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Encyclopedia > Piers Anthony
Piers Anthony
Born August 6, 1934 (1934-08-06) (age 73)
Oxford, England
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality USA
Writing period 1967 - Present
Genres science fiction, fantasy
Debut works Chthon
Website www.hipiers.com

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is an American writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running series set in the fictional realm of Xanth. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He is one of the most prolific science fiction/fantasy authors of all time. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 ( 2001 census). ... This article is about work. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 ( 2001 census). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... A fictional universe is a cohesive fictional world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Xanth is a fantasy world created by author Piers Anthony for a series of novels. ... The New York Times Best Seller List is a weekly chart in The New York Times newspaper that keeps track of the best-selling books of the week. ... The twenty-second Xanth novel by Piers Anthony. ...


Anthony's family emigrated to the United States from Britain when he was four. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in his twenties. After completing a two year stint in military service, he briefly taught public school before becoming a fulltime writer. Anthony currently lives with his wife on a tree farm which he owns in Florida. He and his wife have two daughters and one grandchild.


On multiple occasions he has moved from one publisher to another (taking a profitable hit series with him), when he felt the editors were unduly tampering with his work. He has even sued publishers for accounting malfeasance and won judgments in his favor. He maintains an Internet Publishers Survey, in the interest of helping aspiring writers. For this service, he won the 2003 "Friend of EPIC" award for service to the electronic publishing community. For his HiPiers website, he won the Special Recognition for Service to Writers award from Preditors and Editors, an author's guide to publishers and writing services. Preditors and Editors (P&E) is a website started in 1997, managed by David (Dave) Kuzminski and hosted by Anotherealm, The Magazine of Speculative Fiction. ...


Anthony invested as an angel investor in Xlibris at one point, and is now a co-owner along with Random House. An angel investor or business angel is an individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for ownership equity. ... Xlibris is a Philadelphia-based self-publishing and on-demand printing services provider. ... // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ...


Many of his popular novels have been optioned for movies. His popular series, Xanth, has a video game, titled "Companions of Xanth" by Legend Entertainment. It is made for PCs and on CD-ROM, although it is DOS-based. There is also a board game called Xanth by Mayfair Games. Companions of Xanth is an adventure game published in 1993 by Legend Entertainment. ... A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... This article is about the family of closely related operating systems for the IBM PC compatible platform. ...


Piers 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.

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Marriage and early career

Piers Anthony met his future husband, Carol Marble, while both were attending college. They were married in 1956, the same year he graduated from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. After a series of odd jobs Piers 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. He became a U.S. 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. Goddard College is a private college located in Plainfield, Vermont which grants BA and MA and MFA degrees. ... Plainfield, Vermont Plainfield is a town located in Washington County, Vermont. ...


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 couldn't 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.


But What of Earth? controversy

One important event in Anthony's early literary career were the disputes surrounding the original publication (1976) of But What of Earth?. Editor Roger Elwood commissioned the novel for his nascent science-fiction line, Laser Books. As the novel opens, the governments of Earth have just developed the secret of matter transmission ("mattermission"), and the instantaneous transport of matter between points in space without limitation by the speed of light. The book follows college student Scot Krebs as he continues to live on a radically depopulated Earth. Anthony's position in the novel is that as population decreases, technology and civilization go along with it, so Scot and his companions must re-learn primitive agriculture while dealing with tribes of hostile nomads. Roger Elwood (born 1933) is an American science fiction writer and editor. ... Laser Books was a line of 58 paperback science fiction novels published from 1975 to 1977 by Canadian romance powerhouse Harlequin 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 copyeditor (and author) Robert Coulson to retype the manuscript with the changes. Anthony described Coulson as a friend he had met through science fiction fandom, so he was happy to throw Coulson the work. Robert Stratton Buck Coulson (1928-1999) was a science fiction writer and, with his wife, writer and filmmaker Juanita Coulson, a well-known fan, filk singer, and fanzine editor. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ...


Apparently, however, Elwood told Coulson something entirely different. Coulson understood himself to be a full collaborator, free to make his own significant revisions to Anthony's text, in line with suggestions made by Laser's previous line editors. In exchange, Elwood promised Coulson a 50/50 split with Anthony on all future royalties.


According to Anthony, the published novel is different in many respects from his version: most characters were imagined differently, their motivations revised and often left unclear, much of the dialogue had been reworked, and Coulson had cut many of Anthony's scenes and added several of his own invention. In Anthony's view, Coulson's efforts completely changed the tenor of the work, and not for the better.


Laser's ultimate publication of But What of Earth? listed Anthony and Coulson together as collaborators. Publications rights were reverted to Anthony under threat of legal action. Laser folded the next year, in 1977.


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. Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ...


Bibliography

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NAME Anthony, Piers
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Jacob, Piers Anthony Dillingham
SHORT DESCRIPTION American novelist and short story writer
DATE OF BIRTH August 6, 1934
PLACE OF BIRTH Oxford, England
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Piers Anthony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2367 words)
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony.
Anthony was fllisted at one time, and thus feels that it is his duty to help aspiring writers circumvent traditional publishing houses and their stranglehold on the industry.
Anthony's position in the novel is that as population decreases, technology and civilization go along with it, so Scot and his companions must re-learn primitive agriculture while dealing with tribes of hostile nomads.
Dani Zweig's Unnumbered Reviews #8: Piers Anthony (1745 words)
Piers Anthony is a writer with a gimmick.
(Anthony's series generally decline, but the Xanth series has run long enough for the decline to be particularly visible.) One other word of warning: Piers Anthony's handling of relations between the sexes generally puts me in mind of a twelve-year-old peeking up girls' dresses, but nowhere is this more pronounced than in the Xanth novels.
It's more useful to think of Piers Anthony's books as a commodity, in the sense that a Harlequin romance is a commodity: The question isn't "which are the good ones?" so much as "do I feel like reading one?" One of his books is about as good as another for answering that question.
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