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Robert Reed

(Art courtesy Przemek Kucinski)

"Aeon's Child"
(Marrow Universe)
© IASFM, Nov 1995
Marrow, 1997
The Dragons of Springplace, 1999
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


"The Armistice"
© New Destinies, 1986
--/ cool sf story

This is one of the very first stories of Robert Reed, possibly the very second one he sold, and it's pretty entertaining, describing some surreal landscapes of the ultimate war with the machines, huge cities and general feeling of a bug about to be squashed. Not bad.
review: 24-Aug-06 (read in 2000)


"The Bird Looking In"
© F&SF, May 1988
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Birdy Girl"
© Sci Fiction, Sep 2000
--short story : 2001 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

© IASFM, May 1993
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award


"Brother Perfect"
(Sister Alice series)
© IASFM, Sep 1995
Sister Alice, 2003
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

Sister Alice is a super-being the size of a small planet, Brother Perfect is the same kind of an epic intelligence, and the whole merry family has the Universe as their oyster as they embark on a kind of "soap opera on steroids" with relationship squabbles and some entirely too-large-scale emotional perturbations. Sometimes I felt lost and too removed from all that stuff, not anchored enough in reality and asking myself the question, what is this novella for and how it can enhance my day. I have given it big rating mostly for sense of scale, but "Sister Alice" and certainly "Marrow" rate much better in composition.
review: 24-Aug-06 (read in 2000)


"Building the Building of the World"
© IASFM, Dec 1998
--short story : 1999 Asimov's Reader Poll /6
-- novelette : 1999 HOMer

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

"The Children's Crusade"
© SciFiction, 2002
The Cuckoo's Boys, 2005
--short story : 2002 Locus r-up
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

© F&SF, Mar 2002
The Cuckoo's Boys, 2005
--short story: 2003 Sturgeon award
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Cuckoo's Boys"
© Science Fiction Age, Sep 1998
--novella : 1999 Locus /21

"The Dragons Of Summer Gulch"
© SciFiction, Dec 2004
--/ cool sf story


"Eight Episodes"
© IASFM, Jun 2006
--/ cool sf story

A curious story, written as a critic's evaluation of a little-known TV series, which lasted only eight episodes - but the last episode reveals the series to be a message from "almost-microscopic" alien spaceship to humankind. There is also some discussion about validity of exploring other worlds, and rarity of intelligent life in the Universe. Overall, the story had a minimal effect on me, which is surprising, considering Robert Reed's standards.
review: 23-Jul-06 (read in 2006)


"First Tuesday"
© F&SF, Feb 1996
--short story : 1997 Locus /18

"Game Of The Century"
© F&SF, May 1999
--novelette : 2000 Locus /19

"Grandma's Jumpman"
© Century, Spr 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

© IASFM, May 2001
--/ cool sf story

"Mac And Me"
© IASFM, Feb 1999
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find

"Marrow" (nv)
(Marrow series)
© Science Fiction Age, Jul 1997
book: 2000, Ace Books
--novella : 1998 Hugo
--novella : 1998 Locus /5
--novella : 1998 SF Age Poll W
--sf novel : 2001 Locus /13

--/ third place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale

"Melodies Played Upon Cold, Dark Worlds"
© SciFiction, 2003
--short story : 2002 Hugo
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale


(as Robert Touzalin)
© 1986, Writers of the Future # 2
--Gold Prize Winner story
--1987 Campbell New Writer

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

First story by Robert Reed is a very lively one, with intensity of thought and style that I quite liked... I did not know that he will become a star of SF field, but could tell the potental.
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1987)


"Night Of Time"
(Marrow series)
© 2003, Silver Gryphon
The Cuckoo's Boys, 2005
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

"On The Brink Of That Bright New World"
© IASFM, Jan 1993
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Raven Dream"
© F&SF, Dec 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

© IASFM, Jan 2003
--short story : 2003 Asimov's Readers Poll
--/ cool sf story

"Sister Alice"
(Sister Alice series)
© IASFM, Nov 1993
Sister Alice, 2003
--novella : 1994 Locus /11
--novella : 1994 Asimov's Reader Poll /6

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

© IASFM, Dec 1995
--short story : 1996 Asimov's Poll /10
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award


"Treading in the Afterglow"
© Universe # 16, 1986
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

I do not remember much what the story is about, except that is was competent, and enjoyable. It got "fourth place" , so it must've been "really" enjoyable. First appearance of Robert Reed under his own name.
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 1987)


"Waging Good"
© IASFM, Jan 1995
The Dragons of Springplace, 1999
--novelette : 1996 Locus /21
--novelette : 1996 Asimov's Reader Poll /6

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award

"When it Ends"
© IASFM, Aug 2000
--short story : 2001 Asimov's Reader Poll /9
--/ cool sf story

© IASFM, Oct 1998
--short story : 1999 Hugo
--short list : 1999 Tiptree
--short story : 1999 Locus /9

--/ cool sf story

© F&SF, Jul 1999
The Cuckoo's Boys, 2005
--novelette : 2000 Locus Poll
--short list : 2000 Sturgeon

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award


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