Fran Wilde (author)

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Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Fran Wilde at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksThe Bone Universe
Notable awardsAndre Norton Award

Fran Wilde is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. Her debut novel, Updraft,[1] was nominated for the 2016 Nebula Award,[2] and won the 2016 Andre Norton Award[3] and the 2016 Compton Crook Award.[4] Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Nature, and elsewhere. Her fiction explores themes of social class, disruptive technology, and empowerment against a backdrop of engineering and artisan culture.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Wilde was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972.[6] She attended the University of Virginia, earning a BA in English with honors in 1994. She then went on to earn a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 1996[7] and a master's degree in Information architecture and Interaction design from the University of Baltimore in 2001.[7]


Prior to publishing, Wilde worked as a sailing instructor, a jeweler's assistant, a teacher and professor, and a web and game developer.[6]

Her first published novel grew from a short story she developed for the 2011 Viable Paradise writing workshop.[8] She has published a number of short stories and completed several novels. She writes for the blog GeekMom and runs the blog and podcast Cooking the Books. She attended Taos Toolbox in 2012[6] and served as an Endeavor Award judge in 2015.

Her debut novel, Updraft, was the first novel to be simultaneously nominated for a Nebula and Norton, and her work has been a finalist for two Nebula Awards, a Hugo Award, and a Locus Award.

Wilde is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Personal life[edit]

Wilde lives and works in Philadelphia, PA with her family and pet plankton.[6]



  • Riverland (2019)

The Bone Cycle[edit]

  • Updraft (2015)[9]
2015 Andre Norton Award; 2016 Compton Crook Award; 2015 Nebula Nominee for Best Novel; 2016 Dragon Award Nominee for Best YA
  • Cloudbound (2016)[9] (Locus Recommended Reading List)[10]
  • Horizon (2017)[9]

Novellas, novellettes and serials[9][edit]

  • "The Jewel and her Lapidary," a novellette set in the Gem universe (2016).[11]
2017 Locus Award Finalist; An LA Public Library Best Book of 2016; 2016 Nebula Nominee; 2016 Hugo Nominee for Best Novelette
  • "The Witch Who Came In From the Cold #2," Serial Box (2016)[12]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand," published in Uncanny (2017)[13]
  • "Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left," published in 2016 Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Shimmer, 2016.[14]
  • "Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud," published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Firkin Press, 2015.[15]
  • "The Ghost Tide Chantey" ( 2015)[16]
  • "You are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination," published in Uncanny (Issue Three, Spring 2015)[17]
  • "How to Walk through Historic Graveyards in the Digital Age," published in Asimov's Science Fiction (April/May 2015)[18]
  • "Welcome Briefing at the Obayashi-Ragan Youth Hostel" published in Abyss and Apex (October 2014)
  • "Like a Wasp to the Tongue," published in Asimov's Science Fiction (April/May 2014)
  • "Nine Dishes on the Cusp of Love," published in Daily Science Fiction (June 2014)
  • "The Topaz Marquise," published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 152 (July 2014)[19]
  • "A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed," published in Impossible Futures Anthology (August 2013)
  • "Without," published in Nature Magazine (September 2012)

Articles and essays[edit]

  • "Domestic violence and teaching my daughter to always rescue herself first," Washington Post (February 15, 2018)[20]
  • "We Will See You Now," Uncanny (2018)[21]
  • "Monsters and Magic can help kids through tough times. Here's how." Washington Post (August 9, 2016)[22]
  • "Why are all the moms gone? A parent/writer tries to find herself in children's literature," Washington Post (August 31, 2015)[23]
  • "Mom and daughter on reading together," Washington Post (July 2, 2014)[24]


  1. ^ "Updraft (Bone Universe): Fran Wilde: 9780765377838: Books". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ "2015 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". SFWA. February 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ "Nebula Awards 2016 Winners". Locus. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  4. ^ "Updraft by Fran Wilde wins the 2016 Compton Crook Award". SFFWorld. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ Fran Wilde (March 16, 2016). "Locus Interview, MindMeld, Cage Match – Fran Wilde". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  6. ^ a b c d e Author: Your Name/Company (March 13, 2016). "Locus Online Perspectives " Fran Wilde: Magical Engineering". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  7. ^ a b "About". Fran Wilde. March 16, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  8. ^ List of VP attendees
  9. ^ a b c d Author's website
  10. ^ Locus Magazine
  11. ^ "The Jewel and Her Lapidary".
  12. ^ "The Witch Who Came in From the Cold".
  13. ^ Wilde, Fran. "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand". Uncanny Magazine.
  14. ^ "Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left by Fran Wilde". Shimmer. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  15. ^ "Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud by Fran Wilde". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  16. ^ Fran Wilde (April 8, 2015). "The Ghost Tide Chantey". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  17. ^ Wilde, Fran (September 1, 2015). "You Are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination". Uncanny Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  18. ^ "Asimov's Science Fiction, April–May 2015: Gary Freeman, Eugene Fischer, Suzanne Palmer, Michael Swanwick, Gregory Frost, Tom Purdom: Books". Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  19. ^ "BCS 131: The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde". Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  20. ^ "Domestic violence and teaching my daughter to always rescue herself first".
  21. ^ Wilde, Fran (2018). "We Will See You Now". Uncanny Magazine.
  22. ^ "Monsters and Magic can help kids through tough times".
  23. ^ "Why are all the moms gone?".
  24. ^ "Mom and daughter on reading together".

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