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Saberhagen, Fred joint author with Roger Zelazny
Saberhagen, Fred, The Frankenstein Papers
This is a science fiction novel ostensibly written by a person who was a character in another science fiction novel. The story is told by the gentle Frankenstein monster himself, picking up the story in the Arctic, June 1782. It continues, with addenda from divers hands, through to 1783. It is revealed that the monster was actually an extraterrestrial observing the experiment who happened, through the lightning bolt, to become intimately involved in it.
Baen Books 65550-7, February 1986
Saffron, Robert, The Demon Device
During World War I the British government comes into information that the Germans are building a new type of weapon. The head of a secret service sends detective and SF writer Arthur Conan Doyle to Europe to prevent this. Aided by Lenin's inamorata Inessa Armand, he destroys the nuclear weapons factory. Upon returning to England he defuses the only existing atomic bomb and dumps it into the ocean having been swayed by Albert Einstein's views about this device. Arthur Conan Doyle ostensibly communicated this story to the author by Spiritualistic means after his death. [De Waal catalogue number 5168b]
Putnam 12285-0, 1979
Charter 14255-9, February 1981
Saint, Paul, The Suns of Caresh
A story of the third Doctor Who and Jo Grant. One of the major characters is Simon Haldane, a science fiction fan who reads all the greatsUrsula Le Guin, Greg Egan, Gene Wolfe, and David Langford [Paul Cornell told Langford that he did not write this book under a pseudonym]. Because of a time fracture on Earth, the alien woman Troy Game appears in London in 1999. Haldane, who doesn't believe in UFOs and the like, meets her and gradually realizes that she is not human. There are a number of other references to British fandom such as the "Jeapes' Syndrome"living one's life in reverse.
BBC Books 0-5635-3858-9, August 2002
St. Clair, Elizabeth, Trek or Treat [Mystery]
This is a murder mystery at a thinly disguised Star Trek convention. The last chapter of the Zebra Mystery Puzzlers were sealed to prevent casual browsing.
Kensington [Zebra Mystery Puzzler #50] 0-890-83591-8, 1980
Sakers, Don, "The Cold Solution"
Diane DelMinna is the pilot of an emergency ship carrying medical supplies to the colony on Lethe. She finds that she has a stowaway on boarda young boy. She recognizes this as a situation in an old SF story that all Space Force Cadets have read ["The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin, Astounding Science Fiction 53:6 August 1954 (pp.62-84)] Unlike the pilot of the earlier story she is able to "solve" the problem. There is a character referred to in this story as Technician Godwin. Of course, as Hal Clement has often pointed out about "The Cold Equations"it is the height of irresponsible engineering to build an emergency ship with so little, if any, margin of safety. The slightest fault in any subsystem could destroy the ship and the people its mission was to save.
Analog Science Fiction-Science Fact 111:8&9 July 1991 (pp.211-219)
Sakers, Don, "The Man Who Traveled in Rocketships"
John Riverside, SF writer, author of Have Rocketship, Will Travel, is in a hospital. When he hears the president's speech that the whole civilian space program is being shut down he dies. His spirit is taken by the ghost of Carmen Miranda to Space Station Three into the world of things that never were. There he meets his dead wife, Ginny, and friends from the past, many of whom are also SF writers. The story is a paean to Robert A. Heinlein (who used the pen name of John Riverside). The names of the other characters are taken from Heinlein's works.
Carmen Miranda's Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three, (edited by Don Sakers), Baen 69864-8, March 1990 (pp.183-192)
Sallee, Wayne Allen, "I'll Give You Half-Scairt"
Horror poet and writer Jesse Leland is shown a macabre painting by his friend Alyn Matusak. Matusak offers him the painting if he will write a story about it. Leland does not manage to finish the story but Matusak manages to make use of him anyway in his art. Sallee says the story is based upon an encounter with Nashville artist Alan Clark.
Deathrealm 11 Spring 1990 (pp.32-37) [as "I'll Give You Half-Scared"]
The Year's Best Horror Stories: XIX, (edited by Karl Edward Wagner), DAW 488-8, Oct. 1991 (pp.297-308)
Sallee, Wayne Allen, "With the Wound Still Wet"
A horror writer in Chicago lives through a brief vignette as horrible as anything he has written. It is all the worse for being so common.
Cemetery Dance, Summer 1991
The Year's Best Horror Stories: XX (edited by Karl Edward Wagner), DAW 0-88677-526-4, October 1992 (pp124-129)
Samuels, Mark, "The White Hands"
Academic researcher investigating the papers of obscure late 19th century horror writer Lilith Blake eventually discovers to his cost that she is not exactly dead. Machen, Blackwood, Stenbock, and Weird Tales are mentioned, along with "the short-lived American fantasy magazine The Necrophile"
Black Tears 1 (1993) as "Amelia"
The White Hands and Other Weird Tales, Tartarus Press (revised) May 2003
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, volume 15 (edited by Stephen Jones), Carroll & Graf 1-84119-923-0, October 2004
Sanders, William, "The Count's Mailbox"
Vlad Dracul is trying to sell his Memoirs of the Undead as a horror story. His agent is having troubles placing it. Finally it is accepted by Grommet House; there his editor Rodney Duval, and the Art Director, Bruce Sirius, want to make all sorts of changes so that it will be more "commercial." Dracul brings the assistant editor Marge Stansfield under his sway and she removes the impediments to a proper publication.
Vampire Detectives, (edited by Martin H. Greenberg), DAW Books 0-88677-626-0, April 1995 (pp.211-219)
Sanders, William, "Jennifer, Just Before Midnight"
Keith Graham is a science fiction writers whose wife Margaret is dying of cancer. She makes him attend a local sf convention while she is in the hospital. She is able to take over the body of a young woman for a night of wild sex just before she dies. One purpose is to give her husband a reason to go on living.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 97 2, August 1999 (pp.107-119)
Saplak, Charles M., "Brain Artist: A Romance"
The narrator is an aspiring 20-year-old comic book artist come to New York. At the Lichtenstein Museum of Modern Art, he meets possibly the greatest artist of the ageMildred Woodroffewho uses a set of pseudonyms to disguise her productivity. This includes Ace covers as Robert Rehl. She started drawing before she could talk. The protagonist gets work at Angstrom Comics; breaks up with her; and finds her in an asylum. She has been using strazorbin-D drug which has destroyed her mind; it then kills her. He decides to use the M variant of the drug to cycle his memory of this time.
Science Fiction Age 4:3, March 1996 (pp.68-75)
Sargent, Pamela, "All Rights"
Darcy Langton is a fantasy/horror writer. Her agent, Leonard McDermott Lowell, sells her story rights to a publisher in a parallel universe for large amounts of money. At first she and other writers in a similar situation are pleased, but then they find out that these publishers are still screwing the writers since they are reselling the stories to many parallel universes without being obliged to pass on any of these fees.
Amazing Stores 69:2 Fall 1994 (pp.27-42)
Sawicki, Steve, "Invisible Friends"
Subtitled: "...or, A Boy and His Dog, Some Monkeys, Walking Fish and a Few Damned Aliens" Steve Sawicki is a science fiction writer plagued by a set of monkeyswho supposedly worked for Shakespeare, his car-driving dog, and a bevy of aliens who can be practical jokers.
Absolute Magnitude Science Fiction 15 Spring 2001 (pp38-63)
Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann, "The Castle's Haunted Parking Lot"
Rex Stevens, the world-famous horror writer (=Stephen King) has left Bristol, Rhode Island for Port Chetzemoka, Washington. It is revealed that he is pursued by a band of ghosts who picket his home. Their complaint is that he presents the dead in a bad light. The issue is finally resolved by his collaboration with another writer in which the dead will be portrayed sympathetically, while a live mass murderer will not be.
Pulphouse 1:6 October 25, 1991 (pp.21-28)
Schimel, Lawrence "Forward the Nomination"
In 2107, SF writer Roger Davidson learns from his agent that he has been nominated for a Hugo, the most prestigious literary award. He is very nervous and scans the history of the Hugo ceremonies. When he reaches the present year 2107, he finds that a story by the clone Connie Willis IX has been nominated in his category. He relaxes, knowing that he has no chance of winning.
Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.123-127)
Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.123-127)
Schimel, Lawrence, "Someday My Prints Will Come"
Famous romance cover artist Eleanor Sassano has fallen in love with the male character he prints. She produces a private portrait but find that her loverin the true tradition of the bodice ripperassaults her and tries to rape her. After escaping, she stops painting romance covers and switches to horror books where he will be featured unpleasantly in each painting.
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg, and Martin H. Greenberg), Barnes & Noble Books
Schimel, Lawrence, "A Stable Relationship"
Author Lawrence Schimel responds to author-editor Mike Resnick's joke by buying his daughter Megan for a price in livestock. As a member of the family he has access to Mike's knowledge and connections in the industry. However, he feels that he is increasingly controlled by Mike who actively discourages him from writing his non-commercial poetry. Finally, he is assigned to write a story for Alternate Tyrants. As always Mike edits and revises it. Later Lawrence breaks into Tor's computer and restores the original text of this story knowing that it will to contention and a possible divorce. [Mike Resnick's daughter is actually named Laura.]
Alternate Tyrants (edited by Mike Resnick), Tor 0-812-54835-3, April 1997 (pp.195-206)
Schmidt, Stanley, "The Man on the Cover"
Kowalski is the editor of Stupefying Stories. The face on a cover drawn by Ned Jasper looks like one of Kowalski's friends. After it is printed it turns out that it looks like quite a number of people. Aliens scouting the Earth for economic gains have been forced, for budgetary reasons, to use only a limited number of disguises. Kowalski saves himself by selling off-world reprint rights to SF stories to the alien's corporation. By the way Kowalski (Polish) and Schmidt (German) both mean smith.
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 110:11 October 1990 (pp.114-128)
Schoenfeld, Howard, "Built Up Logically" ["The Universal Panacea"]
H. H. Aspasia is a writer trapped in his own story where his characters do not think highly of him. He finally succeeds by having his main opponent/protagonist killed in a very improbable co-incidence.
Retort Winter 1949 [as "The Universal Panacea"]
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 1:4 Fall 1950 (pp.33-43)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction (edited by Anthony Boucher & J. Francis McComas), Little Brown 1952
More Penguin Science Fiction (edited by Brian W. Aldiss) Penguin 1963
Special Wonder (edited by J. Francis McComas) Random 1970
Special Wonder volume 2 (edited by J. Francis McComas) Beagle Books 1971
A Science Fiction Argosy (edited by Damon Knight) Simon & Schuster 1972
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (edited by Brian W. Aldiss) Penguin 1973
True and Almost True Stories Gryphon Books 1-58250-072-X, October 2004
Scholz, Carter joint author with Jonathan Lethem
Schow, David J., "Dying Words"
Oliver Lowenbruck and Chan McConnell are horror and fantasy writers. Oliver is distressed by the decay of literature these days. He's current writing assignment is a zombie story "Insatiable Hunger." Chan comes to visit Oliver who has died at his keyboard but Oliver has become a zombie who is finishing the story. In the end they are both dead and the story is sold as a collaboration. It is not made clear what is supposed to be "real" and what is a story within the story.
Midnight Graffiti 8, Winter-Spring 1997
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 9 (edited by Stephen Jones), Carroll & Graf 0-7867-0585, 1998 (pp.64-84)
Schow, David J., "Gills"
Manphibian, the Star of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and his agent are having trouble with the usual Hollywood lackwit who wants to "update" his concept. Goodness prevails and the studio is routed; Manphibian has the spinoff franchises for action figures, etc.
Weird Tales 55:2 Fall 1998 (pp.24.28)
Schweitzer, Darrell, "Ghost"
Jerry Jack Miller is one of the best-paid and least-known writers in Hollywood. He ghosts stories for famous actors [in reality, this sort of thing never occurs]. It turns out that most of the actors are now holographic AIs. Miller's agent Henry Jessel convinces him that all is for the best. Is Jessel real? Are any agents human?
Interzone 139 January 1999 (pp. 33-37)
Scithers, George H. joint author with Barry B. Longyear and John M. Ford
Scithers, George H., "Not Virginal Enough"
Tony Leonardo, editor of Flabbergasting Space Ranger Stories is visited by two aliens whose race crash landed in the Andes long ago. They survive by eating virginswell, not exactly virgins, but those who have decided not to reproduceand writing science fiction. Their visit precipitates the editor's engagement to his secretary. The monsters are hired to work for the magazine; they will survive by eating fans.
Swashbuckling Editor Stories (edited by John Gregory Betancourt), The Wildside Press, October 1993; lettered hardcover 1-880448-21-1; numbered hardcover 1-880448-20-3; trade paperback 1-880448-22-X (pp.86-90)
Scortia, Thomas N. (as Gerald Macdow), "The Stunning Science Fiction Caper"
A private investigator is attempting to track down Jonas M. MacLeb, editor of Stunning Science Fiction. After questioning. the office staff admits that they invented him in order to increase circulation. His editorials are written by an IBM semantic analyzer. However, the detective asks who it is that has been showing up at conventions as MacLeb. Then MacLeb walks into the office; it seems that the collective mind-power of fandom has brought him into existence.
Science Fiction Quarterly, 5:1 May 1957 (pp.74-76)
Laughing Space, (edited by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp.358-361)
Shaw, Len, "Wedding Bells for Sylvia"
Alec Trott is a successful romance writer who is branching out into SF. His third attempt is rejected by The Psy-Sci Magazine (J. Lowndes, editor) as it, too, is identical to a story already purchased. Trott postpones his marriage to Sylvia in order to find out what is happening. Drunken SF writer Billy McMinny has been typing the stories as Trott thinks them up. Trott refuses to think of anymore SF until McMinny will split the income. McMinny finally agrees but Sylvia becomes enamored of McMinny and marries him. Trott becomes a drunk but the collaboration continues with roles reversed.
Authentic Science Fiction 63 November 1955 (pp.142-152)
Shea, Michael, "The Pool"
While working on digging a swimming pool in San Francisco, Daryl's team may have broken through into another realm. In a series of dreams H. P. Lovecraft brings bad tidings. At the end, the owners of the pool and their friends are absorbed by a shoggoth.
Weird Tales 62:1 February-March 2007 (pp.54-65)
Sheckley, Robert, "Message from Hell"
Science fiction author Tom's dreams are invaded by his dead ex-brother-in-law Howard. It seems that Hell is run by literary critics and that getting mentioned in one of Tom's stories will get Howard a better location in the infernal regions. Not desiring to carry his grudge beyond the grave, Tom writes this story. He also mentions some of his dead buddies just in case it may be of use to them.
Weird Tales 50:4 Winter 19881989 (pp.103-106)
Don't Open This Book! (edited by Marvin Kaye), GuildAmerica 1-56865-524-X, 1998 (pp.428-432)
Sheckley, Robert, Options
This is ostensibly about Tom Mishkin captain of the starship Intrepid III, how his ship crashes, and his search for a replacement engine unit L-1223A. Mishkin is ostentatiously placed into a dream produced by Robert Sheckley Enterprises. The author intervenes at a number of points in the story to try to get it back onto track. He finally has to apologize to Mishkin for his failure to make the story come out the way he wanted it to.
Pyramid V3688 (03688-9), June 1975
Grafton 06695-0, July 1986
Sheckley, Robert, "Shoes"
Ed Phillips, a science fiction writer, buys a cheap pair of shoes at Goodwill. They turn out to be prototype computerized smart shoes. The shoes soon try to take over his life and improve it for his own good. Ed figures out what is happening and gives them to his former girlfriend for one of her charity cases.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 102:2 February 2002 (pp.106-112)
Sheckley, Robert, "The Two Sheckleys"
Robert Sheckley got asked to write a story for this anthology, and wrote a parody of himself writing a story, tossing in every cliché he could. There are funny moments, but it's not nearly as funny as he thinks it is, and sometimes a clear note of contempt for the whole concept leaks through.
Gateways (edited by Martin H. Greenberg) DAW 0-7564-0285-9 7 June 2005
Sheckley, Robert, "Writing Class"
Eddie McDermott is taking the first session of Professor Carner's writing class. The professor pontificates on how to write about space travel and aliens. Eddie decides not to take the coursehe wants to write fiction, not journalism.
Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy 3:7 December 1952 (pp.104-106)
Sheen, Jonathan Andrew, "The Day After"
After a major nuclear war, the last science fiction editor meets the last woman in the citypossibly, in the world. When she tells him that her name is Eve, he strangles her. No SF editor could accept that ending to a story.
Amazing Science Fiction Stories 61:2 July 1986 (p.78)
Sheffield, Charles, "Obsolete Skill"
A science fiction writer is brought out of cryonic suspension almost 200 years in the future. He is too old to learn how to access the system-wide data base mentally but finds that an older skill will be quite useful in becoming the Master of the Universe.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 1987 (pp.93-104)
Sheffield, Charles, "Thematic Aberration"
Tom Rinker is an aspiring SF writer and a member of the Write-On Science Fiction Workshop. His latest attempt has been torn to pieces by Walter Johnson who commends him to stick to what he knows. Tom develops a computer program that breaks down text into its components; these can then be changed and synthesized into new works. As a test, the components are recombined to produce the original story - almost - with slight changes that Tom calls thematic aberration. By mistake the program is run with no story input and the program iterates between its two phases building solely upon this thematic aberration and the scant information in its files. The result is a completely recursive convergent story about itself, including the reference to where it will be published. [Dedicated to Douglas Hofstadter]
New Destinies, Baen 72016-3, September 1990 (pp.95-109)
Sheldon, Alice real name of James Tiptree, Jr.
Sheldon, Walt, "A Lack of Verisimilitude"
This is a science fiction story about writing science fiction stories. Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds are in the story, but the main character is Walt Sheldon himself. Sheldon bumps into a mad scientist at a party in Taos, New Mexico. The scientist introduces him to a visiting Martian. Sheldon and the Martian collaborate to write six science fiction stories set on Mars, with authentic Martian backgrounds. Sheldon submits the stories to a magazine. The editor rejects them because they "lack verisimilitude": "In particular I was disappointed in your Martian landscapes. I suggest, if you want to write about Mars, you read some of Ray Bradbury's stuff and see how he does it--" The actual story is in the form of Walt Sheldon's follow-up letter to the editor, telling him how the stories came to be written.
Space Science Fiction 1:3 November, 1952
Sheldon, Walt, "Perfect Servant"
Jonathan Gamble is directing a sci-fi movie Space! based on a story in Atomic Space Fiction magazine) in the present (ca. 1948). When the script calls for a time machine, the technical adviser (Soumazowsky) builds a real time machine which brings back an odd character (A. A. Tobor) from the future. "Tobor" is a robot; he has vast powers, and interprets orders hyper-literally; the usual jokes ensue.
Startling Stories 17:3 July 1948
Sherman, Josepha, "Monsieur Verne and the Martian Invasion"
In an alternate universe Jules Verne is a great inventor and air- and space-travel proceeds according the the drawings of 19th century futurists. A creature from outer space (not Mars) takes over the body of one of the first Lunar explorers and returns to Earth. It is foiled when it attempts to control Verne's mind. In a last-ditch attack, it tries to convince Verne that his world is a fantasy and that he is actually a writer of scientifiction. There are numeroussomewhat deprecatoryreferences to the works of H. G. Wells.
Alternate Warriors (edited by Mike Resnick), September 1993, Tor 0-812-52346-6 (pp390-408)
Shetterly, Will, "Time Travel, the Artifact, and a Famous Historical Personage"
Kate is editing a centennial anthology of Jack the Ripper stories with her significant other, David. David is sending her messages and generally trying to get her to believe that Gentleman Jack is tracking her. One of the stories submitted is "Time Travel, the Artifact, and a Famous Historical Personage" by J. Noble. The story is about two editors, Eileen and Spencer who are reading for a Jack the Ripper anthology. They are receiving notes from Jack and they get an anonymous story "Time Travel, the Artifact, and a Famous Historical Personage" which not not recur further. In the end Kate becomes Jack, or rather, Jill the Ripper.
Xanadu (edited by Jane Yolen), Tor 0-312-85367-X, January 1993 (pp222-236)
Shtern, Boris, "The Sixth Chapter of Don Quixote"
A retired colonel is a science fiction fan (and a bit off). He keeps pestering the authorities with his predictions and writing letters to H. G. Wells. He is committed to the asylum and local party officials burn his SF library since they perceive it to be a cause of his madness. Finally, he is released when H. G. Wells comes to visit him.
The Fish of Love, Kiev: Molodaya gvardiya, 1991 [Russian]
Shwartz, Susan, "Father Figure"
L. Sprague de Camp and his wife Catherine have used the syllogismobile to visit an Arthurian world in which Merlin is the bastard son of Uther. Catherine takes care of him in his illness and Sprague uses his engineering knowledge to explain how he will bring stones ("the Giants' Dance") from Ireland to build Stonehenge.
The Enchanter Completed (edited by Harry Turtledove) Baen 0-7434-9904-2, May 2005 (pp.133-165)
Silverberg, Robert, "Gilgamesh in the Outback"
In Hell, Gilgamesh is confronted by Robert E. Howard who believes him to be the racial memory behind Conan. He is accompanied by H. P. Lovecraft. They are ambassadors of His Britannic Majesty Henry VIII of the Kingdom of New Holy Diabolic England to the court of Prester John.
Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, July 1986
Rebels in Hell, (edited by Janet Morris), Baen 65577-9, July 1986 (pp. 73-137)
The New Hugo Winners, Volume II, (edited by Isaac Asimov), Baen, 1991; Science Fiction Book Club edition 19248, 1991 (pp. 107-159)
Silverberg, Robert, "The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry James"
While Henry James is visiting writers in England, particularly H. G. Wells, the Martian invasion begins. James and Wells head for London. They are there when the Martians die of disease. Afterwards, James writes the historical The War of the Worlds, which was quite popular. Wells never did chronicle the invasion.
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (edited by Kevin J. Anderson), Bantam Spectra 0-553-10353-9 (SF Book Club 13620), 1996
Silverberg, Robert, "Schwartz Between the Galaxies"
Earth has become so bland and homogenized that only by using SF to create a secondary universe and then slip into it can Schwartz find any novelty or enjoyment. This raises the usual questions about the nature of reality.
Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #1, (edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey), Ballantine 24183-5, September 1974
The Feast of St. Dionysus, Scribner's, March 1975
The Best of Robert Silverberg, Vol. 2, Gregg Press, June 1978
Perilous Planets (edited by Brian W. Aldiss), Orbit 8071-1, 1980
Avon 47100, February 1980
Beyond the Safe Zone, Donald I. Fine 60-8, March 1986 (pp. 80-95)
Silverberg, Robert, "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame"
A serious reader (and casual collectormore an accumulator) of science fiction has trouble with the nature of reality as the works of all the writers intrude their secondary reality into his primary one. In his introduction, Silverberg remarks that the story reflects his ambivalence towards the field when he wrote it in 1972.
Infinity Five, (edited by Robert Hoskins), Lancer 1973
Capricorn Games, Donning 62-0, 1978 (pp.19-32)
Beyond the Safe Zone, Donald I. Fine 60-8, March 1986 (pp. 278-289)
Silverstein, Janna E., "Spellcaster"
Evie Chase is an editor for Hennessey House. After she rejects Randall Darkening's novel Curse of the Wizard Mage the author shows up. He is an elf, stranded in our world, and has put a spell upon her. She cannot leave the office until she reads and accepts her manuscript. An editor's power of darkness is more than a mere elf can handle and she literally blows him away.
Swashbuckling Editor Stories (edited by John Gregory Betancourt), The Wildside Press, October 1993; lettered hardcover 1-880448-21-1; numbered hardcover 1-880448-20-3; trade paperback 1-880448-22-X (pp.31-46)
Simak, Clifford D., "Earth for Inspiration"
In the future a robot reads too much science fiction. He runs away to Old Earth to seek adventure. At the same time a science fiction author is visiting Old Earth looking for inspiration. there is a robot valet named Jenkins although this is not part of the City cycle.
Thrilling Wonder Stories 20:1 April 1941
The Coming of the Robots (edited by Sam Moskowitz), Collier Books, 1963
Simmons, William Mark, In the Net of Dreams
Robert Ripley wrote the fantasy books The Kishkumen Chronicles. These formed the basis for a computer-generated virtual reality world wherein Ripley did the initial programming. Now game players are getting stuck there and Ripley is dragooned to enter his creation and find out what is going wrong. There are many crossovers and puns in this novel.
Popular Library Questar 31016-8, November 1990
Sims, Roger, "An Old-Fashioned Worldcon"
The 1982 Worldcon in Detroit is a classic event with none of the frills such as Masquerade, movies, gaming, Regency dance, etc. All the trufen attendall four of them.
Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (ed, by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.187-190)
Singer, Ben, "Rejection Slip"
An aspiring author holds a gun on editor Jackson to make him read his sf story. The sf story is set in a future whose society is based on fiction writing, such as that published in the magazine Twentieth Century Stories. Its censor and a colleague complain about a story just accepted by that magazine; said story features the author/Jackson scenario from "our" time. The Twentieth Century Stories staffers indulge in a hasty rewrite of the story to make it more believable, which modifies the "our" time strand situation to cause Jackson, after himself rewriting that story, to buy it. The purchase enables the author to explain that he realized that "literary hacks" in the future had been "writing rejection slips into the story of me" -- but Jackson's rewrite will supposedly have the effect of writing those future censor/editors out of existence. But maybe the plot has, after all, failed... (All this in three pages!) [summary by Dennis Lien]
Future Science Fiction 3:1 May 1952 (pp. 66-68, 81)
Sirota, Mike, Bicycling Through Space and Time
Jack Miller, a not-too-successful SF writer, is selected by a group of aliens to ride the Ultimate Bike Path through the universe.
Ace 05735-7, December 1991
Sladek, John, "Engineer to the Gods"
This is a marginal item. It is primarily a parody of the Heinlein character The Man Who Knows How. In addition to being an expert at chess, boxing, astronautics, economics, frisbees, etc., Jeremiah Lashard also writes pulp science fiction.
Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 1972 (pp.28-33) [as by R*b*rt H**nl**n]
Shaggy B.E.M. Stories, (edited by Mike Resnick), Nolacon Press, September 1988 (pp.89-94) [as by Hitler I. E. Bonner]
Sladek, John, "Solar-Shoe Salesman"
A marginally recursive parody of a Philip K. Dick novel done in a few pages. Joe Feegle is writing an SF novel Androgynoid under the name of H. K. (Kid) Chiplip. Feegle believes himself to be written under a pseudonym. One of the characters is reading an SF novel Autogyro Ace by Chipdip K. Kill.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 44:3 March 1973 (pp. 90-96)
Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick, (edited by Uwe Anton), Broken Mirrors Press 4-2, 1991 [limited signed edition]; 5-0, 1991 [trade edition] (pp.43-48)
Small, Lass, Collaboration [Romance]
Lynn Potter is a successful romance writer. Her agent thinks that she should collaborate with another of his clients, a science fiction writer named Kevin Walker. They can blend their styles and contents and reach a larger audience (there is that 10% to think of). Both parties and, in fact, everyone else in the story, refers to the genre as "sci-fi."
Harlequin Temptation (54) 25154-8, April 1985
Smith, Dean Wesley joint author with David Bischoff
Smith, Dean Wesley, "Another Damn Deal"
Short story writer Walter Kennedy Nurnberg offers not to write any more "deal with the devil" stories if the devil arranges for one to sell for $1000. The devil keeps his word in a very, very nasty mannerespecially to a writer.
Deals With the Devil (edited by Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg & Loren D. Estleman), DAW Books0-88677-623-7 (#965), October 1994 (pp.55-58)
Smith, E. E., "Kinnison Writes a Space-Opera"
As part of his undercover work battling the evil zwilniks (drug-running fiends and enemies of all that was, is, or will be, Good, True, and Beautiful) Kinnison resorted to the persona of Sybly Whyte - a science fiction writer. Alas, no manuscript of the novel containing the adventures of Qadgop the Mercotan has been found.
Astounding Science Fiction, November 1947-February 1948 [last part of Chapter 3]
Children of the Lens, Fantasy Press, 1954
Pyramid X-1294, February 1966; July 1966
W. H. Allen 00563-6, September 1972
Panther 03847-7, June 1973; August 1973; October 1976
Berkley 05452-4, July 1982; 10034-0, June 1987
Smith, George O., Troubled Star
Marandis is building a new star route. Normally, they make stars into variables to mark the routes. However, it turns out that one of the stars selected is Sol. The technicians have to make contact with Earth's leaders and a quick search erroneously turns up Dusty Britton of the Space Patrol. It's up to this actor to save Earth.
Startling Stories February 1953
Thomas Bouregy & Co.; Beacon 256 (Galaxy Publishing Corp.) 1957
Smith, James Robert, "Visitation"
James Allyson inherited a house, land, and money from parents who died in an auto accident. They knew he was enamored of Poe and, after dying, asked Poe to visit their son. Poe visits and stays for a long time reading the books in Allyson's library. Finally, just before leaving, Poe shows Allyson some of the horror and suffering of his life; he realized that the stories did not convince many. He begins to decay and kisses Allyson who faints. Later, Poe apologizes and warns Allyson that anotherH. P. Lovecraftwill be visiting him soon.
The Children of Cthulhu, (edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams), Ballantine Del Rey, 0-345-44926-6, January 2002
The Children of Cthulhu, (edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams), Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-44108-7, May 2003 (pp21-32)
Smith, Teri co-author with Ward, Jean Marie
Snow, K. J., "Slush"
Alec Sholte, the editor of Beyond Tomorrow Science Fiction receives a hard SF story about reactor wastes from an unknown, Ansel J. Shaw. It is a good story and he publishes it. A physicist friend, Bill Ridenbaugh, later tells him that this story is accurate and has led to an actual working project. They try to track down Shaw but finds he is not at the address the check was mailed to, nor are there any records of him. Later, Bill recalls that a story on recombinant DNA in Far Worlds (by another one-shot unknown) had resulted in a project at Harvard. They now check the slush pile and find more of these. The editor wonders who (or what) is doing this and fears.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 3:5 May 1979 (pp.75-81)
Laughing Space, (edited by Isaac Asimov & Janet O. Jeppson), Houghton Mifflin 30519-5, March 1982 (pp.384-389)
Somtow, S. P. alternate name of Somtow Sucharitkul
Southwold, Stephen SEE Bell, Neil
Sparhawk, Bud, "Sam Boone's Rational Choices"
Aliens have contacted Earth and many are living here, touring, conducting business, etc. Sam Boone's employer, Mardnnn is off-planet on a business trip when one of his daughters, Brill, approaches Sam with the plan to buy the last remaining collection of science fiction magazines on Earth, and sell it to a Ligonian dealer for a hugh profit.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact 117:3, March 1997 (pp10-47)
Sam Boone: Front to Back, FoxAcre Press 0-9709711-7-6, June 2003 (pp.1-40) [as "Rational Choices"]
Spelman, Dick, "The Forgotten Worldcon of '45"
Roger Sims and Howard DeVore travel to Chicago where they, among other fans, are interviewed by Amazing editor Ray Palmer as potential Worldcon chairs. They also make the acquaintance of Canadian fan John Millard. At his 1945 Worldcon Ray Palmer introduces Richard Shaver and his theories to the assembled fans. Roger, Howard, and John go on to chair Worldcons of their own.
Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-448-1, September 1994 (pp.25-28)
Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (edited by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.25-28)
Spelman, Dick, "The Worldcon of 2001"
When the Boston in '98 bid loses to Baltimore by one vote (and many challenged ballots), they announce they are also running for 2001. After the vote count in 1998, it turns out that the two Boston bids are tied. With no precedent other than the Hugos, the Worldcon is awarded to both committees who, due to space constraints, eventually move to Orlando, Fla. There, they refuse to honor each other's memberships. Interesting, if you find reports of business meetings interesting.
Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (ed, by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.223-230)
Spencer, William Browning, Résumé With Monsters
Philip Kenan is going through a series of unpleasant jobs at high tech and printing companies. He believes that industry is infiltrated by the Great Old OnesCthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, et al. Possibly in response to this he has written a 2000-page Lovecraftian novel, The Despicable Quest. Initially, this is to be published as a set of 5 novels, but the first volume The Blight does so poorly that the rest are cancelled. Finally, he achieves accommodation with these forces; he marries and has children; his book is published in a single hardcover edition.
White Wolf (WWP 13351) 1-56504-913-6, April 1996
Spencer, William Browning, Zod Wallop
Harry Gainesborough has written the very successful children's fantasy Zod Wallop. When his daughter dies, he stops writing and is committed to an institution. After he is released (escapes?), he is met by Raymond Story, from that same institution, who tells him that the events in his novel are beginning to come true.
St. Martin's Press 0-312-13629-3, November 1995
Spinrad, Norman, The Iron Dream
The novel itself is a history of the Nazi coming to power and World War II as if it were a science fiction story written by Adolf Hitler in an alternate universe. The story is intended to be dreadful; the Front Matter (blurb, list of titles, About the Author) and "Afterword to the Second Edition" are where much of the important material is. Norman Spinrad recreated Adolf Hitler as a hack pulp SF writer in an alternate universe to point out the basic authoritarian and fascistic root metaphors of much of science fictionas well as its enthusiastic reception by the fans.
Avon A1448, September 1972
Panther 04019-6, April 1974, December 1974, April 1977
Timescape Pocket Books 44212-0, June 1982
Bantam Spectra 25690-4, August 1986
Spinrad, Norman, "La Vie Continue"
In an alternate universe, Norman Spinrad is a self-selected political refugee in France from a fascistic militarist America. He is running a newspaper, The Free Press de Paris, that is embarrassing to the American government. They try to buy him off with a deal to make his novel Riding the Torch into a motion picture. This leads to a free-for-all with agents of Hollywood, the Soviet Ministry of Media, the C.I.A., and the K.G.B. all tripping over each other in a superb comedie noire. Note that whoever picked the story had good tasteRiding the Torch is an excellent storyone of Spinrad's best.
Other Americas, Bantam 27214-4, October 1988 (pp.181-273)
St. Clair see Saint Clair
Stableford, Brian, "Complications"
In an alternate world, chordate reproductive evolution has proceeded along different lines with gross sexual dimorphism to the extent that males exist only within the female's wombs as fertilizing devices. The society developed by humans is used for commentary upon ours rather than for actual speculation. The viewpoint character has a friend, Vanessa, who writes science fiction. Vanessa is trying to write a story in which evolution went the way it did here. This is interesting to see how a writer constructs worlds and what can go awry.
Amazing Stories 66:10 February 1992 (pp.9-21)
Stableford, Brian, "The Gateway of Eternity"
This is a sequel to "The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires". In this story the SF and fantasy author William Hope Hodgson is seconded from his WWI unit to a mysterious establishment where his mind is projected into the future. There, he has a number of adventures with an entity based upon Oscar Wilde. The story is written in the style of its era and is exceedingly verbose.
Interzone 139 January 1999 (pp.6-26)
Interzone 140 February 1999 (pp.34-54)
Stableford, Brian, "The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires"
In 1895 Edward Copplestone summons a number of open-minded observers to his house. There he relates his experiments with psychogenic drugs that allow his mind to travel into the future. His first visit is similar to that of H. G. Wells who, at first, takes exception to what might seem like plagiarism. Other fantasy writers present are Oscar Wilde and M. P. Shiel. Copplestone is attended by Dr. Watson. Watson's friend, Sherlock Holmes is also present.
Interzone 91 January 1995 (pp. 8-23) part 1
Interzone 92 February 1995 (pp. 36-53) part 2
Standlee, Kevin, "The Bridge at Waikiki"
When almost all the members of the 1993 bidding committees are lost in an aircraft explosion on the way to the Netherlands in 1990, a syncretic bid is put together for Hawaii. Most of the rest of this story deals with the business meeting there.
Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (ed, by Mike Resnick), WC Books, September 1996 (pp.195-209)
Stapledon, Olaf, "Far Future Calling"
A science fiction radio play is underway at the BBC in Savoy Hill, London wherein people from 2500 AD are supposedly telling people in 1930 about their times. This is interrupted by representatives of the Eighteenth (Last) Men who talk to the Actor and Actress about the true way the future will develop and who show them life on Neptune where the Eighteenth Men live. The play is based upon Stapledon's Last and First Men (October 1930). The framing play was originally written for BBC radio shortly after the publication of Last and First Men, but before the BBC moved to Broadcast House; it was never performed.
London: S Press. 1977
Far Future Calling: Uncollected Science-Fiction and Fantasies of Olaf Stapledon, Oswald Train: Publisher, 1979 (pp.171-207)
Steele, Allen, "The Death of Captain Future"
Rohr Furland ships out from Luna to Ceres aboard the Comet. Its command believes himself to be Captain Future and acts accordingly. Although the captain comes to a sticky end, it is whitewashed to make a heroic legend.
Asimov's Science Fiction 19:10 October 1995 (pp.120-158)
Steele, Allen, "Hapgood's Hoax"
H. L. Hapgood was a pulp SF writer in the 1930s. When the field changed in the early 1940s he was unable to make the transition and his work became unpublishable. He turned to ufology and wrote three best-selling cult books becoming rich from them and from a foundation for ufo-contact he established. Upon his death his literary executor found a large collection of unpublished stories written late in his life. These turned out to be quite good and a collection sold well enough to get onto the New York Times bestseller list. Possibly based on the career of L. Ron Hubbard.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 14:14 Mid-December 1990 (pp.26-45)
Inside the Funhouse, (edited by Mike Resnick), AvoNova 76643-4, August 1992 (pp.165-183)
Rude Astronauts, Old Earth Books 1-882968-01-8 (trade paperback); 1-882968-00-X (limited), April 1993 (pp.156-173); Ace mass market paperback
Steele, Allen, "Hunting Wabbit"
The protagonist and narrator is a moderately successful SF writer in the St. Louis area. When it is discovered that a 6-mile diameter Apollo asteroid is going to impact Earth, he decides to kill George T. Wabbit, editor and publisher of Scrivener, a literary journal noted for its acid and inaccurate reviews. Tracking down Wabbit at the bar he finds most of the other authors in St. Louis are also there with the same purpose.
Science Fiction Age 1:4 May 1992 (pp.46-53)
All-American Alien Boy, Old Earth Books, 1-882968-06-9 (trade paperback), 1-882968-05-1 (limited), September 1996 (pp47-68)
Steele II, Addison pseudonym of Richard A. Lupoff
Sterling, Bruce, "The Sword of Damocles"
Bruce Sterling gets tied up in the retelling of the story of Damocles (confusing it with that of Damon and Pythias). For a brief paragraph or two Tim Powers is dragged in but he escapes. The author then considers Pandora as a character from an Ursula K. Le Guin story. He finally finished the story but mixes up ancient Greece with modern Hollywood.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 14:2 February 1990 (pp.103-111)
Stine, Jean Marie, "The Dead-End"
Far in the future (or possibly the past), one who evolved from the Humerace tries to write a science fiction story. Lacking inspiration, he incorporates into a body and goes off to visit a newly discovered physical universe to see what can be found there.
Galaxy 2:1 January/February 1995 (pg.80)
Stine, Jean Marie, "Reckless"
In an alternate 1950s, Senator Joe McCarthy is inspired to denounce mutants in government by "Gulf" (Robert A. Heinlein), "In Hiding", and the Baldy series (Henry Kuttner) in Astounding.
Galaxy 2:2 March/April 1995 (pp.11-21)
Stirling, S.M., In the Courts of the Crimson Kings
In an alternate reality Venus and Mars are much like the 1930s pulp worlds. In 1962 the U. S. is about to land a probe on Mars. The Prologue takes place at the 1962 World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago. Here, all the great SF writers are watching the event on television and drinking beer. They discuss how this and the Soviet Venus landings are changing science fiction.
Baen Books 0-7653-1489-4 March 2008
Straczynski, J. Michael, "Your Move"
Kenny Jacobs answers an ad in Starways: The Magazine of Imagination for a personalized fantasy role-playing game. As the game goes on he finds that wounds suffered by his character also happen to him. By a clever use of the game's rules he finds it is being run by alien Gamers who parasitize off other's imaginations to sell for for profit. He then sends his character to destroy them.
Amazing Science Fiction Stories 60:1 November 1985 (pp.108-121)
Strete, Craig, "Who Was the First Oscar to Win a Negro?"
Specific reference is made here to SF writer Joanna Russ. The narrator claims to be (or to have been) a fanzine editor.
Orbit 18, (edited by Damon Knight), Harper & Row 012433-4, June 1976 (pp.74-)
Strock, Ian Randal, "All the Things That Can't Be"
The author realizes that Analog editor Stan Schmidt is using trends in submitted stories to predict the future for his own financial gains. Strock worries about rising number of end-of-the-universe stories. [Probability Zero]
Analog Science Fiction and Fact 127:11 November 2007 (pp.90-91)
Strock, Ian Randal, "Ego Boost"
This is a "Probability Zero" item. Scientists discover a vast source of power in the ego center of the brain. Unfortunately most classes of people do not have sufficient ego to be used. Finally they discover that science fiction authors have enough ego to power starships. The ones named are Ellison, Resnick, and Burstein.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact 122:3 March 2002 (p.71)
Strock, Ian Randal, "It's The Thought That Counts"
This is a "Probability Zero" item. Stupefying Stories is in trouble with falling circulation. One of the editorial staff suggests generating a retrovirus that will create the proper mindset in people to read the magazine. They will become lifetime readers and subscribers. However, this requites that the publisher spend some money on advertising and publicity, so it will never happen.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact 118:4 April 1998 (pg.145)
Sturgeon, Theodore, "New York Vignette"
Sturgeon is requested to write a story for Pulse magazine, but he is blocked. He goes for a walk and trails a mysterious stranger who seems to be able to give people what they need/want from his copious pockets. Apparently, there's nothing for Sturgeon, so he goes home and writes this short story.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 97:4&5 October/November 1999 (pp.143-147)
Sturgeon, Theodore, "Two Percent Inspiration"
Hughie McCauley is yanked from the Nudnick Institute by Professor Thaddeus MacIlhainy Nudnick to be his assistant in finding an asteroid of prosydium oxide needed to manufacture Nudnick metal. McCauley passes the time by reading stories to the Professor about Satan Strong, Scientist, Scourge of the Spaceways and Supporter of the Serialized Short-story, Science on the Spot in his battles with Captain Jaundess of the Space Patrol. After their own adventures with evil Martians, the Professor reveals that he is Harry Petrou, author of the Satan Strong stories.
Astounding Science Fiction 28:2 October 1941 (pp.86-101)
Without Sorcery, Prime Press, 1948
Not Without Sorcery, Ballentine 506K, 1961 (pp.116-133)
Sucharitkul, Somtow (as S. P. Somtow), "Aquila"
This is an alternate universe in which the Roman Empire was more technologically-minded and explored the western continent. Titus Papinianus and the 34th Legion are sent to Cappadocia. There he passes some time reading the scientiæ fictiones of Asimianus the Judæan. This amusing little sidelight of 12 lines is chopped to 7, with most of the good in-group references eliminated in the Ballantine edition. Passing references are made to the writers Alienus Elysianus (anthologizer of Visus Periculosi) and to P. Josephus Agricola.
Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, January 1982 (pp. 136-166)
The Aquiliad: Book I, Timescape 45443-9, October 1983 (p.30)
Ballantine Del Rey 33867-7, January 1988
Sucharitkul, Somtow, "The What March?" [Musical Score]
This is not strictly a recursive story but it is so delightful (and somewhat relevant) that it ought to be included. The author, an exponent of the neo-Asian post-Serialism school of music, was commissioned by George Scithers, then editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, to write a march honoring said magazine. After the article is the piano music for "The Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March."
Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, February 1982 (pp. 86-97)
Five From the Wine Dark Sea, Donning Starblaze, 1983
Sullivan, Tim joint author with Michael Swanwick
Suster, Gerald, The God Game
In the late 1890s, Arthur Machen is living scenes from his stories and is threatened by characters from his stories. In the late 1990s, Adam Stride (novelist and private investigator) is threatened by ostensibly fictive characters of his time. Machen and Stride are linked across time by a strange stone.
New English Library 0-340-66648-X, May 1997
Swanwick, Michael joint author with Eileen Gunn, et al.
Swanwick, Michael, "Congratulations from the Future!"
This is a letter from 2107 from virtual Michael Swanwick, the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction then to the current one. It chronicles the development of science and science fiction over that century. It ends with the quote "...there can be only one Isaac Asimov. He is currently being built in low orbit around Alpha Ophiucus IV."
Asimov's Science Fiction 31:7 July 2007 (pp.86-89)
Swanwick, Michael & Sullivan, Tim, "Fantasies"
One of the secondary characters, Sal, is trying to write a fantasy film script. When life gets too much for him, he mounts a unicorn and goes into a world like the one in his script.
Amazing Stories 66:4 August 1991 (pp9-18)
Swanwick, Michael, "Letters to the Editor"
In response to continued requests by Sheila Williams for biographical information to accompany his many stories bought by Asimov's Science Fiction, the author provides them with more and more outrageous constructs.
Asimov's Science Fiction 25:10&11 October/November 2001 (pp.8-17)
Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures, Tachyon Publications 1-892391-07-4, September 2003 (pp.84-92)
Swanwick, Michael, "The Madness of Gordon Van Gelder"
At a SFWA party at Philcon, Nancy Kress requests Michael Swanwick not to sell a short-short story about her to [Asimov's SF editor] Gardner Dozois. Instead, it is purchasedsight unseenby [F&SF editor] Gordon Van Gelder. This catalyzes Van Gelder to buy story after story without regard to his merit, or without bothering to read it.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 98:3 March 2000 (pp.101-102)
Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures, Tachyon Publications 1-892391-07-4, September 2003 (pp.93-94)
Swanwick, Michael, "The Transmigration of Philip K."
Sandy Pankopf, although he does not know it, is one of the seven maintainers whose belief in realitysome variant of itis keeping the world going after World War VII permanently warped the fabric of reality. Pankopf keeps getting messages from people whose names are Philip K. about what is really going on. He also has a some PK-47 drugs that may or may not change things.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 9:2 February 1985 (pp.112-127)
Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick, (edited by Uwe Anton), Broken Mirrors Press 4-2, 1991 [limited signed edition];
5-0, 1991 [trade edition] (pp.13-25)
Sweven, Godfrey, Limanora. The Island of Progress
This is an extremely long and well-developed story of a utopian society on the Riallaro archipelago in the Southern Ocean, near Antarctica. As with all of these utopias, it is mildly socialistic. The unusual circumstance is that the Limanorans have no interest in the past, only the future. Therefore, the entire societal program of improvement is guided by science-fiction writers producing such classics as The Book of Human Sculpture, The Book of Human Transparency, The Book of Ethereal Nutriment, The Book of Emigration, and The Book of the Destiny of the Earth. The first of these books tells how the Limanorans will do away with sexual activity; it is not destined to be a best seller in our society.
New York: Putnam, 1903
London: Oxford University Press, 1931 [corrected edition]
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