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Andrew Weiner

by Robert J. Sawyer

Copyright © 1993 by Robert J. Sawyer
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Weiner, Andrew, British-born Canadian, born 17 June 1949

Weiner is Canada's most-accomplished SF short-fiction writer, with over 40 stories in print, all of them to prestige markets. His first sale was "Empire of the Sun" to Harlan Ellison's Again, Dangerous Visions (1972), and other work has appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (including the cover stories in August 1987 and September 1992), and Interzone. Ten of his stories, plus two that hadn't been previously published, were collected in Weiner's Distant Signals and Other Stories (Press Porcépic, 1989). Two of his finest pieces, "Distant Signals" and "Going Native," were made into episodes of the American TV series Tales from the Darkside.

Weiner's sole novel, Station Gehenna (1987), was an expansion of his novelette of the same name (F&SF, April 1982). Owing much to Stanislaw Lem's Solaris, it tells the story of a psychologist investigating mysterious deaths at a terraforming station on a remote world that might in itself be sentient.

Weiner's work shows a fascination with psychology, popular culture (especially rock music), economics, and dark fin de siècle visions. Aliens appear frequently, but are always clearly intended as metaphors for the human condition.

Weiner is also an insightful SF critic, whose non-fiction has appeared in Books in Canada, Quantum, SF Guide, Short Form, and The New York Review of Science Fiction. Born in London, Weiner trained as a psychologist, has worked as a rock critic, and is now a freelance business writer. He moved to Canada in 1974.

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