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Karen Haber
"The Soul of Truth"
(Isaac's Universe series)
© Isaac Universe Vol.2, ed. M. Greenberg, 1991

Austin Hall
(with Homer Eon Flint)
"The Blind Spot" (nv)
(Blind Spot series)
© Argosy All-Story Weekly, May 1921
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Apr 1940
--classic parallel worlds novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale

Austin Hall
"The Man Who Saved the Earth"
(Dr. Hargraves series)
© All-Story Weekly, Dec 1919
Amazing Stories, Feb 1926
--Groff Conklin' story selection
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ idea: solar energy earth-eater
--/ rare find

Barbara Hambley
"Dark Hand Of Magic" (nv)
© 1990, Ballantine Del Rey
--/ cool f novel

Barbara Hambly
© Sisters Of The Night, ed. B. Hambly, 1995
--/ cool f story

William Hamling
"Planet of the Duplicates"
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1945
--/ cool space sf story
--/ rare find

Karl Hansen
"Dragon's Teeth"
© Chrysalis # 3, ed. R. Torgeson, 1978
--/ cool sf novella

Karl Hansen
"Sergeant Pepper"
© The Berkley Showcase # 1,
ed. V. Schochet, 1980

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

Karl Hansen
© Chrysalis # 4, ed. R. Torgeson, 1979
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

L. Taylor Hansen
"Lords Of The Underworld" (nv)
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1941
Fantastic, Oct 1968
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


(left: art by for "Night of Impossible Shadows" by Allison V. Harding, Weird Tales Sep 1945; right image: art by Hugh Rankin for "Shadows in the Moonlight" by Robert E. Howard, Weird Tales Apr 1934, via)

Allison V. Harding
"Night of Impossible Shadows"
© Weird Tales, Sep 1945
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award: shadows alive
--/ rare find

This a story by somewhat mysterious writer, so mysterious in fact, that even Internet Speculative Fiction Database gets it wrong about who this person really was. According to researcher Douglas A. Anderson, Allison V. Harding (who published quite a few stories in "Weird Tales" in the 1940s) was none other than Lamont Buchanan, the associate editor of "Weird Tales" himself. His stories are not known as masterpieces of fantasy, but they do posses that special quality of thick, 1930s weird pulp atmosphere, comparable to works by early Kuttner, or even early Fritz Leiber.

In this story the troublesome shadows again are misbehaving and acquiring the mind of their own, but in a more sinister way. If in Clark Ashton Smith's lighthearted urban environment they were cavorting and scheming around quirky and carefree, then here we have the heavy, ponderous, unspeakably vague shadows IN THE DARK WOODS. This is a great "cabin in the woods"-kind of scenario that would be exploited in many B-movies decades later. Now I have to hunt down more fiction by Allison V. Harding, which only exists within the pages of "Weird Tales" pulp and has never been anthologized, or printed anywhere else.
(review by Avi Abrams)


Lee Harding
© New Worlds, Apr 1963
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Melissa Hardy
"The Bockles"
© The Uncharted Heart, 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

Jim Harmon
"Luck, Inc."
© Science Fiction Stories, Nov 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea: luck as tool of creation
--/ rare find

Jim Harmon
"The Place Where Chicago Was"
© Galaxy, Feb 1962

Charles L. Harness
"An Ornament to His Profession"
(Conrad Patrick series)
© Analog, Feb 1966
--story: Best SF 1968 list

Clare Winger Harris
"A Baby on Neptune"
(with Miles J. Brewer)
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1929
--/ cool sf story

Tom W. Harris
"The Fire Dancers"
© Imaginative Tales, May 1958

Tom W. Harris
"Get Out Of My Body"
© Imagination, Feb 1958

Tom W. Harris
"Goodbye, Dead Man!"
© Imagination, Apr 1958

Tom W. Harris
"Return To Phoney Town"
© Imaginative Tales, Jan 1958

Tom W. Harris
"Wanted: A Planet To Boss"
© Imaginative Tales, Mar 1958

L. P. Hartley
"The Island"
© Night Fears, Putnam, 1924
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Gregor Hartmann
"O Time Your Pyramids"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

Norman E. Hartman
© Omelas #2, 1976
--/ idea award
--/ humour award

Heinrich Hauser
"Agharti" (nv)
© Amazing Stories, Jun 1946
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Willard Hawkins
"The Dwindling Sphere"
© Astounding, Mar 1940

Willard Hawkins
"Fateful Flapjacks"
© Outlaws Of The West, Oct 1931
--/ style award

Willard Hawkins
"Scratch One Asteroid"
© Amazing Stories, Nov 1952


Russell Hays
"The Beetle Experiment"
© Amazing Stories, Jun 1929
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Great little treatise on how to deal with oversized bugs. Makes you simply love these critters. Probably classic in this "bug" sub-genre.
review: 01-Jul-06 (read in 2004)


Paul Hazel
"Undersea" (nv)
(FinnBranch Trilogy 2)
© 1982, Bantam Spectra
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

Gerald Heard
"B+M-Planet 4"
© New Tales Of Space And Time, 1954

Ben Hecht
"In the Midst of Death"
© Liberty Magazine, May 1932
--/ cool dark f story
--/ wonder award: haunted apartment
--/ rare find

Verner von Heidenstam
"The Shield-Maiden"
(transl. from Swedish)
© 1909,
The Phoenix Tree, ed. R. Boyer, 1974
The Swedes and Their Chieftains, 1971
ed. R. Healy, 1951

Alvin Heiner
"The Revealing Pattern"
© IF, May 1952

Mark Hellington
"The Silver Cube"
© Future SF Stories, Apr 1958
--/ cool sf story

Joe L. Hensley
(with Harlan Ellison)
© Rogue, Feb 1961
Ellison Wonderland, 1962
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

Benson Herbert
"The World Without"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1931
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find

Brian Herbert
(with Kevin J. Anderson)
"Dune: Nighttime Shadows on Open Sand"
(Dune Series)
© Sci Fiction, Jul 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ adventure award

Steve Herbst
"An Uneven Evening"
© Clarion, ed. Robert Scott Wilson, 1971
--/ cool sf story

Dula Hernadi
© Zvyozdy Zovut, 1969
transl. from Hungarian

Dula Hernadi
© NF - 18, 1977
transl. from Hungarian
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Philip E. High
"No Truce With Terra" (nv)
© Ace Double Books, 1964
--/ cool invasion sf novel
--/ wonder award: metal aliens ecology

Lynn S. Hightower
"Journal Of The First Voyage"
© F&SF, Sep 1991
--/ cool sf story

Douglas Hill
"The Huntsman" (nv)
© 1983, Heinemann Publ. / Puffin
--/ cool sf novel
--/ adventure award

Richard Hill
"Moth Race"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972
--/ cool sf story


A. Rowley Hilliard
"The Green Torture"
©  Wonder Stories, Mar 1931

The torture machine depicted on the cover is creepy, of course, but even more unsettling is the realization that the world is coming to the "torture" years (Russia, Germany) - and the story is sort of premonition of that.
review: 01-Jul-06 (read in 2004)


James Hilton
"The Bat King"
© Collier's, Jul 1937

W. Hilton-Young
"The Choice"
© Punch, Mar 1952
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ cool time sf story

Glen Hirshberg
"Mr. Dark's Carnival"
© Shadows And Silence, ed. B. Rodenm, 2000
--novella : 2001 World Fantasy
--long story : 2001 Int. Horror Guild

--/ third place dark f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ shock value

Glen Hirshberg
© Sci Fiction, Nov 2001
--/ novella : 2002 World Fantasy
--/ second place f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

M. K. Hobson
"Hell Notes"
© Sci Fiction, Mar 2005

Edward D. Hoch
"The Homesick Chicken"
© IASFM, Spr 1977

Edward D. Hoch
© Fantastic Universe, June 1958
(russ. "Zverinetz")
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Brian Hodge
"Some Other Me"
© 2002, Lies And Ugliness
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Brian Hodge
"With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu"
© The Third Alternative, 2003
--short fiction : 2004 Int. Horror Guild W
--/ cool f story
--/ emotion award

William Hope Hodgson
"The Ghost Pirates"
© 1909, Stanley, Paul & Co.
The House On The Borderland And Others, 1946
--/ cool f novella
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

William Hope Hodgson
"The House On The Borderland" (nv)
© 1908, original
book: Arkham House
--/ second place dark f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale

William Hope Hodgson
"The Silent Ship"
(The Ghost Pirates)
© 1909, written
Horrors Unseen, ed. S. Moskowitz, 1979
--/ cool f story
--/ rare find

Lee Hoffman
"Soundless Evening"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"Food Chain"
© Sisters Of The Night, ed. B. Hambly, 1995
--/ cool f story

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"Lost Lives"
© The Clarion Awards, ed. D. Knight, 1984
Courting Disasters and Others, 1991
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool f story

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"A Step Into Darkness"
© Writers of the Future # 1, 1985
Courting Disasters and Others, 1991
--/ cool f story


James P. Hogan
"The Immortality Option" (nv)
(Code Of The Lifemaker 2)
© 1995, Ballantine Del Rey
--series: 1984 Locus /26
--overseas long fiction : 2000 Seiun

--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

This one is a curious literary "fish": on one hand it's a sharp and very competent (and well-researched) epic about the possibilities of robotic evolution, life-codes, AI power games and such. But on the other hand, it is an ungodly mess. The writer mixes the themes, ideas and extrapolations like a retired IBM maniac, or a typical pulp "mad scientist", little caring for the readability or even a slightest character development (in fact I doubt there were even human characters at all, throughout its 400 pages). It reads as an article, as a tractate, or as a Ph. D. thesis, but I cannot call it a novel. Granted it has a tremendous scale and exciting visions of robot cultures and AI domains - but it only serves to re-inforce the "mad scientist ramblings" impression. It's lofty stuff, but after a few chapters you will feel as though your head were cooked in an alchemist's bubbling alembic vessel, and be very fortunate indeed to escape to fresh air.
review: 14-Oct-06 (read in 2003)


Fox B. Holden
"The Time Armada" (nv)
© Imagination, Oct 1953

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
"The Strange Children"
© F&SF, Aug 1955
--/ cool ghost f story
--/ emotion award
--/ idea: babysitters / spooky
--/ rare find

H. H. Hollis
"Sword Game"
© Galaxy, Apr 1968
--story : Best SF 1969
--short story : 1969 Nebula

--/ cool dimensional sf story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Millicent Holmberg
"To Whom It May Concern"
© Amazing Stories, Jun 1946

Karl Juhen Holtzhausen
"Dzherri Khochet Morskuyu Svinku"
© Stockholm, 1977
trans. from Swedish
--/ cool sf novella

Karl Juhen Holtzhausen
"Zvet Nadezhd Zeleny"
© Stockholm, 1977
trans. from Swedish
--/ cool sf novella

George Hopkins
"Requiem For Planet X"
© Spaceway, Oct 1969

Nalo Hopkinson
© Conjunctions # 39, 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Robert Hoskins
"Pop Goes The Weasel"
© F&SF, 1975
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

Tanua Huff
"Oh, Glorious Sight"
© Oceans Of Magic, ed. B. Thomsen, 2001
--/ cool f story

Gene Hunter
"Martian Interlude"
© Spaceway, Oct 1969

Dave Hutchinson
"Discreet Phenomena"
© Sci Fiction, Apr 2001

Dave Hutchinson
© Sci Fiction, Aug 2000

Julian Huxley
"The Tissue-Culture King"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1927
--Groff Conklin's story selection


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