Sandra Miesel

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Sandra Louise Miesel (born Sandra Louise Schwartz on November 25, 1941) is an American medievalist, writer and science fiction and fantasy fan. Her early work was science fiction and fantasy criticism, fields in which she has remained active. She is a literary analyst; has described herself as "the world's greatest expert" on Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson,[1] and has written front and back matter for many of Anderson's books.

She is the leading expert[citation needed] on Dickson's Childe Cycle series of novels, and has written a number of commentaries which have been published with the books in that series, including an afterword in The Final Encyclopedia, as well as an essay in The Dorsai Companion. She also worked with Dickson in putting together a detailed timeline of the series, in order to set exact dates for the events and people in the often overlapping stories.

Writing career[edit]

Miesel began her writing as a member of science fiction fandom (a connection which sprang from a letter she had published in IF magazine[2]), with critical articles in the science fiction fanzine Yandro, especially on Anderson and Dickson, as well as other fanzines such as Granfalloon. She was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer three times (1973–1975);[3] and had two monographs published by fannish small presses: Myth, Symbol and Religion in The Lord of the Rings. (TK Graphics, 1973); and Against Time's Arrow: The High Crusade of Poul Anderson (Borgo Press, 1978).[4]

Since 1983, Miesel has written hundreds of articles for the Catholic press, chiefly on history, art, and hagiography. She wrote regularly for the now-defunct Crisis Catholic magazine and is a columnist for the diocesan paper of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. Miesel is also a well-known speaker. She has spoken at religious and academic conferences, appeared on EWTN, and given numerous radio interviews.

She has co-authored a book, The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code, a detailed critique of the popular novel based on her knowledge of Catholic history and teachings.

Most recently, she has co-authored a book The Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children's Fantasy with Catholic journalist and canon lawyer Pete Vere. The book, published by Ignatius Press, offers a detailed critique of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.[5]

She holds master's degrees in biochemistry and medieval history from the University of Illinois.

Personal life[edit]

She lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, as did her husband John (a fellow fan[6]), they were married 42 years until his death in 2006[7]

Selected works[edit]

  • Miesel, Sandra (1973). Myth, Symbol, and Religion in The Lord of the Rings. T-K Graphics. OCLC: 1242807. 
  • Miesel, Sandra (1978). Against Time's Arrow: The High Crusade of Poul Anderson. Borgo Press. ISBN 0-89370-124-6. 
  • Miesel, Sandra (1989). SHAMAN. Baen. ISBN 0-671-69844-3.  Speculative fiction. An earlier version was published as Dreamrider (Ace Books, 1982).
  • "The Fan As Critic" in Science fiction fandom Joe Sanders, ed. (Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 62) Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. ISBN 0-313-23380-2
  • Olson, Carl E.; Sandra Miesel (2004). The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code. Ignatius Press. ISBN 1-58617-034-1. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catholics & Science Fiction: An Interview with Sandra Miesel". Ignatius Insight. http://ignatiusinsight.com. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Catholics & Science Fiction: An Interview with Sandra Miesel". Ignatius Insight. http://ignatiusinsight.com. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Hugo Nominees Database
  4. ^ Reid, Robin Anne. Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume 1: Overviews Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2009; p. 284
  5. ^ Miesel, Sandra and Pete Vere. "Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children's Fantasy". www.AtheismForChildren.com. http://www.ignatius.com/. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Burton, David. "'Credentials?' We Don't Need No Stinkin' Credentials" Catchpenny Gazette #1 (February 2004), p. 2
  7. ^ Silver, Steven H. "News: Obituary" SF Site September 2006

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