Kelley Eskridge

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Kelley Eskridge
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Eskridge in 2002 photo by Nicola Griffith.
Born (1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 56)
Occupation Novelist, short story author, essayist
Period 1990 –
Genre Science fiction, Slipstream

Kelley Eskridge (born 1960) is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. Her work is generally regarded as speculative fiction and is associated with the more literary edge of the category, as well as with the category of slipstream fiction.

Eskridge was born in Florida in 1960. She attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, Northwestern University, and the University of South Florida, where she earned a BA degree in Theatre Performance.

She attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1988, where she met her partner, English novelist Nicola Griffith. Eskridge has published short fiction and essays since 1990. Her story And Salome Danced received the $11,000 Astraea Prize and was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr Award in 1995, and her story Alien Jane was a finalist for the Nebula Short story award, also in 1995. Alien Jane also received a TV adaptation on the short-lived Sci-Fi Channel Series Welcome to Paradox.

Her first novel, Solitaire was published in 2002 by HarperCollins Eos. Solitaire is character-driven science fiction set in a near-future corporate state. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and was a finalist for the Nebula, Endeavour and Spectrum awards. Her first collection of short fiction, Dangerous Space, was published in 2007; the title novella "Dangerous Space" was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009.

Eskridge is now a full-time writer, screenwriter and independent editor/writing coach. She previously worked in a series of corporate positions, most recently as Vice President of Project Management at Wizards of the Coast. She is currently the Board Chair of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She lives with her wife Nicola Griffith in Seattle.


  • "The Hum of Human Cities" (1990). Pulphouse: A Hardback Magazine, Vol. 9.
  • "Somewhere Down the Diamondback Road" (1993). Pulphouse: A Hardback Magazine, Issue 15.
  • "Strings" (February 1994). The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
  • "And Salome Danced" (1994). Little Deaths, Ellen Datlow, ed. UK: Orion.
  • "Alien Jane" (1995). Century Magazine, Vol. 1.
  • "The Eye of the Storm" (1998). Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, Ellen Datlow, ed. USA: HarperPrism.
  • "Identity and Desire" (essay, 1999). Women of Other Worlds, Tess Williams and Helen Merrick, eds. Australia: University of Western Australia Press.
  • Solitaire (2002, 2004). USA: HarperCollins Eos, September 2002 (hc), February 2004 (tp).
  • "As We Mean to Go On," with Nicola Griffith (essay, 2005). Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, Kevin Smokler, ed. USA: Basic Books.
  • Dangerous Space (collection, 2007). USA: Aqueduct Press.
  • Solitaire (2011). Small Beer Press; Reprint edition
  • "Eye of the Storm" (2012). Beyond Binary, Brit Mandelo, ed. United States Lethe Press

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