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"The Captain And The Kid"
© Universe # 9, 1979
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Journey" (nv)
© Pocket Books, 1978
--novel : 1979 Locus Poll Award /16
--/ cool family space sf novel
--/ emotion award

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"Secret Rider"
© New Dimensions # 6, 1976
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale
--/ romance award


The phrase "John Albion was/is/will be living/dying/dead; sucked into the dead/dying void... conjugate the tenses of time travel" even made it into SF Quotations book. Another quote opens the story: "Foundering between eternity and time, we are amphibians and must accept the fact." (Aldous Huxley). And one other quote - great lines for the opening to the story: "She had followed him across the galaxy. Twice" This is very competent space/time adventure, with touching love story spanning ages and light-years.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1987)

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"A Scarab In The City Of Time"
© New Dimensions # 5, 1975
--/ cool sf story

"The State Of The Art On Alyssum"
© New Dimensions # 7, 1977
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


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