Mary Turzillo

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Mary Turzillo
Born 1940
Pen name Mary T. Brizzi
Genre Speculative fiction
Notable works "Mars is No Place for Children"
Notable awards Nebula Award
Novelette division
2000 Mars is No Place for Children
Spouse Geoffrey A. Landis

Mary A. Turzillo (born 1940)[1] is an American science fiction writer noted primarily for short stories. She won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 2000 for her story Mars is No Place for Children,[2][3] published originally in Science Fiction Age, and her story "Pride,"[2] published originally in Fast Forward 1, was a Nebula award finalist for best short story of 2007.[4]

She was formerly a professor of English at Kent State University, where she wrote articles and several books of science fiction criticism under the name Mary T. Brizzi, including Reader's Guide to Anne McCaffrey and Reader's Guide to Philip José Farmer.[5] She attended the Clarion Workshop in 1985,[6] and she founded the Cajun Sushi Hamsters writing workshop in Cleveland, Ohio.[7]


Although Mary had published poetry and academic works before attending the Clarion Writers workshop, her main publications in science fiction occurred following Clarion, with the publication of the stories “What Do I See In You” in Writers of the Future Volume IV, and “Kings” in Pulphouse: the Hardback magazine. After this her work appeared regularly in the SF magazines such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact, as well as original anthologies such as Universe and Fast Forward.

Her first novel, An Old Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog magazine in 2004.[8]


Turzillo is also a poet, published in a number of national publications. Her collection of poetry, Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, was published by VanZeno Press in 2007. A collaborative collection of poetry and fiction, Dragon Soup (written with artist and poet Marge Simon), appeared from VanZeno in 2008, and another collaboration with Simon, The Dragon's Dictionary, was published by Sam's Dot in 2010.

She has won several Ohio Poetry Day[9] awards. In 2013, she won the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Elgin Award for best poetry book for her collection Lovers and Killers (Dark Regions, 2012).[10]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow science fiction writer Geoffrey A. Landis.[11]

Selected Bibliography[edit]


Short fiction[edit]

  • "Crimes Against Nature". Interzone 80. Feb 1994. 
  • The Guatemala Cure. How to Save the World (Tor). Sep 1995. 
  • "Mate". F&SF 92 (2). Feb 1997. 
  • "Chrysoberyl". F&SF 94 (6). Jun 1998. 
  • "Mars is No Place for Children". Science Fiction Age. May 1999.  (Nebula award 2000)[2]
  • "By Ben Cruachan". F&SF 97 (3). Sep 1999. 
  • Pride. Fast Forward 1 (Pyr). February 2007.  (Nebula award nominee 2008)[4]
  • "Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads". The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. 2007. 
  • "Steak Tartare and the Cats of Gari Babakin". Analog 129 (4): 74–87. Apr 2009. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Turzillo, Mary A., 1940- - LC Linked Data Service (Library of Congress)
  2. ^ a b c "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Charles Brown, "2000 Nebula Banquet," Locus, July 2000
  4. ^ a b "Nebula Award Nominees," The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Spring 2007
  5. ^ "The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page – What's New Archive". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nebula Award Nominees," The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Summer 2000
  7. ^ S. Andrew Swann, Genrewonk interviews: Mary A. Turzillo, February 20, 2009 retrieved Oct. 3, 2013
  8. ^ ""An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl (Part 1)" by Mary A. Turzillo". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Welcome Home – Ohio Poetry Day Association". Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2013 Elgin Awards For books published in 2012 (Retrieved October 3, 2013)
  11. ^ "Geoffrey A. Landis: Hands-On Science," Locus, January 2000