Alexei Panshin

Alexei Panshin (born August 14, 1940)[1] is an American writer and science fiction (SF) critic. He has written several critical works and several novels, including the 1968 Nebula Award-winning novel Rite of Passage[2] and the 1990 Hugo Award-winning study of science fiction The World Beyond the Hill (written with his wife, Cory Panshin).[3]


Alexis Adams Panshin was born in Lansing, Michigan.[1]

Other works

Panshin is the author of the Anthony Villiers series, which consists of three books: Star Well, The Thurb Revolution, and Masque World. The fourth volume of the series, The Universal Pantograph,[4] never appeared, reputedly because of conflicts between the writer and his publisher. Of the Villiers series, noted SF writer Samuel R. Delany writes in the foreword of Star Well:

It ... examines the proposition that the world is composed of small communities of mutual interest ... [Star Well] is a gallery of gamblers, duels and double-crosses, a minuet of manners and manners mangled; the machinery of the universe is speculated upon; inspector generals arrive to inspect it. And Anthony Villiers, gentleman par excellence, dashes through it all, buckling a swash or two, bungling a couple of others.

Panshin published a study of American author Robert A. Heinlein, Heinlein in Dimension.[5][2] He also co-wrote Earth Magic with wife Cory Panshin. His general critical work SF in Dimension (1976) was also co-written with Cory Panshin, as was the lengthy theoretical-critical book, The World Beyond The Hill (1989). His works also include a short story collection, Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow.

Most of Heinlein in Dimension was published in fanzines, for which Panshin won the Best Fan Writer Hugo award in 1967, and then published in book form by Advent. Panshin discusses reactions to this work on his website The Abyss of Wonder.[6]

A number of Alexei Panshin's books (including The World Beyond the Hill) are presently being republished by Phoenix Pick, an imprint of Arc Manor Publishers.

Published work


  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Rite of Passage. New York: Ace Books. Ace 72781.
  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Star Well. New York: Ace Books. p. 157. ISBN 0-441-78405-4. Ace G-756.
  • Alexei Panshin (1968). The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books. ISBN 0-441-80855-7. Ace G-762.
  • Alexei Panshin (1969). Masque World. New York: Ace Books. p. 156. ISBN 0-441-52105-3. Ace 2320 - ISBN applies to 1978 paperback reprint.
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1978). Earth Magic. New York: Ace Books. p. 275. ISBN 0-441-18120-1.


  • Alexei Panshin (1975). Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley/Putnam. p. 184. ISBN 0-399-11505-6.
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1982). Transmutations: A Book of Personal Alchemy. Dublin, PA: Elephant Books. p. 214.


  • Alexei Panshin (1968). Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical Analysis. Chicago: Advent Publishers. p. 214. ISBN 0-911682-12-0.
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1976). SF in Dimension: A Book of Explorations. Chicago: Advent Publishers. p. 342. ISBN 0-911682-21-X.
  • Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1989). The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. p. 685. ISBN 0-87477-554-X.


  1. ^ a b "Panshin, Alexei". Revised April 12, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ( Retrieved 2014-08-14. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
  2. ^ a b Nicholls 1979, p. 447.
  3. ^ Reginald 1992, p. 744.
  4. ^ Panshin 1969, p. 157.
  5. ^ Budrys, Algis (July 1968). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 161–167.
  6. ^ Retrieved July 9, 2017

External links

25th World Science Fiction Convention

The 25th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as NyCon 3 or Nycon 3, was held August 31-September 4, 1967, at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York, New York, United States.

The chairmen were Ted White and Dave Van Arnam. The guests of honor were Lester del Rey (pro) and Bob Tucker (fan). The toastmaster was Harlan Ellison. Total attendance was approximately 1,500.

Ace Science Fiction Specials

Ace Science Fiction Specials are three series of science fiction and fantasy books published by Ace Books between 1968 and 1990. Terry Carr edited the first and third series, taking the "TV special" concept and adapting it to paperback marketing. The first series was one of the most influential in the history of science fiction publishing; four of the six novels nominated for 1970 Nebula Awards were from the series.

The date given is the year of publication by Ace; some are first editions and some are reprints. Also given is the Ace serial number. The serial number given is that of the first printing in the Ace Special series (except for the reissue of Rite of Passage). Books with a previous first edition are noted as "reissue" below. The order listed for series one is the original order of publication; the price is given. Ace reissued many of these books outside of the Ace Special line with different covers and prices, and sometimes different paginations. Award winners are noted; many were nominated for awards.

Cory Panshin

Cory Panshin (born 1947) is an American science fiction critic and writer. She often writes in collaboration with her husband, Alexei Panshin. The Panshins won the Hugo award for Best Non-Fiction Book in 1990 for The World Beyond the Hill, a massive history of science fiction. Panshin is currently writing a "theory of human history as controlled by an evolving sequence of visions of the underlying nature of reality" which she is publishing in installments on her personal blog.

Dream's Edge

Dream's Edge is an anthology of short science fiction stories about the "future of Planet Earth". It is edited by collector Terry Carr. It was published in 1980 by Sierra Club Books (San Francisco) with ISBN 0-87156-238-3.

The short stories included are:

"The Green Marauder", Larry Niven

"East Wind, West Wind", Frank M. Robinson

"People's Park", Charles Ott

"Last Hund", Eric Vinicoff and Marcia Martin

"Greenslaves", Frank Herbert

"Incased in Ancient Rind", R. A. Lafferty

"Occam's Scalpel", Theodore Sturgeon

"The Spirit Who Bideth by Himself in the Land of Mist and Snow", Susan Janice Anderson

"When Petals Fall", Sydney J. Van Scyoc

"How Can We Sink When We Can Fly?" Alexei Panshin

"Three Tinks on the House", F. M. Busby

"Fortune Hunter", Poul Anderson

"My Lady of the Psychiatric Sorrows", Brian W. Aldiss

"The New Atlantis", Ursula K. Le Guin

"Young Love", Grania Davis

"Whale Song", Terry Melen

"Under the Generator", John Shirley

"The Ugly Chickens", Howard Waldrop

"The Wind and the Rain", Robert Silverberg

"Virra", Terry Carr

Earl Kemp

Earl Kemp (born November 24, 1929) is an American publisher, science fiction editor, critic, and fan who won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1961 for Who Killed Science Fiction, a collection of questions and answers with top writers in the field. Kemp also helped found Advent:Publishers, a small publishing house focused on science fiction criticism, history, and bibliography, and served as chairman of the 20th World Science Fiction Convention. During the 1960s and '70s, Kemp was also involved in publishing a number of erotic paperbacks, including an illustrated edition of the Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. This publication led to Kemp being sentenced to one year in prison for "conspiracy to mail obscene material," but he served only the federal minimum of three months and one day.

Fantasy of manners

The fantasy of manners is a subgenre of fantasy literature that also partakes of the nature of a comedy of manners (though it is not necessarily humorous). Such works generally take place in an urban setting and within the confines of a fairly elaborate, and almost always hierarchical, social structure. The term was first used in print by science fiction critic Donald G. Keller in an article, The Manner of Fantasy, in the April, 1991 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction; author Ellen Kushner has said that she suggested the term to Keller. The subgenre, or a close relative to it, has also been called mannerpunk, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction.


Midwestcon is a science fiction convention held annually in the Cincinnati, Ohio area by the Cincinnati Fantasy Group.

Midwestcon is an informal type of convention known as a "relaxacon," which means that it has no programming. Instead it is notable as a means for science fiction fans to get together and talk to each other without the distractions of other conventions.


Niekas (from Lithuanian: nothing or nobody) was a science fiction fanzine published from 1962–1998 by Ed Meskys – also spelled Meškys – of New Hampshire. It won the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, and was nominated two other times, losing in 1966 to ERB-dom and in 1989 to File 770.For the initial five issues, Meskys – at the time a professor and a member of The Tolkien Society at the now-defunct Belknap College in Center Harbor, New Hampshire – edited Niekas by himself, after which he was joined by Felice Rolfe and Anne Chatland. The latter left after issue #8. By the late 1980s he was editing the fanzine by himself. It originated as an apazine before being expanding to a full-fledged fanzine. Meskys continued publication when his employment moved to Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in Mankato, Minnesota.

Meskys later wrote, "I started a separate mailing-comments zine for the APA, and changed its name to Niekas and started the numbering over again with the June 1962 issue.... Since there was no Tolkien fanzine being published I decided to devote Niekas to Tolkien and try to run at least one Tolkien related piece in each issue." The fanzine played a prominent role in the early development of Tolkien fandom in the United States. Issue #7 included a letter from C. S. Lewis to Meskys that mentions The Lord of the Rings.

In coming years, contributors included Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, John Boardman, Vaughn Bode, Anthony Boucher, Marion Zimmer Bradley ("Bloodthirsty for Power: Vampirism in Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night"), Charles N. Brown, Algis Budrys, Avram Davidson, Philip K. Dick ("Naziism and the High Castle"), Raymond Z. Gallun, Jack Gaughan, Harry Harrison, S. T. Joshi, Clyde Kilby, Tim Kirk, Sam Moskowitz, Andre Norton, Andrew J. Offutt, Alexei Panshin, Diana Paxson, Jerry Pournelle, Darrell Schweitzer, Arthur Thompson (ATom), Bjo Trimble, Donald A. Wollheim, Roger Zelazny ("Song of the Ring", a poem).A "Glossary of Middle Earth" by Al Halevy was an ongoing feature, as was material by Robert Foster, who later published The Complete Guide to Middle-earth,

In 1968, Niekas ceased publication after issue #20, but was revived in 1977 for issue #21. By 1995, Meskys – who had become blind – was the fanzine's editor-in-chief, with Mike Bastrow listed as editor and designer. The final issue of Niekas, #48, described itself as published by Meskys and edited by Joe R. Christopher.

Our Fair City

"Our Fair City" is a fantasy short story by Robert A. Heinlein, originally printed in Weird Tales, January 1949. The story involves an old parking lot attendant, his pet whirlwind (named Kitten), and a muckraking newspaper columnist who decide to "clean up" their city's corrupt government by running the whirlwind for political office.


Panshin is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Aleksandr Panshin (1863–1904), Russian speed skater and figure skater

Alexei Panshin (born 1940), American writer and science fiction critic

Cory Panshin (born 1947), American writer and science fiction critic

Mikhail Panshin (born 1983), Kazakhstani-Russian ice hockey player


Quark/2 is a 1971 anthology of short stories and poetry edited by Samuel R. Delany and Marilyn Hacker. It is the second volume in the Quark series. The stories and poems are original to this anthology.

Rite of Passage (novel)

Rite of Passage is a science fiction novel by American writer Alexei Panshin. Published in 1968 as an Ace Science Fiction Special, this novel about a shipboard teenager's coming of age won that year's Nebula Award, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969.

Science fiction studies

Science fiction studies is the common name for the academic discipline that studies and researches the history, culture, and works of science fiction and, more broadly, speculative fiction.

Spear carrier

A spear carrier is a nickname for a minor acting part. It generally pertains to a character that appears in several scenes, but mostly in the background.

The Door into Summer

The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (October, November, December 1956, with covers and interior illustrations by Frank Kelly Freas). It was published in hardcover in 1957.

The novel is fast-paced hard science fiction, with a key fantastic element and a romantic element.

In three separate Locus magazine readers' polls from 1975 to 1998, it was judged the 36th, 29th, and the 43rd all-time best science-fiction novel.Its title was triggered by a remark which Heinlein's wife Virginia made when their cat refused to leave the house: "He's looking for a door into summer."Heinlein wrote the novel in 13 days.

The Man Who Traveled in Elephants

"The Man Who Traveled in Elephants" is a short story written in 1948 by Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published as "The Elephant Circuit" in the October 1957 issue of Saturn Magazine. It later appeared in two Heinlein anthologies, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (also titled 6xH; 1959) and The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein (1999).

Though this story was not typical of the subject matter of most of Heinlein's writing, it was Heinlein's favorite. It has had a mixed reception compared to his other works. Spider Robinson selected it as one of his life-time favorite stories, and included it in his anthology Best of All Possible Worlds on that basis. Alexei Panshin said that the story " a mistake, a sloppy, sentimental fantasy that I suspect was written at the very beginning of Heinlein's career and then went without a buyer until 1957".The story can be viewed as an early manifestation of Heinlein's World as Myth, which featured prominently in his last novels.

The protagonist is a widower who once was a traveling salesman working with his wife. The two of them continued to travel after retirement, scouting territory in order to sell elephants. It becomes clear that these travels were not seriously intended to sell elephants, but were rather a way to continue the life the two had previously enjoyed. On their travels the two of them were accompanied by a collection of imaginary animals. After his wife's death, the protagonist tries to continue this life, but with fading energy and interest. We join him on a bus ride to "The Fair" which he slowly realizes is the afterlife.

The story is usually described as a fantasy. The only fantastic element, however, is the narrator's entry into the afterlife, where he meets with his dead wife and dog, and with the imaginary animals he and his wife invented as traveling companions, as well as a host of other friends. The tone is realistic, as are the descriptions of the narrator's life before he boards the Bus to the Fair. After consideration, it could be considered magic realism.

The World Beyond the Hill

The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence (1989) is a book about the history of science fiction, written by Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin. It took them about ten years to research and write, though they had made earlier attempts at writing a book on the genre.It was first published in hardcover by Jeremy P. Tarcher in August 1989 in a limited signed and numbered edition of 500 copies; a broader hardcover edition for general release and a trade paperback edition followed from the same publisher in the same year. An ebook edition was issued by in December 2002, and a new hardcover edition by Phoenix Pick in April 2010.

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