Steven Gould

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Steven Gould
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Born (1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 59)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Occupation Science fiction writer
Language English
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Laura J. Mixon

Steven Charles Gould (born February 7, 1955)[1] is an American science fiction author, teacher and president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has written eight novels and is best known for his 1992 novel Jumper, which was made into a film and released in 2008. He is married to science fiction writer Laura J. Mixon and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2]

Biography[edit]

Steven Charles Gould was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona on February 7, 1955 to James Alan and Carita Louise Gould.[1] His father was an Army officer; when Gould was in junior high his father was stationed at Fort Shafter in Hawaii for three years. The whole family learned to scuba dive there and Gould went diving frequently. That hobby later informed scenes in his novels Greenwar and Blind Waves.[3] Greenwar was a collaboration with his wife, Laura J. Mixon.

Gould attended Texas A&M University and has set much of his writing in Texas. Aggiecon, which is held in College Station on the Texas A&M campus, was the first science fiction convention Gould attended, and he was chair of Aggiecon V in 1975.[4]

Gould submitted the first short story he wrote to Analog; it was rejected with a personal note from then-editor Ben Bova, who encouraged Gould to let him see his future work. The second story Gould wrote, "The Touch of Their Eyes," was read aloud by Theodore Sturgeon at a writing workshop at AggieCon in 1979. Sturgeon made one correction ("Calvary and Cavalry are two different things") and suggested that Gould submit it to Stan Schmidt, who had become editor at Analog in late 1978. Gould did, and the story was published by Analog in 1980.[4]

Gould was director of the south/central region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1986–1989. In 1989 he married Laura J. Mixon and moved with her to New York City, where her job supported them while he finished his first novel, Jumper.[3] He was also a guest lecturer at Texas A&M in 1990. Gould and Mixon have two daughters. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gould practices and teaches aikido, which was featured in his recent book, 7th Sigma. The young protagonist becomes an Uchideshi ("inside student"), as the first step toward his coming-of-age and other adventures.[5][6]

Writing workshops[edit]

Gould has been an instructor at the annual one-week speculative fiction workshop Viable Paradise since 2000.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

The bibliography[8] below includes Gould's novels, short fiction and essays and includes general themes for each of the novels.

Novels[edit]

  • Jumper (Tor, 1992): A young man discovers he has the ability to teleport, and uses it to fight terrorists while evading government agents
  • Wildside (Tor, 1996): Alternative universe, set in Texas: a group of high school graduates find a hole into an alternative reality, a pristine world unspoiled by man and human-caused extinctions. They start a gold business and are discovered by the government
  • Greenwar (Forge, 1997; Tor, 1998) with Laura J. Mixon: Deep sea energy and environmental issues[9]
  • Helm (Tor, 1998): Mind control, the destruction of Earth's ecosystem
  • Blind Waves (Tor, 2000): Melted icecaps, investigation into violence against refugees out at sea and in a floating city; set in Texas
  • Reflex (2004): Sequel to Jumper
  • Jumper: Griffin's Story (2007): Backstory of a character from the movie version of Jumper
  • 7th Sigma (2011): Set in an American Southwest ravaged by bug-sized, metal-eating, self-replicating robots. Set in the same universe as his short stories, "Bugs In the Arroyo" and "A Story With Beans"
  • Impulse (Tor, 2013): Sequel to Reflex
  • Exo (Tor-Forge, 2014) Book four of the Jumper series.

Short fiction[edit]

  • "The Touch of Their Eyes" (Analog, Sep 1980)
  • "Wind Instrument" (Asimov's, Jun 1981)
  • "Gift of Fire" (Analog Science Fact & Fiction, Aug 1981)
  • "Rory" (Analog, 1984)
  • "Mental Blocks" (Amazing Stories, Jul 1985)
  • "The No License Needed, Fun to Drive, Built Easily with Ordinary Tools, Revolutionary, Guaranteed, Lawnmower Engine Powered, Low Cost, Compact, and Dependable Mail Order Device" (Analog, Apr 1986)
  • "Poppa Was a Catcher" (New Destinies, Volume II ed. Jim Baen, Aug 1987; Cities in Space, ed. Jerry Pournelle, John F. Carr, Sep 1991)
  • "Peaches for Mad Molly" (Analog, Feb 1988; The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois, May 1989; The 1989 Annual World's Best SF, ed. Donald A. Wollheim, Arthur W. Saha, Jun 1989; New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Sep 2003)
  • "Simulation Six" (Asimov's, Mar 1990)
  • "The Session" (The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors, ed. Terri Windling, Tor Apr 1995)
  • "Leonardo's Hands", with Rory Harper (RevolutionSF, Aug 2005)[10]
  • "Shade" (Tor.com, 2008)[11] - Side story to Reflex
  • "Bugs In the Arroyo" (Tor.com, Apr 2009)[12]
  • "A Story With Beans" (Analog, May 2009; The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois, Jul 2010, The Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction: 23rd Annual Collection, 2010)
  • "Tameshigiri" (The Living Dead 2, John Joseph Adams. Night Shade Books, 2010)

Essays[edit]

  • Introduction (A Conflagration Artist, a collection by Bradley Denton) (Wildside Press, 1994)

Awards[edit]

Gould's short fiction has been nominated twice for the Hugo Award, for the short story "Rory" in 1985, and the novelette "Peaches for Mad Molly" in 1989. "Peaches for Mad Molly" was also on the shortlist for the Nebula Award that year. His first published short story, "The Touch of Their Eyes", was also nominated for the Analog Award for Best Short Story in 1980.

Gould's first novel, Jumper, was nominated for the Compton Crook Award (Balticon - Best 1st Novel) and came in second for the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

Gould's second book, Wildside, was awarded the Hal Clement Award for best young adult science fiction novel in 1997. The National Library Association has also recognized Jumper and Wildside as best books for young adults.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002. Entry updated September 23, 2002
  2. ^ Biography at Tor.com http://www.tor.com/bios/authors/stevengould
  3. ^ a b c "Green Dreams, with Explosions;" interview of Laura J. Mixon and Steven Gould, by Jayme Lynn Blaschke. Interzone 160, October 2000
  4. ^ a b "As Read By" Eat Our Brains, Jan 9, 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2011
  5. ^ http://www.sfsite.com/11a/sglm115.htm
  6. ^ http://www.albuquerqueaikikai.com/Instructors.html
  7. ^ Viable Paradise Instructors, Past and Present Last updated January 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011
  8. ^ The Internet Speculative Fiction Database http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ch.cgi?Steven_Gould
  9. ^ OmniVisions interview: Steven Gould & Laura J. Mixon. Conducted April 24, 1997. Retrieved 9-17-2011
  10. ^ Leonardo's Hands
  11. ^ Shade
  12. ^ Bugs In the Arroyo

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