Nancy Kress

Biography

Nancy Kress (born January 20, 1948) is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella "Beggars in Spain" which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.

Awards

Nebula Awards

Best Short story winner (1986): "Out of All Them Bright Stars"
Best Novella winner (1991): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novelette winner (1998): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"
Best Novella winner (2007): "Fountain of Age"

Hugo Award

Best Novella winner (1992): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title)
Best Novella winner (2009): "The Erdmann Nexus"
Best Novella nominee (2010): "Act One"

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Best Novel second place (1994): Beggars in Spain (there was no first place award in 1994)
Best Novel winner (2003): Probability Space

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Best Short Science Fiction winner (1997): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"

Where to buy in print


Books

2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,890. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015 by Dreaming Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Liavek 1: City of Luck
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,870. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015 by CatYelling. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This first collection of Liavek stories contains: “Badu's Luck” by Emma Bull “The Green Rabbit from S'Rian” by Gene Wolfe “Birth Luck” by Nancy Kress “An Act of Contrition” by Steven Brust “The Inn of the Demon Camel” by Jane Yolen
Stinger
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,110. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A special strain of malaria is discovered in Maryland that selectively kills African Americans with the sickle-cell trait. Is there a man-made cause? A government cover-up? FBI Special Agent Robert Cavanaugh and epidemiologist Melanie Anderson must work together to try and uncover the truth and a cure.
Oaths and Miracles
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,060. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
How are several murders related, and how do they involve the secretive New Jersey drug company Verico? Judy Kozinski and Robert Cavanaugh must work together to solve an intricate maze of deceit, murder and mysteries before more lives are put at risk.
New Under the Sun
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,080. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Set in the near future, Nancy Kress’ story gives us a world increasingly hostile to new ideas as religious fundamentalism dictates social agenda and where the primary use of science is to bolster these very same uncompromising attitudes. This is the fifth book in the Stellar Guild line.
Beggars in Spain: The Original Novella
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 28,680. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Leisha Camden is a genetically engineered “Sleepless” whose ability to stay awake all the time has made her more productive. Genetic modifications have also given the “Sleepless” a higher IQ and may even make them immortal. But will they be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of its newest creation?
AI Unbound
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,360. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Two stories about artificial intelligence from one of the most respected names in hard science fiction. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress gives us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.
The Body Human
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,420. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
A collection of three outstanding stories by Nancy Kress that deal with innovation in medical science and how that impacts our lives.
Future Perfect
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,160. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
This collection by Nancy Kress brings together six stories set in the near future and dealing with genetics. The stories were written between 1984 and 2008. The first story, "The Flowers of Aulit Prison," won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
Act One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,620. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010 by Phoenix Pick. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
“One of the best of the year...a compelling novella about a once-famous actress and her devoted manager who get much more publicity of an unfortunate sort when they inadvertently become embroiled with an act of biological terrorism with potentially world-changing results.” — Gardner Dozois, Locus

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