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Novels and Novellas

The Reproductive System. London: Gollancz, 1968. New York: Ace, 1969, as Mechasm.

Black Alice, with Thomas M. Disch. New York: Doubleday, 1968, as by Thom Demijohn. London: W.H. Allen, 1969.

The Müller-Fokker Effect. London: Hutchinson, 1970. New York: Morrow, 1971.

Black Aura. London: Jonathan Cape, 1974. New York: Walker, 1979. A Thackeray Phin Mystery.

Invisible Green. London: Gollancz, 1977. New York: Walker, 1979. A Thackeray Phin Mystery.

Roderick, or, The Education of a Young Machine. London: Granada, 1981. New York: Timescape, 1982, first 2/3 only. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1987.

Roderick at Random, or, Further Education of a Young Machine. London: Granada, 1983. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1988.

Tik-Tok. London: Gollancz, 1983. New York: DAW, 1985.

Bugs. London: Macmillan, 1989.

Blood and Gingerbread (novella). New Castle, VA: Cheap Street, 1990.

Wholly Smokes (novella). Reading, Berkshire: Ansible E-ditions, 2003.

Collections

The Steam-Driven Boy and Other Strangers. London: Panther, 1973.

23 stories, the last 10 being parodies:

  • The Secret of the Old Custard [first published as "The Babe in the Oven"]
  • The Aggressor
  • The Best-Seller
  • Is There Death on Other Planets?
  • The Happy Breed
  • A Report on the Migrations of Educational Materials
  • The Singular Visitor from Not-Yet
  • The Short, Happy Wife of Mansard Eliot
  • The Momster
  • 1937 A.D.!
  • Secret Identity
  • The Transcendental Sandwich
  • The Steam-Driven Boy
    The Parodies
  • The Purloined Butter (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Pemberly’s Start-Afresh Calliope (H.G. Wells)
  • Ralph 4F (Hugo Gernsback)
  • Engineer to the Gods (Robert Heinlein)
  • Broot Force (Isaac Asimov)
  • Joy Ride (Ray Bradbury)
  • The Moon is Sixpence (Arthur C. Clarke)
  • Solar Shoe-Salesman (Philip K. Dick)
  • One Damned Thing after Another (Cordwainer Smith)
  • The Sublimation World (J.G. Ballard)

Keep the Giraffe Burning. London: Panther, 1978.

Wrongly dated 1977 on copyright page. 17 stories:

  • Foreword
  • Elephant with Wooden Leg
  • The Design
  • The Master Plan
  • Flatland
  • A Game of Jump
  • The Hammer of Evil
  • The Locked Room
  • Another Look
  • Space Shoes of the Gods
  • The Poets of Millgrove, Iowa
  • The Commentaries
  • Heavens Below: Fifteen Utopias
    – listed in some bibliographies as 15 short-shorts: "Getting There Is (n-1/n)th the Fun", "The Bright Side", "Mr. and Ms. America", "Empty Promise", "The Paradise Problem", "What Changed Doyster's Mind", "Handout", "Assessment", "Art News", "Pax Gurney", "A Fable", "Utopia: A Financial Report", "Utopiary", "Luck", and "A Picnic".
  • Scenes from Rural Life
  • The Secret of the Old Custard (repeated from The Steam-Driven Boy)
  • Undecember
  • The Great Wall of Mexico
  • Afterword

The Best of John Sladek. New York: Pocket Books, 1981.

26 stories, selected from The Steam-Driven Boy and Keep the Giraffe Burning.

  • The Secret of the Old Custard
  • The Poets of Millgrove, Iowa
  • The Best-Seller
  • Is There Death on Other Planets?
  • The Happy Breed
  • The Singular Visitor from Not-Yet
  • The Short, Happy Wife of Mansard Eliot
  • The Momster
  • 1937 A.D.!
  • The Transcendental Sandwich
  • The Steam-Driven Boy
  • Elephant with Wooden Leg
  • The Locked Room
  • The Face
  • Heavens Below: Fifteen Utopias
    (see Keep the Giraffe Burning above)
  • Space Shoes of the Gods
    The Parodies
  • The Purloined Butter (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Pemberly’s Start-Afresh Calliope (H.G. Wells)
  • Ralph 4F (Hugo Gernsback)
  • Engineer to the Gods (Robert Heinlein)
  • Broot Force (Isaac Asimov)
  • Joy Ride (Ray Bradbury)
  • The Moon is Sixpence (Arthur C. Clarke)
  • Solar Shoe-Salesman (Philip K. Dick)
  • One Damned Thing after Another (Cordwainer Smith)
  • The Sublimation World (J.G. Ballard)

Alien Accounts. London: Granada, 1982.

8 stories:

  • Introduction
  • Masterson and the Clerks
  • New Forms
  • 198-, a Tale of "Tomorrow"
  • Scenes from the Country of the Blind
  • The Interstate
  • Name (Please Print)
  • Anxietal Register B
  • The Communicants

The Lunatics of Terra. London: Gollancz, 1984.

18 stories, with Sladek's afterwords:

  • The Last of the Whaleburgers
  • Great Mysteries Explained!
  • Red Noise
  • Guesting
  • Absent Friends
  • After Flaubert
  • The Brass Monkey
  • White Hat
  • The Island of Dr Circe
  • Answers
  • Breakfast with the Murgatroyds
  • The Next Dwarf
  • An Explanation for the Disappearance of the Moon
  • How to Make Major Scientific Discoveries at Home in Your Spare Time
  • The Kindly Ones
  • Fables
  • Ursa Minor
  • Calling All Gumdrops!

Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek. Abingdon, Oxon: Big Engine, 2002.

Edited by David Langford. 60 previously uncollected stories, poems, playlets and essays, listed on David Langford's Maps page.

Non-Fiction

The New Apocrypha: A Guide to Strange Sciences and Occult Beliefs. London: Hart-Davis Macgibbon, 1973. New York: Stein & Day, 1974.

Arachne Rising: The Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac, as by James Vogh. London: Hart-Davis Macgibbon, 1977. New York: Dial Press, 1977. Reissued as The Thirteenth Zodiac: The Sign of Arachne, London: Mayflower, 1979.

The Cosmic Factor: Health and Astrology, as by James Vogh. London: Hart-Davis Macgibbon, 1978. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1978. Reissued as Astrology and Your Health, London: Mayflower, 1980.

Judgement on Jupiter, as Richard A. Tilms. London: New English Library, 1980.

The Book of Clues. London: Corgi, 1984.

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