James Benjamin Blish was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is best known for his Cities in Flight novels, his series of Star Trek novelizations written with his wife, J. A. Lawrence, he is credited with creating the term gas giant to refer to large planetary bodies. Blish was a member of the Futurians, his first published stories appeared in Super Science Stories and Amazing Stories. Blish wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr, his other pen names included: Donald Laverty, John MacDougal, Arthur Lloyd Merlyn. Blish was born on 23 May 1921 at New Jersey. While in high school, Blish self-published a fanzine using a hectograph, called The Planeteer; the fanzine ran for six issues. Blish attended meetings of the Futurian Science Fiction Society in New York City during this period. Futurian members Damon Knight and C. M. Kornbluth became close friends, Blish's relationship with other members were bitter. A personal target was fellow member Judith Merril.
Merril would dismiss Blish's self-description of being a "paper fascist". She wrote in Better to Have Loved, "Of course was not fascist, antisemitic, or any of those terrible things, but every time he used the phrase, I saw red." Blish studied microbiology at Rutgers University, graduating in 1942. He was drafted into Army service, he served as a medical laboratory technician; the United States Army discharged him for refusing orders to clean a grease trap in 1944. Following discharge, Blish entered Columbia University as a masters student of zoology, he did not complete the program, opting to write fiction full-time. In 1947, he married a fellow Futurian, they divorced in 1963. Blish married artist J. A. Lawrence in 1968, moving to England that same year. From 1962 to 1968, Blish worked as a writer and critic. Much of his work for the institute went uncredited. Blish died on 30 July 1975 from complications related to lung cancer, he was buried in Oxford. The Bodleian Library at Oxford is the custodian of Blish's papers.
The library has a complete catalog of Blish's published works. Throughout the 1940s, Blish published most of his stories in the few pulp magazines still in circulation, his first story was sold to fellow Futurian Frederik Pohl for Super Science Stories, called "Emergency Refueling". Other stories were with little circulation. Blish's "Chaos, Co-Ordinated", co-written with Robert A. W. Lowndes, was sold to Astounding Science Fiction, appearing in the October 1946 issue, earning Blish national circulation for the first time. Blish was what Andrew Litpack called a "practical writer", he would revisit and expand on written stories. An example is "Sunken Universe" published in Super Science Stories in 1942; the story reappeared in Galaxy Science Fiction as "Surface Tension", in an altered form in 1952. The premise emphasised Blish's understanding of microbiology, featured microscopic humans engineered to live on a hostile planet's shallow pools of water; the story proved to be among Blish's more popular, was anthologized in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964, edited by Robert Silverberg.
The world of microscopic humans continued in "The Thing in the Attic" in 1954, "Watershed" the following year. The fourth entry, "A Time to Survive", was published by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1957; the stories were collected, edited together, released as the fixup The Seedling Stars from Gnome Press. John Clute said of all of Blish's "deeply felt work" explored "confronting the Faustian man"; the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction asserts that it was not until the 1950s, the Okie sequence of stories beginning their run, "did it become clear would become a writer of unusual depth". The stories were loosely based on the Okie migration following the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, were influenced by Oswald Spengler's two part Der Untergang des Abendlandes; the stories detail the life of the Okies, humans who migrate throughout space looking for work in vast city-ships, powered by spindizzies, a type of anti-gravity engine. The premise and plot reflected Blish's feelings on the state of western civilization, his personal politics.
The first two stories, "Okie", "Bindlestiff", were published in 1950, by Astounding. "Sargasso of Lost Cities" appeared in Two Complete Science-Adventure Books in April 1953. "Earthman, Come Home" followed a few months published by Astounding. In 1955, Blish collected the four stories together into an omnibus titled Earthman, Come Home, published by Putman. More stories followed: In 1956, They Shall Have Stars, which edited together "Bridge" and "At Death’s End", in 1958, Blish released The Triumph of Time. Four years he published a new Okies novel, A Life for the Stars; the Okies sequence was published as Cities In Flight. Clute notes, "the brilliance of Cities in Flight does not lie in the assemblage of its parts, but in the momentum of the ideas embodied in it." Blish continued to rework older stories, did so for one of his best known works, A Case of Conscience. The novel originated as a novella published in an issue of If, in 1953; the story follows a Jesuit priest, Ramon Ruiz-Sanchez, who visits the planet Lithia as a technical member of an expedition.
While on the planet they discover a race of bipedal reptilians that have perfected mor
Horror is a genre of speculative fiction, intended to frighten, disgust, or startle its readers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon defined the horror story as "a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks, or frightens the reader, or induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing". It creates an frightening atmosphere. Horror is supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural; the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society. The horror genre has ancient origins with roots in folklore and religious traditions, focusing on death, the afterlife, the demonic and the principle of the thing embodied in the person; these were manifested in stories of beings such as witches, vampires and ghosts. European horror fiction became established through works by Ancient Romans; the well-known 19th century novel about Frankenstein was influenced by the story of Hippolytus, where Asclepius revives him from death.
Euripides wrote plays based on Hippolytos Kalyptomenos and Hippolytus. Plutarch's "The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Cimon describes the spirit of a murderer, who himself was murdered in a bathhouse in Chaeronea. Pliny the Younger tells the tale of Athenodorus Cananites. Athenodorus was cautious. While writing a book on philosophy, he was visited by a spectre bound in chains; the figure disappeared in the courtyard. The earliest recording of an official accusation of Satanism by the Church took place in Toulouse in AD 1022 against a couple of clerics. Werewolf stories were popular in medieval French literature. One of Marie de France's twelve lais is a werewolf story titled "Bisclavret"; the Countess Yolande commissioned a werewolf story titled "Guillaume de Palerme". Anonymous writers penned two werewolf stories, "Biclarel" and "Melion". Much horror fiction derives from the cruellest personages of the 15th century. Dracula can be traced to the Prince of Wallachia Vlad III whose alleged war crimes were published in German pamphlets.
A 1499 pamphlet published by Markus Ayrer is most notable for its woodcut imagery. The alleged serial killer spree of Giles de Rais have been seen as the inspiration for "Bluebeard"; the motif of the vampiress is most notably derived from the real life noblewoman and murderess, Elizabeth Bathory, helped usher in the emergence of horror fiction in the 18th century, such as through László Turóczi's 1729 book Tragica Historia. The 18th century saw the gradual development of the Gothic horror genre, it drew on the written and material heritage of the Late Middle Ages, finding its form with Horace Walpole's seminal and controversial 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto. In fact, the first edition was published disguised as an actual medieval romance from Italy and republished by a fictitious translator. Once revealed as modern, many found it anachronistic, reactionary, or in poor taste — but it proved popular. Otranto inspired Vathek by William Beckford, A Sicilian Romance, The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Italian by Ann Radcliffe and The Monk by Matthew Lewis.
A significant amount of horror fiction of this era was written by women and marketed towards a female audience, a typical scenario being a resourceful female menaced in a gloomy castle. The Gothic tradition blossomed into the genre modern readers call horror literature in the 19th century. Influential works and characters that continue resonating in fiction and film today saw their genesis in the Brothers Grimm's "Hänsel und Gretel", Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Jane C. Loudon's "The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century", Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Thomas Peckett Prest's Varney the Vampire, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the works of Sheridan Le Fanu, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man, Bram Stoker's Dracula; each of these works created an enduring icon of horror seen in re-imaginings on the page and screen.
A proliferation of cheap periodicals around turn of the century led to a boom in horror writing. For example, Gaston Leroux serialized his Le Fantôme de l'Opéra before it was a novel in 1910. One writer who specialized in horror fiction for mainstream pulps such as All-Story Magazine was Tod Robbins, whose fiction deals with themes of madness and cruelty. Specialist publications emerged to give horror writers an outlet, prominent among them Weird Tales and Unknown Worlds. Influential horror writers of the early 20th century made inroads in these mediums; the venerated horror author H. P. Lovecraft, his enduring Cthulhu Mythos pioneered the genre of cosmic horror, M. R. James is credited with redefining the ghost story in that era; the serial murderer became a recurring theme. Yellow journalism and sensationalism of various murderers, such as Jack the Ripper, lesser so, Carl Panzram, Fritz Haarman, Albert Fish, all perpetuated this phenomenon; the trend continued in the postwar era renewed after the murders committed by Ed Gein.
In 1959, Robert Bloch, inspired by the murders, wrote Psycho. The crimes committed in 1969 by the Manson family influenced the slasher theme in horror fiction of the 1970s. In 1981, Thomas Harris wrote Red Dragon. In 1988, the sequel to tha
Conjure Wife is a supernatural horror novel by American writer Fritz Leiber. Its premise is; the story is told from the point of view of a small-town college professor who discovers that his wife is a witch. This novel was the first by Fritz Leiber and was first published in the April 1943 edition of Unknown, it is said to have been the inspiration for at least three films: Weird Woman, Night of the Eagle, Witches' Brew. Tansy Saylor is the wife of an up-and-coming young sociology professor at a small, conservative American college, she is a witch. Her husband, discovers this one day while rummaging through her dressing table: he finds vials of graveyard dirt, packets of hair and fingernail clippings from their acquaintances, other evidence of her witchcraft, he confronts Tansy, manages to convince her that her faith in magic is a result of superstition and neurosis. Tansy burns her charms, he realizes that he had been protected, up til now, by Tansy's charms, that as a result of his meddling, they are both now powerless to counteract the spells and charms of the other witches all around them.
The novel is acknowledged to be a classic of modern horror fiction. It was included in David Pringle's Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels and in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock. In The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, David Langford described it as "an effective exercise in the paranoid."Damon Knight wrote Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber, is the most frightening and the most convincing of all modern horror stories... Leiber develops theme with the utmost dexterity, piling up alternate layers of the mundane and outré, until at the story's real climax, the shocker at the end of Chapter 14, I am not ashamed to say that I jumped an inch out of my seat... Leiber has never written anything better. Anthony Boucher and McComas lauded the novel as "one of the best of all novels on witchcraft survivals in the enlightened modern world." P. Schuyler Miller described it as "one of those classics we talk about so glibly," despite finding the denouement less effective than the setup.
New York Times reviewer Basil Davenport noted it was marked by "real excitement."Everett F. Bleiler found Conjure Wife to be "nicely handled as a suspense story, although Saylor's psychology is a little simplistic." Conjure Wife was published in the April 1943 volume of Unknown Worlds. An "expanded and revised" version was published by Twayne Publishers in its Witches Three anthology in 1952 issued as a stand-alone novel in 1953; the latter version has been reprinted many times, in both hardcover and paperback editions, by a variety of publishers, including Ace Books, Tom Doherty Associates, Penguin Books, Award Publications. Conjure Wife on Google Books Conjure Wife
Gale is an educational publishing company based in Farmington Hills, west of Detroit. Since 2007 it has been a division of Cengage Learning; the company known as Gale Research and the Gale Group, is active in research and educational publishing for public and school libraries, businesses. The company is known for its full-text magazine and newspaper databases, InfoTrac, other online databases subscribed by libraries, as well as multi-volume reference works in the areas of religion and social science. Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1954 by Frederick Gale Ruffner, the company was acquired by the Thomson Corporation in 1985 before its 2007 sale to Cengage. In 1999, Thomson Gale acquired Macmillan Library Reference from Pearson. In 2000 it acquired the Munich-based K. G. Saur Verlag, but sold it to Walter de Gruyter in 2006. On October 25, 2006 Thomson Corporation announced that it intended to wholly divest the Thomson Learning division, because, in the words of Thomson CEO Richard Harrington, "it does not fit with our long-term strategic vision".
Thomson has said that it expected this sale to generate $5 billion. Thomson Learning was bought by a private equity consortium consisting of Apax Partners and OMERS Capital Partners for $7.75 billion and the name was changed from Thomson Learning to Cengage Learning on July 24, 2007. Patrick C. Sommers was president of Gale from October 22, 2007, until he retired in 2010. Gale produces hundreds of products, such as Academic OneFile and Genealogy Master Index, General OneFile, General Reference Center, Sabin Americana, World History Collection. Gale print imprints include the reference brands Primary Source Scholarly Resources Inc.. Schirmer Reference, St. James Press, The TAFT Group and Twayne Publishers, among others. Five Star Publishing is Gale's fiction imprint, with hundreds of books in print in the Western, Romance and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres. Gale sells into the K–12 market with several imprints, including U·X·L, Greenhaven Press, KidHaven Press, Lucent Books, others. Gale owns large print publishers Christian Large Print and Wheeler Publishing.
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The Blue Star (novel)
The Blue Star is a fantasy novel by the American writer Fletcher Pratt, the second of his two major fantasies. It was first published by Twayne Publishers in 1952 in the fantasy anthology Witches Three, a volume that included Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife and James Blish's "There Shall Be No Darkness", its first publication as a stand-alone novel was in paperback by Ballantine Books in May 1969, as the inaugural volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. The Ballantine edition included an introduction by Lin Carter, it has been translated into French, German and Spanish. The novel is set in a parallel world in which the existence of psychic powers has permitted the development of witchcraft into a science. Witchcraft is hereditary but the ability to use it can be held by only one member of a family line at a time, being passed from mother to daughter at the daughter's loss of virginity; the daughter's lover gains possession of her magical talisman, a jewel known as a "blue star", which enables him to read the mind of anyone he looks in the eye.
The catch is that he retains access to this power only so long as he keeps faith with his witch lover. The empire in which the action is set is comparable to the Austrian one in our own history; the government bans witchcraft, which serves to drive its practitioners underground, where they can fall prey to the use and abuse of unscrupulous powerful or ambitious individuals. The protagonists are Lalette Asterhax, a hereditary witch, Rodvard Bergelin, an ordinary government clerk, recruited into the radical conspiracy of the Sons of the New Day. Rodvard, though attracted to the daughter of a baron, is commanded by his superiors to seduce Lalette instead to gain the use of her blue star in the furtherance of their revolutionary aims; the witch is no more enamored of him than he is of her, but both fall in with the scheme for their own reasons, unaware of how much they are pawns in the larger scheme of things. Everything soon goes bad, the couple is forced to flee the empire. Various adventures and complications ensue as they stray into one cause or acquaintance after another growing beyond their shallow, selfish roots into a greater understanding.
Witches Three received favorable reviews in The New York Times, December 14, 1952, by Basil Davenport, in The Washington Post, January 4, 1953, by an anonymous reviewer. Davenport singled out The Blue Star as "he most ambitious and most stimulating of the stories" and called it "a romance with a scope far beyond that of the common science-fiction novel." The Post reviewer did not address the merits of the individual pieces, but noted that "he authors are old hands at conjuring up suspense and fear" and that "n idle hour or two in this company can be quite diverting."In the February 1953 Galaxy, Groff Conklin praised the novel as "an immensely effective piece of mannered pseudo-historical writing... full of color and wonderful robust characters." Boucher and McComas, dismissed it as "long and dreary."On its first independent publication in 1969 The Blue Star was reviewed in If, November 1969, Worlds of Fantasy, Winter 1970, by Lester del Rey, who would be responsible for its reprintings at Ballantine, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, February, 1970, by James Blish, one of Pratt's co-contributors to Witches Three.
Blish noted that "the depth of characterization in this book is alone a source of astonishment.... The style, too, is more evocative than in any other work of Pratt's. Brian Stableford, who assessed both of Pratt's major fantasies in his article on the author in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, called The Blue Star "a more original and more impressive work" than his earlier The Well of the Unicorn, "one of the finest heroic fantasies of its period." The Blue Star at Faded Page
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
Murray Fletcher Pratt was an American writer of science fiction and history. He is best known for his works on naval history and on the American Civil War and for fiction written with L. Sprague de Camp. According to de Camp, Pratt was born near Tonawanda, New York, attended Hobart College for one year. During the 1920s he worked for a Staten Island newspaper. In 1926, he married an artist. In the late 1920s he began selling stories to pulp magazines. Again, according to de Camp's memoir, when a fire gutted his apartment in the 1930s he used the insurance money to study at the Sorbonne for a year. After that he began writing histories. Pratt was a military analyst for Time magazine, as well as a regular reviewer of historical nonfiction and fantasy and science fiction for the New York Times Book Review. Pratt was the inventor of a set of rules for naval wargaming, which he created before the Second World War; this was known as the "Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game" and it involved dozens of tiny wooden ships, built on a scale of one inch to 50 feet.
These were spread over the floor of Pratt's apartment and their maneuvers were calculated via a complex mathematical formula. Noted author and artist Jack Coggins was a frequent participant in Pratt's Navy Game, de Camp met him through his wargaming group. Pratt established the literary dining club known as the Trap Door Spiders in 1944; the name is a reference to the exclusive habits of the trapdoor spider, which when it enters its burrow pulls the hatch shut behind it. The club was fictionalized as the Black Widowers in a series of mystery stories by Isaac Asimov. Pratt himself was fictionalized in one story, "To the Barest", as the Widowers’ founder, Ralph Ottur, he was a charter member of The Civil War Round Table of New York, organized in 1951, served as its president from 1953-1954. In 1956, after his death, the Round Table's board of directors established the Fletcher Pratt Award in his honor, presented every May to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book on the Civil War published during the preceding calendar year.
Aside from his historical writings, Pratt is best known for his fantasy collaborations with de Camp, the most famous of, the humorous Harold Shea series, was published in full as The Complete Compleat Enchanter. His solo fantasy novels The Well of the Unicorn and The Blue Star are highly regarded. Pratt wrote in a markedly identifiable prose style of the style of Bernard DeVoto. One of his books is dedicated "To Benny DeVoto, who taught me to write." Several of Pratt's books were illustrated by his wife. Land of Unreason with L. Sprague de Camp The Carnelian Cube with L. Sprague de Camp The Well of the Unicorn The Blue Star Double Jeopardy The Undying Fire Invaders from Rigel Alien Planet "Asylum Satellite" "The Wanderer's Return" The Mathematics of Magic: The Enchanter Stories of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt with L. Sprague de Camp The Complete Compleat Enchanter with L. Sprague de Camp The Compleat Enchanter with L. Sprague de Camp * The Incomplete Enchanter with L. Sprague de Camp * The Castle of Iron with L. Sprague de Camp Wall of Serpents with L. Sprague de Camp Double in Space Double Jeopardy Tales from Gavagan's Bar with L. Sprague de Camp World of Wonder The Petrified Planet Witches Three Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game.
A book on the Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame was printed in 2011. See link A Man and His Meals World of Wonder: an Introduction to Imaginative Literature All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions illustrated by Rus Anderson All About Rockets and Jets illustrated by Jack Coggins Rockets, Guided Missiles and Spaceships with Jack Coggins By Space Ship to the Moon with Jack Coggins Rockets and Space Travel with Jack Coggins The Compact History of the United States Navy OCLC 367782 Empire and the Sea with Inga Stephens Fighting Ships of the U. S. Navy illustrated by Jack Coggins Fleet Against Japan The Navy has Wings. S. Army: a Guide to its Men and Equipment with David Pattee What the Citizen Should Know about Modern War The Marines' War, an Account of the Struggle for the Pacific from Both American and Japanese Sources War for the World.