Barry N. Malzberg was one of the most prolific and brilliant science fiction writers of the 1970’s and early 1980’s, producing an amazing 75 novels and hundreds of short stories in a relatively short time while still maintaining remarkably high literary standards. As an editor, he was in charge of Amazing Stories and Fantastic and other magazines, and has produced a number of anthologies. A winner of the John W. Campbell Award and the Locus Award, he has been nominated several times for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was the Shubert Foundation Playwriting Fellow at Syracuse University. Currently living with his wife in Teaneck, New Jersey, he is a much sought-after guest at science fiction and book conventions around the world.
Beyond Apollo is arguably Malzberg’s most famous novel and is generally considered his masterpiece. Like much of Malzberg’s work, Beyond Apollo was extremely controversial at the time of its publication, receiving both praise and scorn from literary critics. Harlan Ellison was one of Malzberg’s great defenders, and noted that “Beyond Apollo put me out of commission for three days after reading it.”
The novel won the first John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, presented in 1973.