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Wallace, F L

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1915-2004) US mechanical engineer and author who began publishing sf with "Hideaway" for Astounding in 1951, but was more strongly associated with Galaxy in the 1950s, the period of his greatest activity, where he quickly established a reputation for style, wit and emotional depth. Worlds in Balance (coll 1955) assembles two typical stories, but he never put together a full collection of his work, and left the field around 1960. In Address: Centauri (April 1952 Galaxy as "Accidental Flight"; exp 1955), a population of "cripples" – in fact victims of accidents, Mutants, Cyborgs, and others with Psi Powers – transform the Asteroid hospital where they have been immured into a Starship powered by engines which manipulate Gravity; they set off for the stars, where they find redemption in being of use to the human race. But Wallace was less fluent at novel length, and by the twenty-first century had been forgotten, though the ebook release of several stories has begun to bring him once again to notice. [JC]

Floyd Lee Wallace

born Rock Island, Illinois: 16 February 1915

died Tustin, California: 26 November 2004


  • Worlds in Balance (Melbourne, Victoria: Atlas Publications, 1955) [coll: pb/]
  • Address: Centauri (New York: Gnome Press, 1955) [short version appeared April 1952 Galaxy as "Accidental Flight": hb/Ed Emshwiller]
    • Accidental Flight (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [novella: ebook: original novella from which the above was expanded: first appeared April 1952 Galaxy: na/]
  • Mezzerow Loves Company (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2007) [story: ebook: first appeared June 1956 Galaxy: na/]
  • Second Landing (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2008) [story: ebook: first appeared January 1960 Amazing: na/]
  • Bolden's Pets (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2009) [story: ebook: first appeared October 1955 Galaxy: na/]
  • Student Body (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared March 1953 Galaxy: na/]
  • Forget Me Nearly (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared June 1954 Galaxy: na/]
  • Tangle Hold (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared June 1953 Galaxy: na/]
  • The Impossible Voyage Home (no place given: Project Gutenberg, 2010) [story: ebook: first appeared August 1954 Galaxy: na/]


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