Science-Fiction Studies
#28 (Vol. 9, Part 3),
Nov. 1982.
Notes and Correspondence
pp 342-346

The Angenot-Khouri Bihliography of Prehistoric Fiction:
Additions, Corrections, and Comment

The impressive "International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction" by Marc Angenot and Nadia Khouri (in SFS No. 23) is almost equally impressive for what it omits. How fragmented SF scholarship is still! Perhaps no one in the US could have compiled their list of Continental sources, and few their Victoriana. On the other hand, no US researcher would have failed to check for reprints in Contento's Index, no properly raised Anglo-Saxon would have omitted Kipling's juveniles or the horrid fate of Huxley's Fifth Earl of Gonister, and not the most amateurish filler-writer for fanzines could have forgotten Cleve Cartmill's archetypally Nietzschean "The Link" (reprinted from ASF in Adventures in Time and Space)!

Given the number of addenda and corrigenda that follow, the authors may need to tighten their topic further. Can "prehistoric fiction" feature primitive humanoids beyond Tellus-Le Guin's green Athsheans, De Camp's tailed Krishnans, the Yahoos of Davidson's "And Now Let Us Sleep"? If the cut-off line runs between Stone and Bronze Ages, what about Paleo-Indians or even non-metal-using foraging societies today? Nay, what of that first citizen of the Pacific Northwest, beloved Bigfoot? All four yeti/sasquatch stories listed below (by Aandahl, Brown, Cotter, and Pangborn) raise the significant issue of miscegenation, and no doubt they are only the top of the iceberg.

In the list of addenda and corrigenda below, I have, for economy, augmented the abbreviations PR (prehistoric romance) and LW (lost world) with SS (simian society), LF (living fossil), J (juvenile), and some obvious acronyms for magazine titles (also: s.p.=same place, same publisher).

1. Corrigenda

Aldiss. Neanderthal Planet: first pub. Science Fiction Adventures, Sept. 1960; only pp. 9-58 in book by same title.

Chester. Kioga stories: cf. DAW paperback reprints.

De Camp. Genus Homo: not devolution, but human LFs revived à la Rip Van Winkle in SS of distant future.

______. "Living Fossil": here too, LFs are humans (devolved) and monkeys dominant; rpt. in Gates to Tomorrow, ed. André Norton and Ernestine Donaldy, NY: Atheneum, 1973.

______. "Throwback": devolution by selective breeding; also rpt. in his A Gun for Dinosaur. Garden City: Doubleday; NY: Modern Literary Editions, 1963.

Del Rey, "Day is Done": also rpt. in his And Some Were Human. Prime Press, 1948; Ballantine, 1961; and in The Best of Lester Del Rey, Ballantine, 1978; in Operation Future, ed. Groff Conklin. Perma Books, 1955; and in Where Do We Go from Here? ed. Isaac Asimov. Garden City: Doubleday, 1971.

______. "The Renegade": also rpt. in his And Some Were Human.

Hamlin. Alley Oop: not only LF but PR (when Oop is home with the dinosaurs in Moo).

Marshall. Ogden's Strange Story: not PR but psychological reversion to primitive after head injury.

2. Addenda

Aandahl, Vance. "An Adventure in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness," F&SF, Aug. 1969; rpt. in The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 19th ser., ed. Edward L. Ferman. Garden City: Doubleday, 1971. Bigfoot.

Aldiss, Brian W. "Matrix," Science Fantasy, Oct. 1962; rpt. as "Danger: Religion!" in his Neanderthal Planet. NY: Avon, 1969; and in The Inner Landscape, ed. Michael Moorcock. NY: Paperback Library, 1971. Crosstime adventure terminates in SS.

Anderson, Poul. "The Long Remembering," F&SF, Nov. 1957; rpt. in his Homeward and Beyond. Garden City: Doubleday, 1975; in Science Fiction Showcase, ed. Mary Kornbluth. Doubleday, 1959; and in Trips in Time, ed. Robert Silverberg. Nashville & NY: Thomas Nelson, 1977. Psychic time travel into PR, à la Allan Quatermain.

Asimov, Isaac. "The Ugly Little Boy" (alias: "Lastborn"), Galaxy, Sept. 1958; rpt. In his Nine Tomorrows. Garden City: Doubleday, 1959, and Tomorrow's Children. Doubleday, 1966; also in The Worlds of Science Fiction, ed. Robert Mills. NY: Paperback Library, 1963; and in Dimension X, ed. Damon Knight, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1970. LF brought forward forcibly by time machine.

Auel, Jean M. The Clan of the Cave Bear. NY: Crown, 1980; Bantam, 1981. PR.

Bennet, Robert Ames. The Bowl of Baal. Serial in All Around, Nov. 1916-Feb. 1917; book pub., West Kingston, RI: Donald M. Grant, 1975. LW.

Boucher, Anthony. "The First," F&SF, Oct. 1952; rpt. in his Far and Away. NY: Ballantine, 1954. Whimsical PR.

Brown, Fredric. "Abominable," Dude, March, 1960; rpt. in his Nightmares and Geezenstacks. NY: Bantam, 1961, and in The Best of Fredric Brown. NY: Ballantine, 1977. Yeti.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice. "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw," Argosy, Feb. 1937; rpt in his Tales of Three Planets. Canaveral, 1964; in Masterpieces of Science Fiction, ed. Sam Moskowitz, NY: World, 1966; and in The Fantastic Pulps, ed. Peter Haining. NY: St Martin's, 1975. LF (Rip Van Winkle type).

Cartmill, Cleve. "The Link," ASF, Aug. 1942; rpt. in Adventures in Time and Space, ed. Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas. NY: Random House, 1946; and in Political Science Fiction, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Patricia S. Warrick, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974. PR (Angenot and Khouri's classic "gifted individual" type).

Cotter, John, and Judith Frankle (pseuds. of Jack Couffer?). Nights with Sasquatch. NY: Berkley, 1977. Just what the title suggests.

Crichton, Michael. Eaters of the Dead. NY: Knopf, 1976. LFs in 10th-century Scandinavia.'

De Camp, L. Sprague. "The Gnarly Man," Unknown, June, 1939; rpt. in his The Wheels of If. Chicago: Shasta, 1948; NY: Berkley, 1970; and in The Best of L. Sprague De Camp. NY: Ballantine, 1978. LF (Wandering Gentile type).

______. [Title unknown; "amateurish little caveman tale" in pre-WWII Golden Fleece, apud De Camp, Best, p. 356.]

De Ford, Miriam Allen. "The Apotheosis of Ki," F&SF, Mar. 1956; rpt. in her Elsewhere, Elsewhen, Elsehow. NY: Walker, 1971, and in Special Wonder, ed. J. Francis McComas. NY: Random House, 1970. PR with extraterrestrials.

______. "The Colony," F&SF, May 1966; rpt. in her Elsewhere .... Ditto.

Del Rey, Lester. The Cave of Spears. NY: Knopf, 1957. PR, J.

______. The Infinite Worlds of Maybe. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966. Crosstimers visit SS and ice-age cavefolk; J.

______. Tunnel Through Time. NY: Scholastic Book Services, 1966. Time-travel to mammoths and paleo-Indians; J.

Farmer, Philip Josh. "The Alley Man," F&SF, June, 1959; rpt. in his The Alley God. NY: Ballantine, 1962; and in The Book of Philip Jose Farmer. NY: DAW, 1973; Berkley, 1982. LF.

Garrett, Randall. "Frost and Thunder," Asimov's SF Adventure Magazine, Summer 1979; rpt. in The Best of Randall Garrett, ed. Robert Silverberg. NY: Pocket Books, 1982. PR (Stone Age Scandinavia).

Hart, Johnny. B.C. Comic Strip and paperback series since 1960s.

Hawkes, Jacquetta. Providence Island. London: Chatto & Windus, 1959. Magdalenean survivors in South Pacific, apud Nicholls' Encyclopedia, s.v. "Anthropology" and "Hawkes."

Huxley, Aldous. After Many a Summer. 1937. Devolution.

Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories. 1902. PR: "How the First Letter was Written," "How the Alphabet was Made," "The Cat that Walked by Himself," "The Tabu Tale." J.

Krahn, Fernando. The Great Ape. NY: Viking Press; London: Kestrel Books, 1978. Cartoon send-up of King Kong.

______. "The Knife and the Naked Chalk," in his Rewards and Fairies, 1909. PR.

______. "The Story of Ung" (1894), "The First Chantey" (1895), "In the Neolithic Age" (1895). Satiric verse PR.

Kurten Björn. Den svarta tigern. Stockholm: Alba, 197; trans. as Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age. NY: Pantheon, 1980; Berkley, 1981. PR.

Lamprey, L. Children of Ancient Britain. Boston: Little, Brown, 1921. J/PR.

Laumer, Keith. The Other Side of Time. Serial in Amazing, Apr.-June 1965; fix-up NY: Signet, 1972. Crosstime shoot-'em-up includes scenes and characters from SS.

Machen Arthur. "The Shining Pyramid," in The Unknown World, May, 1895; perennial reprints. "Little Folk" euhemerized as pre-Celtic Turanian troglodytes.

MacFarlane, W. "To Make a New Neanderthal," Analog, Sept. 1971; rpt. in Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, ed. Lester Del Rey, NY: Dutton, 1972. Devolution.

Miller, J.J. "Wonders of the Gods?" Fantastic Science Fiction, Oct. 1980. PR with visiting extraterrestrial.

Miller, P. Schuyler. "Old Man Mulligan," ASF, Dec. 1940; rpt. in his The Titan. Fantasy Press, 1952. LF, apud De Camp, Best .... p. 358.

Nesbit [Bland], E. The Story of the Amulet. NY: Dutton, 1907. Time-travelling youth stops off in neolithic Egypt as conceived by E.A. Wallis Budge. J.

Neville, Kris. "Run, the Spearmaker," Riverside Quarterly, Aug. 1967. PR.

Norton, André. The Time Traders. Cleveland & NY: World, 1958; Ace pb. Time-travel PR (Beaker culture).

______. Galactic Derelict. s.p., 1959. Sequel to above; Folsom culture.

Niven Larry. "There's a Wolf in my Time Machine," F&SF, June 1971, rpt. in his The Flight of the Horse. NY: Ballantine, 1970; in Zoo 2000, ed. Jane Yolen, NY: Seabury, 1973. Alternate timeline domesticates Homo habilis.

Pangborn, Edgar. "Longtooth." F&SF, Jan. 1960; rpt. in his Good Neighbors, NY: Macmillan, 1975; in The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 19th ser., ed. Edward L. Ferman. Garden City: Doubleday, 1971; and in New Worlds of Fantasy No. 3, ed. Terry Carr. NY: Ace, 1971. Bigfoot in Maine.

Porter, Eugene. "The Children of Cain," Galileo, Sept. 1978. PR with extraterrestrials and time traveller.

Price, Roger. J. G. the Upright Ape. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1960. Humanized ape looks at humanity.

Sheffield, Charles. "Forefather Figure," in A Spadeful of Spacetime, ed. Fred Saberhagen. NY: Ace, 1981. LF (Endor type).

Smith, L. Neil. The Probability Broach. NY: Ballantine, 1980; The Venus Belt, s.p., 1981. Alternate universe where apes (and whales) have equal rights.

Thomas, Ted. "The Doctor," in Orbit 2, ed. Damon Knight. NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1967; and in Best Stories from Orbit, Volumes 1-10. NY: Berkley, 1975; and in Alpha One, ed. Robert Silverberg. NY: Ballantine, 1970. PR among Neanderthalers in Pennsylvania.

Vance, Jack. "DP!" Avon SF & Fantasy Reader, Apr. 1953; rpt. in The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954, ed. Everett F. Bleiler and T.E. Dikty. NY: Frederick Fell, 1954; and in Political Science Fiction, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Patricia S. Warrick, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1974. LF holocaust.

Vimereu, Paul. César dans l'île de Pan. Paris: Editions du Siècle, 2nd ed. 1923. SS ruled by escaped Napoleon, apud Versins, pp. 237, 623.

—Gordon B. Chamberlain