John Kessel

John Kessel

Professor of English at North Carolina State University

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Copy and News Editor  - Commodity News Services

Independent Writer and Editor  - Self Employed


B.A.  - English and Physics , University of Rochester

M.A.  - English , University of Kansas

M.A. thesis director  - North Carolina State University

Ph.D.  - English , University of Kansas

Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program  - University of Southern Maine

doctoral degree  - KU

master's Degree  - KU


Board of Advisors Member  - Buffalo International Film Festival Inc

Member  - SFWA Inc

Councilor  - New Hampshire

Board Member  - New England Foundation for the Arts

Founder  - Sycamore Hill Writers

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John Kessel
was born on September 24, 1950 in Buffalo, New York. He received a B.A. in English and Physics from the University of Rochester in 1972, an M.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1974, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1981. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as an editor for Commodity News Services in Leawood, Kansas. Since 1982 he has taught American literature, science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Sue Hall and his daughter Emma. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) , and he lives and dies (lately, mostly dying) with the Kansas City Royals and the Buffalo Bills. Kessel's first published short fiction appeared in 1978, and he has since become a frequent contributor to Asimov's Science Fiction and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as to many other magazines and anthologies. His stories have been reprinted in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. He became well-known in 1982 with the novella Another Orphan (a fantasy based on Melville's Moby Dick), which received the 1982 Nebula Award, and was reprinted in 1989 as a Tor Double book. He later won the 1992 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for his short story "Buffalo" (also a winner of the Locus Award that year); he won a Paul Green Playwright's prize in 1994 for his play "Faustfeathers"; and his one-act play "A Clean Escape" was produced by the Allowance Theater in Raleigh in 1986. His novella "Stories for Men" shared the 2002 James Tiptree Jr. Award for sf dealing with gender issues with M. John Harrison's novel Light. Kessel did not start publishing novels until 1985, as co-author of Freedom Beach with James Patrick Kelly His later works include the novels Good News From Outer Space (1989)-a finalist for the Nebula Award that year-and Corrupting Dr. Nice (1997), plus the collections Meeting in Infinity (1992)-which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and was named a notable book of 1992 by the New York Times Book Review-and The Pure Product (1997).

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John Kessel
Who Are These People Anyway? Character Development in Short Fiction John Kessel is a professor of creative writing and American literature at North Carolina State University. A winner of the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Locus Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, his books include "Good News from Outer Space," "Corrupting Dr. Nice," and "The Pure Product.

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His books include Burn (2005), Strange But Not A Stranger (2002), Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), Wildlife (1994), Heroines (1990), Look Into the Sun (1989), Freedom Beach with John Kessel (1986) and Planet of Whispers (1984).
His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette "Think Like A Dinosaur" and in 2000, for his novelette, "Ten to the Sixteenth to One." Also with John Kessel, he has co-edited two anthologies Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) andRewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology(2007). He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He posts two weekly podcasts: Free Reads and James Patrick Kelly's StoryPod. He was appointed to be a councilor on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and served as Chair from 2003-2006. He is the Vice Chair of the Clarion Foundation, which oversees the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the New England Foundation for the Arts. John Kessel (2012) John Kessel is the author of the novels Good News from Outer Space and Corrupting Dr. Nice and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. Kessel has taught American literature and fiction writing at North Carolina State University since 1982.

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