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
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,
Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, David Pringle, 1985.
Fantasy: The 100 Best Books, James Cawthorn & Michael
99 Novels: the Best in English Since 1939, Anthony Burgess,
The Science Fiction Source Book, edited by David Wingrove,
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,
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 (www.isfdb.org),
SF Reviews.net, 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.
AbeBooks.com Search Engine, 2008.
Wikipedia, The Free Magazines, 2008.
Amazon.com, Customer Reviews, 2008.
Publishers Weekly Search Results, 2008.
Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, Paul Brians,