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Gardner, Martin, Visitors from Oz

Sam Gold, film producer and Oz devotee, wants to make an authentic Oz film for the centenary of the first publication. Using the Internet, he gets in touch with Glinda and, through her and Ozma, invited Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman to come to Earth to aid in publicity. There are many references to Baum and the Oz books. Near the end Gold reveals that he is hiring Martin Gardner to write the screenplay.

St, Martin's 0-312-19353-X, October 1998

St. Martin's Griffin 0-312-25437-7, January 2000

Garnett, David, "Now Read On..."

The author, by the mechanism of alcohol, winds up in the fantasy story he is writing. Unlike most of such transferred heroes, he is singularly inept in dealing with this world. In his confrontation with evil, he finds out that the Dark Lord and his witch accomplice are his editor and his agent. Once they discover he has neither skills nor ability, they ignore him completely.

Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy 39, September 1990 (pp.60-64)

Garnett, David, "Saving the Universe"[new]

The protagonist is a science fiction author who is attending a science fiction convention.

Interzone 3, Autumn 1982 (pp.27- )

Garratt, Peter, T., "The Inauguration"

The President-Elect is Thaddeus P. (Toad) Gettrich [obviously, Newt Gingrich] and his Vice-President-Elect, Rev. William Graham Bobson are being introduced to the alien ambassador. Bobson thinks the aliens are agents of Satan and he is taken up, his memory blurred, and released. A deal is cut for a new Vice President. Gettrich writes science fiction (under many pseudonyms, one being Jack Yeovil). His novel 1987, is an alternate universe in which Gorbachev was in a coma and so the Cold War never ended. Garratt does not seem to understand what happens if no candidate gets a majority in the Electoral College.

Interzone 115, January 1997 (pp50-53)

Garratt, Peter, "Under the Stars of Mars"

The first manned Martian expedition causes a revival of the television science fiction show Mars Wreck. [This seems to be based upon Star Trek, but there are definite references to Blake's 7, like running four seasons and Tanith Lee scripts.] Actor Terence Tarner, who played Abas Thabas, Master-Brain of Mah--Zuhm (shades of Edgar Rice Burroughs) is told by his agent, Mark Line, to take the role in the movie and appear at the National Ultimate WreckCon. Tarner conceives himself to be a more serious actor, but a combination of some interpersonal contact at the con plus the evidence of sentient life once existing on Mars turns him around.

Interzone 119 May 1997 (pp33-39)

Garrett, Randall, "I've Got a Little List" [Song]

In this Gilbert & Sullivan parody, Garrett takes to task the SF writers who rely upon cliché, coincidence, and sloppy writing.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 1953 (p.101)

Takeoff Too!, Donning Starblaze 455-6, April 1987

Garrett, Randall and Carter, Lin, "Masters of the Metropolis"

A contemporary trip, via subway, from Newark, New Jersey to downtown New York City is written in the aggressively expostulatory style of the pulps. The hero is Sam IM4 SF+. This is the famous SF fan, collector, and historian, Sam Moskowitz. The name is based upon that of the hero of Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+.  In 1953 Moskowitz had been Managing Editor of Gernsback's last science fiction magazine, Science Fiction Plus.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 1957 (pp. 70-)

Beyond the Gates of Dream, (edited by Lin Carter), Belmont B60-1632, August 1969

Belmont Tower 40145, November 1972

Leisure Books 519DK, January 1978; 1082-8, April 1982

Takeoff!, Donning 84-1, 1980 (pp. 180-186)

Shaggy B. E. M. Stories, (edited by Mike Resnick), Nolacon Press, September 1988

Garrett, Randall (as Grandell Barretton), "Through Time and Space With Benedict Breadfruit"

A set of eight of the most horrible science fiction puns collected. They are included here as each pun is the name of a science fiction author—Algis Budrys, Isaac Asimov, John Campbell Jr., Poul Anderson, Gordon E. Dickson, Arthur C. Clarke, Reginald Bretnor, and Randall Garrett. The final name is never explicitly revealed but is coyly hinted at.

Amazing, March through October 1962 (pp. 105,115,141,55,70,45,22,105)

Takeoff!, Donning 84-1, 1980 (pp. 244-247) [adds an introduction by Grendel Briarton (Reginald Bretnor) author of the Ferdinand Feghoot pun series]

Gellis, Roberta, "Tom"

A science fiction author buys a picture of a rain-soaked tom cat at a convention. This inspires her to write.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine 6:3 Spring 1994 (pg.35)

Gerber, Michael, Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody [new]

A parody of the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. Here Lord Valumart is attempting to make a Barry Trotter fantasy movie to cash in on the popularity of Barry Trotter. Published in the U.K. as Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody.

self-published December 2001

Simon & Schuster Fireside 0-7432-4428-1 July 2002

Gollancz 0-575-7454-X September 2002

Gollancz 0-575-0749-3 September 2003

Gerrold, David joint author with Mike Resnick & Mike Resnick, et al.

Gerrold, David, "The Equally Strange Reappearance of David Gerrold"

Gerrold and two companions go out to seek the truth about the green boy he saw previously. They find the site but it is abandoned. Afterwards one of his companions points out that although Gerrold has observed the facts, his interpretation was flawed—the camp may have been a refuge for these people. The possibility is suggested that SF editors are paid to pass on to an unspecified organization any hints of such discoveries by writers. The case of Cleve Cartmill's "Deadline" (Astounding March 1944) which described how to build a uranium bomb is cited.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 112:4 April 2007 (pp.94-115)

Gerrold, David, "The Feathered Mastodon"

Science fiction author David Gerrold apologizes for having put Mike Resnick into [the] La Brea [Tar Pits] and then covering him with feathers. This action was the result of a long series of events dealing with the back breeding of dinosaurs and a young mastodon with feathers instead of hair. This latter beast was used in a Fox movie The Feathered Mastodon tied in with a Resnick anthology Alternate Dinosaurs.  Starting at MosCon (in Idaho), this led to an exchange of insults between the two writers culminating at La Brea. As a result Gerrold can no longer attend the Bantam Book excursions at Worldcons.

Return of the Dinosaurs (edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg) DAW 0-88677075304 (UE2753), May 1997 (pp.319-331)

Gerrold, David, "The Kennedy Enterprise"

In an alternate universe, Jack Kennedy works in Hollywood and becomes the star of the TV SF series Star Track, in no small part because brother Bobby is running MGM. In the end Jack is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, who was trying for Bobby, because he did not approve of replacing Shatner and Nimoy. Many, many in-group jokes in this story.

Alternate Kennedys, (edited by Mike Resnick), Tor 51955-8, July 1992 (pp.52-68)

Gerrold, David, "The Martian Child"

Science fiction writer David Gerrold adopts a child named Dennis. The boy believes that he is a Martian who was implanted in an Earth human womb. Gerrold finds out that there are a number of these cases, but drops the inquiry because it might cause him to lose Dennis. The child's belief may be true. Note: David Gerrold has an adopted child Dennis; he is not known to be a Martian.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 87:3 September 1994 (pp.124-160)

Gerrold, David, "A Quantum Bit Exists in Two States Simultaneously: Off"

Another meal between David Gerrold and Pope Dan. Dan asks him if he had a time machine, how would he deal with fanatical people who caused great misery. After ejecting murder and kidnapping, extraction is suggested. The Pope asks David if he will give up publishing to preserve the U.S. Constitution and David agrees. David is extracted to an island somewhere in time to live out his life.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 109:3 September 2005 (pp.150-160)

Gerrold, David, "A Quantum Bit Exists in Two States Simultaneously: On"

SF writer David Gerrold is eating with Pope Daniel the First of the Church of The Chocolate Bunny. The Pope tells David he is a saint; David does not believe him. Is this true? The story is ambiguous.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 109:3 September 2005 (pp.8-20)

Gerrold, David, "The Strange Disappearance of David Gerrold"

This is a letter from Gerrold to Gordon Van Gelder, editor of F&SF. While driving in the backwoods of California he comes across what appears to be an alien in a private hunting reserve. He hides the alien but is stopped by armed people who are clearly the hunters. He gets out of it by playing dumb but when he checks his camper he finds the alien has left. He decides to get some friends and return to the site. The letter is sent to Van Gelder to be published as fiction if Gerrold does not show up again.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 112:1January 2007 (pp.50-67)

Gilliam, Richard, "Jeremiah Phipps: Vampire Hunter"

When Jerry Phipps drunkenly kills a vampire at Constellation, the EPA fines the convention $200,000 (endangered species, etc.) while the Army classifies the information for ten years. This is the true story of the deficit of the 1983 Worldcon.

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.77-82)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.77-82)

Gilliam, Richard, "Remembrances of Things Future"

In the distant future, archeologists search for the lost library of author Robert Weinberg and for the manuscript of his masterpiece, "Dial Your Dreams." The story was written as the introduction to Weinberg's short-story collection of the same name.

Dial Your Dreams (by Robert Weinberg—short story collection), Dark Tales Publications 1-930997-09-4, 2001 (pp.xii-xiv)

Glickson, Mike (as Dubious, Gardner R.), "Dissenting"

The protagonist lives in a sealed room; food is supplied. Every morning a large number of fanzines are introduced into the room. The protagonist must read all of them and type refutations of the New Wave in science fiction—forever. There are punishments if he does not do this.

Fantastic Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories 24:2 February 1975 (pp.75-77)

Glyer, Mike, "The Men Who Corflued Mohammed"

A takeoff on the Alfred Bester story "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed."  Using the Time Machine exhibit at Magicon, Dick goes back in time to try to prevent fake- and fringe-fans from in filtating fandom. However, this alters the 1993 Worldcon only for himself and for a few other trufans who tried the same thing. Corflu is the fannish name for a wax dissolved in solvent used for correcting mistakes on Mimeo and Gestetner duplicators (CORrection FLUid)

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.93-99)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.93-99)

Godfrey, Darren O., "Slush-Pile Author"

A would-be horror author is discussing his latest rejection slip with his girl friend Stacie. She gives him "constructive" criticism which he resents and he threatens her. She suggests this interchange might make for a better story.

Aberrations 24 October 1994 (pg.47)

Gold, E. J., "Editorial: Durston's Last Ride"

On the back cover of the first issues of Galaxy in the 1950s there was an ad with two parallel stories—one a Western, the other a Space Opera translated directly from the first. The proud claim was "You'll never find it in Galaxy."  In the far future, Bat Durston is amazing by the accuracy of this story which he reads from a well-preserved issue of the magazine. As he is gunned down he has the satisfaction of realizing that the only place this story was ever printed was in Galaxy.

Galaxy 1:2 March/April 1994 (pg.5)

Goldberg, Lee, Beyond the Beyond [Mystery]

This is a sequel to the author's My Gun Has Bullets which was a satire on action adventure TV shows. The author says this is not a satire on Star Trek; it is a satire on SeaQuest (a.k.a. SeaQuest DSV). According to this story, there was a popular TV show Beyond the Beyond which ran in the 1960s. Milo Kinoy who has bought Pinnacle Pictures, wants to revive it as a money-maker. The characters will be the same, but they will all be played by new actors. This angers both the fans and Guy Goddard, the Endeavor's original Captain Pierce who has subsumed the character into his life. Soon, someone starts killing the actors who have taken on the roles. As expected, this is a roman á clef. Goldberg was writer/producer of SeaQuest. Based upon the 14th episode of She-Wolf of London.

St. Martin's Press 0-312-15064-4, March 1997

Goldstein, Lisa, Dark Cities Underground

When Jeremy Jones visited Neverwas and reported his journeys to his mother, she wrote them up as a set of four children's fantasies (books 5-9 were her own invention-not as good). Ruth Berry has come to interview the middle-aged Jerry Jones for an article. This leads to a return to the Nether Lands, a slew of archetypes, and lots of unpleasantness with the world's underground rapid transit systems.

Tor 0-312-86828-6, June 1999

Goulart, Ron, "Ralph Wollstonecraft Hedge: A Memoir"

Ostensibly told by Hedge's private secretary, it gives details of the author's life from his being found on the doorstep to his being carried off by squirrels. Hedge is a parody of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, but in a kindly way.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 16:5 May 1959 (pp.37-40)

Goulart, Ron, "The Return of Max Kearny"

Boswell Snowden, author of many horror books, has become successful with Curse of the Demon. Unfortunately, his house, and the house of his neighbors now appear to be haunted. One of these houses belong to friends of Max Kearny, visiting them, who was a psychic detective. Max tracks down the perpetrator, Boz's typist Kate Tillman, who actually wrote the book and has called up a demon to get revenge. Max convinces her that a lawyer would be more efficacious.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 61:6 December 1981 (pp.44-61)

The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (edited by Mike Ashley), Carroll & Graf 1-56865-738-2, 1998 (pp.265-287)

Goulart, Ron, "Satan's Home Page"

Roy Jason is a movie writer whose latest script is Satan's Home Page. His live-in girlfriend Danni Goff has conjured up a demon to assist her career and get money to invest in the film. Things do not turn out well for Roy.

Don't Open This Book! (edited by Marvin Kaye), GuildAmerica 1-56865-524-X, 1998 (pp398-412)

Goulart, Ron (as Kains, Josephine), The Witch's Tower Mystery [Mystery]

TV reporter Terry Spring is filming the National Horror Convention in Brimstone Harbor, Connecticut when a murder occurs.

Zebra 555, 1980 (Zebra Solve-It-Yourself Mystery 44)

Graetz, J. Martin, "Building 9"

In the 1950s the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has secret laboratories and classes dealing with magic. These are kept hidden from the majority of the Institute as well as from the public. This is finally discovered and brought into the open by members of the M.I.T. Science Fiction Society under some bizarre circumstances. The author was class of 1958 at M.I.T. in course V (chemistry). [The college is never referred to as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but the characters are named after MITSFS members of the time and the geography and numbering of the buildings are that of M.I.T. as of that time. Currently, there is a Building 9, but it is in the wrong place.]

(The Original) Science Fiction Stories, 10:3 July 1959 (pp.99-112)

Grant, Donald M. joint author with Joseph Payne Brennan

Grant, John joint author with David Langford

Gregory, Daryl, "The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy" [Mainstream]

Narrated by Tim who tells of the death of his boyhood friend Steve Spero who died making his own SF movie at age 16.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 107:1 July 2004 (pp. 135-160)

Griffin, Peni R., "Books"

In downtown San Antonio there is an interdimensional bookstore, Brock's, where the protagonist's female friend gets him books to read while he is in the hospital—books written by Harriet Vane, Ariadne Oliver, and S. Morgenstern. After he recovers, she takes him there and he notes a customer trying to buy Cultes des Goules. An accident to the bookseller cuts him off from the store and his friend.

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 15:12&13 November 1991 (pp.107-119)

Grinnell, David pseudonym of Wollheim, Donald A.

Gunn, Eileen; Duncan, Andy; Murphy, Pat & Swanwick, Michael, "Green Fire"

In 1943 Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and L. Sprague de Camp are working for the Navy in Philadelphia. Because of an anti-radar suggestion made by Asimov, he and Heinlein are assigned to the USS Eldredge (DE 173) for Project Rainbow. Once aboard the ship moves into other dimensions and many of the crew die including all officers except Ensign Grace Hopper who takes command. After a series of adventures aided by Quetzlcoatl, it is discovered that Nikola Tesla is behind the transitions. Finally returning to port, the Navy maintains that this mission never occurred. Neither Heinlein nor Asimov act well in comparison to Hopper. Notes: Grace Hopper retired from the Navy in 1986 with the rank of Rear Admiral. On 6 January 1996 the guided missile destroyer USS Grace Hopper (DDG 70) was launched at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. No ships were named after the SF writers but there are minor planets named after Asimov (5020) and Heinlein (6371).

Asimov's Science Fiction 24:4 April 2000 (pp.100-129)

Gunn, James, "The Lens of Time"

Dr. T. J. Whelpley (possibly a time traveler), in pre-civil War New York, tries to convince Fitz-James O'Brien to write science fiction as cautionary literature. However O'Brien takes it up for adventure ("The Diamond Lens"); the time is not yet ready for such a genre.

Analog Science Fiction & Fact 115:12 October 1995 (pp.92-100)

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