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Questions tagged [authors]

An author is the original person who conceives and writes the majority of a literary work. Some authors may just conceive the idea and write with a team (of 1 or more authors); in this case the authors are listed as co-authors or the person who conceived the idea is listed as the attributing (main) author.

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ANALOG story about Genetic engineering

OK, tricky one. I know the title, not the author. Sometime in the last couple decades, ANALOG magazine ran a story called "Super Hero" about a robbery of a submarine sandwich shop (hence the pun ...
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Short story called “The Itchy Teeth”

About 30-40 years ago, I read an unsettling story called "The Itchy Teeth". Here's how I remember it: There is a boy whose teeth itch. His mother is irritated by the constant sound of her son ...
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How closely did When Worlds Collide authors pursue the physics of the catastrophic damage and planet trajectories?

After writing this comment I thought of the 1933 novel When Worlds Collide co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. South African astronomer Sven Bronson discovers that a pair of rogue planets,...
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Any details on Dannie Plachta's bio and name pronunciation?

I've discovered an interesting sci-fi author named Dannie Plachta (read a couple of his short stories, Alien Artifact and Revival Meeting, by pure chance and found them rather charming). I would read ...
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Why did Gene Roddenberry write a letter together with three Harvard-Smithsonian astronomers about the planet Vulcan?

News of the discovery of a potentially habitable planet around the star 40 Eridani A (about 16 light-years away) is interesting for reasons including a 1991 letter described below in Sky & ...
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Parallel universes book loosely based on the Book of Job. Main character moves from universe to universe unwillingly

24 years ago, I read a fiction book based loosely on the book of Job. I can remember the main character was sent to parallel universes, in which he stayed the same person, but had to start over again ...
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Can the creator of a fictional universe get their own lore wrong? [closed]

I'm uncertain if this has been asked before, or if I'm asking it on the correct exchange. If it's misplaced I apologize. My friend (who is a self-proclaimed Warcraft lore buff) and I were watching a ...
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Who is the author “DT in Oakland”?

I asked John Varley about this directly, but he says he forgot. In his 1986 short "The Unprocessed Word", he cites three other authors whose work in longhand and/or typewriter proves that you don't ...
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Successful author who began writing while completely disabled

I can't for the life of me remember or find the details of this, but I recall reading about an author who was disabled and completely unable to work, and began writing as a hobby, going on to become ...
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Author of a short story in a compilation or high school textbook for a Sci-Fi extra credit course

The name of the short story was/is "Sanity". It was about a post-apocalyptic town where everyone was going clinically insane, except one guy who was made the "mayor". During a council meeting, he ...
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Who is the author of The Flowers of Aulit Prison?

That's pretty much it. I really enjoyed reading it as part of an anthology.
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What is the “About the Author” blurb in Shadows of the Empire supposed to say?

In my (2012 kindle) copy of the 1996 novel Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, the brief blurb about science fiction author Steve Perry seems to have at least two misprints: ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steve ...
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Who wrote “The Monsters” short story published by Purnell?

I have a sci-fi book from the 80's: Purnell's Book of Adventures in Space (ISBN 0361044070). Many of the stories have kept in my mind for so many years, particularly "The Monsters": From his ...
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Bio of Donald A. Wollheim

Donald A. Wollheim was a very influential science fiction and fantasy editor. There is a wikipedia article about him, but it lacks almost any biographical information. There is nothing, for example, ...
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Has Max Brooks ever discussed the possibility of writing more zombie books?

I know that he's now busy being the world's most respected zombie expert, and I seem to remember him saying that he had already told the full story of World War Z (and I personally don't see how ...
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Looking for a novel (or author of it) where the world is a seemlingly endless vertical cliff [duplicate]

This is a long shot, but wondering if anyone can help. Trying to recall a sci-fi author. One of his books was about a world that was all vertical, people lived on this eternal cliff (I think they ...
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Who was the first Science Fiction author to have a celestial body named after them?

Who was the first Science Fiction author to be honored in real life by having a celestial body named after them?
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Pronunciation of Van Vogt

How did A. E. van Vogt pronounce his last name? Does it rhyme with joked, goat, or go? I'm looking for an authoritative answer, preferably a direct quotation from Van Vogt himself or a personal ...
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Is there a way to get in touch with Barry Hughart? [closed]

... author of Bridge of Birds? A friend of mine would like to enquiry about the possibility to translate the three novels in a foreign language, and what the terms would be for this. I have tried to ...
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“Unblessed” author Paul Richards-Did he write anything else?

The book "Unblessed" deals with the African spider demon Anansi. It is based on a true legend from the Congo. Did the author Paul Richards write anything else? I thought the book was fantastic and ...
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Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
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Is there a sci fi novel, where humans were segregated by their access to artificial genetic improvements? [closed]

I am curious how segregation is criticized among science fiction novelists. Nowadays there are already stigmas and limits in regard to race and culture. Could the inclusion of genetic improvements ...
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Has anyone else written about Terry Pratchett's other worlds?

Prior to writing about the Discworld, Terry Pratchett wrote about the worlds of Strata, and Carpet People and later the Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings). These settings have not seen as ...
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Looking for any biographical info on Terence Haile, author of Space Train

We're looking for biographical information about Terence Haile, the author of the science-fiction book "The Space Train". It's a very bad book, but we are trying to clear the copyright to turn it into ...
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Best way to stay informed on an author without much of a web presence?

I am a Ted Chiang fan and I find it quite frustrating that he has no website, no Twitter account, no Facebook account etc. What is the best way to stay in touch with the man and his work short of ...
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Does J.K. Rowling deny writing fantasy?

From this article (about the recent protest from SFF authors against BBC's discriminatory behaviour). JK Rowling sadly felt she had to deny she was writing fantasy with her Harry Potter series –...
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Who *really* wrote the Rama sequels?

The Rama sequels, starting with Rama II and on, are co-authored by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. I'm wondering if there are any sources (e.g., interviews) discussing Clarke's impact or ...
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What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction?

The main focus of Lovecraft's works are indeed... aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. Some visited Earth and lived on it. Some battled between themselves. Some built cities. Some destroyed cities. Some ...