Lake in 2004
|Born||Joseph Edward Lake, Jr.
June 6, 1964
|Died||June 1, 2014
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Occupation||Writer, product manager|
|Period||Early 21st century|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy|
|Notable awards||Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2004)|
Joseph Edward "Jay" Lake, Jr. (June 6, 1964 – June 1, 2014) was an American 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 lived in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a product manager for a voice services company.
Lake's 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 was an editor for the "Polyphony" anthology series from Wheatland Press, and was also a contributor to the Internet Review of Science Fiction.
Lake was born in Taipei, Taiwan; he was the eldest of three children born to Joseph Edward Lake (a U.S. foreign service officer serving in Taiwan at the time). As a child he lived in Nigeria; Dahomey (now called Benin); Canada; Washington, DC; and returned to Taiwan for a number of years when his father was posted there a second time. He attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall (in Connecticut) and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1986.
Lake publicly revealed his advanced case of colon cancer. He was diagnosed in April 2008, and it then "progressed from a single tumor to metastatic disease affecting the lung and liver, recurring after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy courses." He 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." Lake died of the illness on June 1, 2014, just five days before his 50th birthday.
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. As of May 2014[update], it is in post-production and is scheduled for release in 2014.
The City Imperishable
- Trial of Flowers (October 2006) Night Shade Books (ISBN 1-59780-056-2)
- Madness of Flowers (October 2009) Night Shade Books (ISBN 1-59780-098-8)
- Reign of Flowers (forthcoming)
In addition to these three novels there are at least two more stories set in the City Imperishable:
- "The Soul Bottles" from the anthology Leviathan 4: Cities (ed. by Forrest Aguirre, Night Shade Books, Nov. 2004) is the first published story of The City Imperishable.
- "Promises: A Tale of the City Imperishable" (2008) in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (ed. Ekaterina Sedia)
- Mainspring (June 2007) Tor Books (ISBN 0-7653-1708-7)
- Escapement (June 2008) Tor Books (ISBN 0-7653-1709-5)
- Pinion (March 2010) Tor Books
In addition to these three novels there are at least two more novellas set in the Mainspring Universe:
- "Chain of Fools" (Subterranean, Oct 2008) and
- "Chain of Stars" (Subterranean, Oct 2009), loose sequel to "Chain of Fools"
- 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)
- Calamity of So Long a Life (forthcoming)
- Their Currents Turn Awry (forthcoming)
- The Whips and Scorns of Time (forthcoming)
- All Our Sins Remembered (forthcoming)
- "To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Ourselves" (New Space Opera 2, 2009, Harper Voyager)
- "Torquing Vacuum" (Clarkesworld Magazine, Feb 2010)
- "Permanent Fatal Errors" (Is Anybody Out There?, June 2010, DAW Books)
- "To This Their Late Escape" (The Sky That Wraps, August 2010, Subterranean Press)
- "A Long Walk Home" (Subterranean Online, Winter 2011)
- "The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future" (Spring 2012, Subterranean Online)
- Rocket Science (August 2005) Fairwood Press (ISBN 0-9746573-6-0)
- Death of a Starship (December 2009) MonkeyBrain Books (Sunspin Universe)
- The Baby Killers (novella) (August 2010) PS Publishing
- The Specific Gravity of Grief (novella) (2010) Fairwood Press
- Original Destiny, Manifest Sin (forthcoming)
- Greetings From Lake Wu, Wheatland Press (November 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-2-3)
- Green Grow the Rushes-Oh, Fairwood Press (2003) (ISBN 0-9746573-2-8)
- American Sorrows, Wheatland Press (August 2004) (ISBN 0-9755903-0-8)
- Dogs in the Moonlight, Prime Books (August 2004) (ISBN 1-930997-56-6)
- The River Knows Its Own, Wheatland Press (September 2007)
- The Sky That Wraps, Subterranean Press (September 2010) (ISBN 978-1-59606-266-5)
- Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection, Tor Books (September 2014) (ISBN 978-0-7653-7798-2)
- Polyphony 1 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (July 2002) (ISBN 0-9720547-0-7)
- Polyphony 2 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (April 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-1-5)
- Polyphony 3 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-3-1)
- Polyphony 4 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2004) (ISBN 0-9720547-6-6)
- Polyphony 5 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2005) (ISBN 0-9755903-5-9)
- Polyphony 6 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (December 2006)
- All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (with David Moles), Wheatland Press/All-Star Stories (October 2004) (ISBN 0-9720547-7-4)
- TEL: Stories, Wheatland Press (August 2005) (ISBN 0-9755903-3-2)
- Spicy Slipstream Stories (with Nick Mamatas), Lethe Press (September 2008)
- The Exquisite Corpuscle (with Frank Wu), Fairwood Press (October 2008)
- Other Earths (with Nick Gevers), DAW Books (April 2009)
- Footprints (with Eric T. Reynolds), Hadley Rille Books (July 2009) (ISBN 0-9819243-9-5)
- Down In The Ship Mines (2012) in SQ Mag, Edition 4 (ed. Sophie Yorkston)
- "Jay Lake: Feathers and Tails". Locus. June 2006.
- Pepitone, Julianne (January 21, 2013). "PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- "Sequence a Science Fiction Writer". YouCaring. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- "[cancer] The end has come". Portland, OR: Joseph E. Lake, Jr. June 1, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- "Lakeside advanced screening exclusive to LoneStarCon3". Waterloo Productions. Retrieved January 19, 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."
- "Press Release #29 LONESTARCON 3 TO FEATURE AUTHOR JAY LAKE WITH FILM PREMIERE AND SPECIAL EXHIBIT" (Press release). LoneStarCon 3, The 71st World Science Fiction Convention. August 7, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 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."
- "Lakeside (2014)". IMDb.com. September 9, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Flowers". Night Shade Books.[dead link]
- Official website
- Jay Lake at the Internet Movie Database
- Lakeshore, Lake's blog at LiveJournal
- Jay Lake at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database