Sam J. Lundwall

Sam Thore Jerrie Lundwall (born 24 February 1941), published as Sam J. Lundwall, is a Swedish science fiction writer, translator, publisher and singer. He translated a number of science-fiction-related articles and works from Swedish into English.

He debuted as a writer in the 1950s for Häpna!. During the 1960s he was active as a photographer and freelance writer. He also produced the LP Visor i vår tid. In 1968, he worked as a television producer for Sveriges Radio and made a series about science fiction. In 1969, he published his first book-length work on science fiction, Science Fiction: Från begynnelsen till våra dagar. This landed him a job at Askild & Kärnekull (A&K) as an editor for their science fiction books. He subsequently translated this work into English, where it was published in the US in 1971 as Science Fiction: What It's All About.[1] This work was compared favorably to other studies of science fiction coming out at that time, such as New Maps of Hell, Billion Year Spree, Seekers of Tomorrow, In Search of Wonder, and The Universe Makers.[2] In the summer of 1973, he left A&K and worked with Delta Förlag that he ran together with the literary agent Gunnar Dahl. Until the end of the 1980s Delta published about 200 science fiction books. During the 1990s Lundwall continued publishing science fiction on his own company, Sam J. Lundwall Fakta & Fantasi.

Lundwall was also the editor of the science fiction magazine Jules Verne-Magasinet between 1972 and 2009 and has been active in fandom, for instance he organised conventions in Stockholm in 1961, 1963, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1979. He has been both a board member and chairman (twice) of World SF and north European coordinator for Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also been very productive as a translator.

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Sam J. Lundwall at Eurocon 2011 in Stockholm.



  • Bibliography of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1964 (updated several times since then)
  • Bibliografi över science fiction & fantasy 1830-1961 (1962)
  • Bibliografi över science fiction & fantasy 1772-1964 (1964)
  • Science fiction: Från begynnelsen till våra dagar (1969)
  • Science Fiction: What it's All About(English translation of above) (1971)
  • Bibliografi över science fiction & fantasy 1741-1973 (1974)
  • Utopia - dystopia (1977)
  • Science fiction: An Illustrated History (1977)
  • Utopier och framtidsvisioner (1984)
  • Bibliografi över science fiction & fantasy 1974-1983 (1985)
  • En bok om science fiction, fantastik, futurism, robotar, monster, vampyrer, utopier, dystopier och annat märkvärdigt och oväntat och osannolikt (1993)
  • Bibliografi över science fiction & fantasy 1741-1996 (1997)


Cover of Fängelsestaden featuring an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Alice's World (Ace, 1971)
  • No Time for Heroes (Ace, 1971) to Swedish in 1972 as Inga hjältar här
  • Bernhard the Conqueror (Daw, 1973) to Swedish in 1973 as Uppdrag i universum
  • 2018 A.D. or the King Kong Blues (Daw, 1975)
  • Mot tidhavets stränder (1959–1962)
  • Jag är människan (1963–1965)
  • Visor i vår tid (1966)
  • Alice, Alice! (1974)
  • King Kong Blues (1974)
  • Bernhards magiska sommar (1975)
  • Mörkrets furste, eller Djävulstornets hemlighet (1975)
  • Tio sånger och Alltid Lady Macbeth (1975)
  • Gäst i Frankensteins hus (1976)
  • Mardrömmen (1977)
  • Fängelsestaden (1978)
  • Flicka i fönster vid världens kant (1980)
  • Crash (1982)
  • Tiden och Amélie (1986)
  • Frukost bland ruinerna (1988)
  • Gestalter i sten (1988)
  • Vasja Ambartsurian (1990)
  • Zap! (1992)
  • Staden vid tidens ände eller Sam Spade i kamp mot entropin (1993)


  1. ^ Science Fiction: What It's all About, Sam J. Lundwall. Introduction by Donald A. Wollheim. Ace, 1971, ISBN 0-441-75440-6
  2. ^ "Automata & All That", review of Billion Year Spree (Brian Aldiss), by Gary Goshgarian, 1975, Duke University Press [1]

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Bertil Mårtensson

Bertil Mårtensson (1945 in Malmö – November 4, 2018 in Helsingborg) was a Swedish author of science fiction, crime fiction and fantasy and also an academic philosopher. He was assistant professor at Umeå University, where he was also chair of the department from 1988–93, and at Lund University.


Häpna! (meaning Be amazed! in English) was a Swedish science fiction magazine published between March 1954 and 1969 by Grafiska Förlaget Kindberg & Söner AB in Jönköping. The first issue of the magazine was subtitled Science Fiction Tidsdrift, but it was changed to Science Fiction Teknishka Aventyr by the second issue.Karl G. Kindberg was the publisher of the magazine. It was published each month up to January 1965, then irregularly until January 1966; the final year, 1969, an attempt was made to revive the magazine which led to the final four issues. The editor was Kjell Ekström, except for the final year when Sam J. Lundwall took over.

The content was some domestic material, but mostly anonymous translations of Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.

Sigma Terra Corps

Sigma Terra Corps, Sigma TC, is a Swedish science fiction club, founded 5 December 1976 in Saltsjöbaden by Wolf von Witting, Jörg Litschke and Johan Richter.

Stalker (novel)

Stalker (Russian: Машина желаний, lit. "The Wish Machine") is a novel by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky based on an early draft screenplay for the movie Stalker that in turn is based on a part of their 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, published in Avrora nos 7-9.

It was translated to French by Svetlana Delmotte in 1981, as "Stalker. Pique-nique au bord du chemin".

It was translated to Swedish by Kjell Rehnström and Sam J. Lundwall and published as Stalker. ISBN 91-86222-27-9.

Stella (Swedish magazine)

Stella was a Swedish science fiction magazine. The magazine was published from April 1886 to August 1888 as a supplement to the Swedish weekly Svenska Familj-Journalen Svea and published translations of short stories by the leading science fiction writers of its time.Though many works about science fiction refer to Stella, finding traces or copies of the magazine has proved difficult and some have concluded that Stella was a practical joke on the part of Swedish critic Sam J. Lundwall.

Tales from the Planet Earth

Tales from the Planet Earth is a 1986 anthology of science fiction stories edited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull It presents 18 stories, sharing a common background developed by Pohl and Hull, by 18 authors from 18 different countries; each author's story is set in his native country.The collection was dedicated for the memory of A. Bertram Chandler and Janusz A. Zajdel.

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy is a 1997 reference work concerning fantasy fiction, edited by John Clute and John Grant. Other contributors include Mike Ashley, Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, David Langford, Sam J. Lundwall, Michael Scott Rohan, Brian Stableford and Lisa Tuttle.

The book was well-received on publication. During 1998, it received the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, and Locus Award. The industry publication Library Journal described The Encyclopedia of Fantasy as "the first of its kind".Since November 2012, the full text of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy is available on-line, as a companion to the on-line Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The editors of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction have stated that there are not any plans to update the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, at least for the foreseeable future, although some death dates post-1997 have been added.

The Road to Science Fiction

The Road to Science Fiction is a series of science fiction anthologies edited by American science fiction author, scholar and editor James Gunn. Composed as a textbook set to teach the evolution of science fiction literature, the series is now available as mass market publications.

The six-volume set collects many of the most influential works of the genre. It was published originally by Signet and then by White Wolf Games Studio. Volumes 1 through 4 are currently being reprinted in paperback format by the company Scarecrow Press.


Tuckerization (or tuckerism) is the act of using a person's name (and sometimes other characteristics) in an original story as an in-joke. The term is derived from Wilson Tucker, a pioneering American science fiction writer, fan and fanzine editor, who made a practice of using his friends' names for minor characters in his stories. For example, Tucker named a character after Lee Hoffman in his novel The Long Loud Silence, and after Walt Willis in Wild Talent.In most cases, tuckerization is used for "bit parts" (minor characters), an opportunity for the author to create an homage to a friend or respected colleague. But sometimes an author will attach a friend's name, description, or identifiable characteristics to a major character, and in some novels nearly all the characters represent friends, colleagues, or prominent persons the author knows. When this happens, tuckerization can rise to the level of a roman à clef.

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