Crawford Kilian

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Crawford Kilian
Born (1941-02-07) February 7, 1941 (age 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenreFantasy, science fiction, nonfiction

Crawford Kilian (born February 7, 1941) is a Canadian novelist and a college professor. He is also the former public education columnist for the Vancouver Province newspaper. Kilian holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and master's degree from Simon Fraser University.[1]


Born in New York City, Crawford Kilian grew up in Los Angeles and Mexico City. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1958 and moved back to New York to attend college. Kilian completed his undergraduate career at Columbia University in 1962.[1]

After graduation, Kilian was drafted into the United States Army where he completed a two-year tour of duty.[1] After his tour of duty, he became a technical writer for the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California.[2]

Shortly after he moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he began his education career. Kilian taught in two British Columbia community colleges between 1967 and 2008, of which five months were spent in China from 1983 to 1984. Kilian's first teaching position was at the Vancouver post-secondary institution, Vancouver Community College. Shortly after in 1968, he moved to Capilano College for its inaugural year. After 40 years at Capilano, he retired in the spring of 2008.

Kilian has published hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics including education, science, environment, politics, webwriting, and books. After retirement he became a part-time writer-editor for The Tyee, a online newspaper based in Vancouver.

He currently lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Selected works[edit]

Title Published Publisher Notes
Wonders, Inc. 1968 Parnassus Press (Berkeley, CA)[3] A children's book, illustrated by John Larrecq OCLC 1212
The Last Vikings 1973
The Empire of Time 1978
Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia 1978 2nd, expanded edition 2008
Icequake 1979
Eyas 1982
Tsunami 1983
Exploring British Columbia's Past 1984
Brother Jonathan 1985
School Wars: The Assault on B.C. Education 1985 [4]
Lifter 1986
The Fall of the Republic 1987
Rogue Emperor 1988
Gryphon 1989
Greenmagic 1992
The Communications Book 1994
2020 Visions: The Futures of Canadian Education 1995
Redmagic 1995
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy 1998 2nd edition, 2007
Writing for the Web 1999 Republished in 2000, 2006, 2009
Sell Your Nonfiction Book 2009


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