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Pen-names: Dinah Kirkham, Byron Walley, Noam D. Pellume

"Alvin Maker Series" (nv)
© 1985-1990, various
--fantasy novel: 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /26

"The Best Day"
(as by Dinah Kirkham)
© Woman of Destiny, O. Card, 1984
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Best Family Home Evening Ever"
(as by Byron Walley)
© The Friend, Jan 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

(as by Byron Walley)
© The Friend, Oct 1977
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Billy's Box"
(as by Byron Walley)
© The Friend, Feb 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Bully and the Beast"
© Other Worlds # 1, ed. R. Torgeson, 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"But We Try Not to Act Like It"
© Destinies, Aug 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Changed Man and the King of Words"
© OMNI, Dec 1982
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Clap Hands and Sing"
© The Best of OMNI SF # 3, 1982
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Closing the Timelid"
© F&SF, Dec 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"A Cross-Country Trip to Kill Richard Nixon"
© Chrysalis # 7, 1980
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Damn Fine Novel"
(as by Noam D. Pellume)
© The Green Pages, Oct 1989
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Deep Breathing Exercises"
© OMNI, Jul 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

© IASFM, Nov 1989
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--novelette : 1990 Hugo
--novelette : 1990 Locus W
--novelette : 1990 Asimov's Reader Poll /4

--/ cool sf story

"Ender's Game" (nv)
(Ender Wiggin series)
© Analog, Aug 1977
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
book: 1985, Doubleday
--novelette : 1978 Hugo
--short fiction : 1978 Locus /9
--foreign short story : 1994 Ignotus W
--novel : 1986 Hugo W
--novel : 1986 Nebula W
--sf novel : 1986 Locus /2
--novel : 1986 SF Chronicle W
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /9

--/ cool sf novel
--/ idea award

"Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory"
© Chrysalis # 4, 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--/ cool f story

"Eye for Eye"
© IASFM, Mar 1987
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--novella : 1988 Hugo W
--novella : 1988 Locus /3
--novella : 1988 Asimov's Reader Poll /2
--foreign short fiction : 1989 Seiun W
--novella : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /26 (tie)

"Fat Farm"
© OMNI, Jan 1980
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

© Analog, Feb 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Freeway Games"
(also as "Hard Driver")
© Gallery, Nov 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Fringe"
(Carpenter series)
© F&SF, Oct 1985
The Folk of the Fringe, 1989
--novelette : 1986 Hugo
--novelette : 1986 Nebula
--novelette : 1986 Locus /2

--/ cool sf story

"Gert Fram"
(as by Byron Walley)
© The Ensign, Jul 1977
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Hard Driver"
(also as "Freeway Games")
© Gallery, Nov 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990


"Hatrack River"
(Alvin Maker series)
© IASFM, Aug 1986
Hatrack River, 1988
--novelette : 1987 Hugo
--novelette : 1987 Nebula
--novella : 1987 World Fantasy W
--novelette : 1987 Locus /2
--novelette : 1987 Asimov's Reader Poll /3
--novelette : 1987 SF Chronicle /2 (tie)

Rural 19th century America, with homesteaders helped by Little Peggy's second sight, telling the story of the birth of Alvin Maker. Some other readers even classify it as "faintly annoying", although for me it just sunk into oblivion, not making any connection. A lot of people might like his folksy style, though, judging by the amount of awards. Some magical happenings in historical America... admittedly emotional passages and relationships... failed to spark my interest.
review: 17-Jul-06 (read in 1992)


© Mountainwest, 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

© New Dimensions # 10, 1980
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"I Put My Blue Genes On"
© Analog, Aug 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"I Think Mom and Dad Are Going Crazy, Jerry"
(as by Byron Walley)
© The New Era, May 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"In the Doghouse"
© Analog, Dec 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

© Analog Yearbook, ed. Ben Bova, 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Lost Boys"
© F&SF, Oct 1989
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
also a novel - 1992, Harper
--short story : 1990 Hugo
--short story : 1990 Nebula
--short story : 1990 Locus W
--short story : 1990 SF Chronicle /3
--horror/dark fantasy novel : 1993 Locus /2

© Analog, Nov 1977
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Maps In A Mirror" (coll)
© 1990, Harper Books
--collection : 1991 Locus W
--all-time collection : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /12 (tie)

--/ cool sf collection

"Memories of My Head"
© Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Middle Woman"
(as by Byron Walley)
© Dragons of Darkness, ed. O. Card, 1981
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Mikal's Songbird"
(Ansset series)
© Analog, May 1978
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--novelette : 1979 Hugo
--novelette : 1979 Nebula
--novelette : 1979 Locus /3
--novelette : 1979 AnLab /2

"The Monkeys Thought 'Twas All in Fun"
© Analog, May 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Mortal Gods"
© F&SF, Jan 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Originist"
(Foundation series)
© Foundation's Friends, ed. M. Geeenberg, 1989
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--novella : 1990 Locus /8

"A Plague of Butterflies"
© Amazing, Nov 1981
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Porcelain Salamander"
© Unaccompanied Sonata, 1981
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--/ cool sf story

"Prentice Alvin and the No-Good Plow"
(Alvin series)
© Sunstone, Aug 1989
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"The Princess and the Bear"
© The Berkley Showcase Vol. 1, 1980
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Prior Restraint"
© Aboriginal SF, Oct 1986
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

© OMNI, Aug 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--short story : 1980 Locus /3

© Swords Against Darkness # 4, 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"Saving Grace"
© Night Cry, Fall 1987
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"A Sepulcher of Songs"
© OMNI, Jul 1981
Maps in a Mirror, 1990

"St. Amy's Tale"
© OMNI, Dec 1980
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--short story : 1981 Locus /7

"A Thousand Deaths"
(Worthing series)
© OMNI, Dec 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--short story : 1979 Locus /8

"Unaccompanied Sonata"
© OMNI, Mar 1979
Maps in a Mirror, 1990
--short story : 1980 Hugo
--short story : 1980 Nebula
--short story : 1980 Locus /6

--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award


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