Lela E. Buis

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Lela E. Buis
Born Middlesboro, Kentucky
Occupation Writer, poet, painter
Nationality American
Alma mater The Florida State University
Genre speculative fiction
Website
lelaebuis.wordpress.com

Lela E. Buis is a speculative fiction writer, playwright, poet and artist who was born in Middlesboro, KY. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) and the Florida Institute of Technology, and worked in engineering for a number of years at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. She currently resides in Tennessee.

Background[edit]

Lela Buis was born the eldest of two daughters of Joseph N. and Lena Grace Buis (née Overton). When Joe was discharged from the army after World War II, the couple took ownership of a Century Farm in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Lela Buis attended Claiborne County High School, and as a child was active in farm related organizations such as 4-H clubs.[1] At FSU she worked in research on Computer Assisted Instruction[2] was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta[3] and Phi Kappa Phi[4] honor societies and was active in Yoshukai Karate.[5] She performed with the Florida State University Dance Theatre,[6] and from 1983 served as president of the Titusville, Florida, non-profit Community Dance Theater.[7] From 2001-2003, she was active in the Brevard Playwrights Workshop.[8]

Writing career[edit]

Buis' first listed short story sale in the science fiction and fantasy genre was in 1991.[9] She often writes fiction inclusive of minorities. From 1992 to 2002, she served as director of The Best of Soft Science Fiction Contest.[10][11] From 2002-2003 she served as editor of the online literary and arts magazine Proteus Review, published by Brevard Community College.[12] Her short stories, poems and articles have appeared in science fiction and fantasy publications including Galaxy, Thirteenth Moon, Star*line and others.[13] That Ridge Press has recently released collections of her short stories and poetry.[9]

Buis is a member of the Knoxville Writers Guild, the Tennessee Mountain Writers, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Bibliography[edit]

Selected publications include:

Fiction[edit]

  • Desperate Lives (2013)
  • Hurricane Season (2013)
  • Storm and Shadow (2013)
  • Competitive Fauna (2014)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Old" (1978)
  • "The Winter People" (1991)
  • "Mixed Heritage" (1993)
  • "Moonshadow" (1993)
  • "The Virgin Goddess Maria" (1993)
  • "The Hunt" (1993)
  • "Readings in the Night" (1993)
  • "Haunted" (1994)
  • "The Magic Sword" (1994)
  • "Wayside Gardens" (1994)
  • "Entwined" (1994)
  • "Hurricane Season" (1994)
  • "Viruses" (1994)
  • "Carnival" (1995)
  • "The Lay of Urth" (1995)
  • "Transmogrifying in Holopaw Florida" (1995)
  • "Enigma Variations" (1995)
  • "Ground Zero" (1996)
  • "Shadows" (1996)
  • "Dragon Rain" (1996)
  • "Hunted" (1997)
  • "Artifacts" (2013)
  • "Night at Sloan Pond" (2013)
  • "Poison" (2013)
  • "Souls" (2013)
  • "Survival" (2013)
  • "The Journal of Miss Emily Carlton" (2013)
  • "The White Owl" (2013)
  • "Nightside" (2013)
  • "Possession" (2013)
  • "The Hatchling" (2013)
  • "The Cabin" (2014)
  • "A Study of Competitive Fauna" (2014)
  • "My Little Town" (2014)
  • "That December" (2015)
  • "Flotsam" (2015)

As Lee/Lena Crittenden[edit]

  • "Anthem" (2000)
  • "GP Venture" (1992)
  • "Ascension" (1996)
  • "Dark Nights in Dallas" (1996)
  • "The Spring at Sloan Pond" (1996)
  • "The Stake" (1996)
  • "Stud Cops in Dallas" (1996)
  • "The Lookout" (2013)
  • "Silver Spurs" (2013)

Poetry[edit]

  • "Leaf fall", Proteus V, April 1978
  • "Home...", Proteus V, April 1978
  • "The Face" Star*line, April/June 2012[14]
  • Entwined: The Marriage of Dream and Vision (2013)
  • Defiance: A Narrative Poem (2013)[9]
  • "That Box" Silver Blade Magazine, 3 September 2013[15]
  • The Magic Sword: A Narrative Poem (2015)

Plays[edit]

  • Early Morning, Cold Coffee: A Play in One Act, 2001-02[16]

Articles and essays[edit]

  • "Realistic Self-Defense: The Bottom Line in Personal Safety" (writing and photography), Black Belt Magazine, February 1988[17]
  • "Improved Design for Corrosion Control" (writing and photography), Materials Performance, 1990[18]
  • Letter: "On Laura Mixon's Glass House", Scavenger's Newsletter, July 1992 (as Lena Crittenden)
  • "Making it in a Free Market," Scavenger's Newsletter, May 1993
  • "Science Fiction Inequities," Hear and Now, July 1993
  • "Sex and the Female Agenda," Hear and Now, September 1993
  • "Misogyny in Discover Magazine," NOW Times, Winter 1993
  • Letter: "On Simultaneous Submissions," Scavenger's Newsletter, March 1994
  • Letter: "Salutations from the Boo-Boo Brigade", Scavenger's Newsletter, July 1995
  • Letter: "Silverberg's Article on Gresham's Law," Asimov's Science Fiction, October 1995
  • Letter: "Connie Willis and Kandis Elliot", Asimov's Science Fiction, December 1993 (as Lena Crittenden)
  • Letter: "On 'Love This'", Scavenger's Newsletter, October 1996 (as Lena Crittenden)
  • "Science Fiction - Shaping the Future", The East Tennessee Writer, January 2014
  • "When Is a Dog Not a Dog?", The East Tennessee Writer, August 2014
  • "KWG vs. the Demons", The East Tennessee Writer, July 2015
  • "What I Did on My Summer Vacation", The East Tennessee Writer, August 2015[19]

Illustrations[edit]

  • "Raven", Scavenger's Newsletter, July 1992
  • "Bat", Scavenger's Newsletter, March 1994
  • "Girl's Face", Spectre, Fall 1994
  • "Man's face", Spectre, Fall 1994
  • "Cat", Scavenger's Newsletter, September 1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ Claiborne County farm joins state's Century Farms Program: 110-Year-Old Buis Ridge Farm Recognized for Agricultural Contributions, 25 May 2007, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  2. ^ CAI Center Annual Progress Report (PDF), 1 April 1972, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  3. ^ Full text of "Tally-Ho", 1968, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  4. ^ Phi Kappa Phi, 1970, retrieved 6 May 2015 
  5. ^ Randall, H.P. (1991), Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, p. 188 
  6. ^ Dance Theatre Idioms, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  7. ^ Community Dance Theatre, Inc., retrieved 24 April 2015 
  8. ^ Production History of Playwrights Workshop (1985-2014) (PDF), 2014, retrieved 25 April 2015 
  9. ^ a b c "Lela E. Buis - Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Borcherding, D. H. (1996). Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Sourcebook: Where to Sell Your Manuscripts. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Best of Soft Science Fiction Contest". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Proteus Review, 2002, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  13. ^ Heldreth, Leonard; Pharr, Mary (1999). The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Literature. Bowling Green State University Press. 
  14. ^ Volume 35, Issue 2 April/June 2012, retrieved 18 June 2015 
  15. ^ That Box, retrieved 18 June 2015 
  16. ^ Brevard Playwrights Workshop Production History (PDF), retrieved 18 June 2015 
  17. ^ Black Belt, Rainbow Publications, Inc., February 1988, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  18. ^ Materials Performance 29 (1-6), NACE International, 1990, p. 43, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  19. ^ Newsletter Archive, retrieved 4 July 2014 

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