Barry B. Longyear

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Barry B. Longyear (born May 12, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [1] ) is a United States writer and novelist who resides in New Sharon, Maine. [2]

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Capital of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 49,192, it is the 15th largest city in the Commonwealth. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles (172 km) west of Philadelphia. Harrisburg is the anchor of the Susquehanna Valley metropolitan area, which had a 2017 estimated population of 571,903, making it the fourth most populous in Pennsylvania and 96th most populous in the United States.

New Sharon, Maine Town in Maine, United States

New Sharon is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States, incorporated in 1794. The population was 1,407 at the 2010 census. The town is roughly bisected by the Sandy River a tributary of the Kennebec River.



Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, [1] Longyear is best known for the Hugo- and Nebula Award–winning novella Enemy Mine , which was subsequently made into an identically titled movie and a novelization in collaboration with David Gerrold. The story tells of an encounter between a human and an alien soldier, whose races are in a state of war. They are marooned together in space and have to come to grips with the universal problem of facing and accepting xenophobia. A greatly expanded version of the original novella as well as two novels completing the trilogy, The Tomorrow Testament and The Last Enemy are gathered with additional materials into The Enemy Papers .

Hugo Award set of awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year

The Hugo Awards are a set of literary awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and were officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards until 1992. Organized and overseen by the World Science Fiction Society, the awards are given each year at the annual World Science Fiction Convention as the central focus of the event. They were first given in 1953, at the 11th World Science Fiction Convention, and have been awarded every year since 1955. Over the years that the award has been given, the categories presented have changed; currently Hugo Awards are given in more than a dozen categories, and include both written and dramatic works of various types.

Nebula Award literature prize for science fiction and fantasy works from the United States

The Nebula Awards annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. They were first given in 1966 at a ceremony created for the awards, and are given in four categories for different lengths of literary works. A fifth category for film and television episode scripts was given 1974–78 and 2000–09, and a sixth category for video game writing was begun in 2018. The rules governing the Nebula Awards have changed several times during the awards' history, most recently in 2010. The SFWA Nebula Conference, at which the awards are announced and presented, is held each spring in the United States. Locations vary from year to year.

Enemy Mine (novella) novella by Barry Longyear

"Enemy Mine" is a science fiction novella by American writer Barry B. Longyear. It was originally published in the September 1979 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Later, it was collected by Longyear in the 1980 book Manifest Destiny. A longer, novel form was published, based on the film. It also appears in Longyear's anthology The Enemy Papers (1998): this version was labeled as "The Author's cut" and was significantly revised.

The novella helped Longyear to win the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1980. He was the only writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell in the same year until this was matched by Rebecca Roanhorse in 2018.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer literary award

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is an award given annually to the best new writer whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the two previous calendar years. The prize is named in honor of science fiction editor and writer John W. Campbell, whose science fiction writing and role as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact made him one of the most influential editors in the early history of science fiction. The award is sponsored by Dell Magazines, which publishes Analog. The nomination and selection process is administered by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) represented by the current Worldcon committee, and the award is presented at the Hugo Award ceremony at the Worldcon, although it is not itself a Hugo Award. All nominees receive a pin, while the winner receives a plaque. Beginning in 2005, the award has also included a tiara; created at the behest of 2004 winner Jay Lake and 2005 winner Elizabeth Bear, the tiara is passed from each year's winner to the next.

Rebecca Roanhorse is an Indigenous science fiction/fantasy writer from New Mexico. She has written short stories and science fiction novels featuring Native American characters.

He also wrote the Circus World and Infinity Hold series, several stand-alone novels, numerous short stories, and two books for the Alien Nation novelisation series. His trilogy "Infinity Hold", "Kill All the Lawyers", and "Keep the Law", was released in 2002 in a single paperback volume titled Infinity Hold 3 by the Author's Guild in a edition. His recent Jaggers & Shad mystery stories, featuring two detectives in the Artificial Beings Crimes Division (Devon Office) are set mostly in Exeter and the surrounding Devon countryside and villages. The first of the tales, The Good Kill won the Analog AnLab award for Best Novella in 2006 and Murder in Parliament Street won the same award for 2007.

Alien Nation was a science fiction novel series, based on the movie and television series of the same name. It began in March 1993 with Pocket Books publishing the series. Various books of the series were written by L. A. Graf, Peter David, K. W. Jeter, Barry B. Longyear, David Spencer, Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. All of the books follow the adventures of the Human Detective Matthew Sikes, and his Tenctonese partner George Francisco. Like the TV series, most of the books have two parallel storylines that converge at the end, and most of the novels take modern day issues and put a slightly alien twist on them.

The Circus World series chronicles the path taken by a space-going circus troupe whose spaceship crashes, marooning them on a deserted planet with no contact with the outside world.

The Infinity Hold series addresses the question of what type of society would arise from a mob of violent convicts dumped on a new planet with no police or government.

Saint Mary Blue is a novel about the course of treatment of a man who has substance abuse and mental health issues, while resident in a treatment facility.

The God Box is a stand-alone fantasy novel where the unlikely protagonist finds himself the keeper of a small wooden box that provides cryptic guidance from the gods. He must stay ahead of a deadly manhunt and play his role in an ancient prophecy. The box, if asked, takes what he does not need and gives him what he does need but what he needs and what he thinks he needs are usually very different which lends itself to humorous and unexpected situations.

Longyear has also written two mystery series, the Joe Torio mysteries (2011) and "Rope Paper Scissors" (2013).

Published works

Stand-alone novels

<i>Sea of Glass</i> book by Barry B. Longyear

Sea of Glass is a dystopian science fiction novel by American writer Barry B. Longyear.

International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

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Enemy Mine series

  1. "Enemy Mine" (Asimov's Science Fiction Sep 1979) (1980 Hugo, Nebula & Locus winner) ISBN   978-0595309764
  2. The Tomorrow Testament (1983) ISBN   978-0595189663
  3. The Last Enemy (1997) ISBN   978-0595348756
  4. Collected in The Enemy Papers with additional material (1998) ISBN   1-56865-949-0

Infinity Hold series

  1. Infinity Hold 1989 ISBN   978-0595092741
  2. Infinity Hold\3 2002 (The complete Infinity Hold trilogy: Infinity Hold, Kill All the Lawyers, and Keep the Law)

Circus World series

  1. Circus World (1980) ISBN   978-0595189670
  2. City of Baraboo (1980) ISBN   978-0595121205
  3. Elephant Song (1981) ISBN   978-0595121182

Recovery works

  1. Saint Mary Blue (Novel set in a treatment facility) SteelDragon Press, 1988 ISBN   978-0595138852
  2. Yesterday's Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations For Hard Cases Hazelden, 1997 ISBN   978-1568381602
  3. "The Monopoly Man" Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2009

Writing instruction

  1. Science Fiction Writer's Workshop-I ISBN   978-0595225538
  2. The Write Stuff Online Writing Seminar

Short story collections

  1. Manifest Destiny (including "Enemy Mine" and others in the same future history) ISBN   978-0425045305
  2. It Came from Schenectady ISBN   978-0595201723

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