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The Wonder Timeline: SF&F Retrospective



SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY HISTORY:
RETROSPECTIVE REVIEWS


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 that year, and every "Cover Gallery" page celebrates the visual style of a particular era. Going year by year, we are gradually filling out reviews for thousands of stories listed on our site, giving you both recommendations for reading and a fun perspective on the development of the genre.

Most reviews are by Avi Abrams (unless noted otherwise)


- SF&F in the 1800s - 1910s

1800s --- Covers Gallery
1900s --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1910s --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1920s

1920 --- Covers Gallery
1921 --- Covers Gallery
1922 --- Covers Gallery
1923 --- Covers Gallery
1924 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1925 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1926 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1927 --- Covers Gallery
1928 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1929 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1930s

1930 --- Covers Gallery
1931 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1932 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1933 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1934 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1935 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1936 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1937 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1938 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1939 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1940s

1940 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1941 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1942 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1943 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1944 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1945 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1946 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1947 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1948 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1949 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1950s

1950 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1951 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1952 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1953 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1954 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1955 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1956 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1957 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1958 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1959 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1960s

1960 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1961 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1962 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1963 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1964 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1965 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1966 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1967 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1968 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1969 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1970s

1970 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1971 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1972 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1973 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1974 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1975 --- Covers Gallery
1976 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1977 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1978 --- Covers Gallery
1979 --- Covers Gallery


- Decade of the 1980s

1980 --- Covers Gallery
1981 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1982 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1983 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1984 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1985 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1986 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1987 --- Covers Gallery
1988 --- Covers Gallery
1989 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 1990s

1990 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1991 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1992 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1993 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1994 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1995 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1996 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1997 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1998 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
1999 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews


- Decade of the 2000s

2000 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2001 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2002 --- Covers Gallery
2003 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2004 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2005 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2006 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2007 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2008 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2009 --- Covers Gallery


- Decade of the 2010s to NOW

2010 --- Covers Gallery
2011 --- Covers Gallery
2012 --- Covers Gallery, ---- Full Year Reviews
2013 --- Covers Gallery
2014 --- Covers Gallery
2015 --- Covers Gallery
2016 --- Covers Gallery
2017 --- Covers Gallery
2018 --- Covers Gallery
2019 --- Covers Gallery
2020 --- Covers Gallery
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out SHADOW OF THE BARBARIAN: A LEGEND WILL RISE by John Thane. Truly awesome fantasy.

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