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Bantam Books
BANTAM BOOKS is an American publishing house owned entirely by parent company Random House , a subsidiary of Penguin Random House ; it is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. It was formed in 1945 by Walter B. Pitkin, Jr. , Sidney B. Kramer, and Ian and Betty Ballantine . It has since been purchased several times by companies including National General , Carl Lindner 's American Financial and, most recently, Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann
; it became part of Random House in 1998, when Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann
purchased it to form Bantam Doubleday Dell. It began as a mass market publisher, mostly of reprints of hardcover books, with some original paperbacks as well. It expanded into both trade paperback and hardcover books, including original works, often reprinted in house as mass-market editions
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Ernest Callenbach
ERNEST CALLENBACH (April 3, 1929 – April 16, 2012) was an American author, film critic , editor, and simple living adherent. He became famous due to his internationally successful semi-utopian novel Ecotopia (1975). CONTENTS * 1 Life & Work * 2 Quotes * 3 Bibliography * 4 Further reading * 5 External links * 6 References LIFE rev. ed. Imprint Academic, 2008) * Publisher's Lunch (Ten Speed Press, 1989) * Ecology: A Pocket Guide (U. of California Press, 1998; rev. ed. 2008) * Living Cheaply With Style: Live Better and Spend Less (Berkeley: Ronin , 1993). ISBN 0-914171-61-5 * Living Cheaply With Style: Live Better and Spend Less, Second edition (Berkeley: Ronin, 2000). ISBN 1-57951-014-0 * Bring Back the Buffalo!: A Sustainable Future for America's Great Plains (U. of California Press, 2000)FURTHER READING * Ernest Callenbach
Ernest Callenbach
" Ecotopia in Japan?," in: Communities 132 (Fall 2006), pp
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Alan Campbell (writer)
ALAN CAMPBELL (born 7 July 1971) is a Scottish fantasy novelist. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Bibliography * 2.1 Deepgate Codex series * 2.2 Gravedigger Chronicles * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYAlan Campbell was born and raised in Falkirk , Scotland. He studied Computer Science at Edinburgh University , and after graduating, worked as a software engineer for DMA Design , Visual Sciences , and Rockstar North , developing the video games Body Harvest (for the Nintendo 64 ), Formula One 2000 (PlayStation ), and the Grand Theft Auto series (PC , PlayStation 2 ). Following the completion of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City , he left to pursue a career in photography and writing. Campbell's debut novel was Scar Night, the first of the Deepgate Codex trilogy, followed by Iron Angel in 2008, and God of Clocks in 2009. The novella Lye Street is a prequel to the series
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Philip K. Dick
PHILIP KINDRED DICK (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer notable for publishing works of science fiction . Dick explored philosophical, social, and political themes in novels with plots dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments , alternate universes , and altered states of consciousness . His work reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology , and often drew upon his life experiences in addressing the nature of reality , identity , drug abuse , schizophrenia , and transcendental experiences. Born in Illinois
Illinois
before moving to California, Dick began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s, initially finding little commercial success. His 1962 alternate history novel The Man in the High Castle earned Dick early acclaim, including a Hugo Award for Best Novel
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S. S. Van Dine
S. S. VAN DINE (also styled S.S. VAN DINE ) is the pseudonym used by American art critic WILLARD HUNTINGTON WRIGHT (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939) when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-World War I New York, and under the pseudonym (which he originally used to conceal his identity) he created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance , a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and career * 2 Detective fiction * 3 Study of detective fiction * 4 Short film series * 5 Late career and death * 6 References * 7 Sources * 8 External links EARLY LIFE AND CAREERWillard Huntington Wright was born to Archibald Davenport Wright and Annie Van Vranken Wright on October 15, 1888, in Charlottesville, Virginia
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Ray Bradbury
RAY DOUGLAS BRADBURY (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter . He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy , science fiction , horror and mystery fiction . Widely known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and his science fiction and horror story collections The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and I Sing the Body Electric (1969), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. While most of his best known work is in speculative fiction , he also wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) or the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992). Recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation , Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space
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Jean Auel
JEAN MARIE AUEL (/ˈdʒiːn məˈriː ˈaʊl/ ; née Untinen; born February 18, 1936) is an American writer who wrote the Earth\'s Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores human activities during this time, and touches on the interactions of Cro-Magnon
Cro-Magnon
people with Neanderthals . Her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Career as novelist * 3 Bibliography * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY YEARSJean Marie Untinen was born in 1936 in Chicago
Chicago
. She is of Finnish descent, the second of five children of Neil Solomon Untinen, a housepainter, and Martha (née Wirtanen) Untinen. Auel attended University of Portland
University of Portland

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Parent Company
A PARENT COMPANY is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operation by doing and influencing or electing its board of directors . The second company is deemed a subsidiary of the parent company
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The Guinness Book Of Records
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, known from its inception in 1955 until 1998 as THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS and in previous United States
United States
editions as THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. As of the 2017 edition, it is now in its 63rd year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages. The international franchise has extended beyond print to include television series and museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness
Guinness
World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloging and verification of a huge number of world records; the organization employs official record adjudicators authorized to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records
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Maya Angelou
MAYA ANGELOU (/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/ ( listen ); born MARGUERITE ANNIE JOHNSON; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist . She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim
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Stephen R. Donaldson
STEPHEN REEDER DONALDSON (born May 13, 1947) is an American fantasy , science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant , his ten-novel fantasy series. His work is characterized by psychological complexity, conceptual abstractness, moral bleakness, and the use of an arcane vocabulary, and has attracted critical praise for its "imagination, vivid characterizations, and fast pace". He earned his bachelor\'s degree from The College of Wooster and a Master\'s degree from Kent State University . He currently resides in New Mexico . In the United Kingdom he is usually called "Stephen Donaldson" (without the "R")
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Frederick Forsyth
FREDERICK MCCARTHY FORSYTH CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author, former journalist and spy, and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal , The Odessa File
File
, The Fourth Protocol , The Dogs of War , The Devil\'s Alternative , The Fist of God , Icon , The Veteran , Avenger , The Afghan , The Cobra and The Kill List . Forsyth's works frequently appear on best-sellers lists and more than a dozen of his titles have been adapted to film. He has sold more than 70 million books in total
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Graham Greene
HENRY GRAHAM GREENE OM CH (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name GRAHAM GREENE, was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the great writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers (or "entertainments" as he termed them). He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature . Through 67 years of writings, which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world, often through a Catholic perspective
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John Grisham
JOHN RAY GRISHAM JR. (/ˈɡrɪʃəm/ ; born February 8, 1955) is an American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers . His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. John Grisham
John Grisham
graduated from Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University
before attending the University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
School of Law in 1981. He practiced criminal law for about a decade and served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi
Mississippi
from January 1984 to September 1990. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. As of 2012, his books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide
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Laurell K. Hamilton
LAURELL KAYE HAMILTON (born February 19, 1963) is an American fantasy and romance writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories. Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake , a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry , Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie , a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts. Both of these fantasy series follow their protagonists as they gain in power and deal with the dangerous "realities" of worlds in which creatures of legend live. Hamilton is generally considered one of the most influential writers in the history of paranormal fiction
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Thomas Harris
THOMAS HARRIS (born April 11, 1940) is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter . All of his works have been made into films, the most notable being the multi-Oscar -winning The Silence of the Lambs , which became only the third film in Academy Award
Academy Award
history to sweep the Oscars in major categories. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Personal life * 3 Bibliography * 3.1 Dr. Hannibal Lecter * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links BIOGRAPHYHarris was born in Jackson, Tennessee , but moved as a child with his family to Rich, Mississippi . He was introverted and bookish in grade school and then blossomed in high school. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Waco, Texas
, where he majored in English and graduated in 1964
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