Thomas M. Disch
Thomas Michael Disch was an American science fiction author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, 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, 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 and Poetasters was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, 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. Among his other nonfiction work, he wrote theatre and opera criticism for The New York Times, The Nation, other periodicals.
He published several volumes of poetry as Tom Disch. Following an extended period of depression following the death in 2005 of his life-partner, Charles Naylor, Disch stopped writing entirely, except for poetry and blog entries – although he did produce two novellas. Disch killed himself by gunshot on July 2008 in his apartment in Manhattan, New York City. Naylor and Disch are buried alongside each other at Saint Johns Episcopal Church Columbarium, Iowa, his last book, The Word of God, written shortly before Naylor died, had just been published a few days before Disch's death. Disch was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 2, 1940; because of a polio epidemic in 1946, his mother Helen home-schooled him for a year. As a result, he skipped from kindergarten to second grade. Disch's first formal education was at Catholic schools; the family moved in 1953 to St. Paul in Minnesota, rejoining both pairs of grandparents, where Disch attended both public and Catholic schools. In the Saint Paul public schools, Disch discovered his long-term loves of science fiction and poetry.
He describes poetry as his stepping-stone to the literary world. A teacher at St. Paul Central, Jeannette Cochran, assigned 100 lines of poetry to be memorized, his early fascination continued to influence his work with poetic form and the direction of his criticism. After graduating from high school in 1957, he worked a summer job as a trainee steel draftsman, just one of the many jobs on his path to becoming a writer. Saving enough to move to New York City at the age of 17, he found a Manhattan apartment and began to cast his energies in many directions, he worked as an extra at the Metropolitan Opera House in productions of Spartacus for the Bolshoi Ballet, Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet, Don Giovanni and others for the Met. He found work at a bookstore at a newspaper. At the age of 18, a penniless, gay teenager, he attempted suicide by gas oven, but survived; that year, he enlisted in the army. Disch's incompatibility with the armed forces resulted in a nearly three-month commitment to a mental hospital.
After his discharge, Disch returned to New York and continued to pursue the arts in his own indirect way. He worked, again, in bookstores, as a copywriter; some of these jobs paid off later. He got another job with an insurance company and went to school. A brief flirtation with architecture led him to apply to Cooper Union, where he was told he got the highest score on their entrance exam, but dropped out after a few weeks, he went to night school at New York University, where classes on novella writing and utopian fiction developed his tastes for some of the common forms and topics of science fiction. In May 1962, he decided to write a short story instead of studying for his midterm exams, he sold the story, "The Double Timer", to the magazine Fantastic. Having begun his literary career, he did not return to NYU but rather took another series of odd jobs such as bank teller, mortuary assistant, copy editor – all of which served to fuel what he referred to as his night-time "writing habit". Over the next few years he wrote more science fiction stories, but branched out into poetry.
Disch entered the field of science fiction at a turning point, as the pulp adventure stories of its older style began to be challenged by a more serious and darker style. This movement, called New Wave, tried to show that the ideas and themes of science fiction could be developed beyond the simple engineering-mechanical approach of traditional SF. Rather than trying to compete with mainstream writers on the New York literary scene, Disch plunged into the emerging genre of science fiction, began to work to liberate it from some of its strict formula and narrow conventions, his first novel, The Genocides, appeared in 1965. Much of his more literary science fiction was first published in English author Michael Moorcock's New Wave magazine, New Worlds. Disch traveled and lived in England, Spain and Mexico. In spite of this, he remained a New Yorker for the last twenty years of his life, keeping a long-time New York residence overlooking Union Square, he said that "a city like New York, to my mind, is the whole world."
Graham Joyce was a British writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards, including the O. Henry Award and the World Fantasy Award, for both his novels and short stories, he grew up in a small mining village just outside Coventry to a working-class family. After receiving a B. Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M. A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988, he subsequently quit his position and moved to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Crete to write his first novel, Dreamside. After selling Dreamside to Pan Books in 1991, Joyce moved back to England to pursue a career as a full-time writer, he was awarded a PhD by publication at Nottingham Trent University, where he taught creative writing from 1996 until his death and was made a reader in creative writing. Graham Joyce resided in Leicester with his wife, Suzanne Johnsen, their two children and Joseph. Joyce was the regular first-choice goalkeeper for the England Writers football team, appearing in international fixtures against Germany, Sweden, Israel, Hungary and Austrian Writers teams.
He described his footballing experiences in his non-fiction book Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular. He was a supporter of Coventry City FC and wrote pieces for fanzines. Joyce died on 9 September 2014, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2013. Both publishers and critics alike have found difficulty in classifying Joyce's writing, his novels have been categorized as fantasy, science fiction and mainstream literature—with some overlapping genres. Joyce utilizes a wide variety of settings and character perspectives. Settings include Scotland, The English Midlands, the Middle East, the jungles of Thailand, he has penned for both adult and juvenile protagonists, with an emphasis on strong female characters. The greater unity in Joyce's works, lies in their thematic and philosophical topics. Bill Sheehan, who wrote the introduction for Partial Eclipse, states: “Among the issues Graham dramatizes are the inevitability of grief, loss and change, the primal importance of family bonds, the beauty of the feminine, the life altering effects of parenthood, the nature of the creative unconscious, the overwhelming power of the erotic, the corrupting effects of power, the importance of self-awareness, the fundamental need for order and coherence in the face of a chaotic, inimical universe.”
The mystical or supernatural play a pivotal role in Joyce's works. For this, he taps the folkloric associations of his settings. Joyce's treatment of these experiences is; the supernatural is not seen as a conflict or an obstacle to be overcome, but rather an integral part of a natural order that a character must accept and integrate. Running parallel to these phenomena is the possibility of a rational or psychological explanation; this literary approach is influenced in part by Joyce's experiences with his own family: "My grandmother was one of these old women who used to have dreams and visions and messages arriving. She would fall asleep in a chair, there would be a knock on the door, she would go to the door, someone strange would come to the door and deliver a message, and she would wake up again in her chair. Now my mother and my aunties told me these stories over again, but they just lived. They didn't fight it as in a horror film, they didn't have to overcome it. It didn't get worse and worse.
They just accepted this mystery and they cooked the dinner." This particular quality has prompted some critics to classify Joyce as a magic realist in the vein of such Latinamerican writers as Gabriel García Márquez or Julio Cortázar. Joyce disagrees with this, feeling that his lineage is tied more to writers of the English "weird tale" such as Arthur Machen or Algernon Blackwood, he calls his style of writing "Old Peculiar." The short film Black Dust was released in 2012, produced by James Laws of Pretzel Films, scripted by Joyce and Laws. There are no feature-length films based on Joyce's novels or shorts. However, the film rights to Dreamside, The Tooth Fairy, Dark Sister have all been optioned; as of October 2010 Dreamside, Do the Creepy Thing The Silent Land and Some Kind Of Fairy Tale are all in development. Joyce co-wrote song lyrics for French songwriter and composer Emilie Simon on her albums The Big Machine and Franky Knight. On 16 January 2009, the site Computer and Video Games reported that Graham Joyce had been hired by id Software to "help develop the storyline potential" of Doom 4.
Adam Roberts stated "Graham Joyce's The Year of the Ladybird showed that he is one of the best writers of ghost stories we have." According to his official site and the Internet Database of Speculative Fiction, Graham Joyce published fourteen novels and twenty-six short stories. Monastic Lives The Careperson Last Rising Sun The Ventriloquial Art The Apprentice Under the Pylon Gap-Sickness Eat Reecebread with Peter F. Hamilton The Reckoning Black Ball Game A Tip from Bobby Moore The White Stuff with Peter F. Hamilton Pinkland The Mountain Eats People As Seen on Radio Leningrad Nights Candia Incident in Mombasa Horrograph Partial Eclipse Xenos Beach Coventry Boy Leningrad Nights The Coventry Boy First, Catch Your Demon Black Dust Tiger Moth An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen Working Class Monster Greek Virtues The Great Go
Nebula Award for Best Novella
The Nebula Award for Best Novella is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for science fiction or fantasy novellas. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a novella if it is between 17,500 and 40,000 words. To be eligible for Nebula Award consideration a novella must be published in English in the United States. Works published in English elsewhere in the world are eligible provided they are released on either a website or in an electronic edition; the Nebula Award for Best Novella has been awarded annually since 1966. Novellas published by themselves are eligible for the novel award instead if the author requests them to be considered as such; the award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards. Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be members. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, the six works that receive the most nominations form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties.
Members may vote on the ballot throughout March, the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received; the rules were changed to their current format in 2009. The eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and be awarded in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary list for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was allowed to add an additional work. During the 54 nomination years, 174 authors have had works nominated. Nancy Kress has won the most awards: four out of eight nominations. Robert Silverberg, John Varley, Roger Zelazny have each won twice out of eight and three nominations, respectively.
Silverberg's and Kress's eight nominations are the most of any authors, followed by Lucius Shepard and Michael Bishop at seven, Kate Wilhelm and Avram Davidson with six. Bishop has the most nominations without receiving an award for novellas, though Wilhelm and Davidson have not won an award. In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the novella was first published; each year links to the corresponding "year in literature". Entries with a blue background and an asterisk next to the writer's name have won the award. * Winners and joint winners Hugo Award for Best Novella Nebula Awards official site
Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science and short works of science fiction and fantasy, it was published as a print version between October 1978 and 1995. The first Omni e-magazine was published on CompuServe in 1986 and the magazine switched to a purely online presence in 1996, it ceased publication following the death of co-founder Kathy Keeton. Omni was founded by Kathy Keeton and her long-time collaborator and future husband Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse magazine; the initial concept came from Keeton, who wanted a magazine "that explored all realms of science and the paranormal, that delved into all corners of the unknown and projected some of those discoveries into fiction."Dick Teresi, an author and former Good Housekeeping editor, wrote the proposal for the magazine, from which a dummy was produced. In pre-launch publicity it was referred to as Nova but the name was changed before the first issue went to print to avoid a conflict with the PBS science show of the same name.
Guccione described the magazine as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction and the paranormal". The debut edition had an exclusive interview with Freeman Dyson, a renowned physicist, the second edition carried an interview with Alvin Toffler and author of Future Shock. In its early run, Omni published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata", William Gibson's "Burning Chrome", "New Rose Hotel" and "Johnny Mnemonic", George R. R. Martin's "Sandkings"; the magazine published original science fiction and fantasy by William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, Julio Cortazar, T. Coraghessan Boyle, other mainstream writers; the magazine excerpted Stephen King's novel Firestarter, featured his short story "The End of the Whole Mess". Omni brought the works of numerous painters to the attention of a large audience, such as H. R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and Rallé. In the early 1980s, popular fiction stories from Omni were reprinted in The Best of Omni Science Fiction series and featured art by space artists like Robert McCall.
Omni entered the market at the start of a wave of new science magazines aimed at educated but otherwise "non-professional" readers. Science Digest and Science News served the high-school market, Scientific American and New Scientist the professional, while Omni was arguably the first aimed at "armchair scientists" who were well informed about technical issues; the next year, Time introduced Discover while the AAAS introduced Science'80. Advertising dollars were spread among the different magazines, those without deep pockets soon folded in the 1980s, notably Science Digest, while Science'80 merged with Discover. Omni appeared to weather this storm better than most due to its wider selection of contents. In early 1996 publisher Bob Guccione suspended publication of the print edition of Omni, attributing the decision to the rising price of paper and postage. At the end of its print run the circulation was still reported to be more than 700,000 copies a month. In September 1997, Keeton died of complications from surgery for an intestinal obstruction.
The staff of Omni Internet was laid off, no new content was added to the website after April 1998. General Media shut the site down and removed the Omni archives from the Internet in 2003. Omni magazine was published in at least six languages; the content in the British editions followed the North American editions, but with a different numbering sequence. This was accomplished by wrapping the American edition in a new cover which featured British advertising on the inside. At least one British edition was unique and was shipped under the banner of Omni UK. An Italian edition was edited by Alberto Peruzzo and ran for 20 issues from 1981 to 1983, when Peruzzo detached the name Omni from his local edition; the Italian spin-off continued with the name Futura, while maintaining the same graphical style and with an unchanged intended audience, for another twenty issues, up to July 1985. The Japanese edition ran from 1982 to the summer of 1989 and included entirely different content to the American edition.
The German edition began in 1984 and ended in early 1986. The first Spanish edition appeared in November 1986 and ran until the summer of 1988. A Russian edition was published in the Soviet Union beginning in September 1989 in conjunction with the USSR Academy of Sciences; these editions featured both Russian and English advertising. Publisher Guccione arranged for 20,000 copies of the Russian edition to be placed on news stands and onboard internal Aeroflot flights in the Soviet Union in exchange for an equivalent number of copies of Science in Russia being distributed in the USA. Omni ran subscription adverts beginning in August 1989 for Science in Russia; this arrangement was intended to last for one year and was made possible by the Glasnost events in the Soviet Union. Omni first began its online presence as part of Compuserve in the summer of 1986. On September 5, 1993 Omni became part of the America Online service; the AOL unveiling took place at the 51st World Science Fiction Convention in San Francisco.
AOL subscribers had access to much of the Omni printed archive as well as forums, chat groups and new fiction. After the print magazine folded, the Omni Internet webzine was launched on September 15, 1996. For the first few months the new website was integrated into the AOL service, replacing the existing AOL Omni interface. Now free of pressure to focus on fringe science areas, Omni returned to its roots as the ho
Dave Hutchinson is a science fiction writer, born in Sheffield in England in 1960 and read American Studies at the University of Nottingham. He subsequently moved into journalism, writing for The Weekly News and the Dundee Courier for 25 years, he is best known for his Fractured Europe series, which has received multiple award nominations, with the third novel, Europe in Winter, winning the BSFA Award for Best Novel. By the age of 21, Hutchinson had published four volumes of stories: Thumbprints, Fools' Gold, Torn Air and The Paradise Equation, all under the name David Hutchinson. Writing as Dave Hutchinson, in 2004 he published As the Crow Flies, his fifth collection of short fiction, combined elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy, his first novel, The Villages, blends elements of science fiction and the supernatural. It was followed by a novella, The Push, a science fiction story set in space, describing the inception of faster-than-light travel and speculating on the possible consequences of humans settling on planets populated by alien beings.
It was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. Hutchinson has edited two anthologies and co-edited a third, his short story "The Incredible Exploding Man" was included in the first Solaris Rising anthology and appeared in the 29th Year’s Best Science Fiction collection. Hutchinson's novel Europe in Autumn, published by Solaris Books, is a speculative espionage thriller and takes place in a fragmenting near-future Europe; the central plot involves the protagonist, Estonian chef Rudi, becoming involved in Les Coureurs des Bois, a mysterious postal service that delivers humans across borders. The novel featured in a number of annual best-of-the-year round-ups, including those of The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Locus magazine; the LA Review of Books described Europe In Autumn as "one of the most sophisticated science fiction novels of the decade". Europe at Midnight published by Solaris/Rebellion, is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but rather a standalone title set in the world created for Europe In Autumn.
The second book was included in the 2015 Locus Recommended Reading List. A third novel in the series, Europe In Winter, was published in November 2016, with the first book's protagonist returning. Hutchinson completed the series with Europe At Dawn in 2018, but has indicated there may be a further novella at some point in the future. In 2010 Hutchinson’s novella The Push was nominated for the BSFA Short Fiction Award. Europe in Autumn received multiple award nominations, including the British Science Fiction Association's Best Novel award and the John W. Campbell Award. In 2015 the novel was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award, appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading list. In 2016 Europe at Midnight was nominated for the BSFA Award for Best Novel, the Kitschies, Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2017 Europe in Winter won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. In 2019, Europe at Dawn was nominated for the BSFA Award for Best Novel, was in the Locus Recommended Reading list.
Shelter appeared in the Locus list.. Europe in Autumn Europe at Midnight Europe in Winter Europe at Dawn The Villages Shelter The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man Thumbprints Fool's Gold Torn Air The Paradise Equation As the Crow Flies Sleeps with Angels Strange Pleasures Strange Pleasures 2 with John Grant Strange Pleasures 3 Under the Rose World's Collider: A Shared-World Anthology The Push Lord Huw and the Romance of Stone Acadie Nomads " Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden" "Abyss" "Encroachments" "How to Save the World and Influence People" "Sleepy Eyes" "The Transplacement Trick" "The Visible Man" "Thumbprints" "Treasure Love" "What Makes the Flowers Grow?" "Zone of Silence" "Wspomnienia" "The Trauma Jockey" "Tir-na-nOg" "Mice" "Discreet Phenomena" "Scuffle" "Fear of Strangers" "All the News, All the Time, from Everywhere" "A Dream of Locomotives" "Henry's Eden" "Life on Mars" "On the Windsor Branch" "Pavane of the Sons of the Morning" "Suburban Angels" "The Pavement Artist" "When We Learn to Fly" "You Can't Get Off at Cockfosters" "Mellowing Grey" "Multitude" "The Incredible Exploding Man" "Beyond the Sea" "Dalí's Clocks" "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" "Sugar Engines" "The Fortunate Isles" "The Silver Monkey" "Catacomb Saints" "We Really Liked This, But..." with John Grant "Introduction" to Sleeps with Angels http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/03/interview-dave-hutchinson-author-of-europe-in-autum.html http://www.mybookishways.com/2015/11/catching-up-with-dave-hutchinson-author-of-europe-at-midnight.html http://www.sffworld.com/2015/11/dave-hutchinson-interview/ http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.nz/2016/09/interview-with-dave-hutchison.html
Nancy Anne Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain, which she expanded into a novel with the same title, she has won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2013 for After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, in 2015 for Yesterday's Kin. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest, she is a regular at Clarion writing workshops. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany. Born Nancy Anne Koningisor in Buffalo, New York and grown up in East Aurora, she attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated with an M. A. in English. Before starting her writing career she taught elementary school and college English. In 1973, she moved to Rochester to marry Michael Joseph Kress.
They had two sons, divorced in 1984. At that time, she went to work at an advertising agency. In 1998, she married fellow author Charles Sheffield. Kress moved back to New York, to be near her grown children, she moved to Seattle. In February 2011 she married author Jack Skillingstead. Kress tends to write technically realistic hard science fiction stories set in a near future, her fiction involves genetic engineering, and, to a lesser degree, artificial intelligence. There are many technologies shared between stories, including "genemod" to refer to genetic engineering, foamcast, a lightweight and sturdy building material that appears in many of her novels and short stories. By conducting extensive research she keeps her topics within the realm of possibility, she loves ballet, has written stories around it. Nebula Awards Best Short Story winner: "Out of All Them Bright Stars", F&SF March 1985 Best Novella: Beggars in Spain / Asimov's April 1991 Best Novelette: "The Flowers of Aulit Prison", Asimov's Oct./Nov.
1996 Best Novella: "Fountain of Age", Asimov's July 2007 Best Novella: "After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall", Tachyon Publications Best Novella: "Yesterday's Kin", Tachyon Publications Hugo Award Best Novella: Beggars in Spain / Asimov's April 1991 Best Novella: "The Erdmann Nexus", Asimov's Oct./Nov. 2008 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel: Probability Space, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Best Short Science Fiction: "The Flowers of Aulit Prison", Asimov's Oct./Nov. 1996 Official website Bibliography at FantasticFiction Blog – inactive since February 2013 Nancy Kress at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database 1993 interview at ConFuse 1996 interview 2000 interview at Fictionwise 2001 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine 2007 interview at Writer Unboxed 2008 interview at Dark Roasted Blend 2008 interview at Futurismic 2008 interview at Feminist SF – The Blog! 2010 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine 2016 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine 2016 interview in Lightspeed Magazine, focusing on the release of The Best of Nancy Kress Fiction by Kress at Free Speculative Fiction Online Nancy Kress at Library of Congress Authorities, with 32 catalog records Anna Kendall at LC Authorities, with 1 record