Elizabeth Bear

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Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear at Eurocon 2011.jpg
Bear at Eurocon/Swecon in 2011
Born Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky
(1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 45)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater The University of Connecticut
Genre Speculative fiction
Notable works Hammered
Notable awards 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2006 Locus Award for Best First Novel, 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette

Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky (born September 22, 1971) is an American author who works primarily in speculative fiction genres, writing under the name Elizabeth Bear. She won the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Tideline," and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for "Shoggoths in Bloom."[1] She is one of only five writers who have gone on to win multiple Hugo Awards for fiction after winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (the others being C. J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, Spider Robinson, and Ted Chiang).

Life and career[edit]

Bear is of Ukrainian and Swedish ancestry;[2] some of her late ancestors claim to be of Viking heritage.[citation needed]

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, she has been a media industry professional, a stablehand, a fluff-page reporter, a maintainer of microbiology procedure manuals for a 1,000-bed inner-city hospital, a typesetter and layout editor, a traffic manager for an import-export business, and "the girl who makes the donuts at The Whole Donut at three A.M."

She lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for some time (the setting for the short stories "One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King", "Follow Me Light", and "This Tragic Glass"), but she returned to Connecticut in January 2006.

Her first novel Hammered was published in January 2005 and was followed by Scardown in July and Worldwired in November of the same year. The trilogy features Canadian Master Warrant Officer Jenny Casey, who is also the main character in the short story "Gone to Flowers". Hammered won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2006.

The Chains That You Refuse, a collection of her short fiction, was published May 2006 by Night Shade Books. Blood and Iron, the first book in the fantasy series entitled "The Promethean Age", debuted June 27, 2006. She is also a coauthor of the ongoing Shadow Unit website/pseudo-TV series.

In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[3]

She is an instructor at the Viable Paradise writer's workshop and has taught at Clarion West Writers Workshop.

The opening quote in Criminal Minds episode "Lauren" (6.18) was a direct quote of the second and third lines of Bear's book Seven for a Secret: "The secret to lying is to believe with all your heart. That goes for lying to yourself even more than lying to another."

She is one of the regular panelists on podcast SF Squeecast, which won the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Awards for "Best Fancast."[4]

Published works[edit]


The Jenny Casey trilogy[edit]

  • Hammered (January 2005, Bantam Spectra)
  • Scardown (July 2005, Bantam Spectra)
  • Worldwired (November 2005, Bantam Spectra)

The Promethean Age[edit]

  • Blood and Iron (June 2006, ROC)
  • Whiskey and Water (July 2007, ROC)
  • The Stratford Man:
    • Volume I: Ink and Steel (July 2008, ROC)
    • Volume II: Hell and Earth (August 2008, ROC)
  • One Eyed Jack (November 2013, Prime Books)[5]

Jacob's Ladder trilogy[edit]

  • Dust (December 2007, Spectra)
  • Chill (February 2010, Spectra)
  • Grail (February 2011, Spectra)

The Edda of Burdens[edit]

  • All the Windwracked Stars (November 2008, Tor)
  • By the Mountain Bound (November 2009, Tor)
  • The Sea thy Mistress (February 2011, Tor)

The Iskryne series[edit]

  • A Companion to Wolves, co-written with Sarah Monette (October 2007, Tor)
  • The Tempering of Men, co-written with Sarah Monette (August 2011, Tor)
  • An Apprentice to Elves, co-written with Sarah Monette (June 25, 2015, Tor)

New Amsterdam series[edit]

  • New Amsterdam (May 2007, Subterranean Press - see [1])
  • Seven for a Secret (novella) (March 2009, Subterranean Press)
  • The White City (novella) (2011, Subterranean Press)
  • Ad Eternum (novella) (February 2012, Subterranean Press)
  • Garrett Investigates (November 2012, Subterranean Press)

Eternal Sky Trilogy[edit]

  • Range of Ghosts (March 2012, Tor Books)
  • Shattered Pillars (2013, Tor Books)
  • Steles of the Sky (2014, Tor Books)[6]

Other novels[edit]

  • Carnival (November 2006, Bantam Spectra)
  • Undertow (August 2007, Bantam Spectra)
  • Bone and Jewel Creatures (novella) (2010, Subterranean Press)
  • Karen Memory (2015, Tor-Forge)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Chains That You Refuse (May 2006, Night Shade Books)
  • Shoggoths in Bloom (October 2012, Prime Books)

Short fiction[edit]


  • "Li Bai Drowns While Embracing The Moon" in Not One Of Us, Issue 42.
  • "Seven Steeds" in Lone Star Stories, Issue 29, Oct 2008.
  • "e.e. 'doc' cummings" in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2003.



Annalee Newitz of io9 wrote that Bear "is famous for combining high-octane military/spy tales with eccentric and subversive subplots."[8]



  1. ^ "2009 Hugo Awards". www.locusmag.com. 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Transcript of the Absolute Write chat with writer Elizabeth Bear. March 17, 2009". www.absolutewrite.com. 2011-05-03. Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Bear Papers, 2005- 2011". Northern Illinois University. 2008-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Bear - Award Bibliography". www.isfdb.org. 
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Bear One Eyed Jack cover art and synopsis reveal". Upcoming4.me. May 2, 2013. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Bear - Steles of the Sky cover art and synopsis reveal". Upcoming4.me. July 8, 2013. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Martin, George R. R. (June 19, 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". GRRM.livejournal.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Newitz, Annalee (May 6, 2008). "Environmental Fascists Fight Gun-Loving Lesbians for Alien Technology". io9. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Elizabeth Bear". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  10. ^ "The Audie Competition 2012 Winners and Finalists". Audiofile Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award Winners". Tor.com. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 

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