Barry N. Malzberg

Barry Nathaniel Malzberg (born July 24, 1939) is an American writer and editor, most often of science fiction and fantasy.

Barry N. Malzberg
BornJuly 24, 1939 (age 79)
New York City
Pen nameNathan Herbert, K. M. O'Donnell,
NationalityUnited States
GenreRecursive science fiction


Malzberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1960. He worked as an investigator for the New York City Department of Welfare in 1961–1962 and 1963-1964. In 1963, he was employed as a reimbursement agent for the New York State Department of Mental Health. He married Joyce Zelnick in 1964.

Malzberg initially sought to establish himself as a playwright as well as a prose-fiction writer. In 1964, he returned to Syracuse University for graduate study in creative writing. Although he was awarded a Schubert Foundation Playwriting Fellowship (1964-1965) and the Cornelia Ward Creative Writing Fellowship (1965), he was unable to sell his work to any of the literary magazines of the era.[1] Resolving not to be an "unpublished assistant professor of English,"[2] he left the program in 1965 to pursue a career as a freelance writer and agent for the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. Malzberg would intermittently continue with SMLA through the next several decades, being one of its last caretakers.

His first published story was “The Bed” under the pseudonym “Nathan Herbert” in the men’s magazine Wildcat.[3] His first science fiction story (“We're Coming Through the Window”) was published in the August 1967 issue of Galaxy. Malzberg frequently repurposed existing stories for his science fiction sales. He first found commercial and critical success with publication of his surreal novelette "Final War" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction under the name K. M. O'Donnell in 1968.

He had been writing erotic novels using the pseudonym “Mel Johnson” but began writing erotic novels under his under his own name in 1968 for Maurice Girodias’s Olympia Press.[4] Many of his science short stories and novels in the late 1960s were published under the pseudonym "K. M. O'Donnell", derived from the surnames of Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, and their joint pseudonym "Lawrence O'Donnell."[5]

He was an editor at Escapade, a men’s magazine in early 1968. In the latter half of 1968 he edited Amazing Stories and Fantastic science fiction and fantasy-fiction magazines.[6] He was the editor of the Science Writers of America Bulletin in 1969 until he was asked to resign because of a critical editorial he wrote about the NASA space program.[7]

Malzberg's writing style is distinctive, frequently employing long, elaborate sentences with few commas. Most of his science fiction books are short, present-tense narratives concerned exclusively with the consciousness of a single obsessive character. His themes, particularly in the novels Beyond Apollo (1972) and The Falling Astronauts (1971) about the US space exploration programme, include the dehumanisation effects of bureaucracy and technology; his treatment of these themes sometimes exhibits strong resemblances to Franz Kafka, accompanied by unreliable narrator techniques. In novels like Galaxies (1975) and Herovit's World (1973), Malzberg uses metafiction techniques to subject the heroic conventions and literary limitations of space opera to biting satire.

He has edited anthologies such as Final Stage (with Edward L. Ferman), also several in collaboration with Bill Pronzini and others. In interviews and memoirs he details how many of his novels have been written within weeks or even days: for example, at the beginning of 1973 he was commissioned to write the series of novels “The Lone Wolf”, ten of which he completed by October 1973.[8] Aside from fantastic fiction, he has been a prolific writer of crime fiction and other genres, under his own name, as O'Donnell, and as Mike Barry and under other pseudonyms. He has also often written in collaboration with Pronzini, Kathe Koja, and others. He wrote the novelization of the Saul Bass-directed 1974 film Phase IV. At the end of 1975 he made numerous public statements that he was retiring from science fiction [9]

A devotee of classical music, he is also a violinist, and performed in the premiere performance of work by Somtow Sucharitkul; he has also been nominated several times for the Hugo Award, and won the Locus Award for his collection of historical and critical essays, The Engines of the Night (1982).

Malzberg's work has been widely praised by critics, while being attacked by proponents of hard science fiction for its pessimistic, anti-Campbellian tenor. The dystopian and metafictional elements of Malzberg's work led to a parody by Paul Di Filippo, whose first published story, "Falling Expectations", was a parody of Malzberg. Theodore Sturgeon said of Malzberg in 1973, "I look forward eagerly to his byline, snatch joyfully at it when I see it and he has never let me down."[10]

For years, Malzberg has collaborated with friend and fellow science fiction writer Mike Resnick on a series of more than 50 advice columns for writers in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's quarterly magazine SFWA Bulletin. They have been collected as The Business of Science Fiction.

Malzberg was a regular contributor to the SFWA Bulletin published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In 2013, articles he wrote for the Bulletin with Mike Resnick triggered a controversy about sexism among members of the association. Female authors strongly objected to comments by Resnick and Malzberg such as references to "lady editors" and "lady writers" who were "beauty pageant beautiful" or a "knock out." Bulletin editor Jean Rabe resigned her post in the course of the controversy.[11]

He has been a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey for many years.[12]


  1. ^ Charles Platt. ‘Barry Malzberg’ in The Dream Makers. Berkley, 1980. pp77-86.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Debut Science Fiction and Fantasy
  4. ^ Barry Malzberg, ‘Repentance, Desire, and Natalie Wood’, eI22 -- October 2005
  5. ^ Barry Malzberg’s entry at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia
  6. ^ Barry Malzberg. ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’, Amazing Stories, 4 February 2013
  7. ^ Barry Malzberg,'Is the Most Speculative Form of Fiction Afraid to Gamble Anymore . . . ?', Amazing, Stories, July 1981
  8. ^ Barry Malzberg. ‘Some Notes on the Lone Wolf’, Breakfast in the Ruins, Baen Books, 2007. Pp296-298
  9. ^ collected in Barry Malzberg, ‘…And a Chaser’, in Fantastic Lives edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Southern Illinois University Press, 1981. pp102-117.
  10. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1973, p.103
  11. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (6 June 2013). "The editor of SFWA's bulletin resigns over sexist articles". io9. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  12. ^ Page, Jeffrey. "RAMPAGING COMPUTERS", The Record (Bergen County), March 1, 1993. Accessed September 10, 2009. "Malzberg, of Teaneck, opened the mail and found a warrant had been issued for his arrest because, the computer's microchips insisted, he had failed to pay a parking ticket 9½ years ago."

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Alpha 7 (Robert Silverberg anthology)

Alpha 7 is a science fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg first published in 1977.

Barry N. Malzberg bibliography

List of the published work of Barry N. Malzberg, American writer.

Beyond Apollo

Beyond Apollo is a science fiction novel by American writer Barry N. Malzberg, first published in 1972 in a hardcover edition by Random House.

Malzberg credits the inspiration for the novel to "I Have My Vigil", a 1969 short story by fellow science fiction writer Harry Harrison.

Bill Pronzini bibliography

List of the published work of Bill Pronzini, American writer.

Edward L. Ferman

Edward Lewis Ferman (born March 6, 1937) was an American science fiction and fantasy editor and magazine publisher, known best as the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF).

Ferman is the son of Joseph W. Ferman, the publisher and sometime editor who established F&SF in 1949. He took over as editor in 1964 when Avram Davidson could no longer practically continue, as a resident of Latin American locales with unreliable postal delivery. (Joseph Ferman was listed as editor during 1964–65, however, followed by Edward from January 1966 through June 1991.) Edward Ferman would take on the role of publisher, as well, by 1970, as his father gradually retired. He continued as editor until 1991, when he hired his replacement, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and continued as publisher of F&SF until he sold it to Gordon Van Gelder in 2000. During Ferman's tenure, many other speculative fiction magazines struggled or went out of business. His magazine, along with Analog, continued to maintain a regular schedule and to receive critical appreciation for its contents.

During 1969 and 1970, Ferman was also the editor of F&SF's sister publication Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Together, the Fermans had also edited and published the short-lived nostalgia and humor magazine P.S. and a similarly brief run of a magazine about mysticism and other proto-New Age matters, Inner Space.

Ferman won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor three years in a row, from 1981 through 1983. F&SF had previously won four Hugos as the best professional magazine under his editorship. At least in the last decade of his tenure, he worked from a table in the family's Connecticut house. He edited or co-edited several volumes of stories from F&SF and co-edited Final Stage with Barry N. Malzberg. It is probable that he also ghost-edited No Limits for or with Joseph Ferman, an anthology drawn from the pages of the first run of Venture.

Ferman was recognized by a special World Fantasy Award for professional work in 1979 and by the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1998. He was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009.

Oi, Robot: competitions and cartoons from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mercury Press, 1995), edited by Ferman

In the Stone House

In the Stone House is a collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by American writer Barry N. Malzberg. It was released in 2000 and was the author's first book published by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of approximately 2,500 copies. The stories originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Omni, Science Fiction Age and other magazines.

Jove Books

Jove Books, formerly known as Pyramid Books, is an American paperback and eBook publishing imprint, founded as an independent paperback house in 1949 by Almat Magazine Publishers (Alfred R. Plaine and Matthew Huttner). The company was sold to the Walter Reade Organization in the late 1960s. It was acquired in 1974 by Harcourt Brace (which became Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) which renamed it to Jove in 1977 and continued the line as an imprint. In 1979, they sold it to The Putnam Berkley Group, which is now part of the Penguin Group.

Phil Hirsch was vice president of Pyramid Books from 1955-1975 and had his name as author or editor on many of Pyramid's books, many of them anthologies of jokes, cartoons and humor, or concerned with the military and warfare, including some which combined those interests. While not the most prolific publisher of science fiction and fantasy during its years as Pyramid, it did offer some notable original titles in book form, such as Algis Budrys's novel Who? (1958), Theodore Sturgeon's novel Venus Plus X (1960) and several collections of Sturgeon's short fiction, as well as collections, novels and anthologies by Harlan Ellison and Judith Merril. Pyramid speculative fiction editor (1957–67) Donald R. Bensen edited two notable and popular anthologies drawn from the fantasy-fiction magazine Unknown, The Unknown (1963) and The Unknown 5 (1964), the latter including an introduction by and a previously unpublished story by Isaac Asimov, the story having been slated for publication by the magazine, which folded before it could appear. Pyramid in the 1960s also published several notable anthologies edited by L. Sprague de Camp, which helped create a sense of a tradition of sword & sorcery fantasy, and a series of four anthologies drawn from the magazine Weird Tales, attributed to magazine publisher and editor Leo Margulies, though the latter two apparently "ghost-edited" by Sam Moskowitz (Margulies and Moskowitz would in the 1970s launch a short-lived revival of the magazine). Among the notable paperback reprint editions Pyramid published in the 1950s and '60s were several collections by Robert Heinlein, Hal Clement's novel Mission of Gravity, and de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's The Incompleat Enchanter. Pyramid also published Evan Hunter's science fiction novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1956 as by Hunt Collins), and a paperback reprint of Shirley Jackson's novel The Road through the Wall (1956) in two editions with the variant title The Other Side of the Street (the first in 1958). Notable among the original publications in crime fiction were Death is My Dancing Partner (1959), a late novel by Cornell Woolrich, and such anthologies as The Young Punks (also 1959) attributed to Leo Margulies as editor.

In the 1960s Pyramid published two of the first three books attributed to Cordwainer Smith, one of the fiction-writing pseudonyms of Paul Linebarger, and began reprinting Fu Manchu novels by Sax Rohmer and pulp sf adventure novels by E. E. Smith, as well as several novelizations of Irwin Allen television shows and films, including one for Lost in Space and two others for The Time Tunnel, and Sturgeon's movie novelization for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Other original book publications in the 1960s included the first of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat novels (1961), Avram Davidson's Masters of the Maze (1965) and Chester Anderson's cult novel The Butterfly Kid (1967). Asimov and the biologist John C. Lilly were among those who published popular-science books with Pyramid in the 1960s.

Among the notable projects at Pyramid in the 1970s was a series of reprints of the pulp magazine novels and novellas about the Shadow, published as by Maxwell Grant; Ellison in 1975 and '76 saw an eleven-volume set of his books reprinted or, in the cases of The Other Glass Teat and No Doors, No Windows (both 1975), published for the first time, in matching cover format featuring the art of Leo and Diane Dillon. Also, a brief "Harlan Ellison Discovery" series of books, as edited for Pyramid (and, for the last volume, Jove) by Ellison, featured Bruce Sterling's first novel Involution Ocean (1977) and Terry Carr's collection The Light at the End of the Universe (1976). But the most prominent and best-selling books Pyramid published in the 1970s were the series of historical novels written by John Jakes, the Kent Family Chronicles, beginning with The Bastard (1974), which were well-timed for popular interest in the U.S. Revolutionary War and the bicentennial celebration of independence. More modest or more critical than commercial successes published in the decade included Man on Fire: A Novel of Revolution by Bruce Douglas Reeves (1971) and several novels by Barry N. Malzberg.

A series of "crossover" books, bridging prose fiction and comics, was the eight-volume Weird Heroes series of anthologies and novels (1975–77), where new superheroes and pulp-magazine-style adventure heroes were featured, as edited for Pyramid by Byron Preiss, and featuring contributions from, among others, Ellison, Philip José Farmer, Jeff Jones, Archie Goodwin, Michael Moorcock, Beth Meacham, Jim Steranko, Ted White and novels as well as short fiction by Ron Goulart. Another Preiss project with Pyramid was in more-traditional, if early, graphic novel format, the Fiction Illustrated series.

The Jove branding was refocused not long after the purchase by the Putnam Berkeley Group, away from fantastic fiction generally and more toward crime fiction, further publication of John Jakes's and similar historical fiction, romance novels (including some with fantasy elements), and western series novels, such as the Longarm (book series) franchise; among the last notable fantasy-fiction titles as an HBJ/Jove Book was the 1979 variant edition of Robert Bloch's collection Pleasant Dreams, which varies in content from all previous editions (but like them, includes Bloch's fleshing out of an unfinished short story by Edgar Allan Poe, originally published as "The Light-House" in 1953).

Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja (born 1960) is an American writer. She was initially known for her intense speculative fiction for adults, but has written young adult novels, the historical fiction Under the Poppy trilogy, and a fictional biography of Christopher Marlowe.Koja is also a prolific author of short stories, including many in collaboration with Barry N. Malzberg. Koja has also collaborated with Carter Scholz. Most of her short fiction remains uncollected. Koja's novels and short stories frequently concern characters who have been in some way marginalized by society, often focusing on the transcendence and/or disintegration which proceeds from this social isolation (as in The Cipher, Bad Brains, "Teratisms," The Blue Mirror, etc.). Koja won the Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award for her first novel The Cipher, and a Deathrealm Award for Strange Angels. Her prose has been described as "stunning".Koja was born in Detroit, Michigan, the second of two sisters. She began writing when very young, but only became serious about it after attending a Clarion workshop.Koja lives near Detroit, Michigan, and is married to the illustrator Rick Lieder, who often does her book jackets. They have one son.Koja's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.Koja is founding director of nerve, a Detroit-based immersive theatre company.

Koja is a Democrat.Koja is a supporter of Mercy for Animals, PETA, and the Michigan Anti-Cruelty society

Mark Clifton

Mark Clifton (1906–1963) was an American science fiction writer, the co-winner of the second Hugo Award for best novel. He began publishing in May 1952 with the widely anthologized story "What Have I Done?".


A masochist is a person who enjoys receiving pain. Masochist may also refer to:

Masochist (album), released 2006 by deathcore band Elysia

Masochist, 2009 album by The John Steel Singers

Masochists & Martyrs, 2010 album by Z-Star

Masochist Mimes, 2004 album by Australian band The Scare

“Masochist”, song by Christina Aguilera from her 2018 album Liberation

"Masochist", song by Pendulum on the 2004 compilation album Jungle Sound: The Bassline Strikes Back!

"Masochist", song on Archetype (Tonedeff album), released in 2005

"Masochist", song on Girls and Boys (album), released in 2006 by Ingrid Michaelson

"The Masochist", song on the 2012 album Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue by Danko Jones

The Masochist, 1972 novel by Barry N. Malzberg

The Masochists, 2001 graphic novel by Nick Bertozzi

The Masochist, alias for The Prophet (musician) (born 1968), Dutch DJ and producer

Mountain Masochist Trail Run, 50-mile ultramarathon in the Blue Ridge Mountains, eastern United States

Mike Resnick

Michael Diamond Resnick (; born March 5, 1942) is an American science fiction writer under the name Mike Resnick. He was executive editor of Jim Baen's Universe.


NESFA Press is the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. The NESFA Press primarily produces three types of books:

Books honoring the guest(s) of honor at their annual convention, Boskone, and at some Worldcons and other conventions.

Books in the NESFA's Choice series, which bring back into print the works of deserving classic SF writers such as James Schmitz, Cordwainer Smith, C. M. Kornbluth, and Zenna Henderson.

Reference books on science fiction and science fiction fandom.

New Dimensions II

New Dimensions II: Eleven Original Science Fiction Stories is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by American writer Robert Silverberg, the second in a series of twelve. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in December 1972, with a paperback edition under the variant title New Dimensions 2 following from Avon Books in December 1974.The book collects eleven novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, together with an introduction by the editor.

Phase IV

Phase IV is a 1974 science-fiction horror film. The only feature-length film directed by graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, it stars Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport and Lynne Frederick.The interiors of the film were shot at Pinewood Studios in England and the exterior locations were shot in Kenya, though the film is set in the Arizona desert in the United States. It was produced by Alced Productions and Paramount Pictures.

The film was a box office disappointment and as a result this was the only feature film directed by Bass. It has since gained a cult following due to TV airings beginning in 1975 and also being shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during the KTMA era.

A novelization of the script, written by Barry N. Malzberg, was published as Phase IV in November, 1973.

Ron Walotsky

Ron Walotsky (born in Brooklyn in 1943 and died on July 29, 2002) was a science fiction and fantasy artist who studied at the School of Visual Arts. He began a long and prolific career painting book and magazine covers starting with the May 1967 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His first book cover was for Living Way Out by Wyman Guin. He would go on to do covers for Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bruce Sterling, Roger Zelazny, Robert Silverberg and many others. He was also nominated for the Chesley Awards twelve times. Some of his art is collected in Inner Visions: The Art of Ron Walotsky (2000).

Walotsky has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.

Ron Walotsky also did an oil painting to be used as a poster for Dorothy Dietrich, a well known magician and curator of The Houdini Museum In Scranton, Pa.

Here is a list of all the issues of F&SF that Ron painted the covers of:

--Planetoid Idiot (Phyllis Gotlieb), May, 1967.

--Reduction in Arms (Tom Purdom), August, 1967.

--Stranger in the House (Kate Wilhelm), February, 1968.

--The Consciousness Machine (Josephine Saxton), June, 1968.

--The Fangs of Trees (Robert Silverberg), October, 1968.

--Calliope and Gherkin and the Yankee Doodle Thing (Evelyn E. Smith), March, 1969.

--An Adventure in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness (Vance Aandahl), August, 1969.

--20th Anniversary, October, 1969.

--The Fatal Fulfillment (Poul Anderson), March, 1970.

--Making Titan (Barry N. Malzberg), July, 1970.

--The Bear with the Knot on his Tail (Stephen Tall), May, 1971.

--Jack of Shadows (Roger Zelazny), July, 1971.

--Jack of Shadows (Roger Zelazny), August, 1971.

--McGillahee's Brat (Ray Bradbury), January, 1972.

--Son of the Morning (Gotlieb), June, 1972.

--The Brave Free Men (Jack Vance), July, 1972.

--Doctor Dominoe's Dancing Doll (Hal R. Moore), December, 1972.

--Closed Sicilian (Barry N. Malzberg), November, 1973.

--Not a Red Cent (Robin Scott Wilson), December, 1973.

--The Star of Stars (Robert F. Young), March, 1974.

--A Father's Tale (Sterling E. Lanier), July, 1974.

--Venus on the Half-Shell (Kilgore Trout), December, 1974.

--The Black Hole Passes John (John Varley), June, 1975.

--The Samurai and the Willows (Michael Bishop), February, 1976.

--Ghost of a Crown (Sterling E. Lanier), December, 1976.

--The Syndicated Time (Sterling E. Lanier), #326, July, 1978.

--Palely Loitering (Christopher Priest), #332, January, 1979.

--Extraordinary Voyages of Amelie Bertrand (Joanna Russ), #340, September, 1979.

--Lord Valentine's Castle (Robert Silverberg), #342, November, 1979.

--The Autopsy (Michael Shea), #355, December, 1980.

--The Thermals of August (Edward Bryant), May, 1981.

--The Tehama (Bob Leman), December, 1981.

--The Doors (Barbara Owens), November, 1984

--Midnight Snack (Vance Aandahl), #419, April, 1986.

--The Cold Cage (Ray Aldridge), February, 1990.

--Dr. Pak's Preschool (David Brin), July, 1990.

--Gate of Faces (Aldridge), April, 1991.

--Tree of Life, Book of Death (Grania Davis) March, 1992.

--Bridges (de Lint), October-November, 1992.

--Busy Dying (Brian Stableford), February, 1994.

--The Spine Divers (Ray Aldridge), June, 1995.

--Candle in a Bottle (Carolyn Ives Gilman), October-November, 1996.

--Reading the Bones (Sheila Finch), #558, January, 1998.

--The Island in the Lake (Phyllis Eisenstein), #568, December, 1998.

--The Hestwood (Rob Chilson), #572, April, 1999.

--The Diamond Pit (Jack Dann), #596, June, 2001.

--On Skua Island (John Langan), #598, August, 2001.

--The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes), #606, May, 2002.

--Soul Pipes (Ray Aldridge), #612, December, 2002.

Space Mail, Volume II

Space Mail, Volume II is an anthology of science fiction short works edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh. It was first published in paperback by Fawcett Crest in January 1982.The book collects twenty-two short stories written in the form of a letters, diary entries, or memorandums, together with an introduction by Asimov.

The Best of Poul Anderson

The Best of Poul Anderson is a collection of writings by American science fiction and fantasy author Poul Anderson, first published in paperback by Pocket Books in August 1976. It was reprinted in August 1979. The pieces were originally published between 1953 and 1970 in the magazines Astounding Science Fiction, Analog, Galaxy Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the anthology The Farthest Reaches.

The book contains nine novellas, novelettes and short stories, together with an introduction by fellow science fiction writer Barry N. Malzberg and a second, general introduction and introductory notes on the individual stories by the author.

The Falling Astronauts

The Falling Astronauts is a science fiction novel by American writer Barry N. Malzberg, first published in 1971 in a paperback edition by Ace Books.

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