Pat Murphy (writer)

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Patrice Ann Murphy
Pat Murphy, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony 2017 at Worldcon in Helsinki.jpg
Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Born (1955-03-09) March 9, 1955 (age 63)

Patrice Ann "Pat" Murphy (born March 9, 1955) is an American science writer and author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

Early life[edit]

Murphy was born on March 9, 1955 in Washington state.


Murphy has used the ideas of the absurdist pseudophilosophy pataphysics in some of her writings. Along with Lisa Goldstein and Michaela Roessner, she has formed The Brazen Hussies to promote their work. Together with Karen Joy Fowler, Murphy co-founded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1991.

With her second novel, The Falling Woman (1986), she won the Nebula Award, and another Nebula Award in the same year for her novelette, "Rachel in Love." Her short story collection, Points of Departure (1990) won the Philip K. Dick Award, and her 1990 novella, Bones, won the World Fantasy Award in 1991.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in San Francisco and, for more than 20 years, when she was not writing science fiction, she worked at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception.[2] There, she published non-fiction as part of the museum staff.

She has a black belt in the martial art kenpō.[3][4]



Short fiction[edit]

  • Points of Departure (1990)
  • Women Up to No Good (2013)

Anthologies edited[edit]


  • Joseph, James, Witold Klawe and Pat Murphy (1979). Tuna and billfish : fish without a country. Paintings by George Mattson. La Jolla, Calif.: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
  • Imaginary Friends (1996 essay)
  • Before and After (1997 travel essay)
  • Explorabook: A Kid's Science Museum in a Book by John Cassidy, Pat Murphy, and Paul Doherty (1991)
  • Bending Light: An Exploratorium Toolbook (1993) by Pat Murphy
  • By Nature's Design (1993) by Pat Murphy
  • The Science Explorer (1996) by Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, and Linda Shore
  • The Color of Nature (1996) by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
  • The Science Explorer Out and About (1997) by Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, and Linda Shore
  • Zap Science: A Scientific Playground in a Book (1997) by John Cassidy, Paul Doherty, & Pat Murphy
  • Murphy, Pat and Paul Doherty (Aug 2000). "Playing with fire". Science. F&SF. 99 (2): 112–120.
  • Exploratopia (2006, ISBN 0-316-61281-2)


  • A Flock of Lawn Flamingos (2001 chapbook)


  1. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Teen Book Review interview". March 2008.
  3. ^ "Inkwell: Authors and Artists". October 4, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Helen Merrick; Tess Williams (1999). Women of Other Worlds: Excursions Through Science Fiction and Feminism. University of Western Australia Press. pp. 342–. ISBN 978-1-876268-32-9.

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