James Morrow (“Jim”), a Guest of Honor at Readercon 17, has been writing fiction since age seven, when he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up. Upon reaching adulthood, the author channeled his storytelling drive toward speculative literature, eventually winning several awards, including the 2005 Prix Utopia, given by the French SF community for lifetime achievement. Over the years his fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.
Within his circumscribed readership, Morrow is best known for the Godhead Trilogy: Towing Jehovah (Harcourt Brace, 1994; World Fantasy Award, Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, Hugo nominee, Locus finalist), Blameless in Abaddon (Harcourt Brace, 1996; Times Notable Book), and The Eternal Footman (Harcourt, 1998; Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire finalist).
Jim's earlier efforts include The Wine of Violence (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981), The Continent of Lies (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1984), This Is the Way the World Ends (Henry Holt, 1986; Nebula finalist, Campbell finalist), and Only Begotten Daughter (William Morrow, 1990; World Fantasy Award, Nebula nominee, Mythopoeic finalist, Campbell finalist).
In recent years Jim has composed three novels dramatizing the scientific worldview: The Last Witchfinder (William Morrow, 2006; Campbell, Tiptree, and BSFA finalist), The Philosopher's Apprentice (William Morrow, 2008; Campbell finalist), and Galápagos Regained (St. Martin's Press, 2015, Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire finalist).
Within the realm of short fiction, Jim has written three stand-alone novellas: City of Truth (Legend/St. Martin's, 1991; Nebula Award), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Tachyon 2009; Sturgeon Award, Hugo nominee, Nebula nominee, Locus finalist), The Madonna and the Starship (Tachyon, 2014), and The Asylum of Dr. Caligari (Tachyon, 2017).
His first collection, Bible Stories for Adults (Harcourt, 1996; World Fantasy finalist, Locus finalist) includes 1988 Nebula winner “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge.” His second collection, The Cat's Pajamas and Other Stories (Tachyon, 2004), includes the Nebula finalist “Auspicious Eggs.” His most recent collection is Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow (Wesleyan, 2015).
Uncollected Morrow stories appear in The Science Fiction Century (Hartwell, ed.), Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005 (Strahan, ed.), Conjunctions:61: A Menagerie (B. Morrow and Hale, eds.), Conjunctions:65: Sleights of Hand (B. Morrow, ed.), Conjunctions:67: Other Aliens (B. Morrow and Hand, eds.), The Palencar Project (Hartwell, ed.); Age of Certainty (William Freedman, ed.), Impossible Futures (Dial and Easton, eds.), Drowned Worlds (Strahan, ed.), Chasing Shadows (Brin and Potts, eds.), Seat 14C (Kramer, ed.), and Welcome to Dystopia (Van Gelder, ed.).
As an anthologist, Jim has compiled three Nebula Awards volumes (Harcourt Brace, 1992, 1993, 1994) and, with Kathryn Morrow, The SFWA European Hall of Fame (Tor, 2007; Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire finalist). An earlier Jim and Kathy project, Tolkien Lesson Plans (2004), appears on the Houghton Mifflin website. The Volume 5, Number 12 issue of Paradoxa was devoted to “The Divinely Human Comedy of James Morrow” (1999, Winchell, ed.).
A full-time fiction writer, the author makes his home in State College with his wife and a loopy beagle mix.