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Lucius Shepard

Since 1985, when he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Lucius Shepard has been one of the most honored writers in science fiction, fantasy, horror and beyond. He won the World Fantasy Award for his collections The Jaguar Hunter (1987) and The Ends of the Earth (1991). In 1986 his novella "R & R" won the Nebula Award.

The science fiction novella "Barnacle Bill The Spacer" won the 1991 Hugo Award. He also won the National Magazine Award for "Beast of the Heartland" as well as the International Horror Writers Award for "Crocodile Rock." He has won numerous Locus Awards including "Salvador" (best story); The Golden (Best Horror Novel) and most recently for "Radiant Green Star" (Best Novella). He has had nearly a dozen Nebula nominations including "A Traveler's Tale," "The End of Life As We Know It," "The Jaguar Hunter," "Crocodile Rock," "The Man Who Painted The Dragon Griaule," "R&R," "Salvador," and "Radiant Green Star." Other World Fantasy nominations include "Solitario's Eyes" (short story); "Life of Buddha" (short story); "The Man Who Painted The Dragon Griaule" (long story); "The Jaguar hunter" (short story); "Crocodile Rock" (long story), "Shades" (long story); "The Last Time" (long story). His novel Life During Wartime was nominated for both the Phillip K. Dick Award and the Arthur C Clarke Award.

In the past year he has published two novels, Colonel Rutherford's Colt (an Ebook from Electric Story) and Valentine, as well as several novellas at SciFiction, the SciFi.com fiction project, including "AZTECHS," "Over Yonder" and "Emerald Street Expansions."

In a 2001 interview with Locus Magazine he said, "As far as writing, I don't have anything philosophical to say about it. To me, it's very much a craft, and I'm basically a carpenter right now. That's what I feel like. Once you get into it, it's just like banging nails. If you like it, it's really fun to bang those nails. That's what I'm doing now. I'm not really thinking about writing. What is it, ultimately? I have no clue. On the Hindu wheel of professions, where you're supposed to work your way through to Nirvana, writer is right below thief. I always figured that was about where a writer should be ranked. And of course, writers are thieves, too! If you're not stealing from some other writer, you're stealing from people. That's what Nabakov said, 'Good writers imitate. Great writers steal.'"

Shepard also writes a regular film (and film industry) review column for Electric Story; his reviews are online at www.electricstory.com.

Upcoming in 2003, Shepard has a mini collection of articles and stories about hobos called Two Trains Running, a short novel from Golden Griffin called Louisiana Breakdown, and a novel entitled The Iron Shore. Born in Virginia and raised in Florida, Shepard has lived in the Midwest, New England, New York and most recently the West Coast. His travels throughout the world are reflected in the exotic settings of much of his work, especially Latin America. He currently lives near a strip mall in Vancouver, Washington, but says he, "not for long..."


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