James H. Schmitz

James Henry Schmitz (October 15, 1911 – April 18, 1981) was an American science fiction writer born in Hamburg, Germany[1] of American parents.

James H. Schmitz
Schmitz with his dog.
Schmitz with his dog.
Born
James Henry Schmitz

October 15, 1911
Hamburg, Germany
DiedApril 18, 1981 (aged 69)
Los Angeles
NationalityAmerican
OccupationShort story writer, novelist
Years active1943–74
Spouse(s)Betty Mae Chapman Schmitz
Galaxy 195012
Schmitz's "The Second Night of Summer", part of his "Agent of Vega" series, was the cover story in the third issue of Galaxy Science Fiction in 1950
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Schmitz's novelette "Captives of the Thieve-Star" was the cover story in the May 1951 issue of Planet Stories
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The first installment of Schmitz's novella "The Ties of Earth" took the cover of the November 1955 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction
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Schmitz's novella "Left Hand, Right Hand" was the cover story on the November 1962 issue of Amazing Stories
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Schmitz's novella "Beacon to Elsewhere" took the cover of the April 1963 issue of Amazing Stories

Life

Schmitz was educated at a Realgymnasium in Hamburg,[2] and grew up speaking both English and German. The family spent World War I in the United States, then returned to Germany.[3] Schmitz traveled to Chicago in 1930 to go to business school, then switched to a correspondence course in journalism. Unable to find a job because of the Great Depression, he returned to Germany to work with his father's company.[4] Schmitz lived in various German cities, where he worked for the International Harvester Company,[2] until his family left shortly before World War II broke out in Europe.[2][5]

During World War II, Schmitz served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific for the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, he and his brother-in-law managed a business which manufactured trailers until they ended the business in 1949.[5]

After the war, he made his home in California, where he lived until his death.[3]

Schmitz died of congestive lung failure[5] in 1981 after a five-week stay in hospital in Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife, Betty Mae Chapman Schmitz.

Writing

Schmitz wrote mostly short stories, which sold chiefly to Galaxy Science Fiction and Astounding Science-Fiction (which later became Analog Science Fiction and Fact). Gale Biography in Context called him "a craftsmanlike writer who was a steady contributor to science fiction magazines for over 20 years."[2]

Schmitz is best known as a writer of "space opera", and for his strong female characters (such as Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee) who did not conform to the "damsel in distress" stereotype typical of science fiction of the time.[6]

His first published story was "Greenface", published in August 1943 in Unknown.[7]

Most of his works are part of the "Hub" series. However, the novel that "is usually thought of as Schmitz's best work"[6] is The Witches of Karres, concerning juvenile "witches" with genuine psi-powers and their escape from slavery. The Witches of Karres was nominated for a Hugo Award. In recent years, his novels and short stories have been republished by Baen Books, edited and with notes by Eric Flint.

In an introductory essay comparing Schmitz with contemporary author A. E. van Vogt, Dozois wrote, "Although he lacked van Vogt's paranoid tension and ornately Byzantine plots, the late James H. Schmitz was considerably better at people than van Vogt was, crafting even his villains as complicated, psychologically complex, and non-stereotypical characters, full of surprising quirks and behaviors that you didn't see in a lot of other Space Adventure stuff."[6]

Dozois added:

And his universes, although they come with their own share of monsters and sinister menaces, seem as if they would be more pleasant places to live than most Space Opera universes, places where you could have a viable, ordinary, and decent life once the plot was through requiring you to battle for existence against some Dread Implacable Monster; Schmitz even has sympathy for the monsters, who are often seen in the end not to be monsters at all, but rather creatures with agendas and priorities and points-of-view of their own, from which perspectives their actions are justified and sometimes admirable—a tolerant attitude almost unique amidst the Space Adventure tales of the day, most of which were frothingly xenophobic.[6]

John Clute writes in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction,

From 1949, when "Agent of Vega" appeared in ASF as the first of 4 stories later assembled as Agent of Vega (coll[ection] of linked stories 1960), he regularly produced the kind of tale for which he remains most warmly remembered: Space Opera adventures, several featuring female Heroes depicted with minimum recourse to their "femininity" – they perform their active tasks, and save the Universe when necessary, in a manner almost completely free of sexual role-playing clichés. Most of his best work shares a roughly characterized common background, a Galaxy inhabited by humans and aliens with room for all and numerous opportunities for discoveries and reversals that carefully fall short of threatening the stability of that background. Many of his stories, as a result, focus less on moments of Conceptual Breakthrough than on the pragmatic operations of teams and bureaux involved in maintaining the state of things against criminals, monsters and unfriendly species; in this they rather resemble the tales of Murray Leinster, though they are more vigorous and less inclined to punish adventurousness.[7]

Greg Fowlkes, editor-in-chief of Resurrected Press, said, "During the 50's and 60's "Space Opera" and James H. Schmitz were almost synonymous. He was famous for his tales of interstellar secret agents and galactic criminals, and particularly for heroines such as Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. Many of these characters had enhanced "psionic" powers that let them use their minds as well as their weapons to foil their enemies. All of them were resourceful in the best heroic tradition."[8]

In an essay in the anthology The Good Old Stuff (1998), Dozois laments that the book Agent of Vega is "long out-of-print, alas, but one which – if you can find it – delivers as pure a jolt of Widescreen Space Opera Sense of wonder as can be found anywhere." However, the website Free Speculative Fiction Online freely offers Agent of Vega, along with several of Schmitz's other stories, including "Greenface", "Balanced Ecology", "Lion Loose", "Goblin Night", and many more.

Schmitz wrote the introduction to the concordance The Universes of E. E. Smith.[9]

Legacy

Gardner Dozois has said, in prefacing the Schmitz tale "The Second Night of Summer",[10] in which humans on the planet Noorhut face an attack from aliens and are, unbeknownst to themselves, saved by the actions of a single woman with psi powers, Granny Wannattel, with the sole help of a friendly alien she calls her pony:

Schmitz was decades ahead of the curve in his portrayal of female characters—years before the Women's Movement of the '70s would come along to raise the consciousness of SF writers (or attempt to), Schmitz was not only frequently using women as the heroines in swashbuckling tales of interplanetary adventure—itself almost unheard of at the time—but he was also treating them as the total equal of the male characters, every bit as competent and brave and smart (and ruthless, when needs be), without saddling them with any of the "female weaknesses"—like an inclination to faint or cower under extreme duress, and/or seek protection behind the muscular frame of the Tough Male Hero) that would mar the characterization of women by some writers for years to come. (The Schmitz Woman, for instance, is every bit as tough and competent as the Heinlein Woman—who, to be fair, isn't prone to fainting in a crisis either—but without her annoying tendency to think that nothing in the universe is as important as marrying Her Man and settling down to have as many babies as possible.)[6]

With his popular equality-between-the-sexes fiction, Schmitz eased the way for later writers such as Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Kit Reed, Connie Willis, Sheri S. Tepper, and other science fiction authors who used female protagonists and feminine point-of-view more than half the time. Of "The Second Night of Summer", Dozois went on to write, "the hero of the piece is not only a woman, but an old woman ... a choice that most adventure writers wouldn't even make now, in 1998, let alone in 1950, which is when Schmitz made it!"[6]

Mercedes Lackey places her first meeting with science fiction at age 10 or 11, when she happened to pick up her father's copy of James H. Schmitz's Agent of Vega.

Short works

Listed chronologically, with month and year of publication, as well as the magazine, listed in parentheses.

1940s

1950s

1960s

  • "The Illusionists" (retitle of Space Fear, 1960, Agent of Vega)
  • "Gone Fishing" (May 1961, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Lion Loose..." (October 1961, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Star Hyacinths" (December 1961, Amazing Stories)
  • "An Incident on Route 12" (January 1962, Worlds of If)
  • "Swift Completion" (March 1962, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "Novice" (June 1962, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Other Likeness" (July 1962, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Rogue Psi" (August 1962, Amazing Stories)
  • "Watch the Sky" (August 1962, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "These Are the Arts" (September 1962, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • "The Winds of Time" (September 1962, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Left Hand, Right Hand" (November 1962, Amazing Stories)
  • "Beacon to Elsewhere" (April 1963, Amazing Stories)
  • "Oneness" (May 1963, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Ham Sandwich" (June 1963, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Undercurrents" (May 1964, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Clean Slate" (September 1964, Amazing Stories)
  • "The Machmen" (September 1964, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "A Nice Day for Screaming" (January 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Planet of Forgetting" (February 1965, Galaxy Science Fiction)
  • "The Pork Chop Tree" (February 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Balanced Ecology" (March 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Goblin Night" (April 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Trouble Tide" (May 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Research Alpha" (July 1965, World of If)
  • "Sleep No More" (August 1965, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Space Master" (1965, New Writings in SF 3)
  • "The Tangled Web" (retitle of The Star Hyacinths, 1965, A Nice Day for Screaming and Other Tales of the Hub)
  • "Faddist" (January 1966, Bizarre Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Searcher" (February 1966, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Witches of Karres" (Novel, 1966)
  • "The Tuvela" (September 1968, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Where the Time Went" (November 1968, Worlds of If)
  • "The Custodians" (December 1968, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Just Curious" (December 1968, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "Attitudes" (February 1969, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • "Would You?" (December 1969, Fantastic)

1970s

  • "Resident Witch" (May 1970, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Compulsion" (June 1970, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Telzey Toy" (January 1971, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Company Planet" (May 1971, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Glory Day" (June 1971, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Poltergeist" (July 1971, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Lion Game" (August 1971, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Child of the Gods" (March 1972, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "The Symbiotes" (September 1972, Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact)
  • "Crime Buff" (August 1973, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "One Step Ahead" (April 1974, Worlds of If)
  • "Aura of Immortality" (June 1974, Worlds of If)

2000s

  • "Blood of Nalakia" (retitle of The Vampirate, 2000, Telzey Amberdon)
  • "Ti's Toys" (retitle of The Telzey Toy, 2000, T'nT: Telzey & Trigger)
  • "Forget It" (retitle of Planet of Forgetting, January 2001, Trigger & Friends)

Collections

Listed by title, with chronological publishing list.

  • Agent of Vega
    • Includes: Agent of Vega; The Illusionists; The Truth About Cushgar; The Second Night of Summer
    • Hardcover, 1960, Gnome Press, listed on cover as "James A. Schmitz"
    • Paperback, June 1962, Permabook
    • Paperback, June 1964, Mayflower
    • Paperback, 1973, Tempo Books/Grosset & Dunlap
    • Paperback, 1982, Ace Books
  • Agent of Vega & Other Stories
    • Includes: Agent of Vega; The Illusionists; The Second Night of Summer; The Truth About Cushgar; The Custodians; Gone Fishing; The Beacon to Elsewhere; The End of the Line; Watch the Sky; Greenface; Rogue Psi.
    • Paperback, November 2001, Baen Books
  • The Best of James H. Schmitz
    • Includes: Grandpa; Lion Loose...; Just Curious; The Second Night of Summer; Novice; Balanced Ecology; The Custodians; Sour Note on Palayata; Goblin Night.
    • Hardcover, 1991, NESFA Press
  • Eternal Frontier
    • Includes: The Big Terrarium; Summer Guests; Captives of the Thieve-Star; Caretaker; One Step Ahead; Left Hand, Right Hand; The Ties of Earth; Spacemaster; The Altruist; Oneness; We Don't Want Any Trouble; Just Curious; Would You?; These Are the Arts; Clean Slate; Crime Buff; Ham Sandwich; Where the Time Went; An Incident on Route 12; Swift Completion; Faddist; The Eternal Frontiers.
    • Paperback, September 2002, Baen Books
  • The Hub: Dangerous Territory
    • Includes: The Searcher; Grandpa; Balanced Ecology; A Nice Day for Screaming; The Winds of Time; The Machmen; The Other Likeness; Attitudes; Trouble Tide; The Demon Breed.
    • Paperback, 2001, Baen Books
  • The Lion Game
    • Includes: Goblin Night; Sleep No More; The Lion Game.
    • Paperback, 1973, DAW Books
    • Hardcover, 1976, Sidgwick & Jackson
    • Paperback, 1979, Hamlyn
    • Paperback, 1982, Ace Books
  • A Nice Day for Screaming and Other Tales of the Hub
    • Includes: Balanced Ecology; A Nice Day for Screaming; The Tangled Web; The Machmen; The Other Likeness; The Winds of Time.
    • Hardcover, 1965, Chilton
  • A Pride of Monsters
    • Includes: Lion Loose; The Searcher; The Winds of Time; The Pork Chop Tree; Greenface.
    • Hardcover, 1970, MacMillan
    • Paperback, 1973, Collier
  • Telzey Amberdon
    • Includes: Novice; Undercurrents; Poltergeist; Goblin Night; Sleep No More; The Lion Game; Blood of Nalakia; The Star Hyacinths.
    • Paperback, April 2000, Baen Books
  • The Telzey Toy
    • Includes: The Telzey Toy; Resident Witch; Compulsion; Company Planet.
    • Paperback, 1973, DAW Books
    • Hardcover, 1976, Sidgwick & Jackson
    • Hardcover, 1978, Sidgwick & Jackson, in a 3-in-1 collection titled Special 24
    • Paperback, 1982, Ace Books
    • Paperback, 1983, Hamlyn
  • T'nT: Telzey & Trigger
    • Includes: Company Planet; Resident Witch; Compulsion (includes The Pork Chop Tree as prolog); Glory Day; Child of the Gods; Ti's Toys; Symbiotes.
    • Paperback, July 2000, Baen Books
  • Trigger & Friends
    • Includes: Lion Loose; Harvest Time; Forget It; Aura of Immortality; Legacy; A Sour Note on Palayata.
    • Paperback, January 2001, Baen Books
  • The Winds of Time
    • Includes: An Incident on Route 12; Watch the Sky; The Winds of Time; Lion Loose.
    • Paperback, February 2008, Wildside Press

Novels

Listed by title, with chronological publishing list.

  • The Demon Breed (retitle of The Tuvela)
    • Hardcover, 1968, Ace Books/SFBC
    • Paperback, 1968, Ace Books
    • Hardcover, 1969, MacDonald
    • Hardcover, 1971, UK SFBC/Newton Abbot
    • Paperback, 1974, Orbit Books
    • Paperback, 1979, Ace Books/SFBC
    • Paperback, 1981, Ace Books
  • The Eternal Frontiers
  • Legacy (retitle of A Tale of Two Clocks, paperback, 1979, Ace Books) (available from gutenberg)
  • A Tale of Two Clocks
    • Hardcover, 1962, Torquil Books/SFBC
    • Paperback, 1965, Belmont
  • The Universe Against Her (novelized version of Novice and Undercurrents.)
    • Paperback, 1964, Ace Books
    • Paperback, 1979, Ace Books
    • Hardcover, 1981, Gregg Press
  • The Witches of Karres
    • Hardcover, 1966, Chilton
    • Paperback, 1966 (twice), Ace Books
    • Paperback, 1977, Ace Books
    • Paperback, 1981, Ace Books
    • Paperback, 1988, Gollancz
    • Hardcover, 1992, Baen Books/SFBC

Related books

This is a sequel of The Witches of Karres which follows the continuing adventures of Captain Pausert, Goth, and the Leewit.
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References

  1. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "James H. Schmitz – Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "James H(enry) Schmitz". Gale Biography in Context. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "The Best of James H. Schmitz". New England Science Fiction Association. June 24, 2003. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "James H. Schmitz [sidebar]". SF Site. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Scheick, Robyn. "Schmitz, James H. (1911–1981)". Millersville University Archives, Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Dozois, Gardner (1999). The Good Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition. New York: SFBC. p. 45.
  7. ^ a b Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1995). "Schmitz, James H(enry)". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St Martin's Griffin. pp. 1057–1058. ISBN 0-312-09618-6.
  8. ^ Fowlkes, Greg (2010). "James H. Schmitz Resurrected: Selected Stories of James H. Schmitz – Editor's Notes". Resurrected Press. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Ellik, Ron; Bill Evans (1966). "The Universes of E. E. Smith". New England Science Fiction Association. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Schmitz, James H. (1950). "The Second Night of Summer [full text]". Free Speculative Fiction Online. Retrieved October 9, 2012.

External links

1960 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1960.

– Mervyn Griffith-Jones prosecuting in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case

Ace Science Fiction Specials

Ace Science Fiction Specials are three series of science fiction and fantasy books published by Ace Books between 1968 and 1990. Terry Carr edited the first and third series, taking the "TV special" concept and adapting it to paperback marketing. The first series was one of the most influential in the history of science fiction publishing; four of the six novels nominated for 1970 Nebula Awards were from the series.

The date given is the year of publication by Ace; some are first editions and some are reprints. Also given is the Ace serial number. The serial number given is that of the first printing in the Ace Special series (except for the reissue of Rite of Passage). Books with a previous first edition are noted as "reissue" below. The order listed for series one is the original order of publication; the price is given. Ace reissued many of these books outside of the Ace Special line with different covers and prices, and sometimes different paginations. Award winners are noted; many were nominated for awards.

Agent of Vega

Agent of Vega is a science fiction novel by American writer James H. Schmitz, published in 1960. It is a collection of stories that originally appeared separately in magazines. It was republished in 2001 as Agent of Vega & Other Stories.

The tale began in 1949 as a longish short story published in the SF magazine Astounding. In 1960 it appeared as a book, along with three loosely related stories set in the same time and context: "The Illusionists", "The Truth About Cushgar" and "The Second Night of Summer".

In the far future, humans are building a "Confederacy of Vega" to replace the original fallen Empire of Earth. The new empire includes some mutated humans and also some non-humans. Enemies are also a mix of humans and aliens and it is very much space opera, featuring Vega's 'zone agents'. Combat involves both physical weapons and telepathic attacks. It clearly owes a lot to E. E. Smith's Lensman series.

Unlike the six Lensman books, the four stories are only loosely connected. Each features a completely different set of enemies. The non-human telepath Pagadan is the main connecting link, appearing a secondary character in the first story, the main character in "The Illusionists" and makes a brief appearance in "The Truth About Cushgar".

The book is currently available as Agent of Vega & Other Stories. This consists of the original four stories plus "The Custodians", "Gone Fishing", "The Beacon to Elsewhere", "The End of the Line", "Watch the Sky", "Greenface" and "Rogue Psi". None of these are set in the same universe as the Vega tales.

Analog's Children of the Future

Analog's Children of the Future is the third in a series of anthologies of science fiction stories drawn from Analog magazine and edited by then-current Analog editor Stanley Schmidt. It was first published in paperback by Davis Publications and hardcover by The Dial Press in December 1982.The book collects ten short pieces first published in Analog and its predecessor title Astounding, together with an introduction by Schmidt.

Assignment in Tomorrow

Assignment in Tomorrow is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by American writer Frederik Pohl. Originally published in hardcover by Hanover House in 1954 with jacket art by Richard Powers, it was reprinted in paperback by Lancer Books in 1972.

J. Grant Thiessen

J. Grant Thiessen is a Canadian bibliographer and bookseller (Pandora's Books, BookIT Enterprises). He has worked primarily in the area of science fiction. His bibliographic fanzine, The Science Fiction Collector, has been collected into three hardbound volumes from Pandora's Books, and copies of all of the issues are still available from that source.

The most frequently referenced work from these volumes is the guide to the Ace Books sf doubles; books bound dos-à-dos. The non-double sf, fantasy, and horror titles were also listed. This bibliography appeared in the first issue of Science Fiction Collector. Other paperback publishers whose output is documented by Thiessen includes Ballantine Books, Monarch Books, Curtis Books, and Lancer Books. The volumes also contain individual author biographies; authors covered include James H. Schmitz, Jack Williamson, E. C. Tubb, A. E. van Vogt, and Charles L. Harness.

Thiessen also published "The Tanelorn Archives", a bibliography of Michael Moorcock, and has made many contributions to bibliographic reference works, magazines, and price guides, as well as producing several hundred book catalogs.

He was born in 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He acquired his CMA (Certified Management Accountant) degree in 1973. In 1977, he formally incorporated as Pandora's Books Ltd.

In 1995, Pandora's Books was an early retail entry on the internet, and still operates their website to this day, although under new management since 1999.

He is now a bookseller and software developer, under the company name BookIT Enterprises Inc.

More Than Superhuman

More Than Superhuman is a collection of science fiction short stories by Canadian-American writer A.E. van Vogt, published in 1971.

NESFA Press

NESFA Press is the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. The NESFA Press primarily produces three types of books:

Books honoring the guest(s) of honor at their annual convention, Boskone, and at some Worldcons and other conventions.

Books in the NESFA's Choice series, which bring back into print the works of deserving classic SF writers such as James Schmitz, Cordwainer Smith, C. M. Kornbluth, and Zenna Henderson.

Reference books on science fiction and science fiction fandom.

New Writings in SF 3

New Writings in SF 3 is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by John Carnell, the third volume in a series of thirty, of which he edited the first twenty-one. It was first published in hardcover by Dennis Dobson in 1965, followed by a paperback edition by Corgi the same year, and an American paperback edition by Bantam Books in February 1967. Selections from this volume, together with others from volumes 1-2 and 4 of the series, were later included in The Best from New Writings in SF, issued by Dobson in 1971 and Corgi in 1972.

The book collects eight novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with a foreword by Carnell.

Schmitz

Schmitz is a common German surname (smith), which may refer to:

Bob Schmitz (1939–2004), American football player

Bruno Schmitz (1858–1916), German architect

Danny Schmitz (born 1955), American college baseball coach

Eugene Schmitz (1864-1928), Mayor of San Francisco, California at the time of the 1906 Earthquake

Greg Dean Schmitz (born 1970), American online film journalist

Hector Aron Schmitz or Ettore Schmitz (1861–1928), birthname of the Italian author Italo Svevo

James H. Schmitz (1911–1981), American science fiction writer

Jim Schmitz, American college baseball coach

Johannes Andreas Schmitz (1621–1652), Dutch physician

John G. Schmitz, American presidential candidate

Johnny Schmitz (1920-2011), American baseball player

Joseph E. Schmitz (born 1958), former US Department of Defense official and Blackwater executive

Kim Schmitz (born 1974), German entrepreneur

Leonhard Schmitz (1807–1890), German-born classical scholar and educator active mainly in the United Kingdom

Oliver Schmitz (born 1960), South African film director

Ralf Schmitz (born 1974), German actor

Richard Schmitz (1885–1954), mayor of Vienna, Austria

E. Robert Schmitz (1889–1949), a Franco-American pianist and composer

Sabine Schmitz (born 1969), German race driver

Sascha Schmitz (born 1972), German pop singer

Sigrid Schmitz (born 1961), German behavioral physiologist

Sybille Schmitz (1909–1955), German actressThe following places bear the name Schmitz:

Schmitz Lake, a lake in South Dakota

Schmitz Park (Seattle)

Schmitz Park Creek

Telzey Amberdon

Telzey Amberdon is a fictional character in a series of science fiction short stories and two short novels by American writer James H. Schmitz, taking place in his "Federation of the Hub" fictional universe, presumably in the mid-4th millennium. She is introduced as a fifteen-year-old genius, a first-year law student, living on the human-settled planet Orado (whose name comes from Eldorado by a pun). Through interaction with alien psychic animals on a resort planet, she discovers that she has psychic powers. Upon her return to her home planet, her abilities are recognized by a mechanism at the spaceport reentry gate and she is effectively made an agent of the Psychology Service.

A major pattern in the stories is the development of her powers. Eventually she teams up with the redheaded secret agent Trigger Argee. The series ends inconclusively; in the last story, a villain makes a duplicate of her, who gains a separate identity and name.

The series features one of the few imaginings (the "ComWeb") of the internet before its existence—although the system takes a half-hour to download a document of modest length.

The Telzey stories were originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact between 1962 and 1972. The series was quite popular, often getting the cover illustration. Most of it was assembled in three books: The Universe Against Her (short story collection, Ace Books 1964), The Lion Game (short novel) and The Telzey Toy (short story collection) (both DAW Books 1973).

In 2000 all of the Telzey and Trigger stories were republished by Baen Books, "edited and compiled" by Eric Flint into three collections with some connecting material by Flint: Telzey Amberdon, T'nT: Telzey & Trigger (where both heroes feature) and Trigger & Friends (dated January 2001, for Trigger only). The books remained in print as of June 2007. They were made available for download at Baen Free Library in 2005, but are no longer downloadable in 2016.

The Circus of Dr. Lao and Other Improbable Stories

The Circus of Dr. Lao and Other Improbable Stories was an anthology of fantasy stories edited by Ray Bradbury and published in 1956. Many of the stories had originally appeared in various magazines including The New Yorker, Charm, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, Harper's, and Unknown.

The Demon Breed

The Demon Breed is a 1968 science fiction novel by James H. Schmitz, originally serialized in Analog in a shorter form as "The Tuvela". It was first published in paperback in the Ace Science Fiction Specials line, with a Science Fiction Book Club edition following in 1969. MacDonald & Co. issued a British hardcover the same year, reprinting it as a Futura paperback in 1974. A Dutch translation, Des Duivels, appeared in 1971, and a French translation, Race démoniaque, in 1973. Ace reissued its edition in 1979 and 1981. In 2001, Baen Books compiled the novel in its paperback omnibus The Hub: Dangerous Territory.Part of Schmitz's "Hub" sequence, The Demon Breed centers on the conflict between the Parahuans—a "physically powerful, resourceful, technically advanced and fearfully cruel" nonhuman species—and a human-colonized water world. It shares characters and setting with Schmitz's 1965 novella "Trouble Tide".

James Blish praised the novel, writing that its protagonist is "very well realized" and that "Schmitz's style is a joy -- precise, flexible, colorful, and frequently witty". He noted that the novel's title was double-edged, because Schmitz was exploring a theme "dear to the hearts of both Heinlein and Campbell . . . that human beings are the toughest, most vicious race anyone is ever likely to encounter".

The Witches of Karres

The Witches of Karres is a space opera novel by James H. Schmitz. It deals with a young space ship captain who finds himself increasingly embroiled in wild adventures involving interdimensional alien invaders, space pirates, and magic power. The story is unrelated to the "Hub" series of stories by Schmitz.

The Wizard of Karres

The Wizard of Karres is a novel by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer that was published by Baen Books in 2004, as a sequel to The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz.The book uses the same characters as the original novel, and starts about where the original ended. The story describes how Captain Pausert is found to have klatha (psionic) powers that increase over the course of the story, where he is called a witch, a "hot witch", and finally a wizard.

Trigger Argee

Trigger Argee is a fictional character in a series of science fiction short stories by James H. Schmitz, starting from 1958. As her first name implies, she inherited the ability to be a crack shot with the sidearms of her day from her father. In the novel A Tale of Two Clocks she even operates powered armor in an assault upon alien beings which have infested a spaceship. Instrumental in the discovery of a hidden alien race, the Old Galactics, she serves as a secret agent of the Hub Overgovernment. Eventually Trigger teams up with a younger woman, Telzey Amberdon of the fictional planet Orado. The stories were originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. The series was quite popular. Some issues had covers featuring this character.

In recent years all of the Telzey and Trigger stories have been republished, with additions, by Baen Books, and are currently in print.

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