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"Across The Sea Of Stars" (nv)
(also as "Swarmer, Skimmer")
(Ocean series)
© 1984, Bantam Spectra
also in - S.F. Digest, Oct 1981
--novella : 1982 Nebula
--novella : 1982 Locus /11
--sf novel : 1985 Locus /6

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

"And The Sea Like Mirrors"
© 1972, Again, Dangerous Visions

© Redshift, ed. A. Sarrantonio, 2001
--short story : 2002 Locus /8
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

"Around The Curve Of A Cosmos"
© Sci Fiction, Jan 2003
--short story : 2004 Locus Poll
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

© Sci Fiction, Jan 2001
--/ cool sf story

"Centigrade 233"
© IASFM, Dec 1991
The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991
Matter's End, 1995
--/ cool fan sf story

"The Clear Blue Seas Of Luna"
© IASFM, Oct 2002
--novelette : 2003 Locus /7
--/ cool sf story

"A Dance To Strange Musics"
© Science Fiction Age, Nov 1998
--novelette : 1999 Locus /9
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"Doing Lennon"
© Analog, Sep 1975
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--short story : 1976 Hugo
--short story : 1976 Nebula
--short story : 1976 Locus /5

--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Effing the Ineffable" (nf)
© Nebula Awards # 21, 1987

© IASFM, Jul 1981
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"The Future Of Disaster" (nf)
© Analog, Mar 1988

"The Hydrogen Wall"
© IASFM, Oct 2003
--novelette : 2004 Locus /9
--/ cool sf story

"If The Stars Are Gods"
(with Gordon Eklund)
© Universe # 4, 1974
--novelette : 1975 Nebula W
--novelette : 1975 Locus /8
--novelette : 1975 Jupiter

--/ cool sf story

"In the Ocean of Night" (nv)
(also as "Marauder!")
(Ocean series)
© Worlds of IF, May 1972
also partly in - F&SF, 1973
Threads Of Time, 1974
novel: Quantum, 1977
--novella : 1973 Locus /17
--novel : 1978 Nebula
--sf novel : 1978 Locus /2

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

"Great Sky River" (nv)
(Ocean series)
© 1991, Bantam Spectra
--sf novel : 1988 Locus /9
--novel : 1989 Nebula

--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Icarus Descending"
(Ocean series)
© F&SF, Apr 1973
In the Ocean of Night, 1977

"In Alien Flesh"
© F&SF, Sep 1978
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--novelette : 1979 Locus /6
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Knowing Her"
© New Dimensions # 7, 1977
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Latter-Day Martian Chronicles"
(with other writiers)
© OMNI, 1990
--/ cool sf story

"Lazarus Rising"
© IASFM, Jul 1982

© 1989, OMNI
--/ cool sf story

"Marauder!" (nv)
(also as "In the Ocean of Night")
(Ocean series)
© Worlds of IF, May 1972
novel: Quantum, 1977
--novella : 1973 Locus /17
--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Matter's End"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991
Matter's End, 1997
--novelette : 1992 Locus /3
--novelette : 1993 Nebula

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

"Me / Days"
© Universe # 14, 1984
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--/ cool sf story

"Nobody Lives On Burton Street"
© Amazing Stories, 1970
--/ cool sf story

© Universe # 8, 1978
In Alien Flesh, 1986

"Of Space/Time And The River"
© 1985, Cheap Street Press
also in - IASFM, Feb 1986
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--novelette : 1987 Locus /6
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"Old Woman By The Road"
© Destinies, Nov 1978
Thor's Hammer, 1979
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"Pick An Orifice"
© Destinies, Fall 1980

© 1979, Analog
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--short story : 1980 Locus /5

"Swarmer, Skimmer"
(also as "Across The Sea Of Stars")
(Ocean series)
© S.F. Digest, Oct 1981
novel: 1984, Bantam Spectra
--novella : 1982 Nebula
--novella : 1982 Locus /11

--/ fourth place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Threads of Time"
(Ocean series)
© Threads of Time, ed. R. Silverberg, 1974
In the Ocean of Night, 1977
--novella : 1975 Locus /12
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Time Shards"
© Universe # 9, 1979
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--/ cool sf story

"To The Storming Gulf"
© F&SF, Feb 1985
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--novella : 1986 Locus /8

"The Voice"
© Science Fiction Age, May 1997
--short story : 1998 Locus Poll
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"West Wind Falling"
(with Gordon Eklund)
© Universe # 1, 1971

"White Creatures"
© New Dimensions # 5, 1975
In Alien Flesh, 1986
--short story : 1976 Nebula

"Why Is There So Little Science In Literature?" (nf)
© Nebula Winners # 16, 1982

"A Worm in the Well"
© Analog, Nov 1995
--novelette : 1996 Locus /10
--overseas short story : 1997 Seiun

--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award

© Future Net, ed. M. Greenberg, 1996
--short story : 1997 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf story


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