Robert J. Leman (1922 – August 8, 2006) was an American science fiction and horror short story author, most associated with The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He was not published until he was 45, but had been a member of First Fandom before that.
His best-known story is "Window," which has often been reprinted and which was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. It was adapted for an episode of Night Visions, directed by and starring Bill Pullman.
All of Leman's published stories—including the previously unpublished "How Dobbstown Was Saved", which was to have appeared in the Harlan Ellison anthology The Last Dangerous Visions—are collected in the volume Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories (Seattle: Midnight House, 2002. ISBN 0-9707349-5-6). His story "Instructions" was reprinted in chapbook form in 2001 by Tachyon Publications
Leman graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science after he returned from service in Europe, as a field artillery officer, during World War II.
The year 1922 was marked, in science fiction, by the following events.Fantasy Amateur Press Association
The Fantasy Amateur Press Association or FAPA ("FAP-uh") is science fiction fandom's longest-established amateur press association ("apa"). It was founded in 1937 by Donald A. Wollheim and John B. Michel. They were inspired to create FAPA by their memberships in some of the non-science fiction amateur press associations, which they learned about from H. P. Lovecraft. (It is also fandom's longest-running organization of any kind, preceding the founding of the runner-up, the National Fantasy Fan Federation, by nearly four years.)
Like other APAs, FAPA is primarily an agency for distributing to its members publications published by its members at their own expense. FAPA has "mailings" every three months. Members are required to be active in some way — writing or publishing — and produce at least eight pages of activity a year. When needed, there are elections (in August) of a secretary-treasurer and official editor. Other officials have included Official Critics, a Laureate Committee, President, Vice-President, and ballot counters. The first two positions were abandoned by the mid-1940s, and in 2009 the positions of President and Vice-President were also eliminated. The President Emeritus is the author Robert Silverberg, who was the last serving President and who has been an active member of FAPA longer than any other current member. When necessary, a teller for the annual officer elections is appointed by the secretary-treasurer.
FAPA's original constitutional limit was 50 members to accommodate publishers using hectographs. There were 21 members listed on the roster of the first mailing in August 1937; it took until the November 1938 mailing to fill the 50-member roster. The membership limit was raised to 65 in 1943 and has remained at that level ever since.
The early years of FAPA were stormy with party politics and sociological feuds (as recounted in the late Jack Speer's pioneering fan history, Up to Now). In 1947, Speer reformed the constitution, and the Insurgents quashed the last inactive OE, Elmer Perdue. Since then official troubles have mostly not disturbed FAPA, and red tape has been held to a minimum. The constitution was again revised in 1958 (also by Speer) to incorporate amendments, bylaws, and practices adopted since 1947. Another major revision occurred in 2001 under the oversight of Robert Lichtman (Secretary-Treasurer since 1986 and still holding that office), clarifying and conforming constitutional requirements with actual practice.
During the 1950s and 1960s FAPA was so popular and membership so sought after that the waiting list grew to monumental proportions, for a period of time exceeding the number of membership slots on the FAPA roster. A waiting list fee was instituted to cover the cost of sending the Fantasy Amateur to so many fans awaiting membership, and a requirement that waiting listers periodically acknowledge receipt of the Fantasy Amateur was begun in order to weed out those who lost interest during the long wait. By the '70s the waiting list became much smaller, and in recent years (since the mid 1990s) has disappeared altogether. Additionally, the number of members has also shrunk as existing members died or otherwise dropped off the roster. As of August 2018, there were 20 active participants (including one joint membership).Leman (surname)
Leman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Albert Leman (1915–1998), Russian composer
Bob Leman (1922–2006), American science fiction and horror author
Dennis Leman, English footballer
Gérard Leman (1851–1920), Belgian general
J Leman (born 1985), American football linebacker
John Leman (died 1632), English tradesman
Kevin Leman, American psychologist and author
Loren Leman (born 1950), American politician
Martin Leman (born 1934), British artist
Richard Leman (born 1959), English field hockey player
Robert Leman, (1799-1869), English artist
Ulrich Leman (1885–1988), German painter
Father (Pere) Jules Leman, founder of Blackrock College secondary school in DublinNebula Award for Best Short Story
The Nebula Award for Best Short Story is a literary award assigned each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for science fiction or fantasy short stories. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a short story if it is less than 7,500 words; awards are also given out for longer works in the categories of novel, novella, and novelette. To be eligible for Nebula Award consideration a short story must be published in English in the United States. Works published in English elsewhere in the world are also eligible provided they are released on either a website or in an electronic edition. The Nebula Award for Best Short Story has been awarded annually since 1966. The award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards.Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be a member. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, and the six works that receive the most nominations then form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Members may then vote on the ballot throughout March, and the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, and ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received. Beginning with the 2009 awards, the rules were changed to the current format. Prior to then, the eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and then reach the final ballot in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary ballot for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were then voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was also allowed to add an additional work.During the 53 nomination years, 215 authors have had works nominated; 40 of these have won, including co-authors. One of these authors, Lisa Tuttle, refused her award, and in 1971 no winner was chosen as "no award" received the highest number of votes. Harlan Ellison won three times out of eight nominations, both the highest number of wins and the highest number of nominations of any author. Ten authors have won twice, with Karen Joy Fowler at seven and Gardner Dozois at six having the next highest nomination count after Ellison. Michael Swanwick has the most nominations for short story without winning at six, and Howard Waldrop and Gene Wolfe are next with five each. No other author has been nominated more than four times.Night Visions (TV series)
Night Visions is an American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of human nature. It was produced by Warner Bros. Television for the Fox network, originally airing from 2001 to 2002. Musician Henry Rollins was the uncredited host of the show.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.Shadows (anthology)
Shadows was a series of horror anthologies edited by Charles L. Grant, published by Doubleday from 1978 to 1991. Grant, a proponent of "quiet horror", initiated the series in order to offer readers a showcase of this kind of fiction. The short stories appearing in the Shadows largely dispensed with traditional Gothic settings, and had very little physical violence. Instead, they featured slow accumulations of dread through subtle omens, mostly taking place in everyday settings. While Grant himself was very adept at this kind of fiction, he contributed no stories to the anthologies, writing only the introductions and author profiles. The first volume in the series won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.Tachyon Publications
Tachyon Publications is an independent press specializing in science fiction and fantasy books. Founded in San Francisco in 1995 by Jacob Weisman, Tachyon books have tended toward high-end literary works, short story collections, and anthologies.
In 2013, Tachyon's publication After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress won the Nebula Award and Locus Award for best novella. Also in 2013, Tachyon's publication of The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson won the Hugo Award for best novella.From 1992-1994, Weisman also published Thirteenth Moon magazine, which featured short stories, poetry and essays by authors including Vicki Aron, Michael Astrov, M.J. Atkins, Simon Baker, Michael Bishop, Fred Branfman, Lela E. Buis, Paul Di Filippo, Linda Dunn, Alma Garcia, Lisa Goldstein, Brice Gorman, John Grey, Eva Hauser, Deborah Hunt, Knute Johnson, Lewis Jordan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Soon Lee, Pamela Lovell, David Nemec, Lyn Nichols, Robert Patrick, David Sandner, Brian Skinner, Lia Smith, P. Stillman, Rob Sullivan, Pat Toomay, Inti Valverde, Peter Weverka and Wayne Wightman.Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year
Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the fourteenth volume in a series of sixteen. It was first published in paperback by Tor Books in July 1985, and in hardcover and trade paperback by Gollancz in October of the same year, under the alternate title Best SF of the Year #14.
The book collects thirteen novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction, notes and concluding essays by Carr and Charles N. Brown. The stories were previously published in 1984 in the magazines Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Interzone, and the anthologies Habitats, Universe 14, and Light Years and Dark: Science Fiction and Fantasy Of and For Our Time.The 1981 Annual World's Best SF
The 1981 Annual World's Best SF is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, the tenth volume in a series of nineteen. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in May 1981, followed by a hardcover edition issued in August of the same year by the same publisher as a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. For the hardcover edition the original cover art of Michael Mariano was replaced by a new cover painting by John Gampert.
The book collects ten novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Wollheim. The stories were previously published in 1980 in the magazines Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Omni, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the anthologies New Voices III, Stellar #5, Universe 10, and Interfaces.The Best Science Fiction of the Year 10
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #10 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr, the tenth volume in a series of sixteen. It was first published in paperback by Pocket Books in July 1981, and in trade paperback and hardcover and trade paperback (the latter under the slightly variant title The Best Science Fiction of the Year: No. 10) by Gollancz in the same year.
The book collects twelve novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction, notes and concluding essays by Carr and Charles N. Brown. The stories were previously published in 1980 in the magazines Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, TriQuarterly, Playboy, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the anthologies New Voices III: The Campbell Award Nominees, Universe 10, Their Immortal Hearts, and Interfaces.The Last Dangerous Visions
The Last Dangerous Visions is a mooted sequel to the science fiction short story anthologies Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions, originally published in 1967 and 1972 respectively. Like the first two, it was scheduled to be edited by Harlan Ellison, with introductions provided by him.
The projected third collection was started but, controversially, has yet to be finished. It has become something of a legend in science fiction as the genre's most famous unpublished book. It was originally announced for publication in 1973, but the anthology has not seen print to date. Ellison came under criticism for his treatment of some writers who submitted their stories to him, who some estimate to number nearly 150. Many of these writers have since died.
Various difficulties delayed publication many times. As recently as May 2007, Ellison said he still wanted to get the book out.British author Christopher Priest, whose story "An Infinite Summer" had been accepted for the collection, wrote a lengthy critique of Ellison's failure to complete the LDV project. It was first published by Priest as a one-shot fanzine called The Last Deadloss Visions, a pun on the title of Priest's own fanzine, Deadloss. It proved so popular that it had a total of three printings in the UK and later, in book form, as the 1995 Hugo Award nominated The Book on the Edge of Forever (an allusion to Ellison's Star Trek episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever") by American publisher Fantagraphics Books. The essay is available online at the Internet Archive mirror of the original site.
On June 28, 2018, Ellison died, with the anthology still unpublished. The fate of the anthology, and/or the stories submitted for it, remains unclear.The Time Traveler's Almanac
The Time Traveler's Almanac (British title: The Time Traveller's Almanac) is a 2013 anthology edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. It contains stories that focus on time travel. It was released on November 2013 in the UK and on March 18, 2014 in the US.The Weird
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories is an anthology of weird fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
Published on 8 May 2012, it contains 110 short stories, novellas and short novels. At 1,152 pages in the hardcover edition, it is probably the largest single volume of fantastic fiction ever published, according to Locus.Window (short story)
"Window" is a science fiction story by Bob Leman, originally published in the May 1980 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and reprinted numerous times.