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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 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.

- 2000-Now

2008 - Jan, Apr
2007 - Jan
2006 - Jan, Jun
2005 - Jan, Jul
2004 - Sep, Oct
2003 - Jan, Oct, Nov
2002
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
1994 - Jul
1993 - Jan
1992 - Jan
1991 - Mar, Jun, Dec
1990 - Jan, Nov


- Decade of the 1980s

1989 - Jan
1988
1987
1986 - Jan, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
1985 - Jul, Sep, Nov, Dec
1984 - Jan, Feb
1983 - Jan, Jul
1982 - Jul, Aug
1981 - May, Oct
1980


- Decade of the 1970s

1979
1978
1977 - Jun
1976 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
1975
1974 - Jan, Apr, Nov
1973 - Jan, Sep
1972 - Jan, Mar
1971 - Jan, Feb
1970 - Jan


- Decade of the 1960s

1969 - Apr
1968 - Jan, May
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
1945 - 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, Jun, 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
1933 - Jul
1932 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Nov
1931 - Jan, Mar
1930 - May


- Decade of the 1920s

1929 - full year
1928 - full year
1927
1926 - full year
1925 - full year
1924 - full year
1923
1922
1921
1920


- Decade of the 1910s

- Decade of the 1900s



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