In Bisbee, Arizona (2003)
December 13, 1954 |
|Alma mater||Beloit College|
|Notable work(s)||War for the Oaks
Emma Bull (born December 13, 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy. She has participated in Terri Windling's Borderland shared universe, which is the setting of her 1994 novel Finder. She sang in the rock-funk band Cats Laughing, and both sang and played guitar in the folk duo The Flash Girls while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Her 1991 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel Bone Dance was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Bull wrote a screenplay for War for the Oaks, which was made into an 11-minute mini-film designed to look like a film trailer. She made a cameo appearance as the Queen of the Seelie Court, and her husband, Will Shetterly, directed. Bull and Shetterly created the shared universe of Liavek, for which they have both written stories. There are five Liavek collections extant.
She was a member of the writing group The Scribblies, which included Will Shetterly as well as Pamela Dean, Kara Dalkey, Nate Bucklin, Patricia Wrede and Steven Brust. With Steven Brust, Bull wrote Freedom and Necessity (1997), an epistolary novel set during the 19th century United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Chartist movement.
- War for the Oaks (1987)
- Falcon (1989)
- Bone Dance (1991; nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards)
- Finder (1994)
- The Princess and the Lord of Night (1994)
- Freedom and Necessity (1997, with Steven Brust)
- Territory (July 2007)
- "Rending Dark" (1984) in Sword and Sorceress, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- "Badu's Luck" (1985) in Liavek
- "The Well-Made Plan" (1986) in Liavek: The Players of Luck
- "Danceland Blood" (1986, with Will Shetterly) as "Danceland" in Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling
- "Wonders of the Invisible World" (1988 essay) in October–November issue of New North Artscape
- "A Bird That Whistles" (1989) in Hidden Turnings, edited by Diana Wynne Jones
- "Why I Write Fantasy" (1990 essay) in Pulphouse 6
- "Silver or Gold" (1992) in After the King: Stories in Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Martin H. Greenberg
- "The Stepsister’s Story" (1995) in The Armless Maiden, edited by Terri Windling
- "Joshua Tree" (2002) in The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
- "The Black Fox" (2003) in Firebirds, edited by Sharyn November
- "De La Tierra" (2004) in The Faery Reel, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
- "What Used to Be Good Still Is" (2006) in Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November
- "Visionary" (poem)
- "Why I Write Fantasy" (essay)
- "Rending Dark"
- "Badu's Luck"
- "The Well-Made Plan"
- "A Bird That Whistles"
- "Danceland Blood" (with Will Shetterly)
- "Wonders of the Invisible World" (essay)
- Liavek (1985, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: The Players of Luck (1986, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Wizard's Row (1987, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Spells of Binding (1988, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Festival Week (1990, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Nominee, 1988 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for War for the Oaks
- Nominee, 1991 Philip K. Dick Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 Hugo Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 Nebula Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1993 Nebula Award, Best Novella for "Silver or Gold"
- Nominee, 2008 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel for Territory
- Emma Bull's official entry at Word Press
- Emma Bull at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Fantastic Fiction bibliography
- Bibliography on SciFan
- The Unusual Suspects at Shockwave Silver
- Reviews for Emma Bull's Fantasy Fiction