Multidimensional Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy
Nat Tilander Science Fiction
Multidimensional Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy


Many individuals have contributed to this compilation. Foremost are the writers who have brought their energy, hard work, imaginations, insight and creativity. As Theodore Sturgeon famously pointed out, we can expect only a small percentage of genre writing to be truly noteworthy, but what is equally surprising to me is how many writers have produced works which are enjoyable to read.
Also, I’d like to thank the reviewers and critics, whose independent critical views are referenced throughout this work. They contribute to this compilation in a manner which is intentionally “democratic.” All opinions are represented, and I’ve made no attempt to censor or cull reviews with which I disagree. I would encourage readers to seek out and read the original reviews in their entirety.
Lastly, I would like to explicitly credit sources of information. Wherever possible, I’ve tried to use my own words for plot summaries and critical comments but, in some cases, ideas and phrasings of others may have unintentionally crept in. My apologies in advance for any such indiscretions. A list of primary sources follows:
SF Magazines & Reviewers:
Aboriginal Science Fiction — Janice M. Eisen, Darrell Schweitzer
Amazing Science Fiction — William Atheling (James Blish), Barry N. Malzberg, Gregory Benford, Cy Chauvin, S. E. Cotts, Samuel R. Delany, Lester Del Rey, Villiers Gerson, Harry Harrison, Richard Lupoff, Sam Merwin, Jr., Thomas F. Monteleone, Alexei Panshin, Robert Silverberg, Tom Staicar, Hank Stine, Ted White
Analog — Lester Del Rey, Sonya Dorman, Tom Easton, Anthony R. Lewis, Spider Robinson, Susan M. Shwartz, Edward Wood
Asimov’s — Charles N. Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Moshe Feder, Peter Heck, Norman Spinrad, Baird Searles
Astounding — Forrest J. Ackerman, Catherine Cook de Camp, L. Sprague de Camp, P. Schuyler Miller, Weaver Wright
Authentic Science Fiction — H. J. Campbell
Destinies — Spider Robinson
Future Science Fiction — Murray King, Damon Knight, Robert W. Lowndes
Fantastic Stories — Fritz Leiber, Ted White
Fantastic Universe — Robert Frazier, Sam Merwin, Jr., Hans Stefan Santesson
Fantasy and Science Fiction — Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, Michael Bishop, James Blish, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Terry Carr, John Clute, Sidney Coleman, Basil Davenport, Avram Davidson, Richard Delap, Charles de Lint, Thomas M. Disch, Harlan Ellison, Gordon Van Gelder, Ron Goulart, Robert J. Hughes, Leonard Isaacs, John Kessel, Robert K. J. Killheffer, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber, J. Francis McComas, Barry N. Malzberg, Judith Merril, Alexei and Cory Panshin, Christopher Priest, Joanna Russ, James Sallis, Unnamed (Kristine Kathryn Rusch ?), Michelle West, Ted White, Gahan Wilson, George Zebrowski.
Galaxy Magazine — Algis Budrys, Groff Conklin, Floyd C. Gale, Richard E. Geis, Villiers Gerson, Frederik Pohl, Spider Robinson, Theodore Sturgeon, Paul Walker
If — Lester Del Rey, Damon Knight, Frederik Pohl
Imagination — Henry Bott, Mark Reinsberg
Infinity Science Fiction — Damon Knight, Larry T. Shaw, Robert Silverberg, Irwin Stein
New Worlds — J. Cawthorn, Leslie Flood
Original Science Fiction — Damon Knight
Other Worlds — Forrest J. Ackerman, P. Schuyler Miller, Frank Robinson, Bob Tucker
Science Fiction Digest — Emory Lewis
Science Fiction Plus — Sam Moskowitz
Space Science Fiction — George O. Smith
Vanguard Science Fiction — Lester Del Rey
Venture Science Fiction — Ron Goulart, Theodore Sturgeon
Worlds Beyond — Damon Knight
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (ESF), edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, 1993.
The Anatomy of Wonder, edited by Neil Barron, 1981.
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, David Pringle, 1990.
The Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, Howard DeVore, 1998.
Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, David Pringle, 1985.
Fantasy: The 100 Best Books, James Cawthorn & Michael Moorcock, 1988.
99 Novels: the Best in English Since 1939, Anthony Burgess, 1984.
The Science Fiction Source Book, edited by David Wingrove, 1984.
Reader’s Guide to 20th Century Science Fiction, edited by Marilyn P. Fletcher and James L. Thorson.
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by George Mann, 2001.
The Tale of the Future: from the Beginning to the Present Day, I. F. Clarke, 1972.
Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, Curtis C. Smith, 1981.
Internet sources:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-2000), Stephen T. Miller & William G. Contento, 2001.
The Locus Index to Science Fiction, Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento, 2006.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database website (, 2008.
SF, T. M. Wagner, 2002.
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, William G. Contento, 2006.
The LOCUS Index to SF Awards, Mark R. Kelly, 2006. Search Engine, 2008.
Wikipedia, The Free Magazines, 2008., Customer Reviews, 2008.
Publishers Weekly Search Results, 2008.
Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, Paul Brians, 2008.

 Logo Photograph © 2010 by Scott D. Adams
For more of Scott’s photos, see:
Content © 2010-2014
by Nat Tilander