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TIMELINE 1980-1990

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Executive Summary of the Decade Major Books of the Decade Major Films of this Decade Other Key Dates and Stories of this Decade Major Writers Born this Decade {to be done} Major Writers Died this Decade Hotlinks to other Timeline pages of SF Chronology Where to Go for More: 51 Useful Reference Books

Executive Summary of the Decade

Some inventions and innovations of the 1980s that shaped the culture: 1980: Sony Walkman; Ghetto Blaster 1981: Compact Disks hit the market 1982: Video keyhole surgery 1983: Synthetic Human Insulin approved for sale 1984: DNA fingerprinting 1985: First dotcom registered 1986: Laptop Computer 1987: Prozac hits the market 1988: First internet worm, 10% of online computers disabled 1989: Toaster becomes first appliance controlled over the internet 1990: First gene therapy (4-year-old girl with an immune disorder) The 1980s were a wonderful decade for science fiction books. It was, although not widely appreciated at the time, a golden age of speculative literature, with new styles and themes flourishing while the older strands of the tapestry were woven ever more richly. The sub-genre of "Cyberpunk" was launched by William Gibson (based in part on information about the hacker subculture that your humble webmaster described at length to Gibson at Seattle science fiction conventions of 1979 and 1980) and and promoted by Bruce Sterling. There was a resurgence of "hard SF" by Asimov, Clarke, Cherryh, Flynn, Haldeman, James Hogan, Niven, Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carl Sagan, Charles Sheffield, Alan Steele, John Varley, and the "killer B's" of Greg Bear, David Brin, and Gregory Benford. Fantasy headed in unexpected directions, with major new voices, and horror (with Stephen King and John Crowley leading the pack) darkened into the "splatterpunk" subgenre, which held that the supernatural was part of a spectrum of terror that included the reality of serial killers, genocide, child molestation, and the like. Sophisticated writers created "cross-genre" books that combined aspects of Fantasy and Science Fiction in new ways, most notably J. G. Ballard and Gene Wolfe, but also including Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Fritz Leiber, Julian May, James Morrow, Pat Murphy, Larry Niven, Lucius Shepard, Dan Simmons, Michael Swanwick, and John Varley. Major novels were published by: Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, A. A. Attanasio, J. G. Ballard, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Terry Bisson, David Brin, Orson Scott Card, Suzy McKee Charnas, C. J. Cherryh, Arthur C. Clarke, Nancy A. Collins, John Crowley, Charles de Lint, Carol Emshwiller, Michael F. Flynn, Brad Furgesson, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, William Gibson & Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Hand, Charles L. Harness, Russell Hoban, Ernest Hogan, James Hogan, Stephen King, Nancy Kress, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Fritz Leiber, Julian May, Valerie Martin, Lisa Mason, Elizabeth Moon, James Morrow, Pat Murphy, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Mike Resnick, Keith Roberts, Kim Stanley Robinson, Alan Rodgers, Rudy Rucker, Richard Paul Russo, Geoff Ryman, Carl Sagan, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Charles Sheffield, Lucius Shepard, Robert Silverberg, S. P. Somtow, Robert Stallman, Alan Steele, Dan Simmons, John E. Stith, Peter Straub, Michael Swanwick, Sheri S. Tepper, Walter Tevis, Jack Vance, John Varley, Joan D. Vinge, Walter Jon Williams, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen. The world of magazines {to be done} Major films of this decade {to be done} I have information on, and hotlinks to, some 45 Science Fiction Television series of the 1980s. This is slightly down from the 52 of the 1970s, but the impact on the film and book segments of the science fiction industry were increasing. 1980: Ronald Reagan, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1981: Lech Walesa, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1982: The Computer, Time Magazine's Person of the Year [very science fictional] 1983: Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov, Time Magazine's Persons of the Year 1984: Peter Ueberroth, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1985: Deng Xioping, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1986: Corazon Aquino, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1987: Mikhail Gorbachev, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1988: Endangered Earth, Time Magazine's Person of the Year [very science fictional] 1989: Mikhail Gorbachev, Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1990: George H. W. Bush, Time Magazine's Person of the Year Return to Top of Timeline 1980s Page

Major Books of the Decade

1980 Gregory Benford: "Timescape" One of the finest time-travel story ever written, even though all that moves back through time is a neutrino beam from the future with coded information on how to prevent ecological disaster. One of the best novels ever written about how scientists actually work. Winner of 1980 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Arthur C. Clarke: "The Fountains of Paradise" "Sky-hook" or "space elevator" carries passengers mechanically from the ground (Sri Lanka) to Clarke orbit (geosynchronous orbit), a mega-engineering project which is scientifically possible 1980 Peter Nichols: "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" [Nonfiction] 1980 Larry Niven: "The Ringworld Engineers" Sequel to "Ringworld", which the scientist known as "Ctein" had pointed out was orbitally unstable. Nominated for 1980 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Frederik Pohl: "Beyond the Blue Event Horizon" Nominated for 1980 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Robert Silverberg: "Lord Valentine's Castle" Nominated for 1980 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Robert Stallman: "The Orphan" Nominated for 1980 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Walter Tevis: "Mockingbird" Nominated for 1980 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1980 John Varley: "Wizard" Part of trilogy about Moon-sized artificial planet entering our solar system, filled with intelligent centaurs and other species, and manipulated by a deranged being of godlike power Nominated for 1980 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Joan D. Vinge: "The Snow Queen" Winner of 1980 Hugo Award for Best SF Novel Nominated for 1980 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1980 Gene Wolfe: "The Shadow of the Torturer" Set in a future so distant that the very idea of historians is a myth, and all mountains have been carved into likenesses of forgotten leaders and heroes. Nominated for 1980 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 A. A. Attanasio: "Radix" Nominated for 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 Suzy McKee Charnas: "The Vampire Tapestry" Nominated for 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 John Crowley: "Little, Big" Remarkable novel redefined modern fantasy with elegant ambiguity: the characters themselves are never sure (nor we readers) whether or not the world of faerie overlaps the mundane world Nominated for 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 Russell Hoban: "Riddley Walker" unique post-nuclear-holocaust novel written in the peculiar and poetic slang of a future English, which is awkward at first until you get used to it, and then propels you into a world both tragically recognizable and intriguingly different in its myths of our own age. Nominated for 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 Julian May: "The Many-Colored Land" returning from many years away from adult science fiction (during which she published much nonfiction and children's literature) this began a blockbuster series of novels about psychic powers and time travel in the galactic future Nominated for 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1981 Carl Sagan: "Cosmos" [Nonfiction] 1981 Gene Wolfe: "The Claw of the Conciliator" Set in a future so distant that the very idea of historians is a myth, and all mountains have been carved into likenesses of forgotten leaders and heroes. Winner of 1981 Nebula Award for Best SF Novel 1982 C. J. Cherryh: "Downbelow Station" 1983 Isaac Asimov: "Foundation's Edge" 1983 James Gunn: "Isaac Asimov: the Foundations of Science Fiction" [Nonfiction]" 1984 David Brin: "Startide Rising" Originally a serial in Analog as "The Tides of Kithrup", this brought us into the exciting and original "Uplift" series, where humans accompanied by genetically-enhanced dolphins and apes confront a galaxy with a political hierarchy over a billion years old... and we become the prize that all the aliens most desire. 1985 William Gibson: "Neuromancer" 1985 Jack Williamson: "Wonder's Child: My Life in Science Fiction" 1986 Orson Scott Card: "Enders Game" 1987 Orson Scott Card: "Speaker for the Dead" 1988 David Brin: "The Uplift War" 1989 C. J. Cherryh: "Cyteen" 1989 Nancy A. Collins: "Sunglasses After Dark" (Bram Stoker award, best first novel) 1989 Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling [editors]: "The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection" (World Fantasy award, best anthology) 1989 Harlan Ellison: "Harlan Ellison's Watching" (Bram Stoker award, best nonfiction) 1989 Stephen Jones & Kim Newman [editors]: "Horror: The 100 Best Books" (Bram Stoker award, best nonfiction) 1989 Richard Matheson: "Richard Matheson: Collected Stories" (World Fantasy award, best collection; Bram Stoker award, best collection) 1989 Alexei & Cory Panshin: "The World Beyond the Hill" (Nonfiction Hugo) 1989 Richard Paul Russo: "Subterranean Gallery" (Philip K. Dick award) 1989 Geoff Ryman: "The Child Garden" (John W. Campbell award, Arthur C. Clarke award) 1989 Elizabeth Ann Scarborough: "The Healer's War" (Nebula award) 1989 Dan Simmons: "Carrion Comfort" (Bram Stoker award, best novel) 1989 Michael Swanwick: "The Edge of the World) (Theodore Sturgeon award) 1989 Jack Vance: "Lyonesse: Madouc" (World Fantasy award) 1990 Poul Anderson: "The Shield of Time" (New York: Tor) 1990 Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg: "Nightfall" (New York: Doubleday Foundation) book-length expansion of Isaac Asimov's classic short story of the same title 1990 J. G. Ballard: "The Atrocity Exhibition" (Re/Search) collection 1990 Greg Bear: "Queen of Angels" (Warner) 1990 Greg Bear: "Heads" (London: Legend) long novella 1990 Terry Bisson: "Voyage to the Red Planet" (New York: Morrow) 1990 Ben Bova [editor]: "Future Crime" (New York: Tor) collection 1990 Alan Brennert: "Her Pilgrim Soul" (New York: Tor) collection 1990 Arthur C. Clarke: "The Ghost of the Grand Banks" (New York: Bantam Spectra) 1990 Arthur C. Clarke: "Tales from Distant Earth" (New York: Bantam Spectra) collection 1990 Arthur C. Clarke & Gregory Benford: "Beyond the Fall of Night" (New York: Putnam) 1990 Avram Davidson: "The Adventures of Doctor Esterhazy" (Philadelphia: Owlswick) great collection 1990 Charles de Lint: "Drink Down the Moon" (New York: Ace) fantasy 1990 Gardner Dozois et.al. "Slow Dancing Through Time" (Ursus/Zeising) collection of collaborations 1990 Carol Emshwiller: "Carmen Dog" (New York: Mercury House) 1990 Carol Emshwiller: "The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories" (The Women's Press) collection 1990 Michael F. Flynn: "In the Country of the Blind" (New York: Baen) 1990 Brad Furgesson: "The World Next Door" (New York: Tor) 1990 Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett: "Good Omens" (Workman) 1990 William Gibson & Bruce Sterling: "The Difference Engine" (London: Gollancz) 1990 Joe Haldeman: "The Hemingway Hoax" (New York: Morrow) 1990 Elizabeth Hand: "Winterlong" (New York: Bantam Spectra) 1990 Charles L. Harness: "Lucid Dreams" (New York: Avon) 1990 Ernest Hogan: "Cortez on Jupiter" (New York: Tor) 1990 Stephen King: "Four Past Midnight" (New York: Viking) collection 1990 Nancy Kress: "Brain Rose" (New York: Morrow) 1990 Ellen Kushner: "Thomas the Rhymer" (New York: Morrow) 1990 Tanith Lee: "The Blood of Roses" (Legend) fantasy 1990 Ursula K. Le Guin: "Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea" (Athenaeum) 1990 Fritz Leiber: "The Leiber Chronicles" (Dark Harvest) 1990 Valerie Martin: "Mary Reilly" (New York: Doubleday) 1990 Lisa Mason: "Arachne" (New York: Morrow) 1990 Elizabeth Moon: "Lunar Activity" (New York: Baen) collection 1990 James Morrow: "Only Begotten Daughter" (New York: Morrow) fantasy 1990 Pat Murphy: "Points of Departure" (New York: Bantam Spectra) collection 1990 Larry Niven: "N-Space" (New York: Tor) collection 1990 Frederik Pohl: "The World at the End of Time" (New York: Del Rey) 1990 Frederik Pohl: "Outumbering the Dead" (London: Legend) long novella 1990 Frederik Pohl: "The Gateway Trip" (New York: Del Rey) collection 1990 Mike Resnick: "Second Contact" (New York: Tor) 1990 Mike Resnick: "Bully!" (Axolotl) long novella 1990 Keith Roberts: "Anita" (Philadelphia: Owlswick) reprint of single-author collection 1990 Kim Stanley Robinson: "Pacific Edge" (New York: Tor) 1990 Kim Stanley Robinson: "A Short, Sharp Shock" (Ziesing) long novella 1990 Alan Rodgers: "Fire" (New York: Bantam) 1990 Rudy Rucker: "The Hollow Earth" (New York: Morrow) 1990 David J. Schow: "Lost Angels" (Onyx) collection 1990 Charles Sheffield: "Summertide" (New York: Del Rey) 1990 Lucius Shepard: "Kalimantan" (London: Legend) long novella 1990 Lucius Shepard: "The Ends of the Earth" (Arkham House) collection 1990 Robert Silverberg: "Lion Time in Timbuctoo" (Axolotl) long novella 1990 Dan Simmons: "The Fall of Hyperion" (New York: Doubleday Foundation) 1990 Dan Simmons: "Prayers to Broken Stones" (Dark Harvest) collection 1990 S. P. Somtow: "Moon Dance" (New York: Tor) fantasy 1990 Alan Steele: "Clarke County, Space" (New York: Ace) 1990 Peter Straub: "Houses Without Doors" (New York: Dutton) fantasy/horror collection 1990 Michael Swanwick: "Griffin's Egg" (London: Legend) long novella 1990 John E. Stith: "Redshift Rendezvous" (New York: Ace) 1990 Sheri S. Tepper: "Raising the Stones" (New York: Doubleday Foundation) 1990 James Tiptree, Jr.: "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" (Arkham House) collection 1990 Jack Vance: "Chateau d'If and Other Stories" (Underwood-Miller) collection 1990 Walter Jon Williams: "Facets" (New York: Tor) collection 1990 Gene Wolfe: "Castleview" (New York: Tor) fantasy 1990 Jane Yolen: "White Jenna" (New York: Tor) fantasy Return to Top of Timeline 1980s Page

Major Films/Television this Decade

with hotlinks to reviews where available See also Science Fiction Television of the 1980s Hardware links to 5 reviews 1980 Alien Aliens: The Web Site info and music from all three (so far) Aliens films, from biology to bureaucracy. Some good stuff on this 4th film (Alien Resurrection). This site endorsed by Sigourney Weaver. 1980 Altered States Altered States 1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) Edited-together mish-mash of Japanese film and postproduction by virtually every low-budget entity in Hollywood. 1980 Flash Gordon Flash Gordon links to 2 reviews Flash Gordon 1980 Hangar 18 Hangar 18 (1980)@imdb 1980 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1981 The Empire Strikes Back The Empire Strikes Back 1981 Escape From New York Escape From New York 1981 Outland Outland 1981 The Road Warrior The Road Warrior 1982 Hail Columbia! [nonfiction] Hail Columbia! (1982)@imdb IMAX film narrated by James Whitmore 1982 Raiders of the Lost Ark [Fantasy] 1982 The Black Hole The Black Hole 1982 Blade Runner Blade Runner links to 5 reviews Blade Runner 1982 John Carpenter's The Thing John Carpenter's The Thing 1983 Cafe Flesh [x-rated] Cafe Flesh 1983 The Day After The Day After 1983 ET: The Extraterrestrial ET: The Extraterrestrial links to 6 reviews ET: The Extraterrestrial (1982)@imdb Astrophysics Ph.D. and science fiction bestselling author David Brin calls this an evil movie, for painting the scientists as bad guys. The last thing you should do, if you discover an extraterrestrial, is to hide him in a suburban closet. 1983 Farenheit 451 [Truffaut's superb adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel] Farenheit 451 1983 Return of the Jedi 1983 Scanners Scanners 1983 Space Raiders Space Raiders 1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai 1984 Defcon 4 Defcon 4 1984 Dune [from the novel by Frank Herbert] Dune links to 5 reviews Dune Dune (1984)@imdb There are some lovely shots of planets, but the film lost much of the rigorously extrapolated desert planet ecology created by novel author Frank Herbert 1984 Ice Pirates Ice Pirates 1984 The Last Starfighter The Last Starfighter 1984 The Philadelphia Experiment [Technical advisor: Dr. Thomas McDonough] The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 The Terminator The Terminator 1985 Coccoon Cocoon (1985) @ imdb Combines aliens with the human desire for eternal youth. 1985 Creature Creature (1985)@imdb 1985 Enemy Mine Enemy Mine (1985)@imdb faithful adaptation of the Barry Longyear novel 1985 Explorers Explorers [with alien blueprints, kids build a starship, starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix] Explorers (1985)@imdb 1985 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome 1985 2010 2010 (1984) sequel to 2001 Arguably the greatest science fiction film sequel of all time, weak only by comparison with 2001 itself. The spacewalk sequence in Jupiter space is astonishing, with or without John Lithgow, and with the spaceship crusted with Sulfur thrown up by Io volcanoes the kind of touch that only Clarke provides. 1985 Trancers Trancers links to 5 reviews Trancers 1986 Aliens Aliens Aliens (1986)@imdb Sequel possibly more spine-tingling than original. Aliens: The Web Site info and music from all three (so far) Aliens films, from biology to bureaucracy. Some good stuff on this 4th film (Alien Resurrection). This site endorsed by Sigourney Weaver. 1986 Back to the Future genre: Time Travel: time machines, travel to the past or the future 1986 Breeders Breeders (1986) @ imdb Aliens rape virgins. "Not recommended" is an understatement. 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High Class of Nuke 'Em High 1986 Flight of the Navigator Flight of the Navigator 1986 The Fly [remake] The Fly 1986 From Beyond From Beyond (1986)@imdb adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft novel. H. P. Lovecraft actually cared quite a bit about astronomy, and wrote an astronomy column for a newspaper at one time. He claimed to have been a true science fiction author (as well as a significant fantasy/horror author and poet) for "predicting" the discovery of Pluto, in his fictional Yog-Suggoth, a fungus planet far beyond Neptune. 1986 Invaders From Mars Invaders From Mars 1986 Lifeforce Lifeforce links to 5 reviews Lifeforce 1986 Predator Predator 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Star Trek IV 1986 The Terminator The Terminator 1987 Deep Space Deep Space (1987)@imdb total waste of time, except for Julie Newmar 1987 Dirty Pair: Project Eden Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)@imdb Multi-genre Japanese animation: sci-fi/mystery/satire 1987 The Dream is Alive [nonfiction] The Dream is Alive (1985)@imdb IMAX movie narrated by Walter Cronkite, with various astronauts including Sally Ride 1987 Hellraiser The Hellraiser Encyclopedia by "Tripps" 1987 The Hidden The Hidden (1987)@imdb Kyle MacLauchlan ("Dune", "Blue Velvet", "Twin Peaks") in an FBI crime/horror film with an alien plotline 1987 Honneamise no tsubasa Honneamise no tsubasa (1987)@imdb Japanese space-war satire 1987 Robocop Robocop links to 10 reviews Robocop 1988 Cocoon: They Return Cocoon: They Return links to 5 reviews Cocoon: They Return 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy Earth Girls Are Easy links to 7 reviews Earth Girls Are Easy 1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser [Hellraiser II] Hellraiser II Encyclopedia by "Tripps" 1988 Light Years [animated, from an Isaac Asimov story] Light Years links to 5 reviews Light Years 1988 The Princess Bride [Fantasy] 1988 They Live They Live links to 3 reviews They Live 1989 Alien Nation Alien Nation Alien Nation (1989) (TV) @ imdb 1989 Communion Communion (1989) @imdb The crime is that science fiction Whitley Streiber's novel was marketed as nonfiction 1989 DeepStar Six DeepStar Six 1989 The Fly II The Fly II 1989 For All Mankind [nonfiction] For All Mankind (1989)@imdb 13 astronauts featured in this documentary with atmospheric Brian Eno soundtrack 1989 High Desert Kill [TV] High Desert Kill (1989) (TV)@imdb 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Fantasy] 1989 Leviathan Leviathan 1989 Millennium (screenplay by and from the novel by John Varley) Millennium links to 4 reviews Millennium 1989 Star Trek V: The Last Frontier Star Trek V 1989 Total Recall Total Recall links to 12 reviews Total Recall 1989 Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Fantasy] 1989 Xtro 2 Xtro 2 1990 The Abyss The Abyss 1990 Back to the Future III 1990 Edward Scissorhands 1990 Gremlins II 1990 The Handmaid's Tale 1990 Jacob's Ladder 1990 Jesus of Montreal 1990 The Jetsons: The Movie 1990 Martians, Go Home (based on Frederic Brown book) 1990 Predator 2 Predator 2 1990 RoboCop II RoboCop II 1990 Robot Jox (mentioned only because of Joe Haldeman screenplay) 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Juvenile] 1990 Tremors 1990 The Witches Reviews of 1980's SF Movies Return to Top of Timeline 1980s Page

Major Science Fiction People Born this Decade

1980 Tony Chandler 1981 {to be done} 22 years old in 2003 1982 {to be done} 21 years old in 2003 1983 {to be done} 20 years old in 2003 1984 {to be done} 19 years old in 2003 1985 {to be done} 18 years old in 2003 1986 {to be done} 17 years old in 2003 1987 {to be done} 16 years old in 2003 1988 {to be done} 15 years old in 2003 1989 Andrew Carmichael Post, son of professional science fiction authors and your humble webmasters Jonathan Vos Post and Dr. Christine Carmichael. Andrew dictated his short story "The Money Pipe" at age 3 1/2, which when typed up and only very slightly revised by his dad, was accepted by the editors of the semi-professional magazine "Tales of the Unanticipated", who did know know of the author's extreme youth. He has a little web site, to which his stories will be added in the near future. Andrew Carmichael Post Return to Top of Timeline 1980s Page

Major Science Fiction People Who Died this Decade

1980-1989 {TO BE DONE} Year Age Person **** *** ****** 1990 73 Gertrude Asimov, first wife of Isaac Asimov 1990 77 Harry Altshuler, agent (literary) 1990 71 Joseph Payne Brennan, author (supernatural), poet 1990 74 Roald Dahl, author of children's books and adult horror 1990 64 Jose Durand, author (magical realism) 1990 78 Lawrence Durrell, author The Alexandria Quartet of novels 1990 65 Ed Emshwiller, artist (as "Emsh"), filmmaker (experimental) 1990 72 Stephen Frances, author/publisher 1990 76 John Fuller, author (unexplained phenomena) 1990 57 Win Gijsen, major SF author in Netherlands 1990 53 Jim Henson, artist (puppet, film/television) 1990 57 Donald Hutter, editor (books) 1990 89 Henrik Dahl Juve, author (pulps) 1990 55 B. Kliban, artist (cartoon) 1990 76 Mary Martin, actress (musical comedy, "Peter Pan") 1990 30 Lisa Novak, editor (Bantam Spectra) murdered 1990 61 Elizabeth Pearse, fan (ran art shows) 1990 73 Walker Percy, author of novel "Love in the Ruins" 1990 57 Manuel Puig, author (magical realism) 1990 38 David Rappaport, actor (British, TV/film, "Time Bandits") 1990 86 Anya Seton, author (Gothic, Historical) 1990 60 Carl Sherrell, author (Fantasy), Artist (commercial) 1990 82 Wilmar H. Shiras, author ("In Hiding" and sequels) 1990 63 Rick Sneary, fan (zine publisher) 1990 62 Arthur "Atom" Thompson, artist (fan, cartoon) 1990 63 Don C. Thompson, fan (DenVention II co-chair, zine publisher) 1990 85 Charles Spain Verral, author, Artist (illustrator) 1990 86 Helen Hoke Watts, author, anthologist 1990 76 Donald A. 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I strongly recommend that you start or follow-up your explorations of this web site by consulting any or all of these outstanding sources: ALDISS: "Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction", Brian W. Aldiss (New York: Doubleday, 1973; Schocken Paperback, 1974) ALLEN: "Science Fiction Reader's Guide", L. David Allen (Centennial Press, 1974) AMIS: "New Maps of Hell", Kingsley Amis (London: Gollancz, 1960; New York: Harcourt Brace, 1960) ASH1: "Who's Who in Science Fiction", by Brian Ash (Taplinger, 1976) ASH2: "The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction", edited by Brian Ash (Harmony Books, 1977) ASHLEY: "The History of the Science Fiction Magazine" [3 volumes] (London: New English Library, 1974) ASIMOV "Asimov on Science Fiction" (New York: Avon, 1981) ATHELING: "The Issue at Hand", "William Atheling, Jr." [James Blish] (Chicago: Advent, 1964) BARRON: "Anatomy of Wonder", edited by Neil Barron (Bowker, 1976) BAXTER: "Science Fiction in the Cinema", John Baxter (London: A. Zwemmer, 1970; New York: A. S. Barnes, 1970) BERGONZI: "The Early H.G. Wells", Bernard Bergonzi (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1961) BLEILER: "The Checklist of Fantastic Literature" Everett F. Bleiler (Chicago: Shasta, 1948) BRETNOR1: "Modern Science Fiction: Its Meaning and Future", edited by Reginald Bretnor (New York: Coward-McCann, 1953) BRETNOR2: "The Craft of Science Fiction", Reginald Bretnor (New York: Harper & Row, 1977) BRINEY: "SF Bibliographies", Robert E. Briney & Edward Wood (Chicago: Advent, 1972) CLARESON1: "SF: The Other Side of Realism", edited by Thomas D. Clareson (Gregg Press, 1978) CLARESON2: "Extrapolation, 1959-1969", edited by Thomas D. Clareson (Bowling Green, Ohio: University Popular Press, 1971) CLARKE: "The Tale of the Future", I. F. Clarke (London: The Library Association, 1961, 1972) CONTENTO: "Index to the Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections", William Contento G.K. Hall, 1978) DAY: "Index to the Science Fiction Magazine: 1926-50", Donald B. Day (Portland, Oregon: Perri Press, 1952) DeCAMP: "Science Fiction Handbook", L. Sprague DeCamp (New York: Hermitage House, 1953) ELLIK: "The Universes of E. E. Smith", Ron Ellik & Bill Evans (Chicago: Advent, 1966) EVANS: "The Index of Science Fiction Magazines", Bill Evans with Jack Speer (Denver: Robert Peterson, 1946?) FRANKLIN: "Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century", H. Bruce Franklin (New York: Oxford University Press, 1966) FREWIN: "One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration", Anthony Frewin (London: Jupiter Books, 1974) GOODSTONE: "The Pulps", Tony Goodstone (New York: Chelsea House, 1970) GUNN: "Alternate Worlds", James Gunn (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975) HARRISON: "John W. Campbell: Collected Editorials from Analog", Harry Harrison (Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1966) HOLMBERG: "Science Fiction History", John-Henri Holmberg (Vanersborg, Sweden: Askild & Karnekull, 1974) KNIGHT: "In Search of Wonder", Damon Knight (Chicago: Advent, 1956; enlarged 1967) KYLE: "A Pictorial History of Science Fiction", David Kyle (London: Hamlyn House, 1976) LOCKE: "Worlds Apart", edited by George Locke (London: Cornmarket Reprints, 1972) LUNDWALL: "Science Fiction: What It's All About", Sam J. Lundwall (New York: Ace Books, 1971) METCALF: "The Index of Science Fiction Magazines, 1951-1965", Norm Metcalf (J. Ben Stark, 1968) MILLIES: "Science Fiction Primer for Teachers", Suzanne Millies (Dayton OH: Pflaum, 1975) MOSKOWITZ#1: "The Immortal Storm", Sam Moskowitz (AFSO Press, 1954; Hyperion Press, 19??) MOSKOWITZ#2: "Explorers of the Infinite: Shapers of Science Fiction", Sam Moskowitz (Cleveland & New York: World, 1963) MOSKOWITZ#3: "Seekers of Tomorrow", Sam Moskowitz (Cleveland & New York: World, 1963) NESFA: "Index to the Science Fiction Magazines", New England Science Fiction Association (Cambridge MA: NESFA, 1971) PERRY: "The Penguin Book of Comics", George Perry & Alan Aldridge (London: Penguin, 1971) ROGERS: "A Requiem for Astounding", Alva Rogers (Chicago: Advent, 1964) ROTTSTEINER: "The Science Fiction Book", Franz Rottsteiner (London: Thames & Hudson, 1975) SADOUL: "Hier, L'An 2000 [Illustrations from the Golden Age of Science Fiction]", Jaxques Sadoul (Paris: Editions Denoel, 1973) STRAUSS: "The MIT Science Fiction Society's Index to the SF Magazines: 1951-64" Erwin S. Strauss (Cambridge MA: MIT Science Fiction Society, 1966) TUCK: "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2nd Edition", Donald H. Tuck (Hobart, Tasmania: Donald H. Tuck, 1959) VERSINS: "Encyclopedie des l'utopie, des voyages extraordinaires et de la science fiction", (Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme, 1972) WAGGONER: "The Hills of Faraway", Diana Waggoner (Athenaeum, 1978) WARNER: "All Our Yesterdays", Harry Warner, Jr. (Chicago: Advent, 1969) WELLS: "Fictional Accounts of Trips to the Moon", Lester G. Wells (Syracuse NY: Syracuse University Library, 1962) WILLIAMSON: "H.G. Wells: Critic of Progress", Jack Williamson (Baltimore: Mirage Press, 1973) WOLLHEIM: "The Universe Makers", Donald A. Wollheim (New York: Harper & Row, 1971)
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