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My SF collection can be divided into a lot of different sub-types. In some cases I have enough of a particular type to give it a page of its own. In others, I don't. Some of those 'others' have been collected here.

The Golden Age of SF

The extent of the "Golden Age" of SF varies depending on who you ask, but most people use it to refer to the first great flowering of science fiction, roughly from 1930 to 1950, when SF writers could let their imaginations fly free. Clarke, van Vogt, Bradbury, Silverberg, Pohl -- the list of Golden Age SF masters goes on and on. Many of their works remain great reads, even decades after they were written.

  • BEST OF HAL CLEMENT, THE
    Author: Clement, Hal
    Copyright:1979
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-27689-2

  • BEST OF L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP
    Author: De Camp, L. Sprague
    Copyright:1978
    Publisher: Nelson Doubleday
    ISBN:

  • BEST OF LESTER DEL REY
    Author: Del Rey, Lester
    Copyright:1978
    Publisher: Del Rey Impact
    ISBN: 0-345-43949-X

  • MORE THAN ONE UNIVERSE
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Copyright:1991
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-29189-0
    A collection of most of Arthur C. Clarke's outstanding SF short stories.
  • QUEST FOR THE FUTURE
    Author: Van Vogt, A.E.
    Copyright:1970
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN:

  • RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Copyright:1973
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-29731-8

  • SLAN (Collector's Edition)
    Author: Van Vogt, A. E.
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Easton Press
    ISBN:

  • VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLE, THE
    Author: Van Vogt, A. E.
    Copyright:1950
    Publisher: Macfadden
    ISBN:
    The story of the explorer starship Space Beagle and some of its encounters with alien life: Coeurl, the catlike monster; Ixtl, a four-armed scarlet thing from a previous universe; the birdlike, telepathic Riim; and the Anabis, a cloudlike creature that f

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Dream Park

Great SF isn't restricted to the Golden Age. In the early 1980s, Larry Niven and Stephen Barnes co-wrote a magnificent novel called DREAM PARK. Part SF, part fantasy, part mystery, it was set amidst a futuristic Live Action Role Playing Game created using players, live actors, computer holograms, and other kinds of stage effects. Niven and Barnes followed with three more "Dream Park" novels -- and perhaps still more to come.

  • CALIFORNIA VOODOO GAME, THE
    Author: Larry Niven & Steve Barnes
    Copyright:1992
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-38148-3

  • DREAM PARK
    Author: Niven & Barnes
    Copyright:1981
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-16727-6

  • BARSOOM PROJECT, THE
    Author: Niven, Barnes
    Copyright:1989
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-16712-8
    Sequel to DREAM PARK, involving a 'Fat Ripper Special' Game based on Fimbulwinter.

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Traveling in Time

Time travel has always been a favorite topic of SF authors, as far back as H.G. Wells' classic The Time Machine. Many authors have tried their hand at it, with various amounts of success. A bad time travel story can be painful to read, but a good one is a special kind of fun. These are good ones.

  • CRYPTOZOIC!
    Author: Aldiss, Brian
    Copyright:1967
    Publisher: Avon Books
    ISBN: 0-380-01672-9

  • DECHRONIZATION OF SAM MAGRUDER
    Author: Simpson, George Gaylord
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    ISBN: 0-312-13963-2

  • MASTODONIA
    Author: Simak, Clifford
    Copyright:1978
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-27427-X

  • RIVERS OF TIME
    Author: De Camp, L. Sprague
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: Baen
    ISBN: 0-671-72195-X

  • THRICE UPON A TIME
    Author: Hogan, James
    Copyright:1980
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-27518-7
    Hard-science SF about a scientist who invents a machine that can send messages through time.
  • TIME SAFARI
    Author: Drake, David
    Copyright:1982
    Publisher: Baen
    ISBN: 0-671-69812-5

  • TIMEMASTER
    Author: Forward, Robert L.
    Copyright:1992
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-51644-3

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Interstellar SF

Say "science fiction," and one of the first things that comes to mind is starships. Interplanetary and interstellar travel. Small ships, large ships, ships fifteen miles long, ships as small as a WW2 fighter plane. Most of these stories don't qualify as hard-science SF because they assume faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible when as far as we know it isn't. Beyond that, these can be mighty good stories, and also mighty good science fiction.

  • DOWNBELOW STATION
    Author: CHERRYH, C.J.
    Copyright:1981
    Publisher: Daw
    ISBN: 0-87997-828-7

  • ENGINES OF GOD, THE
    Author: McDevitt, Jack
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-00284-6

  • HELLSPARK
    Author: Kagan, Janet
    Copyright:1988
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-54275-4

  • HUNTING PARTY
    Author: Moon, Elizabeth
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: Baen Books
    ISBN: 0-671-72176-3

  • MAN IN THE MAZE, THE
    Author: Silverberg, Robert
    Copyright:1969
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-38539-2

  • MARTIAN CHRONICLES, THE
    Author: Bradbury, Ray
    Copyright:1958
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-13179-6
    Bradbury's classic collection of stories about Earth's settlement of Mars.
  • ONCE A HERO
    Author: Moon, Elizabeth
    Copyright:1997
    Publisher: Baen Books
    ISBN: 0-671-87871-9

  • RINGWORLD
    Author: Niven, Larry
    Copyright:1970
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-33392-6

  • FLASHFORWARD
    Author: Sawyer, Robert J.
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Tor Books
    ISBN: 0-812-58034-6

  • STARPLEX
    Author: Sawyer, Robert J.
    Copyright:1996
    Publisher: Ace Books
    ISBN: 0-441-00372-9

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Unusual and Esoteric

SF can take a lot of different forms, and some of them can get pretty weird. For example, one can write SF based on mathematics. Or on mythology. Or on ... well, just about anything one can imagine, as long as it follows the rules of science.

  • FANTASIA MATHEMATICA
    Author: Fadiman, Clifton (ed.)
    Copyright:1958
    Publisher: Copernicus
    ISBN: 0-387-94931-3

  • MATHEMATICAL MAGPIE, THE
    Author: Fadiman, Clifton
    Copyright:1962
    Publisher: Copernicus
    ISBN: 0-387-94950-X

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Alternate History

History is full of might-have-beens. The concept of "alternate history," where you change one or more of those might-have-beens and then see what happens, has caught on in the last 20 years or so. Often the gimmick that sets off these stories is some variety of time travel, but I don't see them as "time travel stories" because time travel itself plays no role in the story after the initial time-jump.

  • 1632
    Author: Flint, Eric
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Baen Books
    ISBN: 0-671-31972-8

  • AGAINST THE TIDE OF YEARS
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Copyright:1999
    Publisher: Roc Books
    ISBN: 0-451-45743-9

  • GUNS OF THE SOUTH, THE
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Copyright:1992
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-38468-7

  • ISLAND IN THE SEA OF TIME
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Copyright:1998
    Publisher: Roc Books
    ISBN: 0-451-45675-0

  • LORD OF LIGHT
    Author: Zelazny, Roger
    Copyright:1976
    Publisher: Avon
    ISBN: 0-380-01403-3
    A strange SF novel based on a variant of Hindu mythology.
  • ON THE OCEANS OF ETERNITY
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Copyright:2000
    Publisher: Roc Books
    ISBN: 0-451-45780-3

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