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A Checklist of Short Fiction by Basil Wells

The stories in the checklist below are arranged by date of first publication. Some of Basil Wells' early short stories were published under the pseudonym Gene Ellerman, and in these instances, a note of this has been made. This bibliography is a work in progress.

"Rebirth of Man"
Super Science Stories, September 1940

"Biped"
Cosmic Stories, March 1941

"New Moon"
Cosmic Science Fiction, May 1941

"Human Mice of Kordar"
Stirring Science Stories, June 1941

"Factory in the Sky"
Astonishing Stories, September 1941

"Queen of the Blue World"
Planet Stories, Winter 1941

"A Matter of Time"
The Fantasite (fanzine), The Minneapolis Fantasy Society, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1942

"The Giant"
Stirring Science Stories, March 1942
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"The Rebel Slug"
Future Combined with Science Fiction, April 1942
Silverskin and Other Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1996

"Quest of Thig"
Planet Stories, Fall 1942
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
The Best of Planet Stories No. 1, ed. Leigh Brackett, Ballantine, 1975

"The Half-Man"
Science Fiction Quarterly, Fall 1942

"The Swift People"
Future Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1943
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949

"Quest's End" (sequel to "Quest of Thig")
Planet Stories, Spring 1944

"The Jinx"
Crack Detective Stories, July 1944

"Prison Rock"
Double Action Western, November 1944

"The Hairy Ones"
Planet Stories, Winter 1944
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949

"600 W"
Crack Detective Stories, January 1945
100 Menacing Little Murder Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1998

"Fact and Fantasy"
Crack Detective Stories, July 1945

"Raiders of the Second Moon"
Planet Stories, Summer 1945 (this story appears here as by Gene Ellerman)

"Survival"
Planet Stories, Spring 1946

"Top it Off With Death"
Ten Detective Aces, June 1946

"Poison Brown"
Crack Detective Stories, September 1946

"The Hammer-Mill Horror"
Ten Detective Aces, October 1946

"Sons of Abrm"
Boojum (fanzine), Vanguard Amateur Press Association, No. 2, November 1946

"Fog of the Forgotten"
Planet Stories, Winter 1946

"Scrambled World"
Planet Stories, Spring 1947
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949

"Salvage of the Grassy Sea"
Thrilling Western, May 1947

"Among the Scented Ones"
Planet Stories, Winter 1947

"Satan Picks a Winner"
10-Story Detective, December 1947
100 Sneaky Little Sleuth Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1997

"Caverns of Ith"
Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1948
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Pulp Adventures #17, ed. Audrey Parente, Bold Venture Press, 2015

"Prison Rats"
Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1948 (this story appears here as by Gene Ellerman)
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949

"Wall of Darkness"
Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1948
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1995

"Rat's Brother"
Crack Detective Stories, May 1948

"Valkyrie from the Void"
Planet Stories, Fall 1948

"Animat"
Planet Stories, Spring 1949

"Gateways"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
The Sixth Sense, September 1997

"Power for Darm"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Fantasy Book, No. 6, 1950

"World of Misters"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Fantasy Book, No. 6, 1950 (this story appears here as by Gene Ellerman)

"Planet of New Men"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Fantasy Book, No. 7, 1950

"The Twisted Men"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Fantasy Book, No. 7, 1950 (this story appears here as by Gene Ellerman)

"A Knight for Miss Merkins"
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Fantasy Book, No. 8, 1951

"Crusader"
Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 5, 1949 (this story appears here as by Gene Ellerman)
The Machine-God Laughs, ed. William L. Crawford, Griffin Publishing Co., 1949
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Dr. Satan: Pulp Classics No. 6, ed. Robert Weinberg, 1974

"Empire of Dust"
Fantasy Book, Vol. 1, No. 5, 1949
Empire of Dust/Gifts of Asti, Griffin Publishing Co., 1949
Planets of Adventure, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1949
Spaceway (British Edition), Vol. 1, No. 3, 1954

"The Flesh Eaters"
Spacetrails No. 2, ed. Kenneth J. Krueger, Pegasus Publications, 1949(?)

"Queens of Space"
Dawn (fanzine), No. 5, 1949

"Lure of the Grass Sea"
Western Action, March 1950

"Under Martian Sands"
Out of This World Adventures, December 1950
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"The Unseen Nine"
Famous Detective Stories, February 1951

"The Last Word"
Famous Detective Stories, May 1951

"The Sudden Forest"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Exiles of the Forbidden Planet"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Conquest"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Chrysalid"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"The Chair"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Barren World"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"The Aliens"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"The Elfin Hills"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Space Woman"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"The Singer"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951
George Pal’s Tales of Space Conquest, #1, 1954

"Rebellion on Venus"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Planet of Mist"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Martyr from Mars"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"The Lurkers of Burm" (sequel to "The Followers")
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Lord of the Desert Planet"
Doorways to Space, Fantasy Publishing Company Inc., 1951

"Draftee"
TLMA #5 (fanzine), ed. Lynn A. Hickman, The Conference Publishing Co., 1952?

"A History of Thrane"
TLMA #6 (fanzine), ed. Lynn A. Hickman, The Conference Publishing Co., October 1952

"Monster No More"
Orbit Science Fiction, No. 1, 1953
Orbit Science Fiction, No. 10, April 1954
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Zealot"
Fan Warp (fanzine), Vol. 1, No. 1, 1953

"All the Angles"
Smashing Detective Stories, September 1954
100 Menacing Little Murder Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1998

"Stalemate"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, November 1954
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Ship of the Fog Seas"
Spaceway Science Fiction, April 1955
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Red is the Tower"
Smashing Detective Stories, May 1955

"The Pioneers"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, June 1955
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Cop Killer"
Famous Detective Stories, August 1955

"Cards of Death"
Smashing Detective Stories, January 1956

"Memorium"
Fantastic Universe, March 1956
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"The Munk Hour"
Science Fiction Quarterly, May 1956
Silverskin and Other Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"Hiding Place"
Smashing Detective Stories, May 1956
100 Menacing Little Murder Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1998

"The Flaw"
Famous Detective Stories, June 1956

"Hot Mix"
Crack Detective and Mystery Stories, December 1956

"Blackmail?"
Fast Action Detective and Mystery Stories, August 1957

"Never Put it in Writing"
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, August 1957
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (British edition), January 1958

"Second Sight"
Fantastic Universe, September 1957
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Sole Survivor"
Satellite Science Fiction, December 1957
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Moment of Truth"
Fantastic Universe, December 1957
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Final Voyage"
Science Fiction Adventures, December 1957
Science Fiction Adventures (British Edition), Vol. 1, No. 4, 1958
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Utility Girl"
The Original Science Fiction Stories, May 1959
Final Voyage and Other Science Fiction Stories, Richard Simms Publications, 2016

"Murder Motel"
Double-Action Detective Stories, May 1960

"Blind Alley"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, February 1965

"The Followers"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, June 1965

"Umpty"
Worlds of Tomorrow, March 1966

"From Distant Earth"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1968

"The Soft Shells"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, July 1968

"Father Image"
Spaceway Science Fiction, October 1969

"Blueprint"
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, December 1969

"All Brothers Are Men"
Worlds of If Science Fiction, March 1970

"Prosthete"
Venture Science Fiction, August 1970

"Born to Burn"
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, August 1971

"Inside Outhouse"
Weirdbook 9, 1975

"The Best Laid Plan"
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, October 1976

"Gift of U'Thang"
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976
100 Amazing Little Alien Stories, ed. Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg, Barnes and Noble, 1996

"Axtan of the Kags"
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"The Serenity of Hroon"
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"Tinikin"
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"Tears for a Plast"
Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"Silverskin"
Silverskin and Other Little Monsters, Wells Books (private press), 1976

"The Brittle People"
Weirdbook 10, 1976

"Zulla"
Weirdbook 11, 1977

"Htaroo"
Weirdbook 12, 1977

"Shape in the Shadows"
Weirdbook 13, 1978

"Devil's Bone Pile"
Skullduggery, No. 2, April 1980

"Returnee"
Weirdbook 16, 1982

"They Shoot Back"
Blazing Armadillo Stories, No. 3, August 1988

"Rubber-Tired Gauntlet"
Weirdbook 26, Autumn 1991

"The Improbable Vandals"
Space and Time, No. 80, Summer 1992

"Gift of Life-Gift of Love"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 109, 1992
The Fifth Dimension, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 1997

"Scourge of the Silver Seas"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 110, July 1992

"Ashes"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 111, September 1992

"Man in Limbo"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 113, December 1992

"No Room"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 115, April 1993

"Other Flesh"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 118, September 1993

"The Laws of Juss"
Expanse, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer 1994

"Welcome Back...?"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 123, August 1994

"The Stainers"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 124, November 1994

"Folk Tales"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 125, December 1994

"Starsnow"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 128, May 1995

"Starkol"
Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, No. 137, August 1998

Sources and Acknowledgements
Donald B. Day's Index to the Science Fiction Magazines, 1926-1950, ed. D. B. Day, 1951
The M.I.T. Science Fiction Society's Index to the Science Fiction Magazines, 1951-1965, ed. E. S. Strauss, 1966
The NESFA Index to the Science Fiction Magazines, 1966-1970, New England SF Association Incorpura, 1971
Monthly Murders, ed. Michael L. Cook, Greenwood Press, 1982
Mystery Detective and Espionage Fiction, ed. Michael L. Cook & Stephen Miller, Garland Publishing, 1988
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-2003), by Stephen T. Miller & William G. Contento, Locus Press, 2004
Special thanks to Margaret Wells, Sue Wakefield and Dennis Lien.

 

 

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