Bruce Golden

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Bruce Edward Golden (born December 3, 1952) is an American writer of science fiction, a satirist, and a journalist.


His novels include the following:

  • Red Sky, Blue Moon
  • Evergreen
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • Mortals All


Golden was born in San Diego, California, United States, and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing (where he was encouraged to write by the same professor[who?] who mentored science fiction author Greg Bear).[citation needed] He taught a course in magazine article writing at SDSU and was a volunteer youth baseball coach/administrator for 17 years. He has one son, Eric, and two grandchildren, Savannah and Troy, and still lives in San Diego.[citation needed]

Writing career[edit]

Golden began his professional writing career as a freelance journalist, publishing more than 200 magazine and newspaper articles ranging from in-depth profiles to feature stories to satirical commentary. His first sale as a writer was a story on Black's Beach, at the time the only legal nude beach in the country, which was published by The Progressive in 1977. He worked for 14 years as an editor, and was the founding editor/art director responsible for the creation of five different publications.

In 1985 he was chosen to be the head writer and associate producer of a comedy/variety show (San Diego's Passion) involving more than a hundred actors, writers, musicians, and dancers. In 1986 he wrote a teleplay that was optioned for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. However, the program was cancelled before the script could be produced, so Golden rewrote it as the short story “Common Time,” which was named as a semi-finalist in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest. An augmented version of the story was published many years later in the U.S. magazine Brutarian, as well as publications in Romania, Greece, Canada, and England.

Golden turned to broadcasting in 1990. As a television news producer and radio reporter, he was awarded an Emmy, two Golden Mikes, and a number of honors from the Society of Professional Journalists,[citation needed] including recognition for his radio documentaries Sex in the ‘90s and Banned in the USA. For a change of pace, he called upon the comedy writing talents he’d honed nearly a decade earlier to create Radio Free Comedy, a program lampooning political correctness. Much later he wrote and produced a pair of public health educational documentaries for the state of California.[citation needed] In 2001, Golden walked away from his journalistic career to devote himself to his first love-- writing fiction. Golden's first novel, Mortals All (Shaman Press), was a futuristic examination of the civil rights of artificially-created humans. A review in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine described it as "Steeped in the ambience of classic 1950's Galaxy magazine ... social satire, irreverent anti-establishmentarianism, and pseudo-hardboiled narration ... Golden writes with zest and good pacing ... a certain flippancy of characterization and delivery ..."

Golden’s second novel, Better Than Chocolate (Zumaya Otherworlds), was a futuristic mystery written with undertones of satire and social commentary. It follows San Francisco Police Inspector Noah Dane, who, while hunting his partner's killer and investigating a pair of seemingly unrelated murders, stumbles onto a conspiracy that threatens all humanity. Much to his dismay, his new crime-fighting partner is a Marilyn Monroe celebudroid.

A review in Asimov’s Science Fiction says of the book, "If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce Golden’s Better Than Chocolate." In Golden’s third novel, Evergreen (Zumaya Otherworlds), he created his own planet—a beautiful world populated by majestic forests, ever-changing auroras (called by “sky sprites” by the natives), and the ursu, a primate-like species that may have once achieved sentience. A review in said of Evergreen, "Believably tormented characters, unique world-building, realistic dialogue, adventure, exploration, alien lifeforms . . ."[1]

In addition to his novels, Golden has sold more than 100 short stories published across nine countries in such publications as Pedestal,[2] Oceans of the Mind,[3] Odyssey, Digital Science Fiction, Postscripts, Penumbra,[4] and Nemonymous. His tales have been appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, and he won Speculative Fiction Reader’s “2003 Firebrand Fiction Award,”[5] the 2006 "JJM Fiction Prize,"[6] and was a co-winner of the 2003 “Top International Horror” stories contest. He’s received several Honorable Mentions from the Speculative Literature Foundation and the Writers of the Future Contest.

In 2011, he published Dancing with the Velvet Lizard (Zumaya Otherworlds)--with 33 stories, one of the largest single author collections of speculative fiction in print.[citation needed]



  • Red Sky, Blue Moon (2013)
  • Evergreen (2009)
  • Better Than Chocolate (2007)
  • Mortals All (2002)


  • Dancing with the Velvet Lizard (2011)

Appearances in anthologies[edit]

  • Future Imperfect (2012)
  • Moon: The Eighth Continent (2012)
  • Therefore I Am (Canada—2011)
  • Ninety Minutes to Live (2011)
  • Warrior Wisewoman 3 (2010)
  • War of the Worlds (Canada—2010)
  • Scary Kisses (Australia—2010)
  • Neverlands & Otherwheres (2009)
  • Love and Sacrifice (England—2007)
  • North of Infinity II (Canada—2006)
  • Book of Shadows (Australia—2006)
  • F/SF (2005)
  • Top International Horror (England—2004)
  • Nemonymous (England—2004)
  • Stories of Myth, Legend and Future (2003)

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • 2011 National Space Society Honorable Mention
  • 2010 Phoenix Award Nominee
  • 2009 Whispering Spirits Winner
  • 2007 Speculative Literature Foundation Honorable Mention
  • 2006 JJM Fiction Prize Winner
  • 2005 Speculative Literature Foundation Honorable Mention
  • 2003 Firebrand Fiction Award Winner
  • 2003 Top International Horror Co-Winner
  • 2000 Writers of the Future Honorable Mention
  • 1998 Emmy "One Hour Newscast-TV"
  • 1997 Golden Mike "One Hour Newscast-TV"
  • 1993 Voice of America Honorable Mention "Americana"
  • 1993 Society of Professional Journalists "Best Editorials-Radio"
  • 1992 Golden Mike "Team Reporting"
  • 1988 Writers of the Future Honorable Mention
  • 1987 Elan Award "Publication"
  • 1983 Elan Award "Marketing"


  1. ^ "Evergreen by Bruce Golden - Book". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ "> Archives > Issue 55 > Fiction >Bruce Golden - Blind Faith". The Pedestal Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Issue XX - Alternate Histories". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Penumbra eMag: Penumbra's January Issue Now Released". 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Short Fiction Contest-winning story #13: "Mystery in C Minor," by Bruce Golden". Jerry Jazz Musician. 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 

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