Geoff Ryman

(b. 1951)

Geoffrey Charles Ryman was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the US at age 11, was educated at UCLA: BA, 1972 [Phi Beta Kappa], then moved to England in 1973, and worked in publishing and civil service positions there before becoming a fulltime writer. First publication: “The Diary of the Translator” in New Worlds 10 (1976). First novel: The Warrior Who Carried Life (Allen & Unwin, 1985); First collection: Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas (St. Martins, 1994). He has also written/directed/acted in several SF plays, including an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Transmigration of Timothy Archer in 1982.


He was nominated for the 2007 Best Novelette Hugo and the 2012 Best Novelette Hugo.

Honors/Awards: World Fantasy Award (Novella) for The Unconquered Country (1985); Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Child Garden (1990); John W. Campbell Jr. Memorial Award for The Child Garden (1990); Philip K. Dick Award for 253: The Print Remix (1998); Sunburst Award for Air (2005); other awards.

He was interviewed in the 1992 Winter/Spring issue (#41) of the fanzine Quantum and in the January 2006 issue of Locus (“The Mundane Fantastic”).

Ryman has written: “A common thread running through most of my books is the early responsive vision of childhood and its subsequent muddying by education, authority, and the general need to survive.” He performed the role of Spock in Spock in Manacles in 1985.

Other published works include “The Coming of Enkidu” (1989) [450 copies published for Novacon 19 in November, 1989], Was (1992), and Lust (2001). The novel Air appeared in 2004, and the chapbook V.A.O. in 2002. Air is based on Ryman’s 2001 short story “Have, Not Have.” A mainstream novel about Cambodia, The King’s Last Song, appeared in 2006.

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