John C. Wright (author)
|John C. Wright|
Wright in 2006
|Born||John Charles Justin Wright
October 1961 (age 53)
Chula Vista, California, US
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary (J.D.)|
|Period||1994–present (speculative fiction)|
|Genre||Science fiction (notably space opera)|
John C. Wright (born October 22, 1961) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. 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.
John C. Wright was born in Chula Vista, California. He attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, where he studied the Great Books program at St. John's College of Maryland in 1984. He graduated in 1987.
Wright was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions, New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990. Washington, D.C., January 1994. His law practice was not successful and soon drove him into bankruptcy. He then worked for the newspaper St. Mary's Today.
He later worked as a newspaperman, and newspaper editor, before venturing into writing genre fiction. 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.
In 2015, Wright received a record-breaking five Hugo Award nominations in a single year, including three nods 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"). In another unprecedented event, his nominations lost in all categories to No Award.
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. In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly said: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics."
The Golden Oecumene
War of the Dreaming
Chronicles of Chaos
Count to the Eschaton Sequence
- Count to a Trillion (2011)
- The Hermetic Millennia (2012)
- The Judge of Ages (2014)
- Architect of Aeons (April 21, 2015)
- The Vindication of Man (forthcoming)
- Count to Infinity (forthcoming)
Stories in the Night Land setting
- "Awake in the Night," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Eternal Love, edited by Andy W. Robertson, Wildside Press.
- "The Cry of the Night Hound," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall, also edited by Robertson.
- "Silence of the Night," as of 2008 only published on Robertson's Nightland.co.uk website.
- "The Last of All Suns," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall.
- Awake in the Night Land, Castalia House.
- "Farthest Man from Earth," (novella) Asimov's Science Fiction, Vol. 19 # 4 & 5, No.229-230, April 1995.
- "Guest Law," (novella) Asimov's Science Fiction, Vol. 21 # 6, No.258, June 1997.
- "Not Born a Man," (short story) Aberrations, No. 24, October 1994.
- Reprinted in No Longer Dreams, ed. Danielle McPhail, Lite Circle, 2005.
- "Forgotten Causes," (short story) Absolute Magnitude, No. 16, Summer 2001.
- Reprinted in Breach the Hull, ed. Mike McPhail, Marietta, 2007.
- "Father's Monument," (short story) No Longer Dreams, ed. Danielle McPhail, Lite Circle, 2005.
- "The Kindred," (short story) No Longer Dreams, ed. Danielle McPhail, Lite Circle, 2005.
- "Peter Power Armor," (short story) Breach the Hull, ed. Mike McPhail, Marietta, 2007.
- "Choosers of the Slain," (short story) Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, ed. Mike Allen, Norilana Books, 2008.
- "One Bright Star to Guide Them," (short story) The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. 116, No. 4 & 5, Whole No. 682, April/May 2009.
- "The Far End of History," (novella) The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Harper Voyager, June 2009.
- "Guyal the Curator," (short story) Songs of the Dying Earth, ed. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Subterranean Press, July 2009.
- "A Random World Of Delta Capricorni Aa, Also Called Scheddi," (flash fiction), Flash Fiction Online, May 2010.
- "Judgement Eve," (novelette) Engineering Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books, December 2010.
- "Wright, John C.". Revised May 13, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2014-08-11. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
- Abrahams, Avi. "Exclusive: Interview with John C. Wright". Dark Roast Blend.
- Publishers Weekly. April 24, 2002.
- The Space Opera Renaissance. Tor Books. July 2006. p. 929.
- Wright, John C. (2011-09-02). "Faith in the Fictional War between Science Fiction and Faith". www.scifiwright.com. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
- Wright, John C. (2008-03-21). "I thought I should tell you". johncwright.livejournal.com. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
- John C. Wright's LiveJournal: Cover Art for THE HERMETIC MILLENNIA and Excerpt
- "The Next Big Thing (The Hermetic Millennia)". Scifiwright.com. December 14, 2012.
- Johnson, Suzanne. "Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Science Fiction". Tor.com. Tor Books (Macmillan). Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Wright, John C. "Progress Report". John C. Wright.
- December 2003 Thenightland.co.uk
- August 2007 Thenightland,co.uk
- May 2007 Thenighland.co.uk
- November 2003 Thenightland.co.uk
- "Awake in the Night Land". Calista House. 2014.
- "Breach the Hull — Peter Power Armor logo!". 20 December 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". ScienceFiction.com. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Official website
- John C. Wright at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- John C. Wright at Library of Congress Authorities, with 12 catalog records
- Gevers, Nick (April 2002). "Ferocious Poet's Heart Commanding: An Interview With John C. Wright". SF Site.
- Edwards, Rachel (September 16, 2014). "Badger Pod NerdCast Ten: The social justice invasion of SciFi/Fantasy". Honey Badger Radio.