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I have read most of the short stories and books produced by the Top 80-100 authors in the SF field, as well as more obscure authors such as Robert Sheckley, and can answer any queries regarding author, title or theme of a science fiction short story(or novel). I can also answer questions on the history and influence of Science Fiction past to present, as well as on specific SF genres such as Cyberpunk,Golden Age SF, H G Wells-style scientific romances etc. I do not answer questions about books/stories set in the Fantasy genre.

Experience in the area

Am currently doing a writing course for writing Science Fiction Books, with the Writer's Bureau in the UK.<


Am considering becoming an amateur writer of Science Fiction. Other than that, no academic credentials, I simply have read a multitude of SF books and stories, with an emphasis on stories from H G Wells to the 1980s.

What do you like about this subject?

I love this subject as it allows authors and readers to use their imagination. In SF stories you can invent an entire world. Modern Literature is stuck with the same old social setting and therefore is often far too derivative and unoriginal.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to become an SF writer eventually. Meanwhile I am collecting as many old editions of 1900-1990 SF stories as possible.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In the early 1940s the SF writer Cleve Cartmill wrote a science fiction story describing rather accurately how an atomic bomb works. The editor had to persuade the FBI not to arrest him!

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Recent Answers from Geoff

2016-08-24 Sci-fi short story:

This seems to be it:-    It is supposed to be in the Ray Bradbury anthology "R is for Rocket". Modern anthologies by the author may also have

2016-05-06 Sci-Fi series of short stories.:

Both stories were written by Robert Sheckley, my favourite SF short story author. The first story is called "The Necessary Thing" and the 2nd one is called "Ghost V". Here is more info on the subject:-

2016-03-14 science fiction short story:

Hi,    I remember the story but, sadly, cannot recall the author.That said, I vaguely recall that it was a particularly short whimsical SF story and there were 2 SF anthologies that I know of which specialised

2016-01-20 Old short story I cant remember:

I reckon this is the short story you are looking for:-    I loved the story when I first read it years ago. Katherine Maclean

2015-12-13 Short story:

The short story you are looking for is called "Starting from Scratch" by Robert Sheckley. The short story is found in the following anthologies:-


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