Terry Bisson is the author of five novels: Wyrldmaker (Pocket, 1981); Talking Man (Arbor House, 1987), a World Fantasy Award nominee; Fire on the Mountain (Morrow, 1988); Voyage to the Red Planet (Morrow, 1990); and most recently, Pirates of the Universe (Tor, 1996) a NY Times Notable Book for 1996.
His short story "Bears Discover Fire" won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards in 1991. His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Omni, Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction and Harper's. Several of his stories have been produced on stage in New York, and many others have not. "Necronauts" (Playboy) was recently optioned for film by Universal.
A short fiction collection, Bears Discover Fire & Other Stories, was published by Tor in the fall of 1993.
In 1996 Bisson completed the posthumous sequel to A Canticle for Leibowitz for the estate of Walter M. Miller. It was published as St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Bantam in October 1997.
Bisson has written novelizations of Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic with Keanu Reeves; Virtuosity starring DenzelWashington; Luc Besson's The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis; and Alien Resurrection with Sigourney Weaver. He wrote three "Jonny Quest" novels for HarperCollins based on the popular TV cartoon. His six-part graphic novel adaptation of Roger Zelazny's "Amber" books was published by DC in 1996. He recently adapted Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Henry V for Acclaim's revival of the "Classics Illustrated" comic series.
Bisson created The No-Frills Books in 1981 and co-authored Car Talk with Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers (Dell, 1991) with National Public Radio's call-in mechanics, Tom and Ray Magliozzi. His young adult biography, Nat Turner, Slave Revolt Leader, was published by Chelsea House in 1988.
With Tim Blunk and Ray Levasseur, Bisson edited an anthology of writings by revolutionary political prisoners, Hauling up the Morning (Red Sea Press, 1990). He helped put together Mumia Abu Jamal's Live from Death Row in 1995. Most recently, he edited Dr. Alan Berkman's prison memoir, Brother Doc, and activist film star Peter Coyote's sixties odyssey, Sleeping Where I Fall.
Bisson teaches writing at Clarion and at the New School for Social Research in New York, and works as an editorial and copy consultant with HarperPrism, the SF line of HarperCollins. He is from Owensboro, Kentucky; he was born in 1942. He attended Grinnell College and the University of Louisville (BA, 1964). A member of the Authors Guild and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he lives in New York City.
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