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Friday, 14 January 2011

Lovecraft Number

Following on from the Asimov Number post, this system measures the collaborative distance between authors and H. P. Lovecraft.

It's like a form of literary genealogy.

Thus Bruce Sterling wrote The Difference Engine (1990) with William Gibson who wrote Dogfight (1985) with Michael Swanwick who wrote Mickelrede (2000) with Avram Davidson who wrote Something Rich and Strange (1961) with Randall Garrett who wrote The Beast with Seven Tales (1956) with Robert Silverberg who wrote Nightfall (1990) with Isaac Asimov who wrote Legal Rites (1950) with Frederik Pohl who wrote Doomship (1973) with Jack Williamson who wrote Cigarette Characterizations (1934) with Frank Belknap Long who wrote The Challenge from Beyond (1935) with H. P. Lovecraft.

Once I got to Isaac Asimov it became simpler!

0. H. P. Lovecraft

1. R. H. Barlow (The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast)
Zealia Bishop (The Curse of Yig)
Adolphe de Castro (The Electric Executioner)
Sonia Greene (The Invisible Monster)
Harry Houdini (Imprisoned with the Pharaohs)
Robert E. Howard (The Challenge from Beyond)
Frank Belknap Long (The Challenge from Beyond)
William Lumley (The Diary of Alonzo Typer)
A. Merritt (The Challenge from Beyond)
Duane W. Rimel (The Tree on the Hill)
Henry S. Whitehead (The Trap)

2. Ambrose Bierce (de Castro)
Hannes Bok (Merritt)
Ramsey Campbell (Howard)
Lin Carter (Howard)
L. Sprague de Camp (Howard)
August Derleth (Howard)
Walter B. Gibson (Houdini)
Henry Kuttner (Moore)
Richard A. Lupoff (Howard)
C. L. Moore (Howard)
Emil Petaja (Rimel)
Tevis Clyde Smith (Howard)
Richard L. Tierney (Howard)
Donald Wandrei (Long)
Jack Williamson (Long)

3. Henry Hasse (Petaja - Rimel)
Frederik Pohl (Williamson - Long)
Donald A. Wollheim (Carter - Howard)

4. Forrest J. Ackerman (Wollheim - Carter - Howard)
Isaac Asimov (Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Ray Bradbury (Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
C. M. Cornbluth (Wollheim - Carter - Howard)
Lester Del Rey (Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Albert dePina (Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Robert A. W. Lowndes (Wollheim - Carter - Howard)
John B. Michel (Wollheim - Carter - Howard)
William Morrison (Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Thomas T. Thomas (Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jack Williamson (Pohl - Williamson - Long)

5. Ben Bova (Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Leigh Brackett (Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
David Drake (Thomas - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Harlan Ellison (Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Albert B. Feldstein (Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Larry Niven (Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Robert Silverberg (Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

6. Steven Barnes (Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Edward Bryant (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Algis Budrys (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Samuel R. Delany (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Gordon R. Dickson (Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Randall Garrett (Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Edmond Hamilton (Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Keith Laumer (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jerry Pournelle (Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Robert Sheckley (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Theodore Sturgeon (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
A. E. Van Vogt (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Roger Zelazny (Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

7. Forrest J. Ackerman (Sturgeon - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Kevin J. Anderson (Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Poul Anderson (Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Alfred Bester (Zelazny - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Earl Binder (Hamilton - Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Otto Binder (Hamilton - Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Tobias S. Buckell (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Pat Cadigan (Sheckley -Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Avram Davidson (Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Michael F. Flynn (Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Harry Harrison (Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Brian Herbert (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Nancy Kress (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Michael Moorcock (Delany - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jody Lynn Nye (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Mike Resnick (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Fred Saberhagen (Zelazny - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Dan Simmons (Bryant - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Charles Sheffield (Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
S. M. Stirling (Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Connie Willis (Bryant - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
John C. Wright (Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jane Yolen (Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

8. Piers Anthony (Nye - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Robert Asprin (Nye - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Barrington J. Bailey (Moorcock - Delany - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Greg Bear (Stirling - Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Gregory Benford (K. J. Anderson - Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Ilsa J. Bick (Buckell - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
David Bischoff (Harrison - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jack L. Chalker (Resnick - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Storm Constantine (Moorcock - Delany - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
James Doohan (Stirling - Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
David Drake (Stirling - Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
George Alec Effinger (Resnick - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Gordon Eklund (P. Anderson - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Chris Fowler (Cadigan - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Neil Gaiman (Moorcock - Delany - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Raymond Z. Gallun (E. Binder - Hamilton - Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Jack C. Haldeman, II (Harrison - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Joe Haldeman (Yolen - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Robert J. Harris (Yolen - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
M. John Harrison (Moorcock - Delany - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Frank Herbert (K. J. Anderson - Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Dean Ing (P. Anderson - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
James Patrick Kelly (Cadigan - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Holly Lisle (Stirling - Pournelle - Niven - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Anne McCaffery (Nye - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Barry N. Malzberg (Harrison - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Richard Matheson (Bester - Zelazny - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Marvin Minsky (Harrison - Dickson - Bova - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Rebecca Moesta (K. J. Anderson - Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Ward Moore (Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Karl Schroeder (Buckell - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Dean Wesley Smith (Rusch - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Michael Swanwick (Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Marion Zimmer Bradley (Bester- Sturgeon - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Craig Tennis (O. Binder - Hamilton - Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)
Harry Turtledove (Resnick - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

9. David Brin (Benford - K. J. Anderson - Van Vogt - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Jack Dann (Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Gardner Dozois (Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Philip Jose Farmer (Anthony - Nye - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
William Gibson (Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Clifford A. Pickover (Anthony - Nye - Sheckley - Ellison - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Robert S. McReady (Gallun - E. Binder - Hamilton - Brackett - Bradbury - Hasse - Petaja - Rimel)

10. John Shirley (Gibson -Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Bruce Sterling (Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

11. Paul di Filippo (Sterling - Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Rudy Rucker (Sterling - Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Howard Waldrop (Sterling - Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

12. Terry Bisson (Rucker - Sterling - Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)
Damien Broderick (di Filippo - Sterling - Gibson - Swanwick - Davidson - Garrett - Silverberg - Asimov - Pohl - Williamson - Long)

1 comment:

Jay Sheckley said...

Jay Sheckley here. I have a Lovecraft number of 7. (As stated I have an Asimov number of 3 as a couple of my published stories are cowritten with Robert Sheckley, notably Juleeeeeeen! in Twilight Zone and Spectator Playoffs in Night Cry. AGAIN this has the effect of lowering John Shirley's and William Gibson's Lovecraft number to 8 and 9 because I worked uncredited with them [on John Shirley's end] on their story The Belonging Kind. Let me know :D