The Year of the Quiet Sun
The Year of the Quiet Sun is a 1970 science fiction novel by American writer Wilson Tucker, dealing with the use of forward time travel to ascertain future political and social events. It won a retrospective John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1976, it was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1970, a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1971. During a vacation on a Florida beach in the summer of 1978, Brian Chaney, a demographer and biblical scholar, is approached by a woman named Kathryn van Hise. Assuming her to be a reporter interested in a controversial book he just published on the Dead Sea scrolls, she informs him that she works for the federal Bureau of Standards and that she is recruiting him for a physical survey of the future via a secretly constructed "TDV" or time displacement vehicle; when Chaney demurs, she informs him that his contract has been purchased from the think tank where he works, leaving him little choice. The reluctant Chaney travels by armored train to a military installation south of Illinois.
There he is teamed with two diversely talented military officers, United States Air Force Major William Moresby and United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Arthur Saltus. Chaney soon finds that he shares with Saltus an attraction to Kathryn, their civilian liaison, but unlike Saltus, Chaney lacks the assertiveness to pursue her aggressively. Instead he focuses his attention on the project, soon ordered by the President of the United States to embark on their first mission, a trip two years into the future to discover whether he wins the 1980 presidential election; the three travel to the Thursday after the election on individual trips, with first Moresby and Saltus going first according to military seniority. Chaney, as a civilian, is the last to leave, but arrives earlier than the others due to a temporal navigation instrument error, they discover that the president, whom Chaney despises as a weak man, wins the election in a landslide as a result of his successful handling of ongoing race riots in Chicago, that these riots have resulted in the building of a wall down the middle of Cermak Road dividing the north of the city from the south.
They learn that the nation is under martial law after a failed attempt by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take over the government by coup d'état, one thwarted because of the advance knowledge the time travelers will bring back of it. While preparing for their return, Saltus informs Chaney of an additional discovery: a marriage license between him and Kathryn. With Saltus gloating in the knowledge of his successful courtship, Chaney concedes the pursuit to him. With the success of the initial mission, the three are authorized to travel further into the future, they plan to travel to dates of their own choosing within the coming two decades, with each trip to be separated by a year in order to provide broader coverage. Moresby goes first and travels to July 4, 1999, only to emerge in the middle of a racial civil war in which Chicago had been attacked with a nuclear bomb launched from China on behalf of black guerrillas. Getting involved in a battle between base troops and invading "ramjets", as the black guerrillas are called, Moresby dies in an attack on a ramjet mortar position.
Saltus is the next to go, traveling to the date of his 50th birthday in 2000. Upon his arrival he discovers remnants of the battle, is nearly killed by survivors hiding out on the base. Wounded, he is assisted back to the displacement vehicle by an unknown figure and returns to the present, taking with him a tape-recorded report that Moresby had made upon his arrival. Forewarned by Saltus's experience, Chaney travels further into the future. Not having chosen a date, disillusioned by his experiences on the 1980 trip, he arrives at an indeterminate point in "2000-plus", by which time the power from the base's nuclear reactor has been disrupted, causing the chronometers set up for the travelers to shut down. Venturing outside the building, he finds the base to be long-neglected, apart from a cistern and a grave. While further investigating the grave, he is approached by a young man and a woman who identify themselves as Arthur and Kathryn's children, they take Chaney to Kathryn, now elderly, who reveals to Chaney that civilization collapsed as an indirect result of the time travel project.
When Chaney asks how much of this information he reports, she informs him that he reported none of it, that with the loss of power the time displacement vehicle could no longer return to the past and that Chaney was forever trapped in the future. Although it is foreshadowed earlier in the book, only at this point is the reader explicitly told a fact that makes Chaney's predicament all the more tragic, he is the only such member of the project. "Everyone fears you. "I am the only one here who does not fear a black man." In her introduction to the 1979 Gregg Press edition of the novel, writer Sandra Miesel praised the novel as "an intimate drama of Armageddon played out within the boundaries of Will County, Illinois by a cast of five principals." She noted the way Wilson linked the America of the novel and the Qumran community of ancient Palestine, which are introduced through Chaney's background as a biblical scholar who had published a book on the Dead Sea scrolls prior to the start of the novel.
The parallels were made explicit through Biblical motifs that appear throughout the novel, with characters paralleling types
Fourth Mansions is a science fiction novel by American author R. A. Lafferty, first published as an Ace Science Fiction Special in 1969. A UK hardcover was issued by Dennis Dobson in 1972, with a Star Books paperback following in 1977. A French translation appeared in 1973. American reprint editions were issued by Bart Books and by Wildside Press. Fourth Mansions was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1970, placed fifth in the Locus Poll for best novel in the same year. Fourth Mansions was inspired by Teresa of Ávila's Interior Castle, contains quotations from the book, which Lafferty uses as chapter headings; the Interior Castle is a metaphor for an individual's soul. In the middle of the Castle the soul is in the purest state. Lafferty uses more complex symbols in telling a many-sided tale of an individual's reaching towards Heaven or Truth; the novel concerns a time of great change, when four forces – in the form of secret societies – contend to control the next phase of humanity's history.
In the middle is Fred Foley, an innocent reporter. One of these forces intends to unleash a deadly virus on the US, the others attempt to stop them. A revolution by Mexican migrants, the craft of "mind weaving" and a strange group of "Patricks", all tramps but with great resources, appear in the center of a narrative, it has been noted that Illuminatus! repeated several of the themes of this book, including the plague and secret society elements. James Blish recommended Fourth Mansions, calling it "inventive" and "fascinating straight through-and as a dividend, it is funny", but faulted it for "a whole lot of over-writing" and "speeches that could never come out of a human mouth", he noted that beneath the narrative's superficial chaos lay a "consistent and pervasive" symbolic structure assuring that "the book makes perfect sense". Lester Del Rey, dismissed the novel, saying "everything is cluttered up. Repeated symbols, legend and assorted other things intrude to the point where there is no consistent tone or attack."The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction described Fourth Mansions as "a cartoonishly oneiric conflict between cosmic good and evil that draws on the mystic visions of Saint Theresa of Avila"
Philip K. Dick
Philip Kindred Dick was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, altered states of consciousness, his writing reflected his interest in metaphysics and theology, drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality, drug abuse and transcendental experiences. Born in Illinois, he moved to California and began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s, his stories found little commercial success. His 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel, he followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Ubik. His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel. Following a series of religious experiences in February 1974, Dick's work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology and the nature of reality, as in such novels as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS.
A collection of his non-fiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, he died at age 53, due to complications from a stroke. Dick's writing produced 44 published novels and 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. A variety of popular films based on Dick's works has been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau, Blade Runner 2049; the Man in the High Castle, was made into a multi-season television series. In 2005, Time named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series. Philip Kindred Dick and his twin sister, Jane Charlotte Dick, were born six weeks prematurely on December 16, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy and Joseph Edgar Dick, who worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, his paternal grandparents were Irish.
The death of Philip's twin Jane six weeks after their birth, on January 26, 1929, profoundly affected Philip's life, leading to the recurrent motif of the "phantom twin" in his books. His family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area; when Philip was five, his father was transferred to Nevada. Both parents fought for custody of Philip, awarded to the mother. Dorothy, determined to raise Philip alone, took a job in Washington, D. C. and moved there with her son. Philip was enrolled at John Eaton Elementary School, his lowest grade was a "C" in Written Composition, although a teacher remarked that he "shows interest and ability in story telling". He was educated in Quaker schools. In June 1938, Dorothy and Philip returned to California, it was around this time that he became interested in science fiction. Dick stated that he read his first science fiction magazine, Stirring Science Stories in 1940 at the age of 12. Dick attended Berkeley High School in California, he and fellow science fiction author Ursula K.
Le Guin did not know each other at the time. After graduation, he attended the University of California, with an honorable dismissal granted January 1, 1950. Dick did not declare a major and took classes in history, psychology and zoology. Through his studies in philosophy, he believed that existence is based on internal human perception, which does not correspond to external reality. After reading the works of Plato and pondering the possibilities of metaphysical realms, Dick came to the conclusion that, in a certain sense, the world is not real and there is no way to confirm whether it is there; this question from his early studies persisted as a theme in many of his novels. Dick dropped out according to his third wife Anne's memoir, she says he disliked the mandatory ROTC training. At Berkeley, Dick befriended poet Robert Duncan and poet and linguist Jack Spicer, who gave Dick ideas for a Martian language. Dick claimed to have hosted a classical music program on KSMO Radio in 1947. From 1948 to 1952, Dick worked at a record store on Telegraph Avenue.
Dick sold his first story in 1951, about “a dog who imagined that the garbagemen who came every Friday morning were stealing valuable food which the family had stored away in a safe metal container”, from on wrote full-time. During 1952, his first speculative fiction publications appeared in July and September numbers of Planet Stories, edited by Jack O'Sullivan, in If and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that year, his debut novel was Solar Lottery, published in 1955 as half of Ace Double #D-103 alongside The Big Jump by Leigh Brackett. The 1950s were a difficult and impoverished time for Dick, who once lamented, "We couldn't pay the late fees on a library book." He published exclusively within the science fiction genre, but dreamed of a career in mainstream fiction. During the 1950s, he produced a series of non-genre conventional novels. In 1960, he wrote that he was willing to "take twenty to thirty years to succ
Ron Goulart is an American popular culture historian and mystery and science fiction author. Goulart was prolific, wrote many novelizations and other routine work under various pseudonyms: Kenneth Robeson, Con Steffanson, Chad Calhoun, R. T. Edwards, Ian R. Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, Joseph Silva. Goulart's first professional publication was a 1952 reprint of the SF story "Letters to the Editor" in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, his early career in advertising and marketing influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, Goulart wrote the text for Chex Press, a newspaper parody published on Ralston Purina cereal boxes, he contributed to P. S. and other magazines, along with his book review column for Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines is his best known non-fiction book. Goulart's fiction is characterized by several themes, including humor, technology gone wrong and heroes with superhuman powers.
His humorous crime and science fiction includes tales about robots and historical Hollywood figures, such as Groucho Marx. In the 1970s, he wrote several novels based on Lee Falk's The Phantom for Avon Books, using the pseudonym "Frank Shawn", he has written comic book stories and short stories about The Phantom for Moonstone Books from 2003 to present. Goulart has written novelizations for televisions programs such as Laverne & Shirley, wrote several "romance" novels under feminine pseudonyms, it is known that Goulart ghost wrote the TekWar series of books credited to the actor William Shatner. He has ghosted novels featuring the Phantom, Flash Gordon and the pulp character the Avenger. A collection of his mystery short stories and Eve on a Raft, was published in 2001 by Crippen & Landru. Goulart is married to author Frances Sheridan Goulart and has two sons, Sean-Lucien and Steffan Eamon. In the early 1970s, Goulart wrote several scripts for Marvel Comics adaptations of classic science fiction stories.
In the decade, he collaborated with artist Gil Kane on the Star Hawks newspaper strip. In the early 1990s, he scripted Marvel's TekWar comics series. Goulart has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award, once for his 1970 science fiction novel After Things Fell Apart; the Hardboiled Dicks: An Anthology and Study of Pulp Detective Fiction Assault on Childhood Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines The Adventurous Decade: Comic Strips In the Thirties ISBN 9780870002526 Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History The Dime Detectives The Great Comic Book Artists ISBN 978-0312345570 Focus on Jack Cole Ron Goulart's Great History of Comic Books: the Definitive Illustrated History from the 1890s to the 1980s ISBN 978-0809250455 The Encyclopedia of American Comics: From 1897 to the Present ISBN 978-0816018529 The Comic Book Reader's Companion: an A-Z Guide to Everyone's Favorite Art Form ISBN 9780062731173 Masked Marvels and Jungle Queens: Great Comic Book Covers of the'40s The Funnies: 100 Years of American Comic Strips ISBN 9781558505391 Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels and Artists in the Comic Book Universe ISBN 978-0060538163 Good Girl Art Good Girl Art Around the World Alex Raymond: An Artistic Journey: Adventure and Romance (2016 Series: Flash Gordon The Lion Men of Mongo The Space Circus The Plague of Sound The Time Trap of Ming XIII Barnum System The Fire-Eater Clockwork Pirates Shaggy Planet Spacehawk, Inc.
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Terry Gene Carr was an American science fiction fan, author and writing instructor. Carr was born in Oregon, he attended the City College of San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley from 1954 to 1959. Carr discovered science fiction fandom in 1949, where he became an enthusiastic publisher of fanzines, which helped open his way into the commercial publishing world. Despite a long career as a science fiction professional, he continued to participate as a fan until his death, he was nominated five times for Hugos for Best Fanzine, winning in 1959, was nominated three times for Best Fan Writer, winning in 1973, was Fan Guest of Honor at ConFederation in 1986. Though he published some fiction in the early 1960s, Carr concentrated on editing, he first worked at Ace Books, establishing the Ace Science Fiction Specials series which published, among other novels, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin. After conflicts with Ace head Donald A. Wollheim, he worked as a freelancer.
He edited an original story anthology series called Universe, a popular series of The Best Science Fiction of the Year anthologies that ran from 1972 until his death in 1987. He edited numerous one-off anthologies over the same time span, he was nominated for the Hugo for Best Editor thirteen times. His win in 1985 was the first time. Terry Carr commissioned a first novel from William Gibson for the second series of Ace Science Fiction Specials, shortly after the Denver WorldCon, 1981; the purpose of the series was to give attention to first-time novelists. Gibson's fellow Ace Specials first-timers were Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop. William Gibson mentions Carr in the introduction to the 20th Anniversary Edition of the book: "Having been talked into signing a contract..."Carr taught at the Clarion Workshop at Michigan State University in 1978, where his students included Richard Kadrey and Pat Murphy. Carr married a fellow science fiction fan, Miriam Dyches, in 1959, they were divorced in 1961.
That year, Carr married Carol Stuart. He remained married to her until his death. Under her married name of Carol Carr, his widow has sold science fiction: "You Think You've Got Troubles", "Inside", "Some Are Born Cats", "Wally a Deux", "Tooth Fairy". On April 7, 1987, Carr died of congestive heart failure. A memorial gathering of the sf community was held in Tilden Park in Berkeley, California on May 30. An original anthology of science fiction, Terry's Universe, was published the following year, his papers and his large collection of fanzines have become part of the Eaton collection of Science Fiction at the University of California, Riverside. Warlord of Kor Invasion From 2500 Cirque The Incompleat Terry Carr The Light at the End of the Universe Fandom Harvest World's Best Science Fiction: 1965 World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 World's Best Science Fiction: 1967 World's Best Science Fiction: 1968 World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 World's Best Science Fiction: 1970 World's Best Science Fiction: 1971 The Best Science Fiction of the Year The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #6 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #7 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #8 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #9 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #10 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #11 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12 The Best Science Fiction of the Year #13 Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year #15 Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year #16 Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction New Worlds of Fantasy New Worlds of Fantasy#2 New Worlds of Fantasy#3 Year's Finest Fantasy Year's Finest Fantasy 2 Fantasy Annual III Fantasy Annual IV Fantasy Annual V Dream's Edge Tuck, Donald H..
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Warlord of the Air
The Warlord of the Air is a 1971 British alternate history novel written by Michael Moorcock. It concerns the adventures of Oswald Bastable, an Edwardian era soldier stationed in India, his adventures in an alternate universe, in his own future, wherein the First World War never happened, it is the first part of Moorcock's'A Nomad of the Time Streams' trilogy and, in its use of speculative technology juxtaposed against an Edwardian setting, it is considered to be one of the first steampunk novels. The novel was first published by Ace Books as part of their Ace Science Fiction Specials series; the novel is transcribed by'Michael Moorcock' in 1903. Holidaying at the remote Rowe Island, he befriends Oswald Bastable, an ex-soldier stowaway who seems confused and disoriented beyond what could be explained by his opium addiction, and, tormented by great guilt from an action he performed in his past. Bastable agrees to tell Moorcock the story, begins his narrative with his experiences in North East India in 1902, sent as part of a British expedition to deal with Sharan Kang, an Indian high priest at the temple of Teku Benga, a mysterious and supernaturally powerful region.
After a confrontation with Kang and his men, Bastable finds himself lost and alone in the caves around the'Temple of the Future Buddha', where he is assaulted by a mysterious force and knocked into unconsciousness. When he awakes, escapes the caves, the Temple is in ruins, as if a great amount of time has passed, he is soon found and picked up by a massive airship, where he learns that it is in fact the year 1973, but not the one that the reader would recognise. In this alternate future, the First World War never happened, the colonial powers continue to assert dominance over their empires—for example, India remains a British territory, though Winston Churchill had been viceroy in this alternate future as well as in Bastable's own. At first, Bastable marvels at the wonders that await him in his'future' — London is a clean and peaceful city, the world seems to be a utopia, held in balance by the great empires. Gaining employment amongst the great airship armadas, however, he soon comes into contact with a troop of anarchists – among them a mysterious woman named Una Persson, a Russian revolutionary named Ulianov.
He maintains a patriotic resistance to their activities, but discovers the truth: life is peaceful for the dominant empires but the seeming utopia of the empires' home countries is based on decades of unimpeded and unopposed colonial oppression and domination of their territories. As the First World War never happened to bankrupt the European colonial empires and begin the gradual liberalization and freedom of the colonies, imperialism remains unchecked and the world is unfair and unjust; the United Kingdom, the Tsarist Russian Empire, the German Empire, the Italian Empire and the United States ruthlessly dominate this world and suppress anti-imperialist and anti-colonialist dissent. Bastable, a fair and honourable man, is outraged by the cruelty and horror revealed to him, begins to fight for the oppressed peoples of the world. Tragically, his actions result in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the hands of the anarchists; the atomic blast knocks him loose from the alternate 1973, sending him to a new 1903.
Wracked with guilt over his part in the destruction of countless millions of innocent lives, dreading the'future' of science and imperialism gone mad, Bastable makes his way to the caves of Teku Benga and returns to 1903, but alas, not his own original time. His experiences have altered him too much to settle into life in this new alternate universe; the novel ends with Bastable disappearing mysteriously, much to the 1903 Moorcock's amazement. This book is followed by The Steel Tsar; as with many of Moorcock's other books, this book is connected to his larger'Eternal Champion' multiverse series. Oswald Bastable is a character created by author E. Nesbit for her book The Story of the Treasure Seekers; as with most alternate history novels, a variety of famous figures are mentioned and raised as being part of the fabric of the alternative society. These include: Winston Churchill as a former Viceroy of India. Mick Jagger is a well-mannered junior army officer Vladimir Lenin as an aged revolutionary, the Russian Revolution having never happened.
In early editions the character is named "Egan" Prominent spokesperson of the left-wing German student movement, Rudi Dutschke, appears as the Prussian nobleman-turned anarchist Count Rudolf von Dutschke. He is close friends with his mentor figure Lenin, whom he fondly relates to as "Uncle Vladimir". Joseph Conrad as the airship captain Joseph Korzeniowski. One of the first ships Bastable flies on is called the Loch Ness, he makes a joke that it is a
Robert "Bob" Shaw was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980, his short story "Light of Other Days" was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Ragged Astronauts in 1987. Shaw was raised in Belfast, the eldest of three sons of a policeman, he learned of science fiction at about 11 years old when he read an A. E. van Vogt short story in an early edition of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine. During the Second World War American troops passed through Northern Ireland and left their used SF magazines behind at Smithfield Market, where they were available for locals, he described the experience as being more significant and long-lasting than taking LSD. He attended Belfast College of Technology. In 1950 he joined the group Irish Fandom, which included another Northern Irish science fiction writer James White, met at the house of Walt Willis on Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast; the group was influential in the early history of science fiction fandom and produced fanzines Hyphen and Slant, to both of which Shaw contributed material.
Shaw acquired the nickname "BoSh" during this period. His first professional science fiction short story was published in 1954, followed by several others, he gave up writing and went with his first wife Sadie and their son and two daughters to live in Canada from 1956 to 1958. His novel Vertigo is set in Alberta, Orbitsville's limitless grasslands may have been influenced by this period in his life. Trained as a structural engineer, he worked as an aircraft designer for Short and Harland as science correspondent to The Belfast Telegraph from 1966–1969, as publicity officer for Vickers Shipbuilding, before starting to write full-time. In April 1973, during the Troubles and his family moved from Northern Ireland to England, where he produced the majority of his work: first to Ulverston to Grappenhall in Warrington. Sadie died in 1991 and Shaw lived alone there for some years. Shaw had nearly lost his sight through illness, suffered migraine-induced visual disturbances throughout his life. These, references to eyes and vision, appear as a theme in some of his works.
He was known as a drinker, at one stage considered himself an alcoholic. He was quoted in 1991 as saying: "I write science fiction for people who don't read a great deal of science fiction." He married American Nancy Tucker in 1995 and went to the US to live with her returned to England in the last months of his life. Shaw died of cancer on 11 February 1996. Shaw is the author of "Light of Other Days", the story that introduced the concept of slow glass, through which the past can be seen. Shaw sold this story to Analog editor John W. Campbell, who liked it so much Shaw wrote a sequel for him, "Burden of Proof", in May 1967; the original story was after years of planning. Shaw expanded on the concept in the novel Other Days, Other Eyes, the concept was adopted by the Marvel Comics/Curtis Magazines anthology magazine Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, his work ranged from mimetic stories with fantastic elements far in the background to van Vogtian extravaganzas. Orbitsville and its two sequels deal with the discovery of a habitable shell surrounding a star, the consequences for humanity.
It won him the 1976 British SF Association Award. In his career he wrote the Land trilogy, set on a system of worlds where technology has evolved with no metals. Like Philip K. Dick he continually focused on the nature of perception in his work. Shaw was known in the fan community for his wit. Following his early membership of Irish Fandom, with Walt Willis, James White, he always remained a keen reader of and contributor to fanzines, and for many years, at the British science fiction convention Eastercon, he would deliver a humorous speech. For these he won the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, he wrote The Enchanted Duplicator with Walt Willis in 1954, a piece of fiction about science fiction fandom modelled on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Night Walk. Banner; the Two-Timers. New York: Ace Books; the Palace of Eternity. New York: Ace Pub. Corp; the Shadow of Heaven. New York: Avon. One Million Tomorrows. New York: Ace books. Ground Zero Man. New York: Avon Books. – revised edition published as The Peace Machine.
London: Gollancz. Other Days, Other Eyes. New York: Ace Books. Tomorrow Lies in Ambush. London: Gollancz. – collection. The Orbitsville trilogy Orbitsville. London: Gollancz. Orbitsville Departure. New York: Daw Books. Orbitsville Judgement. London: Gollancz. A Wreath of Stars. London: Gollancz. Cosmic Kaleidoscope. London: Gollancz. – collection. Cosmic Kaleidoscope. New York: Doubleday – collection. Medusa's Children. New York: Doubleday; the Warren Peace saga Who Goes Here?. London: Gollancz. – reissued in 1988 with a short story The Giaconda Caper. Warren Peace. London: Gollancz. – reissued in 1994 as Dimensions Ship of Strangers. London: Gollancz – collection. Vertigo. London: Gollancz. Reissued in 1991 as Terminal Velocity by the same publisher. Dagger of the Mind. Londo