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John C. Wright (author)

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John C. Wright
John C Wright.jpg
Wright in 2006
Born John Charles Justin Wright
(1961-10-22) October 22, 1961 (age 55)
Chula Vista, California, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater College of William and Mary (J.D.)
Period 1994–present (speculative fiction)[1]
Genre Science fiction (notably space opera)[1]

John C. Wright (born October 22, 1961) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels.[1][2] A former lawyer, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, he was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos. Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age.[3]

Early life[edit]

John C. Wright was born in Chula Vista, California.[1] He studied the Great Books program at St. John's College of Maryland, graduating in 1987.[4] He attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.


Wright was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions, New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990. Washington, D.C., January 1994. After his law practice was unsuccessful, he went to work for the newspaper St. Mary's Today.[4]

Wright later worked as a newspaperman and newspaper editor[4] before venturing into writing genre fiction. When reviewing his debut novel The Golden Age, Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" [3]

Wright also works as a technical writer in Virginia.


Wright's Orphans of Chaos was nominated for the 2005 Nebula Award for Best Novel, losing to Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.[5]

In 2015, as a part of the Rabid Puppies slate, Wright received five Hugo Award nominations, including three in the Best Novella category ("One Bright Star to Guide Them," "The Plural of Helen of Troy," and "Pale Realms of Shade"), a fourth for Best Short Story ("The Parliament of Beasts and Birds"), and a fifth for Best Related Work (Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth). All his works were ranked below "No Award".[6]

On September 4, 2016, Wright's novel Somewhither (published by Castalia House) received the first Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.[7]

Personal life[edit]

At age 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity, citing a profound religious experience with visions of the "Virgin Mary, her son, and His Father, not to mention various other spirits and ghosts over a period of several days", and stating that prayers he made were answered.[8] In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly said: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics."[9]

Wright is married to writer L. Jagi Lamplighter, and they have four children.[4]


The Golden Oecumene[edit]

War of the Dreaming[edit]

Chronicles of Chaos[edit]

Count to the Eschaton Sequence[edit]

  • Count to a Trillion (2011)
  • The Hermetic Millennia (2012)[10]
  • The Judge of Ages (2014)[11]
  • Architect of Aeons (April 21, 2015)[12]
  • The Vindication of Man (November 22, 2016)[13]
  • Count to Infinity (forthcoming)[11][13]

Other novels[edit]

Stories in the Night Land setting[edit]

  • "Awake in the Night," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Eternal Love, edited by Andy W. Robertson, Wildside Press.[14]
  • "The Cry of the Night Hound," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall, also edited by Robertson.[15]
  • "Silence of the Night," as of 2008 only published on Robertson's website.[16]
  • "The Last of All Suns," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall.[17]
  • Awake in the Night Land, Castalia House.[18]

Other publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wright, John C.". Revised May 13, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ( Retrieved 2014-08-11. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
  2. ^ Abrahams, Avi. "Exclusive: Interview with John C. Wright". Dark Roast Blend. 
  3. ^ a b Publishers Weekly. April 24, 2002.
  4. ^ a b c d The Space Opera Renaissance. Tor Books. July 2006. p. 929. 
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  8. ^ Wright, John C. (2011-09-02). "Faith in the Fictional War between Science Fiction and Faith". Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  9. ^ Wright, John C. (2008-03-21). "I thought I should tell you". Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  10. ^ John C. Wright's LiveJournal: Cover Art for THE HERMETIC MILLENNIA and Excerpt
  11. ^ a b "The Next Big Thing (The Hermetic Millennia)". December 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Suzanne. "Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Science Fiction". Tor Books (Macmillan). Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Wright, John C. "Progress Report". John C. Wright. 
  14. ^ December 2003
  15. ^ August 2007 Thenightland,
  16. ^ May 2007
  17. ^ November 2003
  18. ^ "Awake in the Night Land". Castalia House. 2014. 
  19. ^ "Breach the Hull — Peter Power Armor logo!". December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 

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