A Galaxy Called Rome

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A Galaxy Called Rome is a short science fiction story Barry Malzberg wrote in 1975.[1][2][3] It is 9,000 words long. It was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1975.[4]

The Story was first published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.[3] Malzberg dedicated it to the highly influential editor John W. Campbell.

According to Publisher's Weekly, the nominal plot of the story revolves around Lena, pilot of a starship, diverted into a "Black Galaxy".[5]


  1. Jo Walton. An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, Macmillan, p. 252. Retrieved on 2020-04-16.
  2. Barry N. Malzberg. Breakfast in the Ruins: Volume 1 of Brain and Brawn Ship Series combo volumes, Baen Publishing Enterprises. Retrieved on 2020-04-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The New York Times Book Review, New York Times Company, p. 30. Retrieved on 2020-04-16. “But the best story in the book is an odd piece by Barry N. Malzberg, from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, entitled 'A Galaxy Called Rome.'
  4. Nebula Awards 1976, Locus (magazine). Retrieved on 2011-12-06.
  5. Publishers Weekly, Volume 210, Issues 1-13, Publisher's Weekly, p. 334. Retrieved on 2020-04-16.