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Nelson, David Erik  co-author with Spinder, Cara

Nethercott, Michael, "The Moonshriek Dialogue"

Barnabas Flector hosted the television program "Moonshriek Theater" from 1959 to 1961. Now he is being interviewed by an insistent young man named Warren. However, the interviewer thinks that the important facet was Doopy the Galactic Monkey (who died in a skiing accident). Flector's last show was "The Valentine Equation" wherein he read a mathematical formula inscribed on a device; this caused mental problems among those viewing the show. Warren wants the device and Barnabas finally gives it to him—however, it self-destructed. He reveals that Doopy gave it to him.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 100:4 April 2001 (pp.36-42)

Neumann, George O., "Quandry"

Brice is a fantasy artist who is tired of drawing imaginary people from other planets. One day a spaceship lands and he goes to see what people from Earth really look like.

Other Worlds Science Stories 3:7 December 1951 (p.71)

Newman, Kim, "Coppola's Dracula"

In an alternate world, Coppola is filming Dracula on-site in Transylvania. A number of vampires have been hired to work on the picture. One of the locals frames the narrator (an English vampire) and moves on to Hollywood where she expects that he will be very successful.

The Mammoth Book of Dracula: Vampire Tales for the New Millennium (edited by Stephen Jones), 1997, Robinson-Ravin (UK), Carroll & Graf (US)

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 9 (edited by Stephen Jones), Carroll & Graf 0-7867-0585, 1998 (pp.361-411)

Newman, Kim, "Famous Monsters"

The narrator is a second generation Martian-American reminisces about his life and career in the movies and television. He descends from some of the Martians in the first invasion fleet. He talks about the horror, SF, and adventures movies he was in and about anti-Martian sentiment in the United States. Well, that's show biz...

Interzone #23, Spring 1988 (pp38-42)

The Year's Best Science Fiction, Sixth Annual Collection (edited Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's Press 1989, 0-312-03009-6; 0-312-03008-8 (pp527-534)

Famous Monsters, Pocket UK 0-671-85300-7, 1995

Newman, Kim, "Just Like Eddy"

The narrator is Edgar Allen Poe—or possibly Edgar Poe, who is not Edgar Allen. Is this a split personality, or a doppelgänger, or someone from another reality. Poe attributes all the misfortune and evil in his life and beyond to this other.

Interzone 148, October 1999 (pp.27-31)

Newman, Kim, "The Man Who Collected Barker"

An Australian film maker has hired Sally Rhodes to find Clive Barker. The writer owes a number of scripts. The likeliest source of information is the fanatical horror-story collector Wringhim. She allows him to pick her up in the Dealer's room of a convention and show her his collection. In viewing his specially-bound edition of Books of Blood, she finds out just where Clive Barker (or some of him) is. An homage to Robert Bloch's "The Man Who Collected Poe."

Fantasy Tales 11:4 Spring 1990 (pp.58-67)

The Year's Best Horror Stories: XIX, (edited by Karl Edward Wagner), DAW 488-8, Oct. 1991 (pp121-131)

Newman, Kim, "The Original Dr Shade"

Greg Crosbie, comic artist, is hired by the right-wing publisher of the revived Evening Argus to resurrect the mystic adventure strip Dr Shade. Being threatened and beaten by "shadeheads" Crosbie collaborates to use the strip to advance the racist, nationalist agenda of his publisher and his real master—Dr Shade who has become (or always was) real.

Interzone 36 June 1990 (pp.5-19)

Newman, Kim, "Tomorrow Town"

The story is set in 1971. Tomorrow Town is a city built in Yorkshire to create the future world of 2000 that can produce advances for civilization. Now the famous science fiction writer Varno Zhoule has been murdered—beaten to death with his own 1958-awarded Hugo (Best Short Story of 1957—actually this award was won by Avram Davidson for "Or All the Seas with Oysters"). The Diogenes Club sends two investigators. They find that Tomorrow Town—built in the model of the 1930s pulps is suffering from poor maintenance and is generally run down. They discover that the murderer was Jorg-G who actually killed him with Jorg's own Hugo for Best Fan Editor 1958 (no such actual award) and then swapped the rockets. website 15 November 2000
Infinity Plus 1 (edited by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers), PS Publishing, December 2001, 1-902880-23-4
The Man from the Diogenes Club Monkey Brain Books, June 2006, 1-932265-17-1


Nichols, Lyn D., "Kidnapping Koriba"

Mike Resnick, SF author, James Edward Koriba of Kenya in an attempt to use his knowledge of Kikuyu and Maasai stories as background information for his SF stories. Koriba is being hunted for a debt and, having no reason to want to leave what is to him a sanctuary, refuses to help Resnick. Because he does not want to keep Laura Rersnik, Mike's daughter, awake with his snoring, Koriba tells himself the stories. Laura absorbs them while asleep and transforms them into the highly successful Kirinyaga series.

Alternate Skiffy (edited by Mike Resnick and Patrick Nielsen Hayden), The Wildside Press 1-880448-54-8, December 1997 [dated 1996] (pp.61-69)

Nimersheim, Jack, "2101: A Space Oddity"

At the LunarCon, Worldcon 2101, almost everything is media and non-print SF (or sci-fi). Aged trufan Cyril Wollheim manages to interest one young fan, Peter Gerrold, in books and magazine, willing him his collections as he dies at the convention.

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.231-247)

Niven, Larry; Pournelle, Jerry; Flynn, Michael, Fallen Angels

The near future—a new ice age has come. A technophobic society and government run the United States; the rest of the world is in no better shape. The Russian and American space habitats Peace and Freedom have declared their independence from Earth. But they still need to scoop nitrogen from the upper atmosphere. One of the scoopships is shot down and manages a crash landing on the southern end of The Ice in Minnesota. The only people on Earth sympathetic to the habitats are the SF fen. Luckily, the Worldcon is just being held in Minneapolis-St. Paul (expected attendance under 50; it is not good being an SF fan in this culture). A group of fen set out to rescue the downed pilots. Most of the characters names are thinly-disguised from that of actual fen and pros. The fen sing filksongs—including a verse from the recursive musical The Decomposers or, Rivets Has Risen From the Grave by Sue Anderson and Mark Keller.

Baen 72021-X, July 1991

Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry, Footfall

When aliens invade the Earth, the U.S. government puts together a Threat Team of science fiction writers to act as a think tank. A number of well-known writers, including the authors, are here under assumed names.

Del Rey 32347-5, May 1985; 32344-0, May 1986

Gollancz 03690-7, September 1985

Del Rey SFBC 03475, December 1985

Niven, Larry,"The Fourth Profession"

Ed Frazer is owner/bartender at the Long Spoon Bar. In return for sampling various alcoholic drinks he has been given RNA education pills by a Monk, one of an alien race who are on Earth for trade purposes. He is debriefed by William Morris, a member of the U. S. Secret Service and a science fiction fan. There are a number of references to fanspeak and to Frazer's ability to understand it and other languages at first hearing.

Quark/4, (edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker), Paperback Library 66-658, August 1971

The Best Science Fiction of the Year, (edited by Terry Carr), Ballantine, July 1972

The 1972 Annual World's Best SF, (edited by Donald A. Wollheim), DAW no. 5, 1972; DAW SFBC 3055 C22, August 1972; 45N November 1973; 05P, March 1974

The Best Science Fiction of the Year #1, (edited by Terry Carr), Ballantine 02671-3, July 1972; Ballantine 24922-4, April 1976

A Hole in Space, Ballantine 24011, June 1974 (pp.147-196); 25287, March 1976; 27137, 1977; 29225-1, 1981; 30051-3, 1983 Orbit 853-1, July 1975, October 1976

Niven, Larry & Pournelle, Jerry E., Inferno

This novel takes an SF writer on a trip through Hell (as described by Dante). It opens with his falling to his death from a window in a crowded room party at a science fiction convention.

Galaxy, August-September 1975

Pocket 80490-1, May 1976; 82058, 1979; 85328-9, 1980; 41848, 1981; 46214-8, June 1983; 49766-9, August 1985

Wingate 271-4, March 1977

Star 39729-2, November 1977

Niven, Larry,"It's Only a Story"

Larry Niven is visited by the ghost of Charles Dickens. Niven brings Dickens up to date and tells him what the future can bring if people are willing to explore and colonize space. Note: this was written for The Midnight Miracle (edited by Jerry Biederman and Christopher Owens).

Bridging the Galaxies, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., September 1993 (pp.121-133)

Niven, Larry,"The Return of William Proxmire"

Ex-Senator William Proxmire goes back in time to cure Robert A. Heinlein of his ailment so that he will stay in the U.S. Navy and not become an SF writer. Heinlein's writings brought too many people into science and the space program. To Proxmire's horror, the results turn out to be worse than anything he could imagine.

What Might Have Been, vol. 1:  Alternate Empires, (edited by Gregory Benford and Martin H. Greenberg), Bantam 27845-2, August 1989 (pp. 279-291)

N-Space, Tor 85089-3, September 1990 (pp. 399-407)

Niven, Larry,"What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?"

A science fiction writer finds that aliens have devised a truly fiendish intelligence test for humans with a weird reward. The divorce party at which this story starts is based upon an actual one. The characters are all based upon well-known LASFS fans and professionals.

All the Myriad Ways, Ballantine 02280-7, June 1971 (pp. 154-166);Ballantine 24084, December 1975; Del Rey 27133-5, 1977; 28196, November 1978; 30048-3, 1982; 33416-7, October 1985

N-Space, Tor 85089-3, September 1990 (pp. 203-212)

Norden, Eric,"The Curse of Mhondoro Nkabele or the Revenge of Stanley G. Weinbaum"

By the use of magic, an African science fiction writer coerces editor Ed Ferman into printing his poorly-written stories. As The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction loses circulation, the writer branches out, first into other SF areas, and then beyond.

Starsongs & Unicorns, Manor 17189-6, October 1978

Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 1980 (pp. 84-105) [short title]

Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.70-107)

Nordley, G. David,"P. C. Software"

Mike Prescott is the editor of a science fiction magazine. His problem is his copy editor, Brenda Steinherz. She is so politically correct that nothing he says and nothing the writers submit is acceptable. He finally gets her to teach editing software how to improve the text and how to make it politically correct. Then he uses a version of the software with her editing skills but without her political biases. Since she never reads the published magazine this solves the problem.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact 112:13 November 1992 (pp102-107)

Norman, Lisanne,"Real Enough for You"

This starts in a rile-playing game. The players are in our world and they are playing in "Legacy of Heroes." However, events there get out of hand. They are eventually saved and brought to the world of Eldaglast—a place of real elves, pixies, etc.

Fantasy Gone Wrong (edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Brittiany A. Koren), September 2006 DAW 0-7564-0380-4 (pp. 268-309)

Nostradamus, Merlin pseudonym of Frances Power Cobbe

Nurse, Patricia, "One Rejection Too Many"

A young lady submits manuscripts to Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine claiming they were written by a time traveler staying in her apartment. When Dr. Asimov continues to reject these stories the time traveler goes into the past and makes some changes that change the basis of science fiction As We Know It.

Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, July-August 1978 (pp. 156-159)

Asimov's Choice: Extraterrestrials & Eclipses, (edited by George H. Scithers), Dale Books, 1973

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Anthology, Volume 2, (edited by George H. Scithers), Davis, 1979

Space Mail, (edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, & Joseph Olander), Fawcett Crest 24312-5, July 1980 (pp.40-43)

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury, (edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Joseph D. Olander), Crown Bonanza, 1980

Laughing Space, (edited by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp480-482)

Science Fiction Masterpieces, (edited By Isaac Asimov), Galahad 713-9, October 1986

Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.43-47)

Nylund, Eric S., Dry Water

Larry Ngitis is a science fiction writer who moves to Dry Water, New Mexico, where there is a writers' colony. There is also an ancient necromancer fighting his one-time student and beloved for control of a magic spring. It turns out that Larry also has latent magical powers and this brings him into the fight.

Avon 0-380-97474-6, 199

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