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Richard Wadholm
"At The Money"
© IASFM, Apr 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Richard Wadholm
"The Ice Forest"
© IASFM, Jan 1999
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

F. L. Wallace
"Big Ancestors"
© Galaxy, Nov 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

F. L. Wallace
"Bolden's Pets"
© Galaxy, Oct 1955
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


F. L. Wallace
"Student Body"
© Galaxy, Mar 1953
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


John Wallace
"Blood-Bait for Hungry Mermaids"
© Mystery Tales, Dec 1939
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


John Wallace
"Perfectionist' Perdition"
© Marvel Tales, Oct 1939
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


Jeffrey M. Wallman
"Religious Dawn"
© Stellar # 3, 1977

Christopher Lee Walters
"The Renfields"
© Weird Tales, Summer 1998
--/ cool dark f story
--/ style award
--/ shock award

Evangeline Walton
"Above Ker-Is"
© 1927, original
Year's Best Fantasy # 5, 1978

Evangeline Walton
"The Mistress of Kaer-Mor"
© 1936,
The Phoenix Tree, ed. R. Boyer, 1974
Visions and Imagenings, 1976
--/ cool f story

Harry Walton
"Intelligence Test"
© Science Fiction Plus, May 1953
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Harry Walton
"Schedule"
© Astounding, Dec 1945
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


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Harry Walton
"Subcruiser"
© Astounding, May 1941
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

The heroics of bringing the Sub-space Cruiser to safety amid the sabotage, conspiracy, crew politics and necessary perils of exposing yourself to the unknown sinister forces, combined with clear and engaging adventure narrative - make this easily the favorite story for any "wonder-holic" and "exploration nut" like me. I totally appreciate Harry Walton down-to-Earth realism approach to depicting the wild events in bizarre surroundings. It's only a pity that he did not write much, only a handful of stories... This story screams to be reprinted and re-discovered for some military sf anthology.
review: 25-Dec-07 (read in 2007)

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Jo Walton
"On The Wall"
© Strange Horizons, Sep 2001
--new writer : 2002 Campbell Award W
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll


William Jon Watkins
"Butcher's Thumb"
© Shadows, ed. C. Grant, 1978
--/ cool f story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


William Jon Watkins
"Coming of Age in Henson's Tube"
© IASFM, Spr 1977
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

William Webb
"The Pick-Up"
© IASFM, Oct 1982

Elizabeth E. Wein
"No Human Hands to Touch"
© Sirens, ed. E. Datlow, 1998

Andrew Weiner
"Empire Of The Sun"
© Again, Dangerous Visions, 1972

Andrew Weiner
"Getting Near The End"
© Proteus, ed. R. McEnroe, 1981

Lee Weinstein
"The Box"
© Whispers, Dec 1976
--/ cool f story

Edward Wellen
"I. O. U."
© IF, Mar 1961

Edward Wellen
"Root Of Evil"
© Science Stories, Dec 1953
("Imagination Stories")
--/ cool sf story

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Edward Wellen
"The World in the Jukebox"
© Infinity Science Fiction, Aug 1956

Pre-history, time-monitoring... Ed Emshwiller illustrated this story in a sweet fifties "lady in distress" style. Otherwise forgettable novella.
review: 24-Jul-06 (read in 2001)



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Basil Wells
"Father Image"
© Spaceway, Oct 1969

Basil Wells
"Quest of Thig"
© Planet Stories, Fall 1942
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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H. G. Wells
"The Final Men"
(unpublished part of "The Time Machine")
© 1894, New Review Magazine
book form - William Heinemann, 1895
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Unpublished fragment! Monster vignette with pretty cool & moody visuals, which definitely deserves to be restored to the original text. It's perhaps even more exciting than the rest of the book...

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H. G. Wells
"The New Accelerator"
© The Strand, Dec 1901
--/ third place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

One of the very first sf stories I've read, and still fresh in my mind - it is a definitive treatment of "time speeding-up / slowing-down" concept and wish-fullfilment fantasy about "frozen people around you, so that you can do whatever you want". Everyone had dreams like that, and Wells wrote a classic, which stands the passing of time. "Strand" magazine, as you notice, was the closest thing to a pulp magazine at the turn of a century. Note: I read much more of H. G. Wells, but did not include his works (or Verne, Conan Doyle etc) among the reviews on this site, considering them to be outside of my chosen 1926-2006 range.
review: 14-Jul-06 (read in 1999)

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Martha Wells
"The Wizard Hunters" (nv)
(The Fall Of Ile-Rien 1)
© 2003, EOS Books

G. Peyton Wertenbaker
"The Coming Of The Ice"
© Amazing Stories, May 1926
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


G. Peyton Wertenbaker
"The Ship That Turned Aside"
© Amazing Stories, Mar 1930
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Joseph Wesley
"Moonshine"
© IF, Mar 1967
--/ cool sf story

Wallace West
"The Last Filibuster"
© Galaxy, Feb 1967

Wallace West
"The Last Man"
© Amazing Stories, Feb 1929
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

Wallace West
"The Tanner From Kiev"
© Fantastic Adventures, 1944
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Robert Westall
"The Machinegunners" (nv)
© 1975, Arbor House

Scott Westerfield
"Non-Disclosure Agreement"
© Sci Fiction, Sep 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus /31
--/ cool f story

Donald Westlake
"The Risk Professor"
© Amazing, Mar 1961

Donald Westlake
"The Winner"
© Nova # 1, 1970
--/ cool sf story

Ed Weston
"Cosmic Caravan"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fall 1945
Fantastic Story, May 1953
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


Ken Wharton
"Flight Correction"
© Analog, May 2002
--short story: 2003 Locus /29

Leslie What
"Thanksgiving"
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2003
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

Deborah Wheeler
"Survival Skills"
© Sisters Of The Night, ed. B. Hambly, 1995
--/ cool f story

Cecil B. White
"Retreat To Mars"
(Dr. Hargraves series)
© Amazing Stories, Aug 1927
--Groff Conklin' story selection
--/ cool sf story

E. B. White
"The Hour Of Letdown"
© New Yorker, Dec 1951
also in - F&SF, Aug 1952
--/ cool f story
--/ humour award

Ted White
"Only Yesterday"
© Amazing, May 1973

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Ted White
"Phoenix Prime" (nv)
(based on the story "Phoenix")
(with Marion Zimmer Bradley)
(Qanar series)
© Amazing Stories, Feb 1963
novel: 1966, Lancer Books
--/ cool superhero sf novel

A man of super-powers on earth is stripped of all his abilities on an alien planet, and has to negotiate the world by different means. Borderline pulp, but very average. The book has great cover by Frank Frazetta.
review: 11-Jul-06 (read in 1988)



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Henry S. Whitehead
"Scar-Tissue"
© Amazing Stories, May 1946

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George Whittington
"Space-lane Of No-return"
© Planet Stories, Sum 1946
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


I have not heard of George Whittington before, and it is not a pen-name, although it easily could've been... of some cool space adventure master like Leinster - it is a hidden gem, though. A gritty tale of survival against space piracy, this one is as exciting as they come. Well, it could be better, but the story hits home run here and is very adequate for a reader, say, bored in a "Starbucks". Continuing the analogy, this rabid tale of the Asteroid Patrol will blast the reader out of the coffee-shop velvet chair into a vacuum-cold crazy space warfare, giving him little chance to finish his espresso. A minor classic.
review: 28-Jul-06 (read in 2002)

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Ewen Whyte
"The Masher"
© Weird Tales, Jul 1949
russ. as "V Chasy Dosuga"

T. H. Whyte
"The Once And Future King" (nv)
(sequel to "The Book Of Merlyn")
© 1938, Putnam Publ.
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /6
--fantasy novel : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /7

--/ cool f novel

T. H. Whyte
"The Troll"
© 1933, Argosy

John Wiggin
"The Cave Dwellers Of Saturn"
© Planet Stories, 1939
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


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Rick Wilber
"War Bride"

© 1990, "Alien Sex", ed. E. Datlow
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Very cool old-fashioned alien-apocalyptic story about humans as "trophy brides", or possibly even pets to some disgusting aliens. Very straight-forward, very effective tale.

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Nancy Willard
"Dogstar Man"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991

Conrad Williams
"The Machine"
© The Third Alternative # 31, 2002
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Gordon Williams
"Microcolony" (nv)
(Micro-people series)
© 1979, Bantam Books
--/ cool sf novel

Jay Williams
"Beast of Prey"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1957
--/ cool sf story

Jay Williams
"Somebody To Play With"
© F&SF, May 1961

Liz Williams
"Honeydark"
© Realms of Fantasy, Oct 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Liz Williams
"Quantum Anthropology"
(Ghost Sister world series)
© IASFM, Feb 2002
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award

Liz Williams
"Voivodoi"
(as by E. H. Williams)
© Terra Incognita, Sum 1998
--short story : 1999 Locus Poll

Ralph Williams
"The Headhunters"
© Astounding, Oct 1951

Tad Williams
"The Dragonsbone Chair" (nv)
(Memory, Sorrow & Thorn)
© 1988, DAW Books
--fantasy novel : 1989 Locus /10 (tie)
--/ cool f novel

Chet Williamson
"Change of Life"
© Hotter Blood, ed. J. Gelb, 1990
--/ cool f story
--/ humour: too adaptable salesman

Chet Williamson
"Letters To Mother"
© F&SF, Apr 1987
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


Chet Williamson
"Play Dead"
© F&SF, Aug 1987
--/ cool f story
--/ rare find

Chet Williamson
"To Feel Another's Woe"
© Blood Is Not Enough, ed. E. Datlow, 1990
--/ fourth place dark f story

Ian Williamson
"Chemical Plant"
© New Worlds, Win 1950
--/ cool space sf story
--/ rare find

J. N. Williamson
"Land of the Second Chance"
(Bradbury's World series)
© The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991

Clyde Wilson
"Roamer of the Stars"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Nov 1940
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Colin Wilson
"Life Force" (nv)
© 1974, NEL Books
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award

Colin Wilson
"The Mind Parasites" (nv)
© 1967, Gollancz
--/ cool dark f novel
--/ style award

F. Paul Wilson
"Healer" (nv)
© 1976, Berkley / Putnam
--hall of fame : 1990 Prometheus W

F. Paul Wilson
"Kids"
(Dydeetown series)
(part of novel "Lost Boys")
© New Destinies, Spr 1989
Lost Boys, 1990

F. Paul Wilson
"The November Game"
(Bradbury's World series)
(sequel to Bradbury's "The October Game")
© The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991
--/ fourth place dark f story
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Gahan Wilson
" * "
© Again Dangerous Visions, 1972
russ. as "Klyaksa"
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

Gahan Wilson
"Yesterday?s Witch"
© Witchcraft & Sorcery, Sep 1973
--/ cool dark f story
--/ style award

Robert H. Wilson
"Out Around Rigel"
© Astounding Stories, Dec 1931
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


Robert H. Wilson
"A Flight Into Time"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1931
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Dr. Walter Lewis Wilson
"Strange Short Stories By The Doctor" (coll)
© 1936, Dent Publ.
--/ wonder award

Ken Wisman
"Archie and the Scylla of Hades Hole"
© Whispers # 2, 1979
--/ cool f story
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Ken Wisman
"Letting Go"
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool f story

Jack Wodhams
"Big Time Operator"
© Analog, Dec 1970

Jack Wodhams
"Wrong Rabbit"
© Analog, Mar 1970

Curt Wohleber
"100 Candles"
© TransVersions # 10, 1999
--short story : 2000 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story

Ron Wolfe
"Our Friend Electricity"
© F&SF, Jun 2002
--novelette : 2003 Locus /31
--novelette: 2002 Hugo

--/ second place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ romance award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


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David O. Woodbury
"Aground in Space"
© Astounding Stories, Aug 1934
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

It's a pity this author only wrote two stories ever, according to ISFDB. The concept has promise, it's aptly executed, with good scientific romance and an adventure plot (although absolutely preposterous science, but it's even better this way). I am not going to spoil the mind-boggling central idea of the story for you - just think about how a reversal of the properties of space and matter (what is considered solid, and what is not) can affect space travel - with a wide-eyed galaxy-spanning trip that results from this (kind of reminds me of the ending in "The City and the Stars" by Clarke). Greatly entertaining story, a hidden gem.

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Gary Woolard
"The Four"
© New Dimensions # 11, 1980
--/ cool f story
--/ rare find

Virginia Woolf
"Solid Objects"
© The Athenaeum, Oct 1922

Cornell Woolrich
"Jane Brown's Body"
© All-American Fiction, Mar 1938
F&SF, Oct 1951
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award: best mob story
--/ emotion award: best noir
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Richard Wormser
"Pan Satyrus" (nv)
© 1963, Avon Books

Will Worthington
"Plenitude"
© F&SF, Oct 1959

Gary Wright
"Something On The Stairs There Be"
© F&SF, Oct 1991

John C. Wright
"Guest Law"
© IASFM, Jul 1997
--novelette : 1998 Asimov's Reader Poll /7
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ shock value


S. Fowler Wright
"Brain"
© The New Gods Lead, 1932

S. Fowler Wright
"The Original Sin"
© Wonder Stories, Apr 1931

T. M. Wright
"Boundaries" (nv)
© 1990, Tor Books
--/ cool dark f novel

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Weaver Wright
(with Francis Flagg)

"Strangers in a Strange Time"
(also as "The Time Twister")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Oct 1947
--/ cool sf story

Two funny scientists (possibly drunk, or even worse, ridiculously sober) get all excited about time travel, quickly make some impressive-looking machine and hop in, only to discover that they were hit by a twister - creating all kinds of chaos around, but none time-travel-related. A bummer.

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Janny Wurts
"Peril's Gate" (nv)
(Wars Of Light And Shadow # 6)
(Alliance Of Light 3)
© 2002, Eos Books

Philip Wylie
"Blunder"
© Colliers, Jan 1946
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find


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