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Science  Fiction
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Mr. Spock at the helm on the bridge of Starship Enterprise (from 'Star Trek' TV series)              short history

sci-fi pioneers
XXth Century authors
XXIst Century authors

early & selected sci-fi

works about sci-fi

movies & TV

plays, other media

image gallery

selected quotations

links


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collections & anthologies

Kindle Editions


"Let it be understood, in the first place, that a science fiction story must be an exposition of a scientific theme and it must be also a story."
— editor Hugo Gernsback [1884-1967]

"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."
— Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"Science fiction is literary fiction with the lid blown off." — Robin Winter

"The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it."
Frank Herbert [1920-86]


          short history of sci-fi
          t e x t
          h e r e

science fiction entry at Wikipedia
browse Science Fiction Bestseller Books at Amazon
search on keywords 'science fiction' {returns only 34 titles} at Internet Movie Database

Internet Speculative Fiction Database [est. 1995]
official ISFDb websiteISFDb entry at Wikipedia


Pioneer  Sci-fi  Authors

Science Fiction Writers book edited by E.F. Bleiler  "Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of The Major Authors From The
Early Nineteenth Century To The Present Day" [1982] Edited by E.F. Bleiler

Charles Scribner's Sons 2nd edition 11¼x8¾ hardcover [1/99] out of print/used
Charles Scribner's Sons 2nd edition 11¼x8¾ hardcover [1/99] out of print/used
Scribner 11¼x8½ hardcover [4/82] out of print/used
Origins of Science Fiction book by Lance Chandler  "The Origins of Science Fiction: A Brief History of Science Fiction
Before The Twentieth Century" [stories 2010] by Lance Chandler

contains an Introduction and stories by Edward Bellamy, Mary Shelley,
Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells

Kindle Edition from Minute Help Press [8/2010] for $1.99 {sic}
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Edward Bellamy [1850-98]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bellamy


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930] Page
at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore


French author Victor Hugo [1902-85]


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Jack London [1876-1916] Page

Library of America Jack London  Jack London: Novels and Stories [1982] Edited by Donald Pizer
Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [11/82] for $23.10
includes "Call of The Wild" [1903], "The Sea-Wolf" [1904] and "White Fang" [1906] and 25 short stories
Jack London: Novels and Social Writings [1982] Edited by Donald Pizer
Library of America 8x5½ hardcover [11/82] for $26.00
includes "The People of The Abyss" [1903], "The Road" [1907], "The Iron Heel"
[1908 novel], "Martin Eden" [1909 novel] and "John Barleycorn" [1913]

Leonaur’s three volume "The Collected Science Fiction & Fantasy of Jack London"
the indicates a story not included in the Kindle Megapack™ below
Before Adam & Other Stories by Jack London  "Before Adam & Other Stories" [2005]
Leonaur 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/2005] for $29.99
includes "Before Adam" [1907 novel]; "The Scarlet Plague" [1912 novel], "A Relic of The Pliocene" (1901), "When The World Was Young" (1910), "The Red One" (1918), "Planchette" (1906), "A Thousand Deaths" (1899) , "Goliath" (1910), "A Curious Fragment" (1908) & "The Rejuvenation of Major Rathbone" (1899)
official book page
The Iron Heel & Other Stories by Jack London  "The Iron Heel & Other Stories" [2005]
Leonaur 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/2005] for $29.99
includes "The Iron Heel" [1908 novel], "The Enemy of All The World" (1914) , "The Shadow and The Flash" (1903), "The Strength of The Strong" (1914), "The Unparalleled Invasion" (1910) & "The Dream of Debs" (1909)
official book page
Star Rover & Other Stories by Jack London  "The Star Rover & Other Stories" [2005]
Leonaur 8½x5½ hardcover [11/2005] for $29.99
includes "The Star Rover" [1915 novel], "The Minions of Midas" (1906) , "The Eternity of Forms" (1916) & "The Man With The Gash" (1901)
official book page

Jack London Science Fiction Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Jack London Science Fiction Megapack™: The Complete Science Fiction and Fantasy of Jack London" for Kindle [2014]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [5/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
contains 11 short stories & four novels in 809 pages: STORIES: "The Rejuvenation of Major Rathbone" (1899); "The Man With The Gash" (1900); "A Relic of The Pliocene" (1901); "The Shadow and The Flash" (1903); "Planchette" (1906); "A Curious Fragment" (1908); "Goliath" (1910); "When The World Was Young" (1910); "The Unparalleled Invasion" (1910); "The Strength of The Strong" (1914); and "The Red One" (1918); NOVELS: "Before Adam" [1907 novel]; "The Iron Heel" [1908 dystopian novel]; "The Scarlet Plague" [1912 novel]; and "The Star Rover" [1915 novel]


Spirit of America Bookstore's
American author & poet Edgar Allan Poe [1809-49] Page


Mary Shelley


French science fiction pioneer Jules Verne [1828-1905]

"A Journey To The Centre of The Earth"
"A Voyage In A Balloon"
"A Winter Amid The Ice, and Other Thrilling Stories"
"All Around The Moon"
"An Antarctic Mystery, or, The Sphinx of The Ice Fields"
"Around The World In 80 Days"
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers, Part I: The Exploration of the World" + "Part II: The Great Navigators
of The Eighteenth Century" + "Part III: The Great Explorers of The Nineteenth Century"
"Dick Sands, or, A Captain At Fifteen"
"Eight Hundred Leagues On Ohe Amazon"
"The English At The North Pole, Part I of The Adventures of Captain Hatteras"
"Five Weeks In A Balloon"
"From The Earth To The Moon, and Round The Moon"
"The Fur Country, or, Seventy Degrees North Latitude"
"Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery"
"In Search of The Castaways"
"In The Year 2889"
"The Master of The World"
"Michael Strogoff, or, The Courier of The Czar"
"The Moon-Voyage"
"The Mysterious Island"
"Off On A Comet, or, Hector Servadac"
"The Pearl of Lima: A Story of True Love"
"Robur The Conqueror, or, The Clipper of The Clouds"
"The Secret of The Island"
"The Survivors of The Chancellor, Diary of J.R. Kazallon, Passenger"
"Ticket No. 9672"
"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"
"The Underground City, or The Black Indies" (aka "The Child of The Cavern)"
"The Waif of The Cynthia"


British author H.G. Wells [1866-1946]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells
"15 Classical Sci-Fi Books: Fifteen Novels by H.G. Wells" for Kindle [4/2015]
http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Sci-Fi-Books-Boxed-Set-ebook/dp/B00VO8Y8WS/

Collected Works of H.G. Wells in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  "Delphi Collected Works of H.G. Wells (Illustrated)" for Kindle [2011]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [4/2011] for $1.99 {sic}
Giant Kindle file (42MB!) that contains: all 32 novels in the U.S. public domain, with individual contents tables: "The Time Machine" [1895]; "The Wonderful Visit" [1895]; "The Island of Doctor Moreau" [1896]; "The Wheels of Chance" [1896]; "The Invisible Man" [1897]; "The War of The Worlds" [1898]; "When The Sleeper Wakes" [1899]; "Love and Mr Lewisham" [1900]; "The First Men In The Moon" [1901]; "The Sea Lady" [1902]; "The Food of The Gods and How It Came To Earth" [1904]; "Kipps" [1905]; "A Modern Utopia" [1905]; "In The Days of The Comet" [1906]; "The War In The Air" [1908]; "Tono-Bungay" [1909]; "Ann Veronica" [1909]; "The History of Mr Polly"
[1910]; "The Sleeper Awakes" [1910] revision of the 1899 edition; "The New Machiavelli" [1911]; "Marriage" [1912]; "The Passionate Friends" [1913]; "The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" [1914]; "The World Set Free" [1914]; "Bealby: A Holiday" [1915]; "Boon" [1915) (as Reginald Bliss]; "The Research Magnificent" [1915]; "Mr Britling Sees It Through" [1916]; "The Soul of a Bishop" [1917]; "Joan and Peter: The Story of An Education" [1918]; "The Undying Fire" [1919]; "The Secret Places of The Heart" [1922]; {his 19 later novels are still under copyright}; all of the U.S. public domain short stories, including rare tales available in no other collection (listed in both alphabetical and
chronological order): "The Early Short Stories"; "Select Conversations With An Uncle (Now Extinct)" [1895]; "The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents" [1895]; "The Plattner Story and Others"
[1897]; "Tales of Space and Time" [1899]; "Twelve Stories and A Dream" [1903]; "The Country of The Blind and Other Stories" [1911]; "The Door In The Wall and Other Stories" [1911]; "Uncollected Short Stories"; a wide selection of Wells’ non-fiction: "Text-Book of Biology" [1893]; "Certain Personal Matters" [1897]; "Anticipations of The Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought" [1901]; "The Discovery of The Future" [1902 lecture]; Preface to ‘Underground Man by Gabriel Tarde’; "Mankind In The Making" [1903]; "The Future In America" [1906]; "This Misery of Boots" [1907]; "New Worlds For Old" [1908]; "First and Last Things" [1908]; "Floor Games" [1911]; "Little Wars" [1913]; "The War That Will End War" [1914]; "An Englishman Looks At The World" [1914]; "What Is Coming?" [1916]; "The Elements of Reconstruction" [1916] using pseudonym D.P.; Introduction to ‘Nocturne by Frank Swinnerton’ [1917]; Introduction to ‘The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger’; "God The Invisible King" [1917]; "War and The Future (aka Italy, France and Britain At War)" [1917]; "In The Fourth Year" [1918]; "The Idea of A League of Nations" [1919]; "The Outline of History" [1920]; "Russia In The Shadows" [1920]; "The Salvaging of Civilization" [1921]; "A Short History of The World" [1922, rev 1946]; "Washington and The Hope of Peace (aka Washington and The Riddle of Peace)" [1922]; {over 40 later works are still under copyright}; and one critical essay: "H.G. Wells" by admirer J.D. Beresford [1915]



XXth  Century  Sci-fi  Authors

Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers book by Curtis S. Smith  "Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers" [1981]
by Curtis S. Smith

Palgrave Macmillan 11½x9 hardcover [10/81] out of print/many used
Science Fiction of the 20th Century Illustrated History book by Frank M. Robinson  "Science Fiction of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History" [1999]
by Frank M. Robinson

Barnes & Noble 11x10 pb [10/99] out of print/40+ used
Collectors Press 17¾x15 hardcover [10/99] out of print/many used
Speaking of The Fantastic / Interviews book by Darrell Schweitzer  "Speaking of The Fantastic: Interviews With Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy"
[2005] Conducted by Darrell Schweitzer

A collection of thirteen interviews with Terry Bisson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, John Brunner, Jonathan Carroll, Robert Holdstock, Ellen Kushner, Ursula K. LeGuin, Fritz Leiber, Ray Faraday Nelson, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Gene Wolfe
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [1/2011] for $6.99
Wildside Press 9x6 pb [9/2013] for $14.99
Wildside Press 9x6 pb [9/2005] for $17.95
Speaking of The Fantastic II / Interviews book by Darrell Schweitzer  "Speaking of The Fantastic II: Interviews With The Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy" [2005] Conducted by Darrell Schweitzer
Another selection of fascinating, informal conversations that took place from 1983 thru 2002: Peter S. Beagle, Octavia Butler, Philip Jose Farmer, Charles L. Harness, Michael Kandel, R.A. Lafferty, Jack McDevitt, Tim Powers, Charles Sheffield, Susan Shwartz {sic}, Michael Swanwick, Evangeline Walton, Gene Wolfe, Jane Yolen, and George Zebrowski
Wildside Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2005] for $17.95
Wildside Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2013] out of print/used
Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century book by Jane Frank  
"Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary" [2009] by Jane Frank
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [10/2013] for $49.99 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [10/2013] for $75.00
McFarland & Co. 10¼x7½ hardcover [2/2009] out of print/many used
Speaking of The Fantastic III / Interviews book by Darrell Schweitzer  "Speaking of The Fantastic III: Interviews With Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy"
[2011] Conducted by Darrell Schweitzer

Seventeen scintillating conversations with science fiction writers: D.G. Compton, Jack Dann, Esther M. Friesner, Gregory Frost, Joe W. Haldeman, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Geoffrey A. Landis, George R.R. Martin, James Morrow, Tom Purdom, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert J. Sawyer, Charles Stross, Harry Turtledove, Howard Waldrop, and Zoran Zivkovic
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [7/2012] for $2.71 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [11/2011] for $2.71 {sic}
Borgo Press 9x6 pb [11/2011] for $14.99

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Brian W. Aldiss, OBE [b. 1925]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Aldiss


'house name' author Victor Appleton of the Stratemeyer Syndicate publishing house
'Tom Swift in Outer Space' Books Series [1981-84]


Isaac Asimov [1920-92]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov
Isaac Asimov Mysteries at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore
Isaac Asimov Robot Mysteries at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore


Spirit of America Bookstore's
poet & author Ray Bradbury [1920-2012] Pages


Marion Zimmer Bradley [1930-99]


Algis Budrys


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950] Page


sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler [1947-2006]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

Octavia E. Butler biography by Gerry Canavan  "Octavia E. Butler (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)" [2016]
by Gerry Canavan

Kindle Edition from Univ Illinois Press [11/2016] for $11.99
Univ Illinois Press 9x6 pb [11/2016] for $22.00
Univ Illinois Press hardcover [11/2016] for $95.00 {sic}


Arthur C. Clarke [1917-2008]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke


Avram Davidson


Samuel R. Delany [b. 1942]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_R._Delany


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Philip K. Dick [1928-82] Page

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival [Jan 2016 = #4] in New York City

Library of America Philip K. Dick: Four Novels  "Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of The 1960s" [2007]
Edited by Jonathan Lethem

Library of America 8x5 hardcover [5/2007] for $26.39
includes "The Man In The High Castle" [1962], "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" [1965], "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" [1968], and "Ubik" [1969] which was listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Library of America Philip K. Dick: Five Novels  "Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of The 1960s & 70s" [2008]
Edited by Jonathan Lethem

Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [7/2008] for $30.02
includes "Martian Time-Slip" [1964]; "Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After The Bomb" [1965]; "Now Wait For Last Year" [1966]; "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" [1974]; and "A Scanner Darkly" [1977]


British author R. Lionel Fanthorpe [b. 1935]
From 1954 to 1965, Lionel Fanthorpe produced almost the entire scifi/supernatural list of the sleazy British imprint Badger Books;
his output under many pseudonyms ran to well over two hundred novels and collections, all now out of print
browse booksofficial websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

'March of The Robots' 1961 novel by Lionel Fanthorpe (Leo Brett)  Down the Badger Hole / Lionel Fanthorpe book edited by Debbie Cross  
"Down the Badger Hole: R. Lionel Fanthorpe - The Badger Years" [1995]
Edited by Debbie Cross, Introduction by David Langford

Wrigley Cross Books 8x5 pb [1995] out of print/scarce


author-editor Hugo Gernsback [1884-1967]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Gernsback


pulp author Edmond Hamilton [1904-77]
married to screenwriter Leigh Brackett [1915-78] from 1946 until his death
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0357836/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Hamilton
http://www.amazon.com/Edmond-Hamilton-MEGAPACK-Classic-Science-ebook/dp/B00FKFKVVS/

In 1940, Hamilton and pulp editor Leo Marguiles created Captain Future, Intergalactic Agent of Justice
as the lead character in a short running (17 issues) self-titled magazine.
https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Planet-Captain-Library-60-2335/dp/B000O9TBWK/
https://www.amazon.com/Calling-Captain-Future-Edmond-Hamilton/dp/B000J5GSZW/
https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Future-Tomorrow-Edmond-Hamilton/dp/B0029JFVZY/
https://www.amazon.com/Collected-Captain-Future-One/dp/1893887359/
https://www.amazon.com/Collected-Captain-Future-Two/dp/1893887405/
https://www.amazon.com/Collected-Captain-Future-Three/dp/189388774X/ [12/2013]


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88] Page


Frank Herbert [1920-86]
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Dune" Novels Page / Author Section
Frank Herbert entry at Wikipedia"Dune" franchise entry at Wikipedia


French cartoonist Hergé [real name Georges Prosper Remi 1907-83]
drew the popular 'Adventures of Tintin' comic strips and children's books
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herg%C3%A9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tintin

"Destination Moon" [#16 = 1953]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destination_Moon_(comics)

"Explorers On The Moon" [#17 = 1954]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorers_on_the_Moon


C.M. Kornbluth


Keith Laumer


Ursula K. Le Guin has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1959
browse booksbrowse DVDsmovie creditsWikipedia

animated banner for Ursula K. LeGuin's 'Earthsea' reissues in 2012
official 'Earthsea' websitebrowse 'Earthsea' books'Earthsea' entry at Wikipedia

more detailed information on Ursula K. Le Guin is at the Spirit of America Authors Pages / XXth Century Authors Dept.


Fritz Leiber


Scottish author Angus MacVicar [1908-2001]
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MacVicar wrote these "six {eight} thrilling science fiction adventure tales about Hesikos, filled with trials and tribulations, wonder and calamity"

The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "The Lost Planet" [#1 = 1953] by Angus MacVicar
Orphan Jeremy Grant is sent to Scotland to live with his uncle, a scientist who is building a rocketship to visit the approaching Planet Hesicosbook entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Venture Press [9/2015] for $2.99
Burke Publng hardcover [1960] out of print/scarce
Return To The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "Return To The Lost Planet" [#2 = 1954] by Angus MacVicar
Teenager Jeremy Grant helps to build a second rocketship to rescue his uncle who is marooned on Planet Hesicosbook entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Venture Press [10/2015] for $2.99
Burke Publng hardcover [1955] out of print/scarce
Burke Publng hardcover [1954] out of print/used
Secret of The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "Secret of The Lost Planet" [#3 = 1955] by Angus MacVicar
Evil menace Herr Schenke is on his way to Planet Hesikos to steal the powerful Electronome device to use to take over control of the galaxy, and Jeremy and Uncle Lachlan lead an expedition to stop him.
Kindle Edition from Venture Press [9/2015] for $2.99
Burke Publng hardcover [1961] out of print/scarce
Red Fire On The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "Red Fire On The Lost Planet" [#4 = 1959] by Angus MacVicar
Burke Publng hardcover [1959] out of print/scarce
Peril On The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "Peril On The Lost Planet" [#5 = 1960] by Angus MacVicar
Kindle Edition from Venture Press [3/2016] for $2.99
Space Agent From The Lost Planet novel by Angus MacVicar  "Space Agent From The Lost Planet" [#6 = 1961] by Angus MacVicar
Burke Publng hardcover [1961] out of print/scarce
Space Agent and The Isles of Fire novel by Angus MacVicar  "Space Agent and The Isles of Fire" [#7 = 1962] by Angus MacVicar
The eruption of a volcano in the South Atlantic seems to be caused by space aliens . . .
Roy Publrs hardcover [1963] out of print/scarce
Space Agent and The Ancient Peril novel by Angus MacVicar  "Space Agent and The Ancient Peril" [#8 = 1964] by Angus MacVicar
Burke Publng hardcover [1964] out of print/SOLD OUT!

"The Lost Planet" TV series [BBC-TV Jan 1954]
dust jacket for 1953 novel 'The Lost Planet' by Angus MacVicar  Six half-hour episodes based on the popular juvenile sci-fi novel by Angus MacVicar; a teenage orphan is sent to Scotland to live with his scientist uncle, whose team is building a rocketship to visit the planet Hesikos, in competition with a team from Eastern Europe
Directed by Bill Hitchcock; starring Peter Kerr, Mary Law, John Stuart, Joan Allen, Geoffrey Lumsden, John Springett, Joan Allen, Van Boolen, Wolfe Morris
{best guess: no kinescopes or film exist}credits at IMDb

"Return To The Lost Planet" TV series [BBC-TV Jan-March 1955]
Six half-hour episodes; after rescue by the Eastern European team, Jeremy Grant and his uncle's colleagues must build another rocketship
to retrieve the scientists still marooned on Planet Hesikos
{this TV series is considered lost}credits at IMDb



sci-fi author Richard Matheson [1926-2013]
browse booksbrowse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

'Somewhere In Time' official website
Richard Matheson entry at Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Richard Matheson Collected Stories  
"Richard Matheson: Collected Stories" [2003-2005]
Edited by Stanley Wiater

Volume 1: Gauntlet Press 8¼x5¼ pb [12/2003] for $11.53
Volume 2: Gauntlet Press 8x5¼ pb [2/2005] for $11.53
Volume 3: Gauntlet Press 8x5¼ pb [11/2005] for $12.71
Three Noir Novels by Richard Matheson  "Noir: Three Novels of Suspense" [1988] by Richard Matheson
includes "Someone Is Bleeding" [1953], "Fury On Sunday" [1953] & "Ride The Nightmare" [1959]
Forge 8¼x5¼ pb [9/2005] for $11.66
Forge 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/2005] for $21.24


Spirit of America Bookstore's
H. Beam Piper [1904-64] Page


Sir Terence David John 'Terry' Pratchett, OBE [1948-2015]
English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works; he is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett

"Discworld and The Disciplines: Critical Approaches To The Terry Pratchett Works" [4/2014]
by Anne Hiebert Alton & William C. Spruiell
http://www.amazon.com/Discworld-Disciplines-Approaches-Pratchett-Explorations/dp/0786474645/


Rod Serling [1924-75]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Serling


Robert Silverberg


Clifford D. Simak


Theodore 'Ted' Sturgeon [1918-85]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Sturgeon


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007] Page



XXIst  Century  Sci-fi  Authors

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sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_J._Anderson


sci-fi author John Scalzi of Fairfield, California
busy blogger & president (2010-13) of S.F.F.W.A., with 'a reputation as heir to the Heinlein throne'
browse booksofficial websiteWikipedia


sci-fi author Norman Spinrad
browse booksWikipedia


scifi/fantasy writer Connie Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado
browse booksofficial websiteauthor entry at Wikipedia

The Best of Connie Willis collection of scifi/fantasy stories  "The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories" [2013]
Ten stories and three award speeches in 500 pages, with 'new author commentary'
Kindle Edition from Del Rey/Random House [7/2013] for $13.99
Del Rey Books 8¼x5½ pb [4/2014] for $13.03
Del Rey Books deckle-edge 9½x6½ hardcover [7/2013] for $28.00


bestselling author Dima Zales
lives in Palm Coast, Florida with his wife author Anna Zaires
browse booksofficial website

"Mind Dimensions: Volumes 0-4" [2014-2015]
Mind Dimensions Omnibus books by Dima Zales   Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [4/2016] all 5 ebooks for $9.99
"Mind Dimensions 0: The Time Stopper" short story [2015]
A prequel focusing on Mira (possibly written by Zales's wife Anna Zaires)
62-page Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [1/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
62-page Mozaika Publns 7¾x5 pb [1/2015] for $5.99
"Mind Dimensions 1: The Thought Readers" [2014]
Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [10/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
Mozaika Publns 7¾x5 pb [10/2014] for $11.99
"Mind Dimensions 2: The Thought Pushers" [2014]
Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [12/2014] for $3.99
Mozaika Publns 7¾x5 pb [12/2014] for $14.99
"Mind Dimensions 3: The Enlightened" [2015]
Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [4/2015] for $4.99
Mozaika Publns 7¾x5 pb [4/2015] for $13.99
"Mind Dimensions 4: The Elders" [2015]
Kindle Edition from Mozaika Publns [7/2015] for $4.99
Mozaika Publns 7¾x5 pb [7/2015] for $16.99


Early  and  Selected  Science  Fiction  Works
A lot depends on how you define 'science fiction', which depends in turn on definitions of 'science' and of 'fiction';
these early tales qualify mostly because they are about traveling into or from space or visits to the Moon.

True History and Other Early Science Fiction Tales anthology edited by David Lear  "True History and Other Early Science Fiction Tales" [2013] Edited by David Lear
contains "The Dream of Scipio (Somnium Scipionis)" [circa 51 BCE] by Cicero; "A True History" and "Icaro-Menippus" [2nd Century CE] by Lucian of Samosata; "Urashima Taro" [8th Century Japan]; "The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter" [10th Century Japan]; "The Ebony Horse" and "The City of Brass" [from Arabian 'Thousand & One Nights', 1706]; and "Micromégas" [1752] by Voltaire [1694-1778]
Kindle Edition from Firestone Books [2/2013] for $5.99
Firestone Books 7¾x5 pb [2/2013] for $19.99
Somniuma / The Dream 1634 novel by Johannes Kepler  "Somniuma (The Dream): Sive Opus Posthumum de Astronomia Lunari" [1634]
by astronomer Johannes Kepler [1571-1630]

Written in the 1620s, published by Kepler's son in 1634; noted as the first science fiction story by both Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov; framed as a dream, an Icelandic boy is trained by mathematician Tycho Brahe and returns home to his mother, who is a witch; she summons a demon who describes the island Levania (our Moon, '50,000 miles up in the aether') and its inhabitants - 20 pages of story, followed by 80 pages of Kepler's mathematical footnotes
Kindle Edition from Nexum Ediciones [9/2013] for $4.99
CreateSpace 8x5 pb [5/2015] for $10.95
1965 edition, Translated & With Commentary by Edward Rosen
Dover Publns 8½x5½ pb [9/2003] out of print/used
Univ Wisconsin Press 9½x6½ hardcover [1967] out of print/used
1657 frontispiece & title pages of The Man in the Moone novel Francis Godwin  "The Man In The Moone: or, The Discovrse of A Voyage Thither"
Written in the 1620s by Francis Godwin [1562-1633], and published in 1638 as by Domingo Gonsales; the second edition of 1657 bore the initials F.G. B. of H. {Francis Godwin, Bishop of Hereford}; designated the first science fiction story in the English language; a Spanish traveler trains geese to power a machine that flies him to the Moon, where he finds a Christian utopian society; text modernized for the Firestone editions
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2012] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from Firestone Books [2/2013] for $9.99
Firestone Books 7¾x5 pb [2/2013] for $14.99
Logaston Press 8½x5½ hardcover [10/96] out of print/used

The Emperor of The Moon 1687 stageplay  "The Emperor of The Moon: A Farce" stageplay [1687] by Mrs. Aphra Behn [1640-89]
Described as a Restoration farce; English version translated from the French version, which was translated from a Commedia Dell’arte version of Italy; plot involves a woman scientist who believes that there is a civilization on the Moon; she is blocking her daughter and her niece from marrying the men that they choose, so the game becomes convincing the woman that both men are from the Moon . . .
Kindle Edition from Evergreen Books [6/2011] for $1.99
The British Library 9x6¾ pb [3/2010] for $14.99
Kessinger Publng 10x7 hardcover [9/2010] for $29.56
stageplay entry at Wikipedia • etext of the 1688 second edition free online at UPenn Digital Library
recent productions include Shakespeare & Company's Rose Footprint Theatre in Lenox, MA in July & August 2016 and Hope Theater at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in February 2017

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'Captain Rocket' 1951 single-issue comic book  "Captain Rocket" single-issue comic book [1951]
by Kari A Therrian for P.L. Publng Co.

five stories in 36 color pages: "The Graveyard of The Rocketeers", "Monsteroids of The Underworld", "Captain Rocket Meets The Mind Stealers", "Pirate of The Stratosphere" featuring Space Falcon, and "The Man Who Wanted A World!" featuring Aurora of Jupiter
CreateSpace facsimile 11x8½ comic book [3/2015] for $12.99
Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds book by Dale Kutzera  "Andy McBean and The War of The Worlds" [#1 = 2014] by Dale Kutzera
Boy middle schooler is survivng another tough year in the soggy Pacific Northwest when a meteor lands on his front lawn; the situation changes quickly when a towering machine steps out of the meteor . . .
Kindle Edition from Salmon Bay Books [10/2014] for FREE {sic}
Salmon Bay Books 8x5¼ pb [6/2014] for $8.99
author's official website

https://www.amazon.com/McBean-Leagues-Under-Amazing-Adventures/dp/0692350675/
https://www.amazon.com/Andy-McBean-World-Amazing-Adventures-ebook/dp/B017WCKL4I/

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Collections & Anthologies & Guides
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Books  About  Science  Fiction

Riddle of The Flying Saucers book by Gerald Heard  "Is Another World Watching?: The Riddle of The Flying Saucers"
[Carroll & Nicholson, London 1950] by Gerald Heard

Bantam Books mass pb [1953] out of print/used
Harper USA 8x5½ hardcover [1951] out of print/used
Cultures Beyond The Earth book edited by Magoroh Maruyama & Arthur Harkins   "Cultures Beyond The Earth: The Role of Anthropology In Outer Space" [1975]
Edited by Magoroh Maruyama & Arthur Harkins, Foreword by Alvin Toffler, Afterword by Sol Tax

Vintage mass pb [1975] out of print/used
Pictorial History of Science Fiction book by David A. Kyle  "A Pictorial History of Science Fiction" [1977] by David A. Kyle
featuring Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Hugo Gernsback
Hamlyn Publng Group {pulps cover} hardcover [1986] out of print/used
Book Sales 13x9½ hardcover [3/79] out of print/many used
Hamlyn Publng Group 12¾x9½ hardcover [1977] out of print/used
Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams by David A. Kyle  "The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams: The Visions & Inventions of The Great SF Writers & Artists" [1977] by David A. Kyle
Hamlyn Publng Group 12¾x9½ hardcover [1977] out of print/used
Art of Science Fiction book by Frank Kelly Freas  "The Art of Science Fiction" [1977]
by {Hugo-winning illustrator} Frank Kelly Freas, Introduction by Isaac Asimov

Donning Company Publrs 10½x8¼ pb [12/77] out of print/50+ used
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction book by John Clute & Peter Nicholls  "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" [1993]
by John Clute & Peter Nicholls

St. Martin's Press 9¼x7½ pb [11/95] out of print/many used
St. Martin's Press 9½x7½ hardcover [4/93] out of print/used
Science Fiction Illustrated Encyclopedia book by John Clute  "Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia" [1995] by John Clute
Dorling Kindersley 11¾x10 hardcover [10/95] out of print/100+ used
Dorling Kindersley Publrs 11½x9½ hardcover [10/95] out of print/used
Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction book by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn  "The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction" [2003]
by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn

book won W.S.F.S. Hugo Award
Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [12/2003] for $17.20
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2003] for $28.51
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [12/2003] for $93.72
Speculations On Speculation Theories of Science Fiction book edited by James Gunn & Matthew Candelaria  "Speculations On Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction" [2005]
Edited by James Gunn & Matthew Candelaria

24 reprinted articles and essays; contributors include Brian W. Aldiss & David Wingrove, Samuel R. Delany, David Ketterer, Ursula K. LeGuin, Barry N. Malzberg, Alexei & Cory Panshin, Robert Scholes, Darko Suvin, Michael Swanwick, and Gary K. Wolfe
Scarecrow Press pb [2/2005] for $42.00
publisher official cover for 'The Gospel According to Science Fiction' book by Gabriel McKee  "The Gospel According To Science Fiction: From The Twilight Zone To The Final Frontier" [2007] by Gabriel McKee
Kindle Edition from Westminster John Knox Press [2007 edition] for $9.99
Westminster John Knox Press 8½x5½ pb [1/2007] for $13.83
Routledge Companion to Science Fiction book  "The Routledge Companion To Science Fiction" [2009]
Fifty-six entries selected by Editors Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts, Sherryl Vint
Kindle Edition from Routledge [3/2009] for $43.41 {sic}
Routledge 9½x6¾ pb [3/2009] for $49.76
Routledge 9¾x7 hardcover [3/2009] out of print/used
Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction book by Mark Bould & Sherryl Vint   "The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction" [2011]
by Mark Bould & Sherryl Vint

Kindle Edition etextbook from Routledge [2/2011] for $25.16 {sic}
Routledge 9¼x6 pb [4/2011] for $34.95
Routledge 9¼x6 hardcover [4/2011] for $111.55 {sic}
Religion and Science Fiction anthology edited by James F. McGrath  "Religion and Science Fiction" anthology [2011]
Edited by James F. McGrath

Kindle Edition from Pickwick/Wipf & Stock Publrs [8/2011] for $14.00
Wipf & Stock Publrs, Oregon 9x6 pb [8/2011] for $20.68
Holy Sci-Fi! / Science Fiction & Religion book by Paul J. Nahin  "Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect" [2014]
by Paul J. Nahin

Kindle Edition from Springer [4/2014] for $9.99
Springer 9¼x6 pb [4/2014] for $13.99
Religion in Science Fiction / Extinction of a Genre book by Steven Hrotic  "Religion In Science Fiction: The Evolution of An Idea and The Extinction of A Genre" [2014] by Steven Hrotic
Kindle Edition from Bloomsbury Academic [7/2014] for $28.99 {sic}
Bloomsbury Academic 9¼x6 pb [1/2016] for $37.95
Bloomsbury Academic 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2014] for $112.00 {sic}
Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction book by Rob Latham   "The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction" [2014]
by Rob Latham

Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [9/2014] for $103.99 {sic}
Oxford Univ Press 10x7¼ hardcover [10/2014] for $154.40 {sic}
Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction book edited by Eric Carl Link & Gerry Canavan  "The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction" [2015]
Edited by Eric Carl Link & Gerry Canavan

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [1/2015] for $13.30
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/2015] for $27.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2015] for $80.00
Time Travel History book by James Gleick  "Time Travel: A History" [2016] by James Gleick
Kindle Edition from Pantheon/Random House [9/2016] for $14.99
Pantheon 7¾x6½ hardcover [9/2016] for $17.27
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Tales Before Narnia book edited by Douglas A. Anderson  "Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction - Classic Stories That Inspired C.S. Lewis" [2008]
Edited & with Commentary by Douglas A. Anderson

Kindle Edition from Del Rey/Random House [2008 edition] for $11.99
Del Rey 9¼x6¼ pb [3/2008] for $15.00
The most-important piece here is “The Wood That Time Forgot: The Enchanted Wood”, excerpted from a never-before-published fantasy by Lewis’s biographer & friend Roger Lancelyn Green that directly inspired "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"; “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Child and The Giant” fairytale by Owen Barfield, “The Coloured Lands" by G.K. Chesterton, “The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton” by Charles Dickens, “Undine” by Fouqué, “The Wind In The Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, “The Wish House” by Rudyard Kipling, “Tegner's Drapa” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Magic Mirror” by George MacDonald, “Fastosus & Avaro” by John Macgowan, “A King's Lesson” by William Morris, “The Aunt and Amabel” by Edith Nesbit, “The Tapestried Chamber” by Sir Walter Scott, “The Waif Woman” by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Letters From Hell” by Valdemar Thisted, “The Dragon's Visit” poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, and “Et In Septiternum Pereant” by Charles Williams

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Documentary  Films  About  Science  Fiction

Real History of Science Fiction BBC-TV mini-series  "The Real History of Science Fiction" 4-part TV mini-series [BBC-TV April 2014]
four 60-minute (or 43-minute) episodes, entitled 'Robots', 'Space', 'Invasion', and 'Time'
Presented by Dominic Sandbrook; narrated by Mark Gatiss; featuring Brian Aldiss, Kenny Baker, Scott Bakula, Donald P. Bellisario, John Carpenter, Chris Carter, Rick Carter, Veronica Cartwright, Peter Coyote, Anthony Daniels, Joe Dante, Richard Dreyfuss, Keir Dullea, Roland Emmerich, Hampton Fancher, Nathan Fillion, Neil Gaiman, Bob Gale, William Gibson, Karen Gillan, Rutger Hauer, Gale Anne Hurd, Rian Johnson, Dr. Michio Kaku, Alan Ladd Jr., John Landis, Ursula K. Le Guin, Christopher Lloyd, Syd Mead, Nicholas Meyer, Steven Moffat, Edward Neumeier, Nichelle Nichols, Audrey Niffenegger, Edward James Olmos, Haley Joel Osment, Owen Paterson, David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples, Kim Stanley Robinson, Adam Rogers, Danny Rubin, Carl Sagan, Zoe Saldana, William Shatner, Ed Solomon, David Tennant, Phil Tippett, Douglas Trumbull, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller, and Alex Winter, with archive footage of Isaac Asimov & Arthur C. Clarke • Region 1 DVD not available • full credits at IMDb

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Other  Media

March 2016 article "A Crash Course In The History of Black Science Fiction" by Nisi Shawl


Movies  &  Television
screen shot of Captain Z-Ro's headquarters on planet Earth, from the 1955 television series
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_science_fiction_films
http://gearpatrol.com/2013/12/06/definitive-mens-movie-collection-50-best-sci-fi-fantasy-movies/
http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-100-best-sci-fi-movies

"Metropolis" 1927 Silent Movie Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Stanley Kubrick's "2001" Movie Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

'Star Wars' Movies Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

"Blade Runner" 1982 Movie Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Cyber Film Festival at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Science Fiction Film Festival at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store  4/2016

"Doctor Who" TV Series Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store  

SciFlicks science fiction cinema


Stageplays, Other Media

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"R.U.R. {Rossum's Universal Robots}: A Fantastic Melodrama" stageplay [Czechoslovakia 1920]
details at Spirit of America's Robots & Cyborgs Page / Other Media Section

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Greatest Hits From Outer Space album on CD   "Greatest Hits From Outer Space" [2013]
Ace Import music CD [7/2013] 24 tracks for $20.13
The songs & artists are: "Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Prelude" by Richard Strauss (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra); "Armstrong"
(John Stewart); "Destination Moon" (The Ames Brothers); "Doctor Who Radio Theme" (B.B.C. Radiophonic Workshop); "Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon" (Thelma Houston); "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" (Bobby Womack); "Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll"
(Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men); "Footprints On The Moon" (Johnny Harris & His Orchestra); "Forbidden Planet Theme"
(David Rose & His Orchestra); "Happy Blues For John Glenn" (Lightnin' Hopkins); "Lunar Rhapsody" (Les Baxter Orchestra, with Samuel J. Hoffman on theremin); "Maid of The Moon" (Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo); "Mr. Spaceman" (The Byrds); "Rocket Ship"
(Vernon Green & The Medallions); "Rocket To The Moon" (Moon Mullican); "Rockin' In The Orbit (Space Satellite)" (Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra); "Space Oddity" (David Bowie); "Space Flight" (I Roy, with Lee Perry); "Space Ship To Mars" (Gene Vincent); "Telstar" (The Tornados); "Theme From Star Trek" (Leonard Nimoy); "The Twilight Zone Theme" (The Ventures); "Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer" (Ella Fitzgerald); and "Visa To The Stars" (Jean-Jacques Perrey & Gershon Kingsley)

"Out-a Space: Spotnicks in London" music CD [1962] 55 3/31; mail=by The Spotnicks
http://www.amazon.com/Out-Space-Spotnicks-London-SPOTNICKS/dp/B00CI5MYFY/ [6/2013]

"Out of This World!" music CD [] by The Spotnicks
RUSS / GOODWIN,RON SPOTNICKS / GARCIA (Artist)
http://www.amazon.com/This-World-GOODWIN-SPOTNICKS-GARCIA/dp/B00XYYO2V2/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spotnicks
http://www.spotnicks.net/

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http://www.amazon.com/Asimovs-Science-Fiction/dp/B00005N7VQ/
http://www.amazon.com/Analog-Science-Fiction-Fact/dp/B00005N7VP/
http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Science-Fiction-print-edition/dp/B00006KDW3/


Image  Gallery

cover for Popular Mechanics Magazine of March 1950 - you could call its contents 'speculative non-fiction'         color still photograph from Kubrick's 1968 "2001: A Space Odyssey" of the space station near the moon         cover for Analog Magazine of September 1965         cover for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine of January 1953         25th Anniversary cover for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction of October 1974


Selected  Quotations

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
— Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"What they didn't realize is that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time."
— Doris Lessing [1919-2013]

"Science fiction encourages us to explore . . . all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision."
— Marion Zimmer Bradley [1930-99]

"I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, no matter how badly written, has a distinct therapeutic value
because all of it has as its primary postulate: that the world does change. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that idea."
Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities." — Theodore Sturgeon [1918-85]

"It is said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things. Science fiction is the improbable made possible,
and fantasy is the impossible made probable." — Rod Serling [1924-75]

"Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."
— Susan Sontag [1933-2004]

"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief . . . that the forces which move the stars and atoms
are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart." — Walter Lippmann [1889-1974]

"Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there, it's about thinking how that world might be – a particularly important exercise for those who are
oppressed, because if they're going to change the world [that] we live in, they – and all of us – have to be able to think about a world that works differently."
— Samuel R. Delany

"Without the dreamers who write science fiction and other imaginary material we'd still be sitting in caves . . . if we weren't already extinct."
— William C. Samples

"Dune is the bestselling science fiction book of all time. It's something [that] you really need to read in your lifetime. If you're going
to read The Lord of The Rings, which everyone should, then you have to read Dune too." — Kevin J. Anderson

"Politicians should read science fiction, not Westerns and detective stories."
— Arthur C. Clarke [1917-2008]

"In science fiction, we dream." — poet & author Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

"I've long maintained that the health of an enlightened and progressive society is measured by how vibrant
is its science fiction, since that is where true self-critique and appraisal and hope lie." — David Brin



L i n k s
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