Writing Words Fantastical and Otherwise

Month: June 2023

My Birthday and Awards

Mike Glyer’s File 770 mentioned my birthday thusly:

“Born June 26, 1954 — James Van Pelt, 69. Here for the phenomenal number of nominations that he has had though no Awards have accrued. I count 26 nominations so far including a Sturgeon, a Nebula and, perhaps the longest named Award in existence, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer / Astounding Award for the Best New Science Fiction Writer. He has but two novels to date, Summer of the Apocalypse and Pandora’s Gun, but a really lot of short fiction, I think over a hundred pieces, and two poems.”

To be fair, I have won SOME things: my collection, THE RADIO MAGICIAN AND OTHER STORIES won the Colorado Book Award.

My first collection, STRANGERS AND BEGGARS was recognized as a “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association.

My short story, “Minerva Girls,” won the Anlab Readers’ Choice Award from ANALOG for best novella in the magazine for the year.

And, personally, I count every short story that is reprinted in a “years’ best” anthology to be a winner. That’s happened 11 times.

Oh, and it’s five poems, thank you very much.

An Author’s (and Publisher’s) Dream

I have stories in the July/August Asimov’s and the August issue of Lightspeed. The titles are “Have You Seen Bitsy” and “The United Systems Goodwill Concert Series and the Greatest Performance of All Time” respectively.

If you’re interested in a larger dose of my fiction, my collections and novels are available in paperback and e-format at Amazon James Van Pelt author page and Fairwood Press James Van Pelt Collection page.

Publishers Weekly said in their starred review of my latest collection, The Best of James Van Pelt, “​​Van Pelt showcases his mastery of short-form fiction in these 62 stories, all published between 1993 and 2018 and ranging from apocalyptic fiction to subtle daylight horror, Lovecraftian riffs, and speculation about future social policy initiatives. . . .Van Pelt’s superior combination of imaginative concepts with recognizable human emotions makes him a talent deserving of a wide readership.”

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