Listed Authors (click on the name to see publications)
Authors who debuted in 1997
The following authors made their professional debuts (appearance in a venue with a 10,000 copies or more print run) in 1997. Except for the five finalists, Kage Baker, Julie Czernada, Nalo Hopkinson, Susan R. Matthews and James Van Pelt, they are no longer eligible for consideration for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
This is not a complete list of all the debut authors! Every effort has been made to contact writers to let them know of this site, but some will have missed the message or chosen not to be listed. Other writers may have appeared in a qualifying venue in 1997 who are not listed here.
*Finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Many of the magazines listed are included in the Links page
These authors' professional debuts were in 1997
No Longer Eligible Authors
Novel: The Harlequin's Dance: First Book of The Orokon, Gollancz, '97. *This is the hardback. The paperback is published in October 1998 - Vista. Novel: The King and Queen of Swords: Second Book of the Orokon, Gollancz, '98. * Hardback, October '98. Paperback, October '99. Short Story: "The Indigenes." Interzone: October '98.
Novelette: "Noble Mold," Asimov's, March '97. Novelette, "Facts Relating to the Arrest of Dr. Kalugin, " Asimov's, Oct./Nov. '97. Novelette, "Lemuria WILL Rise, " Asimov's, May '98. Novella, "The Literary Agent" Asimov's, July '98. Novel: In The Garden Of Iden, (U.S.) Harcourt Brace , Feb. '98 (U.K.) Hodder & Stoughton, Dec. '97, paperback release from Avon/Eos, Sept. '98. Novelette: "The Wreck of the Gladstone," Asimov's Oct/Nov '98. Novel: Sky Coyote, Harcourt Brace, Jan. '99. Upcoming short story: "The Two Old Men," Asimov's. Upcoming novella: "Son Observe The Time," Asimov's. Upcoming Short Story: "The Fourth Branch," Amazing. Upcoming novel: Mendoza in Hollywood, Harcourt Brace, 2000. Upcoming short story: "Black Smoker," Asimov's. Upcoming short story, "Smart Alec," Asimov's.
Short Story: "A Prayer For the Insect Gods," Writers of the Future, Vol. XIII, Sept. '97. This story was the Writers of the Future Grand Prize/Hubbard Gold Award winner for '97. Short Story: "While We Lay Naked," Saturday Night Magazine, July/Aug '98. This story wont the Absolut Story short fiction competition.
Novel: The Shadow Within, a Babylon 5 novel, Dell Publishing, April '97. Novella: "Negative Space," Decalog 5, Virgin Publishing, U.K., Nov. '97. Non-fiction book: The Science of the X-Files, Berkley Books, Nov. '98.
Short Story: "First Contact Inc,", First Contact, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff, published by DAW Books Inc., July '97. Novel: A Thousand Words for Stranger, DAW Books Inc., Oct. '97. Short Story: "Dear John," Odyssey Magazine, Aug. '98. Novel: Beholder’s Eye, DAW Books Inc.,Oct. '98. Short Story: "’Ware the Sleeper," Battle Magic, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff, DAW Books Inc., Oct. '98. Short Story: "Prospect Park," Packing Fraction and Other Tales of Science and Imagination, ed. Julie E. Czerneda, Trifolium Books Inc., Nov. '98. Non-fiction book: No Limits: Developing Scientific Literacy Using Science Fiction, Trifolium Books Inc., Nov.'98 Three more novels coming from DAW: Ties of Power, a sequel to A Thousand Words for Stranger (Sept. '99), Changing Vision (April 2000), and In the Company of Others (Sept 2000).
Novel: Timeshare, Ace Science Fiction, July '97. An Italian version of the same novel, La Donna Che Fuggi Nel Tempo, Nov. '97. Novel: Timeshare: Second Time Around, Ace Science Fiction, Oct. '98. Upcoming Novel: Timeshare: A Time For War, Ace Science Fiction, June '99.
Short Story: "Troder," Writers of the Future, vol. 13, Sept. '97. Short Story: "The Color of Honor," Neverworlds, Sept. '98. Upcoming Short Story: "Paper Children," Flesh and Blood. Upcoming Short Story: "Chopper," Vampire Dan's Story Emporium.
also J. G. Hemry
Novel: An Exchange of Hostages, Avon, '97. Novel: Prisoner of Conscience, Avon, '98. (Susan's eligibility for the award was extended for another year by the Campbell Award Committee at the '98 WorldCon)
Short Story,:"The Gods Perspire," L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, vol. 13, Oct. '97. Short story: "Where Angels Fear to Tread," Strange Wonderland, issue #3. Short Story: "Column Title Withheld on Advice of Counsel," Nuthouse, Winter '98. Short Story: "The Glass Army," Through Darkling Glass, Jan. '98. Short Story: "Letting Go," Calliope, Jan/Feb '98, issue #70. Short Story: "Eye of the Assassin," Horizons SF, vol. 19, #1, Winter '98. Short Story: "The Eye," Talebones, issue #11, Spring '98. Short Story: "How I Saved Elvis' Butt, and Arlo's Too," The Fifth Di..., June '98. Short Story: "Usurper's Nest," Eternity Online, Sept. '98. Chapbook (nonfiction): The 10% Solution, Fairwood Press, Oct. '98. Upcoming web reprints of 13 humorous short stories in Alexandria Digital Lit. '99. Upcoming Short Story: "I am Klingon," Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology (3rd place). Upcoming Short Story: "Trophy Kill," Aboriginal . Upcoming short story: "Good Dog," Aboriginal. A quarterly author interview column in Talebones.
Novella: "The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring," Analog, June, '97. Short Story: "The Stones from which Meadows Grow," Analog, March, '98. Short Story: "Spindown," Analog, June '98. Novelette: "Duel for a Dracowolf," Analog, Nov. '98. Upcoming novella: "The Trees of Verita," Analog, sometime in 1999, probably early (a biolog about Wolf is planned for this issue as well).
Short Story: "The Gest of Sir Brandiles," The Chronicles of the Round Table, Robinson (UK) / Carroll & Graf (US) Nov. '97. Short Story: "Rift," Odyssey #1, Nov/Dec. '97. Short Story: "Everyday End of the World" Odyssey #3, March/Apr '98. Short Story: "Rift" (reprint); Between the Darkness and the Fire, SFF Net/Wildside '98. Upcoming Short Story: "I Am Dragon" Pulp Eternity, Jan. '99. Upcoming Short Story: "Glass Lady, Stone Man," Pulp Eternity, TBA '99. Audioplay: "Herd Mentality," produced by the Sci-Fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theatre, starring the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Slated for release on audiotape, Oct. '98.
Short Story: "The Big One," Analog, Sept. '97. Short Story: "Happy Ending," Realms of Fantasy, August, '98. Short Story: "Home," Realms of Fantasy, Oct., '98. Short Story, "For the Love of Falmoth," Odyssey, Summer '98. Short Story, "Miss Hathaway's Spider," Talebones #11, Spring, '98. Short Story: "O Tannenbaum," Weird Tales, Fall '98. Short Story, "The Death Dwarves," Talebones #13, Fall, '98. Short Story: "Nor a Lender Be," Analog, Feb. '99. Upcoming short fiction reviews for Tangent Magazine. Upcoming short story: "Shark Attack: a Love Story," Weird Tales. Upcoming short story, "Parallel Highways," Aftershocks, (an anthology) late '98. Upcoming short story, "In the Days Still Left," co-written with Brian Hopkins, Bending the Landscape: Horror, '99. Upcoming short story, "Road Decoy," Space & Time, '99. Upcoming short story, "Voices," Altair #4, '99. Upcoming short story, "The Gift," Adventures of Sword and Sorcery. Upcoming short story: "That He Might Yet Find the Unknown," Odyssey. Upcoming Short Story: "The Diorama," TransVersions #11. Upcoming short story, "Two in the Multiverse," The Third Alternative, '99. Upcoming short story: "Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille," Quantum. Upcoming Short Story, "The Hounds of Winter," co-written with Brian Hopkins Realms of Fantasy.
Author Biographies and Links
Lee Allred has had the usual assortment of writerly jobs--cartographer, radar maintenance technician, commercial artist, butcher's assistant, soldier, missionary, construction foreman, ranch hand, newspaper sports photographer, etc. Lee currently is on active duty with the US Air Force installing fiber optics and data networks worldwide for the military.
Lee's debut story was a final nominee for the 1997 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, short form.
Tom Arden grew up in Australia and now lives in England. His love of science fiction and fantasy began in childhood with Dan Dare and Doctor Who. At university he studied eighteenth century English literature, writing a Ph.D thesis on Clarissa, Samuel Richardson's epic tale of seduction and betrayal. These diverging interests have now come together in The Orokon, his fantasy series set in an alternative eighteenth-century world.
For seven years he was a university lecturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He now lives in Brighton, and writes full-time.
Prior to 1997, I published poems and short stories in a number of small, literary magazines, but nothing with a circulation over 10,000. In 1995, a poem of mine in "Xenophilia," was nominated for the Rhysling Award, which is when I first discovered I had committed an act of Science Fiction. Last summer (June 1998) I was among 14 selected for a week-long workshop led by Ursula Le Guin. I have just completed a slightly surreal novel, The Other Side of Mt. Fuji which incorporates many of my experiences living in Japan for three years.
Kage Baker was born in 1952 in Hollywood, California. She worked for many years with the Living History Centre as an actor, director, stage manager, playwright and teacher of Elizabethan English for the stage, struggling to pay bills with a succession of lower clerical jobs. In the best tradition of the Austens, Brontes and Alcotts, she is a spinster aunt residing with her sisters, parrot and aging father in the lovely seaside town of Pismo Beach, California, famed as the Clam Capital of the World.
Ann Benson combined her lifelong loves of history and biology to create The Plague Tales, her first novel, which achieved international best-seller status. When not writing, she indulges in serious walking, amateur carpentry, and beadwork, a field in which she is a nationally recognized expert. She resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.
Morgan Burke works days at a particle physics laboratory that looks like (and has occasionally served as) a science fiction movie set. On his weekends he struggles to master the art of fencing, but the other swordsmen (and women) out there are pretty determined to prevent that. On his rare extended holidays, he takes his motorcycle, if it works, on long road trips, and dreams up new stories.
Michael Carr lives in Springville, Utah with his wife, three-year-old son and socially inept black Labrador retriever. He works as a computer programmer by day but dreams of the day when he can live as a wealthy literary recluse somewhere in Europe.
Before 1997, I had just published stories in small magazines, and articles and book reviews in Realms of Fantasy and a couple other places. I also won the World Fantasy Award in 1993 for my editing of the Abyss line at Dell.
I am the director of Odyssey, a six-week workshop for writers of sf/f/h. I was a senior editor at Dell for 7 years and won the World Fantasy Award for editing.
David B. Coe
David B. Coe grew up in the suburbs just outside of New York City. He attended Brown University as an undergraduate and received a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University in 1993. He briefly considered a career as an academic, but wisely thought better of it.
David is now a freelance writer. Children of Amarid, released in hard cover by Tor Books in May 1997 and paperback in June 1998, is his first novel. His second book, The Outlanders, is scheduled for release in October 1998. He is currently working on Eagle-Sage, the third and final installment of The LonTobyn Chronicle.
In 1976, Tom graduated from Penn State's creative writing program. He spent the next three years traveling throughout the Americas. In 1979, he joined the Navy. His duty stations include Denver, Norfolk, Panama City, Monterey, Pearl Harbor, Alameda and D.C. He has made four carrier deployments to the Med, the Pac, the IO and the Gulf.
In 1987, Tom earned a Masters in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has directed software development projects for DARPA. Currently he is the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Plans and Programs, US Southern Command. Tom and his wife, Eva, of Bocas del Toro, Panama and their two children live in Miami.
Walt Cuirle lived in Ghana (as a Peace Corps volunteer), State College, PA (as a grad student at Penn State) and Rochester, NY (as an unwilling cryogenics subject) before returning to his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches Physics at St. Joseph's, the Jesuit university in Philadelphia.
Julie E. Czerneda
A former biologist and textbook author, Julie E. Czerneda has enjoyed reading and writing science fiction since she encountered Andre Norton and Edgar Rice Burroughs. After selling her first SF novel to DAW Books, Julie has been writing science fiction full time and loving every minute of it. Inordinately curious, it is science fiction’s sense of wonder she particularly enjoys, especially speculating about alien biology and culture. Julie lives about two hours north of Toronto with her husband Roger, their children Scott and Jennifer, and a sheltie far too intelligent to play fetch.
As far as a bio is concerned, well, I'm a little bashful in that area. I've worked in journalism and in advertising, but all I ever really wanted to be was a writer, and thank goodness it's finally happened!
Elisabeth DeVos is a former software engineer who decided she'd rather write for people instead of computers. Ironically, this decision came after she left her homeland of Central Florida--birthplace of amusement-park fantasy and the space program--for the mecca of software development, Seattle. (Go figure.) Her debut novel, The Seraphim Rising, was developed during the University of Washington Extension Writers Program and draws on her experiences growing up amid the tourists, mosquitoes and bible-belters of the Sunshine State. Elisabeth resides with her husband in the Great Grey Northwest and is now at work on her second book.
No biography submitted.
David L. Felts is 33 years-old, married, one kid and another on the way, and currently a captain in the US Air Force (though a career change is on the way). His time in the military has led him to a variety of locations: San Antonio, Texas -- Miami, Florida -- Tokyo, Japan -- Tucson, Arizona -- Montgomery, Alabama -- and, finally, Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Susan M. Garrett has been a life-long fan of genre books, movies, and television. Her first novel, "Forever Knight: Intimations of Mortality" is a TV Tie-In to "Forever Knight," the vampire-cop series currently airing on the SciFi Channel. She is currently working on an original epic-fantasy novel series, in between collecting old Universal horror movies and Godzilla films.
John G. Hemry's first two stories appeared under "J. G. Hemry."
No biography submitted
Short Story: "Riding the Red," Black Swan, White Raven anthology, '97. Novel: Brown Girl in the Ring, Warner Aspect '98. Short story: "Money Tree," Tesseracts 6 (Sawyer/Clink eds.), Tesseract Books, '97. Short story: "A Habit of Waste," in _Northern Suns,_ (Grant/Hartwell eds.), Tor, '99. Short story: "Precious," Silver Birch, Blood Moon, (Datlow/Windling eds.), Avon Books, '99.
The Hartford Courant said of Virus Clans: "Packs a chill found only in some of horror master H.P. Lovecraft's 1930's tales of cosmic monsters slubering beneath evil seas...This is a genuinely frightening book."
Susan R. Matthews
Susan Matthews was raised an Army brat, an experience which resulted in her having been "around the world twice in a brown paper bag" by the time she was thirteen. A "business management analyst" (cost accountant) for The Boeing Company, Susan has found that an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is an excellent productivity tool for people working full-time who also write (no intent to offend those suffering from clinical OPD).
She's got a BS/Psych, an MBA/Accounting, two new Pomeranian puppies to replace the 15-year-old "grande dame" who died in June, and not enough books (especially on polar exploration, Wyatt Earp, and Chinese literature). Susan and her partner Maggie live in a house on Seattle's Capital Hill where Susan maintains the worm bin and Maggie is in charge of the rest of the yard/garden.
Ken Rand writes SF and non-fiction. He re-married his ex-wife in 1993, ending a 19-year divorce and beginning a freelancewriting career. He won second place in the Writers of the Future contest (he entered 21 times). "With Forked Tongue," Talebones #4, Summer 1997, was an honorable mention in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, vol. 10 (that story sold on its 54th try). He just finished The Ten Percent Solution, an editing 'how-to' technique based on 25 plus years as a reporter, which is now available through Fairwood Press.
Non-fiction: Interview with Tim Powers, Talebones, issue #9, Fall, '97. Interview with Spider Robinson, Talebones, issue #10, Winter '98. Interview with Bill Ransom, Talebones, issue #11, Spring '98.
For a day job, Wolf creates science illustrations and animations for the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA. For his career away from work, he writes and illustrates science fiction. His prose has appeared in Analog, Horizons SF, and Speculations, and his art has appeared on the covers of Analog, Talebones, and Transversions.
Kurt Roth's interviews, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction, Speculations, and Tangent. He is the editor of Quantum Speculative Fiction forthcoming in 1999 with stories by Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Rachel Pollack, K.D. Wentworth, and Many More. He is also a staff writer for The Sci-Fi Channel's forthcoming SF trivia gameshow, Mindprobe.
Kurt lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife (Cap'n Roth), three cats, and a horse named Moon.
I am a long-time science fiction fan, but only recently began to write and sell my fiction. I am, however, a professional free-lance writer and currently serve as the managing editor for two publications, The Detroit Medical News and the Bulletin of the Michigan Psychiatric Society. In addition, I am a new member of SFWA. Other than that I am head over heels about being published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the magazine that first introduced me to the genre many years ago.
Fran Van Cleave
Fran's first sf novel, Escape to Serendipity, is nearing completion, and will be looking for a home soon. Snippets may soon be available on her web page.
In the dim hope of avoiding the statist future she sometimes writes about, Fran allowed herself to be drafted as chairman of the Arizona Libertarian Party. She founded and runs a special interest group on longevity for her local Mensa group. Fran and her philosopher-husband Kent live in Phoenix with two Maine Coon cats and Artoo Deetoo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dynamic Dog.
James Van Pelt
James Van Pelt writes and teaches in Western Colorado. He earned a B.A. in English and History at Metro State College in 1978 and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California in Davis in 1990.
His fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, including Analog, Realms of Fantasy, Odyssey, Aberations, Talebones, Pulphouse, After Hours, and several others.
"The Big One," that appeared in the Sept. '97 Analog, finished third in the Anlab poll for best stories in 1997, and the story is on the preliminary Nebula ballot. Two of his stories have been included in the honorable mention category of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Datlow and Windling.
James' wife and three boys think he tells a pretty good bed time story.
Katie Waitman, author of The Merro Tree, Del Rey's Discovery of the Year for 1997 and the 1998 Compton Crook Award Winner for Best First Science Fiction Novel, is a native Californian and graduate of UCLA where she majored in Creative Writing. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sara Wrench, a faculty brat, was born in a University in 1961 and flew 3000 miles in a dog basket shortly after birth. At four, she was kissed by a policeman in Portugal, and hardly anyone has dared kiss her since.
She is an overeducated, eccentric Oregonian who is slave to several cats. Her most horrible Day Job so far has been Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
She is switching to Geology, because rocks don't scream.
No biography submitted.
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