Ed Bryant

(August 27, 1945 — February 10, 2017)

Edward Bryant was a fan and professional science fiction and horror writer sometimes associated with the Dangerous Visions series of anthologies that bolstered The New Wave. He lived in North Denver.

Bryant was born in White Plains, New York. However, he was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He had strong roots in that state attested to in his collection Wyoming Sun.

At the beginning of his career he developed an association with Harlan Ellison, which proved longstanding. This led to collaborative efforts such as the novel Phoenix Without Ashes, based on Ellison's pilot script for The Starlost. He published the fanzines Ad Astra and Ad Infinitum, starting both while still in high school.

His writing career began in 1968 with his attendance at the Clarion Workshop. By 1973, he had gained acclaim for stories with a conversational style that mask rather dark realities. At times these realities are downright apocalyptic, although in other cases the message is joyous and hopeful.

His short horror story "Dark Angel", which appeared in Kirby McCauley's anthology Dark Forces, featured modern-day witch Angela Black, whose name reflects her moral ambiguity. She reappears as the narrator of Bryant's short novel Fetish.

He won two Nebula awards for his short stories, "Stone" (1978) and "giANTS" (1979). He is mostly known as a writer of short fiction, however he also wrote poetry, nonfiction, reviews, criticism, and edited an e-zine.

When Bryant moved to Denver in 1972, he founded the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, which continues today, and has produced a number of notable writers, including Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, John Dunning, Wil McCarthy, Bruce Holland Rogers, Dan Simmons, and Connie Willis. He was a senior editor of Wormhole Books. In addition, Bryant has facilitated a number of other writing workshops over the years for writers ranging in skill and experience from amateur to professional. Although generally known as a writer himself, Bryant's greatest legacy may be the encouragement, instruction, and mentoring he has given to hundreds of other writers through the years.

He was a supporter of the Denver in '81 Worldcon bid and published Thin Air Wonder Stories to support it. With Phil Normand, he edited Denvention II's progress reports and MCed its Hugo Ceremony — on roller skates.

He has also chaired (and otherwise been a special guest at) multiple years of the World Horror Convention.

Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Bryant was a very popular Toastmaster, including the following:

(A busy boy.)

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