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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 , and James Blish lived in 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. It is a peer-to-peer conference with no teachers or students. In 1972, Blish set up the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Milford SF Writers' Conference, which initially met in Milford on Sea , Hampshire
Hampshire
. Since then it has been held in various locations, latterly Devon
Devon
until 2001, York
York
in 2002 and 2003, and (since 2004) at Trigonos Conference Centre in North Wales , usually in mid September
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Milford, Pennsylvania
MILFORD is a borough in Pike County , Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, United States
United States
, and the county seat . Its population was 1,021 at the 2010 census. Located on the upper Delaware River, Milford is part of the New York metropolitan area . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 Education * 5 Cultural activities * 6 Camps * 7 Annual events * 8 Notable people * 9 In popular culture * 10 Gallery * 11 See also * 12 References * 13 External links HISTORYThe area along the Delaware River had long been settled by the Lenape , an Algonquian -speaking indigenous tribe that lived in the mid-Atlantic coastal areas, including western Long Island, and along this river at the time of European colonization. The English also called the people the Delaware, after the river they named after one of their colonial leaders. Milford was founded in 1796 after the American Revolutionary War as a United States
United States
settlement on the Delaware River by Judge John Biddis , one of Pennsylvania's first four circuit judges . He named the settlement after his ancestral home in Wales
Wales

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Damon Knight
DAMON FRANCIS KNIGHT (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a Hugo Award-winning American science fiction author , editor, critic , and fan . He is the author of " To Serve Man ", a 1950 short story adapted for _The Twilight Zone _. He was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Selected works * 2.1 Novels * 2.2 Short stories and other writings * 2.3 Literary criticism and analysis * 2.4 Short story collections * 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 Sources * 7 External links BIOGRAPHYKnight was born in Baker, Oregon in 1922, and grew up in Hood River, Oregon . He entered science-fiction fandom at the age of eleven and published two issues of a fanzine entitled _Snide_. Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, _ Amazing Stories _. His first story, "The Itching Hour," appeared in the Summer 1940 number of _Futuria Fantasia _, edited and published by Ray Bradbury . "Resilience" followed in the February 1941 number of _Stirring Science Stories_, edited by Donald Wolheim . An editorial error made the latter story's ending incomprehensible; it was reprinted in a 1978 magazine in four pages with a two-page introduction by Knight. At the time of his first story sale, he was living in New York, and was a member of the Futurians
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Science Fiction
SCIENCE FICTION (often shortened to SF, SCI-FI or SCIFI) is a genre of speculative fiction , typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology , space travel , time travel , faster than light travel , parallel universes , and extraterrestrial life . Science
Science
fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations , and has been called a "literature of ideas". It usually avoids the supernatural , and unlike the related genre of fantasy , historically, science-fiction stories were intended to have a grounding in science-based fact or theory at the time the story was created, but this connection is now limited to hard science fiction
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Judith Merril
JUDITH JOSEPHINE GROSSMAN (January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997), who took the pen-name JUDITH MERRIL about 1945, was an American and then Canadian science fiction writer, editor and political activist, and one of the first women to be widely influential in those roles. Although Judith Merril's first paid writing was in other genres, in her first few years of writing published science fiction she wrote her three novels (all but the first in collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth ) and some stories. Her roughly four decades in that genre also included writing 26 published short stories, and editing a similar number of anthologies . CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 American science fiction writing and editing * 3 Canadian years * 4 Selected works * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY YEARSMerril was born in Boston
Boston
in 1923 to Ethel and Samuel (Shlomo) Grossman, who were Jewish. Her father committed suicide in 1929 soon after she began to attend school. In 1936, her mother found a job at Bronx House and moved them to the New York City borough of the Bronx . In her mid-teens, Merril pursued Zionism and Marxism
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James Blish
JAMES BENJAMIN BLISH (May 23, 1921 – July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction . He is best known for his work on _ Star Trek _. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling, Jr. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and career * 2 Death * 3 SF themes and major works * 3.1 The Haertel drive * 3.2 _Beep_: The Dirac communicator * 3.3 _Cities in Flight_ * 3.4 The Traitor\'s Guild * 3.5 Pantropy * 3.6 _After Such Knowledge_ * 3.7 _Star Trek_ * 4 Selected bibliography * 4.1 Cities in Flight * 4.2 After Such Knowledge * 4.3 Miscellaneous novels * 4.4 _Star Trek_ * 4.4.1 The Star Trek Reader * 4.4.2 The Classic Episodes * 4.5 Short stories * 4.6 Collections * 4.7 Anthologies (edited) * 4.8 Non-fiction * 5 Honors, awards and recognition * 6 See also * 7 References * 7.1 Citations * 8 Further reading * 9 External links EARLY LIFE AND CAREERJames Benjamin Blish was born on 23 May 1921 at East Orange, New Jersey . Blish later studied biology at Rutgers and Columbia University . In the late 1930s to the early 1940s he was a member of the Futurians , an influential science fiction fan club. His first published stories appeared in _ Super Science Stories _, "Emergency Refueling" in March and "Bequest of the Angel" in May 1940
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United Kingdom
The UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, commonly known as the UNITED KINGDOM (UK) or BRITAIN, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland , the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
includes the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland
Ireland
and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is the only part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland
Ireland
. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world . The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe
Europe
. It is also the 21st-most populous country , with an estimated 65.1 million inhabitants
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Milford On Sea
MILFORD ON SEA, often hyphenated as MILFORD-ON-SEA, is a large village and civil parish located on the south coast of England
England
in Hampshire . With a population of 4,660 (2011 census), it has a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs in its high street, which borders the village green . CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 History * 2.1 Newlands * 2.2 Modern times * 3 All Saints\' Church * 4 Governance * 5 Events and festivals * 6 Parish Vision 2020 * 7 Notable residents * 8 Notes * 9 External links OVERVIEW Milford on Sea
Milford on Sea
is a village on the shore of the Solent , in Hampshire . The village is scenic in location, protected from development by a surrounding green belt of land. From the beach, the Needles of the Isle of Wight are on most days clearly visible. On the coast to the west on a clear night, the conurbation of Christchurch , Bournemouth and Poole can clearly be seen, together with the stars reflecting on the sea. Slightly further east is Keyhaven
Keyhaven
, with its boatyard and bird sanctuary. Protruding southwards from Keyhaven
Keyhaven
is Hurst Spit
Hurst Spit
, approximately two miles of shingle, from the end of which the inhabitants of Hurst Castle
Hurst Castle
used to watch over the Solent
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Hampshire
OLD HAMPSHIRE (/ˈhæmpʃər/ , /ˈhæmpʃɪər/ ( listen ); abbreviated HANTS) is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. The county town of Old Hampshire
Hampshire
is Winchester
Winchester
, the former capital city of England. Old Hampshire
Hampshire
is the most populous ceremonial county in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(excluding the metropolitan counties ) with almost half of the county's population living within the South Hampshire conurbation which includes the cities of Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
. The larger South Hampshire metropolitan area has a population of 1,547,000. Hampshire
Hampshire
is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
, British Army
British Army
, and Royal Air Force . It is bordered by Dorset
Dorset
to the west, Wiltshire
Wiltshire
to the north-west, Berkshire
Berkshire
to the north, Surrey
Surrey
to the north-east, and West Sussex
West Sussex
to the east
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Devon
DEVON (/ˈdɛvən/ ), also known as DEVONSHIRE, which was formerly its common and official name, is a county of England , reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England , bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, and Dorset to the east. The City of Exeter is the county town ; seven other districts of East Devon , Mid Devon , North Devon , South Hams , Teignbridge , Torridge , and West Devon are under the jurisdiction of Devon County Council ; Plymouth and Torbay are each a part of Devon but administered as unitary authorities . Combined as a ceremonial county , Devon's area is 6,707 km2 (2,590 square miles) and its population is about 1.1 million. Devon derives its name from Dumnonia , which, during the British Iron Age , Roman Britain , and Early Medieval was the homeland of the Dumnonii Brittonic Celts. The Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain resulted in the partial assimilation of Dumnonia into the Kingdom of Wessex during the eighth and ninth centuries
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York
YORK (/ˈjɔːrk/ ( listen )) is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
, England. The municipality is the traditional county town of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
to which it gives its name. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events in England throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions. The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior , and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria
Northumbria
and Jórvík . In the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England , a role it has retained. In the 19th century, York
York
became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the economy of York
York
has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services
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North Wales
NORTH WALES (Welsh : _Gogledd Cymru_) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales . Retail, transport and educational infrastructure are centred on Wrexham , Rhyl , Colwyn Bay , Llandudno and Bangor . It is bordered to the south by the counties of Ceredigion and Powys in Mid Wales , and to the east by the counties of Shropshire in the West Midlands and Cheshire in North West England . North Wales was traditionally divided into three regions: Upper Gwynedd (or Gwynedd above the Conwy), defined as the area north of the River Dyfi and west of the River Conwy ); Lower Gwynedd (or Gwynedd below the Conwy, also known as the _ Perfeddwlad _ and defined as the region east of the River Conwy and west of the River Dee ); and Ynys Môn (or Anglesey), a large island off the north coast.. The southern boundary is arbitrary and its definition may depend on the use being made of the term. For example, the boundary of North Wales Police differs from the boundary of the North Wales area of the Natural Resources Wales and the North Wales Regional Transport Consortium (_Taith_)
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Anthony Boucher
ANTHONY BOUCHER /ˈbaʊtʃər/ (born WILLIAM ANTHONY PARKER WHITE; August 21, 1911 – April 29, 1968) was an American crime and fantastic fiction editor and author of mystery novels and short stories and radio drama scripts in those fields. He was particularly influential as an editor. Between 1942 and 1947 he acted as reviewer of mostly mystery fiction for the _ San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
_. In addition to "Anthony Boucher", White also employed the pseudonym "H. H. Holmes ", which was the pseudonym of a late-19th-century American serial killer; Boucher would also write light verse and sign it "Herman W. Mudgett" (another of the murderer's aliases). In a 1981 poll of 17 detective story writers and reviewers, his novel _Nine Times Nine_ was voted as the ninth best locked room mystery of all time. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Fiction writing and editing * 3 Radio * 4 _Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction_ years * 5 Death * 6 Selected works * 6.1 Mystery novels * 6.2 Collections of short fiction and scripts of radio plays * 6.3 Collections of reviews * 6.4 Other * 7 References * 8 Sources * 9 External links BACKGROUNDWhite was born in Oakland, California , and went to college at the University of Southern California . He later received a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley
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Algis Budrys
ALGIRDAS JONAS "ALGIS" BUDRYS (January 9, 1931 – June 9, 2008) was a Lithuanian -American science fiction author , editor , and critic. He was also known under the pen names FRANK MASON, ALGER ROME, JOHN A. SENTRY, WILLIAM SCARFF, and PAUL JANVIER. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Bibliography * 2.1 Novels * 2.2 Collections (Fiction, Essays, and mixed) * 2.3 Short stories * 2.4 Audio recording * 2.5 Interviews * 2.6 Magazine * 2.7 Anthologies * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYBudrys was born in Königsberg in the then East Prussia , to a family which considered itself Lithuanian rather than German. In 1936, when Budrys was five years old, his father Jonas Budrys was appointed as the Lithuanian consul general in New York. Jonas Budrys continued to hold that position, even though Lithuania
Lithuania
was occupied by Nazi Germany and then annexed by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
, becoming a Soviet Republic - since the United States continued to recognize the pre-World War II Lithuanian government and the exile Lithuanian Diplomatic Service was subsidized by State Department . During most of his adult life, Budrys held a captain's commission in the Free Lithuanian Army. Budrys was educated at the University of Miami , and later at Columbia University
Columbia University
in New York
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Jack Dann
JACK DANN (born February 15, 1945) is an American writer best known for his science fiction, an editor and a writing teacher, who has lived in Australia since 1994. He has published over seventy books, in the majority of cases as editor or co-editor of story anthologies in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. He has published nine novels, numerous shorter works of fiction, essays and poetry and his books have been translated into thirteen languages. His work, which includes fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism and historical and alternative history genres, has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges , Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
, Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
, J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick . CONTENTS* 1 Life and career * 1.1 Earlier life * 1.2 Move to Australia * 2 Work as an editor and anthologist * 2.1 "Magic Tales" Anthologies * 2.2 Anthologies co-edited with Gardner Dozois * 2.3 Other anthologies edited or co-edited by Jack Dann
Jack Dann
* 3 Writing career * 3.1 Shorter works of fiction * 3.2 Novels * 3.2.1 Starhiker (1977) * 3.2.2 Junction (1981) * 3.2.3 The Man Who Melted (1984) * 3.2.4 High Steel (1993) with Jack C
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Lester Del Rey
LESTER DEL REY (June 2, 1915 – May 10, 1993) was an American science fiction author and editor . He was the author of many books in the juvenile Winston Science Fiction series, and the editor at Del Rey Books , the fantasy and science fiction imprint of