Carolyn Ives Gilman

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Carolyn Ives Gilman at Worldcon in Helsinki in 2017.

Carolyn Ives Gilman (born 1954) is an American 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. 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)

Critical studies and reviews of Gilman's work[edit]

Dark orbit
  • Sakers, Don (September 2015). "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 135 (9): 105–108.


  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. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.