Piers Anthony

(b. 1934)

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born in Oxford, England) is an English-American author of SF and fantasy, publishing his work under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.

Anthony's family emigrated to the United States from Britain when he was six. He graduated from Goddard College in Vermont in 1956, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen while serving in the United States Army in 1958. After completing a two-year stint in military service, he briefly taught school at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, before becoming a full-time writer.

Anthony maintains an Internet Publishers Survey in the interest of helping aspiring writers. For this service, he won the 2003 "Friend of EPIC" award for service to the electronic publishing community. In addition, his website won the Special Recognition for Service to Writers award from Preditors and Editors, an author's guide to publishers and writing services.

He was nominated for the 1968 Best Novel Hugo, the 1969 Best Novelette Hugo, the1970 Best Fan Writer Hugo, and the 1970 Best Novel Hugo.

He won the August Derleth Award in 1978 for A Spell for Chameleon, the Phoenix Award in 1980 and was GoH at the 13th World Fantasy Convention. He was GoH at Necronomicon '83, Necronomicon '86 and Necronomicon '91.

His many novels include the following: Chthon (1967), Macroscope (1969), Prostho Plus (1971), Race Against Time (1973), Rings of Ice (1974), Triple Detente (1974), Steppe (1976), But What of Earth? (1976), Hasan (1977), Mute (1981), Shade of the Tree (1986), Ghost (1986), Hard Sell (1990), Balook *1990 ), Firefly (1990), Volk (1996), Realty Check (1998), Muse of Art (1999), Write Way (2001), The Iron Maiden (2002), Tortoise Reform (2007), Alfred (2007), Eroma (2011), and The Sopaths (2011).

He often writes his novels in series. In addition to his popular "Xanth" series, other series include his "Battle Circle Series," consisting of Sos the Rope (1968), Var the Stick (1972), and Neq the Sword (1975).

Bio of an Ogre: The Autobiography of Piers Anthony to Age 50 was published in 1988.

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