Monday, April 13, 2009

SF in SF - Richard Lupoff and Peter S. Beagle

SF in SF presents

Saturday, April 18

RICHARD LUPOFF
PETER S. BEAGLE

Each author will read a selection from their works, followed by Q & A with the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.

The Variety Preview Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 582 Market St. @ 2nd/Montgomery, San Francisco, CA
Take MUNI/BART! The Montgomery St. stop is steps from our front door
Phone: 415-572-1015 day of event
More info: sfinsfevents@gmail.com

Doors and cash bar open at 6:00 PM
Readings begin at 7:00 PM

DICK LUPOFF, a native New Yorker, is a multi-faceted and multi-talented science fiction and mystery author. In addition to his two dozen novels and 40+ short stories, he has also edited science-fantasy anthologies, and is an expert on the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. P. Lovecraft. In the computer industry until the early 70's, his genre career began in science fiction fandom in the 1950s. He worked on many fanzines, notably Xero, which he & his wife, Pat Lupoff, edited in the early 1960s with Bhob Stewart. It received the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1963; in 2004, an anthology, The Best of Xero, was published by Tachyon and was in turn nominated for a Hugo Award in 2005.

Lupoff's list of credentials in the SF field is long and impressive: apart from Xero, he wrote reviews for the fanzine Algol, was an editor of Edgar Rice Burroughs for Canaveral Press, is credited with having written 50+ books, short fiction, nonfiction, parodies, and memoirs. Among his most famous novels are the duology Circumpolar! and Countersolar!, Space War Blues, The Comic Book Killer, Claremont Tales, and his recent book on Lovecraft, Marblehead. His short fiction, often collected and anthologized, includes the story "12:01 PM." Originally published in 1973, in F&SF, "12:01 PM" was adapted into both the Oscar-nominated short film 12:01 PM (1990) and the TV movie 12:01 (1993). His novelette "After the Dreamtime" and his short story "Sail the Tide of Mourning" received Hugo Award nominations in 1975-76. He and Pat live in Oakland with several dogs (the "Anvil Chorus") and cats, and cool toys from Dark Carnival.

PETER S. BEAGLE, one of the premier American fantasists working today, is the author of many novels and collections, nonfiction books and screenplays. A talented guitarist, he is also a folk singer and poet. He rose to fame with his first novel, A Fine and Private Place, when he was only 19, but is today best known as the author of The Last Unicorn. Other titles of his such as Tamsin, The Folk of the Air, Lila the Werewolf, and The Innkeeper's Song are stelllar contributions to the body of fantasy literature. His screenplay work includes a teleplay, 'Sarek,' for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the screenplay for the 1978 Ralph Bakshi-animated version of The Lord of the Rings. His nonfiction work includes I See By My Outfit, The Lady and Her Tiger, and In the Presence of Elephants.

His work as a screenwriter gave pause to his novel and short story output, but by the mid-1990's he had returned to prose fiction of all lengths, and has produced new works at a steady pace since. Two Hearts, a coda to The Last Unicorn, won The Hugo Award in 2006 and the Nebula Award in 2007 for Best Novelette. Recent works include a reprint of A Fine & Private Place, The Line Between story collection, and We Never Talk About My Brother, all from Tachyon Publications. Peter S. Beagle now lives in Oakland, California.

Podcasting for this event courtesy of Rick Kleffel, NPR and The Agony Column. Hear more at http://www.bookotron.com/agony/index.html

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