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"A Beast for Norn"
(Tuf series)
© Andromeda # 1, ed. P. Weston, 1976
Galaxy, Sep 1979
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award

An exotic space opera "animal blood sports" tale, which brings to memory certain prototypes in the pulps... Let's see, Martin himself says: "The first Haviland Tuf story, "A Beast for Norn," was my attempt to capture some of Vance's effects, and Tuf is a very Vancean hero, a distant cousin to Magnus Ridolph, perhaps." It's colorful, has cool alien animals, although does not reach the heights of "Plague Star" in intensity.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 2001)

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"After the Festival" (nv)
© Analog, Apr 1977
book: 1980, Dell Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award

"And Seven Times Never Kill Man"
© Analog, Jul 1975
Songs of Stars and Shadows, 1977
Nightflyers, 1987
--novelette : 1976 Hugo
--novelette : 1976 Locus /3

--/ cool sf story

"Bitterblooms"
© Cosmos SF Magazine, Nov 1977
Sandkings, 1981
--short fiction : 1978 Locus /19 (tie)
--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award


"Call Him Moses"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, Feb 1978
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--/ cool sf story

"The Computer Cried Charge!"
© Amazing, Jan 1976

"Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels"
© Vertex Magazine, Dec 1973
A Song For Lya, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


"The Exit To San Breta"
© Fantastic, Feb 1972
A Song For Lya, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Fast-Friend"
© Faster Than Light, ed. J. Dann, 1976
Sandkings, 1981
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Fevre Dream" (nv)
© Poseidon Press, 1982
--novel : 1983 World Fantasy
--fantasy novel : 1983 Locus /3

--/ third place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"...For a Single Yesterday"
© Epoch, ed. R. Elwood, 1975
Songs of Stars and Shadows, 1977
--novelette : 1976 Locus /6
--foreign short story : 2001 Seiun

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"FTA"
© Analog, May 1974
A Song for Lya, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"The Glass Flower"
© IASFM, Sep 1986
Portraits of His Children, 1988
--Asimov's Reader's Poll 1987, novelette
--Locus Poll Award 1987, novelette /7

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

George Martin certainly can write space operas, with an intensely personal, lyrical, and yet grandiose sense. This is one of these rare stand-alone novellas, which are getting so hard to find these days when everybody seems to have jumped on "trilogies" and "series" bandwagon. Well, I liked it enough to give it a well-deserved "wonder award" (Martin let loose here on a particularly galaxy-shaking scale), but overall impression is muddy. Martin trades human characters (whom he can describe with depth and sympathy) with non-human and eternal super-beings, which we can hardly relate to. It is very adequate entertainment, but hardly anything more. Here is the blurb: "It's been a lifetime and more since Cyrain has been challenged in the game of mind. When the cyborg arrives, she senses a worthy and dangerous opponent - one that's been dead for 800 years..." Magazine publication has some cool artwork by Terry Lee, see below.
review: 27-Aug-06 (read in 2004)



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"Guardians"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, Oct 1981
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--novelette : 1982 Hugo
--novelette : 1982 Locus W
--novella/novelette : 1982 AnLab /4

--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Hero"
© Galaxy, Feb 1971
A Song For Lya, 1976

"In the House of the Worm"
© The Ides of Tomorrow, ed. T. Carr, 1976
Sandkings, 1981
--/ third place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Loaves and Fishes"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, Oct 1985
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--novella : 1986 Locus /7
--novella/novelette : 1986 AnLab W

--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr"
© Fantastic, May 1976
Songs of Stars and Shadows, 1977
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award


"Manna from Heaven"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, Dec 1985
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--novella/novelette : 1986 AnLab /2
--/ cool sf story

"Meathouse Man"
© Orbit # 18, 1976
Songs the Dead Men Sing, 1983
--novelette : 1977 Locus /8
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


"Nightflyers" (nv)
© Analog, Apr 1980
© Binary Star # 5, 1981 (expanded)
Songs the Dead Men Sing, 1983
Nightflyers, 1987
--novella : 1981 Hugo
--novella : 1981 Locus W
--novella/novelette : 1981 AnLab W
--foreign short fiction : 1983 Seiun W

--/ second place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Nor The Many-Colored Fires of a Star Ring"
© Faster Than Light, ed. J. Dann, 1976
Nightflyers, 1987
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Override"
© Analog, Sep 1973
A Song for Lya, 1976
Nightflyers, 1987
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


"The Pear-Shaped Man"
© OMNI, Sep 1987
--novella : 1988 World Fantasy
--novelette : 1988 Stoker W (tie)
--novelette : 1988 Locus /18

--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Plague Star"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, 1985
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--novella : 1986 Locus /4
--serial : 1986 AnLab /3

--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Portraits Of His Children"
© IASFM, Nov 1985
Portraits Of His Children, 1992
--novellette : 1986 Hugo
--novellette : 1986 Nebula W
--novellette : 1986 Locus /3
--novellette : 1986 SF Chronicle W

--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Run To Starlight"
© Amazing, Dec 1974
A Song For Lya, 1976

"Sandkings"
© OMNI, Aug 1979
Sandkings, 1981
--novelette : 1980 Hugo W
--novelette : 1980 Nebula W
--novelette : 1980 Locus W
--short fiction : 1980 Balrog
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /5

--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Second Helpings"
(Tuf series)
© Analog, Nov 1985
Tuf Voyaging, 1987
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award

"The Second Kind of Loneliness"
© Analog, Dec 1972
A Song for Lya, 1976
--short fiction : 1973 Locus /7
--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award


"Slide Show"
© Omega, ed. R. Elwood, 1973
A Song For Lya, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"A Song for Lya"
© Analog, Jun 1974
A Song for Lya, 1976
--novella : 1975 Hugo W
--novella : 1975 Nebula
--novella : 1975 Locus/2
--novella : 1975 Jupiter
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /33

--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"A Song For Lya" (coll)
© 1976, Avon Books
--author collection : 1977 Locus W
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Stone City" (nv)
© New Voices in SF, 1977
Sandkings, 1981
--novelette : 1978 Nebula
--short fiction : 1978 Locus /7

--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Starlady"
© SF Discoveries, ed. F. Pohl, 1976
Sandkings, 1981
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Tuf Voyaging" (coll.)
(Tuf series)
© 1987, Baen Books
--collection : 1987 Locus /5
--/ fourth place space sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Way of Cross and Dragon"
© OMNI, Jun 1979
Sandkings, 1981
--short story : 1980 Hugo W
--short story : 1980 Nebula
--short story : 1980 Locus W
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /36

--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Weekend in a War Zone"
© Future Pastimes, ed. by S. Edelstein, 1977
Nightflyers, 1987
--/ cool sf story

"With Morning Comes Mistfall"
© Analog, May 1973
A Song for Lya, 1976
--short story : 1974 Hugo
--short story : 1974 Nebula
--short fiction : 1974 Locus /8

--/ second place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


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You really should check out his 'Song of Ice and Fire' series. I've read the first three and am utterly blown away.

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