T. Jackson King

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T. Jackson King is a professional archeologist www.escholarship.org/uc/item/2f3555zn.pdf, journalist, poet and author who is a graduate of UCLA (M.A. 1976) and the University of Tennessee (B.Sc. 1971).

He has published several science fiction short stories as well as five books. King wrote Retread Shop in 1988 and co-wrote Ancestor's World in 1996 with A.C. Crispin. A collection of his short stories, Judgment Day And Other Dreams, and a poetry collection, Mother Earth's Stretch Marks, were published in 2009. In 2010, Fantastic Books published his young adult scifi novel Little Brother's World. His short stories have appeared in various magazines including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Pulphouse, Tomorrow, Absolute Magnitude, Pandora, The Silver Web, Figment, Aberrations, VB Tech Journal, Expanse, Kinesis and Midnight Zoo.

He is also a published poet and essayist.[1] His archeological publications include one monograph and six professional articles. www.escholarship.org/uc/item/2f3555zn.pdf

Writing style[edit]

King writes (in his own words)"anthropological science fiction, dark fantasy/horror and contemporary fantasy".[by whom?] His stories explore culture, adaptation, archetypes and individual choice. Some of his stories could be seen as influenced by his own personal experiences and worldwide travels.


King has worked as an archaeologist www.escholarship.org/uc/item/2f3555zn.pdf in the American Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe, Russia, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Previous jobs have included short order cook, hotel clerk, legal assistant, investigative reporter and editor.

As an investigative reporter he was awarded a First Amendment Award in 2003, by the Society for Professional Journalists, and received two honorable mentions, 1987 and 1988 in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest.

King was also a Tennessee hippie and belonged to the Southern Student Organizing Committee (SSOC). He helped lead the first anti-Vietnam War demonstration by expatriates in Tokyo in 1968, and started up the Shinjuku Sutra, the first English language underground newspaper in Japan. King's three grown children are Keith, Karen and Kevin, who now all live in Virginia.

Community Standing[edit]

Within the science fiction community King has appeared at many conventions, serving as SFWA Elections Chair in 1990 and was chair of the Philip K. Dick Awardjury in 1996. His most recent publication was in 2014, the YA scifi novel The Memory Singer Template:Http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Singer-T-Jackson-King/dp/1617209465/ref=sr 1 1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Memory+Singer. King now lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he writes science fiction novels and short stories, fantasy, poetry and non-fiction articles.


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