Viable Paradise Instructors

VP 22 (2018) Instructors

Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-MohtarAmal El-Mohtar’s short fiction has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, and her poetry has won the Rhysling award three times. She reviews books for NPR and the New York Times, and lives in Ottawa with her spouse and two cats. This is How You Lose the Time War, a novella co-written with Max Gladstone, is forthcoming in 2019 from Saga Press. Find her online at amalelmohtar.com, or on Twitter @tithenai.

Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and nominated twice for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award. Tor Books published FULL FATHOM FIVE, the third novel in Max’s Craft Sequence (preceded by THREE PARTS DEAD and TWO SERPENTS RISE) in July 2014. Max’s game CHOICE OF THE DEATHLESS was nominated for a 2013 XYZZY Award, and his short fiction has appeared on Tor.com and in Uncanny Magazine.  LAST FIRST SNOW, the next Craft Sequence novel, will hit shelves in July 2015, and is about zoning politics, human sacrifice, and parenthood.

Max Gladstone

Steven Gould

Steven Gould is the author of the frequently banned book Jumper; other novels such as Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin’s Story, 7th Sigma, Impulse, and Exo; and several short stories published in Analog, Asimov’s, and other magazines and anthologies. Wildside won the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and was nominated for the Prometheus Award. He has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction. Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen. The third Jumper book is the basis for the upcoming YouTube Red series, Impulse. In 2013, Steve was hired to to help develop the movie sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar, as well as write novels based on the films. He recently finished two terms as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon and their two daughters, where he practices Aikido and Japanese sword.

Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory writes genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His most recent novel, Spoonbenders, was published by Knopf in June 2017. Recent work includes the young adult novel Harrison Squared and the novella We Are All Completely Fine, which won the World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson awards, and was a finalist for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus awards. His novels include Afterparty,  an NPR and Kirkus best fiction book of 2014; Raising Stony Mayhall; The Devil’s Alphabet; and the Crawford-Award-winning Pandemonium.Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.

Daryl Gregory

Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. He’s lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area his entire life; currently, he’s just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Lynch’s first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that Lynch says he had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio—dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer. His work has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Times of London bestseller lists and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Teresa Nielsen Hayden is a consulting editor for Tor Books, where she has worked with authors ranging from Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson to Robert Charles Wilson, John M. Ford, and Steven Brust. At various points in her career she has also edited comic books, literary criticism, and utopian literature. Her essay collection Making Book was a Hugo finalist in 1995; a sequel, Making Conversation, was published in 2016. For other writing and publishing, she has been a Hugo finalist four times. With her husband, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, she co-edited the Hugo-nominated fanzine Izzard, won TAFF in 1985, and helped found the New York Review of Science Fiction; today, the Nielsen Haydens manage the weblog Making Light and were among the guests of honor at the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmericon 2, in Kansas City. Together, in 2003, they were awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award (the “Skylark”), for service to the field.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, photo credit: Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl wrote the 2016 Nebula finalist and Tiptree Honor novel Everfair, now out in trade paperback, and the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning collection Filter House.  In 2005 she co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres.  Her stories have appeared in Analog and Asimov’s Magazines, and many other publications.  She co-edited the fiction and nonfiction anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, both Locus Award finalists.  Her current project is New Suns: Speculative Fiction by People of Color, due out in 2019 from Solaris.  Shawl is a founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a Clarion West alumna and board member.

Nisi Shawl

Photo Credit: Caren Corley

Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing for adults, young adults and middle grade. To date she’s published over forty books. She’s also written short fiction, screenplays, media tie-ins, and collaborated with several authors, including Andre Norton. One of her books was an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book; she’s twice been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and is a Nebula finalist. Sherwood Smith earned an M.A. in history, and worked for several years in film and tv production in Hollywood before becoming a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, and drama. She still does writing workshops at schools and conventions, and reviews at Goodreads.

2018 Editor-in-Residence

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Associate Publisher, Tor Books

Patrick Nielsen Hayden is an Associate Publisher at Tor Books. Authors he has edited at Tor include Poul Anderson, Emma Bull, Arthur C. Clarke, Glen Cook, Charles de Lint, Damon Knight, Ken MacLeod, George R. R. Martin, Laura J. Mixon, Harry Turtledove, David Weber, and Jack Womack, among many others; in addition, he has been responsible for publishing many notable first novels, including those of Maureen F. McHugh, Susan Palwick, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, Jo Walton, John Scalzi, and Ada Palmer. He also acquires and edits original fiction for Tor.com. His most recent anthology is Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013), co-edited with David G. Hartwell. He has won three Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award for his editorial work. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he co-edited the Hugo-nominated fanzine Izzard, won TAFF in 1985, and helped found the New York Review of Science Fiction; in 2016, they were among the guests of honor at the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmericon 2, in Kansas City. The Nielsen Haydens’ website is at nielsenhayden.com, including their blog, Making Light.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

photo credit: Houari-B

2018 Writers-in-Residence

Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear is the Hugo and Sturgeon Award-winning author of over twenty novels and seventy short stories. She was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She lives in a 275-year-old house in Massachusetts with her husband, Scott Lynch, and a small menagerie. Her recent books include Karen Memory, An Apprentice to Elves (co-written with Sarah Monette), The Stone in the Skull, and Ancestral Night (2018).

Laura J. Mixon

Laura J. Mixon started writing for her own amusement at eight, and knew she had found her home at age eleven, when she discovered the science fiction shelves in the local library. She is a Hugo-award-winning blogger and a multiple-award nominee for her novels, including the Philip K. Dick, James Tiptree, Jr., and Anlab awards. Her latest, Up Against It, came out from Tor Books (as M. J. Locke) in 2011 and is due for a re-release soon as part of an upcoming trilogy, WAVE, a series of space-tech-political thrillers set a few hundred years in our future. Mixon also has a 35-year career as an environmental and sustainability engineer. A Clarion graduate (1981), she served for two years in Kenya in the Peace Corps (1981-1983). Nowadays she can be found on Twitter as @LauraJMG and makes the occasional appearance on Facebook as LauraJMixon, as the spirit moves her. She also blogs occasionally at laurajmixon.com and feralsapient.com.

Laura J. Mixon / M.J. Locke

Emeritus Instructors

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