Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Author - Wolf, Gary

Birth: 1959.

Death: Still alive and writing overly wrought polemics.

Comments: Gary Wolf is an American science fiction author. I use the term "science fiction author" loosely here, as what Wolf writes is not so much science fiction as it is a collection of extremely conservative and paranoid screeds predicting the downfall of civilization covered over with a science fiction patina. Needless to say this Gary Wolf is neither the Gary K. Wolf who wrote Who Censored Roger Rabbit, or Gary Wolf the journalist who writes for Wired magazine.



My reviews of Gary Wolf's books:
Alternating Worlds
The Kicker of St. John's Wood

Other books by Gary Wolf that I have read but not reviewed:
None

Short fiction by Gary Wolf appearing in works that I have reviewed:
None

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Author - Gulyas, Aaron

Birth: I'm pretty sure that he had one.

Death: Still alive and teaching history while musing about extraterrestrials.

Comments: Aaron Gulyas is an American historian and author. He teaches at Mott Community College and has written the book Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Contact Tales Since the 1950s. He is also something of a Doctor Who fan, and contributed an essay to the Gillian I. Leitch edited compilation Doctor Who in Time and Space.

Gulyas has a website named History, Teaching, and the Strange, and can be found on both Facebook and Twitter. He also has an About Me page, and seems to be well-liked by his students.

My reviews of Aaron Gulyas' books:
None

Other books by Aaron Gulyas that I have read but not reviewed:
None

Essays by Aaron Gulyas appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Don't Call It a Comeback found in Doctor Who in Time and Space

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Author - M

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Maltese, Racheline
Malzberg, Barry N.
Marchant, Jamie
Marco, John
Martin, George R.R.
McAllister, Bruce
McAuley, Paul J.
McCaffrey, Anne
McCall Smith, Alexander
McCarthy, Shawna
McCarthy, Terry
McDaniel, Tim
McHugh, Ian
McIntosh, Will
McMullen, Sean
Meacham, Beth
Mesic, Harriet Bey
Meyerhofer, Michael
Miller, Frank
Miller Jr., Walter M.
Mirabelli, Eugene
Miskell, Vincent
Mitchell, William
Mitenko, D.T.
Moffitt, Donald
Muriel, M.O.
Mutiñó, Pedro Domingo

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Author - Delany, Samuel R.

Birth: April 1, 1942

Death: Still alive and teaching.

Comments: Samuel R. Delany is one of the best science fiction writers alive. His name is actually Samuel R. Delany, Jr., but he goes by the name "Chip". He has been a professor of literature and writing at The University of Massachusetts Amherst,. SUNY Buffalo, and Temple University. Delany began his science fiction writing career quite young, getting his work first published when he was only 19. His early career was marked with brilliantly inventive science fiction works that were showered with accolades: back to back Nebula Awards for The Einstein Intersection and Babel-17, and numerous Hugo and Nebula nominations (as well as two other Nebula awards and two Hugo awards for works other than novels including the brilliant short story Time Consdered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones). The first section of his career ended with one of my favorite science fiction books, the brilliant cyberpunk space opera Nova.

Delany stopped publishing for five years, and the returned to the science fiction field with the beautifully ambitious Dhalgren and a collection of other science fiction books dealing with sexual taboos and the repeated motif of cultural decay like Triton and Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. Basically, Delany picked up where he had left off five years before and also added mature sexual themes to his writing, exploring how sexual mores affect all of the motifs that had always been present in his books, adding a deeper layer of meaning. Delany then turned to fantasy writing the Return to Neveryon series which translated all of his recurring science fiction motifs into a fantasy setting and explored how they would be dealt with in a more primitive milieu. Whenever I pick up a book written by Samuel R. Delany, I know I am going to get a skillfully written work that will deliver a compelling story chock full of thought-provoking ideas.

  

My reviews of Samuel R. Delany's books:
Dhalgren
Nova

Other books by Samuel R. Delany that I have read but not reviewed:
Stars In My Pocket, Like Grains of Sand
Triton

Short fiction by Samuel R. Delany appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones found in More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II

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Author - L

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Lafferty, R.A.
Landis, Geoffrey A.
Lang, Harry
Larsen, Kristine
Larson, Gary
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Ledbetter, William
Lee, Corry L.
Lee, Tanith
Leiber, Fritz
Leinster, Murray
Leitch, Gillian I.
Lerner, Edward M.
Lewis, C.S.
Lindow, Sandra
Lingen, Marissa
Longyear, Barry B.
Lopatina, Irina
Lovett, Richard A.
Lowrie, John Patrick
Ludwigsen, Will
Lundy, Robert T.

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Katsu, Alma
Kelly, James Patrick
Kesler, Robert Shaw
Keyes, Daniel
Kim, Alice Sola
King, A.S.
Klingbiel, Christine
Knielser, Sarah Margaret
Knight, Damon
Kontis, Alethea
Kornbluth, Cyril M.
Kowal, Mary Robinette

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Author - Barlowe, Wayne Douglas

Birth: January 6, 1958.

Death: Still alive and illustrating science fiction.

Comments: Wayne Douglas Barlowe is a popular science fiction and fantasy artist who has illustrated numerous covers for science fiction and fantasy related publications, and has also been involved in numerous movie and television show productions. He has created two substantial works of genre art, the first being Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, and its companion book Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy. As I cannot let a Babylon 5 reference go unmentioned, I must note that Barlowe contributed much of the artwork for the movie Thirdspace.

Barlowe is married to Shawna McCarthy, who was the creative force behind the magazine Realms of Fantasy for its entire existence. He has an official webpage, and a Facebook page. Some of his artwork is featured on ArtsForge.



My reviews of Wayne Douglas Barlowe's books:
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (with Ian Summers and Beth Meacham)

Other books by Wayne Douglas Barlowe I have read but not reviewed:
None

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Author - J

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Jablokov, Alexander
James, Bill
Javor, Frank A.
Jemisin, N.K.
Jensen, E.A.
Johnson, Kij
Johnston, Lynn

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Author - I

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Ian, Janis
Iggulden, Conn
Ing, Dean
Institute of Medicine

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1960 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Pittcon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Comments: Do you want to start an argument among science fiction fans? Bring up 1960 Best Novel winner Starship Troopers. For bonus points, bring up the 1997 film very, very loosely based on the book. The controversy over the winning novel aside, the remaining field of award winners are decidedly uncontroversial. Flowers for Algernon is regarded as a classic, so much so that it is often used as assigned reading for high schoolers, many of whom don't even realize they are reading science fiction. The same can be said for the Twilight Zone television series, which is beloved by large numbers of people who don't regard themselves as science fiction fans. One mildly quirky thing about the slate of nominees in this year is how many of the Best Novel nominees had alternate titles. I'm not sure what the significance of this is.

But Starship Troopers. Yeah, that book starts arguments.

Best Novel

Winner:
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Other Nominees:
Dorsai! (aka The Genetic General) by Gordon R. Dickson
The Pirates of Ersatz (aka The Pirates of Zan) by Murray Leinster
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
That Sweet Little Old Lady (aka Brain Twister) by Mark Phillips

Best Short Story

Winner:
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 1)

Other Nominees:
The Alley Man by Philip José Farmer
Cat and Mouse by Ralph Williams
The Man Who Lost the Sea by Theodore Sturgeon
The Pi Man by Alfred Bester

Best Dramatic Presentation

Winner:
The Twilight Zone (season one)

Other Nominees:
Men Into Space (complete series)
Murder and the Android
The Turn of the Screw (live television adaptation)
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil

Best Professional Magazine

Winner:
Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Robert P. Mills

Other Nominees:
Amazing Stories edited by Cele Goldsmith
Astounding edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Fantastic Universe edited by Hans Stefan Santesson
Galaxy edited by H.L. Gold

Best Professional Artist

Winner:
Ed Emshwiller

Other Nominees:
Virgil Finlay
Frank Kelly Freas
Mel Hunter
Wally Wood

Best Amateur Magazine

Winner:
Cry of the Nameless edited by F.M. Busby, Elinor Busby, Burnett Toskey, and Wally Weber

Other Nominees:
Fanac edited by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik
JD-Argassy edited by Lynn A. Hickman
Science-Fiction Times edited by James V. Taurasi, Sr., Ray Van Houten, and Frank R. Prieto, Jr.
Yandro edited by Robert Coulson and Juanita Coulson

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's nominees: 1959
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1961

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Author - Asimov, Isaac

Birth: January 2, 1920. Maybe. Asimov was born in what soon thereafter became the Soviet Union, to Jewish parents, and emigrated with them to the United States when he was about three. Because of the uncertainty of records in Russia at the time, coupled with the differences between the Jewish and Julian calendars, he never knew his exact birth date, but decided to observe his birthday on January 2.

Death: April 6, 1992

Comments: Isaac Asimov along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was one of the "Big Three" of science fiction authors. In the field of science fiction, he was most influential for two groups of books. The first is his Robot series, featuring I, Robot, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn. This series established the now almost universally known three laws of robotics and explored the impact that such a set of rules would have. The second is the Foundation series, which initially included Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, revolving around a collapsing galactic empire and the science of "psychohistory" which allows the prediction of history so long as you deal with large groups of people. Later in his career Asimov wrote a number of books linking his Robot books with his Foundation books, an effort that resulted in a lot of very mediocre books. As with most early science fiction authors, Asimov was a prolific short story writer, cutting his writing teeth producing fiction for John Campbell, whose influence on Asimov's fiction is apparent to anyone familiar with Campbell's preferences.

Asimov was also a prolific science writer, and produced a large volume of popular science books. He used a very simple and direct writing style, and to some extent his style was better suited to nonfiction science books, all of which are quite good (though for obvious reasons, are a little out of date on some points now). Asimov was a quite prolific author, with more than 500 books published under his name during his career, on almost every topic, including Asimov's Guide to the Bible. He was a claustrophile and afraid of flying, which meant he rarely traveled and preferred to be in a confined office. During his lifetime, this made him pretty much perfectly suited to be an author. Now, he'd probably become an MMO addict or spend half his life on twitter.

               

My reviews of Isaac Asimov's books:
Asimov on Numbers
The Caves of Steel
The Collapsing Universe
The Currents of Space
David Starr, Space Ranger
The Double Planet
Earth: Our Crowded Spaceship
The End of Eternity
Forward the Foundation
Foundation
Foundation and Earth
Foundation and Empire
Foundation's Edge
I, Robot
Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids
The Martian Way and Other Stories
The Naked Sun
Nemesis
Pebble in the Sky
Prelude to Foundation
The Rings of Saturn
Robot Dreams
Robots and Empire
The Robots of Dawn
Second Foundation
The Stars, Like Dust
The Wellsprings of Life

   

Books edited by Isaac Asimov that I have reviewed:
The Hugo Winners, Volume 1
The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1
The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2
More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II
TV: 2000 (with Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg)

Books by Isaac Asimov I have read but not reviewed:
The Asimov Chronicles
The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov
The Bicentennial Man
Buy Jupiter and Other Stories
The Early Asimov
The Gods Themselves
Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter
Nine Tomorrows
The Winds of Change

Books edited by Isaac Asimov I have read but not reviewed:
Before the Golden Age: Book 1
Before the Golden Age: Book 2
Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction (Fourth Series)

Short fiction by Isaac Asimov appearing in works that I have reviewed:
The Billiard Ball found in Robot Dreams
"Breeds There a Man...?" found in Robot Dreams
Catch That Rabbit found in I, Robot
The Deep found in The Martian Way and Other Stories
Does a Bee Care? found in Robot Dreams
Dreaming is a Private Thing found in TV: 2000
Escape! found in I, Robot
Evidence found in I, Robot
Eyes Do More Than See found in Robot Dreams
The Evitable Conflict found in I, Robot
The Feeling of Power found in Robot Dreams
Franchise found in Robot Dreams
Hostess found in Robot Dreams
Jokester found in Robot Dreams
The Last Answer found in Robot Dreams
The Last Question found in Robot Dreams
Lest We Remember found in Robot Dreams
Liar! found in I, Robot
Light Verse found in Robot Dreams
Little Lost Robot found in I, Robot and Robot Dreams
The Machine That Won the War found in Robot Dreams
The Martian Way found in The Martian Way and Other Stories and Robot Dreams
Reason found in I, Robot
Robbie found in I, Robot
Robot Dreams found in Robot Dreams
Runaround found in I, Robot
Sally found in Robot Dreams and Time Untamed
Spell My Name With an S found in Robot Dreams
Strikebreaker found in Robot Dreams
Sucker Bait found in The Martian Way and Other Stories
True Love found in Robot Dreams
The Ugly Little Boy found in Robot Dreams
Youth found in The Martian Way and Other Stories

Articles by Isaac Asimov appearing in works I have reviewed:

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Author - H

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Haldeman II, Jack C.
Hand, Elizabeth
Hardin, Roy
Harry, Paul T.
Hasan, Zaki
Heinlein, Robert A.
Hemry, John G.
Hemstrom, Cassie
Herbert, Frank
Hergé
Hesse, G.A.
Hidalgo, Alexandra
Howard, Ivan
Hubbard, L. Ron

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Author - Ariely, Dan

Birth: April 29, 1967

Death: Still alive and finding irrational behavior.

Comments: Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist, having obtained a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and a Ph.D. in business. He was a professor at M.I.T. from 1998 to 2008, and since then he has been athe James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

Ariely was born in the United States, but grew up in Israel (he did his undergraduate work at Tel Aviv University). The defining moment of his life seems to have been a terrible accident he suffered as a teenager while working with a youth group in Israel in which he was badly burned over much of his body, requiring extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Questions that he posed concerning the nature of pain and the assumptions made during his treatment seem to have formed the nucleus of his academic study.

Dan has presented several TED Talks, one discussing whether we are in control of our own decisions, another on the question of lying and cheating, and a third concerning temptation and self-control. Airely also maintains his own blog where, among other things, he invites people to participate in his research.




 

My reviews of Dan Ariely's books:
The Upside of Irrationality
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Other books by Dan Ariely I have read but not reviewed:
None

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Author - G

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Gaiman, Neil
Gallagher, Winifred
Galouye, Daniel F.
Gannon, Charles E.
Garger, Qadira P.
Genge, Sara
Gercama, Atje
German, Patrick T.
Ginn, Sherry
Gloss, Molly
Godwin, Tom
Golden, Christopher
Goldman, David W.
Gourgey, Bill
Grady, Maura
Graham, Jo
Greenberg, Martin H.
Gulyas, Aaron
Gunn, James E.
Gutzman, Kevin R.C.

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Author - Williams, Robert Moore

Birth: 1907.

Death: 1977.

Comments: Robert Moore Williams was a science fiction writer mostly active during the "Golden Age" of science fiction. Williams sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Robert Moore. He wrote numerous novels, but like most authors of his era, most of his output was in the form of short stories that appeared in the numerous pulp magazines of the time period. Several of his novels were merely fix-ups or pastiches of his short fiction work, oftentimes appearing in novel form a decade or more after they were first published in a magazine.

My reviews of Robert Moore Williams' books:
None

Other books by Robert Moore Williams that I have read but not reviewed:
None

Short fiction by Robert Moore Williams appearing in works that I have reviewed:
I Want to Go Home found in Tales from Super-Science Fiction

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Farmer, Philip José
Fischer, Eugene
Flowers, M.K.
Flynn, Kate
Flynn, Michael F.
Foster, Tara
Francisco, T.K.
Frazier, Robert
Frederick, Carl
Freeman, Janet
Frey, J.M.
Friend, Peter
Fulda, Nancy

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Ellison, Harlan
Elmore, Larry
Emshwiller, Carol
Englehart, Steve
Epstein, Alex
Erdelac, Edward M.
Eskridge, Kelley

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D'Ammassa, Don
D'Antonio, Michael
Dahl, Roald
Daniel, René
Darrach, Peter
Davidson, Avram
de Bodard, Aliette
de Camp, L. Sprague
de la Torre, Elizabeth
DeLancey, Craig
Delany, Samuel R.
Dinoto, Auguste
Doyle, Tom
Druon, Maurice
Dudley, Karen
Dulski, Thomas R.
Dutcher, Roger

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Author - C

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Campbell, Joseph
Carani, David
Card, Orson Scott
Carlson, Jeff
Carlton, Clark Thomas
Caroti, Simone
Carr, Caleb
Castle, Mort
Cavanaugh, Alex J.
Cerier, Alison Brown
Chandler, A. Bertram
Clare, Gwendolyn
Clark, G.O.
Clarke, Arthur C.
Cleary, David Ira
Clements, David L.
Clifton, Mark
Clough, Brenda W.
Cohen, Douglas
Coleman, Lindsay
Collier, John
Collins, Suzanne
Cooper, Susan
Cornfeld, Li
Coville, Bruce
Crawford, James
Creasey, Ian
Creek, Dave
Croke, Marie
Crome, Andrew
Crowell, Benjamin
Crump, Marty

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Author - River, Uncle

Birth: I have no idea.

Death: I think he may be too much of a curmudgeon to ever die.

Comments: Uncle River is the pseudonym used by Stephen Kaufman, a somewhat reclusive hermit who lives in the American Southwest and writes speculative fiction prose and poetry. Uncle River holds a Ph.D. in psychology of the unconscious. He has published three novels, a couple dozen pieces of short fiction, and a couple dozen poems. Although Uncle River has an internet connection, he has no telephone and still drives a 1963 Ford Pickup truck that he purchased in 1984.

Uncle River has a website named Motherbird.

My reviews of Uncle River's books:
None

Other books by Uncle River that I have read but not reviewed:
None

Short fiction by Uncle River appearing in works that I have reviewed:
None

Poems by Uncle River appearing in works that I have reviewed:

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Musical Artist - Garfunkel & Oates

Garfunkel & Oates is a musical comedy duo consisting of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. They intentionally named their duo after the lesser known partners of the bands Hall & Oates and Simon & Garfunkel, which should give a strong indication of where their comic sensibilities lie.

Both of the women are actresses - Micucci had a recurring part on Scrubs for a brief period portraying Stephanie Gooch, a ukulele player who fell in love with lawyer Ted Buckland. As part of this role, Micucci performed the Garfunkel & Oates song "Fuck You" (renamed "Screw You" for television). As a lawyer who has something of a crush on Micucci, I am very much in favor of any story that involves her falling in love with a socially awkward lawyer. Lindhome is also an actress with numerous television and film roles to her credit, including an appearance on Big Bang Theory portraying a slightly insane woman obsessed with Sheldon Cooper.

As Garfunkel & Oates, their songs tend to feature sex and oddness. From One Night Stand, a song about a woman who only wants a one night stand, to The Loophole, which explores how some religious girls keep their virtue by letting their boyfriends reach "fifth base", to My Gay Boyfriend, extolling the virtues of dating a gay man, their overtly sexual songs take an off-kilter look at sex and relationships. On the other side, they deal with issues like how to react to crummy presents in Present Face, how to get legal access to marijuana in Weed Card, and the obnoxiousness of expectant mothers in Pregnant Women Are Smug. In short, the pair are able to find the ridiculous in the mundane, and then combine that with good songwriting to produce hilariously funny songs.

You can follow them on twitter under the handle garfunkeloates, like their Facebook fan page, and visit their official website.

12/24/12: Present Face

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