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Mythago Wood
MYTHAGO WOOD is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock
Robert Holdstock
, published in the United Kingdom in 1984. The conception began as a short story written for the 1979 Milford Writer\'s Workshop ; later a novella of the same name appeared in the September 1981 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy
Fantasy
"> PRECEDED BY: Chronology of Events in Ryhope Wood: FOLLOWED BY: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn Mythago Wood Avilion SEE ALSO * Enchanted forest
Enchanted forest
* Mythopoeia REFERENCES * ^ Newman, Kim St. James Guide to Fantasy
Fantasy
Writers, ed. David Pringle (Detroit: St. James Press, 1996), pages 285-286. * ^ Langford, David Supernatural Fiction Writers, Second Edition, Volume 1, ed
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Robert Holdstock
ROBERT PAUL HOLDSTOCK (2 August 1948 – 29 November 2009) was an English novelist and author best known for his works of Celtic , Nordic , Gothic and Pictish fantasy literature , predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction . Holdstock broke into print in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical , psychological , anthropological , spiritual and woodland themes. He received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantasy
Fantasy
Award in the category of Best Novel of 1985. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Writings * 3 Critical reception * 4 Book covers * 5 Awards * 6 Select bibliography * 7 References * 8 Sources * 9 External links BIOGRAPHYRobert Holdstock, the eldest of five children, was born in Hythe , Kent
Kent
. His father, Robert Frank Holdstock, was a police officer and his mother, Kathleen Madeline Holdstock, was a nurse
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Fantasy Literature
FANTASY LITERATURE is set in an imaginary universe , often but not always without any locations, events, or people from the real world. Magic , the supernatural and magical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds. Fantasy
Fantasy
is a subgenre of speculative fiction and is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes, respectively, though these genres overlap. Historically, most works of fantasy were written , however, since the 1960s, a growing segment of the fantasy genre has taken the form of films , television programs , graphic novels , video games , music and art. A numbering of fantasy novels originally written for children, such as Alice in Wonderland , and the Hobbit also attract an adult audience
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Victor Gollancz Ltd
VICTOR GOLLANCZ LTD (/ˈvɪktər ɡəˈlæns, -ˈlænts/ ) was a major British book publishing house of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1927 by Victor Gollancz and specialised in the publication of high quality literature, nonfiction and popular fiction, including crime, detective, mystery, thriller and science fiction. Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, ownership passed to his daughter, Livia, who sold it to Houghton Mifflin in 1989. Three years later, in October 1992, Houghton Mifflin sold Gollancz to the publishing house Cassell the result was _ The Road to Wigan Pier _. His break with Orwell came when he declined to publish Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War, _ Homage to Catalonia _, the pair having drifted apart on political grounds. He did publish _The Red Army Moves_ by Geoffrey Cox on the Winter War , which was critical of the Soviet attack on Finland, but also foresaw that the Red Army would defeat the Germans
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Hardback
A HARDCOVER or HARDBACK (also known as HARDBOUND, and sometimes as CASE-BOUND) book is one bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with buckram or other cloth , heavy paper , or occasionally leather ). It has a flexible, sewn spine which allows the book to lie flat on a surface when opened. Following the ISBN sequence numbers, books of this type may be identified by the abbreviation _Hbk_. Detail of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", first English edition (1873), showing cloth pattern on cover Hardcover books are often printed on acid-free paper , and are much more durable than paperbacks , which have flexible, easily damaged paper covers. Hardcover books are marginally more costly to manufacture
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International Standard Book Number
The INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book , a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007. The method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit STANDARD BOOK NUMBERING (SBN) created in 1966. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108 (the SBN code can be converted to a ten digit ISBN by prefixing it with a zero)
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * _Special_ (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials , a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on _The Blind Leading the Naked _ * "Special", a song on _ The Documentary _ album by GameFILM AND TELEVISION * Special (lighting) , a stage light that is used for a single, s
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Lavondyss
LAVONDYSS also titled Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock
Robert Holdstock
, the second book in his Mythago Wood
Mythago Wood
series. Lavondyss
Lavondyss
was originally published in 1988. The name of the novel hints at the real and mythological locales of Avon , Lyonesse
Lyonesse
, Avalon
Avalon
and Dis ; within the novel Lavondyss
Lavondyss
is the name of the remote, ice-age heart of Ryhope wood. Despite having a new primary character, Lavondyss
Lavondyss
is a sequel to Mythago Wood
Mythago Wood
because several characters provide links between the novels; the events in Mythago Wood
Mythago Wood
set into motion events that drive the protagonists' actions in Lavondyss
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Fantasy
FANTASY is a fiction genre set in an imaginary universe , often (but not always) without any locations, events, or people from the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then developed into literature and drama . From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, and video games. Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme , or setting . Magic and magical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds. Fantasy is a subgenre of speculative fiction and is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes respectively, though these genres overlap. In popular culture , the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form
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Novel
A NOVEL is any relatively long, written work of narrative fiction , normally in prose , and typically published as a book. The genre has been described as having "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years," with its origins in classical Greece and Rome , in medieval and early modern romance , and in the tradition of the novella . The latter, an Italian word for a short story to distinguish it from a novel, has been used in English since the 18th century for a work that falls somewhere in between. Ian Watt , in _The Rise of the Novel_, suggested in 1957 that the novel first came into being in the early 18th century. Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes
, author of _ Don Quixote
Don Quixote
_, is frequently cited as the first significant European novelist of the modern era , the first part of which was published in 1605. The ROMANCE is a closely related long prose narrative
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UK
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

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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
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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Novella
A NOVELLA is a text of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel . The English word "_novella_" derives from the Italian _novella_, feminine of _novello_, which means "new". The novella is a common literary genre in several European languages. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Structure * 3 Versus novel * 4 Versus novelette * 5 Notable examples * 6 Word counts * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links HISTORYThe novella as a literary genre began developing in the early Renaissance by the Italian and French _literatura_, principally Giovanni Boccaccio , author of _ The Decameron _ (1353). _The Decameron_ featured 100 tales (novellas) told by 10 people (seven women and three men) fleeing the Black Death , by escaping from Florence to the Fiesole hills in 1348
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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction
THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION (usually referred to as F&SF) is a U.S. fantasy and science fiction magazine first published in 1949 by Fantasy
Fantasy
House, a subsidiary of Lawrence Spivak 's Mercury Press . Editors Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas had approached Spivak in the mid-1940s about creating a fantasy companion to Spivak's existing mystery title, Ellery Queen\'s Mystery Magazine . The first issue was titled The Magazine of Fantasy, but the decision was quickly made to include science fiction as well as fantasy, and the title was changed correspondingly with the second issue
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Herefordshire
HEREFORDSHIRE (/ˈhɛrᵻfərdʃər/ ; abbreviated HEREFS. or HFDS.) is a historic English county in the West Midlands . It is a ceremonial county and a unitary non-metropolitan county and district, also named in legislation as the COUNTY OF HEREFORDSHIRE and governed by Herefordshire Council . It borders the English ceremonial counties of Shropshire
Shropshire
to the north, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to the east, Gloucestershire to the south-east, and the Welsh preserved counties of Gwent to the south-west and Powys
Powys
to the west. The Welsh unitary county covering the part of Gwent next to Herefordshire
Herefordshire
is Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire
. Hereford
Hereford
is a cathedral city and is the county town ; with a population of approximately 55,800 inhabitants it is also the largest settlement
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Ancient Woodland
In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, an ANCIENT WOODLAND is a woodland that has existed continuously since 1600 or before in England
England
, Wales
Wales
and Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(or 1750 in Scotland
Scotland
). Before those dates, planting of new woodland was uncommon, so a wood present in 1600 was likely to have developed naturally. In most ancient woods, the trees and shrubs have been cut down periodically as part of the management cycle. Provided that the area has remained as woodland, the stand is still considered ancient. Since it may have been cut