Happy birthday to enigmatic James Morrow
Morrow initially focused his prodigious storytelling skills into
making 8MM genre films with his friends. The dozen or so films
included THE REVENGE OF THE MONSTER MAKER, CAGLIOSTRO THE SORCERER,
and two literary adaptations, THE ANCIENT MARINER and THE TELL-TALE
HEART. Their efforts garnered a CINE Golden Eagle for the 16mm short
film, CHILDREN OF THE MORNING and the Francis Scott Key Award at the
Baltimore Film Festival, the Judge’s Prize at the Santa Barbara Film
Festival, the Jury’s Prize at the Columbus Film Festival, and the
Audience Prize at the Midwest Film Festival, all for the short film A
degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University,
Morrow taught and worked on various odd writing jobs including as a
contributor to TV GUIDE, creator of the murder-mystery board game,
SUSPICION, and the graphics designer and script doctor for the video
game FORTUNE BUILDER, often regarded as a forerunner to SIMCITY. His
first novel two novels THE WINE OF VIOLENCE and THE CONTINENT OF LIES
received positive reviews but it was the third novel THIS IS THE WAY
THE WORLD ENDS that proved to be his breakout work with a Nebula award
nomination and lots of acclaim. If the previous work got peoples attention, Morrow’s
next cemented his reputation as an explorer into the enigma of
religious faith. ONLY BEGOTTEN DAUGHTER earned a World Fantasy Award.
Next came the Godhead Trilogy with TOWING JEHOVAH (winner of the
World Fantasy and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire), BLAMELESS IN ABADDON,
and THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN. Morrow’s recent novels (THE LAST
WITCHFINDER, THE PHILOSOPHER’S APPRENTICE, and GALÁPAGOS REGAINED)
dramatize the birth of the scientific worldview.
Morrow has had four
novellas published as books: THE ADVENTURES OF SMOKE BAILEY, CITY OF
TRUTH, SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA (winner of the Theodore
Sturgeon Memorial Award), and THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP.
His numerous short stories
including the Nebula award-winning “Bible Stories for Adults, No.
17: The Deluge” are collected in SWATTING
AT THE COSMOS, BIBLE STORIES FOR ADULTS, THE CAT’S PAJAMAS
& OTHER STORIES, and
REALITY BY OTHER MEANS: THE
BEST SHORT FICTION OF JAMES MORROW.
of us at Tachyon wish the enlightening Jim an entertaining
birthday. Keep watching the skies to ponder, is any of this really happening?
For more info on THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover and design by Elizabeth Story.
For more info on SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Ann Monn
For more info on THE CAT’S PAJAMAS & OTHER STORIES, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by John Picacio