Kelley Eskridge

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Kelley Eskridge
Eskridge in 2002 photo by Nicola Griffith.
Eskridge in 2002 photo by Nicola Griffith.
Born (1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 57)
Florida
Occupation Novelist, short story author, essayist
Period 1990 –
Genre Science fiction, Slipstream
Website
kelleyeskridge.com

Kelley Eskridge (born 21 September 1960)[1] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Eskridge was born in Florida on 21 September 1960. She attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, Northwestern University, and the University of South Florida where she earned a B.A. degree in Theatre Performance.[2]

Career[edit]

Eskridge attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1988 where she met her future wife, 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,[3] and her story "Alien Jane" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, also in 1995.[4] Alien Jane also received a TV adaptation on the short-lived Sci-Fi Channel Series Welcome to Paradox.[5]

Her first collection of short fiction, Dangerous Space, was published in 2007; the title novella "Dangerous Space" was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009.[6]

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,[7] a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and was a finalist for the Nebula,[8] Endeavour,[9] and Spectrum[10] awards. Solitaire was the basis for the 2017 feature film OtherLife co-written by Eskridge, directed by Ben C. Lucas, and starring Jessica De Gouw.[11]

Eskridge has been 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 served on the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop from late 2009 to 2014, and was board chair from 2010 to 2013. She taught at Clarion West in 2007.[12]

Eskridge is the co-founder (with Nicola Griffith) and managing partner of Sterling Editing (established 2009) with an international client list of established and emerging writers.[13]

Eskridge is the creator of the Humans At Work program to help new managers learn people management skills.[14] Management guru Bob Sutton (author of The No Asshole Rule) quoted Eskridge's views on management in his book Good Boss, Bad Boss (Chapter 1).[15]

Personal life[edit]

Eskridge's commitment ceremony to Nicola Griffith in Atlanta on September 4, 1993 was announced in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,[16] perhaps the first same-sex commitment announcement the paper had published. They were legally married twenty years later on September 4, 2013 in Seattle, Washington where they live today.

Awards and honors[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "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

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.worldswithoutend.com/author.asp?ID=126
  2. ^ "Find Member". USF Alumni. University of South Florida Alumni Association. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "1995 James Tiptree, Jr. Award - Award Honor List". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. James Tiptree Jr. Literary Council. 
  4. ^ "Alien Jane". Nebula Award. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. 
  5. ^ "Welcome To Paradox - Episode Guide". tv.com. CBS Entertainment. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  6. ^ ""Dangerous Space"". Nebula Awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. 
  7. ^ "Notable Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge (Published by Eos) Nominated for Best Novel in 2002". Nebula Awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Finalists for 2003". Endeavour Award. Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "2003 Best Novel Finalists". Spectrum Awards. Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "OtherLife (2017)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Clarion West Alumni List". The Clarion West Writers Workshop. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Sterling Editing http://sterlingediting.com/. Retrieved 23 July 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Humans At Work http://humansatwork.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Sutton, Robert I. "Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst". Google Books. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Commitment - Griffith-Eskridge". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1993-09-19. p. L3. 
  17. ^ The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice https://www.astraeafoundation.org/. Retrieved 24 July 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Vol. 3, No. 8". SF Site. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Notable Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Finalists for 2003". Endeavour Award. Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "2003 Best Novel Finalists". Spectrum Awards. Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "2007 Honor List". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. James Tiptree Jr. Literary Council. 
  23. ^ "1998 Honor List". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. James Tiptree Jr. Literary Council. 
  24. ^ "1995 Honor List". James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award. James Tiptree Jr. Literary Council. 
  25. ^ ""Dangerous Space" by Kelley Eskridge (Published by Aqueduct Press) Nominated for Best Novella in 2008". Nebula Awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  26. ^ "Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge (Published by Eos) Nominated for Best Novel in 2002". Nebula Awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  27. ^ ""Alien Jane" by Kelley Eskridge Nominated for Best Short Story in 1995". Nebula Awards. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  28. ^ "Westercon 66 is pleased to introduce its Guests of Honor". Westercon 66. San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 

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