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Donald A. Wollheim (1914–1990)

Author of The 1980 Annual World's Best SF

185+ Works 7,398 Members 85 Reviews

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

The Anthology Series World's Best Science Fiction/ Annual World's Best SF/ Wollheim's World's Best SF was republished under various titles with inconsistant numbering. See Series page for more information before separating/combining.


Works by Donald A. Wollheim

The 1980 Annual World's Best SF (1980) — Editor — 272 copies
The 1977 Annual World's Best SF (1977) — Editor — 256 copies
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF (1987) — Editor — 238 copies
The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985) — Editor — 236 copies
The 1989 Annual World's Best SF (1989) — Editor — 235 copies
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF (1988) — Editor — 235 copies
The 1974 Annual World's Best SF (1974) — Editor — 231 copies
The 1984 Annual World's Best SF (1984) — Editor — 230 copies
The 1973 Annual World's Best SF (1973) — Editor — 229 copies
The 1972 Annual World's Best SF (1972) — Editor — 219 copies
The 1986 Annual World's Best SF (1986) — Editor — 215 copies
The 1981 Annual World's Best SF (1981) — Editor — 215 copies
The 1982 Annual World's Best SF (1982) — Editor; Foreword — 212 copies
The 1976 Annual World's Best SF (1976) — Editor — 211 copies
The 1975 Annual World's Best SF (1975) — Editor — 208 copies
The 1990 Annual World's Best SF (1990) — Editor — 201 copies
The 1978 Annual World's Best SF (1977) — Editor — 200 copies
The 1983 Annual World's Best SF (1983) — Editor; Introduction — 199 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Editor — 179 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1971 (1971) — Editor — 178 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1970 (1970) — Editor — 160 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1968 (1968) — Editor — 142 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1967 (1967) — Editor — 119 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 (1966) — Editor; Editor — 110 copies
The 1979 Annual World's Best SF (1979) — Editor — 106 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1965 (1964) — Editor — 102 copies
Swordsmen in the sky (1964) — Editor — 96 copies
The DAW science fiction reader (1976) — Editor — 92 copies
Adventures on Other Planets (1954) — Editor — 77 copies
The Best from the Rest of the World (1976) — Editor — 67 copies
More Adventures on Other Planets (1963) — Editor — 66 copies
The Hidden Planet (1959) — Editor — 64 copies
Edge of Time (1958) — Author — 64 copies
Invader On My Back & Destination Saturn (1967) — Author — 58 copies
To Venus! To Venus! / The Jester at Scar (1970) — Author — 49 copies
The Avon Fantasy Reader (1969) — Editor — 46 copies
Across Time (1957) 45 copies
The 100th Millennium / Edge of Time (1959) — Author — 44 copies
The Atlantic Abomination / The Martian Missile (1960) — Author — 44 copies
City on the Moon / Men on the Moon (Ace Double) (1953) — Editor — 44 copies
Ace Science Fiction Reader (1971) — Editor — 43 copies
Sentinels of Space / The Ultimate Invader (1954) — Editor — 40 copies
The Pocket Book of Science-Fiction (1943) — Editor — 39 copies
The Portable Novels Of Science (1945) — Editor — 38 copies
Mike Mars, astronaut (1961) 37 copies
Times Without Number / Destiny's Orbit (1962) — Author — 37 copies
The End of the World (1956) — Editor — 36 copies
The Second Avon Fantasy Reader (1969) — Editor — 33 copies
More Macabre (1961) — Editor — 31 copies
Mike Mars in Orbit (1961) 27 copies
The Macabre Reader (1959) — Editor — 26 copies
Mike Mars Flies the X-15 (1961) 26 copies
Mike Mars at Cape Canaveral (1961) 23 copies
Men On The Moon: Great Lunar Science Fiction (1958) — Editor — 21 copies
Terror in the Modern Vein (1955) — Editor — 15 copies
Mike Mars Around the Moon (1964) 14 copies
Destiny's Orbit (1961) 13 copies
To Venus! To Venus! (1971) 13 copies
The Martian Missile (1959) 12 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 1 (1947) — Editor — 11 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 14 (1950) — Editor — 11 copies
The Men from Ariel (1982) 11 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 15 (1951) — Editor — 10 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 4 (1947) — Editor — 10 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 12 (1950) — Editor — 10 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 5 (1947) — Editor — 10 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 17 — Editor — 9 copies
One Against the Moon (2013) 9 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 10 (1949) — Editor — 9 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 2 (1947) — Editor — 9 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 8 (1948) — Editor — 8 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 6 (1948) — Editor — 8 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 9 (1949) — Editor — 8 copies
Flight Into Space (1950) 7 copies
Two Dozen Dragon Eggs (1969) 7 copies
Various Temptations (1948) — Editor — 7 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 11 (1949) — Editor — 7 copies
Out of This World Adventures, December 1950 (2008) — Editor — 6 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 18 (1952) — Editor — 6 copies
The Rag Thing 6 copies
Waterslag (1973) 6 copies
Destination: Saturn — Author — 6 copies
Avon Science Fiction Reader No. 2 (1951) — Editor — 6 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 13 (1950) — Editor — 5 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 16 (1951) — Editor — 5 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 3 (1947) — Editor — 5 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 7 (1948) — Editor — 5 copies
Het Ding in de Rots SF Verhalen 4 — Editor — 5 copies
Mimic 5 copies
Mundos ignorados (1963) 4 copies
Top Secret 4 copies
Tales of Outer Space (1954) 4 copies
Wie Weit Ist Es Nach babylon?, — Author — 4 copies
The Embassy 3 copies
The Ultimate Invader and Other Science-Fiction (1954) — Editor — 3 copies
Prize Science Fiction (1953) 2 copies
Trilogy of the Future (1972) — Editor — 2 copies
Botten 2 copies
Storm Warning (1942) 2 copies
Babylon: 70M 1 copy
Science Fiction Special 9 (1974) — Editor — 1 copy
Castaway 1 copy
Blind Flight 1 copy
She 1 copy
Nothing 1 copy
Universum 66 (1965) 1 copy
The Haters 1 copy

Associated Works

The Time Machine (1895) — Introduction, some editions — 17,500 copies
She (1886) — Introduction, some editions — 2,905 copies
Downbelow Station (1981) — Introduction, some editions — 2,802 copies
The Food of the Gods, and How It Came to Earth (1904) — Introduction, some editions — 1,181 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 811 copies
The Crystal Gryphon (1973) — Editor, some editions — 708 copies
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) — Contributor; Contributor — 453 copies
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contributor; Contributor — 440 copies
The Book of the Damned (1919) — Preface, some editions — 405 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 339 copies
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (1981) — Contributor — 331 copies
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 246 copies
The Many Worlds of Andre Norton (1974) — Introduction, some editions — 245 copies
Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos (1992) — Contributor — 210 copies
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories (1994) — Contributor — 182 copies
Science Fiction: What It's All About (1971) — Introduction, some editions — 149 copies
Nebula Award Stories 4 (1969) — Contributor — 142 copies
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contributor — 129 copies
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Contributor — 111 copies
Mars, We Love You (1971) — Contributor — 108 copies
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (1985) — Contributor — 94 copies
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 16 (1954) (1987) — Contributor — 90 copies
Invaders of Earth (1953) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Reel Stuff (1998) — Contributor — 83 copies
England Swings SF: Stories of Speculative Fiction (1968) — Preface, some editions — 79 copies
Outside the Universe (1964) — Introduction, some editions — 71 copies
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (2012) — Contributor — 70 copies
Future Tense (1968) — Contributor — 69 copies
Tales of the Dead (1981) — Contributor — 64 copies
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (1991) — Contributor — 64 copies
Masters of Fantasy (1992) — Contributor — 63 copies
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contributor — 62 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Christmas Magic (1994) — Contributor — 55 copies
New Writings in SF-22 (1975) — Contributor — 54 copies
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contributor — 53 copies
Alice's World / No Time for Heroes (Ace Double, 58880) (1971) — Editor, some editions — 50 copies
Crisis in 2140 / Gunner Cade (1957) — Editor — 50 copies
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contributor — 46 copies
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Herod Men / Dark Planet (Ace Double 13805) (1971) — Editor — 42 copies
Dome Around America / The Paradox Men (1955) — Editor, some editions — 41 copies
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age (1978) — Contributor — 22 copies
Fiends and Creatures (1975) — Contributor — 21 copies
Monster Mix (1968) — Contributor — 17 copies
Mummy: A Chrestomathy of Cryptology (1980) — Contributor — 13 copies
Kosmisk gåta (1982) — Author, some editions — 9 copies
Invaders from space; ten stories of science fiction (1972) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Wollheim, Donald A.
Legal name
Wollheim, Donald Allen
Other names
Pearson, Martin
Grinnell, David
White, W. Malcolm
Gordon, Millard Verne
Wells, Braxton
Woods, Lawrence (show all 9)
Raynor, Darrell G.
Cooke, Arthur
Zweig, Allen
Date of death
Burial location
Mount Carmel Cemetery, Queens, New York, USA
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Flushing, Queens, New York, USA
Wollheim, Elizabeth R. (daughter)
Wollheim, Elsie (wife)
Avon Books
Ace Books
DAW Books
Fantasy Amateur Press Association
New York Science Fiction League (show all 7)
Casa Susanna
Awards and honors
First Fandom Hall of Fame Award (1975)
World Fantasy Special Award Nominee (professional, 1975)
World Fantasy Special Award Nominee (professional, publishing and editing, 1976)
World Fantasy Special Award Nominee (professional, DAW Books, 1978)
World Fantasy Special Award Nominee (professional, DAW Books, 1980)
World Fantasy Special Award (professional, DAW Books, 1981) (show all 12)
World Fantasy Convention Award (1986)
World SF Convention Guest of Honor (1988)
Hugo Nominee (Professional Editor, Retro-Hugo, [1946], 1996)
SF Hall Of Fame (Posthumous Inductee, 2002)
Hugo Nominee (Professional Editor, Retro-Hugo, [1954], 2004)
Hugo Nominee (Fan Writer, Retro-Hugo, [1939], 2014)
Short biography
Author, Publisher. Born in New York City, New York, he was a member of the "Futurians", a group of science fiction enthusiasts who would go on to be prominent authors and editors in the field. He was one of the leading influences on the development of science fiction in the United States in the 20th century. He founded DAW Books in 1971 (company designed to produce exclusively science fiction publications), and is remembered for works such as "Across Time," "The Martian Missile," "Destination Saturn," "Two Dozen Dragon Eggs" and "The Man From Ariel."
Disambiguation notice
The Anthology Series World's Best Science Fiction/ Annual World's Best SF/ Wollheim's World's Best SF was republished under various titles with inconsistant numbering. See Series page for more information before separating/combining.



A blast from the past! Sci-fi all the way back to the beginning of the Space Age!

In The Secret of the Ninth Planet, I felt like I was reading a Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon story from the 1930s. Set in the far future (sometime around now, I expect) but written when there was very little information available on the outer planets (Martian canals anyone?). Donald A Wollheim's young adult story of high schooler Burl Denning and how he gets roped into saving the planet is a fun, but scientifically inaccurate page turner.

Part of Wollheim's "Secret" series for younger readers, the novel brilliantly captures the era's optimism and curiosity about space exploration (albeit with a somewhat military and xenophobic bent). It's a decent blend of science fiction and youthful adventure, capturing the spirit of exploration and the boundless possibilities of the universe. While the scientific inaccuracies are blatant by today's standards, they add a retro feel to the narrative, reminiscent of classic pulp science fiction.

The "Secret" series, a staple in young adult science fiction when I was growing up, also includes titles like The Secret of Saturn's Rings and The Secret of the Martian Moons, each one taking the young protagonists on fantastic journeys across the solar system. This series, much like his renowned "Mike Mars" series, showcases Wollheim's talent for engaging young readers with a mix of adventure and science, albeit with a fanciful twist.

Beyond his work as an author, Wollheim was instrumental in shaping the science fiction community as we know it today. Often referred to as the father of the modern science fiction convention, he played a pivotal role in organizing the first of these gatherings, setting the stage for what would eventually evolve into massive events like Worldcon. His influence extended beyond literature into the very fabric of sci-fi culture, fostering a community where enthusiasts and creators could come together to innovate in the genre.

If you come across a copy of The Secret of the Ninth Planet, it's a nostalgic gem worth picking up. The book is a delightful snapshot of a bygone era of science fiction, brimming with adventure and wonder. It's a good read for those who appreciate simple sci-fi and enjoy fantastical stories as imagined through the lens of the Sputnik era.
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howermj | 2 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
I had this as a teenager: a hardback I'd gotten from the Science Fiction Book Club, back when 'book club editions' were these fake-you-out things shoddily constructed from poor paper and too-little glue, intended to fool you into thinking "wow! I'm getting hardback books at SUCH a bargain!" ... before they fell apart on you.

I recall the paper had a very distinctive smell, too.

The star in this collection was -- for me anyway -- Michael Bishop's "Death and Designation Among the Asadi," from which I can still recall a few scenes with some vividness.… (more)
tungsten_peerts | 1 other review | Apr 30, 2022 |
review of
E.C.Tubb's / David Grinnell's The Jester at Scar / To Venus! To Venus!
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 14-16, 2019

I've only read one other Grinnell bk, The Edge of Time (my review's here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2606946933 ). Here's an excerpt from that review:

"As for the Grinnell? I liked it. His name seemed vaguely familiar so I did a little online research & learned from Wikipedia that:

""Donald Allen Wollheim (October 1, 1914 – November 2, 1990) was an American science fiction editor, publisher, writer, and fan. As an author, he published under his own name as well as under pseudonyms, including David Grinnell.

""A founding member of the Futurians, he was a leading influence on science fiction development and fandom in the 20th-century United States.

""Ursula K. Le Guin called Wollheim "the tough, reliable editor of Ace Books, in the Late Pulpalignean Era, 1966 and ’67, " which is when he published her first two novels, in an Ace Double."

"- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Wollheim

"I'm impressed. I tend to think of the Futurians as the founders of 'zines, even tho that's probably not historically accurate. I reckon he used a pen-name to avoid criticism that he was publishing his own work. Dunno. I have plenty of bks published by Ace & by DAW Books, another press I take for granted was his given the 'coincidence' of the initials. Now I'll remember him & look for more of his work."

As w/ The Edge of Time I'd say Grinnell/Wollheim leans toward the Hard Science end of the SF spectrum. But before I get into that, I'll start w/ the E.C.Tubb side of this Ace Double. I think this is probably the 1st Tubb I've read.

The main character, Dumarest, was born on Earth but moved away as a child. Now, the people he encounters on other planets think that Earth is just a myth.

"Dumarest looked down at his hand where it was clenched around the glass. "Earth is no legend," he said flatly. "The planet is real and, one day, I shall find it."" - p 15

The "Jester" of the title is the ruler of the planet Jest who's recently married. As, I suppose, has always been typical of marriages between royalties, the marriage is one of financial benefit or alliance rather than one based around, say, a shared affection for cross-breeding Virmillion hot-dogs w/ Poontangian fruit-waterers.

"He glanced at her, noting the thin arrogance of her profile, the imperious tilt of her head. Strange how those with the least reason adapted the greater dignity, stranger still how the bare facts could be transmuted by pompous phraseology. He, the ruler of Jest, had married the daughter of Elgone, the Elder of Eldfane. If the people thought of it as a love-match, they were more stupid than he guessed. As a dowry she had brought him one hundred thousand tons of basic staples, the revenues from her estate on Eldfane, a million units of trading credit to be used on her home world, the services of an engineering corps for three years; and the promise of an obsolete space vessel when one should be available." - p 20

& all I got was this lousy t-shirt. Given that, I probably wdn't've been able to resist the suit.

""I see," said Dumarest. He frowned at the mechanism riding between the shoulders. "What would happen if I fell and buried my shoulders deep in mud?"

""The air-cell would continue to work under all conditions, sir."

""And suppose, at the same time, a fungi exploded and coated me with dangerous spores?"

""The filters would take care of that. Spores down to microscopic dimensions would be caught in one or the other of the treble filters. I am perfectly willing to deonstrate the suit under any conditions you may select, sir."

""Do that," suggested Dumarest. "Wear one and follow an expedition; test it as they order. If you remain alive and well you may possibly sell them—next year."" - p 28

When I went shopping for a suit & I duplicated Dumarest's apparently wise consumer savvy I was thrown out of the store, & none too gently. It was obvious that they weren't mycologists. But what about Tubb?

"Dumarest took a small folder from his pocket. It was filled with colored depictions of various types of fungi both in their early stage of growth and at maturity. He riffled the pages and found what he wanted. Holding the page beside the hemispheres at his side he checked each of fifteen confirming details.

"Slowly he put the book away.

"It was the dream of every prospector on Scar. It was the jackpot, the big find, the one thing which could make them what they wanted to be. There were the rare and fabulously valuable motes which could live within the human metabolism, acting as a symbiote and giving longevity, heightened awareness, enhanced sensory appreciation and increased endurance.

"There was golden spore all around him, in a place which he had almost died to find." - p 42

Any story in wch flipping a coin is featured can't be all bad. Instead of organizing my bks on shelves by color, I organize them by whether they have coin tosses or not. That's my only criteria of differentiation.

"A coin rested beside the bottle."

[Yes, coins, too, get tired. Esp coins in Money Against Capitalism ( https://youtu.be/-yi9PTR99xE ).]

"He picked it up and tossed it to Heldar. "Look at it," he invited. "It will decide your fate."

""My lord?"

"On one side you will see the head of a man. I have scratched a line across his cheek, a scar. The other side bears the arms of Jest. Spin the coin. Should it fall with that side uppermost you will receive your needed treatment, but if the other side whould be uppermost, the scar, then you belong to this world and I will not help you."" - p 49

Instead, Heldar shoved the coin in Jocelyn's nose slot, pulled his leg, & collected the harvest from his mouth.

"This batch was for testing and disposal. The rest would be for slicing and dehydrating by a quick-freeze process which kept the flavor intact. It would be packed for the markets of a hundred worlds. Gourmets light years apart would relish the soups and ragouts made from the fungi harvested on Scar." - p 62

All that just from one sovereign's mouth. What if he'd pulled on his cock-ring?

"Verification of anticipated movement of quarry received. Obtain ring and destroy Dumarest. - p 81


I really got this bk for David Grinnell's To Venus! To Venus! & that's mainly b/c

"His left earphone was tuned in to the wavelength of Jim Holmes, who was his target. Jim had been fulfilling his assignment of cruising the surface in the ungainly looking but very efficient moonwalker when the machine had suddenly stopped operating. Chet hoped to get it restarted.

"His right earphone received the wavelength of the mother ship, which would eventually take everybody back to Earth. It took a bit of getting used to, this business of receiving two channels simultaneously, but it had been covered in the intensive training he had received, and now he could listen to two conversations at the same time and make sense of both." - p 6

Some people are bipolar, others are binaural, others write about the space race between the USA & the USSR. Pierre Boulle, e.g..

"["]Operation Immediate is the name which covers the three volunteers, their back-up and support unit and all the equipment necessary to achieve a manned landing on the southern hemisphere of Venus."" - p 32

Next thing ya know it was like a wormhole had opened up between p 32 & p 57 & the astronauts were THERE.

"Particularly, although the changeover from the dull routine of the many weeks into the bustle of the final days had caused a stir of excitement and a loss of sleep, on the eve of their arrival all three had settled down to the task which they had in hand. They all slept blissfully when their turn came, and when the orbital countdown began they were at their places, alert, relaxed and ready. The rockets roared, slowing their approach, and orbit was achieved perfectly. The fellows looked at each other and smiled broadly. They were about to embark on the most dangerous part of their mission. But the successful voyage which had covered twenty-five million miles had been capped by a beautifully simple functioning of all systems. So they forgot the dangers and were buoyed by confidence in their equipment and the scientists of the Agency who had engineered their exploration." - p 57

"Outside the fierce storm caused the clouds to boil heavily; dust, pebbles, stones and small rocks were caught by the hurricane winds and hurled like buckshot indiscriminately in every direction. The landing vehicle swayed in the strong gusts. But Chet's attention was riveted on the thremometer. The temperature outside was close to five hundred degrees! The auxiliary thermometer registered the same." - p 60

Heating up those frozen pizzas w/o burning them is going to be tricky.

"Then he continued: "A report from Venera, Lieutenant-colonel Yarmonkine commanding, whose point of origin was verified by Jodrell, says that the Russian crew have effected a soft landing in the southern hemisphere of Venus. The report describes tropical jungle scenery, breathable air and habitable land. They say they are comfortable without life-support systems of any kind and are currently conducting tests. Please advise when possible. End of message."" - p 65

Then everyone died in every bk & all the readers discovered themselves to be in excellent health, very happy, inspired, & immortal. THE END.
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tENTATIVELY | 1 other review | Apr 3, 2022 |
review of
David Grinnell's / John Brunner's The Edge of Time / The 100th Millenium
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 26, 2018

I got this for the Brunner only to realize, as has happened many times w/ Brunners published by Ace Doubles, that I'd already read the novel in an expanded form under a different title. The 100th Millenium (110 pp) = an early version of Catch a Falling Star (213 pp). I didn't bother to read The 100th Millenium to compare them. My review of Catch a Falling Star is here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11294192-catch-a-falling-star .

As for the Grinnell? I liked it. His name seemed vaguely familiar so I did a little online research & learned from Wikipedia that:

"Donald Allen Wollheim (October 1, 1914 – November 2, 1990) was an American science fiction editor, publisher, writer, and fan. As an author, he published under his own name as well as under pseudonyms, including David Grinnell.

"A founding member of the Futurians, he was a leading influence on science fiction development and fandom in the 20th-century United States.

"Ursula K. Le Guin called Wollheim "the tough, reliable editor of Ace Books, in the Late Pulpalignean Era, 1966 and ’67, " which is when he published her first two novels, in an Ace Double."

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Wollheim

I'm impressed. I tend to think of the Futurians as the founders of 'zines, even tho that's probably not historically accurate. I reckon he used a pen-name to avoid criticism that he was publishing his own work. Dunno. I have plenty of bks published by Ace & by DAW Books, another press I take for granted was his given the 'coincidence' of the initials. Now I'll remember him & look for more of his work. I thought this had a nice beginning:

"William Bassett had just returned to his tractor when the dinosaurs appeared. Properly speaking, it was not the saurians he saw first, it was the jungle. He had just climbed onto the seat of his machine, preparatory to resuming his early spring plowing, when the entire back forty of his fields just up and vanished.

"In its place was a wall of jungle, a belt of giant green growth that stretched as far as the eye could see. It was thick, lush as the most primitive primeval jungle could be. Bassett had an impression of thick greenery, not trees, but the raw violent green of tropical grass and fern grown to the height of mighty pines." - p 5

That got me interested. The main character is a reporter sent out to investigate this & various other mysterious sightings:

"Seated at a desk on the seventy-fourth floor of the Carlyle Publications Building, Warren Alton stared thoughtfully at a sheaf of news clipping before him. What he wondered, was all this leading to? All around him the huge room hummed as the staff of the national picture weekly, People, worked feverishly at desks stacked high with papers and pictures to get out the next issue." - p 7

Now, this bk was published in 1958. The People magazine that exists in the non-fictional world began in March, 1974. According to Wikipedia, "The concept for People has been attributed to Andrew Heiskell, Time Inc.'s chief executive officer at the time and the former publisher of the weekly Life magazine." ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_(magazine) ) It looks like 'David Grinnell' deserves some of that credit.

"C. B. Carlyle had built up his key magazine, People. until it was a rival to Luce's life and Cowles' Look." - p 10

The reporter & the photographer assigned to the same case stumble into a scientific experiment to wch they get reassigned in some skullduggery meant to keep them from spreading the news prematurely. The photographer's female.

"Marge stood up and looked around. "I hope I'm not the only girl at the party."

"Enderby laughed. "Oh no, Miss McElroy. We have at least two ladies on our staff—our capable cook and our housekeeper. So, you'll not be entirely on your own . . ." - p 39

As Warren & Marge are let in on the secrets their minds boggle at what seems paradoxical:

"Warren stared at him. "Impossible. You are contradicting yourself. First you say it is not a projection or delusion, and is here. Then you say it is millions of times larger than this whole room—or maybe our whole world. It cannot be both."

""It cannot, and yet it is," said Steiner firmly. "This is a genuine universe we have here. It occupies a space of its own. It is not part of our own space. Within its own being, its size is as great as that of our entire galaxy; it stretches many hundreds of light years, yet to us, who are outside its space-time continuum, it seems small." - p 44

In other words,

""The result of the experiment, the achievement of bringing a particle of matter to infinite mass and infinite length at absolute zero was the creation of a thing which could not exist in our universe.["]" - p 48

I wish I'd been picked up hitchhiking by someone who told me about these sorts of things.

"["]It is about a hundred thousand light years in diameter. We know this is so, for that is the true measure of the speed of light within this microcosm. Its light, which travels at the same speed as our own light and has the same proerties, would take a ray one hundred thousand revolutions of one of its Earth-type planets around its primary sun to cross from one edge of this micro-universe to the other.["]" - p 49

But, wait, it gets even better. As usual, I'm trying to not spoil the plot for you but to still give you highlights in such a way as to perk yr interest. The experimenters & the beings in the galaxy they created can interface. Warren enters the body of an astronaut on one of the experiment-encapsulated planets:

"As Warren's voice began to reply, he sensed a part of his mind was sitting back astounded. The transferal had been a success. The mind of Warren Alton was now that of some being calling himself Dan Wool-house—this last name was in the native language, of course, but this language was entirely familiar to the brain Warren occupied. This Commander was a rocket pilot—was, in fact, the man selected by the military forces of his country, the Councilary Democracy of Souva on the planet Komar, to be the Columbus of Space for that world." - p 75

"To Lo the speech was only another dread milestone before the day of departure. He was willing; he had been selected by test—a spaceman of great experience. His family had acquiesced. As a matter of fact, Lo's wife would go into special suspended animation at a local hospital and be kept under until his return. He would not lose his mate. As for his sons, they would go on, they would be fully matured men by his return." - p 91

I asked one of my girlfriends to go into suspended animation for me when I had to go out of town for a job that might take a while. She sd I was asking too much. But she told me she loved me! Was I being unreasonable?

What do you call a cliff-hanger in space where there's no gravity?

"Neith matched his great ship's pace to that of the stranger and the two ran on, heading, he determined, for a star glowing ahead of them, whose rays could be seen lighting a family of seven planets. A tiny globe detached itself from the stranger and worked its way across space to the side of the Formidable. There was a knock at the particular hull-port where the space-boat came to rest. Neith himself got up to go and meet the strangers, and he felt himself in a curious state of mental exaltation and alarm. This was a moment in history of great significance. He felt drained as he walked to the port, and as he walked he seemed to get dizzy; he felt a moment of vertigo. . . .

"Warren, at that instant, recovered consciousness in the transferal chamber at Thunderhook Mountain." - p 110

In this created galaxy, the observers get to witness progress over many thousands of yrs rather than at the time-speed that they experienced in their own reality.

"In essence, the solution had been found in quite the same way as the men of Thunderhook had transfered their minds. Not in mind-power, but in the deliberate creation of blocks of matter so exactly balanced that they vibrated in precise sympathy with each other. For such a block would vibrate simultaneously with its phased companion, regardless of whether a galaxy separated the two units. As a result of this, it had been possible to set up whole communication systems for the exchange of messages and vision across a hundred thousand worlds simultaneously." - p 115

You expect me to believe that?

""It is limited by the encysting forces of our space-time continuum, a segment of which has been torn apart to allow it to exist, but which is also governed by space-time resistance. It is further checked by the application of atomic power generated here at our own plant. This augments the natural resistance of our own universe and which, working together, is capable of equaling the total energy of the micro-universe itself." - p 121

Now, an attentive reader might ask: 'What if?' & I'll go no further. This was a well-thought-thru story that I throughly enjoyed. Thank you, DAW>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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