Bud Sparhawk

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John C. "Bud" Sparhawk (born 1937) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for the strong scientific basis for his work, and also his humorous science fiction, in particular his Sam Boone series of short fiction.


Bud Sparhawk was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lives in Annapolis. He has a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University. After fifteen years in the Air Force he worked for a variety of commercial companies before retiring from the role of Vice President at Macfadden, a Federal Government contractor. Sparhawk is also a member and the web master for SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the government on issues of national interest.[1][2]

Sparhawk started writing seriously in 1974 and made his first sale to Analog, followed quickly by his second, just when he entered his second year of graduate school, and just before taking a thirteen-year hiatus from SF. His work is most associated with his short fiction in Analog but it has also appeared in various other magazines and anthologies. He is a three-time nominee for the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1997, 2002, and 2005, and his stories have appeared in several Year's Best SF anthologies. His only published novel, titled Vixen, was released in 2008 from Cosmos Books.[3] He currently serves on the Board of Directors in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as Treasurer.[4]

Sparhawk occasionally attends science fiction and fantasy conventions, including Balticon, Confluence, and CapClave in the mid-Atlantic region of the US. He has also appeared as a guest author in numerous interviews When not writing, he spends his spare time sailing on Chesapeake Bay.[5][6]



  • Vixen (Cosmos, December 2008)

Asimov's Publications[edit]

  • Scout (June 2012)
  • Bright Red Star (March 2005)

Analog Publications[edit]

  • Forgiveness (June 2014)
  • Deceleration (November 2013)
  • CREP d'Etoile (July/August 2013)
  • The Snack (March 2013)
  • The Old Man's Best (May 2011)
  • Astronomical Distance, Geologic Time (March 2011)
  • Encounter in a Yellow Wood (March 2010)
  • The Late Sam Boone (June 2008)
  • The Suit (November 2007)
  • Chandra's Pup (July/August 2005)
  • Clay's Pride (July/August 2004)
  • Sam Boone's Super Fantastic, Intragalactic, Ass-Kicking, Body-Slammin', Foot Stomping, Rasslin' Extravaganza (May 2002)
  • Magic's Price (March 2001)
  • The Debt (May 2000)
  • The Emperor's Dark Matters (July/August 2000)
  • Evolution (October 2000)
  • Olympus Mons (February, 1998)
  • The Ice Dragon's Song (July/August, 1998)
  • Sam Boone's Teacup Conundrum (August 1998)
  • High Flight (December 1998)
  • Sam Boone's Dry Run (July, 1997)
  • Primrose Rescue (May 1997)
  • Sam Boone's Rational Choice (March 1997)
  • Sam Boone's Appeal to Common Scents (July 1996)
  • Primrose and Thorn (May, 1996)
    • Anlab Award Winner (Analog Reader’s Poll)
    • Nebula Award Finalist
    • Years' Best Science Fiction, 14th Edition
  • The Bill (February 1996)
  • Resurrection (January, 1996)
  • Sam Boone and the Thermal Couples (October 1995)
  • Persistence (May 1994)
  • Iridium Dreams (April 1994)
  • Jake's Gift (September 1993)
  • R-TRNRD (Mid-December, 1993)
  • Dad (June,1993)
  • Childish Things (December, 1994)
  • Hurricane! (September, 1994)
  • Mary's Present (July 1994)
  • Alba Krystal (January 1977)
  • The Tompkins Battery Case (August 1976)

Other short fiction in magazines[edit]

  • Tommy and the Beast (Daily Science Fiction, December 20, 2013)
  • Ten Winks to Forever (Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, June 2010)
  • Tortuous Path (Abyss and Apex, April 2010)
  • No Cord Nor Cable (Abyss and Apex, April 2009)
  • Winds of Mars (Jim Baen's Universe, April 2009)
  • Pumpkin Jim Baen's Universe, January 2009)
  • The Super (Jim Baen's Universe, August 2008)
  • Connection (Darker Matter, June 2007)
  • Frost (Darker Matter, March 2007)
  • An Affliction of Wyrms (iFiction, February 2006)
  • Bright Red Star (Asimov's August 2004)
  • Handful of Stars (Frequency *5, Fall 2003)
  • Rate of Change (Frequency, *2, January 2001)
  • Mercenary (Absolute Magnitude, Summer, 1998)
  • Beryl's Run (Absolute Magnitude, Winter 1999)
  • Etiquette (Radius, April 1995)
  • Rate of Change (Radius, November 1995)
  • Eve of Feast (Radius, December 1994)

Short fiction in anthologies[edit]

  • Pilgrim (Fantastic Future 13, February 2013)
  • True Friends (Dogs of War, April 2013)
  • Hard Choices (Best Laid Plans, December 2012)
  • Cybermarine (Defending the Future, December 2013)
  • The Glass Box (So It Begins, March 2009)
  • Broadside (Breach the Hull, November 2007)
  • Alliances (Breach the Hull, November 2007)
  • Dancing with Dragons (Wildside Press)
    • Short story collection
  • Sam Boone - Front to Back (FoxAcre Press)
    • Collection of the Sam Boone stories
  • Bright Red Star (Year's Best SF, Number 11, 2004)
  • Seduction (Through a Glass Darkly, Lite Circle Books, 2003)
  • Pumpkin (Dancing with Dragons, Wildside Press)
  • Fierce Embrace (Return of the Dinosaurs, DAW Books,1997)


  • Writing Tools (Clarkesworld Magazine #92)
  • From the Treasurer(The SFWA Bulletin, Winter 2014)
  • Taxes and the Short Fiction Writer (The SFWA Bulletin, Winter 2013)
  • Laugh Lines (How to Write Science Fiction, Dragon Moon Press, 2007)
  • Your Literary Legacy (The SFWA Bulletin, Winter 2006)
  • Cold Trophies (Artemis, Fall 2003)
  • Ms Management (Speculations, Issue Twenty-One, June 1999)
  • Love's Labor. Lost! (Speculations, Issue Twenty, April 1998)
  • The Last Great Man (Speculations, March 1995)
  • The Hat and the Dragon (Chesapeake Bay Magazine, October, 1992)
  • Hugo and Me (Chesapeake Bay Magazine, April 1992)


  1. ^ SIGMA Members
  2. ^ SIGMA
  3. ^ Fantastic Fiction
  4. ^ SFWA Current Officers
  5. ^ author website
  6. ^ SFWA Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Pressbook

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