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Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony
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Información personal
Nombre de nacimientoPiers Anthony Dillingham Jacob
Nacimiento6 de agosto de 1934
OxfordInglaterra
NacionalidadBritánica y estadounidense Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
ReligiónAgnosticismo Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Educación
Alma máter
  • Goddard College
  • Admiral Farragut Academy Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Información profesional
OcupaciónEscritor
GéneroCiencia ficción y fantasía
Obras notables
Rama militarEjército de los Estados Unidos Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Distinciones
  • Premio Británico de Fantasía (1977)
  • Premio August Derleth (1978)
  • Phoenix Award (1980) Ver y modificar los datos en Wikidata
Web
Sitio web

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (6 de agosto de 1934OxfordInglaterra) es un escritor de ciencia ficción y fantasía, cuyo seudónimo es Piers Anthony.
Ha escrito varias novelas e historias cortas, pero es conocido por sus libros, especialmente por la serie de ciencia ficción sobre el universo de Xanth. Muchos de sus libros han aparecido en la lista de los más vendidos del New York Times. Unos de sus mayores logros ha sido publicar un libro para cada letra del alfabeto, desde Anthonology a Zombie Lover.

Biografía

La familia de Anthony emigró a los Estados Unidos desde Gran Bretaña cuando éste era niño. Se convirtió en ciudadano naturalizado a los veinte años de edad. Tras dos años de servicio militar, enseñó brevemente en una escuela pública antes de convertirse en escritor a tiempo completo.
Anthony estuvo brevemente incluido en la Lista Negra, y por ello cree un deber ayudar a los aspirantes a escritores a evitar las casas editoriales tradicionales y su dominio en la industria.
En muchas ocasiones ha cambiado de un editor a otro (llevándose de paso una serie de éxito), cuando ha sentido que los redactores trataban de forzar indebidamente con su trabajo. Incluso ha demandado a editores por falsa contabilidad, ganado los juicios.
Mantiene una encuesta sobre editores en Internet, como un medio más de apoyar a los aspirantes a escritor.1 Por este servicio ha ganado el Special Recognition for Service to Writers de Preditors and Editors, una guía para autores de editores y casas editoriales.
Durante un tiempo fue socio capitalista de una editorial por Internet que ha sido adquirida por Random House. Además de su granja de silvicultura, Ha sido socio capitalista de empresas especializadas en tecnologías sobre alimentación vegetariana.
Muchas de sus novelas populares han sido consideradas para hacer una película, aunque ninguna se ha llevado a fin. No obstante, sí se ha hecho un videojuego.
Las novelas de Piers Anthony terminan generalmente con un largo capítulo de Nota del Autor, en el que habla de sí mismo, su vida, sus experiencias y como se relacionaron con el proceso de escribir la novela. Mantiene a menudo correspondencia con los lectores y cualquier hecho del mundo real puede influenciaran en la novela. Anthony reside con su esposa en una granja de árboles que posee en Florida.

Obras

Series

  • Apprentice Adept
    1. Split Infinity (1980)
    2. Blue Adept (1981)
    3. Juxtaposition (1982)
    4. Out of Phaze (1987)
    5. Robot Adept (1988)
    6. Unicorn Point (1989)
    7. Phaze Doubt (1990)
  • Aton
    1. Chthon (1967, primera novela publicada, nominada a los premios Hugo y Nébula)
    2. Phthor (1975)
Con permiso de Anthony, Charles Platt escribe dos libros posteriores en la serie, Plasm (1987) y Soma (1988).
  • Battle Circle
    1. Sos the Rope (1968)
    2. Var the Stick (1972)
    3. Neq the Sword (1975)
  • Bio of a Space Tyrant
    1. Refugee (1983)
    2. Mercenary (1984)
    3. Politician (1985)
    4. Executive (1985)
    5. Statesman (1986)
    6. The Iron Maiden (2001)
  • ChroMagic series
    1. Key to Havoc (2002)
    2. Key to Chroma (2003)
    3. Key to Destiny (2004)
    4. Key to Liberty (in progress)
    5. Key to Survival (proposed)
  • Cluster
    1. Cluster (1977, también conocida como Vicinity Cluster en la edición británica)
    2. Chaining the Lady (1978)
    3. Kirlian Quest (1978)
    4. Thousandstar (1980)
    5. Viscous Circle (1982)
  • Geodyssey
    1. Isle of Woman (1993)
    2. Shame of Man (1994)
    3. Hope of Earth (1997)
    4. Muse of Art (1999)
    5. Climate of Change (inacabada)
  • Incarnations of Immortality
    1. On a Pale Horse (1983)
    2. Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
    3. With a Tangled Skein (1985)
    4. Wielding a Red Sword (1986)
    5. Being a Green Mother (1987)
    6. For Love of Evil (1988)
    7. ...And Eternity (1990)
    8. Under a Velvet Cloak (propuesta)
  • Of Man and Manta
    1. Omnivore (1968)
    2. Orn (1970)
    3. Ox (1976)
  • Mode
    1. Virtual Mode (1991)
    2. Fractal Mode (1992)
    3. Chaos Mode (1993)
    4. DoOon Mode (2001)
  • Tarot (Anthony afirma que la escribió como una sola novela, pero se dividió debido a la longitud.)
    1. God of Tarot (1977)
    2. Vision of Tarot (1980)
    3. Faith of Tarot (1980)
La Serie del Tarot está en continuidad con Cluster que tiene lugar décadas después.
  • Xanth - Su serie más extensa con 31 novelas y subiendo...
    1. A Spell for Chameleon
    2. The Source of Magic
    3. Castle Roogna
    4. Centaur Aisle
    5. Ogre, Ogre
    6. Night Mare
    7. Dragon on a Pedestal
    8. Crewel Lye
    9. Golem in the Gears
    10. Vale of the Vole
    11. Heaven Cent
    12. Man from Mundania
    13. Isle of View
    14. Question Quest
    15. The Color of Her Panties
    16. Demons Don't Dream
    17. Harpy Thyme
    18. Geis of the Gargoyle
    19. Roc and a Hard Place
    20. Yon Ill Wind
    21. Faun & Games
    22. Zombie Lover
    23. Xone of Contention
    24. The Dastard
    25. Swell Foop
    26. Up In A Heaval
    27. Cube Route
    28. Currant Events
    29. Pet Peeve
    30. Stork Naked
    31. Air Apparent

Novelas sueltas

  • Macroscope (1969, nominada en 1970 al Hugo)
  • Hasan (1969, revisada en 1977)
  • Prostho Plus (1971)
  • Race Against Time (1973)
  • Rings of Ice (1974)
  • Triple Detente (1974)
  • But What of Earth? ("Colaboración" con Robert Coulson, 1976; republicado el original de Anthony con anotaciones en 1989. Ver abajo.)
  • Steppe (1976)
  • Mute (1981) (se planeó una secuela llamada "Moot", con extensas notas. Por desgracia se perdieron las notas y la secuela no se ha escrito.)
  • Anthonology (1985, colección de relatos cortos)
  • Ghost (1986)
  • Shade of the Tree (1986)
  • Pornucopia (1989)
  • Total Recall (1989) (novelización del guion de Desafío total, película a su vez basada en el cuento de Philip DickWe Can Remember It For You Wholesale, publicado en español como Usted lo recordará perfectamente)
  • Hard Sell (1990)
  • Firefly (1990)
  • Balook (1990)
  • Tatham Mound (1991)
  • MerCycle (1991)
  • Alien Plot (1992, recopilación de relatos cortos)
  • Killobyte (1993)
  • Volk (1996)
  • Realty Check (1999)
  • The Magic Fart (2003)

Trabajos autobiográficos

  • Bio of an Ogre (1988, a la edad de 50)
  • How Precious was that While (2001, a la ead de 65)
  • Letters to Jenny -- La madre de Jenny, una fan adolescente, escribe a Piers Anthony acerca de su hija, víctima de un conductor borracho, paralizada y en coma. La madre esperaba que leerla las cartas de su autor favorito, colaboraría a sacarla del coma. Anthony la escribió constantemente, durante mucho tiempo, incluso dando su nombre a un personaje de Xanth. Jenny salió del coma, pero sigue paralizada y tiene dificultades para comunicarse. Este libro es una colección de las cartas del primer año de correspondencia.

Colaboraciones

  • The Ring (1968, con Robert E. Margroff)
  • The ESP Worm (1970, con Robert E. Margroff)
  • Pretender (1979, con Frances Hall)
  • Through the Ice (1989, con Robert Kornwise, póstumo -- Kornwise era un estudiante de escuela secundaria que murió trágicamente. Sus amigos enviaron el manuscrito inacabado a Piers Anthony rogándole que lo terminara para conseguir el sueño de su amigo. Para cerciorarse de que fuera un tributo adecuado, Piers Anthony se aseguró de que fuera impreso en papel libre de ácido, pese al sobrecoste.)
  • Dead Morn (1990, con Roberto Fuentes)
  • The Caterpillar's Question (1992, con Philip José Farmer) -- Esta colaboración es realmente el fruto de otro proyecto. La idea original propuesta por un redactor era tener un libro donde cada capítulo fuera escrito por un autor diferente. El proyecto se abandonó, pero Piers Anthony y Philip José Farmer decidieron más adelante llevarlo a cabo, sin revelar quién escribió qué capítulos.
  • If I Pay Thee Not in Gold (1993, con Mercedes Lackey)
  • The Willing Spirit (1996, con Alfred Tella)
  • Spider Legs (1998, con Clifford A. Pickover)
  • Quest for the Fallen Star (1998, con James Richey y Alan Riggs)
  • Dream a Little Dream (1999, con Julie Brady)
  • The Gutbucket Quest (2000, con Ron Leming)
  • The Secret of Spring (2000, con Jo Anne Taeusch)
Kelvin of Rud series (con Robert E. Margroff)
  • Dragon's Gold (1987)
  • Serpent's Silver (1988)
  • Chimaera's Copper (1990)
  • Orc's Opal (1990)
  • Mouvar's Magic (1992)
Jason Striker series (con Roberto Fuentes)
  • Kiai! (1974)
  • Mistress of Death (1974)
  • Bamboo Bloodbath (1974)
  • Ninja's Revenge (1975)
  • Amazon Slaughter (1976)
  • Curse of the Ninja (1976)


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Piers Anthony


Piers Anthony
BornPiers Anthony Dillingham Jacob
6 August 1934 (age 82)
Oxford, England
Pen namePiers Anthony
OccupationNovelistshort story writer
NationalityBritish American
EducationGoddard College
Period1956–present
GenreScience fictionfantasy
SpouseCarol Marble
Children2
Website
www.hipiers.com
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born 6 August 1934 in Oxford, England)[1] is an English American author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has stated that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book beginning with every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover.
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Early life

Anthony's parents, Alfred and Norma Jacob, were Quaker pacifists studying at Oxford University who interrupted their studies in 1936 to undertake relief work on behalf of the Quakers during the Spanish Civil War, establishing a food kitchen for children in Barcelona.[2] Piers and his sister were left in England in the care of their maternal grandparents and a nanny.[3] Alfred Jacob, although a British citizen, had been born in America near Philadelphia, and in 1940, after being forced out of Spain and with the situation in Britain deteriorating, the family sailed to the United States. In 1941 the family settled in a rustic "back to the land" utopian community near Winhall, Vermont, where a young Piers made the acquaintance of radical author Scott Nearing, a neighbor.[4] Both parents resumed their academic studies, and Alfred eventually became a professor of Romance languages, teaching at a number of colleges in the Philadelphia area.
Piers was moved around to a number of schools, eventually enrolling in Goddard College in Vermont where he graduated in 1956.[5] On This American Life on 27 July 2012, Anthony revealed that his parents had divorced, he was bullied, and he had poor grades in school. Anthony referred to his high school as a "very fancy private school", and refuses to donate money to the school because as a student, he recalls being part of "the lower crust", and that no one paid attention to or cared about him. He said, "I didn't like being a member of the underclass, of the peons like that".[6] He became a naturalized U.S. citizen while serving in the United States Army in 1958.[7] After completing a two-year stint in military service, he briefly taught school at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida before becoming a full-time writer.[8]

Marriage and early career

Anthony met his future wife, Carol Marble, while both were attending college. They were married in 1956, the same year he graduated from Goddard College. After a series of odd jobs, Anthony decided to join the U.S. Army in 1957 for a steady source of income and medical coverage for his pregnant wife. He would stay in the Army until 1959 and became a US citizen during this time. While in the army, he became an editor and cartoonist for the battalion newspaper. After leaving the army, he spent a brief stint as a public school teacher before trying his hand at becoming a full-time writer.
Anthony and his wife made a deal: if he could sell a piece of writing within one year, she would continue to work to support him. But if he could not sell anything in that year, then he would forever give up his dream of being a writer. At the end of the year, he managed to get a short story published. He credits his wife as the person who made his writing career possible, and he advises aspiring writers that they need to have a source of income other than their writing in order to get through the early years of a writing career.[9]

Writing

On multiple occasions Anthony has moved from one publisher to another (taking a profitable hit series with him) when he says he felt the editors were unduly tampering with his work. He has sued publishers for accounting malfeasance and won judgments in his favor.[citation needed] Anthony maintains an Internet Publishers Survey in the interest of helping aspiring writers.[10] For this service, he won the 2003 "Friend of EPIC" award for service to the electronic publishing community.[citation needed] His website won the Special Recognition for Service to Writers award from Preditors and Editors, an author's guide to publishers and writing services.[11]
Anthony was at one time an angel investor in Xlibris.[12]
Many of his popular novel series have been optioned for movies.[13] His popular series Xanth inspired the DOS video game Companions of Xanth, by Legend Entertainment. The series also spawned the board game Xanth by Mayfair Games.
Anthony's novels usually end with a chapter-long Author's Note, in which he talks about himself, his life, and his experiences as they related to the process of writing the novel. He often discusses correspondence with readers and any real-world issues that influenced the novel.
Since about 2000, Anthony has written his novels in a Linux environment.[14]
Anthony's Xanth series was ranked No. 99 in a 2011 NPR readers' poll of best science fiction and fantasy books.[15]

In other media

Act One of episode 470 of the radio program This American Life is an account of boyhood obsessions with Piers Anthony. The act is written and narrated by writer Logan Hill who, as a 12-year-old, was consumed with reading Anthony's novels. For a decade he felt he must have been Anthony's number one fan, until, when he was 22, he met "Andy" at a wedding and discovered their mutual interest in the writer. Andy is interviewed for the story and explains that, as a teenager, he had used escapist novels in order to cope with his alienating school and home life in Buffalo, New York. In 1987, at age 15, he decided to run away to Florida in order to try to live with Piers Anthony. The story includes Anthony's reflections on these events.[6]
Naomi King, the daughter of writer Stephen King enjoyed reading books by Piers Anthony which included things like pixies, imps and fairies. After telling her father Stephen King, "Dad, I just don't like those to be scared. Would you write something with dragons in it?", Stephen wrote The Eyes of the Dragon which was originally published in 1984 and later in 1987 by Viking Press.

But What of Earth? controversy

Early in Anthony's literary career, there was a dispute surrounding the original publication (1976) of But What of Earth?. Editor Roger Elwood commissioned the novel for his nascent science-fiction line Laser Books. According to Anthony, he completed But What of Earth?, and Elwood accepted and purchased it. Elwood then told Anthony that he wished to make several minor changes, and in order not to waste Anthony's time, he had hired copy editor (and author) Robert Coulson to retype the manuscript with the changes. Anthony described Coulson as a friend and was initially open to his contribution.
However, Elwood told Coulson he was to be a full collaborator, free to make revisions to Anthony's text in line with suggestions made by other copy editors. Elwood promised Coulson a 50-50 split with Anthony on all future royalties. According to Anthony, the published novel was very different from his version, with changes to characters and dialog, and with scenes added and removed. Anthony felt the changes worsened the novel. Laser's ultimate publication of But What of Earth? listed Anthony and Coulson together as collaborators. Publication rights were reverted to Anthony under threat of legal action. In 1989, Anthony (re)published his original But What of Earth? in an annotated edition through Tor Books. This edition contains an introduction and conclusion setting out the story of the novel's permutations and roughly 60 pages of notes by Anthony giving examples of changes to plot and characters, and describing some of the comments made by copy editors on his manuscript.[16]

Personal life

Anthony currently lives with his wife on a tree farm which he owns in Florida. He and his wife have two daughters, Penelope "Penny" Carolyn and Cheryl, and one grandchild, Logan. Regarding his religious beliefs, Anthony wrote in the October 2004 entry of his personal website, "I'm agnostic, which means I regard the case as unproven, but I'm much closer to the atheist position than to the theist one."[17] In 2017 he stated, "I am more certain about God and the Afterlife: they don't exist." [18]
On 3 September 2009, their daughter Penny Jacob died from apparent respiratory paralysis following surgery for melanoma which had metastasized to her brain. She is survived by her husband and her daughter, Logan.[19]

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