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Raleigh, Richard joint author with David Barbour

Ramirez, Frank, "The Merchant of Stratford"

The first time traveler goes back to 1615 to see William Shakespeare. It turns out that travelers from all eras have been doing this and Shakespeare is excellent at merchandising himself. The literature he is interested in is SF because it is honest and entertaining. He particularly collects Isaac Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison. He has spent the equivalent of forty years on the lecture circuit (post-2400). Shakespeare sells him an authorized omnibus edition of his works including a previously unpublished SF novel Go-Captains in Nostrilia (based upon the works of Cordwainer Smith). When the temporal media locate the first time traveler Shakespeare steps in as his business manager—for 40%.

Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 3:7 July 1979 (pp.125-133)

Laughing Space, (edited by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp.293-300)

Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.33-42)

Reed, Robert, "The Apollo Man"

A group of aliens—the Benefactors—with an eye to claiming real estate from the machines, have reconstructed all the Apollo spacemen that ever existed in novels, films, tridees, VR games etc. from the 21st to 48th centuries, but none of the real ones. Wes Freeman, a game character, is given the task of commanding the mission to reenact the Moon landing and claim the territory for the Benefactors.

Asimov's Science Fiction 20:2 February 1996 (pp.62-80)

Reed, Robert, "Eight Episodes"

In 2016 a television program Invasion of a Small Planet was shown to an ever-decreasing audience and cancelled after five episodes. Plot and characterization were non-existent and effects marginal. Afterwards the rights are purchased and distributed on DVD. The message is that there is so little life in the universe that it's best to stay on your planet. A study of the later episodes shows an excellent knowledge of paleontology including items which were later found to be true. Is this a true message of an attempt to keep humans at home?

Asimov's Science Fiction 30:6 June 2006 (pp.58-65)

Reed, Robert, "Oracles"

It is 2017; the site is the Marriott Hotel in a beanstalk 20 miles above Quito. Former SF writer Jack Rheingold, accompanied by his wife and two sons, has been invited to speak at an SF convention. Speculative fiction has been moribund since messages have been received from a number of alien races. Rheingold is currently on the world Committee that parcels out the information to try to keep civilization growing but stable. A former colleague, Sam Timmons, is part of a group trying to pull a coup and remove all restraints on propagation of this information. Jack must stop him for the good of humanity.

Asimov's Science Fiction 26:1 January 2001 (pp.10-35)

Reichert, Mickey Zucker, "Battle of Wits"

A number of characters in a fantasy story argue with their author about their structure and actions.

Fantasy Gone Wrong (edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Brittiany A. Koren), September 2006 DAW 0-7564-0380-4 (pp. 27-37)

Reimann. Gero, "Dick—A Gnostic Death in Life"

Philip K. Dick dies and wakes after a year (or so he is told) to be greeted by Palmer Eldritch. The rest of the story, if story it be, is a presentation of the biography and philosophy of Philip K. Dick, mostly in discussion and arguments with Eldritch. Divers characters from other stories have bit parts in this play.

1984 [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.83-104) [translated from the German by Jim Young]

Renard, Maurice and Jean, Albert, Blind Circle

A comedy of manners with a scientific mcguffin—matter duplication of living organisms. The French science fiction writer J. H. Rosny is a minor character. Translated from the French [badly according to Bleiler] by Florence Crewe-Jones.

Le Singe, 1925

New York: Dutton, 1928

London: Gollancz, 1929

Resnick, Mike & Tabakow, Lou, "The 9 Lives of Isaac Intrepid"

The adventures of a thinly-disguised Isaac Asimov. These were originally written as "Probability Zero" items for Analog.  Under the title of "The Astounding Adventures of Isaac Intrepid."  (1) Dr. Intrepid cures an entire constellation of new diseases with his mother's chicken soup. (2) Dr. Intrepid invents a time machine. The news that one of his books will be out of print causes a desire for suicide. He goes back in time and shoots his father 11 months before his own birth. But... he does not vanish. This causes him to reconsider his opinion of his mother. (3) During a future energy crisis, Dr. Intrepid, at the behest of the president, invents an Energy Synthesizer that provides clean, free energy. About a year later an alien arrives in a UFO from Intergalactic Energy, Inc. to collect the bill. (4) When gasoline became prohibitively high Dr. Intrepid invented a technique for obtaining it from smog. This also necessitated the installation of anti-anti-pollution devices on automobiles. More stories were published in Starshore under the umbrella title of "The Continuing Adventures of Isaac Intrepid."  (I) repeats (2). (II) Dr. Intrepid makes use of Einsteinian physics to write 150 books in one month. (III) repeats (4). (IV) Dr. Intrepid takes time off from writing to devise the perfect oral contraceptive—No!

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 99:8 August 1979 (p.168)

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 100:1 January 1980 (p.173)

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 100:7 July 1980 (p.99)

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 100:12 December 1980 (p.59)

Starshore 1:2 Fall 1990 (p.60) [I & II]

Starshore 1:3 Winter 1990 (p.52) [III & IV]

Resnick, Mike "Darker Than You Wrote"

This is written as a letter to Jack Williamson from the bartender of Jacob Bratzinger (whose name was changed to Will Barbee in Williamson's Darker Than You Think). Jake really was a were; he found out that his prey were also humans who changed into sheep, etc. He told his story to Williamson to get help; when it was published as fiction, he killed himself. Now, his bartender has realized that he is a were and vows revenge on Williamson.

The Williamson Effect (edited by Roger Zelazny), Tor 0-312-85748-9, May 1996 (pp.289-293)

Resnick, Mike, "Editor Meacham and the Fate Worse Than Death"

It is believed that Editor Meacham is suffering a Fate Worse Than Death. All the Tor authors gather round to discuss this and vow help and reprisals. They all speak using the titles of their Tor books. However, it turns out that Editor Meacham is not suffering, but is administering the Fate Worse Than Death. At least one writer now vows to stop her.

Swashbuckling Editor Stories (edited by John Gregory Betancourt), The Wildside Press, October 1993; lettered hardcover 1-880448-21-1;

numbered hardcover 1-880448-20-3; trade paperback 1-880448-22-X (pp.83-85)

Resnick, Mike, "Frankie the Spook"

Marvin Piltch is a writer, a bad writer with a computer simulation of Sir Francis Bacon (here the author of Shakespeare's plays). He coerces Bacon in ghostwriting a novel with the promise to publish a book showing the true authorship of the Shakespeare plays. The success of the first novel leads to a contract for a SF novel; he does an alternate universe novel entitled Henry IX.  The non-fiction work is a failure. Bacon finds out that publishers are still venal, critics envious, and the public fickle. Piltch goes on to great success

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 79:4 October 1990 (pp.89-103)

Resnick, Mike, "Harry, Larry, Barry & Frankie"

Three duck-shaped aliens arrive at the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention—L.A.con IV—with the intent of conquering the Earth. Frankie Thomas (a.k.a. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet) convinces them that they should all go out into space to save planets, right wrongs, and defeat evil. This takes place in an alternate universe where Frankie Thomas did not die before the convention. Contrary to what Craig Miller says in the story, these aliens are not minions of NESFA.

Space Cadets (edited by Mike Resnick), Scifi, Inc., 0-9633099-1-9 (trade state), 0-96633099-2-7 (limited state), August 2006 (pp. 28-37)

Resnick, Mike, "His Award-Winning Science Fiction Story"

Mike Resnick is trying to write a story. He is plagiarizing from Herman Melville, Roger Zelazny, E. E. Smith, and Theodore Sturgeon—among others. To add to the problem his two main characters—Lance Stalwart and Conan Kinnison are arguing with him about the story. In fact, Stalwart is so bored and offended that he goes off to chapter 20 to see what will happen. (The title is selected so as to be to be used as a blurb on the cover of a Resnick story collection—includes His Award-Winning Science Fiction Story.)  Resnick finally sets out to write a 35-chapter space opera.

Lan's Lantern 27, August 1988 (pp.8-12)

Pink Elephants and Hairy Toads (edited by John Gregory Betancourt), Wildside Press, February 1991 (pp.42-56)

Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.142-153)

Resnick, Mike "How Jerry Phipps Won His Hugo"

At the OutbackCon in 1999, 15 novelettes by Jack Chalker have received large numbers of nominations. Following the Bratman Precedent of 1994, the Hugo Committee has declared that five of them are short stories and five are novellas. Thus, Jerry Phipps' best short story ever—"Creature from the Mauve Lagoon" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1998) is not on the final ballot. However, a group of pros works with the Committee and finally Jerry Gets a Hugo—in the "Best Princess Leia" category.

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.111-114)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Resnick, Mike), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.111-114)

Resnick, Mike,"Introduction"     Essay

A brief consideration of recursive SF. This essay cites the first edition of this bibliography. The book in which it is published is dedicated to Barry N. Malzberg and Tony Lewis (and, as always, to Carol Resnick).

In the Funhouse,(edited by Mike Resnick) AvonNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.1-2)

Resnick, Mike & Gerrold, David,"Jellyfish"

This is about the writer Dillon Kurvis Filk (a parody of Philip K. Dick) who is drug-soaked and possibly insane. He writes exactly 4 pages/day; bundles it up after 120 days, sends to to his publisher (Helmholtz) and receives $2500. The books sell 90,000 copies. Filk is writing about the Jellyfish People of Tryllifarillor who are non-existent but become existent because he is writing about them. This will lead to their demise. Filk decides to punish all sci-fi writers by having them kidnapped—although they are made to think they volunteered—by the Monitors who watch the Dodecasphere of the Sevagram. Part of this was a plot by the Monitors to have a sci-fi writer write them into existence.

The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (edited by George Mann), Solaris  978-1-84416-448-6, 5 February 2007

Resnick, Mike; Cadigan, Pat; Chalker, Jack L.; Rosenberg, Joel; Carr, Jayge; Banks, Michael; Feist, Raymond E.; Kagan, Janet; Caspar, Susan; Roberts, Ralph; Gerrold, David; Kube-McDowell, Michael P.; Williams, Walter Jon; Adkins, Patrick & Effinger, George Alec, "The Nolacon Visitation"

Medville Throop is a hack SF writer. By chance his novel Seekers of the Finders reveals the secrets of an alien plot to infiltrate the Earth. The aliens tell Throop that he must go to Nolacon II to convince the one believing fan of the falsity of the story and to make a speech following the Hugo Awards that will convince the aliens of the right of humanity to continue to exist. Needless to say, he rises to the occasion and is successful. This is a round-robin story. It was composed entirely upon the Delphi™ and CompuServe™ computer networks. This publication is the first commitment of the story to paper.

The Official Nolacon II Program & Souvenir Volume, (edited by Guy H. Lillian III), The Nolacon Corporation, September 1988 (pp.106-120)

Resnick, Mike, "A Princess of Earth"

A depressed man is visited by John Carter of Mars who explains that he really wrote the stories and Burroughs got them published. He talks of Barsoom. The narrator will attempt to go to that Mars to meet his deceased wife.

Asimov's Science Fiction 28:12 December 2004 (pp. 62-71)

Resnick, Mike; Chalker, Jack L. & Effinger, George Alec, The Red Tape War

A rather unusual item. In this story of invasion from other dimensions it is the book that keeps intruding upon the plot with details on the lives and workings of the three authors, as well as making rude remarks about the characters. Our bureaucratic-laden universe is invaded by lizards and microscopic gasbags from two alternate dimensions. They also are subject to bureaucracy in its most virulent form. Everything ends up properly even allowing hooks for a possible sequel. The gasbags' spaceship is the Pel Torro—a pseudonym used by the British writer Robert Lionel Fanthorpe in churning out some of the most formulaic space operas ever written.

Tor 85151-0, April 1991

Resnick, Mike "Stop Press"

Mike Resnick's descendant Melvin is trying to sell to Esther M. Friesner's descendant Sam. They both invoke their ancestors is an exchange of letters. Finally, there is a sale, but not what Resnick expected.

Alien Pregnant by Elvis, (edited by Esther M. Friesner & Martin H. Greenberg), DAW Books 0-88677-610-4 (#955), June 1994 (pp.294-301)

Reynolds, Mack, Case of the Little Green Men     Mystery

The Scylla Club, an STF organization, hires private detective Jeb Custer Knight to determine if alien life forms are infiltrating science fiction. The case changes when one of the members is murdered in a strange manner at the next club meeting. There is an attempt on the life of another member with an unknown weapon. Later, Knight attends the Tenth annual World SF Convention—the AnnCon—where an out-of-town fan is murdered. Knight finally solves the mystery whose answer is not what one might think. In addition to its fannish content, the story is also interesting for its insight into the mores of the early 1950s. The Scylla club is probably based upon the Hydra Club of New York.

Phoenix Press, 1951

Reynolds, Mack, "The Switcheroo Revisited"

The Soviets know that U.S. scientists write and read science fiction. They want to find out the truth of a mind-switching device appearing in an SF story. A U.S. intelligence agent who reads SF has a neighborhood and people emulating the story. They think they have captured the spy but it turns out that the device really works and he swaps minds with the U.S. President. He phones the Soviet Premier to inform him of the coup. The Premier believes the President has gone insane and orders a pre-emptive strike. So begins World War III.

Analog 76:6 February 1966 (pp.66-85)

Rice, Jane, "Pobby"

An author is writing a horror story about a farmer who unwittingly grows a man-eating plant with predictable results when the story's victim shows up. It's another take on the author whose characters come to life—one of the earliest treatments of the subject.

Unknown Worlds 5:6 April 1942 (pp. 110-129)

Richardson, Maurice, "Unquiet Wedding"

Dracula's daughter marries the son of Frankenstein. Holmes and Watson, among others, are in attendance. Watson saves the day by saying "we must send for an author"

Lilliput: A Pocket Magazine for Everyone [London] 23:4 October 1948 (pp.101-104, 106, 108, 110, 114) illus.

The Exploits of Engelbrecht, Savoy 0-86130-107-2, 2000 [this is a reprint of the 1950 Phoenix house paperback with the non-Engelbrecht story "Unquiet Wedding" added]

Riddell, Paul T., Squashed Armadillocon

Subtitled "Fear and Loathing in Austin: A Savage Journey Into the Heart of the Fanboy Dream," this book takes the author through the complete Armadillocon 13 in Austin, Texas. The story—such as it is—investigates the underside of conventions and fandom. The author is clearly not completely satisfied with the field.

Hillybilly Feast Press 0-94081-99-1, 1993

Rigley, Karen Elizabeth joint author with Ann Miller

Ringo, John, Princess of Wands

This covers the initial experiences of Barbara Everette of Tupelo, Mississippi, as she enters the world of the FBIs Special Circumstances to fight demons. A large portion of the book deals with tracking down and destroying a demon who is gathering souls at a science fiction convention in Roanoke, Virginia. There are many writers mentioned by names and others in a more roman a clef manner. One of the unusual features of the book is that Barbara is a true, believing Christian who witnesses for her faith.

Baen Books 978-1-4165-0923-3 January 2006


Robbins, L. H., "Jenkin's Gyroscope"

Jenkins was fascinated by the writings of Verne and Wells and wanted to become a science fiction writer. His first science fiction novel, dealing with gyroscopically stabilized automobiles, was purchased by Quick Action Magazine.  When he returns from the war, he finds that the invention described in his novel was been put into effect and unlike Clarke's communication satellite or Gernsback's radar, he receives royalties, marries the girl, and lives happily ever after.

Munsey's Magazine, March 1921

Roberts, Nora, Second Nature     Romance

The male lead is a best-selling horror and occult writer, Hunter Brown, who is more than a little based upon Stephen King. The female lead works for Celebrity (read People ) magazine and is angling for an interview with this somewhat reclusive person. She tracks him down to a writer's conference and workshop in Flagstaff, Arizona being headed by a science fiction writer.

Silhouette Special Edition (288) 09288-1, January 1986

Roberts, Ralph joint author with Mike Resnick, et al.

Roberts, Ralph, "How the South Preserved the Union"

A marginal item. In an alternate world where David Atchison became president (Millard Fillmore also died in office) the Civil War comes early with the North seceding. Backed by the ideas of his Secretary of State (the narrator), the South wins and preserves the Union. Years later the narrator is reading someone's discarded "scientific fiction" dime novel on the train. It has a story speculating on a world in which Abraham Lincoln became president and the Civil War was delayed until 1861—nonsense.

Alternate Presidents, (edited by Mike Resnick), Tor 51192-1, February 1992 (pp.68-90)

Robins, Madeleine E., "Six Weeks, No Exit"

This is a personal memoir of "Ginnie" about her time at the Clarion SF Writers' Workshop, founded and run by the husband-and-wife team of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Alternate Skiffy (edited by Mike Resnick and Patrick Nielsen Hayden), The Wildside Press 1-880448-54-8, December 1997 [dated 1996] (pp. 70-75)

Robinson, Frank M., "Dealer's Choice"

Harry is an unsuccessful screenwriter in Hollywood who winds up as custodian of the props department at Mammoth Pictures. This studio went in for realism, especially in its fantasy and horror movies. Using one of the props, Harry calls up the devil; his wish is unexpectedly unpleasant—for the devil.

Deals With the Devil (edited by Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg & Loren D. Estleman), DAW Books0-88677-623-7 (#965),

October 1994 (pp.319-332)

Robinson, Frank M., "Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll"

At a Worldcon party Frank M. Robinson listens to the Old Fart (Wilson "Bob" Tucker) tell of the 1969 Worldcon. Because of problems with the hotel in St. Louis, the con was moved to an open air site in Bethel, New York at an earlier date. However, just a few miles away was Woodstock.

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.47-56)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.47-56)

Robinson, Frank M., "One Month in 1907"

In 1907 Hugo Gernsback was cheated out of his magazine Modern Electrics by Charles Ponzi. The lives of the two men are swapped. Gernsback moves to Boston and goes into high finance introducing the infamous pyramidal "Gernsback Scheme" which eventually lands him in prison. Ponzi continues in magazine publishing. Twenty years later, in 1927, Ponzi read of Gernsback's release from prison on the day his company introduces its first fiction magazine—Astounding Stories of Super Science.

Alternate Outlaws (edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg), Tor 0-812-53344-5, October 1994 (112-131)

Robinson, Kim Stanley, Pacific Edge

A marginal item. It is mostly a story about Orange County, California in 2065. The only recursive element is in the framing. Tom Barnard, who was once a utopian writer, becomes a Green activist. The story is mostly about his grandson's fight to prevent the building of an industrial park in El Modena.

Tor 85097-2, November 1990

Robinson, Spider, "Have You Heard the One...?"

A time traveler, pretending to be an alien, arrives at Callahan's to swindle the regular out of their copper pennies—copper is worth much in the future. He is stopped by Josie Bauer of the Time Police, who turns out to be the daughter of the SF writer Philip José Farmer (Bauer=farmer, in German). Farmer is also with the Time Police; they need an SF writer to anticipate criminal plots. The time traveler, named Al Phee, is based upon Alfred Bester (as a pun near the end makes clear). There is a character named Gentleman John Kilian based upon John (Kilian Houston) Brunner. There are a plethora of dreadful puns.

Analog Science Fact-Science Fiction 100:6 June 1980 (pp.68-85)

Time Travelers Strictly Cash, Ace, 1981 [contains an afterword explaining the references]

Robinson, Spider, Lifehouse

Wally Kemp and Moira Rogers who are running the next VanCon in Vancouver, B.C. in mid-November 1995 (sponsored by the Lower Mainland Science Fiction Society) are approached in a dramatic manner (flash of light/explosion) by a time traveler. He claims to have come back to prevent the murder of John Lennon but has missed his mark. He needs a significant amount of money to get to the current time base in Halifax and bribe the people there. Wally and Moira liquidate their assets and also lend him the VanCon treasury for a total of C$98,000. Unfortunately, the time traveler is a conman with a new scam (he got the idea from C. M. Kornbluth's story "Time Bum", Fantastic January/February 1953). Unfortunately for the conman, his girlfriend has run afoul of real time travelers with some interesting powers.

Baen 0-671-87777-1, April 1997

Robinson, Spider, "Orphans of Eden"

While writing Spider Robinson is visited by a time traveler. Things are quite bad in the future; this traveler has been collecting unwanted and abandoned children throughout time in order to experiment on them. He wants Spider to pass moral judgment on this behavior.

Analog 116:10 August 1996 (pp.67-75)

Robinson, Spider, Time Pressure

It takes a science fiction reader to react properly to a naked time traveler. Although the protagonist is a reader, a secondary character—Snaker O'Malley—a minor writer, and a number of stfnal attitudes inherent, the actual science fiction recursion in this novel is minor. It features a future eucatastrophe reminiscent of Theodore's Sturgeon To Marry Medusa or Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End.

Ace 80932-4, October 1987

Ace 80933-2, August 1988

Ross Rocklynne, "Alphabet Scoop"

The narrator is an old space dog with a low opinion of science fiction, as he tells us in the opening paragraph:

I'm not so sure about this literary jet-wash they call science fiction. Being the strong-minded first mate on a solid, fast-moving sky-lugger like the Aphrodite has taught me that out in space you don't find any fairy princesses saving the universe with four-dimensional tweezers. Spite of that, someday I'll go through the dusty files of the Philadelphia Science Institution and look up the Fall, 1930 issue of Wonder Stories Quarterly.

The punch line is that a new space gadget called the "sky-writer" is unpatentable because it had been "invented" 150 years earlier "in a science-fiction magazine", no details given. Wonder Stories Quarterly 2:1 Fall 1930 had an article by Hugo Gernsback called "Science Fiction vs. Science Faction." This may be what is referred to.

Nebula Science Fiction September 1953 ["Rocklynn" is spelled here with no "e" at the end.]

Science Fiction Digest 1:2 1954

Rosenberg, Joel joint author with Mike Resnick, et al.

Rosenberg, Joel, "Baggieworld: A Tale of Pretty Well Known Space"

This is a parody of the beginning of Larry Niven's award-winning novel Ringworld (Hugo for the Best Novel of 1970). Both Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have unnamed cameo roles. The major participants are Huir Yu, Nexus the Hensen's Muppetteer (Big Bird), the Phroggian Speaker-to-Vegetables (Kermit T. Frog), and 'Phelia Brown the schlemiel.

Shaggy B.E.M. Stories, (edited by Mike Resnick), Nolacon Press, September 1988 (pp.244-254)

Rothman, Chuck, "Slush-O-Matic"

Ed is the editor of Incredible Science Fiction.  His publisher, Brian Forster, brings in an automatic editing machine that can process manuscripts, reject them, or—rarely—accept and typeset them. After four weeks the machine self-destructs; it could not deal with a future of processing such trash.

Swashbuckling Editor Stories (edited by John Gregory Betancourt), The Wildside Press, October 1993; lettered hardcover 1-880448-21-1; numbered hardcover 1-880448-20-3;trade paperback 1-880448-22-X (pp.26-30)

Rothstein, Alan joint author with Bill Warren

Rowder, Louise, "CruiseCon"

Aboard the Worldcon cruise ship somewhere in the Caribbean: the Random Improbability Generator has caused a number of weird incidents including the kidnapping of George Alec Effinger by mermaids. The sea serpent who attacks the ship turns out to be a Mike Resnick and begs piteously to be allowed to submit to one of his anthologies. The end comes when David Gerrold charges a number of items to Mike Resnick's account.

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.83-91)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.83-91)

Rowder, Louise, "Siren Song"

Stephen King is an acclaimed SF writer. His major family problem is that his wife is a vampire and his son is becoming a werewolf. Worse than that is that his editor has offered him a smaller advance for his next book. He thinks he might go into the horror field where there is some respect for writers.

Alternate Skiffy (edited by Mike Resnick and Patrick Nielsen Hayden), The Wildside Press 1-880448-54-8, December 1997 [dated 1996] (pp. 53-60)

Rowlands, David G., "The Codex"

Montague Rhodes James, who was known for his supernatural and, especially antiquarian ghost story writer, is Provost at King's College, Cambridge. The ghost of his old tutor Henry Elford Luxmoore appears  both as an image in a photograph and outlined in fireplace soot. The spirit's aim is to reveal the location of a money cache that will enable the College to buy the Codex Sinaiticus from the British Museum. At a Christmas celebration, Provost James reads "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook", written by M.R. James.

Mystery for Christmas  (edited by Richard Dalby) O'Mara 1-85479-086-2, November 1990 (pp.270-279); iBooks 0-7434-9793-7, November 2004 (pp.270-279)

The Executor and Other Ghost Stories Ash-Tree Press 1-899562-11-7 May 1986 (pp.214-222)

Rucker, Rudy, The Hollow Earth

Mason Algiers Reynolds, a young farm boy from Hardware, Virginia, tells of his meeting with Edgar Allen Poe and how these two become part of an expedition to seek out the Symmes' hole at the South Pole. They fall into it and after many adventures, culminating with meeting the Great Old Ones—the Tekelili—their party passes through an Einstein-Rosen bridge into a mirror version of their world. It lacks the two Symmes' openings; in fact, it is our version of Earth. Mason has no living cognate, but Poe does and their meeting has lasting and dreadful results.

Morrow 09413-9, December 1990

AvoNova 75535-1, January 1992

Rud, Anthony M. "Ooze"

Lee Cramer lets loose a giant amœba with fatal results. It is speculated that his behavior was caused by his being a writer of "pseudo-scientific stories" after the manner of H. G. Wells. An aside in the narrative laments the fact that Wells is now engaged in political writing instead of fantastic fiction—a view common among fans, both then and now.

Weird Tales 1:1 March 1923

The Moon Terror, (edited by A. G. Birch), Popular Fiction Publishing, 1927

Weird Tales 44:2 January 1952 (pp.74-)

Weird Tales, (edited by Peter Haining), Spearman, 1976

Xanadu 1-85480-050-7, October 1990 (pp.248-)

Carroll and Graf 631-7, November 1990

Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, "ApocalypseCon"     Poem

Because of committee deaths in San Francisco and the death of Yugoslavia, the 1993 Worldcon was cancelled. One hundred fen attempt to go to Zagreb anyway, although ninety stop at Heathrow airport. This tells the fate of the rest of them, and of Zagreb.

Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.101-106)

Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.101-106)

Russ, Joanna, "I Had Vacantly Crumpled It Into My Pocket...But by God, Elliot, it was a photograph from life!"

Irvin Rubin is a bookkeeper for Fantasy Press and a devotee of H. P. Lovecraft, who he believes to be the world's greatest writer. He finds a young lady who apparently shares his interest. However, the lady is not what she seems and Rubin winds up dead. The title is from H. P. Lovecraft's story "Pickman's Model."

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 27:2 August 1964 (pp.12-21)

Russell, Ray, "Space Opera"

After the space tyrant Feng is defeated by the brilliant scientist Torak he tries to raise money for a comeback by selling "Vixens of Venus" to The Planetary Evening Post.  When that story is rejected he proposes another one which turns out to be the story of how he was defeated.

Playboy, December 1961

Space Mail (edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg & Joseph Olander), Fawcett 24312-5, July 1980 (pp.44-51)

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