James Van Pelt

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James Van Pelt
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1991—Present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

James Van Pelt (born 1954 in Akron, Ohio) is an American science fiction author who began publishing in the mid-90s. He is also a teacher in the language arts department at Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colorado. He is also the former advisor of The Catalyst, the student-run monthly magazine of Fruita Monument High School.


In 1999, Van Pelt was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. "The Last of the O-Forms" (2002), a short story, was a finalist for the Nebula Award. "The Inn at Mount Either," (2005), a short story, was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award for Best Short Story from 2005. He has also been nominated for the Analog Anlab Reader's Award, the Asimov's Reader's Poll Award, and the Locus Poll Award.

He has had many short stories published, some of which have been re-published in his three short story collections, Strangers and Beggars, The Last of the O-Forms and Other Stories, and The Radio Magician and Other Stories. Strangers and Beggars, the first collection, was recognized as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Several of his stories have been reprinted in various Best of the Year anthologies.

His first novel, Summer of the Apocalypse, was released from Fairwood Press in October 2006.

He received his B.A. from Metro State College in Denver, Colorado in 1978 and later his M.A. from University of California at Davis in 1990. He currently lives in western Colorado, where he teaches English at Fruita Monument High School and Mesa State College.



  • Summer of the Apocalypse (Fairwood Press, Oct 2006)


  • Strangers and Beggars (Fairwood Press, July 2002)
  • The Last of the O-Forms and Other Stories (Fairwood Press, Aug 2005)
  • "The Radio Magician and Other Stories" (Fairwood Press, May 2009)
  • Van Pelt, James (2012). Flying in the heart of the Lafayette Escadrille. Fairwood Press. 

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Nor a Lender Be" (Analog, Feb 1999)
  • "Ark Ascension" (Analog, Dec 1999)
  • "The Comeback" (Analog, April 2000)
  • "Friday, After the Game" (Analog, Oct 2000)
  • "Resurrection" (Analog, Jan 2001)
  • "What Weena Knew" (Analog, April 2001)
  • "The Infodict" (Asimov's, Aug 2001)
  • "The Invisible Empire" (The Children of Cthulhu, Jan 2002)
  • "Perceptual Set" (Analog, Jan 2002)
  • "The Safety of the Herd" (Asimov's, Jan 2002)
  • "A Flock of Birds" (SCI FICTION, Aug 2002)
  • "Far From the Emerald Isle" (Analog, Sep 2002)
  • "The Last of the O-Forms" (Asimov's, Sep 2002) (Nebula Award finalist)
  • "Sacrifice" (Paradox, Summer 2003)
  • "The Long Way Home" (Asimov's, Sep 2003)
  • "Echoing" (Asimov's, Dec 2004)
  • "The Inn at Mount Either" (Analog, May 2005)
  • "The Ice-Cream Man" (Asimov's, June 2005)
  • Just Before Recess (Flash Fiction Online, Mar 2008)
  • "Solace" (Analog, June 2009)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
The family rocket 2013 Van Pelt, James (January 2013). "The family rocket". Asimov's Science Fiction. Vol. 37 no. 1. pp. 27–31. 

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