Writers whose work combines to shape our OSS heritage of dreams...
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Edwin A Abbott - for Flatland see The FLATOSS.
James R Adams - for Crisis on Titan see the extract, Grotesque Mimicry on Titan.
Edwin Lester Arnold - for Lieutenant Gulliver Jones - His Vacation, see the Diary for
8th December 2016, which includes a comparison with
Gustave Le Rouge's La Guerre des Vampires.
John Jacob Astor - for A Journey in Other Worlds see the OSS Diary, 18th March 2017.
See also the following extracts:
The Singing Plants of Jupiter;
A Jovian Bay with Saurians in the Shallows;
Hums and Gems on Saturn.
K S Augustin - see The Resurrection of Merrick Hardcastle.
J G Ballard - see the OSS Diary, 4th February 2017, for The Day of Forever.
Robert Bloch - for The Fear Planet see Not Sure Where to Put it? Try an Asteroid.
Tobias S Buckell - for Pale Blue Memories see Slaves of Venus.
John W Campbell - see the page on Penton and Blake
and for their adventure on The Tenth World see Planet X.
For Night see the OSS Diary for 12th January 2017.
For Campbell's opinion concerning life on Mars
see the Diary, 25th November 2016.
John Christopher - for The Possessors see Perturbable Protagonists Required.
Stanton A Coblenz - for The Moon People see the OSS Diary for 17th January 2017.
For Into Plutonian Depths see the extract, Sniff the air on Pluto.
Also, for Mercury and Pluto see the Clues/News page for
13th November 2018, mentioning both Into Plutonian Depths
and Next Door to the Sun.
Edmund Cooper - for The Tenth Planet see Planet X.
Susan Cooper - for Mandrake see the Diary entry, Planetary Intelligences
Michael Crichton - for Prey see Perturbable Protagonists Required.
Ray Cummings - see the Asteroids page for Brigands of the Moon; see also
For The Flame Breathers see the section on the Vulcan page
and the further extract, A vista on small, dense Vulcan.
Norman Davies, The Isles: A History - see Relations with the Real.
Lester del Rey - see Battle on Mercury
Dougal Dixon - for After Man see the OSS Diary, 9th November 2016.
See that same entry also for the book by Dougal Dixon and John Adams,
The Future is Wild.
Alexandre Dumas - see Planet D'Artagnan.
Allan W Eckert - for The Hab Theory see the OSS Diary, 24th September 2016.
Phyllis Eisenstein - for Dylan Jeninga's review of The Sunstone see Home on Mars.
Philip José Farmer - for Sail On! Sail On! see the Earth page.
John Russell Fearn - for Something From Mercury see
Havoc caused by imported Mercurian critters.
Ian Fleming - see The Muse Takes Control.
Otto Willi Gail - for The Shot From The Moon see An Ice-Age Venus - II.
Randall Garrett - for Hot Trip for Venus see the
Diary, Backbone of the Old Solar System.
Will Garth - for The Bloodless Peril see Those Plants Again.
John Michael Greer - see Star's Reach and
the Diary, John Greer, Carl Jung and the Jasoomization of Earth.
For Out of the Chattering Planet see Iruwon.
For The Weird of Hali - Innsmouth, see
Lovecraft Reversed with Added Belbury.
Peter F Hamilton - for Pandora's Star see OSS Nuggets in CRIM.
Hergé (Georges Remi) - for Objectif Lune and its influence on Elon Musk
see Astronautical Conjunction.
Fred Hoyle - for The Black Cloud see Celestial Intruders.
for The Incandescent Ones
see the OSS Diary for 20th December 2016;
for Fifth Planet see the OSS Diary for 5th August 2016 and
Matthew Hughes - see A Return to Bradbury's Mars.
Carl Jacobi - for Tepondicon see The Galilean Satellites.
Dylan T Jeninga - see: Be Seeing You - The Colorless Colossus of the Cold -
Incandescence - Mission to the Tenth Planet
- Peril On Pallas - Pirates of Titan -
Provided at Generous Prices - The Purple Sea -
Rimworld Trash - The Rogue Planet - The Sea Empress -
Wanders of Mars - Where the Nightlife Never Ends -
Whom Gods Destroy - The Winds of Vulcan.
For literary criticism see The Intrepid Travelogue.
D F Jones - see the OSS Diary for 11th January 2017, regarding
a late invasion from Mars.
See also the Diary for 14th February 2017 regarding
how the incredible news of the existence of the
Martians is received.
Cyril Kornbluth - see the OSS Diary, 26th February 2017, for The Adventurer.
Myer Krulfeld - for The Lunar Pit see Poor Deadly Moonmen.
Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. - for Signboard of Space see the extract,
Silent remains of a lost Martian civilization.
Joe R Lansdale - for The King of Cheap Romance see The Cold White North of Mars.
Gustave Le Rouge - see also the OSS Diary, 15th October 2016, for
points in favour of his version of Mars. Also, for favourable comparison
with the work of Edwin Lester Arnold see the Diary for 8th December 2016.
For this site's changed approach to Le Rouge see
Leeway for John Carter's French Predecessor.
Murray Leinster - for Space-Can see the Diary entries, Bellyaching Spacemen and
Ganymede as a Frontier.
For Incident on Calypso see Permissible Invention of Moons.
For Keyhole see the extract,
Rapport with a lungless native of the Moon.
J N Leonard - for Flight Into Space see 1956 - The Last Hope for Old Mars?
Milton Lesser - for The Graveyard of Space see Space Sargassoes.
Hugh Lofting - for Dr Dolittle In the Moon see the Diary, The Torn-Off Moon.
R W Mackleworth - for the Moon made habitable in Starflight 3000 see the Diary entry,
A Book that Veers Away.
David I Masson - for Mouth of Hell see Tilted Landscape, Pre-Kroth.
Sean McMullen - for The Miocene Arrow see A Prehistoric World War.
Michael Moorcock - see the Themes page for links to comparisons between
his Old Mars and Burroughs' Barsoom.
e.g. for City of the Beast see How Not to Do It - and How to Do It.
See also the extract, A Blue City on the Red Planet.
For a critique of a short tale set on an OSS Mars see
Thoughts on Michael Moorcock's The Lost Canal.
Patrick Moore - for his Mars see the OSS Diary for 22nd November 2016.
For a great Mars-trip "recruitment moment"
see the Diary for 11th August 2016,
quoting from Mission to Mars.
For his delightful youngsters' guide to palaeontology and
Earth history, True Book About the Earth, see
the Diary, 24th November 2016.
William Morrison - for Country Doctor see Ganymedean Colossus.
Larry Niven - for Wait it Out see the Pluto page;
for The Coldest Place see The Darkside of Mercury and
the OSS Diary, 26th December 2016;
for Becalmed in Hell see the page on hyper-brains;
for the Plutonian conflagration in World of Ptavvs see the Diary,
Niven and Clarke on the Cusp.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - see the OSS Diary, 8th April 2017,
for the brief suspicion of Saturnians in Footfall.
Garth Nix - for By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers
see the extract, Rainy swampy fecund Venus.
Chad Oliver - for The Reporter see Conversation in a Martian Bar.
R Olsen - see Project Utopia.
H Beam Piper - for Omnilingual see the Alien Scripts page
Fletcher Pratt - for Asylum Satellite see
Fletcher Pratt and the creaky Cold-War space program.
Mike Resnick - see In the Tombs of the Martian Kings.
John Murray Reynolds - for Goddess of the Moon see the extract,
Insect-Men on the Surface of the Moon.
E V Rieu, The Unicorn - see Relations with the Real.
Chris Roberson - for Mariner see Pirates on Mars Again.
Alva Rogers - re A Requiem For Astounding see the Diary, 27 November 2016,
regarding the significance of the year 1941 in the history of
R H Romans - see Land Rush, King Rush, Moon Rush: R H Romans' Lunar Epic of 1930
Mary Rosemblum - see Shoals.
Robert Sheckley - for the Mars of Meeting of the Minds see
Another lot who don't know how lucky they are.
For Alone At Last, see
A Contrasting Pair of Asteroidal Hermits.
See also an extract from Prospector's Special for Sheckley's Venus.
Rupert Sheldrake - for the morphic resonance concept see categories of thought
on the religion page
Robert Silverberg - for Lair of the Dragonbird see A Unique Venusian.
E E "Doc" Smith - see the page on Ganymede;
see the Jupiter page for a nice one-line description
of the Jovian jungle
and a more detailed consideration of the hexans and their foes.
See the OSS Diary, 30th March 2017, for Jovian telemorphs,
human and hexan, in Spacehounds of IPC.
And for the Battle of North Polar Jupiter in that novel see
Decisive Battles of the Old Solar System.
Extracts: Deadly Ganymedean Plant-Animal + Battle on Jupiter.
Brett Stirling - see A Different Slant on Captain Future.
Donald Suddaby - see Prisoners of Saturn
John Varley - for 1955 (article), see the OSS Diary, 7th December 2016.
Howard Waldrop - for The Dead Sea Bottom Scrolls see Academia on Mars.
Hugh Walters - for Blast Off At Woomera see The Old Space Program
and the OSS Diary for 12th August 2016;
for Operation Columbus see the Diary, 4th November 2016.
For an extract from Moon Base One see
A hostile mist on the Moon.
See also Hugh Walters and the Moon.
Donald Wandrei - for Finality Unlimited see the page section, Mountains on the Sun.
Henry Ward - see Henri Viard.
H G Wells - for The War of the Worlds
see Martian Landings in The War of The Worlds;
Global Dispatches and Extraordinary Gentlemen;
The Date of the Invasion; and (re teaching the book)
Martians in the Classroom.
for The Time Machine see the Diary entries, A Far-Future Night Sky
and A Park-Like Future Earth?
For The First Men in the Moon see that page and also
the Diary entry, Lunar Brains.
For The Crystal Egg see Beetles or winged folk - who rules Mars?
regarding a misreading of the story.
Jack Williamson - for The Crucible of Power
see the OSS Diary, 26th January 2017;
for Operation Gravity see the Diary entry entitled
Science Points the Way - Now Go and Play;
for The Plutonian Terror
see the Pluto page and the hyper-brains page;
for Salvage in Space see the Titania page.
For The Moon Era see ancient inhabited Moon and
the extract, On the Moon in ancient days.
Tom Wolfe - see the OSS Diary for 16th May 2018.
John Wyndham - see Time to Rest;
also the OSS Diary, 6th February 2017 for The Last Lunarians.
For Wyndham and the fecund Venus of The Outward Urge, see
the Diary for 16th November 2016.
For The Kraken Wakes see the Diary for 9th December 2016, and
Recent Reading and 1953.
For Exiles on Asperus see the Asteroids page and the extract,
A richly forested asteroid.
For Stowaway to Mars see Martians - Cheerful or Fatalistic?
Roger Zelazny - A Rose for Ecclesiastes