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 eighteen months old and he grew up in Culver City, California. In 1983 he graduated with B.S. in psycholinguistics from the 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 his graduate study, 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. 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.[3] In 2010, he participated in Walter Jon Williams's 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.

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,[4] about a space-traveling stage hypnotist and his alien companion animal (a "buffalito") that can consume anything and farts oxygen. Among these, "Yesterday's Taste," and the novellas "Barry's Tale" and "Trial of the Century" 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.


Schoen is the founder of the Klingon Language Institute[5] 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 thirteen-year run. In 2004, he was featured in Director Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary about the Klingon Language Institute, Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water.[6] In 2011 he produced a daily Klingon language podcast called DaHjaj Hol.[7] (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.[8] 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).[9]


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).


The "Conroyverse"[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


Anthologies and Collections edited[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Lawrence M. Schoen - IMDb". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ "About the Author". Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  3. ^ "SPEAKER TO TALK ON KLINGON: SCI-FI LANGUAGE STAR". Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Absolute Magnitude, #16, Summer 2001". 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  5. ^ Gorman, James (1993-04-05). "Klingon: The Final Frontier". TIME. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water - IMDb". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  7. ^ "Lawrence M. Schoen | Archive | Podcasts". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Codex Writers' Group: Links". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  9. ^ "Nebula Award Nominations Announced!". 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Locus Online News: Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominations". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  11. ^ "Locus Online News: 2010 Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominees". 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Locus Online News » 2012 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Locus Online News » 2013 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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