Wen Spencer

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Wen Spencer (born 1963) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer whose books center on characters with unusual abilities, and which might be regarded as original variations on the standard vampire and werewolf themes. In 2003, she was the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[1]

Spencer was raised on the family farm in Evans City, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh, gaining a degree in Information science, and has been active in science fiction fandom. Her Ukiah Oregon series features a partly alien character of gentle nature but with powerful abilities and with dangerous relatives who are variations on the theme of werewolf. Her novel Tinker features a young woman of extraordinary brilliance who is turned (somewhat reminiscently of vampire fiction) into an elf. A Brother's Price posits a believable world where perhaps 1 man is born for every 8, 10, or more women, and the evolution of its society.

Wen Spencer accepting the Campbell Award at the 2003 World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto

Published works[edit]

Ukiah Oregon series[edit]

  1. Alien Taste (2001), Compton Crook Award winner[2]
  2. Tainted Trail (2002)
  3. Bitter Waters (2003)
  4. Dog Warrior (October 2004)

Tinker (Elfhome) series[edit]

Fantasy novels set in near-future Pittsburgh and Elfhome[3]

  1. Tinker (2003), 2004 Sapphire Award for the Best Science Fiction Romance novel[4]
  2. Wolf Who Rules (July 2006)
  3. Elfhome (July 2012)[5]
  4. Wood Sprites (release November 2014)

Stand-alone novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • set in the Elfhome Universe
  • "Once Upon a Toad" in Fantastic Companions (2005)
  • "Another Man's Meat" in Triangulation 2004: A Confluence of Speculative Fiction (2004)
  • "Moon Monkeys" in Adventures in Sol System (2004)
  • "Rituals for a New God" in Turn the Other Chick (2004)
  • "Young Robots in Love" in Triangulation 2003: A Confluence of Speculative Fiction (2003)
  • "Protection Money" in Jim Baen's Universe (2006), (later part of Elfhome #3)


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