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C. C. MacApp
"For Every Action"
© Amazing Stories, May 1964
--story: Best SF 1965 list
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: vacuum alien bugs
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

C. C. MacApp
"A Pride Of Islands"
© IF, May 1960
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

John D. MacDonald
"Spectator Sport"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1950
Other Worlds, Other Times, 1978
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

John D. MacDonald
"The White Fruit Of Banaldar"
© Startling Stories, Sep 1951

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A. MacFadyen, Jr.
"The Time Decelerator"
© Astounding, Jul 1936
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

It's a pleasant enough pulp story. Ultimately forgettable, but when eating it first time, tastes not bad and quite chewable.
review: 10-Jul-06 (read in 2002)

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Edward Mackin
"The Trouble With H.A.R.R.I."
© 1957, Authentic SF
--/ cool sf story

Edward Mackin
"The Unremembered"
© New Worlds, Mar 1964
--story: Best SF 1965 list

Phyllis MacLennan
"Thus Love Betrays Us"
© F&SF, Sep 1972
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


Tom Maddox
"Snake Eyes"
© 1986, OMNI
Mirrorshades, 1987 -a
--short story : 1987 Locus /21
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


Tom Maddox
"The Robot And The One You Love"
© OMNI, 1988
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


Richard Magruder
"And All The Girls Were Nude"
© Imagination, Jan 1955

Gregory Maguire
"Scarecrow"
© Half-Human, ed. B. Coville, 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story

Sarah Maitland
"Why I Became a Plumber"
© On Becoming A Fairy Godmother, 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


German Maksimov
"Posledni Porog"
© Fantastika-65, 1965
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Gennady Maksimovich
"Dolg"
© 1981, Yuni Teknik
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Gennady Maksimovich
"Esli On Vernetsya"
© 1981, Fantastika-81
--/ cool sf story

Gennady Maksimovich
"Poslednaya Ispoved Lui Kufo"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1979

Gennady Maksimovich
"Prizvanie"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1981
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


Elisabeth Malartre
"Evolution Never Sleeps"
© IASFM, Jul 1999
--short story : 2000 Asimov's Reader Poll /2
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

K. Malinovski
"Tretia Planeta Prociona"
© Iskatel, 1979
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


David Mallory
"St. George"
© Fantastic, 1978

Russell Maloney
"Inflexible Logic"
© 1940, New Yorker
Fantasia Mathematica, 1958

Vladimir Malov
"Motylki Na Svet"
© 1978, Yuni Teknik
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Vladimir Malov
"Tot Kto Vernetsya!"
© Iskatel, 1980

Maria Mamonova
"ABEV"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1982
--/ cool sf story

Ion Maneskurte
"Muzhchiny Vselennoi"
© Fantastika - 77, 1977
trans. from Moldovian
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Edward Andrew Mann
"The Portals" (nv)
© 1974, Panther Books
--/ cool dark f novel

Robert E. Margroff
"Caterpillar Express"
© IF, Mar 1968
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


Arnold Marmor
"Fish Fry"
© Imagination, Dec 1954
--/ humour award

Arnold Marmor
"The Scandalized Martians"
© Imagination, Jun 1954
--/ humour award

Joseph Martino
"Pandora's Printout"
© Analog, Feb 1983

Georgy Martynov
"Gianea" (nv)
© 1963, Smena
novel: 1965, Biblioteka Priklucheni
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


David Marusek
"We Were Out Of Our Minds With Joy"
© IASFM, Jul 1995
--shortlist : 1996 Sturgeon
--novella : 1996 Locus /11
--novella : Asimov's Reader Poll /3


David Marusek
"The Wedding Album"
© IASFM, Sep 1999
--novella : 200 Nebula
--winner : 2000 Sturgeon W
--novella : 2000 Locus /11
--novella : 2000 Asimov's Readers Poll /6
--novella : 2000 HOmer
--translated short story : 2002 Seiun

--/ cool sf story

David Marusek
"Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz"
© IASFM, Jan 1999
--short story : 2000 Locus /11
--short story : 2000 Asimov's Reader Poll /6
-- short story : 2000 Hugo
--short story : 1999 Nebula

--/ humour award

David Mason
"The Transfinite Choice"
© 1964, Science Fantasy
--/ cool sf story

David Mason
"Traveller's Rest"
© 1965, Science Fantasy
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Donald Matheson
"The Molecule Trapper"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1934
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

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Richard Christian Matheson
"Arousal"

© "Alien Sex", ed. by Ellen Datlow, 1990
--short story : Locus Poll
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Very subversive, subliminal, sexy story - that tackles a taboo subject matter with astonishing clarity and daring. Very sincere, laconic, "rousing" prose.

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Richard Christian Matheson
"Conversation Piece"
© Whispers # 2, 1979
Scars & Oth. Distinguishing Marks, 1987
--/ cool f story

Richard Christian Matheson
"Hiding"
© The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991
--/ fourth place f story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ rare find

Milton Matthew
"No Man Is Ever Alone"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1951
--/ cool space sf story

Patricia Matthews
"Little William"
© Topper, 1975

Robert Mattingly
"Discovering A New Earth"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

Andre Maurois
"The War Against the Moon "
© The Forum, Jul 1927
--Groff Conklin's story selection
--/ idea award

Julian May
"The Many-Colored Land" (nv)
(Saga of the Pliocene Exile 1)
(Galactic Milieu series)
© 1981, Doubleday Books
--novel : 1982 Hugo
--novel : 1982 Nebula
--sf novel : 1982 Locus W
--fantasy : 1982 Mythopoeic
--novel : 1983 Prometheus

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


Alister McAllister
"The Hunting On The Doonagh Bog"
© 1919, original

Bruce McAllister
"When the Fathers Go"
© 1982, "Universe 12", ed. T. Carr
--/ cool sf story

Bruce McAllister
"Stu"
© Sci Fiction, Nov 2005
--/ cool sf story

Ed McBain
(as Evan Hunter)
"The Miracle of Dan O'Shaughnessy"
© Imagination, Jan 1955

Ed McBain
(as S. A. Lombino)
"Welcome Martians"
© IF, May 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Ed McBain
(as Evan Hunter)
"The Plagiarist from Rigel IV"
© Imagination, Mar 1954

Robert McCammon
"The Wolf's Hour" (nv)
© 1988, Dell Books
--novel : 1990 Stoker
--horror novel : 1990 Locus /6

--/ fourth place dark f novel

Robert McCammon
"Track Of The Cat"
© 1990, original
--/ cool dark f story

Wil McCarthy
"Rocket Ghosts"
© 1996, IASFM
--/ cool sf story

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Thomas Calvert McClary
(as by Calvin Peregoy)
"Dr. Conklin—Pacifist"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1934
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

This reads like a typical "Amazing Stories" material, a run-of-the-mill inventor story. And yet, it's funny in a P. G. Wodehouse sort of way. Thomas Calvert McClary wrote a few big novels for "Astounding" in the late 1930s, but he hides under a pen name here.

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Thomas C. McClary
(as by Calvin Peregoy)
"The Terrible Sense"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1938
--Groff Conklin's story selection

J. Frances McComas
"Brave New World"
© F&SF, Sep 1954

J. Francis McComas
(as by Webb Marlowe)
"Flight Into Darkness"
© Astounding, Feb 1943

James V. McConnell
"All Of You"
© Beyond Fantasy Fiction, Jul 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

Steven Edward McDonald
"Watch This Space"
© IASFM, Sep 1981

R.J. McGregor
"The Red Night Of Twea"
© Fantastic Story, 1954

Maureen F. McHugh
"Interview: On Any Given Day"
© Starlight 3, ed. P. Hayden, 2001
--shortlist : 2002 Sturgeon

Maureen F. McHugh
"Presence"
© F&SF, Mar 2002
--novelette : 2003 Hugo
--novelette : 2003 Locus /16


Pat McIntosh
"Child Of Air"
© Anduril, 1978

Pat McIntosh
"Cry Wolf"
© Anduril, Jul 1975

Patricia A. McKillip
"Wonders of the Invisible World"
© Full Spectrum # 5, ed. J. Hersh, 1995
--short story : 1996 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

James McKimmey, jr.
"'Mid Pleasures And Palaces"
© IF, Mar 1954

Robin McKinley
"The Pool in the Desert"
© Water: Tales of
Elemental Spirits, ed. P. Dickinson, 2002

--collection : 2003 World Fantasy

Dean McLaughlin
"The Brotherhood of Keepers" (nv)
© Astounding, Jul 1960
Hawk Among the Sparrows, 1976
russ. as "Bratia Po Razumu"
--/ cool sf novella

Sean McMullen
"The Colors of the Masters"
© F&SF, Mar 1988
Call to the Edge, 1992
--Australian short fiction : 1989 Ditmar
--/ cool sf story

Sean McMullen
"A Ring of Green Fire"
© Interzone, Nov 1994
--best Interzone selection

Paul McNamara
"The Last Man in New York"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, May 1944
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

P. J. McQuarrie
"Greetings From Botz And Spinney"
© IASFM, Sep 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

P. J. McQuarrie
"Packing Up"
© IASFM, Dec 1981

John Meaney
"Sharp Tang"
© Interzone, Apr 1994
--fiction : 1995 Interzone Poll

John Meaney
"The Whisper Of Disks"
© Interzone, Oct 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Yury Medvedev
"Chertova Dyuzhina Oskarov"
© Fantastika - 79, 1979

Capt. S.P. Meek
"Awlo Of Ulm"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1931

Capt. S.P. Meek
"Futility"
© Wonder Stories, 1929

Capt. S.P. Meek
"Submicroscopic"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1931
--/ cool sf story
--/ adventure award

Alexander Meerov
"Rodbaridy"
(part of "Sirinevy Kristal")
© 1962, Na Sushe I Na More
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find



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Ib J. Melchior
"The Racer"

© Escapade, Jan 1956
--/ third place sf story
--/ adventure award
--/ shock value
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

This is the ORIGINAL story behind the idea of a brutal cross-country race, in which the winner is the one who hits more pedestrians along the way. Similar manic mass-entertainment was described by Robert Sheckley in "The Prize of Peril", but this time cars are used as killing machines and the whole American population becomes a potential target of crazed drivers, bent on increasing their killing score, catering to blood-thirsty TV watching crowd. Interestingly, even though plenty of warning is given along the racing route and everybody has an option to stay safely inside, there are many who prefer to stick it out and take their chances... Going to the movies, picking groceries becomes a life-threatening gamble. This story is a heady mix of shocks and thrills, told in a single breath; a horrifying, emotionally charged, highly cinematic and, surprisingly, humane tale. One heck of the story, asking for one heck of a movie. It's a shame that certain cheesy Hollywood remake ("Death Race 2000") ruined the prospects for a better movie, potentially "The Truman Show" classic of our generation.
review: 21-Dec-07 (read in 2007)

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Vitaly Melentiev
"Indiya, Lyubov Moya"
© Fantastika - 77, 1977

Vitaly Melentiev
"Shumit Tishina"
© Iskatel, 1970
Mir Iskatelya, 1973
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Carlton Mellick III
"Porno In August"
© Random Acts Of Weirdness,
ed. B. Knight, 2002

--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value


Gennady Melnikov
"Sluchai Na Ostrove Men"
© 1982, Na Sushe I Na More
--/ cool sf novella

Gennady Melnikov
"Volchya Yama"
© 1982, Teknika Molodezhi
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


Gennady Melnikov
"Yasnoe Utro Posle Dolgoi Nochi"
© Fantastika - 81, 1981
--/ cool sf story

Henry Melton
"We Hold These Rights"
© Stellar # 3, 1977
--/ cool sf story

Richard C. Meredith
"Earthcoming"
© The Future Is Now, ed. William F. Nolan, 1970
--/ cool sf story

Lew Merril
"The Robot Awakes"
© Spicy Adventure Stories, Oct 1940

Melissa Michaels
"In The Country Of The Blind, No One Can See"
© IASFM, Jan 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Sergei Mikhalkov
"Pervaya Troika, ili Got 2001"
(movie: "Bolshoe Kosmicheskoe Puteshestvie")
© Pioneer, Dec 1969
--/ rare find

Lawrence Miles
"Grass"
© F&SF, Sep 2001

Benjamin E. Miller
"Zero Hour" (nv)
© NAL / Onyx Books, 2003
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


R. DeWitt Miller
"Within The Pyramid"
© Astounding, Mar 1937
--/ cool sf story

Jesse Miller
"Twilight Lives"
© New Voices in SF # 2, ed. G. Martin, 1979
--new writer : 1974 Campbell
--/ cool sf novella
--/ adventure award

Rex Miller
"Slice" (nv)
© 1990, Dell Books
--/ cool dark f novel
--/ shock value

Samuel Mines
"A Matter of Size"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1947

Marie Ming
"A Singular Clone"
© Analog, Jan 2001
--/ cool sf story

William Mingin
"Greaves, This Is Serious"
© Tales of the Unanticipated # 23, 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Keith Minnion
"Ghosts"
© 1979, Asimov's SF Adventure
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

Keith Minnion
"A Trail Of Footprints"
© IASFM, Sep 1981
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

Alexander Mirer
"Dom Skitaltcev" (nv)
(Dom Skitaltcev series)
© 1960 - 1979, Moscow
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


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David Mitchell
"Cloud Atlas" (nv)

© 2004, Hodder & Stoughton / Random House
--novel : 2004 Nebula r-up
--novel : 2005 Arthur Clarke Award r-up
--Locus Poll Award, Best SF Novel (Place: 10)
--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale

A novel of this scope and magnitude cannot be read and reviewed as a piece of literature, but rather as a piece of the Universe (think of some rough-hewn blocks of reality, unprocessed), with time, higher powers, human misery and angelic beauty intertwined into one bewildering whole - possible to untangle only by degrees, and not always to one's complete satisfaction. But such incompleteness, perhaps, is part of the book's charm. It does not really have a beginning or end, and could've been written on a far bigger scale, eventually swallowing all the space available in all the world's libraries.

In other words, dear reader, you will be entertained on a highly subliminal level - the language, the wordplay will reach deep inside your soul, the virtuoso (almost Mandelbrodt-like in its complexity) plot will thread your heart though many glorious loops, and the unifying idea behind the book - the Cloud Atlas itself - will be unveiled only in the act of "flipping the proverbial rug" upside-down and gazing on the revealed celestial pattern (instead of random tangle of knots underneath).

This book is about the arrow of human destiny pointed at the vague but glorious destination; it is about victory over time and entropy (to a certain degree); it is about pre-meditated blessings and casual cataclysms; it is a tapestry woven from only the finest literary and science-fictional ingredients. Something that Sir Arthur Clarke would dream up in his sleep but be powerless to remember in the morning. A package and a marvel to be forever entrenched in your imagination. A Cloud Atlas, indeed.

(review by Avi Abrams)
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Ken Mitchell
"Fire And Brimstone"
© IASFM, Jul 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Mary Ann Mitchell
"Tainted Blood" (nv)
(De Sade series 4)
© 2003, Leisure Book
--/ shock value

Donald Moffit
"Literacy"
© Analog, Apr 1994

Yuri Moiseev
"Titania, Titania!"
© Na Sushe I Na More, 1972
--/ cool sf story

Devon Monk
"Stitchery"
© Black Gate, Sum 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story

R. A. Montana
"The Diana Syndrome""
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award: what are stars and sky?
--/ rare find

Dex R. Moore
"The Innkeeper Of Mars"
© Amazing Stories, Oct 1952

Ward Moore
"Conversation Piece"
© Whispers, Oct 1978

Ward Moore
"Dominions Beyond"
(also as "The Second Trip To Mars")
© Saturday Evening Post, 1954

Ward Moore
"Peacebringer"
(also as ``Sword of Peace'')
© Amazing, Mar 1950

A. R. Morlan
"Cat In The Box"
© Sci Fiction, Mar 2001
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

A. R. Morlan
"Cine Rimettato"
© Sci Fiction, Aug 2002
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

A. R. Morlan
"From The Walls Of Irezumi"
© Sci Fiction, Oct 2001
--/ shock value

Vyacheslav Morochko
"Ezhik"
© Fantastika - 72, 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Vyacheslav Morochko
"Moe Imya Vam Izvestno"
© Fantastika - 72, 1972
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Vyacheslav Morochko
"Tam, Gde Vechno Dremlet Taina"
© Fantastika-69/70, 1970
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


David Morrel
"The Good Times Always End"
© Ellery Queen's Mystery, Jun 1982

David Morrel
"Resurrection"
© Redshift, ed. A. Sarrantonio, 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

John Morressy
"No More Pencils, No More Books"
© F&SF, Jun 1979

John Morressy
"A Rarebit of Magic"
(Kedrigern series)
© F&SF, Jan 1983

A. Morris
"The Devil Of Doom"
© Fantastic Adventures, 1949

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(right image: painting by Nicholas Roerich, 1946)

Kenneth Morris
(as by Wentworth Tompkins)
"The Rose And The Cup"

© The Theosophical Path, Apr 1916
The Phoenix Tree, ed. R. Boyer, 1974
The Secret Mountain and Other Tales, 1926

The Rose and The Cup of the title is a theosophical symbol, interchangeable with the Ace of Hearts, the openness to all emotion. The story illustrates this principle, using a few sublime fantasy elements. Kenneth Morris was a theosophist himself, seeking (and finding) secret symbols all over our reality. In some ways, such mining of esoteric knowledge is not unlike fantasy, when you are really following the constructs of your mind, satisfied with mind games, exploring various possibilities, seeking for the truth, but wandering among twisted (and endlessly fascinating) mirrors. For many members of the society the "uncovering of similarities" was a reward enough, and some of them came to the knowledge of God in due time. As for this story, it's average in my opinion, although Le Guin calls Morris "one of the master prose stylists of fantasy in the twentieth century."



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Richard Mueller
"The Chains of the Sea"
© 1982, F&SF
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Richard Mueller
"Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Gonna Rise Again"
© F&SF, Oct 1984

Stanley Mullen
"Revolt On Mercury"
© 1957, Fantastic Universe
--/ cool sf novella

Walter H. Mulstay
"Cargo To Mars"
© Fantastic Story, 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

H. Warner Munn
"Merlin's Ring" (nv)
(King Of The World's Edge # 3)
© Weird Tales, Sep 1939
(first part only)
book: 1974, Ballantine Books
--novel : 1975 World Fantasy
--fantasy : 1975 Mythopoeic

--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


H. Warner Munn
"The Wheel"
© Weird Tales, May 1933
--/ cool dark f story
--/ wonder award: inquisition
--/ rare find

Gary Myers
"Xiurhn"
© 1975, The House Of The Worm,
publ. with Arkham House
--/ cool f story

Gary Myers
"The Snout In The Alcove"
© The Year's Best Fantasy Stories # 3, 1977

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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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"SF&F Reading Experience" is part of "Dark Roasted Blend / Thrilling Wonder" family of sites. We try to highlight the most entertaining and rewarding science fiction and fantasy, with emphasis on memorable reader experience, not necessarily general acceptance by the critics. Have fun, and delve into our extensive ratings and reviews!

Most reviews are written by Avi Abrams, unless otherwise noted. Reviews also appear on our unique historical retrospective page Wonder Timeline of Science Fiction. Feel free to submit your own review, if a particular story is not listed here.


All major OFFICIAL AWARDS are highlighted in BLUE
("winner" has a letter "W" by it, otherwise it is a runner-up only)

Our PERSONAL AWARDS (ratings) are highlighted in RED and PURPLE:
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Also, there are our personal STYLE / GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS. These reflect the story's content and the lasting impression on the reader:

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sense-of-wonder, "visual intensity" and inventiveness

--/ idea award
originality of idea / concept

--/ adventure award
exhilarating plot, excitement / action

--/ style award
outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style

--/ romance award
intense and beautiful love / relationships

--/ humour award
funny and cool

--/ emotion award
touching, lasting impression, sensitivity

--/ shock value
altogether wild

--/ awesome scale
mind-boggling; further enhances sense-of-wonder

--/ rare find
very hard to locate, mostly from old pulps, never reprinted, etc.

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