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Oliver La Farge
"The Resting Place"
© New Yorker, Oct 1954

David Lake
"Redeem The Time"
© Rooms Of Paradise, 1979
--/ cool sf story

Jay Lake
"The God-Clown Is Near"
© Dark Discoveries, Summer 2007
--/ cool sf story

Claude Lalumiere
"Different Flesh"
© Sci Fiction, Nov 2005

Terry Lamsley
"Climbing Down From Heaven"
© Dark Matters, 2000
--novella : 2001 British Fantasy
--/ cool f novella

Tommaso Landolfi
"Gogol's Wife"
© Observer, 1967
Gogol's Wife and Other Stories, 1963
--story: Best SF 1968 list
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value

John M. Landsberg
"And of the Earth, a Womb"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

Joel Lane
"The Receivers"
© Dark Terrors 6, ed. S. Jones, 2002
--/ fourth place dark f story
--/ idea award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Allen K. Lang
"Guest Expert"
© Planet Stories, Jan 1951
--/ cool sf story

Sterling E. Lanier
"Hiero's Journey" (nv)
(Hiero 1)
© 1975, Sidgwick & Jackson
--novel : 1974 Locus /14
--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale

Roberta Lannes
"The Late Arrivals"
(Bradbury's Mars series)
© The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991
--/ cool sf story

Roberta Lannes
"Saving the World at the New Moon Motel "
© "Alien Sex", ed. by Ellen Datlow, 1990
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value

Olga Larionova
"Leopard S Vershiny Kilimadzaro"
© NF - 3, 1965

Olga Larionova
© Yniy Teknik, 1980
--/ cool sf story

Olga Larionova
"Solnze Vhodit V Znak Devy"
© Fantastika - 80, 1980
--/ cool sf story

Olga Larionova
"Vakhta Aramisa"
© Vakhta Aramisa, 1967

Greye La Spina
"The Rat Master"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1941
--/ cool f story

George Lasker
"Devil on the Moon"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1951
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

Philip Latham
© Future Science Fiction, Nov 1953

Philip Latham
"Future Forbidden"
© Galaxy, Oct 1971

Philip Latham
"The Red Euphoric Bands"
© Galaxy, Dec 1967
--/ cool sf story

Alice Laurance
"The Game Of The Name"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980

Christian Laurie
© Pyat Zelenykh Lun, 1972
trans. from French
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Harold Lawlor
"The Irresistible Perfume"
© Fantastic Adventures, May 1943

Stephen Laws
"Gordy's A-Okay"
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool f story

Chris Lawson
"Unborn Again"
© Dreaming Down-Under, ed. J. Dann, 1998
--short story : 1999 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

Chris Lawson
"Written In Blood"
© IASFM, Jun 1999
--sf short story : 2000 Aurealis W
--short fiction : 2000 Ditmar W

Richard Laymon
"The Grab"
© Gallery, Jan 1982
A Good, Secret Place, 1993
--/ cool dark f story
--/ shock value

Madeleine L'Eangle
"Across The Time" (nv)
(Time series)
© 1966, Pocket Books

Madeleine L'Eangle
"A Wrinkle in Time" (nv)
(Time series)
© 1962, Doubleday
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /33
--fantasy novel: 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /27

Tom Leahy
"Tape Jockey"
© IF, Mar 1954

Tim Lebbon
"The Origin Of Truth"
© Sci Fiction, Feb 2000
--short story : 2000 Bram Stoker Poll
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value

Tim Lebbon
© Extremes, ed. B. Hopkins, 1999
As The Sun Goes Down, 2001
--collection : 2002 World Fantasy
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Ian Lee
"Pigs, Mostly"
© Interzone, Aug 1991
--fiction : 1992 Interzone Poll /6 (tie)
--/ cool sf story

Mary Soon Lee
"The Day Before They Came"
© Interzone, Jul 1998
--short fiction : 1999 British SF
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

Mary Soon Lee
© Interzone, Jun 1999
--short story : 2000 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award

Rand Lee
"The Sound Of His Wings"
© IASFM, Aug 1982

John Leimert
"John Thomas's Cube"
© Atlantic Monthly, Aug 1945
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Bob Leman
"The Time of the Worm"
© F&SF, Mar 1988
--/ cool sf story

Alan B. LeMay
"Ghost Lanterns"
© Adventure Stories, Dec 1925
--/ cool sea f story
--/ rare find

A. Lentini
© Galaxy, Nov 1971
russ. as "Derevo"
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Edward M. Lerner
"Creative Destruction"
(InterstellarNet series)
© Analog, Mar 2001


Derwin Lesser
"Fatal Glance"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1935

It has been said that anything imaginable by the human mind is possible. We can imagine only things and combinations of things that we have known and therefore the most fantastic conception is not in the least bit "alien" in its essence. What's more, a thing entirely outside of our realm of experience and existence may even destroy our mind as it enters it. This story takes a "glimpse of an utterly alien world" and turns it into a fatal experience for human observers. There is an interesting side-thought to this: I think I agree with C. S. Lewis, when he says that if we can imagine something, then it's bound to exist somewhere or sometime. The fact that we are created to hope and dream for certain things makes these same things a definite possibility.
review: 05-Aug-06 (read in 2005)


David D. Levine
© Interzone, Dec 2001
--winner : 2001 James White W
--/ cool f story

Ted Levine
"The Nut"
© Fantastic Universe, 1957

Paul Levinson
"The Mendelian Lamp Case"
(Phil D'Amato series)
© Analog, Apr 1997
--short story : 1998 Locus Poll


Roger Levy
"No Cure for Love"

©  Constellations, ed. by Peter Crowther, 2005
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"...Shorter story set on a Mars-Earth shuttle. There's no plot as such - the protagonist is in a virtually permanent state of mental and physical limbo, as he has opted to stay awake on the craft as it shuttles between its destinations. The constellations are to him like spores, and he ponders his role in life and death whilst speaking to the injectioneer..." - via


Richard O. Lewis
"Earthmen Die Hard!"
© Imagination, Jun 1954

Richard O. Lewis
"Hold On To Your Body"
© Imagination, Oct 1953

Michael Libling
"Timmy Gobel's Bug Jar"
© F&SF, Dec 2001

Walt Liebscher
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Love?"
© Strange Bedfellows, ed. T. Scortia, 1972
--/ humour award

Evelyn Lief
"Bedsheets Are White"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972
--/ emotion award

Thomas Ligotti
"My Case For Retributive Action"
© Weird Tales, Sum 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

Jane M. Lindskold
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995

Per Lindstrem
"Zhizn Prodolzhaetsya"
© Zvet Nadezh Zeleny, 1977
trans. from Swedish

Bentley Little
"The Potato"
© Borderlands # 2, ed. T. Monteleone, 1991
--/ third place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value

Berkeley Livingston
"Me and My Shadow"
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1945

Robert Donald Locke
"Milk Run"
© Imagination, May 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Svyatoslav Loginov
"Strazh Podzemeliya"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1987

Barry Longyear
"Enemy Mine"
© IASFM, Sep 1979
Manifest Destiny, 1980
--novella: 1980 Hugo W
--novella: 1980 Nebula W
--novella: 1980 Locus W
--novella: 1999 Locus All-time Poll /11

--/ cool sf novella

Barry Longyear
"The Magician's Apprentice"
© Asimov's SF Adventure
Magazine, 1979

Barry Longyear
"Silent Her"
© Sci Fiction, Feb 2001
--novella : 2002 Locus /17
--/ cool sf novella
--/ idea award

Noel Loomis
"If The Court Pleases"
© Dynamic Science Fiction, Jun 1953

Noel Loomis
"Thousand-Legged Agent"
© Amazing Stories, Mar 1953
Thrilling SF, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Robert Lory
"The Star Party"
© F&SF, Sep 1964
A Harvest of Hoodwinks, 1970
--story: Best SF 1965 list
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea: astrology would not
work on other planets

Bret Lott
"The Train, The Lake, The Bridge"
© Ghost Writing, ed. R. Weingarten, 2000
--short story : 2001 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place f story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

James Lovegrove
"Out Of The Blue, Into The Red"
© Mars Probes, ed. P. Crowther, 2002

James Lovegrove
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995

Sam Lundwall
"Alice's World" (nv)
© 1971, Ace Double
trans. from Swedish
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

Sam Lundwall
"No Time For Heroes" (nv)
(Alice World 2)
© 1971, Ace Double
trans. from Swedish
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ humour award
--/ awesome scale

Sam Lundwall
"The Shadows"
© Zvet Nadezhd Zeleny, 1977
trans. from Swedish
--/ cool sf story

Ed Ludwig
"An End To Crime"
© Galaxy, Jun 1979

Duncan Lunan
"The Comet, The Cairn And The Capsule"
© Worlds Of If, Jul 1972
--/ cool space sf story

Richard A. Lupoff
"With The Bentfin Boomer Boys"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972
--novella : 1973 Nebula
--novella : 1973 Locus /6

--/ cool sf novella
--/ style award

Elisabeth A. Lynn
(also as "The Circus That Disappeared")
© Chrysalis # 3, ed. R. Torgeson, 1978
The Woman Who Loved The Moon, 1981
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value

Elisabeth A. Lynn
"The Gods Of Reorth"
© The Berkley Showcase # 1,
ed. V. Schochet, 1980

Elisabeth A. Lynn
"The Princess in the Tower"
© Snow White, Blood Red, ed. E. Datlow, 1993

Jason Lytell
"Red Bamboo"
© Spicy Mystery, Jun 1935


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