Geoff Ryman

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Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman at Åcon 2010.
Geoff Ryman at Åcon 2010.
BornGeoffrey Charles Ryman
1951 (age 66–67)
OccupationAuthor, actor, teacher
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, LGBT literature
Literary movementMundane science fiction
Notable worksThe Child Garden

Geoffrey Charles Ryman (born 1951) is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, slipstream and historical fiction.


Ryman was born in Canada and moved to the United States at age 11. He earned degrees in History and English at UCLA, then moved to England in 1973, where he has lived most of his life.[1][2] He is gay.[1]

In addition to being an author, Ryman started a web design team for the UK government at the Central Office of Information in 1994.[3] He also led the teams that designed the first official British Monarchy and 10 Downing Street websites, and worked on the UK government's flagship website[3]


Ryman says he knew he was a writer "before [he] could talk", with his first work published in his mother's newspaper column at six years of age.[4] He is best known for his science fiction; however, his first novel was the fantasy The Warrior Who Carried Life, and his revisionist fantasy of The Wizard of Oz, Was..., has been called "his most accomplished work".[2]

Much of Ryman's work is based on travels to Cambodia. The first of these The Unconquered Country (1986) was winner of the World Fantasy Award[5] and British Science Fiction Association Award. His novel The King's Last Song (2006) was set both in the Angkor Wat era and the time after Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.[3]

Ryman has written, directed and performed in several plays based on works of other writers.

He was guest of honour at Novacon in 1989 and has twice been a guest speaker at Microcon, in 1994 and in 2004.[6][7][8] He was also the guest of honour at the national Swedish sf convention Swecon in 2006,[9] at Gaylaxicon 2008,[10] at Wiscon 2009,[11] and at Åcon 2010.[12]

Mundane science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction focusing on stories set on or near the Earth, with a believable use of technology and science as it exists at the time the story is written, the Mundane SF movement was founded in 2004 during the Clarion workshop by Ryman amongst others.[13] In 2008 a Mundane SF issue of Interzone magazine was published, guest-edited by Ryman, Julian Todd and Trent Walters.[14]

Ryman currently[when?] lectures in Creative Writing for University of Manchester's English Department.[15] His most recent full-length novel, The King's Last Song, is set in Cambodia, both at the time of Angkorean emperor Jayavarman VII, and in the present period.

As of 2008 he was at work on a new historical novel set in the United States before their Civil War.[3]






  1. ^ a b "Geoff Ryman: The Mundane Fantastic". Locus. January 2006.
  2. ^ a b Ency fantasy
  3. ^ a b c d "Geoff Ryman (Centre for New Writing, The University of Manchester)". Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  4. ^ Reed, Kit (2004-08-07). "Geoff Ryman interviewed - infinity plus non-fiction". Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  5. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  6. ^ Ansible #199, February 2004
  7. ^ Ansible #79, February 1994
  8. ^ John Grant: Gulliver Unravels: Generic Fantasy and the Loss of Subversion – infinity plus non-fiction
  9. ^ Johan Anglemark. "Recent news". Imagicon. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  10. ^ [1] Archived 15 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "WisCon - The World's Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention". Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  12. ^ "GoH". Åcon. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Geoff Ryman: The Mundane Fantastic: Interview excerpts". Locus. January 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  14. ^ Andy Cox (3 May 2008). "Interzone 216: Special Mundane-SF issue". TTA Press.
  15. ^ "Academic Staff". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  16. ^ a b "2005 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  17. ^ a b c "1990 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  18. ^ Mike Addelman (2012). "Ryman wins one of world's top science fiction prizes". University of Manchester.

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