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The Witcher. Books[edit] The short stories in The Witcher series were first published in Fantastyka, a Polish science fiction and fantasy magazine. The first short story, "Wiedźmin" ("The Witcher") (1986), was written for a contest held by the magazine, where it won third place. The first four stories of the witcher Geralt – and the story "Droga, z której się nie wraca" ("The Road with No Return"), which took place in the same world, but dozens of years before the witcher stories – were originally featured in a short story collection titled Wiedźmin, published in 1990 (out of print and now obsolete; all fifteen short stories were later collected in three books published by superNOWA).

"Droga, z której się nie wraca", along with "Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna," a non-canon story/alternate ending of the Witcher saga about Geralt and Yennefer's wedding written as a wedding gift for Sapkowski's friends, was later published in the book Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna. The Witcher Stories[edit] Games. Category:20th-century American novels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Subcategories This category has the following 5 subcategories, out of 5 total. Pages in category "20th-century American novels" The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 1,287 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more). (previous 200) (next 200)(previous 200) (next 200) The King in Yellow. The British first edition was published by Chatto & Windus in 1895 (316 pages).[5] Stories[edit] The first four stories are loosely connected by three main devices: A fictional play in book form entitled The King in YellowA mysterious and malevolent supernatural entity known as The King in YellowAn eerie symbol called The Yellow Sign These stories are macabre in tone, centering, in keeping with the other tales, on characters that are often artists or decadents.

The first and fourth stories, "The Repairer of Reputations" and "The Yellow Sign", are set in an imagined future 1920s America, whereas the second and third stories, "The Mask" and "In the Court of the Dragon", are set in Paris. These stories are haunted by the theme: "Have you found the Yellow Sign? " The weird and macabre character gradually fades away during the remaining stories, and the last three are written in the romantic fiction style common to Chambers' later work.

List of stories[edit] The stories in the book are: In Carcosa. Robert W. Chambers. Robert William Chambers (May 26, 1865 – December 16, 1933) was an American artist and fiction writer, best known for his book of short stories entitled The King in Yellow, published in 1895. Biography[edit] Chambers returned to the weird genre in his later short story collections The Maker of Moons, The Mystery of Choice and The Tree of Heaven, but none earned him as much success as The King in Yellow. Some of Chambers's work contains elements of science fiction, such as In Search of the Unknown and Police!!! , about a zoologist who encounters monsters.[4] Chambers later turned to writing romantic fiction to earn a living.

According to some estimates, Chambers had one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best-seller status. His novel The Man They Hanged was about Captain Kidd, and argued that Kidd was not a pirate, and had been made a scapegoat by the British government.[1] Robert W. Criticism and legacy[edit] H. Jack Ketchum. Ketchum lives in New York City.[1] Biography[edit] Education[edit] Ketchum earned a B.A. Bachelor of Arts in English from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and later taught high school level in Brookline, Massachusetts, for two years.[2] Early years[edit] Throughout his life Ketchum has read widely and voraciously, authors like Robert Bloch and Charles Bukowski, Jim Harrison and Ernest Hemingway. The Jerzy Livingston years[edit] Before Ketchum turned his pen to novel writing, he sold a prolific amount of short fiction and articles to magazines.

Awards and nominations[edit] Print books[edit] Short fiction[edit] Amid the Walking WoundedAt Home with the VCRThe BestThe BoxBrave GirlChain LetterClosing TimeCow (with Lucky McKee)Damned If You DoDo You Love Your Wife? Film adaptations[edit] Writer Actor The Lost (2006) as Teddy PanikHeader (2006) as State Trooper #2The Girl Next Door (2007) as CarnivalRed (2008) as BartenderOffspring (2009) as Max Joseph Self See also[edit] References[edit] Antonin Artaud. Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud (French: [aʁto]; 4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948), was a French playwright, poet, actor, essayist, and theatre director.[1] §Early life[edit] Antoine Artaud was born 4 September 1896 in Marseille, France, to Euphrasie Nalpas and Antoine-Roi Artaud.[2] Both his parents were natives of Smyrna (modern-day İzmir), and he was greatly affected by his Greek ancestry.[2] His mother gave birth to nine children, but only Antonin and one sister survived infancy.

When he was four years old, Artaud had a severe case of meningitis, which gave him a nervous, irritable temperament throughout his adolescence. He also suffered from neuralgia, stammering, and severe bouts of clinical depression. [citation needed] Artaud's parents arranged a long series of sanatorium stays for their temperamental son, which were both prolonged and expensive. §Paris[edit] In 1926-28, Artaud ran the Alfred Jarry Theatre, along with Roger Vitrac.

§Final years[edit] Mount Analogue. Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing is a classic novel by the early 20th century, French novelist René Daumal. The novel is both bizarre and allegorical, detailing the discovery and ascent of a mountain, the Mount Analogue of the title, which can only be perceived by realising that one has travelled further in traversing it than one would by travelling in a straight line, and can only be viewed from a particular point when the sun's rays hit the earth at a certain angle.[1] "Its summit must be inaccessible, but its base accessible to human beings as nature made them.

It must be unique and it must exist geographically. The door to the invisible must be visible. " Daumal died before the novel was completed, providing an uncanny one-way quality to the journey. Mount Analogue was first published posthumously in 1952 in French as Le Mont Analogue. Daumal compares art and alpinism in this novel, saying:[3] Adaptations[edit] Hardboiled. §Origin of the term[edit] The term comes from a process of hardening one's egg; to be hardboiled is to be comparatively tough. The hardboiled detective—originated by Carroll John Daly's Terry Mack and Race Williams and epitomized by Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe—not only solves mysteries, like his "softer" counterparts, the protagonist confronts violence on a regular basis leading to the burnout and the cynical (so-called "tough") attitude towards one's own emotions.[2] §The genre's pioneers[edit] The style was pioneered by Carroll John Daly in the mid-1920s,[3] popularized by Dashiell Hammett over the course of the decade, and refined by Raymond Chandler beginning in the late 1930s;[4] its heyday was in 1930s–50s America.[5] §Pulp fiction[edit] §Hardboiled writers around the world[edit] §See also[edit] §References[edit] Jump up ^ Porter, Dennis (2003).

§Further reading[edit] Breu, Christopher (July 2004). §External links[edit] Philip Marlowe. Some of those short stories were later combined and expanded into novels featuring Marlowe, a process Chandler called "cannibalizing". When the non-cannibalized stories were republished years later in the short story collection The Simple Art of Murder, Chandler changed the names of the protagonists to Philip Marlowe. His first two stories, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" and "Smart-Aleck Kill" (with a detective named Mallory), were never altered in print but did join the others as Marlowe cases for the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.

Underneath the wisecracking, hard-drinking, tough private eye, Marlowe is quietly contemplative and philosophical and enjoys chess and poetry. While he is not afraid to risk physical harm, he does not dish out violence merely to settle scores. Morally upright, he is not fooled by the genre's usual femmes fatales, such as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep.

§Inspiration[edit] §Biographical notes[edit] He smokes and prefers Camels. Dashiell Hammett. §Early life[edit] Hammett was born on a farm called Hopewell and Aim in St. Mary's County, in southern Maryland.[4] His parents were Richard Thomas Hammett and Anne Bond Dashiell. His mother belonged to an old Maryland family whose name was Anglicized from the French De Chiel. Hammett was baptized a Catholic[5] and grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. "Sam", as he was known before he began writing, left school when he was 13 years old and held several jobs before working for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He served as an operative for the Pinkertons from 1915 to February 1922, with time off to serve in World War I. Hammett enlisted in the Army in 1918 and served in the Motor Ambulance Corps. §Marriage and family[edit] §Career and personal life[edit] Hammett became an alcoholic before working in advertising and, eventually, writing.

Hammett was the ace performer... §Service in World War II and post-war politics[edit] §Imprisonment and the blacklist[edit] §Works[edit] Novels. Sam Spade. Spade was a departure from Hammett's nameless and less-than-glamorous detective, The Continental Op. Spade combined several features of previous detectives, most notably his detached demeanor, keen eye for detail, and unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. Portrayals[edit] Spade was a new character created specifically by Hammett for The Maltese Falcon; he had not appeared in any of Hammett's previous stories. Hammett says about him: Spade has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached.

George Segal played Sam Spade, Jr., son of the original, in the 1975 film spoof, The Black Bird. In 2009, with the approval of the estate of Dashiell Hammett, the veteran detective-story writer Joe Gores published Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON with Alfred A. Books[edit] Short stories[edit] Collection[edit] Films[edit] James M. Cain. James Mallahan Cain (July 1, 1892 – October 27, 1977) was an American author and journalist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labeling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the roman noir. Several of his crime novels inspired highly successful movies. Early life[edit] Cain was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland.

The son of a prominent educator and an opera singer, he had inherited a love for music from his mother, but his hopes of starting a career as a singer himself were thwarted when she told him that his voice was not good enough. Cain was drafted into the United States Army and spent the final year of World War I in France writing for an army magazine. Career[edit] American Authors' Authority[edit] Although Cain worked vigorously to promote the Authority, it did not gain widespread support and the idea died.[4][5] Personal life[edit] Cain was married to Mary Clough in 1919. Notes. The King in Yellow. Super-Toys Last All Summer Long. "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" is a short story by British science fiction author Brian Aldiss, first published in 1969. The story deals with humanity in an age of intelligent machines and of the aching loneliness endemic in an overpopulated future where child creation is controlled.

§Plot[edit] In a dystopian future where only 1/4th of the world's overcrowded population is fed and living comfortably, families must request permission to bear children. Monica Swinton lives with her husband Henry and her young son David, whom she struggles to bond with. She seeks help from Teddy, a robot toy companion of sorts, to try to understand why she feels unable to communicate with David, let alone feel compassion for him. David also questions Teddy about whether his mother truly loves him and wonders whether he's truly real.

Meanwhile, the story jumps to Henry Swinton who is in a meeting with a company he is associated with known as Synthtank. §Film[edit] §Characters[edit] §Themes[edit] Hugo Award. The Hugo Awards are a set of 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.

For lists of winners and nominees for each category, see the list of award categories below. Award[edit] History[edit] 1950s[edit] 1960s[edit] 1970s[edit] Since 2000[edit] The King in Yellow. Outlander (novel) After separation by their work in World War II, British Army nurse Claire Randall and her husband Frank, a history professor, go on a second honeymoon to Inverness, Scotland, where Frank conducts research into his family history and Claire goes plant-gathering near standing stones on the hill of Craigh na Dun.

She faints when investigating a buzzing noise near the stones; upon waking, she encounters Frank's ancestor, Captain Jack Randall, who strongly resembles Frank. Before the cruel Captain Randall can take her into his custody, he is knocked unconscious by a Scotsman who takes Claire to his party. When the Scots force into place the dislocated arm of their comrade Jamie, Claire uses her superior skill to relocate Jamie's arm; whereupon the men identify themselves as members of Clan MacKenzie, and Claire eventually concludes that she has traveled to the past. Claire must take on a new identity as an English widow who is traveling to France to see her family.

Frank Randall. The Thin Man. Trainspotting (novel) Category:Book websites. Category:Library 2.0. Ray Bradbury. Sleep diary. Wars of the Roses. The Shock Doctrine. The New York Trilogy. Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel) Flowers for Algernon. John le Carré. Crime fiction. Crime fiction. Detective fiction. Raymond Chandler. Breakfast of Champions. Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel) Edgar Award. Discworld. Flowers for Algernon. The Shock Doctrine. The New York Trilogy.

Artemis Fowl (series) The Wheel of Time. Horns (novel) Coaching.