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Oliver Saari
"The Door"
© Astounding Stories, Nov 1941
--/ cool sf story

A door from a desert into another dimension, but unfortunately - yet to another desert. The ultimate bummer.

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Oliver Saari
"The Time Bender"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1937
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Richard Sabia
"The Premier"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1959
russ. as "Premiera"
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

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Carl Sagan
"Contact" (nv)
© 1986, Harper Collins
--first novel : 1986 Locus W
--sf novel : 1986 Locus /15


This novel is good in conveying the cosmological scale of our existence, the yearning for contact beyond our little world, but it failed to produce in me any sizeable enthusiasm. It is more of the treatise, than a work of fiction.
review: 07-Jul-06 (read in 1989)

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H. F. Saint
"Memoirs Of An Invisible Man" (nv)
© 1988, Donald Grant
--shortlist : 1988 Clarke
--first novel : 1988 Locus /11

--/ cool sf novel

William Sanders
"When This World Is All On Fire"
© IASFM, Oct 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll

Kurt Sandner
"Signal Iz Kosmosa" (nv)
© 1960, Mir - Zarubezhnaya Fantastika
trans. from German

Ivan Sandroff
"Out Of The Years"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1941

Viktor Saparin
"Chudovische Podvodnogo Kaniona"
© Pioner, 1964
Fantastika - 65, 1965

Viktor Saparin
"Na Vosmom Kilometre"
© Iskatel, 1960
Mir Iskatelya, 1973

Patrice E. Sarath
"A Prayer for Captain La Hire"
© Black Gate, Sum 2002

Tony Sarowitz
"Bringing Chairman To Order"
© IASFM, Sep 1981

Al Sarrantonio
"Pumpkin's Head"
© Terrors, ed. Charles L. Grant, 1982
--/ cool f story

John Saul
"Punish The Sinners" (nv)
© 1978, Dell Books
--/ cool dark f novel

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Charles R. Saunders
"The Pool Of The Moon"
(Imaro series)
© Dragon, Aug 1976
--fantasy series : 1982 Aurora
--/ cool f novella

These were the years of the emergence of "sword & sorcery" into paperbacks and magazines, even many grass-roots 'zines (this story is from one such semi-pro magazine). Typical mindless tale, which I tasted in many forms in the eighties, not finding what I was looking for - the sense of exploration, wonder and real adventure. Most are macho outings to cave in the heads of enemies and little else.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1989)

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George Saunders
"The Red Bow"
© Esquire, Sep 2003
--short fiction : 2004 Stoker

Yacek Savashkevich
"Kontakt"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1982
trans. from Polish
--/ cool sf story

Yacek Savashkevich
"My Pozvolili Im Uletet"
© Doroga Vospominani, 1981
trans. from Polish
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Victor Savchenko
"Proishestvii Net"
© Fantastika - 83, 1983

Victor Savchenko
"Roza Vetrov"
© Fantastika-8, 1981
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


Rychard Savva
"Polyot Dalnego Deistviya"
© NF - 18, 1977
trans. from Polish
--/ cool space sf story
--/ adventure award

Robert J. Sawyer
"The Blue Planet"
(also as "Mars Reacts!")
© Toronto Globe and Mail, Dec 1999

Eric Schaller
"The Assistant to Dr. Jacob"
© Nemonymous, May 2002
--/ fourth place dark f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


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Eric Schaller
"The Five Cigars Of Abu Ali"
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2005
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award


This story is really fun. You might not laugh out loud, but you will have a few amusing minutes, contemplating the predicament of the central character, who messes around with a genuine Genie and his ambiguous present. This is a modern-day adaptation of a centuries-old myth of Aladdin, and it is every bit as fresh and interesting as a Disney version. "Abu Ali is a traveling rug dealer with a penchant for cigars. On one of his rug acquisition trips, he discovers a strange Coca-Cola bottle in a tiny shop, and when he uncaps it, a djinn, in classic storybook tradition, emerges. The djinn presents his rescuer with a gift, in this instance a magical cigar, which will impart untold riches when smoked. But djinn-kind are known to be tricksy and wicked. What cost to smoke the cigar?" (Tangent reviews) Eric Schaller is definitely a writer to watch, as he has a visual, engaging style, filling the narrative with a "Richness of Detail" rarely seen nowadays, without boring the reader. In other words, he is the next Steven Spielberg of the genre, if only he would put himself to it with true abandon. (unfortunately, he holds some other jobs which may stump his output... did I made myself clear enough that I can't wait to read more of his stories?) By the way, you can still read this story online at SciFiction.com.
review: 9-Oct-06 (read in 2004)

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Hilbert Schenck
"The Battle Of Abaco Reefs"
© F&SF, 1979
--novella : 1980 Hugo
--novella : 1980 Nebula
--novella : 1980 Locus /5


Hilbert Schenck
"Ed Lear Wasn't So Crazy!"
© F&SF, Jun 1960 - poem

Alexander Scherbakov
"Sdvig" (nv)
© 1982, Moscow
--/ cool apocalyptic sf novel
--/ rare find

Stanley Schmidt
"War Of Independence"
© IASFM, Sep 1982

Alice Mary Schnirring
"Child's Play"
© 1941, Weird Tales
--/ cool f story
--/ style award
--/ rare find


David J. Schow
"The Falling Man" (nv)
© Twilight Zone, Oct 1988
book: NAL Onyx, 1990
--/ fourth place dark f novel
--/ wonder award

David J. Schow
"Night Bloomer"
© Seeing Red, 1990
--/ cool f story

Darrell Schweitzer
"The Fire Eggs"
© Interzone, Mar 2000
--/ cool sf story

Darrell Schweitzer
"How It Ended"
© Realms of Fantasy, Aug 2002

Robin Scott
"The Big Connection"
© 1971, Nova # 1
russ. as "Korotkoe Zamykanie"
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find


Robin Scott
"Fair Test"
© Galaxy, Apr 1967

Robin Scott
"Last Train To Kankanee"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972

W. C. Scotten
"A Matter of Condensation"
© Analog, Jan 1987
--/ cool sf story

William Sell
"Other Tracks"
© Astounding, Oct 1938
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Arthur Sellings
"The Outstretched Hand"
© New Worlds, May 1959
Vokrug Sveta, 1967
--/ fourth place f story
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find

Arthur Sellings
"A Start In Life"
© Galaxy, Sep 1954
Time Transfer, 1956
--/ cool sf story

David Seltzer
"Omen" (nv)
© 1978, Dell Books

David Seltzer
"Prophecy" (nv)
© 1978, Dell Books

G. Shakh
"Esli By Ee Ne Unichtozhili"
© NF - 14, Znanie, 1974
--/ cool sf story

Alexander Shalimov
"Koncentrator Gravitacii"
© NF - 3, 1965
Kogda Molchat Ekrany, 1968
--/ cool sf story

Joseph Shallit
"Wonder Child"
© Fantastic, Jan 1953
Fantastic, Jan 1966
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award


John S. Sharnik
"The Limits Of Walter Horton"
© Charm, 1954

D.D. Sharp
"The Eternal Man"
© Science Wonder Stories, Aug 1929
Startling Stories, Jan 1939
Wonder Story Annual, 1950
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


D. D. Sharp
"The Girl From Venus"
© Marvel Stories, Apr 1941
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ romance award
--/ rare find

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D. D. Sharp
"The Indesinent Stykal"
© Astounding Stories, Jun 1937
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Exchanging bodies never sounded as sinister and strangely attractive as in this twisted "mad scientist" tale. The reverberating, evil laughs resonate from every page, the satisfied smirks and crooked grins hover over every paragraph: this is THE story about stealing bodies and how NOT feeling guilty about it. D. D. Sharp also wrote "The Eternal Man" which became a classic, but here he has fun with dominating geniuses and various stupidly submissive assistants (of both gender) - plus some speculations about the physical nature of human character and personality. Pretty neat stuff.

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William Shedenhelm
"Patch"
© Planet Stories, Fall 1950
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Walt Sheldon
"A Lack of Versimilitude"
© Space Science Fiction, Nov 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

Walt Sheldon
"Martian Through Georgia"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award

Walt Sheldon
"Replica"
© Startling Stories, Jan 1951
--/ cool sf story

Walt Sheldon
"The Shrine"
© Fantastic Universe, Oct 1956

Walt Sheldon
"The Time Cave"
© 1941, Thrilling Wonder Stories
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Jerry Shelton
"Battle of the Brains" (nv)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spr 1946
Fantastic Story, May 1953

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Delia Sherman
"The Faerie Cony-catcher"
© Sirens, ed. E. Datlow, 1998
--/ cool faery f story
--/ style award
--/ romance award

Everything is not what it seems in this folksy Elizabethan tale - one of the most stylish fairie romance tales.
review: 16-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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T. Sherred
"E for Effort"
© Astounding, May 1947
First Person Peculiar, 1972
--/ cool sf novella

Sharon Shinn
"Summers at Castle Auburn" (nv)
© Ace Fantasy, 2001

Wilmar H. Shiras
"Backward, Turn Backward"
© New Worlds Of Fantasy # 2,
ed. T. Carr, 1970

--/ cool sf novella

Gary W. Shockley
"Of Imaginary Airships and Minuscule Matter"
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2005

Boris Shtern
"Chia Planeta?"
© Khimiya I Zhizn, 1980

Susan M. Shwartz
"Heritage Of Flight"
© Analog, Feb 1983
--finalist : 1990 Philip K. Dick

Susan M. Shwartz
"The Woman Of Flowers" (nv)
(Heirs To Bysantium 2)
© 1987, Questar Books
--/ cool f novel

Henry Hugh Simmons
"The Perambulating Home"
(Hicks' Inventions with a Kick series)
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1928
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Ramsey Sinclair
"The Diamond Cosmos"
© Amazing Stories, Apr 1950

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Jack Skillingstead
"Life on the Preservation"
© IASFM, Jun 2006
--/ cool time sf story

One of the few survivors of post-apocalyptic world is sent on a mission to destroy Seattle, which is nicely preserved in the past, but can not quite bring herself to do it, tasting sublime pleasures of the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Islands and overall ambience of the "Emerald City". I would totally agree with her, as Seattle area is one of my most favorite places to visit. Joking aside, the story I thought is mediocre and did not do anything for me.
review: 23-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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John Skipp
"I've Been Waiting All My Life to Meet You"
© Twilight Zone, Dec 1988
--/ cool f story

Svyatoslav Slavchev
"Golos, Kotory Tebya Zovyot"
© 1972, Kosmisheski Hospital
trans. from Bulgarian
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Svyatoslav Slavchev
"Zagadka Beloi Doliny"
© NF - 18, 1977
trans. from Bulgarian
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Ralph Sloan
"Ordeal in Space"
© 1949, Planet Stories
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

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Edwin K. Sloat
"Beyond the Planetoids"
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1932
Great SF Classics magazine, 1967
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


Such a pity that this writer did not write many stories! The style may be not that polished, but action and wonder simply over-spill from the page! It is nothing less than all-stakes-pulled-out space piracy adventure, with all the right scale and details. Delicious.
review: 01-Jul-06 (read in 2003)

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Edwin K. Sloat
"The World Without Name"
© Wonder Stories, Mar 1931
Startling Stories, July 1939
--/ fourth place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Real pulp blockbuster. Edwin K. Sloat certainly pulled the right strings in the right places, plotwise. He almost seemed to become a bright superstar of pulp fiction, bursting into the field - but unfortunately, not that many of his stories actually got published, so it's kind of a rarity. Contains time-gates, monsters - an overall swell adventure.
review: 01-Jul-06 (read in 2004)

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Joan Slonczewski
"A Door Into Ocean" (nv)
© 1986, Ace Books
--winner : 1987 Campbell Memorial W
--novel : 1987 Prometheus

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award

Joan Slonczewski
"Microbe"
© Analog, Aug 1995
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Joan Slonczewski
"Tuberculosis Bacteria Join UN"
© Nature Magazine, 2000
--short story : 2001 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

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Dave Smeds
"A Wife of Acorn, Leaf, and Rain"
© Sirens, ed. E. Datlow, 1998
Embracing the Starlight, 2003
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

New York businessman brings his beloved wife back from death, but the experience of living with this faery shape-changer ultimately makes it worse. Very poignant, and smoothly told tale. Has some soft imagery, and does not feel morbid, even though the subject is.
review: 19-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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Sergei Smirnoff
"Zvetok V Dorozhnoy Sumke"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1982
--/ cool space sf story

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Carlton Smith
"The Pumpkin Eater"
© Planet Stories, Sum 1946

Run-of-the-mill "criminal on a spaceship" tale. A filler.
review: 28-Jul-06 (read in 2002)

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Dean Wesley Smith
"Flawless Execution"
© The Clarion Awards, ed. D. Knight, 1984
--/ cool sf story

Dean Wesley Smith
"One Last Dance"
© Writers of the Future # 1, 1985
--/ cool sf story

Dean Wesley Smith
"Tumbling Down The Nighttime"
© Sisters Of The Night, ed. B. Hambly, 1995
--/ cool f story

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Evelyn E. Smith
"The Last Of The Spode"
© F&SF, Jun 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


Funny, with some nice fifties household "paranoia" overtones. Great afternoon mix.
review: 04-Jul-06 (read in 2002)

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Evelyn E. Smith
"Mr. Reprogle's Dream"
© Fantastic Universe, Dec 1956

Evelyn E. Smith
"The Vilbar Party"
© Galaxy, Apr 1955

George H. Smith
"The Last Days of L.A."
© IF, Feb 1959
--/ cool sf story

George H. Smith
"The Night the TV Went Out"
© Future Stories, Apr 1958
--/ cool sf story

George H. Smith
"The Outcasts"
© Science Fiction Stories, Sep 1958
Iskatel, 1968

George H. Smith
"Take Me To Your Leader"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

George O. Smith
"A Dog's Life"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1948

George O. Smith
"Highways In Hiding"
© Imagination, May 1955

George O. Smith
"Vocation"
© Astounding, Apr 1945

Richard R. Smith
"Alien Used Cars"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


Richard R. Smith
(as by Damon Castle)
"Starbright" (nv)
© 1983, Leisure Books

Ron Smith
"Just Evie and Me"
© Future Science Fiction, Apr 1958

Guy Snider
"Lady Of Ice"
© New Voices in SF # 2, ed. G. Martin, 1979
--new writer : 1974 Campbell
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


Jerry Sohl
"One Against Herculum" (nv)
© Ace Double, 1959

William K. Sonnemann
"The Master Minds of Venus"
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1934
--/ rare find

Kira Soshinskaya
"Bedolaga"
© Iskatel, 1971
Mir Iskatelya, 1973

Martha Soukup
"Dress Rehearsal"
© Universe # 16, 1986
Fresh Ink # 1, 1991
The Arbitrary Placement of Walls, 1997

Bud Sparhawk
"High Flight"
© Analog, Dec 1998
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

Bud Sparhawk
"Iridium Dreams"
© Analog, Apr 1994
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


Craig Spector
"Deadlines" (nv)
© Twilight Zone, Dec 1988
book: 1988, NAL / Onyx
--/ fourth place dark f novel
--/ shock value

Hugh Speer
"Shawm Of The Stars"
© Spicy Adventure Stories, Sep 1940
--/ cool sf story

Paul Spencer
"The Guardian Of The Vault"
© Year's Best Fantasy 2, 1976

William Browning Spencer
"Downloading Midnight"
© Tomorrow, Dec 1995
--novella : 1996 Locus Poll
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


William Browning Spencer
"The Halfway House At The Heart Of Darkness"
© Lord Of The Fantastic, ed. M. Greenberg, 1998
--short story : 1999 Locus Poll

Carter Sprague
"Time Track"
© Startling Stories, Jan 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

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Nancy Springer
"The Boy Who Plaited Manes"
© F&SF, Oct 1986
Chance & Oth. Gestures of the Hand of Fate, 1987
--short story : 1987 Hugo
--short story : 1987 Nebula
--short story : 1987 World Fantasy
--short story : 1987 Locus /5

--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Nancy Springer belongs to the same school of quiet, lyrical family-friendly fantasy as Jane Yolen, Ursula Le Guin, Esther Friesner and Tanith Lee (only when she is in a good mood, of course). This story is modern literature's answer to a plethora of "horse/children interaction" movies, starting with Elizabeth Taylor's "National Velvet" and up to last year's "Dreamer". Something definitely magical attracts us to the belief some children put in their favourite animals. Perhaps it plays on our wish to trust our own friends with the same innocence and intensity. Nancy Springer has always been excellent in portraying horses and other animals, and in this enchanting story she does not disappoint.
review: 21-Oct-06 (read in 2003)

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Sherwood Springer
"Epitaph Near Moonport"
© F&SF, Jan 1950
--/ humour award

Sherwood Springer
"The Quest of the Infidel"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980

Sherwood Springer
"The Scorch on Wetzel's Hill"
© IASFM, Spr 1977
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Robert Stallman
"The Captive" (nv)
(Book of the Beast 2)
© 1981, Timescape Books
--fantasy novel : 1982 Locus /5
--/ cool f novel

Arthur Stangland
"Cube Sinister"
© Amazing Stories, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Arthur Stangland
"Tomorrow's Shadow"
© Fantastic Adventures, Aug 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Olaf Stapledon
"A World Of Sound"
© Hotch Potch, 1936
also in - Science Fiction Monthly, Nov 1974
Far Future Calling, 1979
--/ cool sf story

Bill Starr
"The People Who Couldn't Kill"
© Stellar # 3, 1977

Christopher Stasheff
"The Warlock Enraged" (nv)
(Warlock series)
© 1985, Ace Books
--/ cool f novel

Christopher Stasheff
"The Warlock Unlocked" (nv)
(Warlock series)
© 1982, Ace Books
--novel : 1983 Balrog

Ellen Steiber
"The Shape Of Things"
© F&SF, Apr 2000
The Faery Reel, 2004
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

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Ellen Steiber
"In the Seasons Of Rains"
© Sirens, ed. E. Datlow, 1998
The Faery Reel, 2004
--/ cool f novella

"...shows what nasty fate lies waiting in the Arizona desert". This writer certainly has style and provides for generally pleasant, smooth reading.
review: 19-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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Robert Louis Stevenson
"Treasure Island" (nv)
© 1883
Current Publ., 1906
--/ adventure award
--/ style award

"Treasure Island...or Planet... or Universe" - take your pick! I include this book here as the example of an enchanting adventure in exotic setting, which may just as well have been set in outer space - as was recently proved by a marvelous Disney movie "Treasure Planet" (I quite like the poster for this movie, too, see below). The story itself is timeless, its plot endlessly fascinating. A Treasure Hunt against all odds, quickly moving through multitude of exotic environments, and facing many (mostly pirate) monsters. By the way, the "weird fantasy" sub-genre has always been fond of a pirate lifestyle and often made a good use of it (take, for example, the "Pirates of Caribbean" movies, which at times can even have the same effect as reading a good old issue of "Weird Tales", almost matching the visual intensity and inventiveness of the 1930s pulps).

The 1906 year saw the first "pulp-style" edition of the "Treasure island" (in a popular "yellow-back" series format), quickly achieving legendary status and starting a flow of reprints... the flow that will only cease when Davy Jones himself would mutter "enough already" out of the murky depths.



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Ian Stewart
"Billy the Kid"
© Analog, Jan 1987

John E. Stith
"Manhattan Transfer" (nv)
© 1993, Ace Special
--novel : 1994 HOMer
--foreign novel : 1995 Seiun

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


John E. Stith
"Naught Again"
© 1995, Analog

Henry St. Maur
"Planet Of Peril"
© Spicy Adventure Stories, Sep 1940

Leslie F. Stone
"The Conquest of Gola"
© Wonder Stories, Apr 1931
--Groff Conklin' story selection
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Leslie F. Stone
"The Human Pets"
© Astounding Stories, 1935

Lowell Stone
"The Soldier's Home Is Battle"
© Imagination, Mar 1954

Kurt Storm
"Below Absolute"
© Fantastic Story, May 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Matthew Woodring Stover
"Blade Of Tyshalle" (nv)
(Heroes Die # 2)
© 2001, Ballantine Del Rey

Craig Strete
"Your Cruel Face"
© Computer Decisions, 1972
Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980

T. S. Stribling
"The Green Splotches"
© Adventure, Jan 1920
--/ cool sf novella

Hiroe Suga
"Freckled Figure"
© 1992, Japan
also in - Interzone, Mar 1999
--fiction : 2000 Interzone Poll /10

Tom Sullivan
"The Case for Kosher Pasta"
© 1982, F&SF
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

Tim Sullivan
"Special Education"
© IASFM, Jan 1986

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Tim Sullivan
"Stop Motion"
© IASFM, Aug 1986
--Asimov's Reader's Poll 1987, Short Story
--/ cool sf story

Animation, dinosaurs, special effects, a little bit of murder mystery - not bad a combination, solid story in the pulp tradition.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 2004)

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Tim Sullivan
"Zeke"
© Twilight Zone, Oct 1981
--short story : 1982 Nebula

Lucy Sussex
"Matricide"
© Sci Fiction, Feb 2005
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

Lucy Sussex
"The Queen of Erewhon"
© F&SF, Sep 1999
--novelette : 2000 Locus /27
--fantasy short story : 2000 Aurealis
--sf short story : 2000 Aurealis


Thomas Burnett Swann
"The Forest Of Forever" (nv)
© 1971, Ace Books
--novel : 1972 Locus /15
--fantasy : 1972 Mythopoeic

--/ cool f novel
--/ style award

Thomas Burnett Swann
"The Night Of The Unicorn"
© 1975, Nameless Places, ed. A.Derleth
--/ cool f story

Logan Swanson
"The Likeness of Julie"
© Alone By Night, ed. M. & D. Congdon, 1962
--/ fourth place dark f story
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value
--/ idea: hunter / victim
--/ rare find

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mind impostors and emotion imitators

Exploring the Noir and the Grotesque

Jack O'Connell "The Resurrectionist"
and other newest examples of the bizarre

Overpopulation, Sex and Sensibility

Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
and other classic sf blasts

H. P. Lovecraft "At the Mountains of Madness"

and other masterpieces of terror
including original illustrations

"Constellations", edited by Peter Crowther

original anthology, 2005
full review: mind-bending stories

The Ultimate Guide to New Writers of SF&F

more than 2,000 writers, 1990-2009
Ratings, awards, web links

The Surreal Office

"The Situation", "The Cookie Monster"
Weird fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and Vernor Vinge

Mind-shattering Novels of Philip K. Dick

"UBIK", "Now Wait for Last Year", etc.

Theodore Sturgeon's "More Than Human"

There’s a problem with this new gestalt being:
...it needs a conscience.

Jack Williamson's "Legion of Space" Series

Classic Space Opera
The ultimate weapon, controlled by a gorgeous woman

Astounding Stories, August 1934

Jack Williamson, Nat Schachner, "Doc" Smith
Epic space opera gems and horror surprises

Rare Pulp SF&F, Issue 3

Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Vic Phillips
Rediscovered gems of wonder & adventure

William Gibson's Novels

"Pattern Recognition", "Neuromancer"
A Fractured Delight...

Alfred Bester "The Computer Connection"

"Bester was the mountain, all the rest of us..."
Pyrokinetic writing in one neat package

Two Novels by Samuel R. Delany

"Nova" and "Babel-17"
New Wave Milestones, and then some.

Theodore Sturgeon's "The Cosmic Rape"

(and more reviews of his fiction)
Classic SF at its best and most humane

Travel Distant Worlds!

Vintage Space Travel Posters, and more.
Part 3 of Pulp Sf art series...

Alastair Reynolds' Epic Novels

"Chasm City" and "Revelation Space"
And it's only the beginning...

Rare Fantasy Gems by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner

Hidden Gems of Pulp Fiction
When two star writers become husband and wife

Grand Old Times... in the Future

Overview of Pulp Art
A Loudly Lurid Universe of Sci-Fi Illustration

Exclusive: Interview with Nancy Kress

From High Fantasy to Hard Science Fiction
A Spectrum of Wonder

Jack Vance

"To Live Forever"
and other Vance extravaganzas

Alastair Reynolds

"Pushing Ice"
Cosmological "noir" chase across space

Charles Stross

"Missile Gap"
Mind-bending Cold War world-building

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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