P. Schuyler Miller

Peter Schuyler Miller (February 21, 1912 – October 13, 1974) was an American science fiction writer and critic.

Peter Schuyler Miller
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BornFebruary 21, 1912
Troy, New York
DiedOctober 13, 1974 (aged 62)
Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia
Pen nameP. Schuyler Miller, S. P. Miller
OccupationAuthor and critic, technical writer
GenreScience fiction

Life

Miller was raised in New York's Mohawk Valley, which led to a lifelong interest in the Iroquois Indians. He pursued this as an amateur archaeologist and a member of the New York State Archaeological Association.

He received his M.S. in chemistry from Union College in Schenectady. He subsequently worked as a technical writer for General Electric in the 1940s, and for the Fisher Scientific Company in Pittsburgh from 1952 until his death.

Miller died October 13, 1974 on Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia. He was on an archaeological tour to the "Fort Ancient culture" site west of Parkersburg at the time.

Works

Miller wrote pulp science fiction beginning in the 1930s, and is considered one of the more popular authors of the period. His work appeared in such magazines as Amazing Stories, Astounding, Comet, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Marvel Tales, Science Fiction Digest, Super Science Stories, Unknown, Weird Tales, and Wonder Stories, among others.

An active fan of others' work as well as an author, he is also known as an early bibliographer of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" stories in the 1930s, together with his friend John D. Clark.

Miller gradually shifted into book reviewing beginning in 1945, initially for Astounding Science Fiction and later for its successor, Analog. He began a regularly monthly review column in the former in October, 1951. As a critic he was notable for his enthusiasm for a wide coverage of the science fiction field. He was awarded a special Hugo Award for book reviews in 1963.

After his death his sister Mary E. Drake donated his extensive collection of papers, maps, books and periodicals, accumulated largely as a result of his review work, to the Carnegie Museum. They now form the basis of the P. Schuyler Miller Memorial Library at the Edward O'Neill Research Center in Pittsburgh.

Bibliography

Short fiction

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Miller's's novelette "Tetrahedra of Space" was the cover story in the November 1931 Wonder Stories
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Miller's's novelette "John Cawder's Wife" was the cover story in the May 1943 Weird Tales
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"The Arrhenius Horror" was republished in a 1947 issue of Avon Fantasy Reader.
  • "The Red Plague" (Jul. 1930)
  • "Dust of Destruction" (Feb. 1931)
  • "Through the Vibrations" (May 1931)
  • "Cleon of Yzdral" (Jul. 1931)
  • "The Man from Mars" (Sum. 1931)
  • "The Arrhenius Horror" (Sep. 1931)
  • "Tetrahedra of Space" (Nov. 1931)
  • "Red Spot on Jupiter" (1931) (with Paul McDermott and Walter Dennis)
  • "Duel on the Asteroid" (Jan. 1932) (with Paul McDermott and Walter Dennis)
  • "Forgotten" (also known as "The Forgotten Man of Space") (Apr. 1933)
  • "Red Flame of Venus" (Sep. 1932)
  • "Jeremiah Jones, Alchemist" (May 1933)
  • "Alicia in Blunderland" (1933)
  • "The Atom Smasher" (Jan. 1934)
  • "The Pool of Life" (Oct. 1934)
  • "The Titan" (Win. 1934-35)
  • "The People of the Arrow" (Jul. 1935)
  • "The Chrysalis" (Apr. 1936)
  • "The Sands of Time" (Apr. 1937)
  • "Coils of Time" (May 1939)
  • "Pleasure Trove" (Aug. 1939)
  • "Spawn" (Aug. 1939)
  • "In the Good Old Summertime" (Mar. 1940)
  • "Living Isotopes" (May 1940)
  • "The Flayed Wolf" (Jul. 1940)
  • "Old Man Mulligan" (Dec. 1940)
  • "Trouble on Tantalus" (Feb. 1941)
  • "Bird Walk" (Apr. 1941)
  • "Over the River" (Apr. 1941)
  • "The Facts of Life" (May 1941)
  • "Smugglers of the Moon" (May 1941)
  • "The Frog" (Oct. 1942)
  • "The Cave" (Jan. 1943)
  • "John Cawder's Wife" (May 1943)
  • "The Hounds of Kalimar" (Jun. 1943)
  • "Gleeps" (Jul. 1943)
  • "Fricassee in Four Dimensions" (Dec. 1943)
  • "As Never Was" (Jan. 1944)
  • "Cuckoo" (May 1944)
  • "Plane and Fancy" (Jul. 1944)
  • "Ship-in-a-Bottle" (Jan. 1945)
  • "Ghost" (Jul. 1946)
  • "The Thing on Outer Shoal" (Sep. 1947)
  • "Daydream" (1949)
  • "Status Quondam" (1951)
  • "For Analysis" (Nov. 1958)

Verse

  • "Man's Question" (Jun. 1931)
  • "Meteor" (Aug. 1931)
  • "Space" (Feb. 1933)

Novels

Collections

Sources

  • Moskowitz, Sam. Obituary, in Analog, February, 1975.
  • Moskowitz, Sam (1975). A Canticle for P. Schuyler Miller.
  • Obituary in Pennsylvania Archaeologist, Vol 46, no. 1/2.
  • Catalogue of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Library of the Late P. Schuyler Miller (1977).

External links

Beyond Fantasy Fiction

Beyond Fantasy Fiction was a US fantasy fiction magazine edited by H. L. Gold, with only ten issues published from 1953 to 1955. The last two issues carried the cover title of Beyond Fiction, but the publication's name for copyright purposes remained as before.Although not a commercial success, it included several short stories by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick. The publication has been described by critics as a successor to the tradition of Unknown, a fantasy magazine that ceased publication in 1943. It was noted for printing fantasy with a rational basis such as werewolf stories that included scientific explanations. A selection of stories from Beyond was published in paperback form in 1963, also under the title Beyond.

James Gunn, a historian of science fiction, regarded the magazine as the best of the fantasy magazines launched in the early 1950s, and science fiction encyclopedist Donald H. Tuck contended it printed very good material. Not every critic viewed Beyond as completely successful, however; P. Schuyler Miller, in a 1963 review, commented that the stories were most successful when they did not try to emulate Unknown.

Conan (short story collection)

Conan is a 1967 collection of seven fantasy short stories and associated pieces written by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories were originally published in various pulp magazines. The book was first published in paperback by Lancer Books in 1967, and was reprinted in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 (twice) and 1973. After the bankruptcy of Lancer, publication was taken over by Ace Books. Its first edition appeared in May 1977, and was reprinted in 1979, 1982 (twice), 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1990. The first British edition was issued by Sphere Books in 1974, and was reprinted in 1977. The book has also been translated into German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Dutch. It was gathered together with Conan of Cimmeria and Conan the Freebooter into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles (Sphere Books, August 1989).

Genus Homo (novel)

Genus Homo is a science fiction novel by American writers L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller. It was first published in the science fiction magazine Super Science Stories for March, 1941, and subsequently published in book form in hardcover by Fantasy Press in 1950 and in paperback by Berkley Books in 1961. An E-book edition was published by Gollancz's SF Gateway imprint on September 29, 2011 as part of a general release of de Camp's works in electronic form. It has also been translated into French, Italian and German.

The book has the distinction of being de Camp's first science fiction novel, and Miller's only novel. It is perhaps the earliest novel dealing with the afterwards popular theme of humanity being replaced by intelligent apes in the future, later epitomized by Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes.

Hard science fiction

Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell's Islands of Space in the November issue of Astounding Science Fiction. The complementary term soft science fiction, formed by analogy to hard science fiction, first appeared in the late 1970s. The term is formed by analogy to the popular distinction between the "hard" (natural) and "soft" (social) sciences. Science fiction critic Gary Westfahl argues that neither term is part of a rigorous taxonomy; instead they are approximate ways of characterizing stories that reviewers and commentators have found useful.Stories revolving around scientific and technical consistency were written as early as the 1870s with the publication of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870 and Around the World in Eighty Days in 1873, among other stories. The attention to detail in Verne's work became an inspiration for many future scientists and explorers, although Verne himself denied writing as a scientist or seriously predicting machines and technology of the future.

It! (short story)

"It" is a horror short story by American writer Theodore Sturgeon, first published in Unknown of August 1940. The story deals with a plant monster that is ultimately revealed to have formed around a human skeleton, specifically that of Roger Kirk, in a swamp. P. Schuyler Miller described "It" as "probably the most unforgettable story ever published in Unknown. "

Peter Miller

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P. Schuyler Miller (1912–1974), American science fiction writer and critic

Revolt in 2100

Revolt in 2100 is a 1953 science fiction collection by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, part of his Future History series.

The contents are as follows:

Foreword by Henry Kuttner, "The Innocent Eye"

"If This Goes On—" (1940; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)

"Coventry" (1940; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)

"Misfit" (1939; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)

Future History chart

Afterword: "Concerning Stories Never Written"The short novel, "If This Goes On—", describes a rebellion against an American theocracy and thus served as the vehicle for Heinlein to criticise the authoritarian potential of Protestant Christian fundamentalism. The work is not an attack on religion in general, however, as he has a Mormon community take part in the anti-theocratic revolt. Heinlein rewrote the work for this appearance.The short stories, "Coventry" and "Misfit", describe the succeeding secular liberal society from the point of view of characters who reject it.

Later paperback editions have paired Revolt in 2100 with Methuselah's Children.

The afterword describes three stories which describe the beginning of the theocracy and subsequent beginnings of rebellion against it. "The Sound of His Wings" would have concerned a televangelist named Nehemiah Scudder who rides a populist, racist wave of support to the Presidency. "Eclipse" describes the subsequent collapse of American society with particular emphasis on the withdrawal from space travel by the new regime. "The Stone Pillow" offers the rise of the rebellion which the protagonists of "If This Goes On-" later join; the rebellion (styled the "Second American Revolution" in later stories of the Future History) includes Mormons, Catholics, and Jews, groups suppressed by the Theocracy, working in concert with Freemasons. Internal evidence of the series, particularly conversations in Methuselah's Children and Time Enough For Love place the Scudder election in the year 2012.

The character of Nehemiah Scudder, the "First Prophet" of the regime, appeared in Heinlein's first novel (never published in his lifetime), For Us, The Living. He is also used in Spider Robinson's Variable Star, a novel based on an outline of Heinlein's. The novel borrows liberally from Heinlein's Future History, although it does not follow its timeline.

Reviewer Groff Conklin described the Shasta edition as "a classic" and the lead story as "a smashing tale of revolution in the United States." Boucher and McComas, however, described the collection as "[i]mpressive in its time, and important in the development of modern science fiction," but found it highly uneven, "with pages worthy of the mature 1954 Heinlein ... followed immediately by passages from the author's literary apprenticeship." P. Schuyler Miller found Revolt in 2100 to be "a distinctly minor Heinlein contribution, ... way below the mark Heinlein has set himself in his recent teen-age books."

The Black Star Passes

The Black Star Passes is a collection of science fiction short stories by American author John W. Campbell, Jr.. It was first published in 1953 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 2,951 copies. The book is the first in Campbell's Arcot, Morey and Wade series. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Amazing Stories and Amazing Stories Quarterly, and were "extensively edited" for book publication, with Campbell's approval, by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.Galaxy reviewer Groff Conklin described the stories as "three creaking classics . . . fun to read, [but] rococo antiques [without] believable characters, human relations, even logical plots." Boucher and McComas dismissed the book as "a hopelessly outdated set of novelets . . . of concern only to those who wish to observe the awkward larval stage of a major figure in science fiction." P. Schuyler Miller described the stories as "old-fashioned fun which [Campbell] no longer takes any more seriously than you need to."

The Blade of Conan

The Blade of Conan is a 1979 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp, published in paperback by Ace Books. The material was originally published as articles in George H. Scithers' fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Ace’s later volume of material from Amra, The Spell of Conan (1980). Most of the material in the two volumes, together with some additional material, was reprinted from three previous books issued in hardcover by Mirage Press; de Camp’s collection The Conan Reader (1968), and the de Camp and Scithers-edited anthologies The Conan Swordbook (1969). and The Conan Grimoire (1972).

The Coming of Conan

The Coming of Conan is a collection of eight fantasy short stories by American writer Robert E. Howard, featuring his sword and sorcery heroes Kull and Conan the Barbarian, together with the first part of his pseudo-history of the "Hyborian Age" in which the Conan tales were set. It was first published in hardcover in the United States by Gnome Press in 1953 and by Boardman Books in the United Kingdom in 1954. The stories originally appeared in the 1930s in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales. The collection never saw publication in paperback; instead, its component stories were split up and distributed among other "Kull" and "Conan" collections.

The Conan Swordbook

The Conan Swordbook is a 1969 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers, published in hardcover by Mirage Press. The essays were originally published as articles in Scithers' fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Mirage’s other two volumes of material from Amra, The Conan Reader (1968) and The Conan Grimoire (1972). Most of the material in the three volumes, together with some additional material, was later reprinted in two de Camp-edited paperback anthologies from Ace Books; The Blade of Conan (1979) and The Spell of Conan (1980).

The Incomplete Enchanter

The Incomplete Enchanter is a collection of two fantasy novellas by American writers L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, the first volume in their Harold Shea series. The pieces were originally published in the magazine Unknown in the issues for May and August 1940. The collection was first published in hardcover by Henry Holt and Company in 1941 and in paperback by Pyramid Books in 1960.

The Outer Reaches

The Outer Reaches is an anthology of science fiction stories edited by August Derleth. It was first published by Pellegrini & Cudahy in 1951. The stories had originally appeared in the magazines Fantasy & Science Fiction, Astounding Stories, Blue Book, Maclean's, Worlds Beyond, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Thrilling Wonder Stories and Galaxy Science Fiction or in the anthology Invasion from Mars.

According to Derleth, the stories were selected as "favorites" by the authors involved, who provide short explanations for their choices. P. Schuyler Miller, although noting the stories "aren't all deathless prose," characterized them as "examples of the editor's good taste in writers and the authors' good taste in the difficult job of screening their own writings."

The Titan (collection)

The Titan is a collection of science fiction short stories by the American writer P. Schuyler Miller. It was first published by Fantasy Press in 1952 in an edition of 2,069 copies. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Marvel Tales, Astounding, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories and Wonder Stories. Miller recreated and revised the title piece (whose serialization was never finished) from an early longhand draft because the original manuscript had been lost.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Tomorrow and Tomorrow may refer to:

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (film), 1932 film based on a Broadway play

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (novel), 1997 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield

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