Marta Randall papers, 1973-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Author
Randall, Marta
Title
Marta Randall papers
Dates
1973-1988
Quantity
5.5 linear feet, (11 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 476
Summary
The papers of Marta Randall, Nebula-nominted science fiction author, are primarily comprised of manuscripts for her novels, short fiction, and non-fiction and include associated correspondence, publicity materials, and financial records.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Marta Randall (1948 – ) was born in Mexico City, Mexico April 26, 1948 to Richard Baleme Randall and Nelly Amador Spat. At the age of two, her family moved to Berkeley, California, where she and her two siblings, Richard and Margaret, spent the rest of their childhoods. During high school she worked in a used book store; after graduating high school, she worked for the Pacific Bell Telephone Company, before teaching drama in Hilo, Hawaii for a summer. She then returned to Berkeley, where she married Robert Bergstresser. She attended San Francisco State College between 1966 and 1970, and volunteered as an Announcer and Production Engineer for KPFA (Pacifica Radio). She later worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for Harris Zimmerman, a patent attorney in Oakland, California (1968-1984, 1990-2008) and as a paralegal specializing in Federal trademark law for Carle Mackie Power & Ross, a law firm in Santa Rosa, California (2008-2013).

Her first story, Smack Run, appeared in New Worlds 5 (1973), an anthology edited by Michael Moorcock, and was published under her then-married name, Marta Bergstresser. Randall's first novel, Islands (1976) was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1976. A novella, Dangerous Games, was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1980. With Robert Silverberg, Randall edited two volumes of the New Dimensions anthology series, New Dimensions 11 (1980) and New Dimensions 12 (1981), and was responsible for the anthology Nebula Awards 19 (1984). From 1981 through 1984, she served first as Vice-President (1981-1982) and later the first female President (1982-1984) of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Her latest novel to date, Growing Light (1993) was published under the pseudonym Martha Conley. She continues to publish short stories in periodicals such as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Lightspeed Magazine.

In addition to her own writing, Randall has taught science fiction writing at the Clarion East and Clarion West writing workshops, the University of California Berkeley extension, Portland State University, and at private workshops. She created and taught a course entitled Science Fiction Writing for the Gotham Writers Workshop, and a Start Writing Science Fiction course for Barnes & Nobel University. Between 1984 and 1990, Randall was employed as a freelance writer for Pacificon of San Francisco, California, where she worked to develop an interactive software game under a grant from the California Department of Mental Health. She received a Paralegal Certificate from Sonoma State University in 1997.

Randall has a son, Richard K. Bergstresser, from her first marriage, and a daughter, Caitlin E. Conley, from her second marriage to Christopher E. Conley.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Marta Randall, Nebula-nominated science fiction author, are primarily comprised of manuscripts for her novels, short fiction, and non-fiction, and include associated correspondence, research materials and notes, publicity materials, and financial records.

Series I, Representation, is primarily comprised of correspondence between Ms. Randall and her agent, Richard Curtis, regarding her work currently in print, in-progress projects, and finding publishers for her work. The financial papers in this series are primarily royalty statements.

Series II, Book Proposals, documents Ms. Randall's proposal to add two works - Mish, and Santa Theresa - to the existing Kennerin Saga, which then included Journey and Dangerous Games. Included in the single file is correspondence, information about the planet of Santa Theresa as presented in Dangerous Games, and portions of the manuscript for Cherek/The Sword of Winter. The proposed novel, Mish, is mentioned only in the correspondence.

The Anthology series, Series III, includes biographies for authors to be included in New Dimensions 11, 12, and 13; correspondence between Marta, the authors, and Robert Silverberg; contracts signed by the anthology authors and Marta Randall; and copies of the manuscripts, annotated with stylistic edits.

Series IV, Novels, contains correspondence, research notes and story outlines, publicity and financial materials, and edited manuscripts for Ms. Randall's novels. The correspondence is primarily between Ms. Randall and her agent, editors, and publishers. Financial materials are primarily comprised of contracts and royalty statements. It should be noted that Dangerous Games appears in the collection twice; it was first published as a novella in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April of 1980 (and subsequently was nominated for a Nebula award). The novella was later expanded to a full-length novel, and published later that same year.

The Short Fiction series and the Non-Fiction Series - Series V and Series VI, respectively - are comprised of similar material as Series IV, and include correspondence, research notes and story outlines, publicity and financial materials, and edited manuscripts for Ms. Randall's short stories and non-fiction works. The John F. Kennedy biography in the Non-Fiction series was published in Demco Media's World Leaders: Past and Present series. The non-fiction piece, Conquering the Universe for Fun and Profit, was published by the Feminist Writers Press in the anthology, Words in Our Pockets. Sugarfang, which was written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian in the late 1970's, considers the implications of the presentations of evil in contemporary TV and cinema.

Series VII contains a single item, a Clackamas County (Oregon) surveyor's map. The map is not annotated, and is undated. The Audio-visual Materials series, Series VIII, also contains a single item: an Audio Saga reading Randall did of her short story, Secret Rider.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marta Randall papers, Coll 476, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  RepresentationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence: Richard Curtis [agent]
1975-1987
1 2
Correspondence: Richard Curtis [agent]
1977-1984
1 3
Financial papers
1982-1986

Series II:  Book ProposalsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 4
Mish, Santa Theresa
1979

Series III:  AnthologiesReturn to Top

As co-editor with Robert Silverberg.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
New Dimensions 11: Biographies
n.d.
1 6
New Dimensions 11: Correspondence
1979-1981
1 7
New Dimensions 11: Financial papers
1979
1 8
New Dimensions 11: Publicity
1980
1 9
New Dimensions 11: Manuscript, pp. 1-100
1980
2 1
New Dimensions 11: Manuscript, pp. 181-281
1980
2 2
New Dimensions 12: Biographies
n.d.
2 3
New Dimensions 12: Correspondence
1980-1981
2 4
New Dimensions 12: Correspondence
1979-1981
2 5
New Dimensions 12: Financial papers
1979-1980
2 6
New Dimensions 12: Manuscript, pp. 1-99
[1981]
2 7
New Dimensions 12: Manuscript, pp. 101-232
[1981]
3 1
New Dimensions 13: Biographies
n.d.
3 2
New Dimensions 13: Correspondence
1981-1983
3 3
New Dimensions 13: Financial papers
1979-1981
3 4
New Dimensions 13: Manuscript
[1988]

Series IV:  NovelsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 5
Cherek [Sword of Winter]: Correspondence
1980-1986
3 6
Cherek [Sword of Winter]: Notes
n.d.
3 7
Cherek [Sword of Winter]: Publicity
1983
3 8
Cherek [Sword of Winter]: Manuscript, pp. title-74
1981
3 9
Cherek [Sword of Winter]: Manuscript, pp.75-302
1981
4 1
A City in the North: Correspondence
1975-1978
4 2
A City in the North: Manuscript, original, pp. 1-248
Includes word list and map.
n.d.
4 3
A City in the North: Manuscript, photocopy, pp. 1-249
n.d.
4 4
Dangerous Games: Correspondence
1978-1981
4 5
Dangerous Games: Publicity
1980
4 6
Dangerous Games: Manuscript, pp. 1-237
n.d.
5 1
Dangerous Games: Manuscript, pp. 238-450
n.d.
5 2
Dangerous Games: Manuscript, pp. 451-673
n.d.
5 3
Islands: Biography
1975
5 4
Islands: Correspondence
1973-1980
5 5
Islands: Financial papers
1974
5 6
Islands: Publicity
Includes biographical material.
1979-1980
5 7
Islands: Manuscript, original, 1st publication, pp. 1-260
n.d.
6 1
Islands: Manuscript, original, 1st publication, pp. 1-260
Includes revision pages.
n.d.
6 2
Islands: Manuscript, copy, 1st publication, pp. 1-260
n.d.
6 3
Islands: Typeset copy
n.d.
6 4
Islands: Mock-ups [cover and manuscript]
n.d.
6 5
Islands: Bound copy
Two bound copies.
1975-1980
7 1
Journey: Correspondence
1976-1978
7 2
Journey: Financial papers
1978
7 3
Journey: Publicity
1978
7 4
Journey: Manuscript, pp. 1-150
n.d.
7 5
Journey: Manuscript, pp. 151-359
n.d.
7 6
Journey: Manuscript, pp. 360-508
n.d.
7 7
Sword of Winter: Manuscript, 1-129c
Includes copy-edited manuscript, maps, style sheets, and notes.
1983-1984
8 1
Sword of Winter: Manuscript, pp. 129d-332
1983
8 2
Those Who Favor Fire: Correspondence
1981-1984
8 3
Those Who Favor Fire: Financial papers
ca. 1981
8 4
Those Who Favor Fire: Publicity
1984
8 5
Those Who Favor Fire: Manuscript, pp. 1-100
Includes additional correspondence, outlines, and notes.
1981
8 6
Those Who Favor Fire: Manuscript, pp. 101-302
1981
8 7
Those Who Favor Fire: Manuscript, pp. 303-377
Includes partial typeset version.
1981
8 8
Those Who Favor Fire: Cover mock-ups
n.d.

Series V:  Short FictionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1
Aerie: Correspondence
1976-1978
9 2
Aerie: Financial papers
1976
9 3
Aerie: Notes
n.d.
9 4
Aerie: Publicity
1978
9 5
Aerie: Outlines, revision sheets, geneaology
n.d.
9 6
Big Dome: Correspondence
1984-1985
9 7
Big Dome: Financial papers
1984
9 8
Big Dome: Research and notes
n.d.
9 9
Big Dome: Manuscript
Includes draft, copy-edited version, and short story Venus, by Larry Colin.
n.d.
9 10
The Captain and the Kid: Correspondence
1978-1980
9 11
The Captain and the Kid: Manuscript
Includes speech for public reading.
n.d.
9 12
Circus: Manuscript
1979
9 13
Dangerous Games: Correspondence
1979
9 14
Dangerous Games: Financial papers
1979
9 15
Dangerous Games: Publicity
n.d.
9 16
Dangerous Games: Manuscript
n.d.
9 17
Haunted: Correspondence
1986-1987
9 18
Haunted: Manuscript
Includes two drafts, and a screenplay version.
n.d.
9 19
Lapidary Nights: Correspondence
1986-1988
9 20
Lapidary Nights: Financial papers
ca. 1987
9 21
Lapidary Nights: Manuscript
Includes multiple drafts.
1986
10 1
Megan's World: Unpublished draft
Includes two drafts and an outline.
n.d.
10 2
Megan's World: Manuscript
Includes cover mock-ups for The Crystal Ship by Richard Silverberg.
n.d.
10 3
On Cannon Beach: Correspondence
1983
10 4
On Cannon Beach: Financial papers
1983
10 5
On Cannon Beach: Manuscript
Includes multiple drafts.
1983
10 6
A Question of Magic: Correspondence
1986-1987
10 7
A Question of Magic: Draft #1
Includes invitation to Andre Norton's birthday celebration.
1987
10 8
A Question of Magic: Draft #2
Includes two drafts, and character notes.
n.d.
10 9
A Scarab in the City of Time: Correspondence
1976-1978
10 10
A Scarab in the City of Time: Financial papers
1979
10 11
A Scarab in the City of Time: Manuscript
Includes mock-up cover for Robert Silverberg's The Best of New Dimensions.
n.d.
10 12
Sea Changes: Correspondence
1975-1980
10 13
Sea Changes: Notes
n.d.
10 14
Sea Changes: Draft #1
Includes multiple drafts.
n.d.
10 15
Sea Changes: Draft #2
Includes multiple drafts.
1984
11 1
Secret Rider: Correspondence
1980-1981
11 2
Secret Rider: Financial papers
1985
11 3
Secret Rider: Manuscript
Includes draft, and photocopy of published version.
n.d.
11 4
Singles: Correspondence
1980-1981
11 5
Singles: Financial papers
1981-1983
11 6
Singles: Draft #1
Includes multiple drafts.
n.d.
11 7
Singles: Draft #2
Includes multiple drafts.
n.d.
11 8
The State of the Art on Alyssum: Manuscript
n.d.
11 9
Thank you, Mr. Halifax
1984
11 10
Undeniably Cute: Correspondence
1984
11 11
Undeniably Cute: Manuscript
Includes hand-written draft.
1984
11 12
The View from Endless Scarp: Correspondence
1978
11 13
The View from Endless Scarp: Manuscript
Includes multiple drafts.
1979

Series VI:  Non-fictionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 14
Biography of John F. Kennedy: Correspondence
1986-1987
11 15
Biography of John F. Kennedy: Notes
n.d.
11 16
Biography of John F. Kennedy: Manuscript
n.d.
11 17
Conquering the Galaxy for Fun and Profit: Correspondence
1978-1981
11 18
Conquering the Galaxy for Fun and Profit: Financial papers
1980
11 19
Conquering the Galaxy for Fun and Profit: Manuscript
1978
11 20
Introduction to Gregg Press's edition of Barry Malzberg's Galaxies
1978-1979
11 21
Sugarfang: Correspondence
1980-1981
11 22
Sugarfang: Manuscript
1978

Series VII:  MiscellanyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 23
Clackamas County surveyor's map
n.d.

Series VIII:  Audio-visual MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 24
Secret Rider: Audiobook [cassette]
1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Publicity--United States
  • Science fiction--Women authors
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Women authors, American--United States
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Science fiction
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Randall, Marta (donor)