SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY HISTORY:
The idea of "The Wonder Timeline" is to highlight selected stories throughout SF&F history (all 100 years of it). Every "Year in SF&F" page contains reviews of stories, collections, original anthologies and novels published in that year in the certain month. This way we'll gradually fill out reviews for thousands of stories listed on our site, as well as enjoy a fun perspective on the genre.
2008 - Jan, Apr
2007 - Jan
2006 - Jan, Jun
2005 - Jan, Jul
2004 - Sep, Oct
2003 - Jan, Oct, Nov
2001 - Jun
2000 - Jan, Feb, Mar
- Decade of the 1990s
1999 - Jul
1998 - Jan
1997 - Jun
1996 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
1995 - Jan, Sep, Oct
1993 - Jan
1992 - Jan
1991 - Mar, Jun
1990 - Jan
- Decade of the 1980s
1989 - Jan
1986 - Jan, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
1985 - Jul, Sep, Nov, Dec
1984 - Jan, Feb
1983 - Jan, Jul
1982 - Jul
1981 - May, Oct
- Decade of the 1970s
1977 - Jun
1976 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
1974 - Jan, Apr, Nov
1973 - Jan
1972 - Jan, Mar
1971 - Jan, Feb
1970 - Jan
- Decade of the 1960s
1969 - Apr
1968 - Jan
1967 - Jan, Jul, Oct
1966 - Jan, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
1965 - Jan, Mar, Aug, Dec
1964 - Jan, Jun
1963 - Feb, Dec
1962 - Jan
1961 - Jun
1960 - Feb, Mar, Apr, Jun, Oct
- Decade of the 1950s
1959 - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug
1958 - Apr, Aug, Dec
1957 - Aug
1956 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
1955 - Feb, Mar, May
1954 - Jan, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
1953 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov, Dec
1952 - Feb, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov
1951 - Mar, Sep
1950 - Jun, Sep, Dec
- Decade of the 1940s
1949 - Jun, Oct
1948 - Jul, Nov, Dec
1947 - Oct, Dec
1946 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep
1944 - Jun, Aug
1943 - Feb, Apr
1942 - Jan, Apr, May, Jun, Dec
1941 - May, Nov, Dec
1940 - Jul, Aug
- Decade of the 1930s
1939 - Jan, Apr, Aug
1938 - Dec
1937 - Jun, Nov
1936 - Feb, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
1935 - Jan, Feb, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
1934 - Jan, Mar, Apr, Aug, Oct
1932 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov
1931 - Jan, Mar
1930 - May
- Decade of the 1920s
1929 - full year
1928 - full year
1926 - full year
1925 - full year
1924 - full year
- Decade of the 1910s
Email us your own observations and reviews to be included in this timeline!
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Classic Cyberpunk SF Novels: Reviews
Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, K. W. Jeter, et al
10 Possible Sources of "Avatar" in Classic Science Fiction
Going beyond the obvious "Dances with Smurfs"...
(many stories worth reading)
"Steampunk" Anthology: Full Review
some truly crazed stories in there...
(plus artwork by John Coulthart)
"Dune", Plus Often-Neglected
Other Novels by Frank Herbert
"Dune", plus some overlooked gems:
"The Santaroga Barrier" and "The Green Brain"
Universe at Play:
Two Must-Read Novels of the Fantastic
"The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon...
and David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"
Two of the Most Entertaining SF Novels from the 1980s
"Vacuum Flowers" by Michael Swanwick...
and Tim Power's "The Anubis Gates", of course!
"The Body Snatchers" and Other Alien Pods
Fiction by Jack Finney, Vance, Simak and Bloch
mind impostors and emotion imitators
Exploring the Noir and the Grotesque
Jack O'Connell "The Resurrectionist"
and other newest examples of the bizarre
Overpopulation, Sex and Sensibility
Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
and other classic sf blasts
H. P. Lovecraft "At the Mountains of Madness"
and other masterpieces of terror
including original illustrations
"Constellations", edited by Peter Crowther
original anthology, 2005
full review: mind-bending stories
The Ultimate Guide to New Writers of SF&F
more than 2,000 writers, 1990-2009
Ratings, awards, web links
The Surreal Office
"The Situation", "The Cookie Monster"
Weird fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and Vernor Vinge
Mind-shattering Novels of Philip K. Dick
"UBIK", "Now Wait for Last Year", etc.
Theodore Sturgeon's "More Than Human"
There’s a problem with this new gestalt being:
...it needs a conscience.
Jack Williamson's "Legion of Space" Series
Classic Space Opera
The ultimate weapon, controlled by a gorgeous woman
Astounding Stories, August 1934
Jack Williamson, Nat Schachner, "Doc" Smith
Epic space opera gems and horror surprises
Rare Pulp SF&F, Issue 3
Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Vic Phillips
Rediscovered gems of wonder & adventure
William Gibson's Novels
"Pattern Recognition", "Neuromancer"
A Fractured Delight...
Alfred Bester "The Computer Connection"
"Bester was the mountain, all the rest of us..."
Pyrokinetic writing in one neat package
Two Novels by Samuel R. Delany
"Nova" and "Babel-17"
New Wave Milestones, and then some.
Theodore Sturgeon's "The Cosmic Rape"
(and more reviews of his fiction)
Classic SF at its best and most humane
Travel Distant Worlds!
Vintage Space Travel Posters, and more.
Part 3 of Pulp Sf art series...
Alastair Reynolds' Epic Novels
"Chasm City" and "Revelation Space"
And it's only the beginning...
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
"To Live Forever"
and other Vance extravaganzas
Cosmological "noir" chase across space
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
"Inflexure" and "Spawn": guilty pleasure
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
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
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
"better get GP alien ship hull"
Poul Anderson Review
"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
"...a layered cake of ideas and a scientific extrapolation on a genius level..."
Harlan Ellison Review
"...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
"...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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"SF&F Reading Experience" is a part of "Dark Roasted Blend / Thrilling Wonder" family of sites. We try to highlight the most entertaining and rewarding science fiction and fantasy, with emphasis on memorable reader experience, not necessarily general acceptance by the critics. Have fun!
Most reviews were written by Avi Abrams, unless otherwise noted. The reviews also appear on the historical restrospective page. Feel free to submit your own review, if the story is not listed here.
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("winner" has a letter "W" by it, otherwise it is a runner-up only)
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Also, there are our personal STYLE / GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS. These reflect the content and the lasting impression on the reader:
--/ wonder award
sense-of-wonder, "visual intensity" and inventiveness
--/ idea award
originality of idea / concept
--/ adventure award
exhilarating plot, excitement / action
--/ style award
outstanding literary qualities, inimitable style
--/ romance award
intense and beautiful love / relationships
--/ humour award
funny and cool
--/ emotion award
touching, lasting impression, sensitivity
--/ shock value
--/ awesome scale
mind-boggling; further enhances sense-of-wonder
--/ rare find
very hard to locate, mostly from old pulps, never reprinted, etc.
Again, please feel free to leave your own review or comments under every writer's entry; and recommend other fiction you liked.