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Milford Writer's Workshop
The MILFORD WRITER\'S WORKSHOP, or more properly MILFORD WRITERS\' CONFERENCE, is an annual science fiction writer's event founded by Damon Knight , among others, in the mid-1950s, in Milford, Pennsylvania . It was so named because Knight, Judith Merril
Judith Merril
, and James Blish lived in Milford, Pennsylvania
Milford, Pennsylvania
when it was founded. It moved to the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in 1972 and has run successfully ever since on an annual basis. CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Honorary committee * 3 Participants * 4 Milford rules * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links DESCRIPTIONIt is both a residential workshop and a writers' conference in which published science fiction writers convene over the course of a week to intensively critique stories and samples from novels (usually works in progress) and to workshop ideas on all aspects of SF writing
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Tom Arden
DAVID RAIN (2 May 1961 – 15 December 2015), known by his pen name TOM ARDEN, was a British science fiction and fantasy writer. He was born in Australia. His main work is the five volume Orokon saga, as well as the novels Shadow Black, The Translation of Bastian Test and the Doctor Who novella Nightdreamers . Arden was born in 1961 and grew up in Mount Gambier, South Australia . He wrote his first unpublished novel, Moon Escape at the age of seven and later studied English at the University of Adelaide , graduating with First Class Honours . Arden completed his Ph.D. thesis on Clarissa , the epic tale by 18th-century novelist Samuel Richardson . In 1990, he moved to the United Kingdom, living in Northern Ireland and England. He lectured in English at Queen\'s University of Belfast for seven years. Since 2003, he lectured creative writing at Middlesex University , London
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John Brunner (novelist)
JOHN KILIAN HOUSTON BRUNNER (24 September 1934 – 26 August 1995) was a British author of science fiction novels and stories. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar , about an overpopulated world, won the 1969 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel, and the BSFA award the same year. The Jagged Orbit won the BSFA award in 1970. CONTENTS * 1 Life * 2 Literary works * 3 Film and TV * 4 Bibliography * 4.1 Science-fiction and fantasy novels * 4.2 Spy * 4.3 Collections * 4.4 Poetry * 4.5 Nongenre * 4.6 Pornography * 4.7 Translations * 5 References * 6 External links LIFEBrunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh , near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College . He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958
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John Clute
JOHN FREDERICK CLUTE (born 12 September 1940) is a Canadian -born author and critic specializing in science fiction (also SF, sf) and fantasy literature who has lived in both England and the United States since 1969. He has been described as "an integral part of science fiction's history" and "perhaps the foremost reader-critic of sf in our time, and one of the best the genre has ever known." He was one of eight people who founded the English magazine Interzone in 1982 (the others including Malcolm Edwards , Colin Greenland , Roz Kaveney , and David Pringle ). Clute's articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1960s. He is a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (with Peter Nicholls ) and of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (with John Grant ), as well as writing The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction
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Jaine Fenn
JAINE FENN is a British science fiction author . Fenn studied linguistics and astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire , where she became the president of PSiFA (the local student Science Fiction society) from 1984-1985. She also helped organised Shoestringcons and edited their newsletter/fanzine, Hypo-Space, for a period. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Works * 3 References * 4 External links CAREERFenn has had several short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Principles of Angels was published in June 2008 (United Kingdom) and is the first of the Hidden Empire series. Her second novel, Consorts of Heaven, published in June 2009, mixed elements of fantasy with science fiction and was not a direct sequel
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Gene Wolfe
GENE RODMAN WOLFE (born May 7, 1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He is a prolific short-story writer and novelist and has won many science fiction and fantasy literary awards. Wolfe is most famous for The Book of the New Sun (four volumes, 1980–83), the first part of his Solar Cycle. In 1998, Locus magazine ranked it third-best fantasy novel before 1990 (after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
The Hobbit
) based on a poll of subscribers that considered it and several other series as single entries
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Kurt Vonnegut
KURT VONNEGUT, JR. (/kɜːrt ˈvɒnəɡət/ ; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). Born and raised in Indianapolis , Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University , but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army . As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University ) and the University of Tennessee . He was then deployed to Europe to fight in World War II, and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge
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Frederik Pohl
Campbell Memorial Award 1978, 1985 Hugo Award (novel) 1978 National Book Award 1980 Nebula Award
Nebula Award
(novel) 1976, 1977 WEBSITE frederikpohl.comFREDERIK GEORGE POHL JR. (/ˈpoʊl/ ; November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was an American science fiction writer , editor and fan , with a career spanning more than seventy-five years—from his first published work, the 1937 poem "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna", to the 2011 novel All the Lives He Led and articles and essays published in 2012. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy and its sister magazine If ; the latter won three successive annual Hugo Awards as the year's best professional magazine. His 1977 novel Gateway won four "year's best novel" awards: the Hugo voted by convention participants, the Locus voted by magazine subscribers, the Nebula voted by American science fiction writers, and the juried academic John W
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Jane Roberts
DOROTHY JANE ROBERTS (May 8, 1929 – September 5, 1984) was an American author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic , and spirit medium , who claimed to channel an energy personality who called himself "Seth." Her publication of the Seth texts, known as the Seth Material , established her as one of the preeminent figures in the world of paranormal phenomena. The Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives maintains a collection entitled Jane Roberts Papers (MS 1090), which documents the career and personal life of Jane Roberts, including journals, poetry, correspondence, audio and video recordings, and other materials donated after her death by Roberts' husband and other individuals and organizations
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Robert Silverberg
ROBERT SILVERBERG (born January 15, 1935) is an American author and editor, best known for writing science fiction . He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards , a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Fantasy
Hall of Fame , and a Grand Master of SF . He is noted for having attended every Hugo Awards ceremony since the inaugural event in 1953. CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Early years * 1.2 Literary growth * 1.3 Later developments * 2 Personal life * 3 Awards * 4 Bibliography * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links BIOGRAPHYEARLY YEARSSilverberg was born in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
, New York. A voracious reader since childhood, he began submitting stories to science fiction magazines during his early teenage years. He received a BA in English Literature from Columbia University
Columbia University
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Ted Sturgeon
THEODORE STURGEON (/ˈstɜːrdʒən/ ; born EDWARD HAMILTON WALDO; February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985) was an American writer, primarily of fantasy , science fiction and horror . He was also a critic. He wrote approximately 400 reviews and more than 200 stories. Sturgeon's most famous work may be the science fiction novel More Than Human (1953), an expansion of "Baby Is Three " (1952). More Than Human won the 1954 International Fantasy Award (for SF and fantasy) as the year's best novel and the Science Fiction Writers of America ranked "Baby is Three" number five among the "Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time " to 1964. Ranked by votes for all of their pre-1965 novellas, Sturgeon was second among authors , behind Robert Heinlein . The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Sturgeon in 2000, its fifth class of two deceased and two living writers
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Neil Gaiman
NEIL RICHARD MACKINNON GAIMAN (/ˈɡeɪmən/ ; born NEIL RICHARD GAIMAN, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels , audio theatre, and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman
The Sandman
and novels Stardust , American Gods , Coraline , and The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo , Nebula , and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
(2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards
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Mary Gentle
MARY ROSALYN GENTLE (born 29 March 1956) is a UK science fiction and fantasy author. CONTENTS * 1 Literary career * 2 Bibliography * 2.1 As Mary Gentle * 2.1.1 Novels * 2.1.1.1 Orthe series * 2.1.1.2 White Crow sequence * 2.1.1.3 First History sequence * 2.1.1.4 Ilario, A Story of the First History * 2.1.1.5 Other Novels * 2.1.2 Novellas * 2.1.3 Collections * 2.2 As Roxanne Morgan * 3 Notes * 4 References * 5 External links LITERARY CAREERMary Gentle's first published novel was Hawk in Silver (1977), a young-adult fantasy. She came to prominence with the Orthe duology, which consists of Golden Witchbreed (1983) and Ancient Light (1987). The novels Rats and Gargoyles (1990), The Architecture of Desire (1991), and Left to His Own Devices (1994), together with several short stories, form a loosely linked series (collected in White Crow in 2003)
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George R. R. Martin
GEORGE RAYMOND RICHARD MARTIN (born GEORGE RAYMOND MARTIN; September 20, 1948), often referred to as GRRM, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy , horror , and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire , which was later adapted into the critically acclaimed HBO
HBO
series Game of Thrones (2011–present). Martin serves as the series' co-executive producer, and also scripted four episodes of the series. In 2005, Lev Grossman of Time called Martin "the American Tolkien ", and in 2011, he was included on the annual Time 100
Time 100
list of the most influential people in the world
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Alastair Reynolds
ALASTAIR PRESTON REYNOLDS (born 13 March 1966) is a British science fiction author . He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera . He spent his early years in Cornwall
Cornwall
, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle , where he read physics and astronomy . Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland . In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk
Noordwijk
in the Netherlands where he met his wife Josette (who is from France). There, he worked for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (part of the European Space Agency
European Space Agency
) until 2004 when he left to pursue writing full-time. He returned to Wales in 2008 and lives near Cardiff
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Bruce Sterling
MICHAEL BRUCE STERLING (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author known for his novels and work on the Mirrorshades anthology. This work helped to define the cyberpunk genre. CONTENTS* 1 Writings * 1.1 Projects * 1.2 Neologisms * 2 Personal * 3 Awards * 4 Interviews * 5 Bibliography * 6 References * 7 External links WRITINGSSterling, along with William Gibson
William Gibson
, Rudy Rucker , John Shirley , Lewis Shiner , and Pat Cadigan , is one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement in science fiction. In addition, he is one of the subgenre's chief ideological promulgators. This has earned him the nickname "Chairman Bruce". He was also one of the first organizers of the Turkey City Writer\'s Workshop , and is a frequent attendee at the Sycamore Hill Writer\'s Workshop
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