K. W. Jeter
Kevin Wayne Jeter, known both and professionally as K. W. Jeter, is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, paranoid, unsympathetic characters, he has written novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, has written three sequels to Blade Runner. Jeter attended college at California State University, Fullerton where he became friends with James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers, through them, Philip K. Dick. Jeter was the inspiration for "Kevin" in Dick's semi-autobiographical novel, Valis. Many of Jeter's books focus on the subjective nature of reality in a way reminiscent of Dick's. Philip K. Dick enthusiastically recommended Dr. Adder. Due to its violent and sexually provocative content, it took Jeter around ten years to find a publisher for it. Jeter would coin the term steampunk, in reference to cyberpunk in a letter to Locus in April 1987, in order describe the steam-technology, alternate-history works that he published along with his friends and Powers.
Jeter's steampunk novels are Infernal Devices and its sequel Fiendish Schemes. As well as his own original novels, K. W. Jeter has written three authorized novel sequels to the critically acclaimed 1982 motion picture Blade Runner, adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Seeklight The Dreamfields Morlock Night Soul Eater Dr. Adder The Glass Hammer Dark Seeker Mantis Death Arms Farewell Horizontal In the Land of the Dead The Night Man Alligator Alley, with Mink Mole a.k.a. Tim MacNamara Madlands Wolf Flow Noir The Kingdom of Shadows Death's Apprentice, with Gareth Jefferson Jones Infernal Devices Fiendish Schemes Grim Expectations Ninja Two-Fifty The Mandalorian Armor Slave Ship Hard Merchandise Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon Bloodletter Warped Mister E N-Vector Real Dangerous Girl Real Dangerous Job Real Dangerous People Real Dangerous Place Real Dangerous Fun Real Dangerous Ride K. W. Jeter at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database K. W. Jeter website Cyberpunk timeline at cyberpunkreview.com
Tor Books is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a publishing company based in New York City. It publishes science fiction and fantasy titles, publishes the online science fiction magazine Tor.com. Tor was founded by Tom Doherty in 1980. Tor is a word from Old English meaning the peak of a rocky hill or mountain, as depicted in Tor's logo. Tor Books was sold to St. Martin's Press in 1987. Along with St. Martin's Press. Tor is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates. There is the Forge imprint that publishes an array of fictional titles, including historical novels and thrillers. Tor Books publishes two imprints for young readers: Starscape and Tor Teen. Tor Books has the Tor.com imprint that focuses on short works such as novellas, shorter novels and serializations. A United Kingdom sister imprint, Tor UK exists and specializes in science fiction and horror, while publishing young-adult crossover fiction based on computer-game franchises. Tor UK maintained an open submission policy, which ended in January 2013.
Orb Books publishes science-fiction classics such as A. E. Van Vogt's Slan. Tor Teen publishes young-adult novels such as Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and repackages novels such as Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game for younger readers. Tor Labs produces podcasts. A German sister imprint, Fischer Tor, was founded in August 2016 as an imprint of S. Fischer Verlag, it publishes international titles translated into German, as well as original German works. Fischer Tor publishes the German online magazine Tor Online, based on the same concept as the English Tor.com online magazine, but has its own independent content. Authors published by Tor and Forge include Kevin J. Anderson, Steven Brust, Orson Scott Card, Jonathan Carroll, Charles de Lint, Philip K. Dick, Cory Doctorow, Steven Erikson, Terry Goodkind, Steven Gould, Brian Herbert, Glen Hirshberg, Robert Jordan, Andre Norton, Harold Robbins, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, V. E. Schwab, Skyler White, Gene Wolfe. Tor UK has published authors such as Douglas Adams, Rjurik Davidson, Amanda Hocking, China Miéville, Adam Nevill, Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Tor publishes a range of its works as e-books and, in 2012, Doherty announced that his imprints would sell only DRM-free e-books by July of that year. One year Tor stated that the removal of DRM had not harmed its e-book business, so they would continue selling them DRM-free. In July 2018, Macmillan Publishers and Tor announced that Tor's e-books would no longer be made available for libraries to purchase and lend to borrowers, via digital distribution services such as OverDrive, until four months after their initial publication date; the company cited the "direct and adverse impact" of electronic lending on retail eBook sales, but suggested that the change was part of a "test program" and could be reevaluated. Tor won the Locus Magazine poll for best science fiction publisher in 29 consecutive years from 1988 to 2016 inclusive. In March 2014, Worlds Without End listed Tor as the second-most awarded and nominated publisher of science fiction and horror books, after Gollancz. At that time, Tor had received 316 nominations and 54 wins for 723 published novels, written by 197 authors.
In the following year, Tor surpassed Gollancz to become the top publisher on the list. By March 2018, Tor's record had increased to 579 nominations and 111 wins, across 16 tracked awards given in the covered genres, with a total of 2,353 published novels written by 576 authors. Official website Official website Official website Tor.com community site Tor Online community site Tor Books profile at Reason, December 2008
Juanita Ruth Coulson is an American science fiction and fantasy writer most well known for her Children of the Stars books, published from 1981 to 1989. She was a longtime editor of the science fiction fanzine Yandro, she is known for her filk music, receiving numerous awards for her songwriting. Coulson published her first novel, Crisis on Cheiron, in 1967, she has collaborated with numerous authors including Marion Zimmer Bradley. Several of her novels concern the exploitation of primitive intelligent species, human expansion, first contact, she edited the science fiction fanzine Yandro, with her husband Robert Coulson, from 1953 to 1986. Yandro was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine every year from 1958 to 1967; the magazine won in 1965, thus making Coulson one of the first women editors to be so honored. Coulson was a guest of honor at the 2010 NASFiC ReConStruction, she received the "Big Heart Award" award for fan activism at Chicon 7 in 2012. In May 2014, Coulson was elected the delegate for the Down Under Fan Fund, would be attending Continuum X, the 53rd annual Australian national science fiction convention.
She was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 1996. She was nominated for several Pegasus Awards for filk music, winning the award for Best Writer/Composer in 2012. Below is an incomplete bibliography: Crisis on Cheiron The Singing Stones Door into Terror The Secret of Seven Oaks Unto the Last Generation Space Trap Dark Priestess Fire of the Andes Star Sister Shadow over Scorpio Stone of Blood Fear Stalks the Bayou The Web of Wizardry The Death God's Citadel Tomorrow's Heritage Outward Bound Legacy of Earth The Past of Forever Juanita Coulson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Frank Kelly Freas
Frank Kelly Freas was an American science fiction and fantasy artist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He was known as the "Dean of Science Fiction Artists" and he was the second artist inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Born in Hornell, New York, Freas was the son of two photographers, was raised in Canada, he was educated at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, where he received training from long-time art teacher Elizabeth Weiffenbach. He entered the United States Army Air Forces right out of high school, he flew as camera man for reconnaissance in the South Pacific and painted bomber noses during World War II. He worked for Curtis-Wright for a brief period went to study at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and began to work in advertising, his first marriage was in 1948 to Nina Vaccaro, they divorced. He married Pauline Bussard in 1952. Polly died of cancer in January 1987. In 1988 he married Dr. Laura Brodian; the fantasy magazine Weird Tales published the first cover art by Freas on its November 1950 issue: "The Piper" illustrating "The Third Shadow" by H. Russell Wakefield.
His second was a year in the same magazine, followed by several Planet Stories or Weird Tales covers and interior illustrations for three Gnome Press books in 1952. With his illustrating career underway, he continued to devise unique and imaginative concepts for other fantasy and science fiction magazines of that period. In a field where airbrushing is common practice, paintings by Freas are notable for his use of bold brush strokes, a study of his work reveals his experimentation with a wide variety of tools and techniques. Over the next five decades, he created covers for hundreds of books and magazines, notably Astounding Science Fiction, both before and after its title change to Analog, from 1953 to 2003, he started at Mad magazine by July 1958 was the magazine's new cover artist. He created cover illustrations for DAW, Ballantine Books, all 58 Laser Books, over 90 covers for Ace books alone, he was artist for the first ten Starblaze books. He illustrated the cover of Jean Shepherd, Ian Ballantine, Theodore Sturgeon's literary hoax, I, Libertine.
That same year he drew cartoon illustrations for Bernard Shir-Cliff's The Wild Reader. Freas painted insignia and posters for Skylab I, he was active in gaming and medical illustration. His cover of Queen's album News of the World was a pastiche of his October 1953 cover illustration for Tom Godwin's "The Gulf Between" for Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Freas published several collections of his art gave presentations, his work appeared in numerous exhibitions, he was among several of the inaugural recipients of the Hugo Award for Best Artist in 1955 and was recipient under different names of the next three conferred in 1956, 1958, 1959. With six more Hugo awards to his name, he became the first person to receive ten Hugo awards. No other artist in science fiction has matched his record. Freas was twice a Guest of Honor at Worldcon, at Chicon IV in 1982 and at Torcon 3 in 2003, although a fall suffered shortly before the latter convention precluded him from attending, he is buried in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth.
Freas's achievements include the Doctor of Arts, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, December 2003. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in the second artist after Chesley Bonestell. Hugo Awards: Hugo Award for Best Artist 1955–56, 1958–59, 1970, 1972–76. Frank Kelly Freas: The Art of Science Fiction. Norfolk, Virginia: Donning, 1977. Freas, Frank Kelly. "A Separate Star" Freas. "As He Sees It" Official website Kelly Freas tribute site Frank Kelly Freas at Find a Grave "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch, Frank Kelly Freas, January 2, 2005. S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database. Biography and criticismFrank Kelly Freas obituary in The Guardian "Frank Kelly Freas biography". Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Bibliography and worksWorks by Kelly Freas at Project Gu
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a Toronto-based company that publishes series romance and women's fiction. Harlequin was owned by the Torstar Corporation, the largest newspaper publisher in Canada, from 1981 to 2014, it was purchased by News Corp and is now a division of HarperCollins. In May 1949, Harlequin was founded in Winnipeg, Canada as a paperback reprinting company; the business was a partnership between Advocate Printers and Doug Weld of Bryant Press, Richard Bonnycastle, plus Jack Palmer, head of the Canadian distributor of the Saturday Evening Post and the Ladies' Home Journal. Palmer oversaw marketing for the new company and Richard Bonnycastle took charge of the production; the company's first product was Nancy Bruff's novel The Manatee. For its first few years, the company published a wide range of books, all offered for sale for 25 cents. Among the novels they reprinted were works by James Hadley Chase, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Somerset Maugham, their biggest success was Jean Plaidy's Beyond the Blue Mountain.
Of the 30,000 copies sold, only 48 were returned. Although the new company had strong sales, profit margins were limited, the operation struggled to stay solvent. Following the death of Jack Palmer in the mid-1950s, Richard Bonnycastle acquired his 25% interest in Harlequin. Still struggling to survive, soon Doug Weld departed and Richard Bonnycastle, now in full control, transferred Weld's shares to key staff member, Ruth Palmour. In 1953, Harlequin began to publish medical romances; when the company's chief editor died the following year, Bonnycastle's wife, took over his duties. Mary Bonnycastle enjoyed reading the romances of British publisher Mills and Boon, and, at her urging, in 1957 Harlequin acquired the North American distribution rights to the category romance novels, published by Mills and Boon in the Commonwealth of Nations; the first Mills and Boon novel to be reprinted by Harlequin was Anne Vinton's The Hospital in Buwambo. The contract with Mills and Boon was based on a handshake, given each year when Bonnycastle visited London.
He would lunch at the Ritz Hotel with Alan Boon, the son of a Mills and Boon founder, the two would informally agree to extend their business agreement for an additional year. Mary Bonnycastle and her daughter Judy Burgess exercised editorial control over which Mills and Boon novels were reprinted by Harlequin, they had a "decency code" and rejected more sexually explicit material that Mills and Boon submitted for reprinting. Upon realizing the genre was popular, Richard Bonnycastle decided to read a romance novel, he enjoyed it. On his orders, the company conducted a market test with the novel he had read and discovered that it outsold a similar, tamer novel. Overall, intimacy in the novels never extended beyond a chaste kiss between the protagonists; the romances proved to be hugely popular, by 1964 the company was publishing Mills and Boon novels. Although Harlequin had the rights to distribute the Mills and Boon books throughout North America, in 1967 over 78% of their sales took place in Canada, where the sell-through rate was 85%.
Richard Bonnycastle died in 1968 and his son, Richard Bonnycastle, Jr. took over the company. He organized the 1969 relocation of operations to Toronto, Ontario where he built the company into a major force in the publishing industry. In 1970, Bonnycastle, Jr. contracted with Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster to distribute the Mills and Boon novels in the United States. On October 1, 1971, Harlequin purchased Boon. John Boon, another founder's son, remained with the company. North American booksellers were reluctant to stock mass market paperbacks, Harlequin chose to sell their books "where the women are", distributing them in supermarkets and other retail stores; the company focuses on selling the line of books, rather than individual titles. Rather than traditional advertising, the company focused on giveaways. A sampling of books within a line would be given away, sometimes in conjunction with other products, in the hopes that readers would continue to buy books within that line. Harlequin began a reader service, selling directly to readers who agreed to purchase a certain number of books each month.
At the time that Harlequin purchased Mills and Boon, the company published only one line of category romances. Six novels were released each month in this line, known as Harlequin Romance. At John Boon's urging, in 1973 Harlequin introduced Harlequin Presents. Designed to highlight three popular and prolific authors, Anne Hampson, Anne Mather, Violet Winspear, these novels were more sensual than their Harlequin Romance counterparts. Although Mary Bonnycastle disapproved of the more sensual nature of these novels, they had sold well in Great Britain, the company chose to distribute them in North America as well. Within two years the Harlequin Presents novels were outselling Harlequin Romance. In late 1975, Toronto Star Ltd. acquired a 52.5% interest in Harlequin and in 1981 acquired the balance of the shares. By 1975, 70% of Harlequin's sales came from the United States. Despite this fact, the company contracted with only British writers. Harlequin contracted with its first American author in late 1975, when they purchased a novel by Janet Dailey.
Dailey's novels provided the romance genre's "first look at heroines and courtships that take place in America, with American sensibilities, assumptions and most of all, settings." Harlequin was unsure how the market would react to this new type of romance, was unwilling to embrace it. In the late
Raymond F. Jones
Raymond Fisher Jones was an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1952 novel This Island Earth, adapted into the eponymous 1955 film. Jones was born at Salt Lake City and was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from birth, he died at Sandy, Utah, in 1994. Most of Jones' short fiction was published during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, in magazines such as Thrilling Wonder Stories, Astounding Stories, Galaxy, his sixteen novels were published between 1951 and 1978. His short story "Rat Race", first published in the April 1966 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, was nominated for a Hugo Award. In 1996, "Correspondence Course", first published in the April 1945 edition of Astounding Stories, was nominated for a Retro Hugo award for best short story. Another short story, "The Alien Machine", first published in the June 1949 edition of Thrilling Wonder Stories, was combined with two other short stories, "The Shroud of Secrecy" and "The Greater Conflict", expanded into the novel This Island Earth, upon which the movie of the same name was based.
Jones wrote the story upon which a 1952 Tales of Tomorrow television program episode, titled "The Children's Room", was based. Jones short story, "Tools of the Trade", that appeared in the November 1950 issue of Astounding, was the first story dealing with 3D printing, although he called it "Molecular Spray" at the time. Novels and collections Short stories Nine of his books have been made available for free by the Gutenberg Project, despite their recent publication, because they fell into the public domain when the original copyright was not renewed: The Great Gray Plague, The Memory of Mars, Cubs of the Wolf, The Colonists, The Year When Stardust Fell, The Unlearned, The Alien, Human Error, plus the Japanese book 火星の記憶. "Raymond F. Jones"; the Unofficial Raymond F. Jones Website. Retrieved 2005-12-12. Tuck, Donald H.. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. Pp. 247–248. ISBN 0-911682-20-1. "The Hugo Awards". 1946 Retro Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2013-02-10. Works by Raymond F. Jones at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Raymond F. Jones at Internet Archive Raymond F. Jones at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Timothy Thomas "Tim" Powers is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare, his 1987 novel On Stranger Tides served as inspiration for the Monkey Island franchise of video games and was optioned for adaptation into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Most of Powers' novels are "secret histories", he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors influence the motivations and actions of the characters. Powers adheres to established historical facts, he reads extensively on a given subject, the plot develops as he notes inconsistencies and curious data. Powers was born in Buffalo, New York but has lived in California since 1959, he studied English Literature at Cal State Fullerton, earned his B. A. in 1976. It was there that he first met James Blaylock and K. W. Jeter, both of whom remained close friends and occasional collaborators.
Powers and Blaylock invented the poet William Ashbless. Another friend Powers first met during this period was noted science fiction writer Philip K. Dick; when Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was retitled Blade Runner to tie-in with the movie based on the novel, Dick dedicated it to Tim and Serena Powers. Powers' first major novel was The Drawing of the Dark, but the novel that earned him wide praise was The Anubis Gates, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, has since been published in many other languages. Powers teaches part-time in his role as Writer in Residence for the Orange County High School of the Arts and California School of the Arts in San Gabriel Valley in the Creative Writing Conservatory, Chapman University, where Blaylock teaches. Powers and his wife, Serena Batsford Powers live in Muscoy, California, he has served as a mentor author as part of the Clarion science fiction/fantasy writer's workshop. He taught part-time at the University of Redlands; the Skies Discrowned Powers, Timothy.
The Skies Discrowned. Toronto: Laser Books. ISBN 0373720289. Revised as: Powers, Tim. Forsake the Sky. New York: Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 0812549732. An Epitaph in Rust Also published as Epitaph in Rust; the publisher's cover blurb describes a tale that "follows young Thomas from his escape from a rural monastery into the wilds of a future Los Angeles. There he joins a theater company where the play is not the thing – revolution is – and he finds himself in the middle of it; the mayor has been blown up and his android guards are determined to end insurrection. But the theater company has other ideas..."The Drawing of the Dark The siege of Vienna was a struggle between Muslim and Christian magicians over the spiritual center of the West, which happens to be a small inn and brewery in Vienna. The "dark" is a beer, brewing for centuries, which the Fisher King will drink; the Anubis Gates Philip K. Dick Award winner, 1983. Dinner at Deviant's Palace Philip K. Dick Award winner, Nebula Award nominee, 1985 Unusually for Powers, this is set in the future, in a postatomic America in which an extraterrestrial psychic vampire is taking over.
In 2001 the group Cradle of Filth released a song entitled "Dinner at Deviant's Palace", the Lord's Prayer backmasked. On Stranger Tides Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1988 Set in the 18th century Caribbean. In September 2009, Tim Powers confirmed that Disney optioned the novel around April 2007, in order to incorporate elements of it into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, released on May 20, 2011; the Stress of Her Regard Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1990 and winner of the 1990 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Concerning the dealings of the Romantic poets – Byron and Shelley are major characters – with vampire-like beings from Greek mythology, François Villon being mentioned as minor character. Reprinted in 2008 with Tachyon Publications. Fault Lines series Last Call Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards winner, 1993 A professional poker player finds out that he lost far more than he won in a poker game played with Tarot cards two decades ago. Expiration Date World Fantasy Award nominee, 1996.
Earthquake Weather BSFA Award nominee, 1997. Declare World Fantasy Award winner and Locus Fantasy nominee, 2001.