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Lynn Abbey
"The Face Of Chaos"
© Thieve's World, ed. R. Asprin, 1979
--/ cool f story

Alexander Abramov
(with Sergei Abramov)
"Happy End"
© NF - 7, Znanie 1967

Alexander Abramov
(with Sergei Abramov)
© Na Sushe I Na More, 1972
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


Henry Andrew Ackermann
"Europa Enchantment"
© Super Science Stories, July 1940
--/ cool sf story

Pretty average planetary alien race/evolution story


Richard Adams
"Maia" (nv)
© 1985, Harper Books
--fantasy novel : 1985 Locus /18

Richard Adams
"Watership Down" (nv)
© 1975, Penguin Books
--fantasy : 1975 Mythopoeic
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /15
--fantasy novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /21

--/ cool f novel
--/ idea award

Allen Adler
"Terror On Planet Ionius" (nv)
(also as "Mach One")
© 1950, Pocket Books

Michael Ahern
"The Cake Chronicle"
© New Worlds Quarterly # 5, 1973

Joan Aiken
"Elephant's Ears"
© Argosy, Feb 1960

Joan Aiken
"Five Green Moons"
© Argosy (UK), Jul 1961
The Far Forests, 1977

Joan Aiken
"Jugged Hare"
© The Pan Book of Horror Stories, 1959
A Touch of Chill, 1979
--/ cool f story
--/ emotion award
--/ style award

Joan Aiken
"Two Races"
© IASFM, Sep 1982
A Whisper in the Night, 1984

Jim Aikin
"A Place To Stay For A Little While"
© IASFM, Jun 1986
--novelette: 1987 Asimov's Reader Poll /5

Robert Aikman
"Pages from a Young Girl's Journal"
© F&SF, Feb 1973
--short fiction : 1975 World Fantasy W
--/ cool f story

George Sumner Albee
"The Top"
© Story, May/Jun 1963
(russ. transl. as "Vershina")

Lino Aldani
"The Curious Ones"
(rus. as "Pytlivye")
© Dvoe Na Ozere Kumran, 1972
trans. from Italian
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Ray Aldridge
© Writers of the Future # 2, 1986
--Writers of the Future 1986 /3

Marc Alexander
"Ogre" (nv)
(as by Mark Ronson)
© 1980, Hamlyn Books
--/ cool f novel
--/ shock value

Steve Allen
"The Public Hating"
© Bluebook, Jan 1955
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Hollis Alpert
"The Simiah Problem"
© F&SF, Jul 1960

Leah Alpert
"Love Is a Drug"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

Genrikh Altov
"Tretie Tysyacheletie"
© NF-14, Znanie 1974
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

Karen Anderson
"The King Of Ys: Roma Mater" (nv)
(with Poul Anderson)
(The King of Ys 1)
© 1986, Baen Books

Karen Anderson
"Landscape with Sphinxes"
© F&SF, Nov 1962

Kevin J. Anderson
(with Brian Herbert)
"Dune: Nighttime Shadows on Open Sand"
(Dune Series)
© Sci Fiction, Jul 2000
--/ cool space sf story

Kevin J. Anderson
"Fondest of Memories"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991

Kevin J. Anderson
"The Old Man And The Cherry Tree"
© Grue # 3, 1986
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

Susan J. Anderson
"The Fossil"
© Chrysalis # 3, ed. R. Torgeson, 1978
--/ cool sf story

John Anthony
"The Hypnoglyph"
© F&SF, Jul 1953

Patricia Anthony
"The Dark at the Corner of the Eye"
© Full Spectrum # 3, 1991
Eating Memories, 1997
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

Kim Antieau
© Shadows # 9, 1986
--/ fourth place f story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ rare find

Christopher Anvil
"Bill For Delivery"
(Al & Sam series)
© Analog, Nov 1964
--story: Best SF 1965 list
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award: space delivery service
--/ rare find

Alan Arkin
"People Soup"
© Galaxy, Nov 1958

Wesley Arnold
"Within the Planet"
© Science Wonder Stories, 1930
Fantastic Story, 1952
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Marion Arnott
"Prussian Snowdrops"
© Crimewave # 4, 2000

Stephen Arr
"Chain Of Command"
© Galaxy, May 1954
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

Bruce D. Arthurs
"Angel Blood"
© Heaven Sent, ed. P. Crowther, 1995
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

Richard Ashby
"The Guardian Of Eden"
© Other Worlds, Apr 1952

Lev Ashkenazi
"Dialog O Fizicheskom Smysle"
© Khimiya I Zhizn, 1980

Frances L. Ashton
"The Eternity Orbit"
© Super Science Stories, 1943
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find

Pauline Ashwell
(as by Paul Ash)
"The Long Sword"
© Analog, 1962

Pauline Ashwell
"Unwillingly To School"
(Lizzie Lee series)
© Astounding, Jan 1958
Unwillingly To Earth, 1997

Robert Asprin
"The Price Of Doing Business"
(Thieve's World)
© 1979, Thieve's World # 1

A. A. Attanasio
"The Blood's Horizon"
© New Dimensions # 7, 1977

Jean M. Auel
"The Clan Of The Cave Bear" (nv)
© 1980, Bantam Books
--/ cool pre-historic novel

Michael Avalone
"The Man Who Walked On Air"
© 1953, Weird Tales
--/ cool sf story


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