Rough Beast?"
© F&SF, Feb 1959
Off Center, 1965
--/ cool sf story

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