Authors who debuted in 1999


The following authors made their professional debuts (appearance in a venue with a 10,000 copies or more print run) in 1999. 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 1999 who are not listed here.


Listed Authors (click on the name to see publications)

Daniel Abraham
Brian Dana Akers
Paolo Bacigalupi
Ilsa J. Bick
Charlene Brusso
Tom Gerencer
Eric Griffin
Yoon Ha Lee
Thomas Harlan
Elizabeth Haydon

Jim C. Hines
G. Scott Huggins
Carolyn Kephart
Douglas Lain
Rebecca Lickiss
John Marco
Lyda Morehouse
Derryl Murphy
Michael Nethercott
Michael S. Poteet

Jessica Wynne Reisman
M. Rickert
W.G. Rowland
Douglas Smith
Kristine Smith
Diane Turnshek
Rajnar Vajra
George & Emily Watson
Peter Watts

*Finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Many of the magazines listed are included in the Links page

No Longer Eligible Authors
These authors' professional debuts were in 1999

Daniel Abraham

Short story: "Jaycee," Asimov's, Dec. '99. Short story: "Chimera 8," Vanishing Acts anthology, June 2000. Novella: "Tauromachia" (with Walter Jon Williams, Sage Walker & Michaela Roessner), Asimovs. Oct./Nov. '00. Short story: "Exclusion," Asimov's, Feb. '01. Short story: "The Lesson Half-Learned," Asimov's, May, '01. Upcoming story: "The Ghandi Box," Asimov's. Upcoming short story: "A Good Move in Design Space," The Bones of the World, anthology, ed. Bruce Holland Rogers. Upcoming short story, "As Sweet," Realms of Fantasy.

Brian Dana Akers

Short story: "May/December at the Mall," Chicks 'n Chained Males, ed. Esther Friesner, Baen Books, May, '99. Short story: "Djinnetic Code," in The Age of Wonders, ed. Jeffry Dwight, Sff-Net, Aug, '00. Article: "Falling Forward: A Science Fiction Writer Looks at the Twenty-first Century," Chronogram, June, 2000.

Paolo Bacigalupi

Novelette: "Pocketful of Dharma," Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Feb. '99.

Ilsa J. Bick

Short story: "A Ribbon for Rosie," Strange New Worlds II, ed. Dean Wesley Smith, Pocket Books '99. Novelette: "The Quality of Wetness," Writers of the Future, Sept. 2000. Short story: "Shadows, In the Dark,"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Vol. IV.

Charlene Brusso

Short story: "A Night At The Opera," Amazing Stories, Spring '99. Short story: " Lady Of The House," Dark Regions, Spring '99. Upcoming short story: "Absinthe Eyes," Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Winter '99.

Tom Gerencer

Short story: "Primordial Chili," Science Fiction Age, Nov. '99. Short story: "Trailer Trash Savior," Dec. '99, The Brutarian.

Eric Griffin

Novel: Tzimisce, White Wolf Press, '00.

Thomas Harlan

2001 finalist!

Novel: The Shadow of Ararat, Tor, July '99. Novel: The Gate of Fire, Tor, April '00. Novel: Oath of Empire: Storm of Heaven, Tor, '01. Upcoming novel: Oath of Empire: The Dark Lord, Tor, '02. Upcoming novel: In the Time of the Sixth Sun: Wasteland of Flint, Tor, '03. Upcoming novel: In the Time of the Sixth Sun: House of Reeds, Tor, '03 or '04.

Elizabeth Haydon

Novel: Rhapsody: Child of Blood, Tor Books, Sept. '99. Upcoming novel: Prophecy: Child of Earth, Tor Books, July 2000. Upcoming novel: Destiny: Child of the Sky, In production.

Yoon Ha Lee

Short story: "The Hundredth Question," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Feb. '99. Short story: "Echoes Down an Endless Hall," April '00, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Upcoming short story, "Alas, Lirette," Jan. '01, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Upcoming short story, "Counting the Shapes," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Jim C. Hines

Short story: "Blade of the Bunny," Writers of the Future #15, '99. Short story: "Turnabout," Jackhammer, '99. Upcoming short story: "Hasa Kesla," Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. Upcoming short story: "The Eyes of Ra," Pulp Eternity. Upcoming short story: "The Historical Tradgedie of Julia and Remirro," Best of Eternity.

G. Scott Huggins

Novelette: "Bearing the Pattern," Writers of the Future Vol. 15, '99. Short story: "Requiem With Interruptions," Amazing Stories, '00.

Carolyn Kephart

Novel: Wysard, SterlingHouse, Oct. '99

Douglas Lain

Short story: "Instant Labor," Amazing Stories, spring, '99. Short story: "Selling Jesus," Amazing Stories, spring '00. Short story: "Suburbs of the Citadel ofThought," Wine Dark Sea, March 6, "00. Short story: "On a Scale of One to Three," Pif Magazine. Upcoming short story, "Music Lessons," Century. Upcoming short story: "The Dead Celebrity," Century.

Rebecca Lickiss

Short story: "The Right Hand and the Left Hand," Analog, Oct. '99. Upcoming novel: Eccentric Circles, '01.

John Marco

Novel: The Jackal of Nar, Bantam Spectra, March '99. Upcoming Novel: The Grand Design, April, '00.

Lyda Morehouse

Short story: "Twelve Traditions," Science Fiction Age, May, '99. Upcoming novel: Archangel Protocol, Roc, May, '01.

Derryl Murphy

Short story: "Northwest Passage," Realms of Fantasy, Feb. '99. Short story: "The Voyage to the Moon," Realms of Fantasy, Oct. '99. Short story: "The History of Photography," Northern Suns, April '99.

Michael Nethercott

Short story: "The Beastly Red Lurker: A Gothic Excess," Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug. '99. Short story: "Dusk at Seven Pines," Dead Promises, '99. Short story: "The Moonshriek Dialogue," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2001.

Michael S. Poteet

Short story: "The First Law of Metaphysics" Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II. '99.

Jessica Wynne Reisman

Short story: "Raney's Hounds," Realms of Fantasy, Oct. '99.

M. Rickert

Short story: " The Girl Who Ate Butterflies," Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug. '99. Upcoming short story and two poems in Indigenous Fiction. Upcoming poem in Mediphores. Upcoming short stories, "Angel Face" and "Moorina" in Fantasy and Science Fiction.

W.G. Rowland

Novelette, "The Great Wizard Joey," Writers of the Future #15, '99.

Douglas Smith

2001 finalist!

Short story: "State of Disorder," Amazing Stories, Winter '99. Short story: "New Year's Eve," Interzone, Feb '98 and Visionair (reprint - Netherlands), May '99 and Storisende Verlag (reprint - Germany), June '99 and Ikarie (reprint - Czech Rep.), '00. Short story: "Spirit Dance," Tesseracts6 (Canada), '97 and The Third Alternative (reprint - UK), '99 and Ténèbres (reprint - France), '99 and Storisende Verlag (reprint - Germany), '99 and Solaris (reprint - Québec, Cda), '00. Short story: "Symphony," Prairie Fire, Winter '99. Short story: "What's in a Name," Treachery & Treason (Penguin Books anthology), '00. Short story: "The Boys are Back in Town," Cicada, Summer '00. Short story: "A Bird in the Hand," Ténèbres (France), '00. Upcoming short story: "State of Disorder," Storisende Verlag (reprint - Germany), '00. Upcoming short story: "Spirit Dance," Visionair (reprint - Netherlands), '00. Upcoming short story: "Dream Flight," Ténèbres (reprint - France), '01. Upcoming short story: "State of Disorder," North of Infinity II (reprint - Canada), '00. Upcoming short story: "Last of a Thing," Storisende Verlag (Germany), '01. Upcoming short story: "Spirit Dance," Megalon (reprint - Brazil), '01. Upcoming short story: "A Bird in the Hand," Solaris (reprint - Québec), '01. Upcoming short story: "Dream Flight," Solaris (reprint - Québec), '02. Upcoming short story: "The Boys Are Back in Town," Ténèbres (reprint - France), '02. Upcoming short story: "The Red Bird," On Spec, '01. Nonfiction article: "Selling to Non-English Short Fiction Markets"

Kristine Smith

2001 finalist!

Novel: Code of Conduct, Avon Eos, Nov. '99. Novel: Rules of Conflict, Sept. '00. Upcoming novel: Law of Survival. Oct. 01.

Diane Turnshek

Novellete: "Dancing in the Light," Analog, Dec. '99. Short story: "Hullabaloo," Analog, July/August '00. Short story: "The Queen of Self-Help," Challenging Destiny, Dec '00. Short story, "Extreme Geas," Six From PARSEC, Dec. '00. A two-part, non-fiction piece, "How To Write a Science Fiction and Fantasy Love Scene" was published in the June and July issues of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop Newsletter.

Rajnar Vajra

Short story, "E-Mage," Analog, July/August '99. Short story, "Enhancement Incorporated," Analog, March '00. Novellete: "A Threat of Cinnamon," Analog, June '00. Novellete: "His Hands Passed Like Clouds," Analog Oct. '00. Short story: "Sentences." Analog July/August '00.

George & Emily Watson

Short story: "Dogs Have Souls Too - The Spirit of Miss Sarah," PMD Publishing '99.

Peter Watts

Novel, Starfish, Tor, July '99.

Author Biographies and Links

Daniel Abraham

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Daniel is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as director of technical support at a local internet service provider. He has a BS in biology with an emphasis in genetic engineering, and has built DNA though he has no plans to do so again in the the immediate future. If he went back to school, it would probably be in art history.

He writes much more than he washes dishes. He likes his cat, Roy (named for Roy Buergi), despite the little tweaker's shredding the toilet paper.

As of this writing, his favorite Johnathan Carroll novel is A Child Across the Sky because it has the most disturbing angels.

Brian Dana Akers

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Brian Dana Akers grew up in Kalamazoo and spent his teenage years building telescopes, reading science fiction and practicing yoga. He started six years at the University of MIchigan in 1975, with his senior year abroad in India. His studies included Sanskrit and Indian history.

Brian then left for the Bay Area and worked as a typographer and network manager in a variety of sweatshops. In 1991, he met Loretta, moved to New York and married her. He divides is time between translating Sanskrit texts and writing science fiction. They have no kids, no pets and no plants

Samples of Brian's fiction can be found here.

An interview with Brian can be found here.

Paolo Bacigalupi

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Ilsa J. Bick

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Ilsa J. Bick is a child, adolescent, and forensic psychiatrist in Fairfax, VA. She has authored many scholarly articles and lectured widely on psychoanalytic interpretations of science fiction literature, film, and television. Along with Robert Justman and William Theiss, Dr. Bick presented on Star Trek for the acclaimed 1992 exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “A Ribbon for Rosie” is Dr. Bick’s first fiction publication. Currently, she divides her time between working on short stories and several novels, maintaining her practice, and taking care of her brood of two children, a husband, and three cats, though not necessarily in that order.

Charlene Brusso

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Charlene Brusso has worked as an archaeologist, an astronomer, a baker, an editor, a museum curator's assistant, a janitor, a tutor, a physicist, and a scientific programmer. In fact, CB has worked so many different jobs, by 1990 it became clear that she wasn't qualified to be anything but a writer.

Her first fiction sale, "The Salute," (Aboriginal SF, Spring '96) was recommended for a Nebula Award.

Her work has appeared in Aboriginal SF, Millenium SF & F, Papyrus, Publishers Weekly, InQuest Gamer, and Brutarian. She is currently finishing up her first SF novel.

Tom Gerencer

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Tom Gerencer is an ex ambulance driver, ex chicken shed shoveler, and ex-commercial copywriter who has written "enough unpublishable drek to wallpaper most of New Jersey." He has also written four hours worth of dramatized, audiotaped Bible stories for unsuspecting British children, a short piece on refrigerator repair for The Orphic Chronicle, and another on interdimensional tourism for E-Scape. Tom is a Clarion '99 graduate who currently makes his living guiding rafts and carrying luggage, and he's always wanted to be an investment banker, but he can never find the time...

Eric Griffin

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Eric Griffin is the author of the upcoming Tremere Trilogy (2001) which consists of Widow's Walk, Widow's Weeds and Widow's Might. His other novels include the best-selling Tremere (2000) and Tzimisce (1999) in the original Clan Novel series.

His short stories have appeared in the Clan Novel: Anthology, Werewolf: the Apocalypse and The Beast Within. He is co-developer of the upcoming Tribe Novel series from White Wolf.

Griffin was initiated into the bardic mysteries at their very source, Cork, Ireland. He is currently engaged in that most ancient of Irish literary traditions -- that of the writer in exile. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his lovely wife Victoria and his three sons, heroes-in-training all.

Thomas Harlan

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2001 finalist!

Tom Harlan writes (or does game design) full time, lives in Tucson, Arizona, where it's darned hot and hopes to move someplace cooler, with rain and mountains, as soon as he can.

Elizabeth Haydon

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I've worked as an editor for 16 years, the last 10 of which have been in educational publishing. Rhapsody is my first novel. I am also a harpist and madrigal singer.

Jim C. Hines

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I started writing about five years ago when I realized I was writing a full fantasy novel in my free time. Not a terribly good novel, admittedly, but that's okay--I got better. And in the past few years, I've started selling some of my work, first to the smaller magazines like Jackhammer and World Wide Writer, and then to the pros, including Pulp Eternity, Writers of the Future, and MZB's Fantasy Magazine.

My favorite type of story to write is magical realism, the kind that uses a fairly "normal" setting to make the fantasy aspects more powerful. My least favorite type of writing would have to be biographical blurbs.

I currently live in Elko, Nevada, where I work as a computer tech in order to support my writing addiction.

G. Scott Huggins

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Scott, who writes about himself in the third person a lot, just got his MA from Michigan State (and they still can't prove any connection between him and the riots!) where he still teaches (what else?) Introductory Fiction Writing.

In between annoying various editors with his work and tormenting his cat, he also works at the local branch of Barnes & Noble, where he subverts the mass-market paradigm by strategically and surreptitiously placing works of fantasy and science fiction in front of the latest Oprah Book Club/Celebrity Tell All Bestsellers.

Carolyn Kephart

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Carolyn Kephart experienced a nomadic upbringing and a Sixties coming of age, both which had immeasurable impact on her development as a writer. As a flower-child military brat she early learned to both question and grudgingly respect authority, a mindset that ultimately resulted in her obtaining a doctorate in English Literature at Penn State. Although she has published in learned journals, her greatest long-term goal (so far) was achieved with the publication of Wysard. An impassioned eclectic, Ms. Kephart enjoys world iterature, early music, exotic cultures, parties where everyone dances, travel abroad, art galleries, and ice hockey.

Douglas Lain

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Douglas Lain's life began in Memphis Tennessee. He claims to have been born on the steps of Graceland, although his mother recalls a hospital birth. Lain currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.

He attended Clarion West in 1995 and is currently a member of an online writer's workshop called F.O.G. Lain reports that his short stories, essays, rants, and agitprop have appeared in a variety of obscure journals, magazines and pamphlets, as well as on telephone poles and bus station walls over Oregon.

He continues to write short stories for both science fiction and literary markets and has started work on his first novel.

Yoon Ha Lee

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I'm currently an undergraduate at Cornell University thinking to study math, with military history and computer science on the side. I'm also working on perfecting the "jack of all trades, master of none" syndrome.

I originally decided in 3rd grade that I would write fantasy (believe it or not) but have lately been making forays into military sf because the ethical issues interest me.

And before anyone asks (since the name doesn't help), I'm female. :-)

Rebecca Lickiss

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Rebecca Lickiss has always been an avid reader, and began telling stories at an early age. She received her BS degree in Physics from George Mason University, and worked for a while as an engineer evaluating weapons software. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children, where she spends her free time reading and writing.

Other Pubs - "If I Lose Thee..." a collaboration with Sarah Hoyt in Pocket Books' Star Trek Strange New Worlds III anthology, and "The Cat and The Petticoat" in the Crafty Cat Crimes, 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries anthology. My novel Eccentric Circles is due for publication some time next summer (2001).

John Marco

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Prior to writing his first novel, The Jackal of Nar, John Marco worked in various industries including aviation, computer technology, and home security.

He is a great lover of books and bookstores, and knew that he wanted to be a writer from a very young age.

Tyrants and Kings, his fantasy series from Bantam Spectra, is an offspring of his passion for both epic literature and military history.

John now writes full time from his home on Long Island, where he is at work on future books in the Tyrants and Kings series. Interested readers are encouraged to contact him through email."

Lyda Morehouse

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This is Lyda's second year of eligibility. Her short story about a Ukrainian drug dealer on a planet full of people in recovery, "Twelve Traditions," appeared in the May 1999 issue of SF Age. You can read an excerpted section of the story.

Recently, Lyda has sold a cyberthriller, Archangel Protocol, to Roc. The novel is scheduled for release in May 2001.

Derryl Murphy

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Derryl Murphy lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife and family. He has seen previous publication in venues such as Tesseracts 4 and Tesseracts 6, On Spec and On Spec: The First Five Years, TransVersions, Prairie Fire, Arrowdreams, and Time Machines: The Best Time Travel Stories Ever Written. He has also been a professional photographer, although currently he only shoots a small amount of stock as well as working on a project involving Canadian SF authors. Derryl is also currently the Canadian Regional Director for SFWA.