Nebula, Sturgeon, Shirley Jackson, and Locus award winner John Kessel latest novel is Pride and Prometheus (2018). Previously works include Freedom Beach (1985 with James Patrick Kelly), Good News from Outer Space (1989), Corrupting Dr. Nice (1997), and The Moon and Other (2017). His play Faustfeathers (1995) received the Paul Green Playwrights’ Prize.
His numerous short stories have been collected in Meeting In Infinity (1992), The Pure Product (1997), The Baum Plan For Financial Independence and Other Stories (2008), Ninety Percent Of Everything (2011 with James Patrick Kelly and Jonathan Lethem), and The Collected Kessel (2012). The anthology series Masters of Science Fiction, Sam Egan adapted Kessel’s story “A Clean
Escape” for the small screen.
Kessel co-edited with Richard Butner and Mark L. Van Name Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1996). Alongside James Patrick Kelly, Kessel produced the acclaimed anthologies: FEELING VERY STRANGE: THE SLIPSTREAM ANTHOLOGY (2006), REWIRED: THE POST-CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY (2007), THE SECRET HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION (2009), KAFKAESQUE: STORIES INSPIRED BY FRANZ KAFKA (2011), Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (2012), and DIGITAL RAPTURE: THE SINGULARITY ANTHOLOGY (2012).
Kessel teaches courses in science-fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. With Mark L. Van Name, Kessel created the Sycamore Hill Writer’s Workshop. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, Los Angeles Times Book Review, New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age.
All of us at Tachyon wish the multi-faceted John an extraordinary birthday.