Alexei Panshin (born August 14, 1940) is an American writer and science fiction (SF) critic. He has written several critical works and several novels, including the 1968 Nebula Award-winning novel Rite of Passage and the 1990 Hugo Award-winning study of science fiction The World Beyond the Hill (written with his wife, Cory Panshin).
Panshin is the author of the Anthony Villiers series, which consists of three books: Star Well, The Thurb Revolution, and Masque World. The fourth volume of the series, The Universal Pantograph, never appeared, reputedly because of conflicts between the writer and his publisher. Of the Villiers series, noted SF writer Samuel R. Delany writes in the foreword of Star Well:
It ... examines the proposition that the world is composed of small communities of mutual interest ... [Star Well] is a gallery of gamblers, duels and double-crosses, a minuet of manners and manners mangled; the machinery of the universe is speculated upon; inspector generals arrive to inspect it. And Anthony Villiers, gentleman par excellence, dashes through it all, buckling a swash or two, bungling a couple of others.
Panshin published a study of the American science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, Heinlein in Dimension. He also co-wrote Earth Magic with his wife, Cory Panshin. His general critical work SF in Dimension (1976) was also co-written with Cory Panshin, as was the lengthy theoretical-critical book, The World Beyond The Hill (1989). His works also include a short story collection, Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow.
Most of Heinlein in Dimension was published first in fanzines, for which Panshin won the Best Fan Writer Hugo award in 1967, and then published in book form by Advent. Panshin discusses reactions to this work on his website The Abyss of Wonder.
A number of Alexei Panshin's books (including The World Beyond the Hill) are presently being republished by Phoenix Pick, an imprint of Arc Manor Publishers.
- Alexei Panshin (1968). Rite of Passage. New York: Ace Books. Ace 72781.
- Alexei Panshin (1968). Star Well. New York: Ace Books. pp. 157. ISBN 0-441-78405-4. Ace G-756.
- Alexei Panshin (1968). The Thurb Revolution. New York: Ace Books. ISBN 0-441-80855-7. Ace G-762.
- Alexei Panshin (1969). Masque World. New York: Ace Books. p. 156. ISBN 0-441-52105-3. Ace 2320 - ISBN applies to 1978 paperback reprint.
- Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1978). Earth Magic. New York: Ace Books. p. 275. ISBN 0-441-18120-1.
- Alexei Panshin (1975). Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley/Putnam. pp. 184. ISBN 0-399-11505-6.
- Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1982). Transmutations: A Book of Personal Alchemy. Dublin, Pa.: Elephant Books. p. 214.
- Alexei Panshin (1968). Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical Analysis. Chicago: Advent Publishers. pp. 214. ISBN 0-911682-12-0.
- Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1976). SF in Dimension: A Book of Explorations. Chicago: Advent Publishers. p. 342. ISBN 0-911682-21-X.
- Alexei Panshin; Cory Panshin (1989). The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. p. 685. ISBN 0-87477-554-X.
- "Panshin, Alexei". Revised April 12, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2014-08-14. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
- Nicholls 1979, p. 447.
- Reginald 1992, p. 744.
- Panshin 1969, p. 157.
- Budrys, Algis (July 1968). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 161–167.
- "Rite of Passage and Robert Heinlein". www.panshin.com. Retrieved Oct 3, 2019.
- Complete text of Heinlein In Dimension
- Official website
- Alexei Panshin at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Bibliography at Fantastic fiction
- Review of Rite of Passage and comments on Panshin's writings generally
- Review of Rite of Passage
- Review of the Villiers books, by Jed Hartman
- Alexei Panshin at Library of Congress Authorities, with 12 catalog records