Let’s Solve A Science Fiction Puzzle from the July 1975 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Edward L. Ferman

Let’s solve a SF acrostic from the July 1975 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction together! Put your answers in the comments. Here is a link to the original. Prove your SFF knowledge 1975 style! (hah)

I’ll get us started. Depending on the level of participation, I’ll update the document as we go.

O. Author of Commune 2000 A.D. = Mack Reynolds

U. He had a rendezvous with a Nebula = Arthur

EDIT: The puzzle has been updated 12/16 (10:28 EST)

EDIT 2: A reader and participant completed the entire puzzle here! Thanks everyone for participating! They also identified errors that the puzzle creator made — they spelled Doris Piserchia’s name as Pischeria (yikes!). 


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49 thoughts on “Let’s Solve A Science Fiction Puzzle from the July 1975 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Edward L. Ferman”

    1. Thanks for participating.

      Once we get a few more answers from other participants (if people want to participate), I’ll add the answers to the document.

      She’s quite the original author!

      1. He has two books The Issue at Hand and More Issues at Hand. I have both and like them, but I am an admirer of Blish.

    1. I am very confused about T. You’re absolutely eight about it being the Tenn collection by that name. But 136 is “S” as well according to the last letter in the O answer (Mack Reynolds). Maybe there is a puzzle error… ?

      1. Kind of a proto-PKD gnostic horror. Protagonist finds himself thrown out of the pattern of life and is hunted by others who also exist outside the pattern.

        1. Sounds great. I’ve reviewed a few stories of his here and there in various anthologies on the site — and his collection A Pail of Air (1964)

          https://sciencefictionruminations.com/2013/09/23/book-review-a-pail-of-air-fritz-leiber-1964/

          In the A Pail of Air collection I loved the title story, “Coming Attraction” (1950), “The 64-Square Madhouse” (1962), and “The Foxholes of Mars” (1952)

          If you’re a fan of Leiber and haven’t read it, it might be worth tracking down. Really solid overall.

    1. Good eye. Thank you. My brain… slowly imploding as final grade submission deadlines approach and I have to develop eLearning versions of final exams. I’ll fix it when I update the document tomorrow morning.

      1. “The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological fraud in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. Although there were doubts about its authenticity virtually from the beginning, the remains were still broadly accepted for many years, and the falsity of the hoax was only definitively demonstrated in 1953. An extensive scientific review in 2016 established that amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson was its likely perpetrator.” (Wikipedia)

  1. U. works out to be “Arthur”, not “Clarke”
    J. is “comets”
    B. is a word I’ve never seen before, but I won’t spoil it for you yet.

  2. The author is Robert Sheckley and the work is Mind Swap so that gives the first letters of all the clues – figured it out because the work ends in “swap”

  3. Link to the solved puzzle here. It keeps vanishing, I guess because it’s a link “i.imgur.com/xfKnnWb dot jpg” preface it with h t t p s : / /

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