Grania Davis

Grania Davis (July 17, 1943 - April 28, 2017) was an American author and editor of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories.[1] She was the primary editor of the posthumously published work of her former husband, Avram Davidson. Her short stories have appeared in various genre magazines, anthologies, and "best of" collections.[2] The Boss in the Wall (1998, Tachyon Publications with Avram Davidson) was nominated for a Nebula Award in the Best Novella category.[3]

She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Hollywood, California.[4] She lived in San Rafael, California for many years. She died on April 28, 2017.[1]

Grania Davis
Grania Davis.


As author

  • Proud Peacock and the Mallard (1976)
  • Doctor Grass (1978)
  • The Rainbow Annals (1980)
  • The Great Perpendicular Path(1980)
  • Moonbird (1986)
  • Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty (with Avram Davidson, 1998)
  • The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil (with Avram Davidson, 1998)
  • Tree of Life, Book of Death: The Treasures of Grania Davis (short story collection, 2013)

As editor

  • The Scarlet Fig: Or Slowly Through a Land of Stone (co-editor, with Henry Wessells, 2005)
  • The Avram Davidson Treasury (co-editor, with Robert Silverberg, 1998)
  • The Investigations of Avram Davidson (co-editor, with Richard A. Lupoff, 1999)
  • Everybody Has Somebody in Heaven: Essential Jewish Tales of the Spirit (co-editor, with Jack Dann, 2000)
  • The Other 19th Century (co-editor, with Henry Wessells, 2001)
  • ¡Limekiller! (co-editor, with Henry Wessells, 2003)
  • Speculative Japan (co-editor, with Gene Van Troyer, 2007)


  1. ^ a b "Grania Davis (1943-2017)". Locus Online. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  2. ^ Grania Davis on Nippon 2007
  3. ^ Grania Davis on Fantastic Fiction
  4. ^ Tree of Life, Book of Death: The Treasures of Grania Davis (short story collection, 2013)

External links

2017 in science fiction

The year 2017 was marked, in science fiction, by the following events.

Avram Davidson

Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and an Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine short story award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1962 to 1964. His last novel The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil was completed by Grania Davis and was a Nebula Award finalist in 1998. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says "he is perhaps sf's most explicitly literary author".

Dream's Edge

Dream's Edge is an anthology of short science fiction stories about the "future of Planet Earth". It is edited by collector Terry Carr. It was published in 1980 by Sierra Club Books (San Francisco) with ISBN 0-87156-238-3.

The short stories included are:

"The Green Marauder", Larry Niven

"East Wind, West Wind", Frank M. Robinson

"People's Park", Charles Ott

"Last Hund", Eric Vinicoff and Marcia Martin

"Greenslaves", Frank Herbert

"Incased in Ancient Rind", R. A. Lafferty

"Occam's Scalpel", Theodore Sturgeon

"The Spirit Who Bideth by Himself in the Land of Mist and Snow", Susan Janice Anderson

"When Petals Fall", Sydney J. Van Scyoc

"How Can We Sink When We Can Fly?" Alexei Panshin

"Three Tinks on the House", F. M. Busby

"Fortune Hunter", Poul Anderson

"My Lady of the Psychiatric Sorrows", Brian W. Aldiss

"The New Atlantis", Ursula K. Le Guin

"Young Love", Grania Davis

"Whale Song", Terry Melen

"Under the Generator", John Shirley

"The Ugly Chickens", Howard Waldrop

"The Wind and the Rain", Robert Silverberg

"Virra", Terry Carr

Heroic Visions

Heroic Visions is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in March 1983.

The book collects eleven new short stories and novelettes by various fantasy authors, with an introduction by Salmonson.

Heroic Visions II

Heroic Visions is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in July 1986.

The book collects thirteen new short stories and novelettes by various fantasy authors, with an introduction by Salmonson.

Limekiller! (collection)

¡Limekiller! is a collection of fantasy short stories by Avram Davidson, edited by Grania Davis and Henry Wessells. It was first published in hardcover by Old Earth Books in November 2003. An ebook edition was issued by Gateway/Orion in July 2015.

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was an American woman who garnered notoriety as the main suspect in the August 4, 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. Borden was tried and acquitted of the murders.

The case was a cause célèbre and received widespread newspaper coverage throughout the United States. Following her release from jail, where she was held during the trial, Lizzie chose to remain a resident of Fall River despite facing ostracism from the other residents. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected not to charge anyone else with the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, and speculation about the crimes still continues more than 126 years later. She spent the remainder of her life in Fall River before dying of pneumonia, aged 66, just days before the death of her sister, Emma.

Borden and her association with the murders has remained a topic in American popular culture mythology into the 21st century, and she has been depicted in various films, theatrical productions, literary works, and folk rhymes.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo ( (listen), Venetian: [ˈmaɾko ˈpolo], Italian: [ˈmarko ˈpɔːlo]; 1254 – January 8–9, 1324) was an Italian merchant, explorer, and writer, born in the Republic of Venice. His travels are recorded in Livre des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries.

Marco learned the mercantile trade from his father and his uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice.

Though he was not the first European to reach China (see Europeans in Medieval China), Marco Polo was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. This book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. There is a substantial literature based on Polo's writings; he also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.

Nebula Award for Best Novella

The Nebula Award for Best Novella is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for science fiction or fantasy novellas. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a novella if it is between 17,500 and 40,000 words; awards are also given out for pieces of longer lengths in the novel category, and for shorter lengths in the short story and novelette categories. To be eligible for Nebula Award consideration a novella must be published in English in the United States. Works published in English elsewhere in the world are also eligible provided they are released on either a website or in an electronic edition. The Nebula Award for Best Novella has been awarded annually since 1966. Novellas published by themselves are eligible for the novel award instead if the author requests them to be considered as such. The award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards.Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be members. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, and the six works that receive the most nominations then form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Members may then vote on the ballot throughout March, and the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, and ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received. The rules were changed to their current format in 2009. Previously, the eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and then be awarded in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary list for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were then voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was also allowed to add an additional work.During the 53 nomination years, 171 authors have had works nominated; 49 of these have won, including co-authors and ties. Nancy Kress has won the most awards: four out of eight nominations. Robert Silverberg, John Varley, and Roger Zelazny have each won twice out of eight, two, and three nominations, respectively. Silverberg's and Kress's eight nominations are the most of any authors, followed by Lucius Shepard and Michael Bishop at seven, and Kate Wilhelm and Avram Davidson with six. Bishop has the most nominations without receiving an award for novellas, though Wilhelm and Davidson have also not won an award.

Orbit (anthology series)

Orbit was an American long-running series of anthologies of new fiction edited by Damon Knight, often featuring work by such writers as Gene Wolfe, Joanna Russ, R. A. Lafferty, and Kate Wilhelm, who was married to Knight. The anthologies tended toward the avant-garde edge of science fiction, but by no means exclusively; occasionally the volumes would feature some nonfiction critical writing or humorous anecdotes by Knight. Inspired by Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction series, and in its turn an influence on Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions volumes and many others, it ran for over a decade and twenty-one volumes, not including a "Best-of" collection which covered the years 1966-1976.

Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, alternative universes, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics and theology, and often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences.

Born in Illinois, he eventually moved to California and began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s. His stories initially found little commercial success. His 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel. He followed with science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969). His 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel. Following a series of religious experiences in February 1974, Dick's work engaged more explicitly with issues of theology, philosophy, and the nature of reality, as in such novels as A Scanner Darkly (1977) and VALIS (1981). A collection of his non-fiction writing on these themes was published posthumously as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011). He died in 1982, at age 53, due to complications from a stroke.

Dick's writing produced 44 published novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.A variety of popular films based on Dick's works have been produced, including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (adapted twice: in 1990 and in 2012), Minority Report (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

In 2005, Time named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

Potlatch (convention)

Potlatch was an annual non-profit science fiction convention held in the Pacific Northwest region of North America since 1992. Unlike most SF conventions, Potlatch designates a "Book of Honor" rather than author, editor, fan, and/or artist "Guests of Honor;" the appellation "Book of Honor" does not preclude works from other media receiving the honor, such as films.

Ramble House

Ramble House is a small American publisher founded by Fender Tucker and Jim Weiler in 1999. The press specializes in reprints of long-neglected and rare crime fiction novels, modern crime fiction, 'weird menace' / 'shudder pulps' - short story collections from rare pulp magazines, and scholarly works by noted authors on the crime fiction genre, and a host of other diverse books of a collectible or curious nature. Apart from its main publishing arm, Ramble House has two imprints: Surinam Turtle Press and Dancing Tuatara Press, headed by author Richard A. Lupoff and John Pelan respectively.

Ramble House titles were originally handmade by Tucker in small crafted editions, but the growth in the publisher’s list together with print on demand technology led to the titles being available online now as trade paperback editions. Gavin L. O’Keefe is the cover designer for Ramble House books, creating many original new designs for the books or adapting existing art.

Ron Walotsky

Ron Walotsky (born in Brooklyn in 1943 and died on July 29, 2002) was a science fiction and fantasy artist who studied at the School of Visual Arts. He began a long and prolific career painting book and magazine covers starting with the May 1967 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His first book cover was for Living Way Out by Wyman Guin. He would go on to do covers for Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bruce Sterling, Roger Zelazny, Robert Silverberg and many others. He was also nominated for the Chesley Awards twelve times. Some of his art is collected in Inner Visions: The Art of Ron Walotsky (2000).

Walotsky has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.

Ron Walotsky also did an oil painting to be used as a poster for Dorothy Dietrich, a well known magician and curator of The Houdini Museum In Scranton, Pa.

Here is a list of all the issues of F&SF that Ron painted the covers of:

--Planetoid Idiot (Phyllis Gotlieb), May, 1967.

--Reduction in Arms (Tom Purdom), August, 1967.

--Stranger in the House (Kate Wilhelm), February, 1968.

--The Consciousness Machine (Josephine Saxton), June, 1968.

--The Fangs of Trees (Robert Silverberg), October, 1968.

--Calliope and Gherkin and the Yankee Doodle Thing (Evelyn E. Smith), March, 1969.

--An Adventure in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness (Vance Aandahl), August, 1969.

--20th Anniversary, October, 1969.

--The Fatal Fulfillment (Poul Anderson), March, 1970.

--Making Titan (Barry N. Malzberg), July, 1970.

--The Bear with the Knot on his Tail (Stephen Tall), May, 1971.

--Jack of Shadows (Roger Zelazny), July, 1971.

--Jack of Shadows (Roger Zelazny), August, 1971.

--McGillahee's Brat (Ray Bradbury), January, 1972.

--Son of the Morning (Gotlieb), June, 1972.

--The Brave Free Men (Jack Vance), July, 1972.

--Doctor Dominoe's Dancing Doll (Hal R. Moore), December, 1972.

--Closed Sicilian (Barry N. Malzberg), November, 1973.

--Not a Red Cent (Robin Scott Wilson), December, 1973.

--The Star of Stars (Robert F. Young), March, 1974.

--A Father's Tale (Sterling E. Lanier), July, 1974.

--Venus on the Half-Shell (Kilgore Trout), December, 1974.

--The Black Hole Passes John (John Varley), June, 1975.

--The Samurai and the Willows (Michael Bishop), February, 1976.

--Ghost of a Crown (Sterling E. Lanier), December, 1976.

--The Syndicated Time (Sterling E. Lanier), #326, July, 1978.

--Palely Loitering (Christopher Priest), #332, January, 1979.

--Extraordinary Voyages of Amelie Bertrand (Joanna Russ), #340, September, 1979.

--Lord Valentine's Castle (Robert Silverberg), #342, November, 1979.

--The Autopsy (Michael Shea), #355, December, 1980.

--The Thermals of August (Edward Bryant), May, 1981.

--The Tehama (Bob Leman), December, 1981.

--The Doors (Barbara Owens), November, 1984

--Midnight Snack (Vance Aandahl), #419, April, 1986.

--The Cold Cage (Ray Aldridge), February, 1990.

--Dr. Pak's Preschool (David Brin), July, 1990.

--Gate of Faces (Aldridge), April, 1991.

--Tree of Life, Book of Death (Grania Davis) March, 1992.

--Bridges (de Lint), October-November, 1992.

--Busy Dying (Brian Stableford), February, 1994.

--The Spine Divers (Ray Aldridge), June, 1995.

--Candle in a Bottle (Carolyn Ives Gilman), October-November, 1996.

--Reading the Bones (Sheila Finch), #558, January, 1998.

--The Island in the Lake (Phyllis Eisenstein), #568, December, 1998.

--The Hestwood (Rob Chilson), #572, April, 1999.

--The Diamond Pit (Jack Dann), #596, June, 2001.

--On Skua Island (John Langan), #598, August, 2001.

--The Mask of the Rex (Richard Bowes), #606, May, 2002.

--Soul Pipes (Ray Aldridge), #612, December, 2002.

The Scarlet Fig

The Scarlet Fig: or, Slowly through a Land of Stone, is a fantasy novel written by American writer Avram Davidson, edited by Grania Davis and Henry Wessells, published in hardcover by Rose Press in 2005. An ebook edition was published by Prologue Press in August 2012.It is the third and final novel of the author's Vergil Magus sequence, following The Phoenix and the Mirror (1969) and Vergil in Averno (1987). It follows Vergil's adventures in an alternate ancient Mediterranean world where harpies, basilisks, and satyrs co-exist with Rome, Carthage, and the Punic Wars. The books are not written in chronological order, and in fact the second and third are prequels to the first.

Universe 1 (Silverberg anthology)

Universe 1 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by American writers Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber, the first volume in a series of three, continuing an earlier series of the same name edited by Terry Carr. It was first published in hardcover and trade paperback by Doubleday Foundation in June 1990. A standard paperback edition was issued by Bantam Spectra in April 1991.The book collects twenty novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, together with an introduction by Silverberg.

Universe 2

Universe 2 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Terry Carr and illustrated by Alicia Austin, the second volume in the seventeen-volume Universe anthology series. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1972, with a British hardcover facsimile edition following from Dennis Dobson in 1976.

The book collects thirteen novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors. As in Universe 1, each story is accompanied by a full-page illustration by Alicia Austin. With the change of publisher for Universe 3 and subsequent volumes the illustrations were discontinued.

World Fantasy Special Award—Professional

The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction and art published in English during the preceding calendar year. The awards have been described by sources such as The Guardian as a "prestigious fantasy prize", and one of the three most renowned speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction). The World Fantasy Special Award—Professional is given each year to individuals for their professional work in the preceding calendar year in fields related to fantasy that is not covered by other World Fantasy Award categories. These have included editors of magazines and novels, publishers, and authors of non-fiction works. Occasionally, especially in the first few years of the award, some publishing companies were nominated along with individual editors and publishers. The nomination reasons were not specified in the first year of the award, and have sometimes not been specified beyond "contributions to the genre". Individuals are also eligible for the Special Award—Non-professional category for their non-professional work. The World Fantasy Special Award—Professional has been awarded annually since 1975.World Fantasy Award nominees and winners are decided by attendees and judges at the annual World Fantasy Convention. A ballot is posted in June for attendees of the current and previous two conferences to determine two of the finalists, and a panel of five judges adds three or more nominees before voting on the overall winner. The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties. The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October. Winners were presented with a statue in the form of a bust of H. P. Lovecraft through the 2015 awards; more recent winners receive a statuette of a tree.During the 44 nomination years, 145 individuals and four publishing companies have been nominated; 53 people have won, including ties and co-nominees. For his work at Donald M. Grant, Publisher Donald M. Grant has won three times out of eight nominations, and six other nominees have won twice. Ian Ballantine and Betty Ballantine have won twice out of two nominations each for their non-fiction and publishing work, and Peter Crowther twice out of four nominations for his work at PS Publishing. Edward L. Ferman won twice out of six nominations for his work at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Stephen Jones twice out of six for his editing and anthology work, and Gordon Van Gelder twice out of seven nominations for his editing work in both books and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Ellen Datlow has received the most nominations with ten, winning once, for her editing and anthology work, and David Pringle has the most nominations without winning with five, for his work at Interzone and for "contributions to the genre".

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