New Maps: More Uncollected John Sladek
"Sladek, an American who spent most of his writing life in Britain, was the finest satirist ever to grace the SF field with his presence." (Andrew J. Wilson on Maps in The Scotsman, 28 December 2002)
"Sladek, lamentably deceased too young, was a comic genius too little cherished on this side of the Big Pond. This volume presents a brilliant overview of Sladek's talents." (Paul Di Filippo on Maps in Asimov's, June 2003)
Above all I am grateful to John Sladek's widow Sandy Sladek for allowing this collection, and to Christopher Priest for support in his capacity as literary agent for the Estate of John Sladek. Further profuse thanks are due to the following:
Bill Burns and Denny Lien additionally consulted microfilm archives of The New York Post in New York and Minneapolis respectively, but could find no trace of the Sladek review column listed in the bibliography John T. Sladek: Steam-Driven Satirist with a date of 12 March 1984 (an issue which like the others that week contains no book reviews at all) and in a 1990 author note published with "The Science Fiction Virus". It is perhaps possible that both these mentions were New York-centric misreportings of the occasional Sladek Washington Post review columns which ran from 1983 to 1993, as noted in Original Appearances below.
Thanks too to several more who helped less directly, conscripted helpers, or offered help only for others to step in first: Andrew C. Butler, Gary Couzens, Richard Fidczuk, Edward James, Farah Mendlesohn, Petréa Mitchell, Curt Phillips, David Pringle, Debby Rohan, Darrell Schweitzer and Gordon Van Gelder. They also serve who only stand and wait.