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Albert Valentinov
"Planeta Garpiy"
© Mir Priklyucheni, 1977
--/ cool sf novella

Albert Valentinov
"Razorvat Tzep"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1977
Fantastika - 80, 1980
--/ cool sf story

Albert Valentinov
"Vlyublenny Robot"
© Fantastika - 83, 1983

Frances Valery
"Bumpie (tm)"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


Ezhi Vallikh
"Experiment"
© NF - 18, 1977
trans. from Polish
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Mark Van Doren
"The Strange Girl"
© 1962, F&SF

Mark L. Van Name
"Desert Rain"
(with Pat Murphy)
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991
--novella : 1992 Locus /8
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award

Sydney Van Scyok
"Bluesong" (nv)
(Sunstone Trilogy 2)
© 1981, Penguin Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award

Sydney Van Scyok
"Star Mother" (nv)
© 1984, Berkley Books

Sydney J. Van Scyoc
"A Visit to Cleveland General"
© Galaxy, Oct 1968
--story : Best SF 1969
--/ fourth place medical sf story
--/ shock value
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Sheldon Vanauken
"A Severe Mercy" (nv)
© 1976, Harper Collins
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ style award


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Richard Vaughn
"The Exile of the Skies" (nv)

© Wonder Stories, Jan-Mar 1934
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find

Some mighty superhero-pulp adventures here, full of inimitable purple "wonder-prose", stupendous conflicts and primitive romance. The figure of an outcast super-scientist is so comic-like and iconic, that pulp lovers might even cringe from "over-pulpiness". The (mad, mad, mad) genius nurtures the (mad, mad, mad) designs of global dominations, which are fatally thwarted by the (mad, mad... but charming) female fellow scientist and some invisible aliens on some asteroid in the deep space. Do not read this if you never liked super-hero comics from the 30s. Kudos to the author, though, for the adventurous rocket-scientist brunette heroine.
review: 20-Dec-07 (read in 2007)

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Michail Veller
"Knopka"
© Khimiya I Zhizn, 1980
Khochu Byt Dvornikom, 1983
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


A.Hyatt Verrill
"Throught the Andes" (nv)
© Amazing Stories, Sep 1934
--/ rare find

Art Vesity
"The First Day"
© IASFM, Sep 1982

Boris Vian
"Pena Dnei" (coll)
(The Foam Of Days)
© 1943-1949, French
Moscow edition
--/ third place f collection
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ style award


William Vine
"Death Sentence"
© Imagination, Jun 1953

Eric Vinikoff
"Displaced"
(Lord Nakai series)
© Analog, Mar 1987

Eric Vinikoff
"Independents"
© Analog, Apr 1987
--/ cool sf story

Eric Vinikoff
(with M. Martin)
"The Last Hunt"
© Analog, 1978
also trans Rus as "Poslednya Okhota"
Khimiya I Zhizn, 1980

Eric Vinnikoff
(with Marcia Martin)
"One Small Step"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980

E. Charles Vivian
"City of Wonder" (nv)
(Victor Marshall series)
© 1922, Hutchinson's Adventure-Story Magazine
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, 1947
--/ cool sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


E. Charles Vivian
"The Valley of Silent Men" (nv)
(Victor Marshall series)
© 1926, Hutchinson's Adventure-Story Magazine
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Aug 1949
--/ cool exploration sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

M. Vladimirov
"Ostrov Zerkalnogo Otrazheniya"
© Vakhta Aramisa, 1967

E. Voikunovski, I. Lukidyanov
"Cherny Stolb"
© Fantastika-63, 1963
Cherny Stolb, 1963
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


E. G. Von Wald
"Hemeac"
© Galaxy, Aug 1968
--story : Best SF 1969
--/ cool sf story

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