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Philip Raines
(with Harvey Welles)
"The Fishie"
© Lady Churhill Rosebud Wristlet, 2003
--honorable mention : 2004 Fountain
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

Alan J. Ramm
"Death Walks on Mars"
© Imagination, Feb 1958

Alan J. Ramm
"Trouble Near The Sun"
© Imagination, Nov 1954
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


John W. Randal
"Bad Animals"
© Sci Fiction, Mar 2001
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


Florence Engel Randall
"One Long Ribbon"
© Fantastic, Jul 1962
--/ cool f story

Melanie Rawn
"Dragon Prince" (nv)
(Dragon Prince series)
© 1988, DAW Books
--first novel : 1989 Locus /6

Melanie Rawn
"Star Scroll" (nv)
(Dragon Prince 2)
© 1989, DAW Books

Melanie Rawn
"Sunrunner's Fire" (nv)
(Dragon Prince 3)
© 1991, DAW Books

David V. Reed
"The Brothers Shenanigan"
© Amazing Stories, Jun 1946

David V. Reed
"Death Plays a Game"
© Fantastic Adventures, Dec 1941

John Reese
"Rainmaker"
© The Saturday Evening Post, Feb 1949
Tomorrow, the Stars, 1951 -a

Mark Reisenberg
"The Mentaller"
© Imaginative Tales, Jan 1957

Mark Reisenberg
"The Pink Puppy Dog"
© Imaginative Tales, May 1957

Mark Reisenberg
"Satellite-Keeper's Daughter"
© Fantastic Universe, Oct 1956
--/ cool sf story

Mark Reisenberg
"Tag, You're It!"
© Imaginative Tales, Mar 1958

Jessica Wynne Reisman
"The Girl Who Ate Garbage"
(with A. M. Dellamonica)
© Sci Fiction, Nov 2001
--/ cool f story
--/ shock value

William Relling, Jr.
"The Obsession"
(Bradbury's World series)
© The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991

John Murray Reynolds
"The Golden Amazons Of Venus"
© Planet Stories, 1939

Perry Rhodan Series:
Kurt Mahr
"Beware The Microbots!" (nv)
(Perry Rhodan # 35)
© 1973, Ace Books

Anne Rice
"The Witching Hour" (nv)
(Mayfair Witches series)
© 1990, Knopf
--horror/dark fantasy novel : 1991 Locus W
--/ third place f novel
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


H. Thompson Rich
"The Beast Plants"
© Argosy, Jul 1930
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Apr 1940
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: predator plants
--/ shock value
--/ romance award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

Frank Richards
"Rub-A-Dub-Dub"
© Imagination, Jun 1953
--/ cool short sf story
--/ idea award
--/ humour award

Joel Richards
"Deadtime"
© Universe # 14, 1984
--/ cool sf story

Stacy Richter
"The Cavemen In The Hedges"
© Zoetrope: All-Story, Fall 2000
--short story : 2001 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


M. Rickert
"Bread And Bombs"
© F&SF, Apr 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--honorable mention : 2004 Fountain

--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Kate Riedel
"To Others We Know Not Of"
© Weird Tales, Jan 2001

Jack Ritchie
"Appointment At The Barge"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980
--/ cool sf story

Jack Ritchie
"Gemini 74"
© The Diners Club Magazine, Feb 1966

Jack Ritchie
"Put Your Head Upon My Knee"
© The Diners Club Magazine, Aug 1967
--/ humour award

Uncle River
"My Stolen Sabre"
© IASFM, Dec 2001

Wayne Robbins
"Test-Tube Frankenstein"
© Terror Tales, 1940
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


Jennifer Roberson
"The Pride Of Princes" (nv)
(Chronicles of the Cheysuli 5)
© 1988, DAW Books

Jennifer Roberson
"The Shapechangers" (nv)
(Chronicles of the Cheysuli 1)
© 1984, DAW Books

Jennifer Roberson
"The Song of Homana" (nv)
(Chronicles of the Cheysuli 2)
© 1985, DAW Books

Jennifer Roberson
"Sword-Maker" (nv)
(Tiger & Del 3)
© 1988, DAW Books

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Adam Roberts
"The Order of Things"

©  Constellations, ed. by Peter Crowther, 2005
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award

This is one of those reading experiences where every word seems to fall into place and resonate perfectly with your worldview, almost ridiculously so - you catch yourself thinking you could've written the story, and in fact, Adam Roberts must've sneaked into the chambers of your mind and plucked it from there... You nod and smile with every paragraph, and wish the story would unroll into a novel, breaking the boundaries of the book, streaming in gaudy tapestries, out through the door and into the blue wide yonder - to the place where awards are distributed and happy critics fall over themselves to lavish praise (this story did not win any awards, by the way) Why am I so excited about this? Because it brings organized and repressive religion to its knees, with little effort - just a neat little "what if" premise.

This is a perfect "thought-variant" story, that would make the editor of the Golden Age of "Astounding" proud: one weird idea taken to the extreme - I am not going to spoil your reading pleasure, the surprises start from page one and never slow down - turning the story into a passionate statement against cast-in-stones rules and religions, bizarre traditions which take over people minds (traditions just as vicious and hard to exterminate as alien slugs and zombies). This story is intense and wonderful on plenty of levels, including unique world-building. Adam Roberts skyrockets to the top of my reading list (although, I hear that some off his books are quite obtuse and uneven). This story should be a required reading in every church, perhaps even preached from the pulpit.
review: 22-Feb-09 (read in 2005)

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Adam Roberts
"Swiftly"
(Swiftly series)
© SciFiction, Apr 2002
Swiftly, 2004
--/ cool f novella

Ralph Robin
"Pleasant Dreams"
© Galaxy, Oct 1951
--Groff Conkin's story selection
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find

Frank M. Robinson
"East Wind, West Wind"
© Nova 2, ed. H. Harrison, 1972
A Life in the Day of... and Other Short Stories, 1981
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: hunt for prohibited car
--/ emotion award: suffocating air

Frank M. Robinson
"The Siren Sounds At Midnight"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1953

Frank M. Robinson
"Two Weeks In August"
© Galaxy, Feb 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award
--/ rare find


Frank M. Robinson
"The Worlds Of Joe Shannon"
© IF, Mar 1954
--/ cool sf story

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Justina Robson
"The Little Bear"

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

"A heart-rending story of loss across quantum realities. When an experiment goes slightly awry, a husband and wife are parted, and we see several realities in which who is lost to whom is slightly different." - via

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Joel Townsley Rogers
"The Night The World Turned Over"
© Startling Stories, Nov 1952
--/ fourth place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: Earth flipping poles
--/ awesome scale
--/ humour award: last man w/ girls
--/ rare find

Robert Rohrer
"Pattern"
© Amazing Stories, Oct 1962
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Robert Rohrer
"The Sheeted Dead"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1964
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


Moris Rolan
"Pyat Dolgikh Chasov"
© Vokrug Sveta, 1981
trans. from French
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award
--/ rare find


Mark Ronson
(pseud. of Marc Alexander)
"Ogre" (nv)
© 1980, Hamlyn Books
--/ cool f novel
--/ shock value

Patrick Roscoe
"The Tattoo Artist"
© Descant, Fall 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll

Theodore Roscoe
"The Curse Kiss"
© Weird Tales, Feb 1930
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award: salt statue
--/ adventure award: desert
--/ rare find

Mary Rosenblum
"Casting At Pegasus"
© IASFM, Apr 1995

Mary Rosenblum
"The Eye of God"
© IASFM, Mar 1998
--short list : 1999 Tiptree
--novelette : 1999 Locus /21
--novelette : 1999 Asimov's Reader Poll /9
--novelette : 1999 HOMer


Mary Rosenblum
"Flight"
(Flight series)
© IASFM, Feb 1995
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Igor Rosokhovatski
"Obratnaya Svyaz"
© Fantastika -69/70, 1970

Leone Ross
"Tasting Songs"
© Dark Matter, ed. S. Thomas, 2000

William Rostler
"Patron Of The Arts"
© Universe # 2, 1972
--novelette : 1973 Hugo
--novelette : 1973 Nebula
--short fiction : 1973 Locus /2

--/ cool sf story

Milton Rothman
(as Lee Gregor)
"Formula For Galaxy I"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1952
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Milton Rothman
(as Lee Gregor)
"Heavy Planet"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1939
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Milton Rothman
(as Lee Gregor)
"Last Night Out"
© Planet Stories, Sep 1951
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Eileen Roy
"The Greening"
© Orbit # 21, 1980

Victor Rousseau
(as Lew Merrill)
"Space Burial"
© Spicy Adventure Stories, 1940

Nicholas Royle
"Standard Gauge"
© Thirteen, ed. M. Atkins, 2002
--/ cool dark f story
--/ shock value

George J. Rowlins
"The Thirteenth Boat"
© Strange Stories, Apr 1940
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award: sea ghosts
--/ romance award
--/ rare find

Nicholas Royle
"Hide And Seek"
© Dark Terrors 6, ed. S. Jones, 2002
--/ cool f story


Boris Rudenko
"Isklyuchenie"
© Znanie-Sila, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Boris Rudenko
"Okhota Po Licensiam"
© Znanie-Sila, Feb 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Boris Rudenko
"Vtorzhenie"
© 1982, Teknika Molodezhi
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Charles W. Runyon
"Metafusion"
© Stellar # 3, 1977

Jay Russell
"Hides"
© Stranger, ed. M. Slung, 2002

Ray Russell
"Ghost Of A Chance"
© Whispers, Oct 1978

Ray Russell
"Prof. Fairbank's Error"
© Playboy, 1966
trans. to Russian

Ray Russell
"Xong Of Xuxan"
© Playboy, Oct 1970

Michael Rutherford
"The Tale And Its Master"
© The Tale And Its Master, 1986
Infinite Kingdoms, 1990

Alan Ryan
"Comstock"
© New Dimensions # 11, 1980
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Alan Ryan
"Good Night, Thou Child Of My Heart"
© Chrysalis # 4, ed. R. Torgeson, 1979
--/ cool sf story

Alan Ryan
"It Must Be By His Death"
© Chrysalis # 3, ed. R. Torgeson, 1978

Vyacheslav Rybakov
"Velikaya Sush"
© Znanie - Sila, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

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