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14 March 2009 @ 11:48 am
PoC and Irish SFF authors  
After talking last night to someone who teaches SF (in America), I was asking on twitter about lists of a) SF authors of colour; b) Irish SFF.

@nalohopkinson reminded me of the Carl Brandon Society, which has these recommended reading lists: http://carlbrandon.org/resources.html And I remembered 50books_poc has tags, so found these reviews:
http://community.livejournal.com/50books_poc/tag/sf/fantasy I have a link to Filipino speculative short stories somewhere. I'll add it to this post when I dig it up again.

But for Irish, all I've been able to think of is CE Murphy. Is Eoin Colfer Irish? And the lecturer says the guy who wrote Cloud Atlas is Irish, though his name slips my mind. I know some of you not only read Irish SFF, but know the authors, so any recs?
 
 
 
Daegaerdaegaer on March 14th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Eoin Colfer
Darren Shan
Ian McDonald (NI)


Live(d?) i8n Wicklow,non-Irish
Katherine Kurtz
Anne McCaffrey
Diane Duane
Peter Morwood

I'm sure I'll think of more!
hell in spectaclesleedy on March 15th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
If we're including NI, Bob Shaw is from Belfast. I met him when I were a nipper.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Not sure, but why not :-) I'll separate them out for her. Thanks.
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on March 15th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think Lord Dunsany is generally regarded as (Anglo-)Irish.

There's also Pat O'Shea, who wrote The Hounds of the Morrigan, which I read at white heat one night in my cousin's house, aged about 14.
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on March 15th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'd argue for Padraic Colum's The King of Ireland's Son being "Irish fantasy" also, although it's based on a folktale. It's available in several places online.
a very caring potato: I'm Queenmollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Thanks again!
Daegaerdaegaer on March 15th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
The Hounds of the Morrigan! I loved that!

Can we claim Flann O'Brien as a SFF writer? (And Oscar Wilde, of course, for the fairytales). C.S. Lewis from NI as well.

Wikipedia tells me of Michael Carroll. I wondered if the alarmingly pennamed Caiseal Mor is Irish, but he's Australian.
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on March 16th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Oh, Flann O'Brien! Definitely!

Never heard of Michael Carroll or Caiseal Mor - o.O - before now.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
It's not so long ago that I read some CS Lewis SF. My book memory retrieval system must be broken.

More thanks!
a very caring potato: confusedmollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Wikipedia tells me of Michael Carroll.

Sprout? Okay...
a very caring potato: hitchhiker's wikimollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Ah... true love at Octocon.

Sorry for comment spam! Am tossing them off as I read the article.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh yes! I'd completely forgotten about Lord Dunsany. And the older stuff probably suits her better course-wise - the ones she mentioned to me were things like a pre-cursor to 1984.

a very caring potato: irish passportmollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!

More interested in Irish born or raised, rather than just living here. But Peter Morwood is Irish (NI), I believe.
The Monkey Princessstellanova on March 14th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Eoin Colfer is definitely Irish (he's from Wexford). David Mitchell, of Cloud Atlas fame, is English, though.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
It turns out I'd misheard her - she knew he was English, but someone else had been claiming he was Irish.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 14th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
a very caring potato: irish passportmollydot on March 16th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Thanks, but I'm looking for authors from here, rather than books based here.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 16th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
ah he used to have a list of Irish Authors based in Ireland. I think. Dammit.

James Stephens is one; Harry Harrison has been living here for a while. Darren Shan is from Ireland.

From Nicholas' list and attendees at P-Con
Irish
AE, Mary Arrigan, Eoin Colfer; Orla Melling; Cathal Ó Sándair; Tom Richards; James White; Maura McHugh (short stories only sold at the moment); Oisin McGann
Irish Resident
Stewart Farrar; Katherine Kurtz (moved back to US IIRC) with her husband Scott McMillan; Morgan Llywelyn; Brian J Showers

RF Long is Irish resident but I'm not sure from whence she originally came.

Apart from previously mentioned people, there are a few urban fantasy authors living in these shores but right now my brain isn't working enough, what's worse
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 16th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
I also used to have a list of Irish Authors and unfortunately the Encyclopediae of SF (original ed); SF (newer ed, not latest) or Fantasy have a list.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 16th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I was looking at the P-Con list for inspiration, but I didn't know the nationality of most of them.

I used to fence with Scott McMillan.
a very caring potato: hitchhiker's wikimollydot on March 16th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Michael Scott
James Creed Meredith - wrote The Rainbow in the Valley in 1939.
Does Bram Stoker count? (Genre-wise. I do count him as Irish)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Irish_science_fiction_writers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Irish_fantasy_writers


Edited at 2009-03-16 03:26 pm (UTC)
Natural20natural20 on March 18th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Eh, Peadar O'Guin (peadarog. Peter Morwood is indeed from Northern Ireland. Hmm, are you looking for full length novels only, or published short story writers also?

Oh, James White of course, but I'm sure he's cropped up elsewhere.

You may want to check out Aeon Press as well.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 18th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I like peadarog's journal. Been dipping into it since getting your comment.

I don't know what she's looking for. I'd certainly be interested in short stories that are available, especially free online :-)
a very caring potatomollydot on March 19th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard of James White till you & wyvernfriend mentioned him, but I've just come across him again!
http://community.livejournal.com/con_or_bust/10718.html
Joebroin on March 19th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
a very caring potatomollydot on March 19th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Eoineng_monkey on March 19th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Are you looking for modern authors, or could I throw in Jonathan Swift & Bram Stoker??
a very caring potatomollydot on March 19th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. Let's throw them in :-)