Lawrence M. Schoen

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Lawrence M. Schoen
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Born (1959-07-27) July 27, 1959 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Psychologist, Researcher, Publisher, Author
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Lawrence M. Schoen (born July 27, 1959) is an American author, publisher, psychologist, hypnotist, and expert in the Klingon language.[1][2]


The youngest of four children, Schoen was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Southern California when he was 18 months old, and he grew up in Culver City. In 1983, he graduated with B.S. in Psycholinguistics from California State University, Northridge, having designed his own major, and then moved on to Kansas State University where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology. During graduate school, Schoen's research focused on cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. Doctorate in hand, he spent the next ten years in academia as an assistant professor at New College of Florida, Lake Forest College in Illinois, and Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania. He then moved to the private sector and currently serves as the director of research and analytics for a medical center which provides mental health and addiction treatment service works throughout Philadelphia.[3] Schoen lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.


Schoen attended the 1998 session of James Gunn's two-week Writers Workshop in Science Fiction on the campus of the University of Kansas.[4] In 2010, he participated in Walter Jon Williams' two-week master class, the Taos Toolbox. He has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, and the Nebula Award for Best Novella three times.[citation needed]

Some of his more notable works as an author include The Amazing Conroy series of science fiction stories and novels, the first of which appeared in 2001,[5] about a space-traveling stage hypnotist and his alien companion animal (a "buffalito") that can consume anything and farts oxygen. Among these, the short story "Yesterday's Taste"[6] and the novellas Barry's Tale (2012),[7] Trial of the Century (2013),[8] and Calendrical Regression (2015)[9] have received award nominations. Much of his work is intended to be light and humorous, despite recurring themes involving thwarting death via science fictional means.[citation needed]


Schoen founded the Klingon Language Institute[10] and has published Klingon translations of William Shakespeare's plays Hamlet (The Klingon Hamlet, ISBN 978-0671035785) and Much Ado About Nothing (ISBN 978-1587155017), as well as the Epic of Gilgamesh (ISBN 978-1587153389) and the Tao Te Ching (ISBN 978-0964434523). In the realm of Klingon nonfiction, Schoen edited and published The Grammarian's Desk (978-0964434530), a collection of essays written by Captain Krankor (Rich Yampell). He also served as the editor of HolQeD (ISSN 1061-2327), the quarterly journal of the KLI, for the entirety of its 13-year run. He was featured in Director Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary about the Klingon Language Institute, Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (2004).[11] In 2011, he produced a daily Klingon language podcast called DaHjaj Hol.[12] (See Klingon Language Institute#Publications.)

Small Press Publisher[edit]

Schoen is also the publisher and chief editor for Paper Golem, a speculative fiction small press started in November, 2006. The first book published by Paper Golem was Prime Codex, an anthology of previously published stories by members of the Codex Writers Group, of which Schoen is a founding member.[13] Paper Golem is Schoen's vehicle for "paying it forward," and focuses on two mains tracks: publishing single author collections by relatively new authors (e.g., Cat Rambo in 2009, Eric James Stone in 2011), and the Alembical series which produces anthologies of original novellas (J. Kathleen Cheney's novella "Iron Shoes", from Alembical 2, received a nomination for the Nebula Award).[14]


In 2013, Schoen took a page from one of his fictional creations and became certified as a hypnotherapist by the International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotists (IAPCH), with the intention of developing materials to aid other writers grappling with problems common to their field (e.g., writers' block).[citation needed]

Published Works[edit]

The "Conroyverse"[edit]




Short Stories[edit]

In addition to the above, the following stories include characters from or are set in the same universe as the Amazing Conroy works:

  • "Texas Fold'em" (December 2006) in nanobison. Reprinted in Space Westerns (2008).


  • Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard (2015) Tor Books


Short fiction[edit]

  • "A Fool’s Death" in Abyss and Apex, 2006. Audio release, The Drabblecast, 2010.
  • "A Single Shot" in M-Brane SF, 2010.
  • "Artificial Contrariness" in Dragonscroll, volume 1, number 5, 1999.
  • "Bug Juice" in The Age Of Wonders, 2000, SFF Net.
  • "Candeloro’s Magic" in Dragonscroll, volume 1, number 3, 1999.
  • "Case Study" in Terra Incognita, 2000.
  • "Cat Futures" in The Town Drunk, 2006.
  • "Chasing The Bear" in Speculon Webzine, 2002.
  • "Cruel Teacher" in Speculon Webzine, 2003.
  • "Coca Xocalātl" in ReDeus: Divine Tales, 2012, Crazy 8 Press.
  • "Cycles" in Spaceways Weekly, 2000.
  • "Death and Loss” in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Euphemism Skin" in Spaceways Weekly, 1999. Reprinted in The Annual Best Of SpaceWays Weekly, 2000. Reprinted in Aliens And AIs, 2005, Eggplant Literary Productions.
  • "Experimental Design" in The Martian Wave, 1998.
  • "Fermentation" in The Martian Wave, 1998.
  • "Fitzwell’s Oracle" in Aeon, 2007.
  • "Gift Time" in Barren Worlds, 2008, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Golem Summer" in Elysian Fiction, 2003.
  • "In Case" in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "jubHa’" in Strange New Worlds III, 2000, Gallery Books.
  • "Just Add Water" in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Marcy of the Seals" in Global Warming Aftermaths, in press, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Mars Needs Baby Seals" in Destination: Future, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Names" in Jackhammer, 1998. Reprinted in Visionair, 2000. Reprinted in Planet Relish, 2000.
  • "Of Storm and Furry: Contemporary Past" in Mythagoras, 1990.
  • "Of Storm and Furry: Petals and Vents" in Mythagoras, 1990.
  • "Past Waves" in Strange Plasma, 1990. Reprinted in The Martian Wave, 1999. Reprinted in Electric Velocipede, 2001.
  • "Pidgin" in Aliens And AIs, 2005, Eggplant Literary Productions. Audio release, The Drabblecast, 2010.
  • "Pun Gazing" in Aliens And AIs, 2005, Eggplant Literary Productions.
  • "Quantum Pen" in Artemis, 2003.
  • "Red Shell" in Speculon Webzine, 2001.
  • "Retro-Virus" in Speculon Webzine, 2001. Reprinted in Aliens And AIs, 2005, Eggplant Literary Productions.
  • "Schroedinger’s Closet" in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Singing for the Man" in 'ReDeus: Beyond Borders," 2013, Crazy 8 Press.
  • "Smooth Manuever" in Blue Food, 2001. Reprinted in Aliens And AIs, 2005, Eggplant Literary Productions.
  • "Solitaire" in Not One Of Us, 2001.
  • "Stations of the Cheeseburger" in TEL : Stories, 2005, Wheatland Press. Reprinted in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Sweet Potato Pie" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2005. Reprinted in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Take Me To Your Leiderkranz" in Analog Magazine, 2005.
  • "The Amulet in Winter" in The Magic in the Mirrorstone, 2008, Mirrorstone.
  • "The Conservation of Thelos" in Apex Digest, 2005.
  • "The Day After The Census" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2003.
  • "The Epistemology of Bread" in Lenox Avenue, 2005.
  • "The Fourth Person" in ReDeus: Native Lands, 2013, Crazy 8 Press.
  • "The Game Of Leaf And Smile" in AEON Magazine, 2005.
  • "The Moment" in Footprints, 2009, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "The Novice" in, 1999.
  • "The Promise" in Spaceways Weekly, number 55, 1998.
  • "The Sky’s The Limit" in All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, 2004, Wheatland Press.
  • "The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher" in The Stories in Between, 2010, Fantasist Enterprises.
  • "Thinking" in AEON Magazine, 2006.
  • "Thirst For Knowledge" in Maelstrom SF, number 3, 1999.
  • "Thresher" in Breach the Hull, 2007, Dark Quest, LLC.
  • "Whale Song" in Spaceways Weekly, 2000. Reprinted in Spin (Finnish), 2005.
  • "What Doesn’t Stay in Vegas" in Desolate Places, 2007, Hadley Rille Books.
  • "Writer’s Block" in Harbinger, 1999. Reprinted in The Martian Wave, 1999. Reprinted in The Goblin Muse, 2000.
  • "Xenosomnambulism" in Abyss & Apex, 2008.


  • "Brown Bagging" in Spellbound, 1999.
  • "Choral Reef" in Spellbound, 2000.
  • "Coyote Librarian" in Spellbound, 2002.
  • "Dragon Math" in Spellbound, 2000.
  • "Every Janitor’s A Goblin" in Spellbound, 2000.
  • "Historical Trolls" in Spellbound, 2001.
  • "Minotaur Boys" in Faerie Gold, 1999.
  • "Snowball" in Spellbound, 1999.
  • "The Figurative Gryphon" in Speculon Webzine, 2002.
  • "The Gargoyle and the Bully" in Spellbound, 2000.
  • "The Last Day Of School" in Spellbound, 2002.
  • "The Vampire Jamboree in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010, Hadley Rille Books.

Edited Works[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Interviews (Text)[edit]

Interviews (Video)[edit]


  1. ^ "Lawrence M. Schoen - IMDb". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ "About the Author". Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Study will test unusual but creative format to empower outpatients". Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Speaker to Talk on Klingon: Sci-Fi Language Star". Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  5. ^ Reichert, James S. (2001-06-12). "Reviews: Absolute Magnitude, #16, Summer 2001". Tangent. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Yesterday's Taste". Transtories (Aeon Press). October 2011. 
  7. ^ Schoen, Lawrence M. (2012). Barry's Tale. Hadley Rille Books. 
  8. ^ Schoen, Lawrence M. (2013). Trial of the Century. World Jumping. 
  9. ^ Calendrical Regression author=Schoen, Lawrence M. NobleFusion Press. January 26, 2015. ASIN B00STWXR3I. 
  10. ^ Gorman, James (1993-04-05). "Klingon: The Final Frontier". TIME. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  11. ^ "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water - IMDb". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Lawrence M. Schoen | Archive | Podcasts". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Codex Writers' Group: Links". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Nebula Award Nominations Announced!". 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  15. ^ "Locus Online News: Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominations". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  16. ^ "Locus Online News: 2010 Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominees". 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  17. ^ "Locus Online News » 2012 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  18. ^ "Locus Online News » 2013 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Locus Online News » 2014 Nebula Awards Ballot Announced". 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 

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