Justina Robson

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Justina Robson
Born 11 June 1968
Leeds, England
Genres Speculative fiction
Notable work(s) Quantum Gravity Series
Notable award(s) Arthur C Clarke (nominee), BSFA (nominee), John W Campbell (nominee)

Justina Robson is a science fiction author from Leeds, England.

Biography and publishing history[edit]

Justina Robson was born in Leeds (11 June 1968[1]), and studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York. She worked in a variety of jobs – including secretary, technical writer, and fitness instructor – until becoming a full-time writer.

Robson attended the Clarion West Writing Workshop and was first published in 1994 in the British small press magazine The Third Alternative, but is best known as a novelist. Her debut novel Silver Screen was shortlisted for both the Arthur C Clarke Award and the BSFA Award in 2000. Her second novel, Mappa Mundi, was also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2001. It won the 2000 Amazon.co.uk Writer's Bursary. In 2004, Natural History, Robson's third novel, was shortlisted for the BSFA Award, and came second in the John W Campbell Award.

Robson's novels have been noted for sharply-drawn characters, and an intelligent and deeply thought-out approach to the tropes of the genre. She has been described as "one of the very best of the new British hard SF writers".[2]

Living Next-Door to the God of Love is a loose sequel to Natural History, inasmuch as it is set in the same universe. Keeping It Real marks the beginning of a series, the Quantum Gravity Books.

On 27 July 2008 she spoke on BBC Radio 3 about Doctor Who and various other science fiction shows for 25 minutes during the interval of the Doctor Who Prom.

Robson was announced in November 2008 as the guest of honour at the following year's Novacon.

Robson was announced in April 2010 as an international guest of honour at Swancon 36 to be held 21 to 25 April 2011 in Perth Australia.

Robson announced in November 2010 the forthcoming publication of her first story collection, Heliotrope to be published in April 2011[needs update] by Australian independent publisher Ticonderoga Publications.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Name Published ISBN Notes
Silver Screen London: Macmillan, 1999 (paper) ISBN 0-333-75437-9 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 1999;[3]
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2000;[4]
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2005[5]
Mappa Mundi London: Macmillan, 2001 (paper) ISBN 0-333-75438-7 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2002[6]

Natural History (Stuff Universe) series

Name Published ISBN Notes
Natural History London: Macmillan, 2003 ISBN 0-333-90745-0 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2003;[7]
Campbell Award nominee, 2004;[8]
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2005[5]
Living Next-Door to the God of Love London: Macmillan, 2005 ISBN 1-4050-2116-0 British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2005;[5]
Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2006;[9]
Campbell Award nominee, 2007[10]

Quantum Gravity series

Name Published ISBN Notes
Keeping It Real London: Gollancz, 2006 ISBN 0-575-07861-8
Selling Out London: Gollancz, 2007 ISBN 0-575-07863-4
Going Under London: Gollancz, 2008 ISBN 0-575-07866-9
Chasing the Dragon August 2009 ISBN 978-1-59102-746-1
Down to the Bone Gollancz January 2011 ISBN 978-0-575-08565-7

Story Collection[edit]

Name Published ISBN Notes
Heliotrope Greenwood: Ticonderoga Publications, April 2011 ISBN 978-0-9807813-3-5

Literary Universes[edit]

Natural History (Stuff) Universe[edit]

Based on M-Theory, the Unity lives in all 11 dimensions and watches our 4 dimensions for individual intelligences to entice into the Unity aggregate. It reads mental attitudes, desires, and intentions and can alter 4-D reality by action in the other 7 dimensions. While a mind is never truly lost translating into Unity, its identity is soon subsumed into the collective.

About translation into Unity: "Nobody has died. They are all within, every life perfectly recorded, every experience distributed." "Translated individuals remain alive in the sense they are able to continue the natural process of consciousness." "the Translated were in a state of superposition, being both themselves and alive and conscious, but also unified with all other conscious beings within Unity." [11] Physical bodies are gone from 4-D, but theoretically can be re-manifest as they were.

Stuff is Unity's manifestation in 4-D, appearing as an atomically undistinguishable mass that responds to intense thought and adapts itself to satisfy implicit need or desire. For example, Stuff appears as an instantaneous transfer FTL engine to a stranded inter-stellar ship, and transforms into a weapon needed by a scientist to defend himself against torture.[12]

Physical contact with Stuff can bleed one's intellect into Unity, normally transferring consciousness into 7-D after several uses unless Unity agrees otherwise. Strong personalities with disciplined minds can resist longer, or minds can voluntary translate immediately. While Unity purports to be benevolent and respectful, it has arbitrarily translated million-plus sized groups of individuals.

Sidebar pocket realities have been negotiated with Unity, who manifests them in Stuff and moves 4-D people between them and mainline human reality. They are maintained by Unity created engines, similar to today's computer games which implement a rule based virtual reality. Sidebars include Metropolis (the DC Comics Justice League of America), Dindsenchas (historical Celtic), Sankhara (Buddhist Saṅkhāra).

An galactic ancient race boot-strapped itself into 11-D and Unity, leaving a mechanism built of stuff as two artificial moons around an earth-like planet. The continued existence/operation of these is probably essential to Unity. The Unity mechanism allows for multiple unconnected Unities, whose uncoordinated actions in 11-D can destroy the conditions that permit the existence of expanded 4-D space-times.

Quantum Gravity Universe[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Meat vs machine". The Guardian (London). 7 June 2003. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "2005 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "2003 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "2006 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "2007 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Robson, Justina (2006). Living Next Door to the God of Love, p. 90, 98. Bantam Dell, US. ISBN 978-0-553-58742-5.
  12. ^ Robson, Justina (2003). Natural History

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