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Vitali Babenko
"Beg"
© Fantastika 75-76, 1976

Vitali Babenko
"Proklyaty I Blagoslovenny"
© Iskatel, 1976
NF - 26, Znanie 1982
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


William L. Bade
"Ambition"
© Galaxy, Oct 1951

William L. Bade
"Underdog"
© Fantastic Story, 1954

Dale Bailey
"Hunger : A Confession"
© F&SF, Mar 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story
--/ shock value

Hilary Bailey
"Dr. Gelabius"
© New Worlds, Aug 1968

Hilary Bailey
"The Fall of Frenchy Steiner"
© New Worlds, Jul 1964

Scott Baker
"Alimentary Tract"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ coo f story
--/ shock value


Scott Baker
"The Jamesburg Incubus"
© 1990, "Alien Sex", ed. E. Datlow

Scott Baker
"Virus Dreams"
© OMNI Best SF 3, 1988
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ shock value

Andrei Balabukha
"Putyami Kosmoprokhodcev"
© 1980, Yuni Tekhnik
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


Andrei Balabukha
"Tema Dlya Dissertatcii"
© 1981, Fantastika-81
--/ cool sf story

Andrei Balabukha
"Geniak"
© 1979, Vokrug Sveta
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

Andrei Balabukha
"Malenki Polustanok V Nochi"
© Fantastika - 72, 1972

A. Balazh
"Vstrecha"
© 1972, Kosmichsli Hospital
transl. from Hungarian
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


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Tony Ballantyne
"Star!"

©  Constellations, ed. by Peter Crowther, 2005
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

When teens say they want to become "a star" they don't usually mean it in a literal sense. In this story (reminiscent of Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund's "If The Stars Are Gods" from 1974 Terry Carr's Universe) stars are alive... a teen can turn into one, for example. This weird, preposterous idea gets an appropriately tongue-in-cheek treatment, enough said.
review: 22-Feb-09 (read in 2005)

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Tony Ballantyne
"The Waters Of Meribah"
© Interzone, Oct 2003
--novelette : 2003 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Nathan Ballingrud
"You Go Where It Takes You"
© Sci Fiction, Jul 2003
--honorable mention : 2004 Fountain

Manly Banister
"Escape To Earth"
© Science Fiction Quarterly, Nov 1957

Ashok Banker
"In The Shadow Of Her Wings"
© Interzone, Apr 2001
--fiction : 2002 Interzone Poll /8 (tie)

Iain M. Banks
"Odd Attachment"
© Arrows of Eros, ed. A. Stewart, 1989
The State of the Art, 1991
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ black humour award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

Raymond E. Banks
"Act Of Passion"
© IF, Mar 1954
--/ cool sf story

Nick Bantock
"The Golden Mean" (nv)
(Griffin & Sabine # 3)
© Chronicle Books, 2001
--/ fourth place f series
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award: postcards novel

Nick Bantock
"Griffin & Sabine" (nv)
(Griffin & Sabine # 1)
© Chronicle Books, 2001
--/ fourth place f series
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award: postcards novel

Nick Bantock
"The Morning Star Trilogy" (nv)
(incl. "The Gryphon"
"Alexandria"
"Morning Star")
(Griffin & Sabine series)
© Chronicle Books, 2001
--/ cool f series
--/ wonder award

Nick Bantock
"Sabine's Notebook" (nv)
(Griffin & Sabine # 2)
© Chronicle Books, 2001
--/ fourth place f series
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award: postcards novel

John Barfoot
"The Smell of the Noose, The Roar of the Blood"
© Orbit # 21, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value

Steven Barnes
"Gorgon Child" (nv)
(Street Lethal series)
© 1989, Ace Books
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


Steven Barnes
"The Locusts"
(with Steven Barnes)
© Analog, Jun 1979
Limits, 1985
--novelette : 1980 Hugo
--novelette : 1980 Locus /16
--novelette : 1980 AnLab /2

--/ cool space sf story
--/ idea: doomed efforts of colonists

Donald Barr
"Sam"
© F&SF, Jun 2002

Stephen Barr
"Callahan and the Wheelies"
© F&SF, Aug 1960
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


John Barrett
"A Long Way Back"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1949
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Neal J. Barrett
"Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus"
© IASFM, Feb 1988
--novelette : 1989 Hugo
--novelette : 1989 Nebula
--novelette : 1989 Locus /9
--novelette : 1989 Asimov's Reader Poll /7

--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


Laird Barron
"Old Virginia"
© F&SF, Feb 2003
--novelette : 2004 Locus /27
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

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Phillip Jacques Bartell
"One Hundred Generations"

(also as by Philip Barshofsky)
© Wonder Stories, Sep 1935
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Published during the last year of "Wonder Stories" magazine, before it became "Thrilling Wonder Stories" with slightly less wild and woolly fiction inside - this is unashamedly grand (and hopelessly naive) futuristic storytelling. An implausible future, which only could've been imagined at the end of the 30s: human beings evolve into brainy but utterly helpless and sexless creatures (like in the famous Harry Bates "Alas, All Thinking" story), their joy of living largely lost in the sterile and manufactured lifestyle. However, there is a scientist in his fortress in the sky (sane, for a change), who brings back the normal human form, but with one substantial improvement - wings. In the most sensual and beautiful part of the story a bunch of flubbergasted and scared man-geeks catch their first glimpse of a female "angel" and realize that they need to shed their age-old inhibitions... Learning to fly, learning to love again. Carried in the air by a cute & mischievous angel... Memorable & exotic tale.
review: 20-Dec-07 (read in 2007)

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Philip Bartell
(as by Philip Barshofsky)
"One Prehistoric Night"
© Wonder Stories, Nov 1934
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

Donald Bartelm
"The Air Baloon"
© New Yorker, 1966
trans. to Russian
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Christopher Barzak
"Plenty"
© Strange Horizons, May 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story

Harry Bates
"Alas, All Thinking"
© Astounding Stories, Jun 1935
--/ cool sf story

Harry Bates
(with D.W. Hall)
"A Scientist Rises"
© Astounding Stories, 1932

John Baxter
"The Hermes Fall" (nv)
© 1978, Pocket Books

John Baxter
"Takeover Bid"
© New Writings in SF # 5, 1965

Peter S. Beagle
"Come Lady Death"
© Atlantic Monthly, Sep 1963
also in - F&SF, Sep 1968
The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, 1997
--/ cool f story

Peter S. Beagle
"A Fine And Private Place" (nv)
© 1960, Ballantine Books
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


Peter S. Beagle
"The Last Unicorn" (nv)
© 1968, Ballantine Books
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /5
--fantasy novel: 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /18 (tie)

--/ cool f novel
--/ style award

Elizabeth Bear
"The Chains That You Refuse"
© Chiaroscuro # 20, 2004
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


Elizabeth Bear
"Follow Me Light"
© SciFiction, Jan 2005
--/ cool sf story

Doug Beason
"When the Desert Wind Turns: The Stormtrooper's Tale"
(Star Wars series)
© Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, 1991
--/ cool sf story

George B. Beattie
"The Murders On The Moon-Ship"
© Wonder Stories, Feb 1931
--/ cool space sf story
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Clyde Beck
"Anastomosis"
© Startling Stories, 1947

Belcampo
"Doroga Vospominaniy"
© Doroga Vospominaniy, 1981
trans. from Belgian
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ rare find


M. Shayne Bell
(with Mike Resnick)
"Flower Children Of Mars"
© Mars Probes, ed. P. Crowther, 2002

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M. Shayne Bell
"Mrs. Lincoln's China"
© IASFM, July 1994
--short story : 1995 Hugo
--short story : 1995 Locus
--short story : 1995 Asimov's Readers Poll

--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


I can't believe this story has not been reprinted yet. The world comes to an end in a chaotic uprising, and the White House gets raided by an unruly mob, much like the Winter Palace was raided by "liberated workers" and bolsheviks during the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. The uniqueness of the story lies in juxtaposition of such wild cruelty and chaos with delicacy and gentle culture of collectible china, belonging to American Presidents of the Past. This is truly a heart-breaking approach, not dissimilar to Ray Bradbury's indisputable classic "The Smile". Highly Recommended - instills a long time dislike of revolutionary crowds and extreme revolutionary causes, as it surely should.

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M. Shayne Bell
"The Pagodas of Ciboure"
© The Green Man, ed. E. Datlow, 2002
--novelette : 2003 Nebula
--/ cool sf story

M. Shayne Bell
"The Thing About Benny"
© Vanishing Acts, ed. E. Datlow, 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Robert Leslie Bellem
"Adventure's End"
© Spicy Adventure Stories, Apr 1935
--/ cool f story
--/ adventure award: purple prose
--/ rare find

Robert Leslie Bellem
"Blood For The Vampire Dead"
© Mystery Tales, Mar 1940

Robert Leslie Bellem
"The Lake Of The Left-Hand Moon"
© Hollywood Detective, 1939
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Robert Leslie Bellem
"The Moon-God Takes"
© Spicy Mystery, Dec 1936

Stephen Vincent Benet
"By the Waters of Babylon"
(also as "The Place of the Gods")
© The Saturday Evening Post, 1937
The Pocket Book Of Science Fiction, 1943
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ adventure award

Gregory Bennett
"The Last Plague"
© Analog, Apr 1994
--novella : 1995 Locus /15
--novella : 1995 HOMer


Keith Bennett
"The Rocketeers Have Shaggy Ears"
© Planet Stories, Spr 1950
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

Ruth Berman
"What I Did During My Park Vacation"
© Microcosmic Tales, ed. I. Asimov, 1980
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award: travelling parks alighting on roofs
--/ rare find

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Beth Bernobich
"A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange"
© IASFM, Jun 2006
--/ fourth place time sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

Very original novella, with wildly imaginative premise (numbers have a certain characteristics beyond "just mathematics", prime numbers especially approach personality-like complexity and are able to affect the flow of alternative time streams - an idea similar to numerology, but combined with speculation on time/space fabric' properties). An interesting Victorian background, lyrical prose and a deceptively quiet mystery plot add to reader's enjoyment of this stand-out and truly original SF story in recent years.
review: 23-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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Don Berry
"Problem in Ecology"
© Future Science Fiction, Apr 1958
 
John Berryman
"Beyond The Stars
(also as "Space Rating")
© Astounding, Oct 1939
--/ cool space sf story
--/ rare find

John Berryman
"Space Rating"
(also as "Beyond The Stars")
© Astounding, Oct 1939
--/ cool space sf story
--/ rare find

Bill Bickel
"Make It Never Happened"
© IASFM, 1984

Steven Bryan Bieler
"Kid Photon"
© New Dimensions # 11, 1980
--/ cool sf story

David F. Bischoff
"Alone And Palely Loitering"
© Chrysalis # 3, ed. R. Torgeson, 1978

Sergei Bityutzki
"Sverkhnovaya Barnarda"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1979
--/ cool space sf story
--/ rare find

Algernon Blackwood
"Smith: An Episode In A Lodging House"
© The Empty house, 1906
Forgotten Fantasy, Jun 1971
--/ cool sf story: metamorphosis
--/ rare find

Gala Blau
"Outfangthief"
© The Mammoth Book of Vampire
Stories by Women, ed. S. Jones, 2001

Francesca Lia Block
"Bones"
© The Rose And The Beast, 2000
--short story : 2001 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Walton Blodgett
"Other Worlds"
© Fantastic Adventures, Jul 1943
--/ rare find

Igor Blokhin
"Repliki"
© Znaniya-Sila, 1983

Michael Blumlein
"The Domino Master"
© 1988, OMNI
--/ cool sf story

Michael Blumlein
"Hymenoptera"
© Crank!, Jan 1993
also in - Dark Love, ed. N. Collins, 1995
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award


Michael Blumlein
"Keeping House"
© 1987, The Brains Of Rats
--collection : 1991 World Fantasy
--collection : 1991 Stoker
--collection : 1991 Readercon W

--/ fourth place f story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value


Michael Blumlein
"Know How, Can Do"
© F&SF, Dec 2001
--novelette : 2002 Locus /23
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


J. F. Bone
"Gamesman"
© Crisis, ed. R. Elwood, 1974

Pavel Bortnik
"Neudavsheesya Vtorzhenie"
© Teknika Molodezhi, 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award
--/ rare find


Bruce Boston
"For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets"
© IASFM, Apr 1984
All the Clocks Are Melting, 1984
--short poem : 1985 Rhysling W
--/ emotion award

Bruce Boston
"The Nightmare Collector"
© Night Cry, Spr 1987
The Nightmare Collector, 1988
--short poem : 1988 Rhysling W (tie)
--/ emotion award

Sydney J. Bounds
"The Animators"
© Tales Of Terror From Outer Space,
ed. R. Chetwynd-Hayes, 1975

--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ shock value


Sydney J. Bounds
"Throwback"
© New Writings In SF # 16, 1969
--/ cool sf story

Marjorie Bowen
"The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes"
© 1953
Night Chills, Ed. K. McCauley, 1975

--/ cool f story

Richard Bowes
"From the Files of the Time Rangers"
(Time Rangers series)
© Sci Fiction, Aug 2000
From the Files of the Time Rangers, 2003

Richard Bowes
"The Quicksilver Kid"
(Time Rangers series)
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2001
From the Files of the Time Rangers, 2003
--/ cool sf story

Patricia Bowne
"Want's Master"
(as by A. B. Ming)
© Tales of the Unanticipated # 23, 2002
--short story : 2003 Locus Poll

Russell Branch
"The League Of Left-Handed Men"
© Science Fiction Adventures, July 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

R. V. Branham
"Chango Chingamadre, Dutchman, & Me"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


Bolling Branham
"Spacemen Are Born"
© Planet Stories, 1952
--/ cool sf story

Gary A. Braunbeck
"After The Elephant Ballet"
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool dark f story
--/ style award

William Brengle
"Return To Lilliput" (nv)
(Gulliver Travels sequel)
© Fantastic Adventures, May 1943
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find

Joseph Payne Brennan
"The Jugular Man"
© Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Nov 1973
--/ fourth place dark f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: ghost defender
--/ style award
--/ rare find

Joseph Payne Brennan
"Marianne"
© Whispers, Jun 1975
--/ cool dark f story
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value


Alan Brennert
"Jamie's Smile"
© The Ides of Tomorrow, ed. T. Carr, 1976
Her Pilgrim Soul and Other Stories, 1990
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

Alan Brennert
"Queen Of The Magic Kingdom"
© New Voices in SF # 3, ed. G. Martin, 1980

Alan Brennert
"Stage Whisper"
© New Voices in SF # 3, ed. G. Martin, 1980

Alan Brennert
"Steel"
© Cobblestone, 1977
--/ cool superman sf story
--/ idea award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

John Brizzolara
"The Coffin Rider"
© IASFM, Oct 1981
--/ cool sf story
--/ shock value

Kevin Brockmeier
"The Green Children"
© The Truth About Celia, 2002

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Keith Brooke
"A Different Sky"

©  Constellations, ed. by Peter Crowther, 2005
--/ cool sf story

Keith Brooks writes: "...the events in this story are vast and almost entirely off-stage, both outside the scope of the story and the ability of its protagonists to really understand - the story is that insignificant speck, but its events are also central to those affected. It's only a short story, but I think this is probably the most ambitious thing I've written. I think there's a novel here, too..."

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Mary Brown
"The Unlikely Ones" (nv)
© 1986, Baen Books
--/ fourth place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


Like a colorful blur, a fluid bubble, a Russian "lubok" folk craft, or a dark porous chocolate with all kinds of microscopic "Kinder Surprise" toys in every delectable cavity, like a triple-calorie pudding eaten in a kaleidoscope flurry of road trip landscapes, this one disorients and delights at once. A very powerful fantasy, it maintains a dreamlike state throughout the whole narrative; a stand-out original work of fiction, which has been woefully underrated and sadly lost among other Baen Fantasy "paper-pointless fantasy-less clone-produced barely-alive" opuses. (Not that I have anything against this publisher, you notice...) However, this one rocks, and lucky is the reader who dips into the marvelous murk and swirling passages of this many-faceted book. Amazon readers are also at a loss how classify it. Beauty goes along with Ugliness in the magical quest to face and overcome the tainted side of each protagonist's heart, with a bittersweet ending... I repeat, "ending". Note that it's NOT a series, or a trilogy. Correct me if I'm wrong. But on the other hand it's like "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for adults, with amplified magic and weirdness.
review: 19-Oct-06 (read in 1991)

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Molly Brown
"Bad Timing"
© Interzone, Dec 1991
Bad Timing and Other Stories, 2001
--short fiction : 1992 British SF
--fiction : 1992 Interzone Poll /2

--/ third place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ romance award
--/ humour award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


Molly Brown
"The Selene Gardening Society"
© 2005, "The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures", ed. M. Ashley
--/ cool sf story

Nigel Brown
"Annuity Clinic"
© Interzone, Apr 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Rosel George Brown
"Hair-Raising Adventure"
© Star Science Fiction # 5, 1959

Rosel George Brown
"Virgin Ground"
© IF, Feb 1959

Steven Brust
"Issola" (nv)
(Taltos series 9)
© Tor Books, 2001

Scott Emerson Bull
"Mr. Sly Stops For A Cup Of Joe"
© Gathering The Bones, ed. D. Etchinson, 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


Alice Bullock
"Asylum"
© Future Stories, Aug 1954
--/ cool ESP sf story

David R. Bunch
"Incident In Moderan"
© 1967, Dangerous Visions
Moderan, 1971
--collection : 1972 Locus /11

David R. Bunch
"Escaping"
© 1967, Dangerous Visions
Moderan, 1971

Milbre Burch
"Sop Doll"
© Realms of Fantasy, Apr 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus Poll
--/ cool f story

Anthony Burgess
"A Clockwork Orange" (nv)
© 1962, Ballantine Books
--hall of fame : 1999 Prometheus
--hall of fame : 2002 Prometheus

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ style award
--/ shock value
--/ emotion award


A.W. Burkholder
"Dimensional Fate"
© Wonder Stories, 1934
--/ fourth place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Stephen L. Burns
"In The Kingdom At Morning"
© Analog, Feb 1987
--novella/novelette : 1988 AnLab /4 (tie)
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award

Edgar Rice Burroughs
"Barsoom series" (nv)
© 1920-1945
--all-time series : 1966 Hugo
--/ adventure award

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Edgar Rice Burroughs
"The Living Dead"

(Carson of Venus series) © Fantastic Adventures, Nov 1941
Escape on Venus, 1946
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

This story is part of the last Burroughs series: "Carson Napier on Venus". Reminded me of Alan Burt Akers "Scorpio" series, with the strange flying machines, fantasy-like aliens and clockwork primitive plot. Of course, Akers (pen name of Kenneth Bulmer) imitated Burroughs, but... Akers did it more engagingly, me thinks. Here, formulaic adventure is not as exotic and lush, as one might expect from Burroughs - however, it does contain one the future staples of space opera: putting our heroes on display (hanging from a hook) in an alien museum, and their subsequent inevitable escape.

It seems the movie is in the works based on "Pirates of Venus" series. Should be a colorful CG experience. By the way, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there is a term "Sword and Planet" used to describe the whole subgenre in science fiction. Very convenient; I am going to use it now on a ton of pulp and paperback fiction reviews (Robert Moore Williams, Lin Carter, Akers, etc.)



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John Coleman Burroughs
(with Hilbert Burroughs)
"The Man Without A World"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1942

William Burroughs
"Nova Express" (nv)
© 1968, Panther Books
--/ cool sf novel
--/ style award
--/ shock value


Richard Butner
"Ash City Stomp"
© Trampoline, ed. K. Link, 2003
--honorable mention : 2004 Fountain
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

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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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The Wonder Timeline: SF&F Restrospective
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Most reviews are written by Avi Abrams, unless otherwise noted. Reviews also appear on our unique historical retrospective page Wonder Timeline of Science Fiction. Feel free to submit your own review, if a particular story is not listed here.


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outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style

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touching, lasting impression, sensitivity

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