Floyd L. Wallace had, for a decade, a prospering career as a science fiction author. During that time he had two dozen stories published, many of them in Galaxy, one of the more prestigious magazines of the time. He also had a novel, Address: Centauri published. In addition to science fiction, he wrote mysteries and had a number of stories published, as well as two mystery novels, Three Times a Victim and Wired for Scandal. And then he stopped writing.
It’s not clear why this happened. He did have another career as an engineer which undoubtedly paid more. He might just have gotten tired of the work involved. Isaac Asimov, in notes printed in one of his anthologies that included a Wallace story speculated that as Wallace had most of his work published in Galaxy while H. L. Gold was the editor, when that editor passed away, he no longer wanted to or felt like he could write for another editor. When several of his works were anthologized in the 80’s he indicated that he was thinking of writing again, but as far as I know, nothing ever came of this.
What we are left with is a legacy of two dozen stories. Quite good stories in general. Several of the stories included here have been anthologized, some more than once, in particular, “Student Body,” “The Deadly Ones,” and “Delay in Transit.”
The eleven stories included in this volume are a varied lot. There are short stories, novella length stories, serious stories, humorous stories. Several of the stories, “Bolden’s Pet,” and “Student Body” deal with alien ecologies. “Mezzerow Loves Company” is about the pitfalls of dealing with a galaxy wide bureaucracy, while “The Deadly Ones” is a tale of Vampires vs. Flying Saucers. Wallace’s affinity for mystery and intrigue are evident in “Tangle Hold,” “Forget Me Nearly,” and “Delay in Transit.” In “The Impossible Voyage Home,” Wallace presents a surprising solution to the problems radiation present to space travel, and “Accidental Flight” deals with another group for which space flight is the only way out. “Second Landing” is a Christmas story of sorts, while “End As a World” is a thoughtful, gentle look at a young boy as his world changes forever.
With these examples, one could wish that Floyd Wallace had extended his career. He certainly hadn’t run out of ideas or talent. Unfortunately, he didn’t, so his work is bounded by and limited to that most productive era in science fiction, the 50’s. With that in mind, Resurrected Press is proud to bring you this collection of stories in Wallace Resurrected. Order the book here!