In the tradition of Anthony Boucher (with whom he once studied), Alfred Bester, Mack Reynolds, and Hal Clement, the prolific Ron Goulart successfully blends—and bends—the disparate mediums of mystery and detective fiction and science fiction. He is the only writer ever to win a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for what is arguably a science-fiction novel (After Things Fell Apart, 1970). Even his “conventional” mystery and detective fiction often requires the willing suspension of disbelief necessary for the enjoyment of science fiction. His stories are notable for iconoclastic satire, wry humor, and a perceptive and sometimes compassionate insight into the human condition. Goulart—who was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1966 for his short story “Calling Dr. Clockwork”—except for perfecting the crossover story that combines elements from various traditions, has brought no major innovation to either the mystery and detective or the science-fiction field. Aficionados of both genres, however, can savor his distinctive fiction.