Sheila Finch is
best known for her many stories about members of the Guild of
Xenolinguists, the translators for the languages in the worlds we will
explore in the future. In 1998, she won the Nebula Award for her novella
set in the Xenolinguists universe, “Reading The Bones,” which she later
expanded to a novel of the same name. Finch’s first novel, Infinity’s Web (1985), received the Compton Crook award and her young adult book, Tiger in the Sky (1999;Book 2 of David Brin’s Out of Time), won the San Diego Book award for best juvenile fiction. Other novels include Triad (1986), The Shaper Exile trilogy (The Garden of the Shaped , Shaper’s Legacy , Shaping the Dawn ), and Birds (2004). She also penned the acclaimed Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction: Ancient Roots of the
Literature of the Future (2014) and most recently A Villa Far From Rome (2016).
retired, she spent many years as a teacher of college creative writing
in southern California as well as at conferences and conventions around
the world. Many of her students became published authors.
All of us at Tachyon wish the extraordinary Sheila a fabulous birthday!
For more info about READING THE BONES, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Michael Dashow