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Robert Moore Williams

Pen names: E. K. Jarvis, H. H. Harmon

© 1952, Fantastic Story
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"The Bees of Death"
© Fantastic Adventures, Oct 1949

"The Bell From Infinity" (nv)
© 1950, original
novel: 1968, Lancer Books

"Conquest Of The Space Sea" (nv)
© Ace Double, 1955
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find

"Danger Is My Destiny"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1950

"Fifth Column of Mars"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1940

"Flight of the Dawn Star"
© Astounding Stories, Mar 1938
--/ cool sf story


"The House of Fire"
© Fantastic Adventures, Jan 1942
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Another story with genuine wartime atmosphere... I remember from my genetic memory the low-flying bombers and skeletons of houses on fire (transfered to me from my grandmother... who had to jump from the 10 floor of the burning Moscow building) Terrifying ideas of things living in the flames of the bombed house could really be turned into a masterpiece of horror - but alas, here is just an average story. Still, reminds me somewhat of the excellent "Dagger of the Mind" by Bob Shaw.


"Last Ship Out"
© 1955, Imaginative Tales
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"The Man From Space"
© Imaginative Tales, May 1957

"The Martian Cats"
© Fantastic Universe, 1956

"The Matter of Principle"
(as E. K. Jarvis)
© Amazing Stories, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Miracle of Bulldozer Mike"
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1945

"The Miracle of Kicker McGuire"
© Fantastic Adventures, May 1943
--/ cool time sf story

"The Night the General Left Us"
© Amazing Stories, 1957

"Peace Corps"
© 1966, IF
--/ cool sf novella

"The Red Death of Mars"
© Astounding Stories, Jul 1940
--/ cool sf story

"The Red Rash Deaths"
© Imaginative Tales, 1957

"Robot's Return"
© Astounding Stories, Sep 1938
--/ cool sf story

"The Star Wasps" (nv)
© Ace Double, 1963
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award: machine culture
--/ idea: energy aliens


"The Reformation of Joseph Reed"
© Fantastic Adventures, Dec 1941
--/ fourth place f story
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

One of the better examples of pulp fantasy humour, very light-hearted and oh-so-enjoyable tale about 1940s reporter and his sweetheart arriving at unusual marital agreement with help of two very charming miniature demons. These demons are rather like gremlins - but less mischievous and more cuddly, so they would rather fall into category of Borrowers, or some such (almost harmless) category. What's so enjoyable about this tale, is how typical and hilarious it is, a great romp (including usual cast of characters: an evil boss, mafiosi, smart blonde, etc) that would feel at home in "Unknown" pulp, or even if written by Henry Kuttner. So far the best Robert Moore Williams story I've read.


"The Sound of Bugles"
(Mars Culture)
© Startling Stories, Mar 1949
When Two Worlds Meet, 1970

"Survivors From 9,000 BC"
© Amazing Stories, Jul 1941
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

"Swamp Girl of Venus"
(as H. H. Harmon)
© 1948, Amazing Stories
--/ cool sf story
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

"To The Stars"
© Fantastic Story, May 1953

"Vengeance of the Golden God" (nv)
(as E. K. Jarvis)
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1950
--/ cool time sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

"When the Spoilers Came"
(Mars Culture)
© Planet Stories, May 1952
To the End of Time and Other Stories, 1960
When Two Worlds Meet, 1970
--/ rare find

"When The Two Worlds Meet"
(Mars Culture)
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1950
When The Two Worlds Meet, 1970
--/ rare find

"The Winged Peril"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


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