Terry Bisson

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Terry Ballantine Bisson (born February 12, 1942) is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories. Several of his works, including "Bears Discover Fire", have won top awards in the science fiction community, such as the Hugo and the Nebula.

He was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky.[1]

While a student at Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1961, Bisson was one of a group of twelve students who traveled to Washington, D.C. during the Cuban Missile Crisis supporting U.S. President John F. Kennedy's "peace race". Kennedy invited the group into the White House (the first time protesters had ever been so recognized) and they met for several hours with McGeorge Bundy. The group received wide press coverage, and this event is regarded as the start of the student peace movement.[2]

After leaving Grinnell College, Bisson graduated from the University of Louisville in 1964. He lived "on and off" in New York City for most of the next four decades, moving to Oakland, California in 2002. He became a "working" writer in 1981. A self-identified member of the New Left, he operated Jacobin Books, a "revolutionary" mail-order book service, from 1985 to 1990, in partnership with Judy Jensen.[1]

Bisson's political views are evident in his 1988 alternative history novel Fire on the Mountain, with its outspoken praise of Revolutionary Socialism.

Bisson has been married three times. He and his first wife, Deirdre Holst, have three children. His second marriage was to Mary Corey. Bisson married his "longtime companion" Judy Jensen on December 24, 2004; the couple has one daughter, and Bisson acts as stepfather to Jensen's two children.[1][3]

In the 1960s, early in his career, Bisson collaborated on several comic book stories with Clark Dimond, and he edited Major Publications' black-and-white horror-comics magazine Web of Horror, leaving before the fourth issue.

In 1996, he wrote two three-part comic book adaptations of Nine Princes in Amber and The Guns of Avalon, the first two books in Roger Zelazny's "Amber" series.

In 1997, Bisson used Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s outline to complete the writing[4] of Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, an unfinished sequel to Miller's classic 1960 novel A Canticle for Leibowitz, after Miller's death[5] in 1996.

Bibliography[edit]

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Fiction Series[edit]

Billy[edit]

  • Billy and the Ants (2005) [SF]
  • Billy and the Bulldozer (2005) [SF]
  • Billy and the Talking Plant (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Fairy (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Unicorn (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Spacemen (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Circus Girl (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Magic Midget (2006) [SF]
  • Billy and the Wizard (2007) [SF]
  • Billy and the Flying Saucer (2008) [SF]
  • Billy's Book (2009) [C] (also appeared as: Billy's Picture Book (2010)) [as by Terry Bisson and Rudy Rucker ]
  • Billy and the Pond Vikings (2009) [SF]
  • Billy and the Time Skateboard (2009) [SF]
  • Billy and the WITHC (2009) [SF]
  • Billy in Dinosaur City (2009) [SF]

Aliens Universe[edit]

  • Alien Resurrection: The Official Junior Novelization (1997)

Gemini Jack (w/ Stephanie Spinner)[edit]

  • Be First in the Universe (2000)
  • Expiration Date: Never (2001)

Star Wars Universe[edit]

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars
    • Star Wars: Boba Fett
      • The Fight to Survive (2002)
      • Crossfire (2002)

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (as Brad Quentin)[edit]

  • Jonny Quest: The Demon of the Deep (1996)
  • Jonny Quest: Peril in the Peaks (1997)
  • Jonny Quest: Attack of the Evil Cyber-God (1997)

Wilson Wu and Irving[edit]

  • The Hole in the Hole (1994) [SF]
  • The Edge of the Universe (1996) [SF]
  • Get Me to the Church on Time (1998) [SF]
  • Numbers Don't Lie (2001) [C]

Stand Alone Novels[edit]

  • Wyrldmaker (1981)
  • Talking Man (1986)
  • Fire on the Mountain (1988)
  • Voyage to the Red Planet (1990)
  • Virtuosity (1995)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Pirates of the Universe (1996)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • The 6th Day (2000)
  • The Pickup Artist (2001)
  • Any Day Now (2012)

Collections[edit]

  • Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories (1993)
  • In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories (2000)
  • Meucs [French] (2003)
  • Greetings (2005)
  • The Left Left Behind (2009)
  • TVA Baby and Other Stories (2011)

Chapterbooks[edit]

  • Dear Abbey (2003)
  • Planet of Mystery (2008)
  • Catch 'Em in the Act (2010)
  • TVA Baby (2011)
  • The Cockroach Hat (2011)

Nonfiction[edit]

  • Nat Turner (1988)
  • On a Move: The Story of Mumia Abu Jamal (2001)

Short Fiction Series[edit]

Dialogue

  • They're Made Out of Meat (1991)
  • Press Ann (1991)
  • Next (1992)

Amber

  • Roger Zelazny's Amber: The Guns of Avalon, Book One of Three (Excerpt) (1995)

This Month in History

  • This Month in History (Locus #519) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #520) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #521) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #522) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #523) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #524) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #525) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #526) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #527) (2004)
  • This Month in History (Locus #528) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #529) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #530) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #531) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #532) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #533) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #534) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #535) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #536) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #537) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #538) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #539) (2005)
  • This Month in History (Locus #540) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #541) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #542) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #543) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #544) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #545) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #546) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #547) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #548) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #549) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #550) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #551) (2006)
  • This Month in History (Locus #552) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #553) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #554) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #555) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #556) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #557) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #558) (2007)
  • This Month in History (Locus #610) (2011)
  • This Month in History (Locus #611) (2011)
  • This Month in History (Locus #612) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #613) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #614) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #615) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #616) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #617) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #618) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #619) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #620) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #621) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #622) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #623) (2012)
  • This Month in History (Locus #624) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #625) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #626) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #627) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #628) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #629) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #630) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #631) (2013) [ES]
  • This Month in History (Locus #632) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #633) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #634) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #635) (2013)
  • This Month in History (Locus #636) (2014)
  • This Month in History (Locus #637) (2014)
  • This Month in History (Locus #638) (2014)
  • This Month in History (Locus #639) (2014) [ES]
  • This Month in History (Locus #640) (2014)
  • This Month in History (Locus #641) (2014)
  • This Month in History (Locus #642) (2014)

Shortfiction[edit]

  • Over Flat Mountain (1990)
  • Bears Discover Fire (1990)
  • The Two Janets (1990)
  • The Coon Suit (1991)
  • Carl's Lawn & Garden (1992)
  • Two Guys from the Future (1992)
  • Are There Any Questions? (1992)
  • Canción Autentica de Old Earth (1992)
  • Necronauts (1993)
  • England Underway (1993)
  • By Permit Only (1993)
  • The Toxic Donut (1993)
  • The Shadow Knows (1993)
  • The Message (1993)
  • George (1993)
  • Partial People (1993)
  • Tell Them They Are All Full of Shit and They Should Fuck Off (1994)
  • Dead Man's Curve (1994)
  • The Joe Show (1994)
  • 10:07:24 (1995)
  • There Are No Dead (1995)
  • "Hawk" Debate Heats Up (1996)
  • In the Upper Room (1996)
  • An Office Romance (1997)
  • The Reef Builders (1997) with Karen Joy Fowler and Maureen F. McHugh and Rosaleen Love
  • The Player (1997)
  • Incident at Oak Ridge (1998)
  • First Fire (1998)
  • Not This Virginia (1999)
  • Smoother (1999)
  • macs (1999) also appeared as: Macs (1999)
  • Pleasantville Monster Project: A Film (1999)
  • Lucy (2000)
  • He Loved Lucy (2000)
  • The Old Rugged Cross (2001)
  • A View From the Bridge (2001)
  • Charlie's Angels (2001)
  • The Hugo Nominee (2002)
  • OpenClose (2002)
  • I Saw the Light (2002)
  • Come Dance with Me (2003)
  • Dear Abbey (2003)
  • Greetings (2003)
  • Almost Home (2003)
  • Death's Door (2004)
  • Robert's Rules of Order (play) (2004)
  • Scout's Honor (2004)
  • Super 8 (2004)
  • Special Relativity (2006)
  • 2+2=5 (2006) with Rudy Rucker
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (2006) also appeared as: Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (2011)
  • Put Up Your Hands (2006)
  • Pirates of the Somali Coast (2007)
  • BYOB FAQ (2007)
  • Captain Ordinary (2008)
  • The Stamp (2008)
  • Let Their People Go: The Left Left Behind (2008) also appeared as: The Left Left Behind: "Let Their People Go!" (2008)
  • Private Eye (2008)
  • Catch 'Em in the Act (2008)
  • Planet of Mystery (2008)
  • TVA Baby (2009)
  • Corona Centurion™ FAQ (2009) also appeared as: Corona FAQ (2011)
  • Farewell Atlantis (2009)
  • The Cockroach Hat (2010)
  • About It (2010)
  • Teen Love Science Club (2010)
  • A Special Day (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bisson, Terry. "TERRY BISSON of the UNIVERSE: Life & Works". Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Grinnell Magazine, Fall 2011: The Grinnell 14 Go to Washington
  3. ^ "People and Publishing," Locus, April 2005, p.8
  4. ^ Bisson, Terry (1997). "A CANTICLE FOR MILLER; or, How I Met Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman but not Walter M. Miller, Jr.". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Obituaries: Walter M. Miller, Jr.", Locus, February 1996, p.78
  6. ^ http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Terry_Bisson. 

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