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Read About Piers Anthony: A Source of Magic.

Updated on May 17, 2016

Interesting facts about the author:

  • In 1934 he was born on August 6 in Oxford, England and had the nickname of a Mundane character, which was Piers Xanthony. His family moved to our country, America, when he was six-years old in 1940. He obtained his citizenship in 1958 and then began writing and publishing his first series Xanth in 1977. He writes both science fiction plus fantasy .
  • He was an English author: off of the top of my head other English authors were Brian Jacques - pronounced "Jakes" - (I read his most famous fantasy series - Redwall). Brian also wrote short stories about ghostly tales; Susan Howatch (one of her novels series was Starbridge) which I found on HubPages.

Xanth video game

 Xanth video game from Piers Anthony's Xanth novel series
Xanth video game from Piers Anthony's Xanth novel series | Source

His writing and publishing:

Anthony has left one publisher and gone to a different publisher many times because he felt that his work was being improperly tampered with by the editors (each time he brought a beneficial favorite series with him). He has taken his publishers to court for misconduct in the accounting area and won. Eager writers can look forward to being helped because he cares for an Internet Publishers Survey. In 2003, he won the “Friend of EPIC” award for service to the electronic publishing community for doing the previous service. From Preditors and Editors his website won the Special Recognition for Service to Writers award – publishers and editors use it as a directory for authors.

Have you heard about Xlibris? It is a book publishing company for authors and it was created by authors, for authors. Piers was a kind person when he became a shareholder in Xlibris. He has been given opportunities for many of his famous narrative series’ to become movies. Look at the famous series Xanth, there was a video game influenced by it named Companions of Xanth, which was made for DOS by Legend Entertainment. From the same series came a game played on a board, by Mayfair Games, which was titled Xanth.

At the end of most of Anthony’s novels generally there is an Author’s Note which is a chapter-long. In this he puts in writing the following, and how they tied in with the course of action what he used to write the book – he writes about himself, his life and experiences.

For all of his novels written on the computer, from about 2000, P. Anthony has used Linux.

For links to other Xanth sites, go here: Xanth from the desk of Piers Anthony

For a list of Xanth books, go here: Wikipedia - books (click on #3 of the menu)

Xanth board game

Xanth board game
Xanth board game | Source

Xanth board game:

The novel series Xanth which was written by the author prompted a board game. It is on a game board for the younger teens (12+). It comes with the usual - the board, dice, rules, and more. It is about the magic in Xanth. I will not tell you too much.

Map of Oxford, England

Small map of Oxford, England included in Piers Anthony's facts
Small map of Oxford, England included in Piers Anthony's facts | Source

Goddard College, Vermont

Here is a photo of the college in Vermont where Piers Anthony met his wife.
Here is a photo of the college in Vermont where Piers Anthony met his wife. | Source

Other people and media:

As a 12-year old Logan Hill was consumed with reading Anthony’s paperbacks and he (Hill) wrote and detailed what follows: It is a report of boyhood passions with Piers Anthony. It was “Act One of episode 470 PRI radio program This American Life”. It had been ten years and he thought that he was the #1 *fan* of P. Anthony. Then when he was at the age of 22 at a wedding, he met someone named Andy and found out that he was not the only person who had the same interest in the writer that he did. Andy gives a reason why in a radio conference - which is for a feature how when he was in his teens - he had used books to dream in order to temporarily forget about his unfriendly school life in Buffalo, New York. When he arrived at the conclusion to leave for Florida it was in 1987 when he was only 15-years old. His plan was to attempt in living with Piers Anthony. Anthony tells his own thoughts on the radio conference.

Battalion newspaper sample (in the earlier years)

This is a sample of a battalion newspaper - but it was years before Piers Anthony was around.
This is a sample of a battalion newspaper - but it was years before Piers Anthony was around. | Source

Early life, work and family:

His full name was Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob.

His birth date was August 6, 1934, Oxford, England.

Death - (I have read that he is still alive.)

Family: He had a wife and two daughters.

His college and marriage:

When he was in college he met a woman named Carol and planned on making her his future wife. He was married to Carol Marble in 1956 when he graduated from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

His children:

He had two daughters named Penny and Cheryl. The daughter Penny unfortunately died after having brain surgery on September 3, 2009. The cause of death was apparent respiratory paralysis from the surgery. It turns out that she had melanoma. Regretfully, the melanoma metastasized cancer to her brain.

Early work and then the army:

He worked at several odd jobs and in 1957 then he joined the U.S. Army. At least that way he would have a steady income and medical insurance for his wife, who was pregnant. The army battalion newspaper made him an editor and a cartoonist. When the army came to a decision that it was time for him to come back and he reached the states for a short while, he was a teacher at a public school and then took a stab at becoming a full-time writer. Which he accomplished.

After he came home:

He and his wife had made a deal – in order for her to take care of him she would stick to her end of the deal but he only had one year to sell an article or item. If he was unable to do so then he would have to forget about his ‘flight of fancy’ to be an author. After twelve months of nothing happening, a story was unexpectedly printed. He also talks over with eager writers that it is best to have an idea to have a good supply of income besides their writing to help them advance in the beginning period so they can have a future job in the writing field. Plus his wife gets a good standing for allowing his course in writing to be available.

Do you know in what way that Bink was magic?

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His first books:

In 1977, "A Spell for Chameleon", which was Anthony’s first novel, won an award named the August Derleth Fantasy Award because the book was rated as the best novel for that year. The New York Times had "Ogre, Ogre" on their bestseller list and entered his fantasy novels on the list with it and they have remained that way ever since. "Golem in the Gears" was the first novel which he created on the computer. Before he started using the PC he used the pencil and paper method. Soon enough the path into Xanth was discovered by the computer and it ended up there.

--- I just read his book “The First Xanth Novel - A Spell for Chameleon” and I enjoyed it. At the moment I am enthused enough by it to purchase the next one in that series “The Source of Magic”. Until I purchase it I am reading another one of his fantasies in a different series which I have, “The Apprentice Adept – Book One: Split Infinity”. This one seems as well written as the other one. He writes both science fiction and fantasies.

Xanth was a magic city where you had to prove that you possessed magic inside you. Bink could not prove this fact so he was exiled from Xanth. He started on a long trek across country to get to the castle of ‘Good’ Wizard Humfrey. There he was going to pay a price to ask one question – do you know if I have any magic skills?

During his trip Bink met many different people/animals and learned many things from them – both good and bad. For instance, his first occurrence was when he got a ride for a decent distance from what was called a centaur. It had the body of a horse and the upper torso, and head, of a woman. She/it gave Bink a ride to his destination – at least as far as she was able to.

During his ride he learned many facts from her. For example he now knew how to avoid plants that were not friendly. After she dropped him off he met two other different females at two varied times. He fell into a ditch/hole/crevice and a ghost or spirit spoke to him and entered his body. Bink found out that the ‘ghost’ was friendly and was only borrowing his body.

He finally reached the wizard’s castle and then he received various questions from the wizard but he still did not have an answer to his question. Bink was very disappointed; he thought that he would never be magic.

It was not until near the end that he got his answer from the ‘Evil’ Wizard Trent, and he still had to figure out some of it out by himself. ---

Another one which he wrote:

Author: Kevin - ©2013

© 2013 The Examiner-1

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    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      You are welcome Jodah. Thank you for reading my Hub. Maybe you will find some at Walmart/Woolworth/Big W (they are all the same chain) unless you want to shop online. G'day


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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I had heard of this author, but knew nothing about him or his books. You have awakened me, and I will have to check hs books out as I am a fantasy and science fiction fan. Thanks.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much for the compliments and votes. I loved reading his fantasies years ago. I had mentioned when I wrote it that it was not mentioned whether he was still alive, but if he is I do not know if he still writes. You may be able to find his previous books at Walmart or Barnes and Noble if you do not want to go online. Good luck. I wish you happy reading.


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      4 years ago from Wales

      Like deb I had never heard of this author but will certainly be keeping and eye out for him now. Thanks for another great hub Kevin and as always I share on Facebook as well as voting up.


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I also thought that he was interesting as were his novels and I got hooked on them. My only problem is that I may have waited too long to find more of those books. :-( I do not even remember when, or where, I bought them. It may have been in another state for all that I know!

      I am glad that you liked the Hub. :-)

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Piers sounds like an interesting character. That series sounds really cool and magical. Great information on this author.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      You are welcome. I am anxious to read the next one in the series. I had another one of his books in a different series (The Apprentice Adept) and I am not even half done with it but I believe that I am going to also be caught in that series too. I thank you very much for reading my Hub and I hope that you enjoy his book(s).

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Interesting. This sounds like a series that I would enjoy. Thanks for the information and heads up on this author that I didn't know about.


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