Roger Elwood

Roger Elwood was born in Southern New Jersey on January 13, 1943. He began his editing career with the magazines The Big Book of Wrestling and The Official Wrestling Guide. He left the job in 1973 claiming it was too much work for too little compensation. He was published by four different publishers in his early years and later contracted with over a dozen publishers to produce many individual novels and two anthology series. He moved on to work with Laser Books in an attempt to systemize and regulate their science fiction line into a uniform series of novels. Elwood passed away February 2, 2007.

Continuum 1

"Philip Jose Farmer * Poul Anderson * Chad Oliver * Anne McCaffrey * Edgar Pangborn * Dean R. Koontz * Thomas Scortia * Gene Wolfe - These writers, widely hailed as some of the best in the current science fiction world, have joined forces with the prolific editing talents of Roger Elwood to create the first truly unique anthology series in years. The varied worlds they have created here in CONTINUUM 1; McCaffrey's World of the Crystal Singers, Pangborn's post-holocaust Earth, oliver's in the stars, and others, are each presented as complete stories, while at the same time they will be continued and expanded in the CONTINUUM volumes to come. Published first in hardcover, to universal praise, this volume introduces the series in paperback in what is surely one of the most significant publishing ventures in science fiction this year."

Original Publication: Putnam, April 1974
This Edition: Berkley, May 1975
Cover Art: Vincent Di Fate
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Stations of the Nightmare - Part 1: The Two-Edged Gift by Philip Jose Farmer, My Own, My Native Land by Poul Anderson, Shaka! by Chad Oliver, The Armageddon Tapes by Thomas N. Scortia, Prelude to a Crystal Song by Anne McCaffrey, The Dark of the June by Gene Wolfe, The Children's Crusade by Edgar Pangborn and The Night of the Storm by Dean R. Koontz

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Omega

"Intriguing, Macabre stories for the science fiction enthusiast - This choice collection includes: Running Around by Barry N. Malzberg - A frustrated husband seeks refuge from a miserable marriage by paying a visit to the past. After King Kong Fell by Philip Jose Farmer - King Kong. The story of the classic monster movie is given an astonishing new twist by a man who lived through it. Swords of Ifthan by James Sutherland - A man's biggest regret is having missed the era of knights, castles and fair maidens. When a turn of fate gives him the chance to save a medieval kingdom, he turns out to be the enemy. Beachhead in Utopia by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. - A visit to the future when computers determine whether or not people live. Plus many more fantastic tales by some of the great names in science fiction."

Original Publication: Walker & Co. 1973
This Edition: Fawcett Crest, August 1974
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Running Around by Barry N. Malzberg, The Empty Field by Morio Kita, Od by Jack Dann and George Zebrowski, Amfortas by Laurence M. Janifer, After King Kong Fell by Philip Jose Farmer, Symposium by R. A. Lafferty, Swords of Ifthan by James Sutherland, Beast in View by Mirian Allen deFord, Slide Show by George R. R. Martin, Rabble-Dowser by Anne McCaffrey, The Serpent in Eden by Poul Anderson, Beachhead in Utopia by Lloyd Biggle, Jr and Geraniums by Barry N. Malzberg and Valerie King

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The Learning Maze & Other Science Fiction Stories

"An exciting, thought-provoking anthology consisting of four stories written especially for this volume and three choice reprints by notes science fiction authors. Robert Bloch's "The Learning Maze" examines education in a future society. "Then You Can Do What You Want," by Harvey and Audrey Bilkner, describes a young man's experiences as he finally realizes he can only accomplish so much living outside the established social order. Gail Kimberly's "Lady Beautiful" is a moving, more traditional story involving a "humanitarian" stranger from another time and her experiences in and effect on a small town and its inhabitants; "The Most Beautiful Music," by Nancy Mackenroth, shows us that no matter what future life is like, people will always share the same emotional responses. The three reprints are "requiem," by Ed Hamilton, "Thirteen to Centaurus," by J.G. Ballard and "The Gift of the Gods," by Raymond F. Jones. All are famous and popular stories. More than half of the stories presented in this volume have youthful protagonists, and all were chosen for their appeal to the young reader."

Original Publication: Julian Messner, 1974
This Edition: Julian Messner, 1974
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Requiem by Edmond Hamilton, Thirteen to Centaurus by J.G. Ballard, The Learning Maze by Robert Bloch, The Most Beautiful Music by Nancy Mackenroth, Then You Can Do What You Want by Audrey L. and Harvey L. Bilker, The Gift of the Gods by Raymond F. Jones and Lady Bountiful by Gail Kimberly

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Epoch

"This is one of the largest volumes of all-new science fiction ever published. It was selected by the most energetic and productive anthologist in the history of science fiction, in collaboration with one of the most versatile, popular, respected and acclaimed authors the field has ever produced - himself the editor of an unsurpassed series of all-original anthologies called New Dimensions. As the Star anthologies edited by Frederik Pohl summed up the 1950s and Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions focused on the explosive new energies set loose in the 1960s, so Epoch presents the state of the art science fiction in the 1970s. It has become a mature form, retaining the exhilaration, the soaring "sense of wonder" for which it has been so long admired, and has risen to new heights of drama, of character realization, of stylistic clarity. Much of the seventies is being written by the great writers who first mastered the form in the past. It is one of the glories of the field that this capacity for growth is part of it almost by definition. So Clifford D. Simak, whose career began in 1932, presents here a novelette as moving as anything he has ever produced; Jack Vance's novel is very much a Vance novel, yet it is a novel of the seventies SF - not of the fifties. More recently "arrived" authors - Ursula K. LeGuin is probably the most celebrated since Robert A. Heinlein - are well represented, too: Larry Niven, Alexei and Cory Panshin, Joanna Russ, Barry N. Malzberg, and more; and stunning new stars - A.A. Attanasio, John Shirley, George R.R. Martin, Jack Dann, for example. Here, then, is the science fiction of the 1970s - greater than this most exciting and entertaining fiction has ever been before!"

Original Publication: Berkley/Putnam, November 1975
This Edition: Berkley/Putnam/Science Fiction Book Club, February 1976
Cover Art: Richard Powers
Format: Hardback

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Edited with Robert Silverberg. Contents: ARM by Larry Niven, Angel of Truth by Gordon Eklund, Mazes by Urusla K. Le Guin, For All Poor Folks at Picketwire by R.A. Lafferty, Growing Up in Edge City by Frederik Pohl, Durance by Ward Moore, The Ghost of a Model T by Clifford D. Simak, Planet Story by Kate Wilhelm, Graduation Day by W. Macfarlane, Timetipping by Jack Dann, Encounter with a Carnivore by Joseph Green, Lady Sunshine and the Magoon of Beatus by Alexei and Cory Panshin, ...For a Single Yesterday by George R.R. Martin, Bloodstream by Lou Fisher, Existence by Joanna Russ, Interface by A.A. Attanasio, Blooded in Arachne by Michael Bishop, Levitivus:In the Ark by Barry N. Malzberg, Cambridge, 1:58 A.M. by Gergory Benford, Run from the Fire by Harry Harrison, Waiting for the Universe to Begin by Brian W. Aldiss, Aimez-Vous Holman Hunt? by Brian W. Aldiss, Nightbeat by Neal Barrett, Jr., Uneasy Chrysalids, Our Memories by John Shirley and The Dogtown Tourist Agency by Jack Vance

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Tomorrow: New Worlds of Science Fiction

"The range of these tales is wide; the readability consistently high. They run from the heart-rending story of Peter in Come See the Last Man Cry, Joan Hunter Holly's magnificent novella of a future in which emotion is a quality no longer naturally endowed - to Enchante by Andrew Offutt, a charming twist on the old fairy tale about the princess and the frog. There are stories by Brian W. Aldiss and Alan E. Nourse, as well as others by younger writers. This is the first time that any of them have appeared in print."

Original Publication: M. Evans and Company, 1975
This Edition: M. Evans and Company, 1975
Cover Art: Richard Nebiolo
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Come See the Last Man Cry by J. Hunter Holly, Nize Kitty by Alan E. Nourse, The Kelly's Eye by Robert Hoskins, Arctic Rescue by John Hollis Mason, Always Somebody There by Brian W. Aldiss, Death or Consequences by Sonya Dorman, Castle in the Stars by Terry Carr, Journey of the Soul by Neil Shapiro, Enchante by Andrew J. Offutt and Perihesperon by Greg Bear

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