Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Barbara Hambly papers
Date (inclusive): 1968-2008, undated.
Date (bulk): 1982-1989
Collection Number: MS 162
Effinger, George Alec
10.5 linear feet
(8 record storage boxes, 1 document box)
Rivera Library. Special
This collection contains novels and short stories
written or edited by Barbara Hambly, an American science fiction, fantasy, and
mystery writer. Also includes novels and short stories written by George Alec
Effinger, an American science fiction writer, and short stories written by O.
Niemand, Effinger's best known pseudonym. Formats include manuscripts, sketches,
diaries, notes, story fragments, poems, correspondence, and other
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
[identification of item]. Barbara Hambly papers, MS 162. University of
California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of
The Barbara Hambly papers were acquired as a gift in 2009.
Processed by Julia D. Ree, 2012.
Barbara Hambly, American novelist, short story author, and screenwriter within the
genres of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction, was born August
28, 1951 in San Diego, California and grew up in Montclair, California. In her early
teens, Hambly read and was transfixed by J. R. R. Tolkien's
The lord of the rings. Hambly has a Masters in Medieval History from the
University of California at Riverside, completing her degree in 1975. Her first
novel to be published was
Time of the dark in 1982 by
Del Rey. Previous to becoming a writer, Hambly chose occupations that allowed her
time to write; all of her novels contain a biography paragraph with a litany of jobs
familiar to her readers—high school teacher, model, waitress, technical editor,
all-night liquor store clerk, and Shotokan karate instructor. Hambly served as
President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1994 to 1996.
Her works have been nominated for many awards in the fantasy and horror fiction
categories, winning a Locus Award for Best Horror Novel
who hunt the night
(1989) (released in the UK as
Immortal Blood) and the Lord Ruthven award for fiction for its sequel,
Travelling with the dead (1996). Hambly has been a
multiple Nebula award nominee, and Guest of Honor at many conventions over the
Hambly was married for some years to fellow science fiction writer George Alec
Effinger before his death in 2002. She now lives in Los Angeles, California.
George Alec Effinger, American novelist and short story author was born in Cleveland,
January 10, 1947, and died in New Orleans, April 27, 2002. Effinger was a part of
the Clarion class of 1970 and had three stories in the first Clarion anthology. His
first published story was
The eight-thirty to nine slot
in Fantastic in 1971. During his early period, he also published under a variety of
pseudonyms. His first novel,
What entropy means to me
(1972) was nominated for the Nebula Award. He achieved his greatest success,
perhaps, with the trilogy of Marid Audran novels set in a 21st century Middle East,
with cybernetic implants and modules allowing individuals to change their
personalities or bodies. More than the other authors he was categorized with,
Effinger took high-tech and left it in the gutter. While most of the cyberpunk
authors portrayed the world as increasingly coming under the influence of the Far
East, Effinger went in another direction and showed a future where Islam and the
Middle East are ascendant. His novelette,
(1988), received both the 1989 Best Novelette Hugo and the Nebula
Award, as well as the Japanese Seiun Award. He came in second place in the 1973
Campbell Award (which was the first year of the award). He was nominated for several
Hugo awards during his life. He won the 1974 Phoenix Award. He made brief forays
into writing comic books in the mid-1970s and again in the mid-1980s, including the
first issue of a series of his own creation entitled
Buzz in space & time
about two fictional astronauts who travel to the
edge of the universe to find it contains nothing but an ocean planet with a replica
of a small New Jersey town on its only island. The first issue was the only issue,
and the story ended on a cliffhanger. It was released by Fantagraphics. He also
wrote a story based in the Zork universe. Effinger met his first wife Diana in the
1960s. He was married from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s to artist Beverly K.
Effinger, and for a few years shortly before his death to fellow science fiction
author Barbara Hambly.
O. Niemand, is one of George Alec Effinger’s pseudonyms. A collection of stories was
published posthumously in 2005 entitled
George Alec Effinger
Live! From planet earth
and includes the complete stories Effinger wrote
under the pseudonym "O. Niemand". Each O. Niemand story is a pastiche in the voice
of a different major American writer (Flannery O'Conner, Damon Runyon, Mark Twain,
etc.), all set on the asteroid city of Springfield. ("Niemand" is from the German
word for "nobody", and the initial O was intended by Effinger as a visual pun for
Zero, and possibly also as a reference to the author O. Henry.)
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection contains novels and short stories written or edited by Barbara
Hambly, an American science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer. Also includes
novels and short stories written by George Alec Effinger, an American science
fiction writer, and short stories written by O. Niemand, Effinger's best known
pseudonym. Formats include manuscripts, sketches, diaries, notes, story fragments,
poems, correspondence, and other material.
Of particular interest in this collection are the various manuscripts by Barbara
Hambly for the award winning novel,
Those who hunt the
, originally written as:
the manuscripts for the award nominated novels,
Bride of the
The witches of Wenshar,
The magicians of night ,
The rainbow abyss and the
manuscripts for two of Hambly's Star Trek novels,
Crossroad. Also included
are the manuscripts for George Alec Effinger's award winning novel,
When gravity fails, as well as the manuscripts for the O.
Niemand stories that posthumously appeared in
Effinger Live! from planet earth
Partial manuscripts have been identified, based on research conducted using published
works as source material.
This collection is arranged into the following two series and three sub-series:
- Series 1. Manuscripts,1968-2008, undated.
- Sub-series 1.1. Literary and edited works of Barbara Hambly, 1977-2008,
- Sub-series 1.2. Literary works of George Alec Effinger, 1968-1989,
- Sub-series 1.3. Literary works of O. Niemand, circa 1982-1988, undated.
- Series 2. Diaries, notes, and other material, 1981-1991, undated.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Effinger, George Alec
Mystery and detective stories.
Genres and Forms of Materials