Shadows Over Baker Street
Shadows Over Baker Street is an anthology of stories, each by a different author and each concerning an exploit of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes set against the backdrop of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos; the collection is edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan, who contributed the introduction. Doyle's estate approved the book. All-Consuming Fire Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Gaslight Grimoire Sherlock Holmes Vs. Cthulhu
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods and The Graveyard Book, he has won numerous awards, including the Hugo 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. In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. Gaiman's family is of other Eastern European Jewish origins, his father, David Bernard Gaiman, worked in the same chain of stores. He has two younger sisters and Lizzy. After living for a period in the nearby town of Portchester, where Neil was born in 1960, the Gaimans moved in 1965 to the West Sussex town of East Grinstead, where his parents studied Dianetics at the Scientology centre in the town, his other sister, Lizzy Calcioli, has said, "Most of our social activities were involved with Scientology or our Jewish family.
It would get confusing when people would ask my religion as a kid. I'd say,'I'm a Jewish Scientologist.'" Gaiman says that he is not a Scientologist, that like Judaism, Scientology is his family's religion. About his personal views, Gaiman has stated, "I think. I would not beat the drum for the existence of God in this universe. I don't know, I think there's a 50/50 chance, it doesn't matter to me."Gaiman was able to read at the age of four. He said, "I was a reader. I loved reading. Reading things gave me pleasure. I was good at most subjects in school, not because I had any particular aptitude in them, but because on the first day of school they'd hand out schoolbooks, I'd read them—which would mean that I'd know what was coming up, because I'd read it." When he was about ten years old, he read his way through the works of Dennis Wheatley, where The Ka of Gifford Hillary and The Haunting of Toby Jugg made an impact on him. One work that made a particular impression on him was J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings from his school library, although it only had the first two volumes of the novel.
He took them out and read them. He would win the school English prize and the school reading prize, enabling him to acquire the third volume. For his seventh birthday, Gaiman received, he recalled that "I admired his use of parenthetical statements to the reader, where he would just talk to you... I'd think,'Oh, my gosh, so cool! I want to do that! When I become an author, I want to be able to do things in parentheses.' I liked the power of putting things in brackets." Narnia introduced him to literary awards the 1956 Carnegie Medal won by the concluding volume. When Gaiman won the 2010 Medal himself, the press reported him recalling, "it had to be the most important literary award there was" and observing, "if you can make yourself aged seven happy, you're doing well – it's like writing a letter to yourself aged seven." Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was another childhood favourite, "a favourite forever. Alice was default reading to the point where I knew it by heart." He enjoyed Batman comics as a child.
Gaiman was educated at several Church of England schools, including Fonthill School in East Grinstead, Ardingly College, Whitgift School in Croydon. His father's position as a public relations official of the Church of Scientology was the cause of the seven-year-old Gaiman being blocked from entering a boys' school, forcing him to remain at the school that he had been attending, he lived in East Grinstead for many years, from 1965 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1987. He met his first wife, Mary McGrath, while she was studying Scientology and living in a house in East Grinstead, owned by his father; the couple were married in 1985 after having Michael. As a child and a teenager, Gaiman read the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Mary Shelley, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Lord Dunsany and G. K. Chesterton; when he was 19–20 years old, he contacted his favourite science fiction writer, R. A. Lafferty, whom he discovered when he was nine, asked for advice on becoming an author along with a Lafferty pastiche he had written.
The writer sent Gaiman an informative letter back, along with literary advice. Gaiman has said Roger Zelazny was the author who influenced him the most, with this influence seen in Gaiman's literary style and the topics he writes about. Other authors Gaiman says "furnished the inside of my mind and set me to writing" include Moorcock, Samuel R. Delany, Angela Carter, Lafferty and Le Guin. Neil Gaiman has taken inspiration from the folk tales tradition, citing Otta F Swire's book on the legends of the Isle of Skye as his inspiration for The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains. In the early 1980s, Gaiman pursued journalism, conducting interviews and writing book reviews, as a means to learn about the world and to make connections that he hoped would assist h
Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an American writer of science fiction and alternate history literature. He wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, hundreds of radio scripts and television plays. Leinster was born in Norfolk, the son of George B. Jenkins and Mary L. Jenkins, his father was an accountant. Although both parents were born in Virginia, the family lived in Manhattan in 1910, according to the 1910 Federal Census, he began his career as a freelance writer before World War I. Over the next three years, Leinster published ten more stories in the magazine. During World War I, Leinster served with the Committee of Public Information and the United States Army. During and after the war, he began appearing in pulp magazines like Argosy, Snappy Stories, Breezy Stories, he continued to appear in Argosy into the 1950s. When the pulp magazines began to diversify into particular genres in the 1920s, Leinster followed suit, selling jungle stories to Danger Trails, westerns to West and Cowboy Stories, detective stories to Black Mask and Mystery Stories, horror stories to Weird Tales, romance stories to Love Story Magazine under the pen name Louisa Carter Lee.
Leinster's first science fiction story, "The Runaway Skyscraper", appeared in the February 22, 1919 issue of Argosy, was reprinted in the June 1926 issue of Hugo Gernsback's first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. In the 1930s, he published several science fiction stories and serials in Amazing and Astounding Stories, he continued to appear in other genre pulps such as Detective Fiction Weekly and Smashing Western, as well as Collier's Weekly beginning in 1936 and Esquire starting in 1939. Leinster was an early writer of parallel universe stories. Four years before Jack Williamson's The Legion of Time came out, Leinster published his "Sidewise in Time" in the June 1934 issue of Astounding. Leinster's vision of extraordinary oscillations in time had a long-term impact on other authors, for example Isaac Asimov's "Living Space", "The Red Queen's Race", The End of Eternity. Leinster's 1945 novella "First Contact" is credited as one of the first instances of a universal translator in science fiction.
In 2000, Leinster's heirs sued Paramount Pictures over the film Star Trek: First Contact, claiming that it infringed their trademark in the term. However, the suit was dismissed. Leinster was one of the few science fiction writers from the 1930s to survive in the John W. Campbell era of higher writing standards, publishing over three dozen stories in Astounding and Analog under Campbell's editorship; the last story by Leinster in Analog was "Quarantine World" in the November 1966 issue, thirty-six years after his appearance in the premier January 1930 issue. Murray Leinster's 1946 short story "A Logic Named Joe" contains one of the first descriptions of a computer in fiction. In the story, Leinster was decades ahead of his time in imagining the Internet, he envisioned logics in every home, linked through a distributed system of servers, to provide communications, data access, commerce. After the war, when both his name and the pulps had achieved a wider acceptance, he would use either "William Fitzgerald", "Fitzgerald Jenkins" or "Will F. Jenkins" as names on stories when "Leinster" had sold a piece to a particular issue.
Leinster was so prolific a writer that Groff Conklin, when reviewing Operation: Outer Space in March 1955, noted that it was his fourth novel of 1954 and that another would be reviewed in the next month. Leinster continued publishing in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in Galaxy Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, as well as The Saturday Evening Post, he won a Hugo Award for his 1956 story "Exploration Team". Leinster's career included tie-in fiction based on several science fiction TV series: an episodic 1960 novel, Men into Space, was derived from the series' basic concepts, but Leinster had little knowledge of the series' actual content, none of the book episodes bear any relationship to the filmed episodes. Men Into Space was followed, seven years by two original novels based on The Time Tunnel, three based on Land of the Giants. Leinster was an inventor under his real name of William F. Jenkins, best known for the front projection process used in special effects. In 1921, he married Mary Mandola, born in New York to Italian parents.
They had four daughters. Liberty Award for "A Very Nice Family", first published in the January 2, 1937 issue of Liberty Magazine. Hugo Award for Best Novelette for "Exploration Team". Retro-Hugo for Best Novelette for "First Contact". Guest of Honor at Discon I, the 21st Worldcon in 1963; the Sidewise Award for Alternate History is named after Leinster's story "Sidewise in Time." In the 1979 American film Starcrash, the spaceship in the opening sequence is called the Murray Leinster. In Virginia, 27 June 2009 was designated Will F. Jenkins Day in honor of his achievements in science fiction. Sword of Kings, John Long, 1933. Scalps, Brewer & Warren, 1930. Murder Madness, Brewer & Warren, 1931. Murder Will Out, John Hamilton, 1932. No Clues (as Wil
Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction. He was a poet, actor in theater and films and chess expert. With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having coined the term. Fritz Leiber was born December 24, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois, to the actors Fritz Leiber and Virginia Bronson Leiber. For a time, he seemed inclined to follow in his parents' footsteps, he spent 1928 touring with his parents' Shakespeare company before entering the University of Chicago, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received an undergraduate Ph. B. degree in psychology and physiology or biology with honors in 1932. From 1932 to 1933, he worked as a lay reader and studied as a candidate for the ministry at the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, Manhattan, an affiliate of the Episcopal Church, without taking a degree. After pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Chicago from 1933 to 1934 and failing once more to take a degree, he remained based in Chicago while touring intermittently with his parents' company and pursuing a concurrent literary career.
He appeared alongside his father in uncredited parts in several films, including George Cukor's Camille, James Whale's The Great Garrick and William Dieterle's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1936, he initiated a brief yet intense correspondence with H. P. Lovecraft, who "encouraged and influenced literary development" before succumbing to small intestine cancer and malnutrition in March 1937. Leiber introduced Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in "Two Sought Adventure", his first professionally published short story in the August 1939 edition of Unknown, edited by John W. Campbell. Leiber married Jonquil Stephens on January 16, 1936. From 1937 to 1941, he was employed by Consolidated Book Publishing as a staff writer for the Standard American Encyclopedia. In 1941, the family moved to California, where Leiber served as a speech and drama instructor at Occidental College during the 1941–1942 academic year. Unable to conceal his disdain for academic politics as the United States entered World War II, he decided that the struggle against fascism was more important than his long-held pacifist convictions.
He accepted a position with Douglas Aircraft in quality inspection working on the C-47 Skytrain. Thereafter, the family returned to Chicago, where Leiber served as associate editor of Science Digest from 1945 to 1956. During this decade, his output was characterized by Poul Anderson as "a lot of the best science fiction and fantasy in the business." In 1958, the Leibers returned to Los Angeles. By this juncture, he was able to relinquish his journalistic career and support his family as a full-time fiction writer. Jonquil's death in 1969 precipitated Leiber's permanent relocation to San Francisco and exacerbated his longstanding alcoholism after twelve years of fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1977, he returned to his original form with a fantasy novel set in modern-day San Francisco, Our Lady of Darkness, about a writer of weird tales who must deal with the death of his wife and his recovery from alcoholism; as a result of his substance abuse, Leiber seems to have suffered periods of penury in the 1970s.
Other reports suggest that Leiber preferred to live in the city, spending his money on dining and travel. In the last years of his life, royalty checks from TSR, Inc. were enough in themselves to ensure that he lived comfortably. In 1992, the last year of his life, Leiber married his second wife, Margo Skinner, a journalist and poet with whom he had been friends for many years. Leiber's death occurred a few weeks after a physical collapse while traveling from a science fiction convention in London, with Skinner; the cause of his death was stated by his wife to be stroke. He wrote a 100-page-plus memoir, Not Much Disorder and Not So Early Sex, which can be found in The Ghost Light. Leiber's own literary criticism, including several essays on Lovecraft, was collected in the volume Fafhrd and Me; as the child of two Shakespearean actors—Fritz Sr. and Virginia —Leiber was fascinated with the stage, describing itinerant Shakespearean companies in stories like "No Great Magic" and "Four Ghosts in Hamlet," and creating an actor/producer protagonist for his novel A Specter is Haunting Texas.
Although his Change War novel, The Big Time, is about a war between two factions, the "Snakes" and the "Spiders", changing and rechanging history throughout the universe, all the action takes place in a smal
A Pail of Air
"A Pail of Air" is a science fiction short story by American writer Fritz Leiber. It appeared in the December 1951 issue of Galaxy Magazine and was dramatized on the radio show X Minus One in March 1956; the story is narrated by a ten-year-old boy living on Earth after it has become a rogue planet, having been torn away from the Sun by a passing "dark star". The loss of solar heating has caused the Earth's atmosphere to freeze into thick layers of "snow"; the boy's father had worked with a group of other scientists to construct a large shelter, but the earthquakes accompanying the disaster had destroyed it and killed the others. He managed to construct a smaller, makeshift shelter called the "Nest" for his family, where they maintain a breathable atmosphere by periodically retrieving pails of frozen oxygen to thaw over a fire, they have survived in this way for a number of years. At the end, they are found by a search party from a large group of survivors at Los Alamos, where they are using nuclear power to provide heat and have begun using rockets to search for other survivors.
They reveal that other groups of humans have survived at Argonne and Harwell nuclear research facilities as well as in Tannu Tuva, that plans are being made to establish uranium-mining colonies at Great Slave Lake or in the Congo region. The story is collected in The Best of Fritz Leiber and Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories. Rogue planet A Pail of Air title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Leiber, Fritz. "A Pail of Air". Retrieved 2012-10-14. Listen to A Pail of Air on X Minus One, NBC, 1956 A Pail of Air at Project Gutenberg
A Man of the People
A Man of the People is a novel by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. This satirical novel is a story told by the young and educated narrator, Odili, on his conflict with Chief Nanga, his former teacher who enters a career in politics in an unnamed modern African country. Odili represents the changing younger generation; the book ends with a military coup, similar to the real-life coups of Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Yakubu Gowon. A Man of the People is a first-person account of Odili, a school teacher in a fictional country resembling post-colonial Nigeria. Odili receives an invitation from his former teacher, Chief Nanga, now the powerful but corrupt Minister of Culture; as Minister, Nanga's job is to protect the traditions of his country when he is known as "A Man of the People". Instead, his position is used to increase his personal wealth and power that proves alluring to Odili's girlfriend. Seeking revenge, Odili begins to pursue the minister's fiancee. Odili agrees to lead an opposition party in the face of violent threats.
There is a military coup. Upon reading an advance copy of the novel, Achebe's friend, Nigerian poet and playwright John Pepper Clark declared: "Chinua, I know you are a prophet. Everything in this book has happened except a military coup!"Later on, Nigerian Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu seized control of the northern region of the country as part of a larger coup attempt. Commanders in other areas failed, the plot was answered by a military crackdown which resulted in the presidency of Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi; some of the themes from the novel are found in a short story "The Voter", published in Black Orpheus magazine. Achebe's first three novels were all set in Igbo villages in Nigeria. A Man of the People, was set in a fictional African country as Achebe sought to write African literature on the condition of the continent in more general terms; the novel does not include cultural groups. The problems portrayed in the book, such as bribery and governmental apathy, were experienced by many West African nations in the neocolonial era.
As Nigeria had not experienced a coup when Achebe wrote A Man of the People, his model for the novel's events must have been military coups in other African nations. Despite his intentions, the subsequent coup in Nigeria meant that the book was again seen as being principally about Nigeria; the novel was republished in the influential Heinemann African Writers Series
A Can of Paint
A Can of Paint is a science fiction short story by Canadian-American writer A. E. van Vogt published in Astounding in 1944. It is a light-hearted look at the first manned mission to Venus, a "science puzzle" or "problem story" that requires the protagonist to think his way out of a thorny situation. Included in several anthologies, it was made into a short film in 2004; the protagonist lands on Venus, the first man to make the journey without falling into the Sun. Exiting the ship to begin exploring, he notices a cube-like object with a handle on it just outside the door, he picks it up and it speaks to him through mind telepathy. "I contain paint..." is all he manages to hear before a small amount squirts out onto his shirt and he drops the cube. The paint has all the colors of a rainbow, he soon notices that the paint is spreading, when he removes his shirt it jumps onto his skin. When he attempts to rub it off, it flows back on, he attempts to use various chemicals to remove it, using every solvent he can find and some of his precious rocket fuel.
None of these work, so he tries a screw-top container which he uses to scoop it off, locking it within so it cannot flow back. After filling part of a bucket, he notices that there is no less paint on him than before – it appears to be self-repairing, he notices that he is growing hot, as it is a powerful insulator. He is bemused by the fact; that insulation quality will kill him due to overheating, long before the worrying possibility of it covering his body completely. Thinking about the problem, he realizes that such a perfect paint had to be manufactured by an advanced technology, he turns on his radio and is contacted by the Venusians. They explain that their bodies are so hideous that they are afraid the sight of them will drive humans mad, they have developed the can of paint with human telepathy at great expense as a sort of IQ test, that if he lives through test and is able to look at them, any following visitor with his IQ or better will be allowed in. After apologizing for all the bother, they disconnect.
Careful not to lift the cube again, he places his hand on the handle and it begins "I contain 2/3rds paint... " and goes on to read out a complete list of ingredients and application instructions. The primary ingredient is liquid light, the instructions say it can be removed by applying darkness paste. Finding this amusing because he does not know where the hardware store is, he realizes he has a solution; the action continues with him on his way back to Earth, talking on the radio to another ship making the journey. He explains that he lined his fuel tank with solar cells, capturing the light given off from the paint while blocking any light from outside falling on it, it runs out of energy and falls off as a powder. He mentions that he is returning with his ship filled with cans of this indestructible, self-applying, insulating perfect paint, with which he hopes to make his fortune; the story was first published in Astounding in September 1944, at the height of van Vogt's short-story efforts.
It was included in Destination: Universe! in 1952, in Transfinite: The Essential A. E. van Vogt in 2003. Although it is not as well known as van Vogt's stories like "Far Centaurus", it is commented on in off-topic references. Damon Knight's dismissive review of van Vogt's works singles out the story as one to be ridiculed, he notes: The complaint is ironic, given that solar cells were invented less than a decade and their first use was for spacecraft. They remain a common fixture of every spacecraft to this day; the story was adapted to the screen by Winston Engle, filmed by director Robi Michael in 2004. The story remains similar to the original, although the setting is moved from Venus to a derelict spaceship found in deep space; the protagonist, Kilgour speaks only to his ship's computer, but the action remains otherwise faithful to the original. Knight, Damon. In Search of Wonder. Advent. A Can of Paint on IMDb