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Edmond Hamilton



ISFDB entry




"The Accursed Galaxy"
© Astounding Stories, July, 1935
Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"After a Judgement Day"
© Fantastic, Dec 1963
The Most Thrilling SF Ever Told, 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Alien Earth"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1949
Alien Earth and Other Stories
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


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"Armageddon in Space"
(Cosmos series)
© Science Fiction Digest, Jul 1932
Fantasy Magazine, Dec 1934
Perry Rhodan, Ace Books
--/ fourth place space sf series
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find

Unreal... This is simply the most unique event in history of science fiction, the collaboration between the brightest stars in the field, some at the beginning of their career, some at the peak of their powers. The list of writers is a shining "all-star" galaxy in itself. The fiction is... well, it's certainly big-scale, brimming with grand conflict, ridiculous science, unpronounceable names and places, and more BANG that you ever encountered between soft book covers - testing, in fact, the limits of reader's imagination and believability. Impossibly hard to find today, "Cosmos" spanned the issues of "Science Fiction Digest", and then "Fantasy Magazine" (the installments were not printed in the issues themselves but as a separately-bound supplements).

Personally I liked the "Last Poet" part of the serial and the crazy, absolutely delirious space battle extravaganza contributed by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. A multi-dimensional "Wrongness of Space" anomaly attacks our system; a bunch of alien menaces and mad scientists pop out of every wrinkle of time and space, flying around (some may say chaotically) and driving the serial to its bang-up finish - good old Edmond Hamilton destroying planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus with an atomic disintegrator ray in his "Armageddon in Space". In other words, "The Cosmos" series is well worth searching out, it's a monumental literary artifact from the "wonder pulps" era, quite enjoyable even to this day.

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"Babylon in the Sky"
© Amazing Stories, Mar 1963
Great Science Fiction, Fall 1967
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Battle for the Stars" (nv)
(as Alexander Blade)
© Imagination, June 1956
also - Tor Double Book
--/ third place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Birthplace Of Creation"
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, May 1947
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"The Broken Stars"
(Star Kings)
© Fantastic, Dec 1968
Return to the Stars, 1969
--/ cool space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Calling Captain Future" (nv)
(Captain Future 2)
© Captain Future, Spring 1940
Calling Captain Future, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Captain Future and the Space Emperor" (nv)
(Captain Future 1)
© Captain Future, Winter 1940
Captain Future and the Space Emperor, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Captain Future's Challenge" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Sum 1940
Captain Future's Challenge, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Captain Future And The Seven Space Stones" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Win 1941
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ rare find

"Castaway"
© The Man Who Called Himself Poe, ed. S.Moskowitz, 1969
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ cool sf story

"Child of the Winds"
© Weird Tales, May 1936
--/ cool sf story

"Children Of The Sun" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, May 1947
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"The City at World's End" (nv)
© Startling Stories, Jul 1950
City at World's End, 1951
Galaxy Science Fiction Novel, 1953
--/ third place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


"Come Home from Earth"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1947
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find




"The Comet Doom"
© Amazing Stories, Jan 1928
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"The Comet-Drivers"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, Feb 1930
Crashing Suns, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Comet Kings" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Sum 1942
The Comet Kings, 1967
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Conqueror's Voice"
(as Robert Castle)
© Science Fiction, Mar 1939
--/ cool sf story

"A Conquest of Two Worlds"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1932
Startling Stories, Jan 1948
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Corridor of the Suns" (nv)
© Imagination, Apr 1958
--/ cool sf novel

"The Cosmic Cloud"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, Nov 1930
Crashing Suns, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Cosmic Kings" (nv)
(as Alexander Blade)
© Imaginative Tales, Nov 1956
--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"The Cosmic Looters"
(as Alexander Blade)
© Imagination, Feb 1958

"The Cosmic Pantograph"
© Wonder Stories, Oct 1935
30 Thrilling Tales, 1936
Fantastic Story Magazine, Fall 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"Crashing Suns"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, Aug 1928
Crashing Suns, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Crashing Suns" (coll)
© Ace Books, 1965
--/ second place space sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale

"Danger Planet" (nv)
(as Brett Sterling)
(also as "Red Sun of Danger")
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Spr 1945
Danger Planet, 1967
--novel : 1996 Retro Hugo r-up
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


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"Day of Judgement"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1946
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award

Reprinted in the "Last Man on Earth" anthology, and in the "Best of Edmond Hamilton" collection, this story has all the right ingredients to impress and to stay with the reader, and yet it falls short, somehow. More moody and sad than his usual style in the Thirties, it may even be compared to "Twilight" by John Campbell. Having said that, the story is unmemorable, partly because it sticks to the canon of post-apocalyptic fiction so closely. Not the best piece, but certainly not one to discount entirely, as everything written by Hamilton for "Weird Tales" contains that special "sensa-vonda".
review: 21-Sep-06 (read in 1988)

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"Days of Creation" (nv)
(written by William Morrison - see his entry)
(as by Brett Sterling)
(Captain Future series)
also as "The Tenth Planet"
© Captain Future, Spr 1946
book: Popular Library, 1960
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ rare find

"The Dead Planet"
© Startling Stories, Spr 1946
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Devolution"
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1936
Amazing Stories, Apr 1961
Science Fiction Classics, 1970
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


"Doomstar" (nv)
© Belmont Books, 1964
--/ cool sf novel

"Dreamer's World"
© Weird Tales, Nov 1941
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Earth-Brain"
© Weird Tales, Apr 1932
Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"Earthmen No More"
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Mar 1947
--/ cool space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Easy Money"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1938
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"The Eternal Cycle"
© Wonder Stories, Mar 1935
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Exile"
© Super Science Stories, May 1943
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Face Of The Deep" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, May 1943
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Fessenden's Worlds"
© Weird Tales, Apr 1937
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Forgotten World"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Win 1946
Fantastic Story Magazine, Fall 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Galaxy Mission" (nv)
(also as "The Triumph of Captain Future")
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Fall 1940
Galaxy Mission, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Harpers of Titan"
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Sep 1950
Dr. Cyclops, ed. Henry Kuttner, 1967
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Haunted Stars" (nv)
© Torquil Books, 1960
The Haunted Stars, 1962
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"He That Hath Wings"
© Weird Tales, Jul 1938
Fantastic, Jul 1963
--short fiction : 1971 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /25 (tie)
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Hidden World"
© Science Wonder Quarterly, 1929
Fantastic Story Quarterly, Spr 1950
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"Horror From The Magellanic"
(Star Kings)
© Amazing Stories, May 1969
Return to the Stars, 1969
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Horror on the Asteroid"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1933
Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


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"Horror on the Asteroid
& Other Tales of Planetary Horror" (coll)

© London: Allen, 1936
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

A collection true to the spirit of "the romance of the spaceways", a wonderful piece of Hamilton entertainment. The title novella is as hard-boiled adventure as they come, and the rest just sings up a "hymn to wonder" in a joyous choir of space-happy pulp stories. They should keep this in print, for the sheer intensity and color of the material contained here. I would've bought this book in 1936 and I'd buy it now if I saw it.
review: 13-Jul-06 (read in 2005)

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"Horror out of Carthage"
© Fantastic Adventures, Sep 1939
Fantastic, Aug 1968

--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"In The World's Dusk"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1936
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale


"The Inn Outside the World"
© Weird Tales, Jul 1945
Most Thrilling SF, Fall 1969

What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Intelligence Undying"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1936
Amazing Stories, Apr 1966

Fantastic, Apr 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Island of Unreason"
© Wonder Stories, May 1933
Startling Stories, Spr 1945

Murder in the Clinic, (UK) 1946
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Isle Of The Sleeper"
© Weird Tales, May 1938
Weird Tales, May 1951

What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Kaldar, World of Antares"
(Stuart Merrick)
© The Magic Carpet, Apr 1933
Kaldar, World of Antares, 1998
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The King of Shadows"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1947
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Kingdoms of the Stars"
(Star Kings)
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1964
Return to the Stars, 1969
Science Fiction Greats, Fall 1970
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Last Call for Doomsday" (nv)
(as S. M. Tenneshaw)
© Imagination, Dec 1956
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Legion of Lazarus" (nv)
© Imagination, Apr 1956

"Magic Moon" (nv)
(as by Brett Sterling)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Win 1944
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Magician of Mars" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Sum 1941
The Magician of Mars, 1968
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Man Who Evolved"
© Wonder Stories, Apr 1931
Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
Startling Stories, Nov 1940
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"The Man Who Returned"
© Weird Tales, Feb 1934
Weird Tales (anth), 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Man Who Saw Everything"
© Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"The Man Who Saw the Future"
© Amazing Stories, Oct 1930
Tales of Wonder (British), 1940
Amazing Stories, Feb 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"Men of the Morning Star"
© Imaginative Tales, Mar 1958
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


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"The Monster-God of Mamurth"
© Weird Tales, Aug 1926
Weird Tales, Sep 1935
Horror on the Asteroid, 1936
Magazine of Horror, Win 1967
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Not science fiction per se, this was Edmond Hamilton's first published story, and it has color and excitement a-plenty. It is somber, exotic, Clark-Ashton-Smith-esque, baroque and morbid in a most delicious ways. Desert landscapes with unspeakable monsters hiding in grandioze mysterious structures, a dread and a trembling for an amateur adventurer and a professional curiosity for Sean Connery-like types. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece, and - just think - it's only a beginning of a Universe-spanning career!
review: 31-Jul-06 (read in 1995)

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"The Monsters of Juntonheim" (nv)
(also as "A Yank At Valhalla")
© Startling Stories, Jan 1941
book: Ace Books / World Publ, 1950
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Moon of the Unforgotten"
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Jan 1951
--/ cool space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Murder in the Void"
(Rab Crane)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Jun 1938
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Outlaw World" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Win 1946
Outlaw World, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Outlaws of the Moon" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Spr 1942
Outlaws of the Moon, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Outside the Universe" (nv)
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, Jul 1929
Outside the Universe, 1964
--/ third place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


"Pardon My Iron Nerves" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Nov 1950
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"Planets in Peril" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Fall 1942
Planets in Peril, 1968
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Pro"
© F&SF, Oct 1964
--/ cool sf story

"The Quest Beyond the Stars" (nv)
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Win 1942
Quest Beyond the Stars, 1967
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Red Sun of Danger" (nv)
(as Brett Sterling)
(also as "Danger Planet")
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Spr 1945
Danger Planet, 1967
--novel : 1996 Retro Hugo r-up
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Requiem"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1962
Most Thrilling SF Ever Told, Win 1967
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Return Of Captain Future"
(Captain Future)
© Startling Stories, Jan 1946
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"Return to the Stars" (coll)
(Star Kings series)
© Return to the Stars, 1969
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Seeds from Outside"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1937
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Serpent Princess"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1948
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ romance award


"The Shores of Infinity"
(Star Kings)
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1965
Return to the Stars, 1969
Most Thrilling SF Ever Told, Aug 1973
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Short-Wave Madness"
(as Robert Castle)
© Science Fiction, Jun 1939

"The Star Kings" (nv)
(Star Kings)
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1947
Amazing Stories Quarterly, 1948
The Star Kings, 1949
Two Complete Science Adventure Books, Spr 1951
--/ FIRST place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ romance award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale


"The Star of Life" (nv)
© Startling Stories, Jan 1947
Star of Life, 1959
--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Star-Stealers"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, Feb 1929
Avon Fantasy Reader, 1948
Crashing Suns, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"The Starcombers"
© Science Fiction Adventures, 1956
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"The Stars, My Brothers"
© Amazing Stories, May 1962
The Most Thrilling SF Ever Told, 1968
What's It Like Out There?, 1974

"The Sun People"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, May, 1930
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"Sunfire!"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1962
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award


"The Three Planeteers" (nv)
© Startling Stories, Jan 1940
--/ FIRST place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award: true epic
--/ awesome scale
--/ romance award
--/ emotion award: innocence and glory
--/ idea: "Three Musketeers" space epic
--/ style award
--/ rare find: un-reprinted!

"Thundering Worlds"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1934
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


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"Thunder World" (nv)
© Imaginative Tales, July 1956
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Nothing better for me than a rare and non-reprinted novel of Edmond Hamilton - and a good quality one at that, not the same as some less inspired efforts he submitted to pulps at the end of the Fifties. This one rocks, moves along nicely and gives you the good jolt of space vistas, and planetary locales. Vintage and very tasty. The plot is part treasure-hunt, part labour-dispute of space miners, but the characters are wholesome and gutsy, the good fight is a good fight, and the backdrop is - the stars, as bright and alluring as only Hamilton describes them. In fact, this may be the last "pulp-proper" space adventure published.
review: 10-Jul-06 (read in 2002)

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"TransUranic"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1948
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Treasure on Thunder Moon"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1942
Technika Molodezhi, 1956
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


"The Triumph of Captain Future" (nv)
(also as "Galaxy Mission")
(Captain Future)
© Captain Future, Fall 1940
Galaxy Mission, 1967
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


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"The Truth Gas"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1935
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


This is a predictable story about what would happen if everybody told the truth... especially governments (it includes a cool jab towards Soviet propaganda, which was already notoriously known in the West). By the way, it is still a mystery to me how many officials in America were swooned and deluded by Stalin's lies during the infamous trials, and even wrote of the Soviet Union as a well-run and organized state. Were they sincere in missing the truth? The lies were certainly grandiose enough...
review: 05-Aug-06 (read in 2005)

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"Twilight Of The Gods"
© Weird Tales, Jul 1948
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--/ cool sf story

"The Unforgiven"
© Startling Stories, Oct 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Valley Of Creation" (nv)
© Startling Stories, Jul 1948
novel: Lancer Books, 1966
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Valley of Invisible Men"
© Amazing Stories, Mar 1939
SF Adventure Classics, Nov 1972
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Wacky World"
© Amazing Stories, Mar 1942
Amazing Stories, Apr 1956
Science Fiction Classics, Fall 1969
Yuni Technik, No.1, 1956
Mir Priklucheni, 1956
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"The Watcher Of The Ages"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1948
What's It Like Out There? 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Weapon From Beyond" (nv)
(Star Wolf series 1)
© 1962, Ace Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

"What's it Like Out There?"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Dec 1952
What's It Like Out There?, 1974
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /42 (tie)
--/ cool sf story

"What's it Like Out There" (coll)
© Ace Books, 1974
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Within the Nebula"
(Interstellar Patrol)
© Weird Tales, May 1929
Crashing Suns, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


"World of Never-Men"
© Imaginative Tales, July 1957
--/ cool sf story

"World Without Sex"
(as Robert Wentworth)
© Marvel Tales, May 1940
--/ cool sf story

"A Yank At Valhalla" (nv)
(also as "The Monsters of Juntonheim")
© Startling Stories, Jan 1941
book: Ace Books / World Publ, 1950
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Zero Hour"
(as Alexander Blade)
© Imagination, Apr 1956
--/ cool sf story

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Blogger Dr. Alien said...

Nice bibliography.. So many titles... And coming just from a single author... I feel a bit discouraged ! And few time to write myself, more !

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Jack Williamson, Nat Schachner, "Doc" Smith
Epic space opera gems and horror surprises

Rare Pulp SF&F, Issue 3

Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Vic Phillips
Rediscovered gems of wonder & adventure

William Gibson's Novels

"Pattern Recognition", "Neuromancer"
A Fractured Delight...

Alfred Bester "The Computer Connection"

"Bester was the mountain, all the rest of us..."
Pyrokinetic writing in one neat package

Two Novels by Samuel R. Delany

"Nova" and "Babel-17"
New Wave Milestones, and then some.

Theodore Sturgeon's "The Cosmic Rape"

(and more reviews of his fiction)
Classic SF at its best and most humane

Travel Distant Worlds!

Vintage Space Travel Posters, and more.
Part 3 of Pulp Sf art series...

Alastair Reynolds' Epic Novels

"Chasm City" and "Revelation Space"
And it's only the beginning...

Rare Fantasy Gems by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner

Hidden Gems of Pulp Fiction
When two star writers become husband and wife

Grand Old Times... in the Future

Overview of Pulp Art
A Loudly Lurid Universe of Sci-Fi Illustration

Exclusive: Interview with Nancy Kress

From High Fantasy to Hard Science Fiction
A Spectrum of Wonder

Jack Vance

"To Live Forever"
and other Vance extravaganzas

Alastair Reynolds

"Pushing Ice"
Cosmological "noir" chase across space

Charles Stross

"Missile Gap"
Mind-bending Cold War world-building

Hidden Gems of Pulp SF, Part 2

Rare stories from the "Age of Wonder"
incl. David Keller, Horace Gold etc.

Ultra-Rare Serials from "Fantasy Magazine"

"Cosmos" + "Challenge From Beyond"
incredible line-up of writers

Hidden Gems of Pulp SF, Part 1

Neat & Rare Stories
incl. the mad rally story "The Racer"

Astounding Stories, June 1935

Full Issue Review
incl. Gallun, Schachner, Campbell

Astounding Stories, May 1941

Full Issue Review
incl. Heinlein, Asimov, Eric Frank Russell

Horace Gold; P. Schuyler Miller

"Apocalyptic Blockbusters"
"Inflexure" and "Spawn": guilty pleasure

Exclusive:
Interview with John C. Wright


Plus his advice to new writers
Adventures in Space & Magic

Frank Belknap Long

"The Horror from the Hills"
Great Lovecraftian Weird Novella

Exclusive:
Interview with Jeff VanderMeer


Plus his Recommended Reading List
A Triumph of the Bizarre

Alastair Reynolds, Part 2

More "Galactic North" Stories
A Mixture of Hard Sf, James Bond & Jaws...

Alastair Reynolds Review

"Galactic North"
staring down infinity...

Most Shocking Article

"Holey Fools" by M. Christian
Warning: Gross Subject Matter

Alfred Bester Review

"The Stars My Destination"
"...nail it to the Retro Hugo voting board..."

Larry Niven Review

"Neutron Star"
"better get GP alien ship hull"

Poul Anderson Review

"Ensign Flandry"
"or how to start a sub-genre..."

Thomas M. Disch Review

"The Squirrel Cage"
"...seriously mind-bending stuff..."

Henry Kuttner Review

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" (The Last Mimzy)
"...great storyline for a pretty average movie..."

Robert A. Heinlein Review

"The Moon is the Harsh Mistress"
"...it caused a tooth ache, and put my brain on freeze..."

Frank Herbert Review

"Destination: Void"
"...a layered cake of ideas and a scientific extrapolation on a genius level..."

Harlan Ellison Review

"The Abnormals"
"...editors slapped the most outrageous titles on his stories..."

James White Review

"All Judgement Fled"
"...the tension is palpable, soon to grow almost unbearable..."

Grand Adventure Strikes Again

Space Opera Article, by Avi Abrams
Based on Arthur Clarke's "Against the Fall of Night"

William Gibson Review

"Burning Chrome"
"...sheer pyrotechnics and exuberance of style..."

Ace Double: Murray Leinster

"The Pirates of Ersatz /The Mutant Weapon"
"...the characters might as well be cats or hamsters..."

Astounding Stories, May 1935

Pulp SF Magazine Review
with many original illustrations

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Author's Pen Names - Most Complete List Ever
The Wonder Timeline: SF&F Restrospective
Space Adventure Article


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