Writers (and illustrators) whose work combines to shape our OSS heritage of dreams...
Stid: A page which will never be complete.
Zendexor: I hope you're right there! Very much a work in progress, this list - as it ought to be - with an ever-increasing harvest of links...
Please note one thing which I have not to date  found time to do: I have not cross-referenced this page with the information on the rather enormous Fictional Dates timeline. (It would be a titanic task.) But a reader who is seeking information on a particular author will easily be able to check whether he/she is also on the Fictional Dates page, as all the authors there are listed alphabetically at the end of it, so maybe I'll spare myself the afore-mentioned titanic task!
Edwin A Abbott - for Flatland see The FLATOSS.
Robert Abernathy - for the inaptly titled Failure on Titan see Slaves on Phoebe.
Peter C Aitken - see Perchance To Dream
Brian W Aldiss - for Hothouse see Vegetation has colonized the far-future Moon.
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.
Thornton Ayre - for Domain of Zero see Evolution on Callisto.
Charles A Baker - for Treasure of Triton see Robbing a temple on Triton.
J G Ballard - see the OSS Diary, 4th February 2017, for The Day of Forever.
Shep Barnett - Europa Or Bust
Barrington Bayley - see Time Travel and Reality Change for
The Fall of Chronopolis.
For Soul of a Robot see Resuming long-interrupted colonisation
and Pockets of atmosphere.
For The Rod of Light see Earth accretion - Robotic initiative.
For The Countenance see Staining Space.
Bryan Berry - for The Final Venusian see Robots' Vigil on Venus.
Eando Binder - for Anton York, Immortal see the Diary entry, Orbital Preservation Order.
For The Impossible World see the Diary entry, The Outer Limits, and
the extract Approaching a cave on Iapetus.
For Memos on Mercury see Hunting on Mercury.
Nelson S Bond - for Wanders of the Wolf Moon see the Titan page. See also the
extract, Site of a crash-landing on Titan.
For Revolt on Io see Uppity natives of Io.
For Castaways of Eros see A lush landscape on Eros.
Jack Bradley - for The Rhizoid Kill see the extract, The swamp belt of Mercury.
Tobias S Buckell - for Pale Blue Memories see Slaves of Venus.
Algis Budrys - for Die, Shadow! see A future, open-skied Venus.
John W Campbell - see the page on Penton and Blake
and for their adventure on The Tenth World see Planet X;
for The Double Minds see
Doomed gelatinous oppressors of Ganymede.
For Night see the OSS Diary for 12th January 2017.
For Campbell's opinion concerning life on Mars
see the Diary, 25th November 2016.
For Solarite see Sunrise on Venus.
Grant Canterbury - see Pen Pal
Joel Caris - see Exodus
Robert W Chambers - see the podcast on The Repairer of Reputations.
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.
Ariel Cohen - see A Martian Iliad
Susan Cooper - for Mandrake see the Diary entry, Planetary Intelligences
Alfred Coppel - for Task to Luna see Discovery of an alien base on the Moon.
Rachel Cowan - see Methane Blue
Michael Crichton - for Prey see Perturbable Protagonists Required.
Ray Cummings -for the Tama books see
The Fire, The Light, The Cold - Ray Cummings' Mercury.
See the Asteroids page for Brigands of the Moon; see also
the extract, Climbing lunar crater Archimedes; see also
For The Flame Breathers see the section on the Vulcan page
and the further extract, A vista on small, dense Vulcan.
For The War-Nymphs of Venus see Hedonist culture on Venus.
L P Davies - for Genesis Two see Weird plants of a future Earth.
Linton Davies - for Warlords of the Moon see
Civil War in the Kingdom of the Moon.
Norman Davies, The Isles: A History - see Relations with the Real.
Lester del Rey - see Battle on Mercury
Albert dePina - for Star of Panadur (with Henry Hasse) see
A Bonanza on Europa.
For Alcatraz of the Starways (with Henry Hasse) see
A storm of electric beings on Vulcan and Irresistible Vulcan.
For Moon of Danger see Phobos - larger than we thought.
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.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - for When the World Screamed see Living Worlds.
Alexandre Dumas - see Planet D'Artagnan.
Phyllis Eisenstein - for Dylan Jeninga's review of The Sunstone see Home on Mars.
Harlan Ellison - see podcast on I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream.
(Note: the above adventures, all set in a NHOSS continuum, come under the
heading Tales from the Aether.)
Paul Ernst - for The Red Hell of Jupiter see Anomalous low-gravity area on Jupiter.
Lloyd Arthur Eshbach - for Mutineers of Space see Prison pit on Jupiter.
Paul W Fairman - for Brothers Beyond the Void see the extract,
Coaxed Towards a Zoo-Cage 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.
H B Fyfe - for Moonwalk see the entry in the Gazeteer on Plato.
Otto Willi Gail - for The Shot From The Moon see An Ice-Age Venus - II.
Erle Stanley Gardner - for New Worlds see Pole Shifting.
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.
Percy Greg - for Across the Zodiac see Mars as imagined in 1880.
James E Gunn - for The Immortals see the Gazetteer entry for Lawrence, Kansas.
Henry Guth - for Planet in Reverse see Reversed time-stream on Neptune.
A L Haley - for Jupiter's Joke see Jupiter's vegetable Great Red Spot.
Peter F Hamilton - for Pandora's Star see OSS Nuggets in CRIM.
Frank Hampson - for Dan Dare: Operation Saturn see Dan Dare is hunted on Phoebe
and Dan Dare is brought to the capital of Titan.
For Dan Dare: The Red Moon Mystery see
Exploring a ruined palace on Mars.
For Dan Dare: Marooned on Mercury see
Mercurians armoured against Dayside heat.
Henry Hasse - for Star of Panadur (with Albert dePina) see
Bonanza on Europa.
For Alcatraz of the Starways (with Albert dePina) see
A swarm of electric beings on Vulcan and Irresistible Vulcan.
For Proktols of Neptune see Captives on Triton.
Christopher Henningsen - see The Martian Girl
Hergé (Georges Remi) - for Objectif Lune and its influence on Elon Musk
see Astronautical Conjunction.
William Hope Hodgson: A View by Antolin Gibson
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.
D L James - for Crystals of Madness see Clever arachnida of Deimos.
Dylan T Jeninga - see: Be Seeing You - The Colorless Colossus of the Cold -
The Hidden City of Mars - Incandescence -
Life Debt - Mission to the Tenth Planet
- Peril On Pallas - Pirates of Titan - Plague Planet -
Provided at Generous Prices - Rimworld Trash -
The Rogue Planet - The Sea Empress -
Wanderers of Mars - Where the Nightlife Never Ends -
Whom Gods Destroy - The Winds of Vulcan.
For literary criticism see The Intrepid Travelogue.
Excerpt: Selenite carvings in the caverns of the Moon.
D F Jones - see The Colossus Trilogy.
Raymond F Jones - for The Seven Jewels of Chamar see the extract
A quest for animate jewels on Mars.
Franz Kafka - see Kafka's Crystallization of Hooked Time.
Augustus Keden - see The Dorian Grays
Augustus and Lenore Keden - see Ghosts of Saturn
Otis Adelbert Kline - for a blue Martian dawn in The Swordsman of Mars see
The good guesses of yore.
Cyril Kornbluth - see the OSS Diary, 26th February 2017, for The Adventurer.
Myer Krulfeld - for The Lunar Pit see Poor Deadly Moonmen.
Henry Kuttner - see The Kuttner-Moore Venus; see also Treble Trouble on Titan.
For The Star Parade see the extract,
Warm season at the Martian equator.
See The Twonky for a podcast on the Lewis Padgett (Kuttner and
C L Moore) story.
For Hollywood on the Moon see
Tidal peril on a Mars-crossing asteroid.
Joe R Lansdale - for The King of Cheap Romance see The Cold White North of Mars.
Philip Latham - for Missing Men of Saturn see the Saturn page; also, the Diary for
8th October 2016, expressing a delighted initial reaction to the book;
and the later entry entitled Wayward and disorderly space adventure.
Extracts can be found in what to see on Saturn and
Rockscape on Rhea.
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.
For De Profundis see the extract, Intelligence in Earth's ocean deeps.
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.
Thomas Levenson - The Hunt for Vulcan.
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.
Damian Macrae - see Arden Archer
Lawrence Manning - see Fletcher Pratt and Lawrence Manning
David I Masson - for Mouth of Hell see Tilted Landscape, Pre-Kroth.
Sean McMullen - for The Miocene Arrow see A Prehistoric World War.
Graham McNeil - see the podcast for The Last Church.
Walter M Miller - for Crucifixus Etiam see Sacrifices for a future Mars and
The human cost of terraforming Mars.
For I Made You see Telemetry-bane.
For Big Joe and the Nth Generation see
Loss of artificial atmosphere on Mars.
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 and
Accelerated evolution on Mars.
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.
Sam Moskowitz - for World of Mockery see A startling apparition on Ganymede.
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. For remarks about
Jupiter in connection with the same novel, see
Leaving well alone.
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.
Kenneth O'Hara: see Bryce Walton.
Joseph O'Neill - for Land Under England see A Dimly Glowing Realm Inside the Earth.
Chad Oliver - for The Reporter see Conversation in a Martian Bar.
R Olsen - see Project Utopia.
Ted Olson - for The Conquering Will see Roll Off A Tangent podcast 46.
Lewis Padgett [= Henry Kuttner and C L Moore] - see podcast on The Twonky.
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.
Fletcher Pratt and Lawrence Manning -
for Expedition to Pluto see Life in Pluto's Fluorine Ocean.
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.
Ross Rocklynne - for The Bubble Dwellers see Fatal attraction of the hot side of Vulcan;
for The Empress of Mars see Rocklynne's Far-Future Mars;
for The Forbidden Dream see The dying culture of Ganymede;
for The Men and the Mirror see Arrival at a domed city on Jupiter.
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.
Jamie Ross - see The Lúthian Chronicles and The Magistrate.
For non-fiction see The Reality Distortion Field.
For Beyond Despair see Rebuilt on Uranus.
For Europa Dive see A monster from under the ice of Europa.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - for Le Petit Prince see
The Humanistic Asteroids and the Lonely Earth
Levi Seeley - see Home
Al Sevcik - see The Solar System, the Universe and Everything
Bob Shaw - for Fire Pattern see At the North Pole of Mercury.
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.
However a different, more peculiar Shecklian view of our sister planet
can be see in A twilit snowy Venus (an extract from
Earth, Air, Fire and Water).
Rupert Sheldrake - for the morphic resonance concept see categories of thought
on the religion page
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.
For that novel see also An ice-city on Titan, and,
for the Battle of North Polar Jupiter, see
Decisive Battles of the Old Solar System.
Extracts: Deadly Ganymedean Plant-Animal + Battle on Jupiter.
For an scene from First Lensman see Encounter on Pluto.
Evelyn E Smith - for The Vilbar Party see Saturnian Teddy-Bears.
George O Smith - for The Planet Mender see A mobile station on Uranus.
William Spencer - for The Eternal Machines see A Planet Named Chaos.
Clint Spivey - see The Lost Cosmonaut and Saucer Six
Brett Stirling - see A Different Slant on Captain Future.
Richard Storey - for Menace of the Mists see
Centaurpedes of Venus encroaching on land.
David Stringer - for High Eight see An electrical monster.
Donald Suddaby - see Prisoners of Saturn
William F Temple - for Shoot at the Moon see the Moon page
and the OSS Diary for 20th January 2017
and 6th April 2017.
See also the Gazetteer entry for Mare Nubium.
For Martin Magnus, Planet Rover see
Latest nugget from the OSS goldmine, and the extract,
Decapod natives of the Moon.
For Coco-Talk see On guard against the chameleon folk of Venus.
William Tenn - for Ricardo's Virus see Intelligent Lizard-Bird on Venus.
Theodore L Thomas - for The Fatal Third see
Being briefed on the inhabitants of Uranus.
J R R Tolkien - see Tolkien: Tangential Wonder.
Raymond Van Houten - for The Last Martian see Attacked by a predator on Mars.
Jack Vance - for The Dying Earth see Far-future re-use of transport on Earth.
Jack Vance - for Dover Spargill's Ghastly Floater see Giving the Moon an atmosphere.
For Parapsyche see Involuntary creation of OSS worlds.
See the podcast for Guyal of Sfere in Vance's far-future series
The Dying Earth.
John Varley - for 1955 (article), see the OSS Diary, 7th December 2016.
Arthur Vibert - see The Answer at the End of the World
Harl Vincent - for Callisto at War see Flying over an ocean on Callisto;
for The Copper-Clad World see Ionian gradations;
for Lost City of Mars see A city inside Phobos;
for Prince Deru Returns see Descent through the clouds of Rhea;
for Vagabonds of Space see A Panorama of Europa;
for Vulcan's Workshop see Forced labour on Vulcan.
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.
For Expedition Venus see Spongy touch-down on Venus and
Hugh Walters and the run-up to interplanetary voyages.
For Destination Mars see A mossy landing-site on Mars.
Henry Ward - see Henri Viard.
Basil Wells - for Queen of the Blue World see
Earth through the eyes of a visiting Martian.
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?
and the extract, Giant crustaceans on a far-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. For an extract see
A view from a mast on Mars.
See the Gazetteer for extracts from The War of the Worlds with regard
to Horsell Common and Weybridge.
For The New Accelerator see the Gazetteer entry for Folkestone.
Herbert George Wells - see under H G Wells
Wallace West - for Dawningsburgh see One step up from Bradbury's Martian resistance.
Chester Whitehorn - for Coming of the Gods see A Mars of jungles and clearings.
George A Whittington - for Mists of Mars see Deadly white mist on Mars.
Tad Williams - for Otherland vol.1: City of the Golden Shadow see
Computer simulation of Old Mars.
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.
For Born of the Sun see Living Worlds.
For Seetee Ship see Partially terraformed Pallas.
Tom Wolfe - see the OSS Diary for 16th May 2018.
Donald A Wollheim - for The Secret of Saturn's Rings see
Gazing across the Cassini Division;
for The Man from Ariel see the page for Ariel.
For The Planet That Time Forgot see
Slow-motion culture on Planet X.
Basil Wolverton - for Space Patrol (comic) see
Fleeing from the Mole-Men of Mercury.
John Wyndham - see Time to Rest, and the extract Chugging along a canal on Mars;
the Roll Off A Tangent Time To Rest podcast discussion and the podcast on its
sequel, No Place Like Earth.
See 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.
Also re The Outward Urge, see the extracts Wrecked and alone on Mars
and Crazy machines on the Moon.
For The Kraken Wakes see the Diary for 9th December 2016, and
Recent Reading and 1953. See also the Gazetteer's entry on
For Exiles on Asperus see the Asteroids page and the extract,
A richly forested asteroid.
For Stowaway to Mars see Martians - Cheerful or Fatalistic? and
Captured by intelligent Martian machines.
See also the Diary entry referring to a youtube
Interview with John Wyndham.
For the locations in The Day of the Triffids see
Lore of an island on Planet Three.
Robert F Young - for The First Mars Mission see Ambivalent Mars.
Xiangjun Zeng - see The Adventures of Longtail; for the sources of XZ's future history see
Field Observations from a Far-Future Mars - and beyond.
XZ's own website is: A Distant Sun.
A tale unrelated to the above is: Devil's Daughter.
Nikita Zuev - see Delegators