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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
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
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Jonathan Carroll
JONATHAN SAMUEL CARROLL (born January 26, 1949) is an American fiction writer primarily known for novels that may be labelled magic realism , slipstream or contemporary fantasy . He has lived in Austria since the 1970s. CONTENTS * 1 Life and work * 2 Awards * 3 Bibliography * 3.1 Novels * 3.2 Novellas and short novels * 3.3 Short story collections * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Interviews * 7 External links LIFE AND WORKCarroll was born in New York City to Sidney Carroll , a film writer whose credits included The Hustler , and June Carroll (née Sillman), an actress and lyricist who appeared in numerous Broadway shows and two films. He is the half brother of composer Steve Reich and nephew of Broadway producer Leonard Sillman . His parents were Jewish , but Carroll was raised in the Christian Science religion
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Mark Chadbourn
MARK CHADBOURN is an English fantasy, science fiction , historical fiction, and horror author with more than a dozen novels (and one non-fiction book) published around the world. Born in the English Midlands
English Midlands
from a long line of coal miners. he gained a degree in Economic History and went on to become a journalist, working for some of Britain's leading newspapers and magazines including The Times
The Times
, The Independent
The Independent
, and Marie Claire
Marie Claire
. His writing career began in 1990 when his first published short story Six Dead Boys in a Very Dark World won Fear magazine 's Best New Author
Author
award. It attracted the attention of agents and publishers
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Arthur C. Clarke
United Kingdom Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
(resident guest status) ALMA MATER King\'s College London PERIOD 1946–2008 (professional fiction writer) GENRE Hard science fiction Popular science
Popular science
SUBJECT Science NOTABLE WORKS * Childhood\'s End * 2001: A Space Odyssey * Rendezvous with Rama * The Fountains of Paradise SPOUSE Marilyn Mayfield (1953–1964) WEBSITE www.clarkefoundation.orgSIR ARTHUR CHARLES CLARKE, CBE , FRAS (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer , science writer and futurist , inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey , widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time
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Michael Coney
MICHAEL GREATREX CONEY (September 28, 1932 - November 4, 2005) was a British science fiction writer, best known for his novel Hello Summer Goodbye. He spent the later half of his life in Canada. Born in Birmingham
Birmingham
, England, on September 28, 1932, he relocated to Sidney , British Columbia
British Columbia
during 1972. He died at the age 73 of pleural mesothelioma , a cancer of the lining of the lungs, on November 4, 2005 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital palliative care unit. CONTENTS * 1 Works * 2 Fiction * 2.1 Novels * 3 Non-Fiction * 4 Awards and nominations * 5 References * 6 Sources * 7 External links WORKSA common element in Coney's work is that of ordinary people buffeted by forces beyond their strength, and mostly not much concerned with them. Most SF gives superior power to the main characters, or has them acquire it during the course of the tale. Coney satirised it in The Hero of Downways
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Stephen Baxter (author)
STEPHEN BAXTER (born 13 November 1957) is a British hard science fiction author. He has degrees in mathematics and engineering. CONTENTS * 1 Writing style * 2 Literary awards * 3 Personal life * 4 Bibliography * 5 References * 6 External links WRITING STYLEStrongly influenced by SF pioneer H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
, Baxter has been a distinguished Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Society since 2006. His fiction falls into three main categories of original work plus a fourth category, extending other authors' writing; each has a different basis, style, and tone. Baxter's "Future History " mode is based on research into hard science
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J.G. Ballard
JAMES GRAHAM BALLARD (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Born in an international settlement in Shanghai
Shanghai
to British parents before his family emigrated to the UK, Ballard began writing in the 1950s, becoming associated with the New Wave of science fiction with post-apocalyptic novels such as The Wind from Nowhere (1961) and The Drowned World (1962). In the late 1960s, Ballard produced a variety of experimental short stories (or "condensed novels"), such as those collected in the controversial The Atrocity Exhibition (1970). In the mid 1970s, Ballard published several novels, among them the highly controversial Crash (1973), a story about symphorophilia and car crash fetishism , and High-Rise (1975), a depiction of a luxury apartment building 's descent into violent chaos
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Parent Company
A PARENT COMPANY is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operation by doing and influencing or electing its board of directors . The second company is deemed a subsidiary of the parent company
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Anthony Price
ANTHONY PRICE (born 16 August 1928 in Hertfordshire , England) is an author of espionage thrillers . CONTENTS * 1 Life and work * 2 Bibliography * 2.1 Novels * 2.2 Short stories * 2.3 Non-fiction * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND WORKPrice attended The King\'s School, Canterbury and served in the British Army from 1947 to 1949, reaching the rank of Captain . He read History at Merton College, Oxford from 1949 to 1952, and was awarded an MA in 1956. Price was a journalist with the Westminster Press from 1952 to 1988, as well as an editor with the Oxford Times from 1972 to 1988. He is the author of nineteen novels in the Dr David Audley/Colonel Jack Butler series. These books focus on a group of counter-intelligence agents who work for an organization loosely based on the real MI5
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Fantasy
FANTASY is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe , often, but not always, without any locations, events, or people referencing 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
Magic
and magical creatures are common in many of these 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. In popular culture , the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form
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Robert Cormier
ROBERT EDMUND CORMIER (January 17, 1925 – November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, sad books. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese , After the First Death , We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War , all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes such as abuse , mental illness , violence, revenge , betrayal and conspiracy . In most of his novels, the protagonists do not win. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Awards * 4 Personal life * 5 Published works * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONRobert Cormier was born in 1925 to Lucien Joseph and Irma M. Cormier, in Leominster , Massachusetts , in the French-Canadian section of the town called French Hill. He was the second of eight children
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Thomas Disch
THOMAS MICHAEL DISCH (February 2, 1940 – July 4, 2008) was an American science fiction author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, and he had two other Hugo nominations and nine Nebula Award nominations to his credit, plus one win of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award , a Rhysling Award , and two Seiun Awards , among others. In the 1960s, his work began appearing in science-fiction magazines. His critically acclaimed science fiction novels, The Genocides , Camp Concentration , 334 and On Wings of Song are major contributions to the New Wave science fiction movement. In 1996, his book The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poets, and Poetasters was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award , and in 1999, Disch won the Nonfiction Hugo for The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of , a meditation on the impact of science fiction on our culture, as well as the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse
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William Gibson
WILLIAM FORD GIBSON (born March 17, 1948) is a Canadian-American speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk . Beginning his writing career in the late 1970s, his early works were noir , near-future stories that explored the effects of technology, cybernetics , and computer networks on humans—a "combination of lowlife and high tech " —and helped to create an iconography for the information age before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson notably coined the term "cyberspace " in his short story " Burning Chrome " (1982) and later popularized the concept in his acclaimed debut novel Neuromancer (1984). These early works have been credited with "renovating" science fiction literature after it had fallen largely into insignificance in the 1970s
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Jon Grimwood
JON COURTENAY GRIMWOOD (born 1953 in Valletta , Malta ) is a British science fiction and fantasy author. He writes also as JONATHAN GRIMWOOD (literary fiction) and JACK GRIMWOOD (crime fiction and thrillers). CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Writing style * 3 Novels * 4 References * 5 External links BIOGRAPHYGrimwood was born in 1953 in Valletta, Malta, grew up in Malta, Britain, Southeast Asia and Norway in the 1960s and 1970s. He studied at Kingston University, then worked in publishing and as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers including The Guardian , The Daily Telegraph , The Times , and The Independent . He now lives in Paris and Winchester and is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker , with a son, Jamie, from a previous marriage. Much of his early work within SF Stamping Butterflies (2005); 9Tail Fox (2006); End of the World Blues (2007)
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M. John Harrison
MICHAEL JOHN HARRISON (born 26 July 1945), known for publication purposes primarily as M. JOHN HARRISON, is an English author and literary critic. His work includes the Viriconium sequence of novels and short stories (1971–1984), Climbers (1989), and the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy, which consists of Light (2002), Nova Swing
Nova Swing
(2006) and Empty Space (2012). He is widely considered one of the major stylists of modern fantasy and science fiction , and a "genre contrarian"
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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 oldest of five children, was born in Hythe, Kent . His father, Robert Frank Holdstock, was a police officer and his mother, Kathleen Madeline Holdstock, was a nurse
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