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Abelman, Paul, The Twilight of the Vilp

Clive Witt is a novelist. He has advertised for a protagonist for his new book, The Mixture and the Bag. From the 73 responses he selects three but they refuse to form a harmonious whole. He scraps this project and writes a science fiction novel The Silver Spores in which humanity meets the Vilp Galactic Council and may have wiped out the Vilp—unless they revert to sexual procreation. It's almost impossible to summarize this book.

Gollancz 1969 SBN 575-00097-X

Adams, James R., "Con-Fen"

Koosh and Thuko, two Martians, visit Earth in a spaceship stolen many years ago from a murdered Jovian visitor. They land in Chicago and wander about, eating and breathing without let. Humans seem to be unaware of their existence. Unfortunately, they wander into the Hotel Morrison just as the banquet for the 10th World Science Fiction Convention (Chicon II) is occurring. All the fans see them and rush to greet them. The Martians flee in terror and are struck by a truck in the street.

Planet Stories 5:12 May 1953 (pp.104-108)

Adkins, Patrick joint author with Resnick, Mike et al.

Ahern, Jerry & Sharon, The Golden Shield of IBF

Princess Swan of Creath uses a magic spell to escape from her mother's attempt to kill her. She winds up at Dragoncon in Atlanta where she meets F.B.I. Special Agent Alan Garrison. Garrison is a wannabe fantasy writer. He accompanies her to Creath were he basically lives out a fantasy novel. Returning to Earth he writes his adventures as The Virgin Enchantress. It ends happily as she leaves Creath for Earth to live with him.

Baen Books 0-671-57825-1 August 1999

Aldiss, Brian W., Dracula Unbound

Joe Bodenland is developing a method of toxic waste disposal in Dallas, Texas of 1999. As a result of his experiments Dracula gains control of a time machine and Bodenland winds up in the past with Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) and his friend Van Helsing. Perhaps the vampirism is a result of syphilitic delusions; perhaps reality.

Grafton 13773-8, April 1991

HarperCollins 016593-6, April 1991

Easton Press, April 1991

Aldiss, Brian W., Forgotten Life [Mainstream]

Clement Winter, an Oxford don, is married to the fantasy writer, Sheila Winter who writes under the pseudonym Green Mouth. Her "Kerinth" series is remarkably successful. Sales and income have grown from the first book Brute of Kerinth through the tenth War Lord of Kerinth (Swain Books, Inc., cover by S. S. Bronbell). These have earned Sheila the International Otherworld Fiction Award and the High Homeric Fantasy Award. The latter was presented to her at Kerincon (Fantacon XIX) at the Luxor Hotel in Boston, where she was guest of honor. Other books include The Heart of Kerinth and Kerinth Invaded.  Most of the book deals with Clement's attempts to come to terms with his mid-life crisis as viewed through his editing of his late brother's writing.

Gollancz 04369-5, October 1988

Macmillan Atheneum 12041-9, May 1989

Mandarin 0-7493-0123-6, December 1989

Aldiss, Brian W., Frankenstein Unbound

A major war causes quantum timeslips and Joseph Bodenland goes from 2020 Texas to 1816 Switzerland. There he meets Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later to be Shelley), the author of the first true SF novel—Frankenstein.  He discusses his time with her and they have a brief affair before he moves on to his destiny with the Monster. A film was made of this novel.

Cape 00903-6, September 1973

Fantastic, March 1974 (pp. 6-61, 108-110) and May 1974 (pp. 38-103)

Random House 49079-7, June 1974

Fawcett Crest Q2473, July 1975

Pan 24546-5, October 1975

Warner Books 36036-8, May 1990

New English Library 53096-5, January 1991

Aldiss, Brian W., "The Saliva Tree"

Aliens land on a farm in East Anglia. Their forced breeding of Earth life, including humans, is detailed by the Victorian protagonist. He is a friend of H. G. Wells and writes to him. These letters serve as the basis for Well's novel The War of the Worlds.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 1965 (pp. 4-)

Nebula Award Stories, (edited by Damon Knight), Doubleday, 1966

The Saliva Tree, Faber & Faber, 1966; Sphere 1096-0, February 1972; 1102-9, August 1973

A Brian Aldiss Omnibus, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1968

Dimension X, (ed. by Damon Knight), Simon & Schuster, 1970

Science Fiction Hall of Fame III, (edited by Arthur C. Clarke and George W. Proctor),

Avon 79335-0, March 1982; Avon SFBC N11, April 1983

Best SF Stories of Brian W. Aldiss, Gollancz 04210-9, April 1988

Tor Double No. 3, reverse half, Tor 55952-5, December 1988 (pp. 1-87)

Aldiss, Brian W., The Year Before Yesterday

This is a fix-up novel; only the framing story ("The Mannerheim Symphony") is recursive. In this world Churchill was assassinated while visiting Finland in the 1930s; therefore, there was no one to rally Britain against Germany. The protagonist of the story is a Finnish composer who finds the corpse of a young woman named Cracken along the road to his home. In her backpack are some SF novels ("maybe-myths") about alternate worlds. The first is "The Impossible Smile" written by Brian Aldiss under the pen name Jael Cracken (Science Fantasy May and June 1965). The second story is "Equator" (New Worlds 1958, Brown, Watson 1958, Ace Double as Vanguard from Alpha). According to the framing story, this is dedicated to the spirit of Hugo Gernsback.

Franklin Watts 0-531-15040-2, April 1987

St. Martin's 0-312-91112-2, June 1988

Alexander, Karl, Time After Time

Dr. Leslie John Stephenson is Jack the Ripper. He is also a friend of H. G. Wells and steals his time machine to escape to 1979. Wells follows him to that time. In 1979 Wells finally finishes him off and returns to 1893 with Amy Robinson. A motion picture was made from this novel - Director: Nicholas Meyer; Malcolm McDowell; David Warner; Mary Steenburgen; Charles Goffi; Kent Williams. [This was adapted to a play by John Mattera in 1983.]

Delacorte Press 08900-X, 1979

Allston, Aaron, Galatea in 2-D

Roger Simons is an unsuccessful fantasy artist. He learns that his rival Kevin Matthews has been undermining him using the power to animate pictures that he draws. Now Roger is developing this power and— together with Kevin's ex-wife Donna and Elsie, the nymph Roger has lifted from a picture—finds he must destroy Kevin or be destroyed by him. The climax comes at the Media Art Convention (MArtCon XIII).

TSR 0-671-72182-8, August 1993

Altabef, Ken, "Pleased to Meetcha"

The narrator desires to be a fantasy writer and has made some strides in that direction. He encounters fantasy writer Harold Eldritch when he is speaking at Hofstra University. Eldritch is short, feisty, charismatic, and prolific. After the speech, the narrator talks to him and shakes his hand. From that time on he cannot write any fiction. Apparently, Eldritch has drained that mana from him by contact. Eldritch's mannerisms and characteristics are based upon an actual author—one who does not need other's mana.

Fantasy & Science Fiction 111:2 August 2006 (pp.56-60)

Amis, Kingsley, The Alteration

This is an alternate world in which Martin Luther became Pope Germanian and there was no Reformation. In England of 1976 King Stephen III has just died. The main story is the attempt by the Church to alter the 10-year old Hubert Anvil to a castrato to retain his glorious voice. In this they are thwarted but still they triumph in the end. There is a form of underground literature called "Time Romance" (TR) and a subgenre called "Counterfeit Worlds" (of which this book is a good example). One of the CW writers is Philip K. Dick who has written a novel The Man in the High Castle describing a world in which the Reformation did take place, but he doesn't quite describe our world. This is a nice echo of the novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy that described a world in which Germany and Japan did not win World War II. Hawthorne Abendsen didn't get it quite right either. There is another CW writer Keith Roberts who has written Galliard in which Elizabeth was not a supporter of the Church of Rome. Compare this with our Keith Roberts' Pavane.  And Edgar Allan Poe was a famous general of the Republic of New England.

Cape 01305-X, 1976

Viking 11522-3, 1977

Carroll & Graf 432-2, 1988

Anderson, Kevin J. & Moesta, Rachel, "Rough Draft"

Mitchell Coren's first novel Divergent Lines won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Fearing a tumble from this peak he has been a tech writer and has written no fiction for a decade.From one of his fans who is an employee of Alternitech, he receives a copy of Infernities a novel written by Mitchell Coren in an alternate timeline. That corporation has the legal right to publish this novel. He meets with his fan Jeremy Cardiff who agrees to keeping this secret and gives Coren the only other copy of the book in this time line. He finally decides to dig out his notes and write new stories. He decides that, if he does not do so in five years, Cardiff can publish Infernities.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact 125:1&2 January 2005 (pp.80-88)

Anderson, Kevin J., "Scientific Romance"

This story explains how H. G. Wells got the ideas for his Martian invasion from T. H. Huxley and from a fever caught while observing the Leonid shower.

The UFO Files (ed. by Martin H. Greenberg and Ed Gorman), DAW Books 0-88677-772-0, February 1998 (pp. 287-296)

Anderson, Poul, "The Critique of Impure Reason"

An intelligent robot built to mine ore on Mercury refuses to do so because this is so crass. IZK–99 (pronounced Isaac) has higher literary and critical goals. The protagonist and his girl friend create a terrible science fiction pulp novel Thunder Beyond Venus, as by Charles Pilchard [herring]. They also create pipette: The Journal of Analytical Criticism in which "Pierre Hareng" [herring, again], Department of English, Miskatonic University, praises the book in the most esthetic and erudite manner. This journal is ostensibly sent to the robot as a tasteful and discriminating person by the Manana Literary Society. IZK–99 decides that it must go to Mercury to gain experience in order to write this kind of literature.

Worlds of If, November 1962 (pp.104-123)

Time and Stars, Doubleday 1964 (pp 181-206)

Doubleday SFBC, 1964

MacFadden Bartell 60-206, January 1965; reprinted 75-330, May 1970

Manor 95391, 1972

Berkley 03621, 1974

Panther 02109-4, June 1975

White Lion 817-9, August 1976

Never in This World, (edited by Idella P. Stone), Fawcett Gold Medal, April 1971

Laughing Space, (edited by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp.461-478)

Anderson, Poul & Dickson, Gordon R., "In Hoka Signo Vinces"

The Hokas, inhabitants of the planet Toka, have been watching the popular children's SF program Tom Bracken of the Space Patrol.  The Hokas have no desire to distinguish fact from fiction and about a hundred of them organize a local branch of the Patrol; they commandeer Plenipotentiary Alexander Jones' spaceboat and rename it Space Patrol Ship Number One.  They cast Jones in the role of Coordinator of the Space Patrol. When he attempts to stop these proceedings he is carried off by the ebullient Hokas. By the Laws of Coincidence and Plot Necessity the Patrol manages to board a Pornian space dreadnaught, capture it, and force the militaristic government of that planet to disarm and hold free elections. Jones manages to disband the Patrol until "it is needed once again."  The Hoka's uniforms, space armor (and axes) are directly out of E. E. Smith's Lensmen saga, as are the conversations, expressions, organization, and behavior of the Hokas. At times the authors imitate Smith's style. A delightful item. [See the Hubert Rogers cover of Astounding Science Fiction October 1939 for a look at the uniform—sans lens, of course.]

Other Worlds Science Stories, 5:6 June 1953 (pp.70-108)

Earthman's Burden, Gnome Press, 1957 (pp.60-83); Avon ZS166, January 1970; 47993, December 1979

Anderson, Rex, My Dead Brother [Mystery]

The SF element is marginal in this murder mystery. The protagonist, Mel Morris, is a Nebula-winning writer. His brother was killed three years ago; the convicted killer has now been cleared and Mel is number one on the list of suspects. There is an interesting three-hour interchange between Mel and the police lieutenant's fourteen-year-old daughter about SF. Unfortunately this is not recorded in the book.

St. Martin's 03898-4, 1990

Anderson, Thomas F., "A Mental Mischance"

Albert Reeves, through unexplained circumstances, becomes telepathic; this makes him successful as a journalist. While interviewing a tycoon, he senses an enormous deal involving railroad mergers. He invests heavily based upon this and then becomes ill. Upon recovering, he finds the railroad mergers were plot of the plot of a science fiction novel the tycoon was writing; none of it ever occurred. As a result of the illness, he has lost his telepathic ability.

The Black Cat, September 1896

Andersson, C. Dean, Fiend

T. T. Dysan is a mass murderer of children who goes to a comics convention in Texas where he knows many of his potential victims will be gathered. Also attending the convention is Joe Clark, there to sell his new comic book heroine Toxique. Both of them run up against Medea who is spending her immortality killing the murderers of children.

Zebra 0-8217-4595-6, June 1994

Andre-Driussi, Michael, "The Slushpile Surfer"

Eddy Dewar is a slushpile reader for Acme Publishing House. He telecommutes via virtual reality in which unsolicited manuscripts appear as incoming surf. Authors circle in the water like sharks or their prey.

Pirate Writings 4:2 #10, 1996 (pp.28-29)

Andrews, Arlan, "Heinlein's Children"

SF writer Arlan Andrews, in conjunction with other SF writers, hackers, and others of that ilk, intercept and modify the signals from the Mars probe to make it appear that the Face and other structures on Mars are real and evidence of an alien civilization. The purpose of this is to get manned space exploration moving again. The problem is that real aliens are at the Face waiting for Earth to respond to their presence, but the faked data do not indicate this. This delays humanity's entrance into the galactic community for twenty years. The author is finally arrested for this.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact 115:1&2 January 1995 (pp. 146-151)

Andrews, Arlan Sr., "A Little Waltz Music"

Tina Minella is Captain of a Delta Clipper space shuttle that has been chartered by a group of elderly science fiction writers. The writers engage in what to her seems childlike behavior climaxed by Jerry Pournelle's unauthorized EVA with almost fatal results. Larry Niven and Arthur C. Clarke also appear (as well as a number of other well-known writers). The story is dedicated to Arthur C. Clarke.

Amazing Stories 67:12 March 1993 (pp32-40)

Andrews, Arlen, Sr., "WWW: The Web We Wove"

It appears that as the telecommunications systems become more complex, contact is made between alternate universes—alternities—where both worlds are wired. The author finds this out at the 1985 World Sci-Fi Convention in Aukland (which should be enough clue that this is not our alternity) from an SF writer named Eric (possibly referring to Eric Iverson, a pseudonym of Harry Turtledove). The problem is that these worlds's pasts are starting to intermesh; the only solution is the world-wide web.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact 117:11, November 1997 (pp 96-103)

Andrews, Lewis M., "Author's Message"

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, three aliens on Earth have been creating and using science fiction to accelerate the development of human technology. They started with Edgar Allen Poe (a failure), but had more success with Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. All three die in the London blitz. However, a young boy, Jason Campbell, working there becomes the world's most noted SF editor, pushing mankind into space.

Aberrations 40August 1997 (pp.44-55)

Andrews, Nicola, Rules of the Game [Romance]

The stfnal element here is a company that designs total-immersion games and is putting one together for a science-fiction conference for the SF group, L-Star. The author's concepts of what are planned to happen at such an event are fascinating and show how mundania views SF. All fen go about the world in costume and most believe that they are aliens, or something of the sort. The role-playing game looks interesting as does the Daystar Company that designs them.

Berkley Second Chance at Love (218) 08074-8, September 1984

Anton, Uwe, "Welcome to Reality"

Philip Kendrick is a doctor in Pine City, California, or at least he thinks he is. It turns out that there is another doctor in the town who is Philip Kendrick and everyone agrees with this doctor including his wife Tessa (the name of Dick's fifth wife). It turns out that Kendrick wakes and finds he was testing a mid drug for the National Liberation Movement—only this level may not be reality either. Kendrick was Dick's middle name.

1974[in German]

Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick, (edited by Uwe Anton), Broken Mirrors Press 4-2, 1991 [limited signed edition];

5-0, 1991 [trade edition] (pp.49-65) [translated from the German by Jim Young]

Anvil, Christopher, "Merry Christmas from Outer Space!"

The Centauri secret agent on Earth is disguised as R. B. Jones, editor of the science fiction magazine published by Stupendous Publications. The Aldebaran spies attach a thought disrupter to the computer in the next office to slow down the human space program—however, they attach it backwards so it projects into the office of Stupendous Publications. As a result, writer J. C. Catherton keeps getting $500 checks for his one story regardless of anything he can say or do to stop this.

Fantastic Stories of Imagination 13:12 December 1964 (pp.109-126)

Armstrong, Michael, "Absolutely the Last, This is It, No More, the Final Pact with the Devil Story"

To escape a pact with the Devil, a writer must have an unpublishable story published by a certain date. However, he has no luck with the story. He finally sells the story to Harmless Edison who promises The Final Hazardous Visions will be published by the deadline. Surprise! The book is delayed and the Devil collects.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 60:2 February 1981

Armstrong, Michael, "Everything That Rises, Must Converge"

Flannery O'Connor is a science fiction writer in this alternate universe; if it is close to ours then it is probably set in the early to mid-1970s. She is a multiple Hugo winner and at the peak of her career when she contracts lupus. She wants to be a real writer and get her non-SF work Wise Blood published before she dies and break into the mainstream like Pulitzer Prize winner Philip K. Dick (who had a brief flirtation with SF in the 1950s). The novel is rejected by a number of houses and death comes before anyone buys it. Some of her SF: The Sands of Mars Take All Time Away, and "Parker's Back" (Hugo nomination). In our universe, the July 1962 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction has a Mel Hunter lunascape, not an Emsh tattooed robot. However, Kate Wilhelm's "The Man Without a Planet" appears in the issues in both universes.

Asimov's Science Fiction 17:2 February 1993 (pp-118-129)

Aronson, Mark, "Gemütlichkon I"

The Axis goes to pieces as its citizens embrace the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard as promulgated in his "World Without End" stories. In 1943, the first Worldcon with a European venue is held in Nürnburg with L. Ron Hubbard as Guest of Honor and Claude Degler as Fan Guest of Honor. Many noted world politicians and scientists attend.

Alternate Worldcons (ed. by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.15-23)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.15-23)

Ashby, Richard, "Master Race"

Earth is about to be invaded and humanity destroyed. A scout from the invasion fleet steals to contents of a tree house and returns for evaluation. Some of the items are science fiction comic books. The invaders, having no fiction in their culture, take them to be historical records and flee in terror.

Imagination 2:4 September 1951

Space, Space, Space (edited by William Sloane, Grosset & Dunlap 53-9924, 1953 (pp.111-127)

Ashwell, Pauline, "Thingummy Hall"

A British SF convention seeking a new venue winds up renting a hall from future timehoppers. The hall is, in good British tradition, much larger on the inside than the outside. This feature, and the ability to configure rooms via computer make it a convention runner's dream.

Analog SF/SF, June 1988 (pp. 71-81)

There are two sequels but they trend away from the convention theme. They are

"Shortage in Time", Analog SF/SF, December 1988 (pp. 42-64)

"Make Your Own Universe", Analog SF/SF, Mid-December 1988 (pp. 62-78)

Asimov, Isaac joint author with Hudson, Jeffrey S.

Asimov, Isaac, "The Backward Look"     Mystery

A young man must write a science fiction story in order to win the hand and heart of his beloved. The Black Widowers club, including Isaac Asimov and a thinly-disguised Lester del Rey (and the seemingly-omniscient waiter Henry) come through for him.

Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, September 1979 (pp. 24-41)

Casebook of the Black Widowers, Doubleday, 1980

Fawcett Crest 24384-2, March 1981 (pp.155-171)

Asimov, Isaac, "Birth of a Notion"

In 1976 physicist and SF fan Simeon Weill invents a time machine. He accidentally falls into it and winds up in 1925 on a park bench close to his home in New York. Unfortunately his mind has been a bit befuddled by the trip. He finds that he is seated next to Hugo Gernsback. To the extent that he can, Weill talks with Gernsback about pseudo-scientific romances, and scientifiction. Weill brings up disjointed memories of the future. Weill snaps back to his own time but in parting gives Gernsback the idea to name his new magazine Amazing Stories.

Amazing Science Fiction, 50:1 June 1976 (pp.6-9,19)

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories, Doubleday 1976

Doubleday SFBC 2929 G32, 1976 (pp.206-211)

Fawcett Crest 23573-4, June 1978

Del Rey 32071-9, February 1985

Asimov, Isaac, "Dreamworld"

Edward Keller, age 13, is an enthusiastic reader of science fiction. He is being raised by his aunt Clara who keeps telling him to "face reality." One night, his usual stfnal dream turns to horror as a myriad of huge Claras pursues him, telling him to "face reality." If he cannot awake, he will be trapped in a world of giant aunts!

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 9:5 November 1955 (pg.127)

Asimov, Isaac, "Fault-Intolerant"

Isaac Asimov (under the guise of Abram Ivanov) fights the good fight with his new word processor. The software is so user-friendly that it first corrects the writer's spelling, then syntax, then style. Finally, it begins to write Ivanov's stories for him — better than he can do himself. This leaves the Good Doctor with nothing creative to do. The story's theme parallels that of Jack Williamson's The Humanoids in which mankind is left with nothing to do because all interesting actions are harmful.

Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, May 1990 (pp. 68-72)

Asimov, Isaac, "The Foundation of Science Fiction Success" [Song]

In this Gilbert & Sullivan parody, Asimov pokes fun at the conventions of the genre and their practioners.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, 7:4 October 1954 (p.69)

Earth is Room Enough, Doubleday October 1957; May 1960; December 1961

Doubleday SFBC, October 1957 (pp.56-57)

Bantam A1978, April 1959

Panther 1042, April 1960

Fawcett Crest T1401, April 1970; T1718, 1971; M2194, 1973

The Far Ends of Time and Earth, Doubleday SFBC 5578 J06, 1979

Asimov, Isaac, "Gold"

Jonas Willard is the director of the fabulously successful compu-drama version of Shakespeare's King Lear.  He is approached by Gregory Laborian, a science fiction writer who convinces Willard to make a compu-drama of his SF novel Three In One. assuring him of a kind of literary immortality. The problem is that the three characters in the book are aliens whose appearances are never described. Willard and his crew manage to create the compu-drama to Laborian's satisfaction. The book Three In One is the central section of Asimov's The Gods Themselves down to the roles of the three sexes and the name of the Emotional.

Analog Science Fiction-Science Fact 111:11 September 1991 (pp. 10-40)

Asimov, Isaac, "Kid Stuff"

Jan Prentiss is a fantasy writer, misunderstood by his family and neighbors. One day, while working on a manuscript to send to Horace W. Browne, editor of Farfetched Fantasy Fiction, a foot-tall elf appears on his desk. Elves are native to Earth having evolved from insects. In the past they used human psychic power to drive their civilization (they also love to drink milk). The technological developments of the past two centuries have given them an inferiority complex so they have been sulking in Avalon (it's in the North Atlantic behind a psychic shield). This elf is a mutation and can use human power to run technological devices. He wants to take Jan back with him to Avalon. Fantasy writers are needed as they are some of the only adult humans with the proper belief system. Jan tries to get the elf drunk on eggnog but fails. His son comes home from school and swats the elf flat; children nowadays do not believe in elves and so his mind could not be controlled by it.

Beyond Fantasy Fiction 1:2 September 1953 (pp.121-)

Earth is Room Enough, Doubleday October 1957; May 1960; December 1961

Doubleday SFBC, October 1957 (pp.80-92)

Bantam A1978, April 1959

Panther 1042, April 1960

Fawcett Crest T1401, April 1970; T1718, 1971; M2194, 1973

The Far Ends of Time and Earth, Doubleday SFBC 5578 J06, 1979

Asimov, Isaac, "The Monkey's Fingers"

SF writer Marmaduke Tallinn is trying to sell his latest story to Lemuel Hoskins, editor of Space Yarns.  But the editor wants some revisions that Tallinn is not willing to make. Tallinn says that his friend and fan, Professor Arndt Rolf Torgesson at N. Y. U. has a machine that will evaluate writing and is willing to leave the decision to it. Hoskins is dubious but the thought of winning a dinner by this wager decides him. The monkey's brain is hooked up to the usual set of scientific paraphernalia and acts as the analog processor. The monkey, Rollo, hears part of the text and then, based upon its style, rhythm, vocabulary, etc. extrapolates upon it. The SF story is read up to the critical point and then the monkey begins typing the revision Hoskins asked for. Tallinn says this proves his point as humans do not follow rules by rote and know when to break them. Besides if this process works there will be no need for editors. After the editor leaves, Tallinn admits to Torgesson that he thought the monkey would have typed his original version of the story. [Inspired by arguments Asimov had with H. L. Gold of Galaxy over "C-Chute."]

Startling Stories, 29:1 February 1953 (pp.77-83)

Have You Seen These?, NESFA Press, March 1974 (pp.36-48)

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories, Doubleday, 1975

Doubleday SFBC 1340 Q34, 1975: 1340 ?10, 1975

Fawcett Crest 23062-7, 1976; 23828-8, 1978

Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.154-164) [as "The Monkey's Finger"]

Asimov, Isaac, Murder at the ABA [Mystery]

This is a murder mystery. Isaac Asimov is not the viewpoint character but another writer is. There are a number of descriptions of Isaac, the preoccupation of people with the number of books he has written, his style of interaction with females of the human race, and the like.

Doubleday, 1976

Doubleday SFBC 2197 G14, 1976

Fawcett Crest 23202-6, 1976

Asimov, Isaac, "Oh, That Lost Sense of Wonder" [ Song]

Asimov briefly recounts the old days of Stf under Hugo Gernsback and F. Orlin Tremaine and laments that concern for "literary" values has destroyed the old sense of wonder.

(The Original) Science Fiction Stories, 8:4 January 1958 (p.101)

The NESFA Hymnal, Second Edition, (edited by Joe Ross), NESFA Press 69-2, April 1979 (p.40)

Atkins, John Alfred, Tomorrow Revealed [new]

In the future a library is found with many science fiction books. The analyst does not realize that these books are fiction and reconstructs history of Earth and the planets from these works.

London: Spearman 1955

New York: Roy Publishers 1956

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