Samuel R. Delany & Marilyn Hacker : QUARK/


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This "quarterly of speculative fiction," in slightly pricey for the time original paperbacks, was the most experimental, overtly New Wave series of the era. Delany and his poet wife Hacker included poetry, pages of illustrations (e.g. 12 over 20 pages, some erotic, by Russell Fitzgerald, in the first volume), and (also in the first volume) an essay by Delany on critical methods in science fiction. While most contributors were new the field (e.g. an early Gardner Dozois story) there were also veterans like A.E. van Vogt and Larry Niven. Niven's relatively conventional story (in volume four) was the only story to be nominated for a Hugo (or Nebula).

The series was notable for placing author names at the end of each story, rather than below the title, as if to encourage the reader to approach each story without preconceptions. Authors were nevertheless listed on the table of contents--except for volume two, where the TOC was omitted. SFE notes that the series, lasting only four volumes, "sold well, but the hostile critical reaction caused the publisher to close it down."

  • QUARK/1, (Paperback Library, 1970) [isfdb]
  • QUARK/2, (Paperback Library, 1971) [isfdb]
  • QUARK/3, (Paperback Library, 1971) [isfdb]
  • QUARK/4, (Paperback Library, 1971) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Helen Adam
  • Daughter of Roses -- Vol. #1
  • The True Reason for the Dreadful Death of Mr. Rex Arundel -- Vol. #4
  • Hilary Bailey
  • Dogman of Islington -- Vol. #1
  • Twenty-Four Letters from Under the Earth -- Vol. #3
  • Gregory Benford
  • Inalienable Rite -- Vol. #1
  • Joan Bernott
  • My Father's Guest -- Vol. #1
  • The Way Home -- Vol. #2
  • Sandy Boucher
  • Shades -- Vol. #1
  • John Brunner
  • The Inception of the Epoch of Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid -- Vol. #2
  • Edward Bryant
  • Adrift on the Freeway -- Vol. #1
  • Among the Dead -- Vol. #2
  • Marco Cacchioni
  • The Song of Passing -- Vol. #4
  • Avram Davidson
  • Basileikon: Summer -- Vol. #4
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Dog in a Fisherman's Net -- Vol. #3
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Bodies -- Vol. #4
  • Let Us Quickly Hasten to the Gate of Ivory -- Vol. #1
  • The Planet Arcadia -- Vol. #2
  • Sonya Dorman
  • Bitching It -- Vol. #2
  • Vanishing Points -- Vol. #3
  • Gardner Dozois
  • The Sound of Muzak -- Vol. #1
  • Gordon Eklund
  • Home Again, Home Again -- Vol. #3
  • Ramona, Come Softly -- Vol. #1
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • A Possible Episode in the Picaresque Adventures of Mr. J.H.B. Monstrosee -- Vol. #2
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • Brass and Gold, or Horse and Zeppelin in Beverly Hills -- Vol. #4
  • The Voice of the Sonar in My Vermiform Appendix -- Vol. #2
  • Russell Fitzgerald
  • The Last Supper -- Vol. #2
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • Landscape for Insurrection -- Vol. #2
  • Nightsong -- Vol. #4
  • M. John Harrison
  • Ring of Pain -- Vol. #3
  • H. B. Hickey
  • Gone Are the Lupo -- Vol. #1
  • Richard Hill
  • Brave Salt -- Vol. #3
  • James Keilty
  • The People of Prashad -- Vol. #2
  • Virginia Kidd
  • Balls: A Meditation at the Graveside -- Vol. #3
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • The Cliff Climbers -- Vol. #1
  • Incased in Ancient Rind -- Vol. #3
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Trip to the Head -- Vol. #1
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Gold, Black, and Silver -- Vol. #2
  • Link
  • Getting to Know You -- Vol. #1
  • Gail Madonia
  • Acid Soap Opera -- Vol. #4
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Cages -- Vol. #4
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Voortrekker -- Vol. #4
  • Larry Niven
  • The Fourth Profession -- Vol. #4
  • Marek Obtulowicz
  • A Man of Letters -- Vol. #4
  • Trojak -- Vol. #2
  • Alexei Panshin
  • Arpad -- Vol. #2
  • Christopher Priest
  • Fire Storm -- Vol. #1
  • Joanna Russ
  • The View from This Window -- Vol. #1
  • The Zanzibar Cat -- Vol. #3
  • James Sallis
  • Field -- Vol. #3
  • Mensuration -- Vol. #2
  • Josephine Saxton
  • Nature Boy -- Vol. #3
  • John Sladek
  • The Interstate -- Vol. #2
  • George Stanley
  • Orion -- Vol. #1
  • To the Child Whose Birth Will Change the Way the Universe Works -- Vol. #3
  • Leland Stoney
  • The Village -- Vol. #2
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Carthing -- Vol. #1
  • Tom Veitch
  • A Sexual Song -- Vol. #3
  • Brian Vickers
  • The Coded Sun Game -- Vol. #3
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? -- Vol. #3
  • Laurence Yep
  • The Electric Neon Mermaid -- Vol. #2

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