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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Barbara Hambly papers
    Date (inclusive): 1968-2008, undated.
    Date (bulk): 1982-1989
    Collection Number: 162
    Creator: Effinger, George Alec
    Creator: Hambly, Barbara
    Creator: Niemand, O.
    Extent: 10.5 linear feet (8 record storage boxes, 1 document box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. Barbara Hambly papers, Collection 162. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Barbara Hambly papers were acquired as a gift in 2009.

    Processing History

    Processed by Julia D. Ree, 2012.

    Biography

    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 Those 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 years.
    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, Schrödinger's kitten (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 Neil and 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 earthand 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 night, originally written as: Day stalker, the manuscripts for the award nominated novels, Bride of the rat-god, The witches of Wenshar, The magicians of night , The ladies of Mandrigyn, and The rainbow abyss and the manuscripts for two of Hambly's Star Trek novels, The poltergeist effect (published as: Ghost-walker) and 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 George Alec Effinger Live! from planet earth.
    Partial manuscripts have been identified, based on research conducted using published works as source material.

    Collection Arrangement

    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, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.2. Literary works of George Alec Effinger, 1968-1989, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.3. Literary works of O. Niemand, circa 1982-1988, undated.
    • Series 2. Diaries, notes, and other material, 1981-1991, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Authors.
    Effinger, George Alec
    Fantasy.
    Hambly, Barbara
    Historical fiction.
    Mystery and detective stories.
    Niemand, O.
    Science fiction.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Diaries.
    Manuscripts.
    Page proofs.