“As a child I was fallible,” said science fiction and fantasy writer Piers Anthony in his Bio of an Ogre, “and I went through the usual experiences of lying, cheating, and stealing. As an adult I detest those memories. The only thing I value more than integrity is life itself. I have had a horrendous history of conflict as a writer, because dishonesty is anathema to me, and I do constant battle against it, and no living person I know of matches my fanaticism about this. Many people don't even understand what motivates me, because integrity is only a word to them, not a principle to live by. Most people say they believe in honesty; I mean it.” If this is an unusual statement, well, Anthony is an unusual writer.
Named Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob at birth, Anthony has written under the names Piers A. D. Jacob and Robert Piers, as well as Piers Anthony. He became a science fiction fan by age thirteen. “Back when I was thirteen, perhaps fourteen,” he related in Bio of an Ogre, “I had found an old magazine in my mother's office, Astounding Science Fiction. I had started reading it, to pass the time until my mother got out of work, and became entranced by the lead story, 'The Equalizer,' by Jack Williamson. I was allowed to keep the magazine, as it belonged to nobody, and that marked the onset of my lifetime's fascination with the genre. In fact, I credit science fiction with much of the emotional progress I made thereafter, because it provided me with an array of wonderful other worlds, each of which was better