Speculative Speakers Directory: John Kessel

John Kessel







John Kessel has been writing and publishing science fiction since 1978. He is a professor of English at North Carolina State University, where he recently served as director of the Creative Writing program. He holds a B.A. in English and physics from the University of Rochester, and an M.A. and PhD in English from the University of Kansas. His novella "Another Orphan" received the 1982 Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and his short story "Buffalo" won the 1991 Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Locus Poll. His novels include Freedom Beach, written in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, and Good News from Outer Space, a finalist for the 1989 Nebula. His story collection, Meeting in Infinity, was named a notable book of 1992 by the New York Times Book Review. His play Faustfeathers won the 1994 Paul Green Playwrights' Competition, and he plays a small role in the independent film The Delicate Art of the Rifle. His novella "Stories for Men" received the 2002 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Writer Kim Stanley Robinson has described Kessel's most recent novel, Corrupting Dr. Nice, "the best time travel novel ever written" and Sci-Fi Weekly has called him "quite possibly the best short story writer working in science fiction today." His criticism has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Science Fiction Age, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and other publications. With Mark L. Van Name and Richard Butner, he has run the Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference, which produced the anthology Intersections. He lives with his wife and daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. John is familiar with all aspects of science fiction, and has frequently spoken about its history and development, how sf thinking arises from and affects the world today, and about how to write and publish science fiction. He is an experienced and award-winning teacher of writing workshops. His fees for speaking are negotiable, depending on the circumstances. Books:Freedom Beach (with James Patrick Kelly). Bluejay Books, 1985Another Orphan. Tom Doherty Associates 1989Good News From Outer Space. Tom Doherty Associates, 1989Meeting in Infinity (story collection). Arkham House, 1992Intersections (anthology, with Mark L. Van Name and Richard Butner, ed.). Tom Doherty Associates, 1996Corrupting Dr. Nice. Tom Doherty Associates. 1997The Pure Product (story collection) Tom Doherty Associates, 1997'

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Education Futurism, Science Fiction: General, Science Fiction: Genre History, Science Fiction: Writing

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