Sterling E. Lanier

Sterling Edmund Lanier (December 18, 1927 – June 28, 2007) was an American editor, science fiction author and sculptor.[1] He is perhaps known best as the editor who championed the publication of Frank Herbert’s bestselling novel Dune.

Sterling Edmund Lanier
BornDecember 18, 1927
New York City, New York
DiedJune 28, 2007 (aged 79)
Sarasota, Florida
Pen nameSterling Lanier, Sterling E. Lanier
OccupationEditor, author, sculptor
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable workHiero's Journey


Lanier was born on December 18, 1927 in New York City to Priscilla Thorne Taylor and Berwick Bruce Lanier.[2] He was trained as an anthropologist and archaeologist, and educated at Harvard, from which he graduated during 1951. He was a lifelong devotee of speculative fiction, as well as a cryptozoology enthusiast. Before beginning his literary career Lanier worked as a research historian at the Winterthur Museum from 1958 to 1960.[3] He died in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 79.

Literary career

Lanier's career as an author and editor began during 1961, when his first short story was published and he became an editor for Chilton Books.

He was with Chilton in 1965, when he was instrumental in persuading the firm to publish Frank Herbert’s Dune. Having read Dune World in Analog magazine, he was responsible for tracking down the author and conveying Chilton's offer. More than twenty other publishing companies had already turned the book down. Despite Lanier's brilliant insight on the worth of the book, he was dismissed from Chilton a year later because of high publication costs and poor initial book sales. Lanier also worked as an editor for the John C. Winston Company and McRae-Smith.

The most prominent of Lanier's own writings are his stories of the crypto-adventurer Brigadier Donald Ffellowes (told in the "club story" style of Lord Dunsany's Jorkens tales), and the post-apocalyptic novels Hiero's Journey (1973) and The Unforsaken Hiero (1983). His short story "A Father's Tale" (1974) was a World Fantasy Award nominee. His major works including Hiero's Journey, The Unforsaken Hiero, and the Brigadier Ffellowes stories are now available in an electronic version for Kindle.


Lanier’s sculptures have been exhibited at a number of museums, including the Smithsonian Institution. He specialized in miniatures, among which were a series featuring characters from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings . One set was given to Tolkien himself, with whom Lanier corresponded. Tolkien reportedly admired the miniatures but did not want them to be marketed commercially, a wish Lanier respected.


Hiero Desteen

Brigadier Ffellowes


  • The War for the Lot (1969)
  • Menace Under Marswood (1983)

Short stories

  • "Join Our Gang?" (1961)
  • "Deathchild" (1968)
  • "The Kings of the Sea" (1968) [TPEOBF]
  • "Soldier Key" (1968) [TPEOBF]
  • "Such Stuff as Dreams" (1968)
  • "Whose Short Happy Life?" (1968)
  • "A Feminine Jurisdiction" (1969) [TPEOBF]
  • "Fraternity Brother" (1969) [TPEOBF]
  • "The Leftovers" (1969) [TPEOBF]
  • "His Coat So Gay" (1970) [TPEOBF]
  • "His Only Safari" (1970) [TPEOBF]
  • "Never Cry Human" (1970)
  • "And the Voice of the Turtle" (1972) [TCQOBF]
  • "Thinking of the Unthinkable" (1973) [TCQOBF]
  • "A Father's Tale" (1974) [TCQOBF]
  • "No Traveler Returns" (1974)
  • "Ghost of a Crown" (1976) [TCQOBF]
  • "The Syndicated Time" (1978)
  • "Commander in the Mist" (1982) [TCQOBF]
  • "The Brigadier in Check—and Mate" (1986) [TCQOBF; original]


  1. ^ Clute, John (July 11, 2007). "Sterling E. Lanier". The Independent. Independent New and Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  2. ^ Reginald, R. (1979). Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist 1700-1974. 2: Contemporary Science FIction Authors II. Gale Research Company. pp. 968–969. ISBN 978-0-941028-77-6.
  3. ^ Staff writer (June 30, 2007). "Sterling E. Lanier (1928-2007)". SFWA. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  4. ^ The Chilton hardcover was published in June 1973. The Bantam Books paperback edition appeared in May 1974. Intended as the first of an uncompleted trilogy. The paperback was published as "A Frederik Pohl Selection", as it was chosen by the well-known editor. That designation appears on the cover, as well as pages i and ii.

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Atlantis (anthology)

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Donald M. Grant, Publisher

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Frank Herbert

Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction writer best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his long novels, he was also a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant and lecturer.

The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, deals with complex themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power. Dune is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time and the series is widely considered to be among the classics of the genre.

Giant Rat of Sumatra

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Hiero's Journey

Hiero's Journey is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Sterling Lanier first published in 1973 by Chilton Book Co. The novel follows the adventures of a priest by the name of Per Hiero Desteen as he explores the mutant-infested wilderness of Canada and North America five millennia after an event called The Death destroyed civilization. Riding a mutant moose named Klootz, with which he is able to communicate telepathically, Hiero attempts to uncover what has become of some colonies that his abbey has attempted to establish. Hiero's eventual allies include Gorm, a telepathic black bear, and Luchare, a princess from the distant kingdom of D’alwah. On his journey he faces many dangers, including mutated humans, mutant beasts, and the evil forces of The Brotherhood of the Unclean.Several reviewers note that the novel reflects Cold War sensibilities, including fears of a nuclear holocaust wiping out civilization. The presence of a Christian religious order is also reminiscent of the novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.Hiero's Journey was the first book in a planned trilogy, but only the sequel, The Unforsaken Hiero, was ever published.Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, credits Hiero's Journey as an influence on Dungeons & Dragons in Appendix N of the AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide. The novel is also credited as a direct influence for another TSR roleplaying game, the post-apocalyptic RPG Gamma World.


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List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

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Apocalypse is a Greek word referring to the end of the world. Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation of God's will, but now usually refers to belief that the world will come to an end very soon, even within one's own lifetime.Apocalyptic fiction does not portray catastrophes, or disasters, or near-disasters that do not result in apocalypse. A threat of an apocalypse does not make a piece of fiction apocalyptic. For example, Armageddon and Deep Impact are considered disaster films and not apocalyptic fiction because, although earth and/or human-kind are terribly threatened, in the end they manage to avoid destruction. Apocalyptic fiction is not the same as fiction that provides visions of a dystopian future. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, for example, is dystopian fiction, not apocalyptic fiction.

List of fantasy authors

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Nandi Bear

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Frank W. Lane wrote, "What the Abominable Snowman is to Asia, or the great Sea Serpent is to the oceans, the Nandi Bear is to Africa. It is one of the most notorious of those legendary beasts which have, so far, eluded capture and the collector's rifle."

Rat king

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Richard Clifton-Dey

Richard Clifton-Dey (29 May 1930 – 5 April 1997) was a British artist. Born in Yorkshire, today he is a highly collectible artist known mostly for Western and science fiction subjects. As in many cases of artwork produced for book covers, most of Clifton-Dey's artwork is not signed. Provenance for all works not signed by the artist is attested by his widow. His most famous work of art may be Behemoth's World.

He started painting in the 1960s and was one of the most highly respected of British illustrators during the 1970s and into the 1980s. Much of his work was for book covers, either for science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure war books, romances, or gothic horror (with some interesting forays into advertising). His cover artwork was used for the Lord Tyger novel by Philip José Farmer in 1974 and reused in 1985. The Dorian Hawkmoon series by Michael Moorcock was issued featuring Richard Clifton-Dey cover art in 1977. The French publishing company Fleuve Noir released several paperbacks from 1981 to 1987 with his artwork.

Along with other well-known artists of his day (Jim Burns, Chris Foss and others), his work was featured in "Heroic Dreams" (Paper Tiger UK 1987).

He has also worked in other genres including non-fiction pop-up books for children including:

Our Living Earth (1987; text by Gillian Osband)

Riding In Motion (1988; text by Jonathan Biggs and James Horwood)

Space: A Three Dimensional Journey (1991; text by Brian Jones)

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.


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Sorcerers! is a themed anthology of science fiction short works edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in October 1986. It was reissued as an ebook by Baen Books in July 2013.The book collects thirteen novellas, novelettes and short stories by various authors, together with a preface and bibliography of recommended reading by the editors.

The Curious Quests of Brigadier Ffellowes

The Curious Quests of Brigadier Ffellowes is a collection of fantasy short stories by Sterling E. Lanier. The stories take the form of tall tales told in a bar or club, similar to the Jorkens stories of Lord Dunsany. It was first published in 1986 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,200 copies, all of which were signed by the author and artist. The last story is original to this collection. The other stories first appeared in the magazine Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Peculiar Exploits of Brigadier Ffellowes

The Peculiar Exploits of Brigadier Ffellowes is a collection of fantasy short stories by Sterling E. Lanier. The stories take the form of tall tales told in a bar or club, similar to the Jorkens stories of Lord Dunsany. It was first published in New York by Walker in 1971, and in London by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1977. The English edition includes an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke. The collection was also published together with John Morressy's Frostworld and Dreamfire as the Sidgwick & Jackson double Science Fiction Special 35 in 1981. The stories originally appeared in issues of the Fantasy and Science Fiction between August, 1968 and July, 1970.

World Fantasy Award—Short Fiction

The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction published in English during the previous calendar year. The awards have been described by book critics such as The Guardian as a "prestigious fantasy prize", and one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction). The World Fantasy Award—Short Fiction is given each year for fantasy short stories published in English. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as short fiction if it is 10,000 words or less in length; awards are also given out for longer pieces in the Novel and Long Fiction categories. The Short Fiction category has been awarded annually since 1975, though before 1982—when the category was instated—it was named "Best Short Fiction" and covered works of up to 40,000 words. It was then renamed "Best Short Story" until 2016, when it was renamed to the "Short Fiction" category.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, 160 authors have had works nominated; 44 of them have won, including ties and co-authors. Only five authors have won more than once: Ramsey Campbell and James Blaylock with two wins out of four nominations each, Stephen King won two out of three, and Tanith Lee and Fred Chappell won both times they were nominated. Of authors who have won at least once, Jeffrey Ford and Kelly Link have the most nominations at five, followed by Dennis Etchison and Avram Davidson, who along with Campbell and Blaylock received four nominations. Charles de Lint has the most nominations without winning at five; he is followed by Michael Swanwick, who has had four nominations without winning.

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