James Van Pelt writes and teaches in western
Colorado. During the school year
he teaches English at both Fruita Monument High
School and Mesa State
College.His fiction has appeared in several
publications, including Analog
Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of
Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His
non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine.
In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W.
Campbell Award for Best New
Writer. Several of his stories have received Nebula
recommendations including two pieces that made the
preliminary Nebula ballot.
His stories have been listed on the honorable
mention lists in both Datlow
and Windlings The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and
Dozois' The Year's Best
His first collection, Strangers and Beggars, will be
available from Fairwood
Press this summer.
He has a science fiction novel that has cruised much
of the English speaking
publishing world without finding a home. Currently he
is working on a new
novel that he hopes to complete some time soon.
Most importantly to him, his wife Tammy, and three
children, Dylan, Samuel
and Joshua, think he tells a pretty good bed-time
Scott Nicholson at
The Haunted Computer web site asked James what his long
term writing goals were. He said,"I feel a little
like that guy in the old
Tales From the Crypt comic who was trying to blow
the ultimate jazz riff on
his saxophone. He kept trying and trying and trying,
until one day he finally
did it. I don't remember what happened to him, but
it was cosmic. I'm like
that with my writing. I'm trying to write the
ultimate string of sentences
that will result in something cosmic. I know, it's
an unreachable goal, but
maybe along the way I'll write some decent riffs."
Visit his home page at http://www.sff.net/people/james.van.pelt.