Carolyn Ives Gilman

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Carolyn Ives Gilman at Worldcon in Helsinki in 2017.

Carolyn Ives Gilman (born 1954) is a historian and author of science fiction and fantasy. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times, and the Hugo Award twice.[1][2] Her short fiction has been published in a number of magazines and publications, including Fantasy and Science Fiction, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy and Full Spectrum, along with a number of "year's best" anthologies. She is also the author of science fiction novels such as Halfway Human, which is noted for its "groundbreaking"[3] exploration of gender.


Gilman currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she works as a historian at the National Museum of the American Indian, specializing in 18th- and early 19th-century North American history.[4] She previously worked as a historian at the Missouri Historical Society.[5]


Her first novel, Halfway Human, was a new entry into the genre of Gender Science Fiction, portraying a world in which humans have three genders: male, female, and neuter. It has been called "one of the most compelling explorations of gender and power in recent SF"[6] and compared favorably to the work of Ursula K. Le Guin.[7] The book placed 2nd in the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel,[1][2] and was nominated for the Tiptree Award. Her work is known for vivid portrayals and deconstructions of the culture of the peoples in her stories.



Twenty Planets series
  • Halfway Human (New York: Avon Books, 1998)
  • Arkfall (Rockville, Maryland: Phoenix Pick, 2010)
  • The Ice Owl (Rockville, Maryland: Phoenix Pick, 2012)
  • Dark Orbit (New York: Tor, 2015)
Isles of the Forsaken series
  • Isles of the Forsaken (Toronto, Ontario: ChiZine Publications, 2011)
  • Ison of the Isles (Toronto, Ontario: ChiZine Publications, 2012)

Short fiction[edit]

  • Gilman, Carolyn Ives (2007). Aliens of the heart. Aqueduct Press.
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Candle in a bottle 1996 Gilman, Carolyn Ives (Oct 1996). "Candle in a bottle". F&SF.
Dreamseed 2000 Gilman, Carolyn Ives (Oct–Nov 2000). "Dreamseed". F&SF. 99 (4&5): 8–31.CS1 maint: date format (link) Novelette
Okagoggan Falls 2006 Gilman, Carolyn Ives (2006). "Okagoggan Falls". F&SF.
Arkfall 2008 Gilman, Carolyn Ives (Sep 2008). "Arkfall". F&SF. 115 (3): 62–117. Gilman, Carolyn Ives (2010). Arkfall. Rockville, Maryland: Phoenix Pick. Novella
Touring with the alien 2016 Gilman, Carolyn Ives (Apr 2016). "Touring with the alien". Clarkesworld Magazine. 115. Novelette


  • Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide (Smithsonian Books, 2003)


  1. ^ a b "Award Bibliography: Carolyn Ives Gilman". Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB).
  2. ^ a b "Carolyn Ives Gilman". Science Fiction Awards Database. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Two Views on Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman" by Sandra Lindow and Michael Levy, The New York Review of Science Fiction, November 2015.
  4. ^ "Becoming the Other" by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Locus Magazine, July 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Fighting for freedom in 'Ison of the Isles'" by J. Stephen Bolhafner, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Locus Magazine, as quoted in Goodreads author page
  7. ^ John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (eds.). "Gilman, Carolyn Ives". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Gollancz/SFE.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.