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Andrews, Donna, We'll Always Have Parrots

It takes place at a one-show fan-run media convention dedicated to the TV show Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle, a fantasy show set in the kingdom (or queendom) of Amblyopia—yes, Ichabod Dilley, author of the original comic books took all his proper names from medical terms and diseases (her sister's name is Eczema). Meg's boyfriend Michael, in addition to being a professor of drama at Caerphilly College, is Mefisto the Sorcerer in this series. As such, they are both at the convention.

Michael is there as the character and Meg is sharing a table in the hucksters' room selling swords, knives, etc. (she is a blacksmith). As to be expected—someone—here Porfiria a.k.a. Tamerlaine, Wynncliffe-Jones is murdered. As you might expect, a con is not the best venue for the police to solve a murder especially as all the principals of the show have motives for doing away with her. Meg and her family do come up with the actual murderer after suspecting everyone else. It's clear this author either attends or has had some good sources of information about fandom and conventions.

St. Martin's Press February 2004

St. Martin's Press/Minotaur 0-312-99675-6 February 2005


Asimov, Janet, Murder at the Galactic Writers' Society

Not strictly an stfnal recursive story. One of the major characters is the writer Fortizak who is clearly modeled upon Isaac Asimov to his continual writing, unwillingness to travel, fondness for food and nubile young ladies whether organic or robotic. The writers—of six species—write just about anything but science fiction. The book is set in "Isaac's Universe" and the title is modeled after Isaac Asimov's mystery Murder at the ABA.

DAW 0-88677-644-9 (No. 972), January 1995

Benford, Gregory, Timescape

More a crossover than a recursive story. One of the characters is David Selig the protagonist of Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg (chapter 27).

Simon & Schuster 25327-1, July 1980

Pocket Books 83389-8, July 1981; 45585-0, 1983; 50632-3, May 1987

Betancourt, John Gregory, "The Merry Men of Riverworld"

Jules Verne appears as a character in this story, but in the role of a leader of society rather than as an author.

Tales of Riverworld (ed. by Phiilp José Farmer) Questar 0-446-36269-7, August 1992 (pp237-282)

Bishop, Michael, "On the Street of The Serpents"

The story is subtitled "or, The Assassination of Chairman Mao, as Effected by the Author in Seville, Spain, in the Spring of 1992, a Year of No Certain Historicity."  Michael Bishop is both the author of this story and its major character. However, nowhere is the story is he truly identified as an SF writer and that identity, even if established, has nothing to do with the story, per se.

Science Fiction Emphasis #1  (ed. by David Gerrold), Ballantine 23962-8, May 1974 (pp.141-211)

Blish, James, The Frozen Year

A good science fiction story about the Second Western Polar Basin Expedition during the International Geophysical Year (July 1957 to December 1958). The only problem is that the protagonist, Julian Cole, is a science writer—not a science fiction writer.

Ballantine 197, 1957

Bloch, Robert, "The Creative Urge"

Two characters in a manuscript discuss their concepts of the Author—whther He is Good or Evil and if they can ever know Him. This discussion comes to an end as the Devil, the Author of this story, decides to shred it and start on another one.

Weird Tales 53:1, Fall 1991 (pp.100-102)

Bloch, Robert, "Hell on Earth"

Detective Guy Roberts is hired by Professor Phillips Keith of the Rocklynn Institute to be a skeptical eyewitness and historian. The professor and Lily Ross are involved in a scientific study of sorcery and black magic. Instead of a demon, they invoke the devil who possesses them one by one. Roberts, author of Hell Hath No Fury and The Sign of the Bull (among others) realizes the power of the word and the damage that his writings have done. This was adapted to a graphic novel in 1985 by DC Publications The protagonist's occupation was changed to horror writer. Substantial changes were made to the story's ending.

Weird Tales March 1942

Summons from the Tomb, (edited by Peter A. Haining), Brown Watson R968, 1966

Bretnor, Reginald, "Rokuro-Kubi"

A story of a Japanese vampire told in The Bilge Pump, a bar in a sunken ship H.M.S. Dryad in San Francisco. The regular patrons are supposed to be science fiction writers, but none makes an appearance.

Worlds of Fantasy & Horror 1:1 Summer 1994 (pp.77-82)

Brown, Fredric, The Lights in the Sky Are Stars

The story of the first manned Jupiter rocket and how the funding progressed through government channels. At one point the main character, Max Andrews, mentioned that, while in his teens, he had read an SF book called Mad Universe, or something like that—possibly What Mad Universe by Frederic Brown.

E. P. Dutton & Co., 1953

Brunner, John, The Long Result

One of the major characters, Micky Torres, has written a book, Stars Beckoned, about the early days of the colonization of Venus. However, in the context of this story, it is an historical romance. One of the book's readers found a pile of his grandfather's SF books and magazines in the attic and sent it to Torres.

Faber & Faber, 1965

Ballantine U2329, September 1966

Collins, Max Allen, The Pearl Harbor Murders     Mystery

This is a straight-forward mystery story in which Edgar Rice Burroughs in the protagonist.

Berkley 0-425-17943-6, May 2001

Collins, Randall, The Case of the Philosopher's Ring     Mystery

There are a number of books in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appears as a character. However, these are mainly detective stories where his characteristics as a Spiritualist or his role as Watson's literary agent is used rather than his actions as an SF writer. This book is an example that treats of both.

Crown 53530-0, 1978 [De Waal Sherlockiana catalogue entry 4879b]

Crispin, A. C., The Eyes of the Beholders

In this subplot of the 13th novel of Star Trek The Next Generation Lt. Commander Data is trying to write a romantic novel of the first star ship. His crewmates do not want to tell him his writing is atrocious and suggest he rewrite as Ernest Hemingway or Jane Austen. Finally, Counselor Troi advises him to write about what he knows rather than attempt stories about human emotion. He abandons the project after coming across a copy of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot.  From Data's viewpoint, he is trying to write historical fiction — not science fiction.

Pocket Books 70010-3, September 1990

Crumb, Robert, "The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick"     Graphics

Not strictly recursive. A biographical excerpt from Dick's life based upon interviews. Most dialogue taken from Philip K. Dick: The Last Testament by Gregg Rickman, Fragments West/The Valentine Press, 1985. An excellent rendition.

Weirdo17, Summer, 1986, Last Gasp Eco-Funnies (8pp.)

D'Ammassa, Don, "Shadow Over R'lyeh"

A mirror-invert of a Lovecraft story. There are supernatural entities such as Blokk and Klarkashton and even—shudder—Luvkraft. These are all in the Animacon, one of the unholy books of the Arkhamites. Fun, but more tuckerization than recursion.

Pulphouse: A Weekly Magazine 1:3 July 27, 1991 (pp.28-29)

Davies, Stacey, "Wordsearch"

A woman is trapped in a manuscript. She gradually works her way back into the word processor and back to the title when she is taken up into the pen.

Pulphouse 6 Winter [March] 1990 (pp.25-28)

Derleth, August (editor), Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

A number of the stories here are truly recursive and they will be found in the main part of this bibliography. Some are marginal dealing with antiquarians or writers of the occult. The works of H. P. Lovecraft are mentioned in several of the stories but on a similar level as the Necronomicon and other great works of the unseen world.

Arkham House, 1969

Dixon, Franklin W. [house name], Trouble in Warp Space

This is #172 of the Hardy Boys series. Joe Hardy's girl friend Iola wins a contest and gets a walk-on part in the science fiction television series Warp Space. Her brother Chet gets to play the role of The Slayer form Sirius. However, someone does not want the show to continue and a number of "accidents" occur on the set. Yes, the Hardy Boys solve the mystery. Interesting detective story, but not science fiction.

Aladdin Paperbacks, Simon & Schuster, 0-7434-3754-3, March 2002

Effinger, George Alec, The Zork Chronicles

The main part of this book is an adventure set in the Great Underground Empire of Infocom's Zork® game. There are few overtly recursive references here. The framing material are two awards banquets of the Supernatural and Fantastic Wayfarers Association (SFWA = Science Fiction Writers of America) who annually present the Joseph Campbell (equivalent to the Nebula) award to a member. It is a nice touch to have two of the many new muses be Phretys the Muse of Modern Science Fiction and her sister Threnia the Muse of Modern Fantasy Novels. In their resemblance to the Nebula Awards banquet, but lack of any stfnal references, the frame partakes more of a roman a clef than a recursive story. Sandor Courane is mentioned briefly in the final frame.

Avon 75388-X, July 1990

Farmer, Philip José, Dayworld Rebel

One of the minor characters is named Ibrahim Omar Izimoff who runs a candy and legal drug store. This is probably based upon SF writer Isaac Asimov whose father, Judah, ran a drug store in New York. The character is described as being pudgy with bushy (and purple-dyed) sideburns. Asimov also sports bushy sideburns. The use of the z rather than the s is a long-time annoyance of Isaac Asimov. This is more an in-group joke than a recursion.

Ace/Putnam 13230-9, June 1987

Ace 14002-5, January 1988

Ford, Jeffrey, "The Empire of Ice Cream"

One plot strand involves several characters reading William Jon Watkins' (real) novel The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer, but it's a minor strand and there's nothing else recursive (in our terms) in the story. [summary by Dennis Lien]

SciFiction (on-line, edited by Ellen Datlow) 26 February 2003

The Empire of Ice Cream, Golden Gryphon 1-93084-639-8, April 2006

Gardener, Wanless, "Auto-Fiction, Ltd."

Two entrepreneurs decide there is profit to be made in mechanizing the production of fiction: a properly programmed computer (punch card sorter, during the start-up) can produce stories more rapidly than human authors, and because they can undercut on price those human authors are soon driven out of the market. While we are told the machine can and does write all sorts of fiction, there is no specific mention of it doing sf/f, so the story isn't really recursive. At the end, there's a metafictional moment when it is strongly implied that Gardner's story has itself been machine-written. [Dennis Lien]

Science Fantasy [British] 4:12 February 1955 (pp.63-83)

Gorman, Ed, "Fool's Paradise"

Edgar Allen Poe appears as a character in this story, but it does not deal with writing and the viewpoint character is Dashiell Hammett

Tales of Riverworld (ed. by Phiilp José Farmer) Questar 0-446-36269-7, August 1992 (pp207-236)

Heinlein, Robert A., The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

The major character in the book is a writer (and articulates this well) but he is not particularly a science fiction writer and this craft is peripheral to the novel.

Putnam, November 1985

Kandel, Michael, In Between Dragons

All the books in McGulvey's library allow Sherman Potts to enter a set of worlds. Some are science fictional, some fantasy, some spy adventure. Problems arise when Sherman introduces a pornographic book into the library.

Bantam 28814-8, September 1990

Kirkwood, James (pseudonym of Charles Sheffield), "The Invasion of Space"

A group of scientist and science writers get together to rerestablish a space program. None of them are science fiction writers; the only reference to SF is that there is a poet who wrote his doctoral dissetation on the works of J. G. Ballard.

How to Save the World (ed. by Charles Sheffield ), Tor 0-312-85577-X, September 1995 (pp109-137)

Kurland, Michael & Barton, S. W., The Last President     Adventure

An attempt by the President of the United States to subvert the Constitution in order to remain in office. The only blatant SF element is a news bureau report on the 1973 World Science Fiction Convention (Torcon 2, Toronto, Ontario); this report is interrupted by a bulletin about appointments of a new ambassador to Iran and a new head of the C.I.A.

Bernard Geis Associates, 1980 (pp.100-101)

Kurland, Michael, The Whenabouts of Burr

The replacement of the original copy of the Constitution by one signed by Aaron Burr leads to adventures amongst the branching timelines. Dr. Dunstan Dutton, Director of the Bureau of Weights and Measures believes in the Great Cypher. Specifically, he believes that Isaac Asimov wrote King Lear and that Avram Davidson wrote the Pentateuch. Reasonable as these conclusions are, they have nothing to do with the story.

DAW UY1182 (no. 157), July 1975 (p.33)

Kuttner, Henry, "Chameleon Man"

Tim Vanderhof is a meek man who suddenly acquires the powers of a human chameleon: he can instantly physically imitate anyone he's with. At first the power is automatic (and embarrassing, as when he finds himself a mixture of circus giant and circus midget in one body), but he later learns to control it, get revenge on his overbearing boss, and all the usual light fantasy stuff. The only recursive moment is one paragraph in which he relates his new powers to "stories he had read by such authors as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Henry Kuttner."  [info from John Boston and Dennis Lien]

Weird Tales 36:2 November 1941 (pp.83-99)

Lamont, Duncan  pseudonym of Tubb, E. C.

Leiber, Fritz, The Wanderer

An alien planet pops out of hyperspace, causing havoc upon earth by its gravity. No real recursion here. Some of the characters have read SF and mention it when analyzing the situation.

Ballantine, February 1964

Lewis, Sinclair, It Can't Happen Here     Mainstream

An early example of political "what if" fiction. President Windrip, who becomes a dictator, names Upton Sinclair to be Ambassador to the Court of St. James as a form of exile. Sinclair is not presented favorably. Other authors are mentioned as being persecuted or in opposition to the dictatorship. The works of H. G. Wells have been banned but more as a consequence of British politics than content.

Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1935

Malzberg, Barry N., "The Several Murders of Roger Ackroyd"

Roger Ackroyd wants to be a mysterist but has been turned down by the Bank. He refuses to accept this (or suggestions that he attempt to become a westernist, a gothica, a sexualist, or even a (shudder) science-fictionist. He makes use of a friend to put his tapes in the memory banks. However, these seem to be incomplete Agatha Christie mysteries and the solar system is clamoring for the endings.

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 1:4 Winter 1977 (pp.77-82)

Dark Sins, Dark Dreams: Crime in Science Fiction, (ed. by Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini), Doubleday 12832-0, 1978

Laughing Space, (ed. by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp.456-460)

Malzberg, Barry N., "Upping the Planet" [new]

The protagonist is reading an SF magazine when visited by an alien. He must perform certain sexual acts in the next 24 hours or Earth will be destroyed. He believes he has tricked the alien but realized that his actions may be just what the alien wanted. Aside from the mention of reading an SF magazine, there is no scientifictional element in the story.

Amazing Science Fiction 47:6 April 1974 (pp. 100-102)

Miesel, Sandra, Dreamrider

Victoria Legarde's mind powers are activated by two shamans (one human, one otter) on an alternate time line. As part of her training she mind visits a number of time branches. In one, she is at the shuttle launch taking the Mars astronauts up to their ship. There is a group of elderly people nearby watching who are science fiction professionals and fans. The artist (with a cowlick) is Frank Kelly Freas; he is sketching Sandra Miesel. The three singers are Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson and Jerry E. Pournelle. The photographer is Ctein. However, they are not identified by name.

Ace 156679-7, July 1982 (pp.12-16)

Baen 69844-3, October 1989 [expanded version retitled Shaman ]

Miller, Chris, "On the Night Before The Last Day They Filmed 'Star Trek'"

This is a Star Trek parody with sexual connotations. It ends with Gene Roddenberry waking up—behold it was a dream.

National Lampoon 1:27 June 1972 (pp61,70)

Moran, Daniel Keys, The Long Run

More in the category of tuckerization than recursion. At one point Trent leaves Earth on the spaceship The Captain Sir Dominic Flandry (p.136). At another point (p.233) it is revealed that the Flight Caverns under Luna City have a plaque mentioning Robert A. Heinlein who described them in his story "The Menace From Earth"  (Fantasy & Science Fiction August 1957; New Worlds October 1957).

Bantam Spectra 28144-5, September 1989

Nelson, David Erik  co-author with Spinder, Cara

Newman, Kim, Anno Dracula

It is a London where Count Dracula married Queen Victoria in 1888. This is not so much recursive as a crossover story where characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula appear and some work for Mycroft Holmes through the Diogenes Club.

Simon & Schuster UK 0671-71780-4 October1992

Newman, Kim, The Bloody Red Baron

A sequel to Anno Dracula.  A version of World War I is going on with the Central Powers under the control of Graf von Dracula. Experiments are being performed on the members of Jagdgeschwader Eins at the Château du Malinbois. The vampire Edgar Poe (he dropped his middle name) who gained momentary fame for his futuristic story The Battle of Saint Petersberg, is conscripted from the Prague ghetto by the German government to ghostwrite the story of Baron Manfred von Richtoffen. Characters from many stories, plays, and films appear.

Carroll and Graf 0-7867-0252-4, 1995

Science Fiction Book Club #10578, 1955

Avon 0-380-72714-5, January 1997

Panshin, Alexei, The Thurb Revolution

Solomon "Biff" Dreznik is an assassin. The picture on the lower left hand corner of his business card is a skull with a rose through the eye. That was the logo for Astounding 's letter column "Brass Tacks" (December 1949 to October 1955) drawn by Edd Cartier.

Ace G-762, 1968 (p.43)

Peters, Elizabeth, Naked Once More     Mystery

Seven years ago Kathleen Darcy wrote the best-selling epic of prehistory—Naked in the Ice.  Soon afterwards, she vanished. Now, she has been declared legally dead and the estate wants to commission a sequel. After a number of trials, Jacqueline Kirby is selected to write this. While living in Pine Grove, Kathleen's home town, Jacqueline begins to investigate Kathleen's disappearance. There is quite a bit of selective nastiness about agents and the publishing industry and quite a pleasant amount of attention paid to a large black cat.

Warner Books, 1989

Warner Books 36032-5, October 1990

Platt, Charles, Free Zone

This is not recursive, but rather a melange of time-tested SF themes including the noble individuals threatened by a conformist state, dinosaurs, Atlanteans, alien invaders, etc.

Avon 75411-8, January 1989

Rennie, Gordon and Phoenix, Woodrow, Sherlock Holmes in the Curious Case of the Vanishing Villain     Graphic

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are visited by Dr. Jekyll. It seems that Mr. Hyde has escaped from his book. Holmes and Watson follow Hyde into the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. There Holmes confronts him in the pendulum room and Hyde leaps into the pit. Although his end is not certain, it seems that he will wind up in Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Gordon Rennie (story); Woodrow Phoenix (art). Although the characters are aware of their nature, this is more metafictional crossover than recursion.

Atomeka, Tundra Publishing 1993

Resnick, Mike, Eros at Nadir

Nate Page has been hired to write the history of the Velvet Comet as a Round (a holographic musical)—Eros in Orbit.  He starts by desiring to write an accurate history but winds up with a bit of pleasant and successful fluff. The Round is a great success and everyone is happy except the Velvet Comet's computer Cupid who thinks that Page has sold his soul for worldly gains. Page knows he will never write Eros at Nadir the book telling the true story of the Velvet Comet. Resnick's book is dedicated to the following SF authors (see individual entries for identification)—

Jim Burnett (Hamilton, Edmond, "The Pro")

John Constantine (Malzberg, Barry N., "A Question of Slant")

Luke Devereaux (Brown, Fredric, Martians, Go Home! )

Elmer T. Hack (Barker, Jim & Evans, Chris, The Best of Elmer T. Hack )

Jonathan Herovit (Malzberg, Barry N., Herovit's World )

Sanford Kvass (Malzberg, Barry N., Gather in the Hall of Planets )

Henry Martin Ruthven (Malzberg, Barry N., "Corridors")

Kilgore Trout (Farmer, Philip José, Venus on the Half-Shell )

Sybly White (Smith, E. E., Children of the Lens )

Keith Winton (Brown, Fredric, What Mad Universe )

Signet 14448-1, September 1986

Roberts, Keith, "Unlikely Meeting"

Protagonists from two of Roberts' major series, Anita and Kaeti meet in an enchanted wood near Anita's house. Both are aware that the other is a character in books that she has read.

Interzone 88 October 1994 (pp.28-33)

Rushdie, Salman, The Satanic Verses

There are a few references to SF in this book — but there are a few references to almost everything in this book. The young Salahuddin, aged 13, reads Foundation (Isaac Asimov) and The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury) while on an airplane flight. Much later there is a reference to Dr. Who in an adventure with the Mutts. This is The Mutants, a story with the third Doctor (story 63, script NNN, broadcast 8 April to 13 May 1972; written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin).

Viking Penguin 82537-9, 1989

Sheffield, Charles wrote under pseudonym Kirkwood, James

Silverberg, Robert, "Our Lady of the Sauropods"

More of a subtle in-group joke than a recursion. The first of the genetically recreated dinosaurs is a tyrannosaurus named "Belshazzar."  In John Taine's Before the Dawn (Williams Wilkins, 1934) scientists observe the extinction of the dinosaurs and the last surviving dinosaur is a tyrannosaurus of the same name.

Omni 2:12 September 1980 (pp.50-54, 94-96)

The Best of Omni Science Fiction no. 4  (ed. by Ben Bova and Don Myrus), Omni Publishing, 1982

The Endless Frontier: Volume 2  (ed. by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr), Ace 20666-2, 1982

Spinder, Cara & Nelson, David Erik, "You Were Neither Not Nor Cold But Lukewarm, So I Spit You Out"

The protagonist's profession as a Famous Horror Writer (it's one of those stories where everyone is identified just by profession/description; nobody actually has names...) makes, I guess, some thematic sense in that it makes him likelier to accept the idea that his wife is some sort of monster, but it doesn't otherwise play any part in the story, and we have only a glancing mention or two of stories he has written, and never see him actually writing or selling or communicating with editors or whatever. The Famous Horror Writer believes his wife turns into a monster; he tells this to his brother, a Clubfooted Janitor whose real main job is CIA Assassin, and the brother decides to solve the problem by killing the wife; Author thinks better of this and he and wife kill the brother instead. Plotwise that seems to be It.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 19, November 2006

Streiber, Whitley and Kunetka, James, Warday

A marginal item at best. [Chelsea] Quinn Yarbro is a minor character, but she is identified as a writer of historical fiction—currently a locator of persons lost during the one day war of 1988. Walter Tevis is mentioned.

Holt, Rinehart and Winston 0-03-070731-5, 1984

Sturgeon, Theodore, "The Golden Helix"

One of the characters in this stories is musing about an old Amerenglish story by Hynlen (or Henlyne) that he had read. The main character in that story, like this one, is trying the describe the actions of superbeings who have captured him. Heinlein's character wrote the message "Creation took eight days" on his body with his nails. The story referred to is "Goldfish Bowl" which appeared in Astounding Science Fiction 42:1 March 1942 but Sturgeon's character must have read a later reprint since the story in Astounding appeared under Heinlein's pseudonym of Anson MacDonald.

Thrilling Wonder Stories 44:1 Summer 1954

Tubb, E. C. [as Lamont, Duncan], "The Editor Regrets"

A magazine editor receives a mysterious manuscript which is different to everyone who reads it: to him, a perfect story; to his sour assistant, a life-changing essay; to the young secretary, a photographic declaration of love; to a fourth staff member, a sentence of death. However, there is no mention in the story of sf/f; the magazine being edited appears to be a general fiction/ non‑fiction magazine. [summary by Dennis Lien]

Science Fantasy [British] 4:16 November 1955 (pp.75-83)

Tuttle, Todd S. & White, Geoff, Bud Bundy, Fanboy in Paradise     Graphics

Bud Bundy attends a comic book convention. Many of the major contributors to the field and the major corporations are parodied here—and almost always unfavorably. This is nothing compared to the treatment of the fans. An interesting contrast to the science fiction field. Penciler: Tom Richmond; Inker: David Mowry; Color artists: Holly Sanfelippo & Christine Caplinger; Type stylist & Color artist: Todd S. Tuttle; Editor: Joan Weis; Cover artists: Tom Richmond, David Mowry, Holly Sanfelippo; Publisher: Julian Berkin.

Married... with Children: Bud Bundy, Fanboy in Paradise 1:1 July 1994, NOW Comics

Wells, H. G., "The New Accelerator"

The narrator of the story is an author living in Folkestone [Kent]. His neighbor, Professor Gibberne, is inventing a new drug to accelerate human activity. They have the usual adventures and the Professor decides to market his potion. The narrator might be Wells—but this is not certain.

Twelve Stories and a Dream, London:Macmillan, 1903

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905

[reprinted many times]

Invisible Men (ed. by Basil Davenport), Ballantine 401 K, 1960 (pp.28-39)

White, Ted & Van Arnam, Dave, Sideslip

In an alternate universe aliens took over Earth in 1938. This is not recursive because there is no instnace of SF—just in-group jokes. The following SF people are mentioned in non-SF roles: Hugo Gernsback (political leader of the Technocrats), L. Sprague de Camp (historical novelist), Ray Bradbury (playwright), and Hannes Bok (mainstream artist).

Pyramid 551-01787-060 (X-1787), April 1968

Williams, Robert Moore, Love is Forever—We Are For Tonight     Mainstream

The biography of a writer; there are no fantastic elements. The book is said to be autobiographical and, in fact, the protagonist says he has written The Blue Atom (pp.63-64) and The Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles (p.97)  both of which were written by Robert Moore Williams.

Curtis 06101, 1970

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