Randall Garrett

Randall Garrett (December 16, 1927 – December 31, 1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was a contributor to Astounding and other science fiction magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. He instructed Robert Silverberg in the techniques of selling large quantities of action-adventure science fiction, and collaborated with him on two novels about men from Earth disrupting a peaceful agrarian civilization on an alien planet.

Randall Garrett
BornDecember 16, 1927
DiedDecember 31, 1987 (aged 60)
Pen nameDavid Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart, Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw, Gerald Vance
OccupationWriter
GenreScience fiction and Fantasy
Notable awardsSidewise Award for Alternate History Special Achievement Award, 1999 (posthumous)
Fantastic 196201
Garrett's novelette "Hepcats of Venus" was the cover story on the January 1962 Fantastic

Biography and writing career

Randall Garrett - Unwise Child - book cover
Cover of Unwise Child by Garrett

Garrett is best known for the Lord Darcy books — the novel Too Many Magicians and two short story collections — set in an alternate world where a joint Anglo-French empire still led by a Plantagenet dynasty has survived into the twentieth century and where magic works and has been scientifically codified. The Darcy books are rich in jokes, puns, and references (particularly to works of detective and spy fiction: Lord Darcy is himself partially modelled on Sherlock Holmes), elements that often appear in the shorter works about the detective. Michael Kurland wrote two additional Lord Darcy novels.

Garrett wrote under a variety of pseudonyms including: David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart (an anagram of his name), Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw, Gerald Vance. He was also a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, as "Randall of Hightower" (a pun on "garret"). The short novel Brain Twister, written by Garrett in conjunction with author Laurence Janifer (using the joint pseudonym Mark Phillips) was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960.

An inveterate punster (defining a pun as "the odor given off by a decaying mind"), he was a favorite guest at science fiction conventions and friend to many fans, especially in Southern California. According to various anecdotes in a tribute volume, Garrett was a complicated man. Although cherished by his friends, who often repeated anecdotes of his rakish and endearing behavior, he horrified many women, to whom he routinely introduced himself with obscene propositions.[1] He introduced himself to Marion Zimmer Bradley with the Latin sentence "Coito ergo sum,"[2](sic) which she didn't understand until it was explained to her some time later as an obscenity, and at another time to a pregnant Anne McCaffrey with "sly innuendoes" which horrified her. Philip José Farmer recounted an anecdote where Garrett was punched by his then-wife for having a pair of someone else's lace underpants in his pocket, and later ran naked through a hotel after being caught having sex with another woman in the wrong room. Frank Herbert said "You could follow his movements around this creative Anachronists' picnic by the squeals of the women whose bottoms he had just pinched." Isaac Asimov referred to Garrett's offending Judith Merril enough that she emptied an ashtray over his and Garrett's heads.[1]

Garrett suffered an attack of encephalitis in the summer of 1979; he spent the last 8 years of his life in a coma. He was married to fellow author Vicki Ann Heydron who, while Garrett was comatose, largely wrote the Gandalara Cycle fantasy series credited to both spouses.[3]

In 1999, Randall Garrett won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History Special Achievement Award for the Lord Darcy series. He was also ordained in the Old Catholic Church.[4][2] Glen Cook's private detective character Garrett P.I. is named in honor of Garrett.[5]

Bibliography

Gandalara Cycle

By Garrett and his wife Vicki Ann Heydron; written by Heydron from a draft of the first volume and an outline of the series by Garrett.

  1. The Steel of Raithskar (1981)
  2. The Glass of Dyskornis (1982)
  3. The Bronze of Eddarta (1983)
  4. The Well of Darkness (1983)
  5. The Search for Kä (1984)
  6. Return to Eddarta (1985)
  7. The River Wall (1986)
  • The Gandalara Cycle I (1986), omnibus of #1-3 above
  • The Gandalara Cycle II (1986), omnibus of #4-6 above

Lord Darcy series

  1. Murder and Magic (1979), collection of 1964–1973 stories
  2. Too Many Magicians (1966), magazine serialization 1966
  3. Lord Darcy Investigates (1981), collection of 1974–1979 stories
  • Lord Darcy (1983), omnibus containing all three books above. The 2002 edition adds 2 uncollected stories, with minor editing to remove repetitions of the backstory.

Nidorian series

With Robert Silverberg, as Robert Randall.

  1. The Shrouded Planet (1957)
  2. The Dawning Light (1959)

Psi-Power series

With Laurence M. Janifer, as Mark Phillips.

  • Brain Twister (1962) [1], expansion of That Sweet Little Old Lady (1959)
  • "The Impossibles" (1963) [2], previously published as "Out Like a Light" (1960) [3]
  • Supermind (1963) [4], a.k.a. Occasion For Disaster

Novels

  • Pagan Passions (1959) [5] with Laurence Janifer (as Larry M. Harris)
  • Unwise Child (1962) [6], a.k.a. Starship Death
  • Anything You Can Do... (1963) [7], as Darrel T. Langart, a.k.a. Anything You Can Do, a.k.a. Earth Invader

Collections

  • Takeoff
    • Takeoff! (1980), composed of tongue-in-cheek imitations of a number of other authors and universes, such as E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series and Reginald Bretnor's Ferdinand Feghoot (who is "Benedict Breadfruit" in Garrett's treatment).
    • Takeoff Too! (1987)
  • The Best of Randall Garrett (1982) edited by Robert Silverberg
  • A Little Intelligence (2009) with Robert Silverberg, a collection of their early science-fictional mystery stories (Crippen & Landru, 2009)
  • Psichopath and Other Science Fiction Stories (2009)
  • The Bramble Bush, The Destroyers, The Highest Treason, A Spaceship Named McGuire; A Collection of Short Stories (2011)
  • Leland Hale, Galactic Conman (2011)

Anthologies edited

  • Rastignac the Devil | Despoilers of the Golden Empire (2010) with Philip José Farmer
  • The Terror Out of Space | Quest of the Golden Ape (2011) with Dwight V. Swain and Milton Lesser (as Ivar Jorgensen, Dwight V. Swain, and Adam Chase)

Short stories

Science fiction quarterly 195308
Garrett's novelette "Characteristics: Unusual" was the cover story on the August 1953 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly
Universe science fiction 195405
Garrett's novella "The Surgeon's Knife" was cover-featured on the May 1954 issue of Universe Science Fiction
Fantastic 195612
Under the "Clyde Mitchell" house name, Garrett and Robert Silverberg wrote "The Mummy Takes a Wife" for Fantastic Stories
Science fiction quarterly 195611
Another Garrett-Silverberg collaboration, "Deus Ex Machina", credited to "Robert Randall", took the cover of the November 1956 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly
Amazing stories 195704
Garrett's novelette "The Man Who Collected Women" was cover-featured on the April 1957 issue of Amazing Stories
Fantastic 195903
Garrett's novelette "Trouble with Magic" was the cover story on the March 1959 Fantastic
Imaginative tales 195701
Under the "S. M. Tenneshaw" house name, Garrett and Robert Silverberg wrote "The Ultimate Weapon" for Imaginative Tales
Science fiction quarterly 195802
Garrett's novella "The Low and the Mighty" was the cover story on the final issue of Science Fiction Quarterly in 1958
  • "The Absence of Heat" (1944) as Gordon Garrett, appearing in the "Probability Zero" feature of Astounding Science Fiction, June 1944
  • "By the Rules" (1950) as David Gordon, in Other Worlds Science Stories, October 1950
  • "The Waiting Game" (1951)
  • "No Approach" (1951) as David Gordon
  • "Pest" (1952) with Lou Tabakow
  • "The Day the Gods Fell" (1953) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Wishing Stone" (1953) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Belly Laugh" (1953) [8] also as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Something for the Woman" (1953) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Instant of Decision" (1953)
  • "The Wishing Stone" (1953) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Characteristics: Unusual" (1953)
  • "Nom d'un Nom" (1953)
  • "The Breakfast Party" (1953) a.k.a. "League of the Living Dead" (1953)
  • "Blessed Are the Murderous" (1954) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Derelict of Space" (1954)
  • "Time Fuze" (1954)
  • "Hell to Pay" (1954)
  • "The Wayward Course" (1954)
  • "The Surgeon's Knife" (1954)
  • "Woman Driver" (1954)
  • "The Hunting Lodge" (1954)
  • "Infinite Resources" (1954)
  • "Spatial Delivery" (1954)
  • "The Genius" (1955) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Man Who Talked to Bees" (1955) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Two to the Stars" (1955) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Plague Planet" (1955) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Beast with Seven Tails" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Leonard G. Spencer)
  • "Calling Captain Flint" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Richard Greer)
  • "Catch a Thief" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Gordon Aghill)
  • "The Chosen People" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Gambler's Planet" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Gordon Aghill)
  • "A Trip to Anywhen" (1956) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Leonard G. Spencer)
  • "The Mummy Takes a Wife" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Clyde Mitchell)
  • "The Alien Dies at Dawn" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Alexander Blade)
  • "The Great Kladnar Race" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Richard Greer)
  • "Deus Ex Machina" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Robert Randall)
  • "No Future in This" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Robert Randall)
  • "Masters of the Metropolis" (1956) with Lin Carter
  • "Quick Cure" (1956)
  • "The Best of Fences" (1956)
  • "Code in the Head" (1956)
  • "Machine Complex" (1956)
  • "The Saboteur" (1956)
  • "The Promised Land" (August 1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "There's No Fool..." (1956) also as David Gordon
  • "The Slow and the Dead" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (also as Robert Randall)
  • "Suite Mentale" (1956) [9]
  • "Stroke of Genius" (1956)
  • "The Man Who Hated Mars" (1956) [10]
  • "Sound Decision" (1956) with Robert Silverberg
  • "The Man Who Knew Everything" (1956)
  • "Heist Job on Thizar" (1956) [11]
  • "The Judas Valley" (1956) [12] with Robert Silverberg (also as Gerald Vance)
  • "With All the Trappings" (1956)
  • "Puzzle in Yellow" (1956)
  • "No Trap for the Keth" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Ralph Burke)
  • "Tools of the Trade" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Death to the Earthman" (1956)
  • "The Inquisitor" (1956)
  • "Secret of the Green Invaders" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Battle for the Thousand Suns" (1956) with Robert Silverberg (as Calvin Knox and David Gordon)
  • "False Prophet" (December 1956) with Robert Silverberg as (Robert Randall)
  • "Quest of the Golden Ape" (1957) as Ivar Jorgensen, with Milton Lesser as Adam Chase
  • "The Vengeance of Kyvor" (1957)
  • "The Penal Cluster" (1957) [13] as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Secret of the Shan" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Richard Greer)
  • "And Then He Was Two" (1957) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "The Convincer" (1957) as David Gordon
  • "Hero from Yesterday" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "House Operator" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as S.M. Tenneshaw)
  • "Slaughter on Dornell IV" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Ivar Jorgensen)
  • "The Incomplete Theft" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Ralph Burke)
  • "The Star Slavers" (1957)
  • "The Ultimate Weapon" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as S.M. Tenneshaw)
  • "Wednesday Morning Sermon" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Alexander Blade)
  • "The Time Snatcher" (1957)
  • "Time to Stop" (1957)
  • "The Devil Never Waits" (1957)
  • "The Man With X-Ray Eyes" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Leonard G. Spencer)
  • "Bleekman's Planet" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Ivar Jorgensen)
  • "Deadly Decoy" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Clyde Mitchell)
  • "Hungry World" (1957)
  • "The Man Who Hated Noise" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as S.M. Tenneshaw)
  • "Saturnalia" (1957)
  • "The Man Who Collected Women" (1957)
  • "Guardians of the Tower" (1957)
  • "What's Eating You?" (1957)
  • "The Last Killer" (1957)
  • "You Too Can Win a Harem" (1957)
  • "Needler" (1957)
  • "A Pattern for Monsters" (1957)
  • "Six Frightened Men" (1957)
  • "Blank?" (1957)
  • "Kill Me If You Can!" (1957) as S.M. Tenneshaw
  • "The Best Policy" (1957) also as David Gordon. A smart Earthling is abducted by a reconnaissance group of hostile aliens, but convinces them that Earthlings are a far more advanced and superior race, so they end up sending humble ambassadors instead of conquering the planet. The catch is these aliens have a perfect truth detector, so the hero has to phrase his every comment very carefully so that he can pull off such a huge lie while being literally honest.
  • "Gift from Tomorrow" (1957)
  • "Devil's World" (1957)
  • "Pirates of the Void" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Ivar Jorgensen)
  • "Hot Trip for Venus" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Ralph Burke)
  • "Skid Row Pilot" (1957)
  • "Look Out! Duck!" (1957) also as David Gordon
  • "Killer - First Class" (1957)
  • "Gentlemen: Please Note" (1957)
  • "The Mannion Court-Martial" (1957)
  • "The Ambassador's Pet" (1957) with Robert Silverberg (as Alexander Blade)
  • "Deathtrap Planet" (1957)
  • "Satellite of Death" (1957)
  • "A Bird in the Hand" (1958) as David Gordon
  • "All the King's Horses" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Intelligence Quotient" (1958) also as David Gordon
  • "Menace from Vega" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Strike the First Blow!" (1958)
  • "Beyond Our Control" (1958)
  • "Vanishing Act" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "The Low and the Mighty" (1958)
  • "Penal Servitude" (1958)
  • "Decision Final" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Far from Somewhere" (1958)
  • "No Connections" (1958) a.k.a. "...No Connections" (1958)
  • "Prisoner of War" (1958)
  • "A Little Intelligence" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (also as Randall Garrett, also as Robert Randall)
  • "...And Check the Oil" (1958)
  • "Burden the Hand" (1958)
  • "The Savage Machine" (1958)
  • "The Queen Bee" (1958)
  • "Backward, Turn Backward" (1959)
  • "Despoilers of the Golden Empire" (1959)
  • "The Trouble With Magic" (1959)
  • "Cum Grano Salis" (1959) [14] also as David Gordon
  • "Small Miracle" (1959)
  • "But, I Don't Think" (1959) [15]
  • "Ready, Aim, Robot!" (1959)
  • "Dead Giveaway" (1959) [16]
  • "...Or Your Money Back" (1959) [17] also as David Gordon
  • "The Unnecessary Man" (1959) [18]
  • "The Destroyers" (1959) [19]
  • "The Price of Eggs" (1959)
  • "Viewpoint" (1960) [20]
  • "What the Left Hand Was Doing" (1960) [21] as Darrell T. Langart
  • "Mercenaries Unlimited" (1960) as David Gordon
  • "In Case of Fire" (1960) [22]
  • The Measure of a Man (1960) [23]
  • "Damned If You Don't" (1960) [24]
  • "By Proxy" (1960) as David Gordon [25]
  • "... And Peace Attend Thee" (1960)
  • "Psichopath" (1960) also as Darrell T. Langart, a.k.a. "Psicopath" (1960) [26]
  • "Engineer's Art" (1961)
  • "Hanging by a Thread" (1961) [27] as David Gordon
  • "The Foreign Hand-Tie" (1961) [28] a.k.a. "The Foreign Hand Tie", also as David Gordon
  • "Fifty Per Cent Prophet" (1961) [29] as Darrell T. Langart
  • "The Highest Treason" (1961) [30]
  • "Random Choice" (1961)
  • "Something Rich and Strange" (1961) with Avram Davidson
  • "A Spaceship Named McGuire" (1961) [31]
  • "The Blaze of Noon" (1961) with Avram Davidson
  • "The Asses of Balaam" (1961) [32] as David Gordon
  • "Mustang" (1961)
  • "Anything You Can Do" (1962) Short Version as Darrell T. Langart
  • "La Difference" (1962)
  • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage ..." (1962) [33] as Johnathan Blake MacKenzie
  • "Anchorite" (1962) as Johnathan Blake MacKenzie [34]
  • "Hepcats of Venus" (1962) a.k.a. "The Cosmic Beat" (1962)
  • "Hail to the Chief" (1962) [35] also as Janet Argo and Sam Argo
  • "His Master's Voice" (1962)
  • "The Bramble Bush" (1962) [36]
  • "Spatial Relationship" (1962)
  • "... After a Few Words ..." (1962) also as Seaton McKettrig
  • "With No Strings Attached" (1963) [37] also as David Gordon
  • "Thin Edge" (1963) [38] also as Johnathan Blake MacKenzie
  • "A World by the Tale" (1963) as Seaton McKettrig [39]
  • "Tin Lizzie" (1964)
  • "A Fortnight of Miracles" (1965)
  • "Fighting Division" (1965)
  • "Overproof" (1965) also as Johnathan Blake MacKenzie
  • "Witness for the Persecution" (1966)
  • "The Briefing" (1969)
  • "Fimbulsommer" (1970) with Michael Kurland
  • "The Deadly Sky" (1971) as Ivar Jorgensen
  • "Color Me Deadly" (1973)
  • "Pride and Primacy" (1974)
  • "Reading the Meter" (1974)
  • "The Final Fighting of Fion Mac Cumhaill" (1975)
  • "Lauralyn" (1977)
  • "On the Martian Problem" (1977)
  • "The Horror Out of Time" (1978)
  • "Polly Plus" (1978)
  • "Backstage Lensman" (1978)
  • "Frost and Thunder" (1979)
  • "Prehistoric Note" (1979)
  • "Keepersmith" (1979) with Vicki Ann Heydron
  • "Just Another Vampire Story" (1979)
  • The Adventures of "Little Willie" (1980)
  • "Into My Parlor" (1987)
  • "Human Reaction" (2009) with Robert Silverberg
  • "The Highest ... Treason" (2009)

Poem series

Poor Willie

  • "I've Got a Little List" (1953)
  • "Blaze of Glory" (1955)
  • "Backward, Turn Backward" (1960) a.k.a. "Backward, Turn Backward ..." (1961)
  • "Hot Argument" (1960)
  • "Pop!" (1960)
  • "Zap!" (1963)
  • "La Difference" (1963)

Parodies Tossed

"Parodies Tossed" was a feature of Columbia Publications' Science Fiction Stories and Future Science Fiction.

  • "All About 'The Thing'" (1956) a.k.a. "Parodies Tossed" (1956)
  • "John W. Campbell's 'Who Goes There?'" (1956)
  • "Isaac Asimov's 'The Caves of Steel'" (1956)
  • "Parodies Tossed: Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man'" (1956) a.k.a. "Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man'" (1956)
  • "Parodies Tossed: A. E. van Vogt's 'Slan'" (1956) a.k.a. "A.E. van Vogt's 'Slan'" (1956)
  • "Parodies Tossed: Isaac Asimov's 'The Caves of Steel'" (1956)
  • "Parodies Tossed: James Blish and Michael Sherman's 'The Duplicated Man'" (1956) a.k.a. "James Blish and Michael Sherman's 'The Duplicated Man': A Review in Verse" (1956)
  • "Parodies Tossed: L. Sprague de Camp's 'Lest Darkness Fall'" (1956) a.k.a. "L. Sprague de Camp's 'Lest Darkness Fall'" (1956)
  • The last "Parodies Tossed: Immortality, C.O.D." (by Bret Hooper [not Garrett]) review of Robert Sheckley's "Immortality Delivered" (June, 1960, final issue of Science Fiction Stories)
  • "Poul Anderson's 'Three Hearts and Three Lions': A Calypso in Search of a Rhyme" (1979) with Vicki Ann Heydron (wife)

Poems

  • "Oh No, John" (1955)
  • "A Certain Answer" (1958) with Robert Silverberg (as Robert Randall)
  • "Our Patrol" (1978)
  • "El Ropo Tarkas" (1978)
  • "Ballade for Convention Lovers" (year?)

The collection Takeoff Too included a poem, which the editor titled "The Egyptian Diamond", which was erroneously credited to Garrett. It was actually written by Jack Bennett and originally published under the title "Ben Ali the Egyptian".[6] Parts of "Ben Ali the Egyptian" were quoted in Garrett's short story "The Foreign Hand Tie."

References

  1. ^ a b 'Robert Silverberg, ed., 'The Best of Randall Garrett, 1982 Pocket Books ISBN 0-671-83574-2
  2. ^ a b IROSF
  3. ^ Davis Nicoll, James (18 June 2018). "Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, Part VIII". Tor.com. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ Adherents.com
  5. ^ Understanding XML: Reinventing wheels at O'Reilly Media; published April 8, 2008; retrieved November 16, 2012
  6. ^ Jack Bennett (July 1893). "Ben Ali the Egyptian". St. Nicholas Magazine: 696 et seq.

External links

Backstage Lensman

"Backstage Lensman" is a short story by Randall Garrett, a parody or pastiche of the Lensman series of E.E. 'Doc' Smith. It was first written in 1949, lost and then rewritten in 1978.

Garrett claimed that "Doc read the first version of 'Backstage Lensman' and laughed all through the convention. It was his suggestion that I call the spaceship Dentless rather than Dauntless."

Garrett plays on the rather breathless and adjective-heavy prose of Smith—long strings of adjectives and adverbs, many of them compounded by hyphens, or offering the highest extremes, e.g. inconceivable, completely, irresistible, unimaginably, ultra-, indescribable. "The awesome awfulness of the unimaginable vastness of the intergalactic void", "the depths of degradation, the valleys of vileness, the caverns of corruption" or "beams, rods, cones, stilettos, icepicks, corkscrews, knives, forks, and spoons of energy raved against the screens of the Dentless."

There is an almost complete lack of levity, for example the character Ginnison observes with a complete lack of irony that, "I got a line through Banjo Freeko, the planetary dictator, but only after I blew up the mining industry on his planet and killed a few thousand innocent people -- regretfully, of course. But I do that all the time. It revolts me, but I do it." However, the long, stern descriptions are given a final twist in an appended sentence. The "blocky" plotting and the characteristic long background discussions are parodied, as is the unevenly applied physics (Smith often has problems with mass, inertia and gravity).

Character names are often puns—Frite of the Meich, Gimble Ginnison, the Starboard Admiral Partisipple, Hess von Baschenvolks, Flatworthy, Woozle, Shadrack, Houston Carbarn, Banlon of Downlo, Banjo Freeko. Personal characteristics are exaggerated—- Ginnison uses phrases like "Jeepers!" and "Gee whiz!"; Shadrack describes himself as "a yellow-bellied, chicken-livered, jelly-gutted coward."

This story appeared in:

The magazine Analog, June 1978

Takeoff, a collection of short fiction and poems by Randall Garrett, 1980

Shaggy B.E.M. Stories, an anthology edited by Mike Resnick, 1988

Blank!

Blank! is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was commissioned by Larry Shaw, editor of Infinity Science Fiction, as being the least inspirational title on which to base a story. Harlan Ellison and Randall Garrett were also invited to submit stories based on the same title; Garrett wrote one with "Blank?" as the title while Ellison submitted "Blank." All three were published in the magazine in June 1957. Asimov's story was later reprinted in the 1975 collection Buy Jupiter and Other Stories.

Despoilers of the Golden Empire

"Despoilers of the Golden Empire" is a science fiction novelette by Randall Garrett, originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in March 1959 under the pseudonym David Gordon.

The story appears to be about an expedition through space to a planet inhabited by a civilized but technologically backward people, whom the expedition conquer. However, in the last line it is revealed to be anything but that.

In terms of genre, the story reads like a pulp magazine yarn mixing space travel and classic swashbuckling themes, to the point where the characters even fight with swords, bringing to mind the adventures of Flash Gordon, or the Barsoom stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Elijah Baley

Elijah "Lije" Baley is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov's Robot series. He is the main character of the novels The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn, and of the short story "Mirror Image." He is seen in flashbacks several times and talked about frequently in Robots and Empire, which is set roughly 160 years after his death. He is further mentioned in passing in "Foundation and Earth" as a "Culture Hero". Besides Asimov's works he appears in the Foundation's Friends story "Strip-Runner" by Pamela Sargent, and "Isaac Asimov's 'The Caves Of Steel'" poem by Randall Garrett.

Laurence Janifer

Laurence M. Janifer (March 17, 1933 - July 10, 2002) was an American science fiction author, with a career spanning over 50 years.

List of fictional detective teams

This is a list of fictional detective teams from popular detective fiction. This list includes pairs of characters who appear in a series of novels or short stories, not characters who are teamed only for a single story.

Where two detectives work together, they are listed as A and B; where a single detective is regularly accompanied by a non-detecting sidekick or chronicler they are listed as A with B. The author who created the team appears in parentheses.

Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw - (Isaac Asimov)

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford - (Agatha Christie)

Hercule Poirot with Arthur Hastings - (Agatha Christie)

Grijpstra and de Gier - (Janwillem van de Wetering)

Frank and Joe Hardy - (Franklin W. Dixon)

Sherlock Holmes with Dr. John H. Watson - (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Bertha Cool and Donald Lam - (Erle Stanley Gardner as A. A. Fair)

Lord Darcy and Sean O'Lochlainn - (Randall Garrett)

Hawk and Fisher - (Simon Green)

Nick and Nora Charles - (Dashiell Hammett)

Dalziel and Pascoe - (Reginald Hill)

Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster - (Steve Franks)

Solomon and Lord - (Paul Levine)

Travis McGee and Meyer - (John D. MacDonald)

Morse and Lewis - (Colin Dexter)

Hildegarde Withers with Inspector Oscar Piper - (Stuart Palmer)

Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger - (Andy Breckman)

Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin - (Rex Stout)

Sister Fidelma with Brother Eadulf - (Peter Tremayne)

Master Li with Number Ten Ox - (Barry Hughart)

Inspector Lynley with Sergeant Havers - (Elisabeth George)

Martin Beck with Gunvald Larsson - (Sjöwall and Wahlöö)

Michael Knight and KITT - (Glen A. Larson)

Shaggy Rogers with Scooby Dooby Doo - (Hanna-Barbera)

Nick Wilde and Judy Hops - (Clark Spencer)

Phoenix Wright With Maya Fey - (Shu Takumi)

Lord Darcy (omnibus)

Lord Darcy is a 1983 omnibus collection of two previous fantasy collections and one fantasy novel by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy, published by Doubleday as a selection in its Science Fiction Book Club. The component books had originally been published in 1966, 1979 and 1981. The collection was reissued in 1999. A second edition, edited by Eric Flint, was published by Baen Books in 2002. The second edition reorganized the contents, added two stories not included in the original edition or its component volumes, and was edited slightly to remove duplicative material.

The Lord Darcy stories are set in an alternate world whose history supposedly diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart, in which King John never reigned and most of western Europe and the Americas are united in an Angevin Empire whose continental possessions were never lost by that king. In this world a magic-based technology has developed in place of the science of our own world.

Lord Darcy Investigates

Lord Darcy Investigates is a collection of short stories by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy. It was first published in paperback in 1981 by Ace Books, and has been reprinted a number of times since. It was later gathered together with Murder and Magic (1979) and Too Many Magicians into the omnibus collection Lord Darcy (1983, expanded 2002).

The book collects four Lord Darcy short stories originally published in the magazines Analog Science Fact & Fiction in October 1974 and December 1976, and June 1965, Fantastic in May 1976, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in April 1979.

The Lord Darcy stories are set in an alternate world whose history supposedly diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart, in which King John never reigned and most of Western Europe and the Americas are united in an Angevin Empire whose continental possessions were never lost by that king. In this world a magic-based technology has developed in place of the science of our own world.

Mark Phillips (author)

Mark Phillips was the joint pseudonym used by science fiction writers Laurence Mark Janifer and Randall Philip Garrett in the early 1960s. Together they authored several humorous short novels in the so-called "Psi-Power" series: Brain Twister (1962), The Impossibles (1963), and Supermind (1963). For Brain Twister they were nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960 (under the novel's original title, "That Sweet Little Old Lady"). They also co-authored the novel Pagan Passions (1959) with Garrett using his own name and Janifer using his Larry M. Harris pseudonym.

Murder and Magic

Murder and Magic is a collection of short stories by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy. It was first published in paperback in 1979 by Ace Books, and has been reprinted a number of times since. It was later gathered together with Too Many Magicians (1967) and Lord Darcy Investigates (1981) into the omnibus collection Lord Darcy (1983, expanded 2002).

The book collects four Lord Darcy short stories originally published in the magazine Analog Science Fact & Fiction in January 1964, November 1964, and June 1965, and the Dean W. Dickensheet edited anthology Men & Malice, (Doubleday, 1973).

The Lord Darcy stories are set in an alternate world whose history supposedly diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart, in which King John never reigned and most of Western Europe and the Americas are united in an Angevin Empire whose continental possessions were never lost by that king. In this world a magic-based technology has developed in place of the science of our own world.

Polly Plus

"Polly Plus" is a science fiction short story by Randall Garrett, originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 1978.

The Best Policy

The Best Policy is a science fiction short story by Randall Garrett (under the pseudonym "David Gordon") about honesty. It was first published in Astounding Science Fiction, in 1957.

The Bitter End (short story)

"The Bitter End" is a short story by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy and magician Master Sean. It was first published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and has been included in the second edition of the collection Lord Darcy.

The Lord Darcy stories are set in an alternate world whose history supposedly diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart, in which King John never reigned. Most of Western Europe and the Americas are united in an Angevin Empire whose continental possessions were never lost by that king. In this world, a magic-based technology has developed in place of the science of our own world.

The Dawning Light

The Dawning Light is a 1959 science fiction novel published under the name Robert Randall, collaborative pseudonym of American writers Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett. It depicts the changes in the society of the fictional planet Nidor, a world perpetually covered in dense cloud, inhabited by humanoids resembling humans but differing in several respects, notably in being covered from head to foot in short downy fur. The technological level of the society is about that of Renaissance Europe, and has been that way for thousands of years.

In the novel the main characters are struggling to throw off the influence of the Earthmen. These are humans with advanced technology who came to their planet as benefactors, founding a University and presiding over advances in agriculture, but whose work always seemed to have adverse results. Some of this was depicted in a previous set of shorter stories, collected as The Shrouded Planet two years previously.

The Nine Wrong Answers

The Nine Wrong Answers, first published in 1952, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr which does not feature any of Carr's series detectives. It is an expansion of Carr's 1942 radio play "Will You Make A Bet With Death".This novel is a whodunnit mystery, with an emphasis on the puzzle aspect. The title derives from Carr's atypical use of footnotes to address the reader, remarking on certain interpretations of events, conclusions, or mystery cliches, and telling the reader to discard them, while also urging a very literal interpretation of text. These serve as the "nine wrong answers," while in the denouement, the protagonist reveals the nine correct answers he arrived at in order to solve the mystery.

The Shrouded Planet

The Shrouded Planet is a 1957 science fiction novel published under the name "Robert Randall", actually the collaborative work of American writers Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett. It consists of three linked stories, each originally published separately in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction. Linking chapters were added for book release. The first book printing, by Gnome Press in New York, was small and did not sell well. This and the sequel novel, The Dawning Light, were reprinted 25 years later, and well received.

The original stories were:

"The Chosen People" (Astounding June 1956)

"The Promised Land" (Astounding August 1956)

False Prophet" (Astounding, December 1956; also front cover art)All the stories relate to the fictional planet Nidor and the effects on its humanoid inhabitants of the coming of Earthmen, humans with advanced technology and apparently benevolent motives. The common thread is a family, beginning with Kiv peGanz Brajjyd, his daughter Sindi, and her son Norvis. Each contributes to the slow breakdown of Nidorian society, which is apparently what the Earthmen really want.

Too Many Magicians

Too Many Magicians is a novel by Randall Garrett, an American science fiction author. One of several stories starring Lord Darcy, it was first serialized in Analog Science Fiction in 1966 and published in book form the same year by Doubleday. It was later gathered together with Murder and Magic (1979) and Lord Darcy Investigates (1981) into the omnibus collection Lord Darcy (1983, expanded 2002). The novel was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967.

The Lord Darcy character also appears in several other novellas and short stories by Garrett, but this is his only novel-length Lord Darcy story. Michael Kurland has written two further novels set in the Lord Darcy universe.

Vicki Ann Heydron

Vicki Ann Heydron (born 21 October 1945) is an American writer of speculative fiction and poet.

Born in Sacramento, she wrote most of her work in collaboration with her husband Randall Garrett. Her principal work is the Gandalara Cycle (1981–1986), a seven-volume fantasy series. Although both Garrett and Heydron are credited as authors, she is believed to be the principal author given that Garrett was in a coma for most of the series' publication history.

William Tuning

Orville William Tuning (June 21, 1935 in Ottumwa, Iowa – April 18, 1982 in Santa Barbara, California) [1][2][3] was an American author of science fiction and a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). He was reported to be close friends with authors Jerry Pournelle, Randall Garrett (SCA name: Randall of Hightower) and Robert A. Heinlein. Tuning was closely involved with the founders of the SCA.

Among his works were the 1981 Fuzzy Bones, a posthumous sequel to H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens (written and published before the discovery and subsequent publication of the lost manuscript of Piper's Fuzzies and Other People), and the 1978 "Tornado Alley".

Tuning died in 1982, of "blood disease contracted during a hospital stay for the treatment of alcoholism".

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