Jay Lake

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Jay Lake
Jay Lake.jpg
Lake in 2004
Born (1964-06-06) June 6, 1964 (age 49)
Occupation Writer, product manager
Nationality American
Period Early 21st century
Genres Science fiction, fantasy
Notable award(s) Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2004)


Joseph E. Lake, Jr. (born June 6, 1964)[citation needed] is a science fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 he was a quarterly first place winner in the Writers of the Future contest. In 2004 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a product manager for a voice services company.

Lake writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Postscripts, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Asimov's Science Fiction, Nemonymous, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. He is an editor for the "Polyphony" anthology series from Wheatland Press, and was also a contributor to the Internet Review of Science Fiction.

Personal life[edit]

Lake was born in Taiwan (his father is foreign service officer Joseph Edward Lake) and grew up there and in Nigeria.[1] He graduated from the University of Texas in 1986.[1]

Poster for Lakeside, a documentary (in development[dated info]) about Lake

Lake has publicly revealed his advanced case of colon cancer,[2] He was diagnosed in April 2008, and it has since "progressed from a single tumor to metastatic disease affecting the lung and liver, recurring after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy courses."[3] He has used crowd funding through YouCaring to pay for whole genome sequencing, towards the "small possibility that the results of such a test...may suggest a treatment path."[3]

Lake is the subject of a documentary called Lakeside – A Year With Jay Lake by Waterloo Productions. The film, which follows Lake's fight against cancer, had a special work-in-progress screening August 30, 2013 at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio.[4][5] It is in post-production and is scheduled for release in 2014.[6]


The City Imperishable[edit]

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more stories set in the City Imperishable:

Mainspring universe[edit]

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more novellas set in the Mainspring Universe:

Green universe[edit]

  • Green (June 2009) Tor Books
  • Endurance (November 2011)
  • Kalimpura (January 2013)

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more stories set in the world of Green:

  • "A Water Matter" (Tor.com, 2008)
  • "The Passion of Mother Vajpai" (with Shannon Page) in Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (ed. by William Schafer; to be published in April 2011)

Sunspin Universe[edit]

Other novels[edit]


Edited works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Biographical details, interview in Locus, June 2006
  2. ^ Pepitone, Julianne (January 21, 2013). "PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Sequence a Science Fiction Writer". YouCaring. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Lakeside advanced screening exclusive to LoneStarCon3". Waterloo Productions. Retrieved 19 January 2014. "It is with great pleasure that Waterloo Productions, LLC. announces the world premiere on our documentary: LAKESIDE – A Year With Jay Lake. Please join subject Jay Lake and director Donnie G. Reynolds as they introduce the film on Friday August 30th in San Antonio, Texas during WorldCon." 
  5. ^ "Press Release #29 LONESTARCON 3 TO FEATURE AUTHOR JAY LAKE WITH FILM PREMIERE AND SPECIAL EXHIBIT". LoneStarCon 3, The 71st World Science Fiction Convention. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014. "LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), will be featuring the world premiere of the documentary "Lakeside," about author Jay Lake's battle with cancer, as well as a special exhibit based on Jay Lake's genome." 
  6. ^ "Lakeside (2014)". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.nightshadebooks.com/flowers, The City Imperishable[not in citation given]

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