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Grant Carrington Papers, 1958-2014 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Grant Carrington Papers, 1958-2014


Primary Creator: Carrington, Grant

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series I is Publications and Series II is correspondence.

Date Acquired: 05/09/2014. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Carrington, Grant, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Forms of Material: science fiction

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Grant Carrington papers contain printed and handwritten (paper-based) materials that are various publications and their drafts.  There are some correspondence.  The collection is divided into series based upon format.  Series I is Publications and Series II is correspondence.

Collection Historical Note

Grant Carrington is a computer programmer and writer who first published in 1971.  Born in 1938 in New Haven, Connecticut, he grew up in North Haven and started writing stories in the 3rd grade, eventually graduating from North Haven High in 1956.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from NYU and his Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida.  After graduating, he worked throughout the years as a computer programmer for numerous places, including the Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Florida, the Naval Communications Command, the Savannah River Ecology Lab, the Westinghouse Corporation, and the Treasury Department of the United States, from which he retired in 2004.

Grant has published one novel, Time’s Fool, which was later republished as Time’s Fool, and Other Stories in order to include accompanying short stories and the complete Timedipper story arc.  Over the years, he has published 40 short stories in science fiction, literature, and men’s magazines.  He has also published 3 songs, book and record reviews, articles, and plays.  After his retirement, he moved and now resides in Northampton, Massachusetts.

For more information on Grant Carrington and his writings, please visit his page at:



http://www.grantcarrington.freeyellow.com/TimesFool/autobio.htm (old page, but has an autobiography)

Subject/Index Terms

Carrington, Grant
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additions from Grant Carrington: 06/23/2014, 07/14/2014

Access Restrictions: Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Use Restrictions: Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Acquisition Source: Grant Carrington

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.grantcarrington.freeyellow.com/.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Publications],
[Series II: Correspondence],

Series I: Publications
Box 1
Folder 1: Fountain of Force [notes explaining his manuscript list, undated rejection history on index card, and rejection letters] these items are # 1-2 on the list, Dec 27, 1968-Dec 16, 1969, 5-20-2014, no date
Folder 2: Fountain of Force [handwritten and typed drafts on legal paper and a newspaper article] these items are # 3 on the list, 12-30-1967, no date
Folder 3: Fountain of Force [two photocopied drafts from Clarion workshop with notes] these items are # 4-5 on the list, no date
Folder 4: Fountain of Force [original draft and Gainesville version of 1968-1970] these items are # 6-7 on the list, no date
Folder 5: Fountain of Force [George Zerbrowski's 1st rewrite of manuscript and Carrington's follow up rewrite of Zerbrowski's rewrite] these items are # 8-9 on the list, no date
Folder 6: Fountain of Force [two letters from Zerbrowski to Carrington|edited manuscript for Pournelle] these items are # 10-11 on the list, Jan 27, 1972, Sep 1977, no date
Folder 7: Fountain of Force [rewritten draft circa 1977 and new rewrite for Pournelle's Black Holes circa 1977-1980] these items are # 12-13 on the list, 10-7-1977, no date
Folder 8: Fountain of Force [letters regaring the story] these items are # 14 on the list, Oct 31, 1977-July 7, 1980, no date
Folder 9: His Hour Upon the Stage [story published in Amazing Science Fiction|vol 49, no 5| and photocopy] page 50, Mar 1976
Folder 10: His Hour Upon the Stage [note explaining his manuscripts, original draft, and Clarion copy] #1-3 on list, 5-20-2014, no date
Folder 11: His Hour Upon the Stage [manuscript edited by Damon Knight and two notes] # 4-5 on list, no date
Folder 12: His Hour Upon the Stage [draft circa 1969-1970 and Clarion manuscript critiqued by Mel, Art, Scott, and Joe] # 6-7 on list, no date
Folder 13: His Hour Upon the Stage [two critiqued manuscript drafts possibly critiqued Robin Wilson] # 8-9 on list, no date
Folder 14: His Hour Upon the Stage [3 drafts of manuscripts from Clarion workshop] # 10, 11, and 12 on list, no date
Folder 15: His Hour Upon the Stage [another Clarion draft and two drafts that span 1971-1974] # 13, 14, and 15 on list, no date
Folder 16: His Hour Upon the Stage [to do list for a manuscript draft and a critiqued manuscript draft] # 16-17 on list, no date
Folder 17: His Hour Upon the Stage [rejection and acceptance letters and a check from German publishing company], Jan 12, 1970-Sep 18, 1979, no date
Box 2
Folder 1: The Pardoner's Tale [critiqued manuscripts for class assignment in Eng 228] page 1 to page 7, 10-14-1958, no date
Folder 2: The Pied Piper of Gotham [photocopy of story published in Plume & Sword|vol. 5, no. 2] page 13, Nov 9, 1964
Folder 3: The Pied Piper of Gotham [edited manuscripts], no date
Folder 4: The Pied Piper of Gotham [edited manuscript accepted by Plume & Sword], no date
Folder 5: Starwatcher [critiqued manuscript for class assignment in Eng 228], 1-15-1959
Folder 6: Starwatcher & 'Twas Brillig [stories published in The Cresent Anthology] page 9 & page 58, June 1969
Folder 7: Starwatcher [manuscript and note from Carrington] page 1 to page 9, no date
Folder 8: Starwatcher [various drafts of manuscripts with some that are edited], no date
Folder 9: Twas Brillig [two critiqued manuscripts|one turned in for class assignment in Eng 228] page 1 to page 6, 9-29-1958, no date
Folder 10: printout list of publications by type in order by date, no date

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