Jeanne Cavelos is a best-selling writer, award-winning editor, and director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. She began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Her love of science fiction sent her into a career in publishing, and she became a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she ran the science fiction/fantasy program and created the Abyss imprint of psychological horror (World Fantasy Award winner 1993, Special Award: Professional). In her eight years in New York publishing, she edited a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, and worked with such award-winning and best-selling authors as William F. Nolan, Robert Anton Wilson, Dennis Etchison, Joan Vinge, Tanith Lee, Kathe Koja, Poppy Z. Brite, Jeanne Kalogridis, Barry Gifford, Patrick McCabe, Syd Field, Phil Farrand, and Peter Dickinson.
Jeanne left New York to pursue her own writing career. She has written four novels set in the Babylon 5 universe: The Shadow Within (Dell, 1997; Del Rey, 2003), and the bestselling trilogy The Passing of the Techno-Mages, made up of Casting Shadows (Del Rey, 2001), Summoning Light (Del Rey, 2001), and Invoking Darkness (Del Rey, 2001). She has also written two nonfiction books, The Science of Star Wars (St. Martin's, 1999, New York Public Library's Recommended Reading List selection) and The Science of The X-Files (Berkley, 1998, Bram Stoker finalist). Her short fiction and nonfiction include appearances in Decalog5: Wonders (Leonard and Mortimore, eds.), Writing Horror: A Handbook (Castle, ed.) and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing (Writer's Digest, eds.), Farscape Forever! (Yeffeth, ed.), Star Wars on Trial (Brin and Woodring, eds.), and Jack Bauer for President: Terrorism and Politics in 24 (Miniter, ed.). She has published additional short fiction, articles, and essays in a number of magazines. Jeanne has also edited the anthology The Many Faces of Van Helsing (Berkley, 2004; Bram Stoker finalist). She is currently at work on a biological thriller, Fatal Spiral (www.jeannecavelos.com).
Jeanne created and serves as director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust (www.odysseyworkshop.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work. The trust offers an intensive, six-week workshop each summer in Manchester, NH. Top authors, agents, and editors serve as guests. Jeanne also teaches writing and literature at Saint Anselm College.