Happy birthday to the award-winning, multi-faceted Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy at the 2013 San Antonio Worldcon (photo: Lawrence Person)

Writer, scientist, and toy maker, Pat Murphy has written eight novels, numerous short stories, innumerable essays, and several nonfiction works. Her many award winning works include The Falling Woman (1986; Nebula), Points Of Departure (Philip K. Dick), “Bones” (1990; World Fantasy), There and Back Again (1990; Seiun), and  “Rachel in Love” (1987; Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, LocusAsimov’s Readers’ Poll).

Cover by Rob Alexander

Murphy’s other acclaimed novels include THE SHADOW HUNTER (1982), The City, Not Long After (1989), Nadya (1996), the Max Merriwell series (There and Back Again [1999], Wild Angel [2000], and Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell [2001]), and Prophecy (2016). Her short fiction was collected in Points of Departure and Women Up to No Good. Three of Murphy’s stories “Rachel in Love” (1992), “A Flock of Lawn Flamingos” (1996), and “About Fairies” (2012) each appeared as separate chapbooks. Her short fiction has been collected in Points of Departure (1990) and Women Up to No Good (2013). Murphy has authored numerous nonfiction works for the young and young-at-heart including Air Power: Rocket Science Made Simple (2014), The Book of Impossible Objects: 25 Eye-Popping Projects to Make, See & Do (2013), Make a Mummy, Shrink a Head & Other Useful Skills (2011), and The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (2011).

Alongside her other literary accolades and pursuits, she co-founded (with Karen Joy Fowler) the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. With Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith, the duo edited three volumes of  THE JAMES TIPTREE AWARD ANTHOLOGY (2005-2007).

Cover by Kevin Farrell

Previously, Murphy was the science editor for Klutz Books, worked at the Exploratorium with Frank Oppenheimer, and the Activity Guru for Mystery Science, where she served as the brains behind all the hands-on activities

All of us Tachyon wish the extraordinary Pat a special birthday full of cool things that she creates and not.