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Tony Daniel

The Bare Facts:
I grew up in Alabama, went to Washington University grad school in St. Louis, where I was kicked out of the philosophy program for being insufficiently analytic. Landed in English, got an M.A., went to L.A. to USC film school, dropped out to be a writer, then lived near Seattle, on Vashon Island, for a few years, mostly in a bus -- a '49 Crown Supercoach to be exact. Spent a year in Praha, Eastern Europe, then moved back to the U.S., to California, New York, Alabama then New York again -- where I've been for the last two years, observing things.

I attended Clarion West writing workshop in 89. That's the author photo summer when I dropped out of film school, moved to Seattle, and became a writer instead of merely talking about it all the time.

Next few years:
Speculative fiction stories of various sorts all over the place. Wrote for many publications in Seattle: features and reviews in The Stranger, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Weekly.

Warpath, my first book, published in 1993.

Horrible writing block for three years.

My story, Life on the Moon, won the best short story of the year in the Asimov's Magazine reader's poll and got nominated for a Hugo in 1996.

Two stories in Dozois's 1997 The Year's Best Science Fiction.

Second novel, Earthling, out in December 97 to decent reviews for the most part.

Also got a short story collection out in 1999 from the late James Turner's imprint, Golden Gryphon Press. Very cool.

Writing and directing a weird radio show on NYC's WBAI, called Automatic Vaudeville.

I continue onward. Wrote a screenplay last year about my grandfather. Poetry all the time. Working on a novel at the moment tentatively called American Bohemian. Sound strangely familiar?

Am actually not a "beatnik" at all, but a crazy Catholic mystic Buddhist -- wait, I'm channeling Jack Kerouac!

The Robot's Twilight Companion cover scan

"Tony Daniel's is a unique voice, standing out from the year's merely good and competent." (Keith Brooke, reviewing The Best New SF 10 )

The Robot's Twilight Companion, Tony Daniel's short story collection from Golden Gryphon Press, is now out. The collection features the author's best science fiction stories, including:

  • three that made it into the Year's Best Anthologies (one of these is the fine A Dry, Quiet War, another - the title novelette - was picked out in the infinity plus review as the best story of 1996);
  • the Hugo nominated Life on the Moon;
  • and others, including "Radio Praha" and the hard-to-find cyberpunk murder mystery set in Birmingham, Alabama, "Death of Reason".
Golden Gryphon is a small press and this collection is going to be difficult to find in book stores, although they can order it (the ISBN number is 0965590151). The quickest way to get it is to order it on-line:
  • order The Robot's Twilight Companion through
  • ...or through Tony's web site.

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