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Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the end of WWII, and was raised all over the U.S., starting school, however, in Tokyo, Japan, at Yoyogi Elementary School, an educational plant for the dependents of American military and civil service personnel, and concluding his public schooling at the dependent high school in Santa Clara, Spain, the American housing enclave about eight miles south of Seville. He lived with his dad and stepmom, *in* Seville itself, though, "on the economy," and he rode a bus to Santa Clara for school.

Once back in the States, Bishop found himself in Albany, Georgia, his stepdad's hometown, and wound up attending the University of Georgia.

Bishop sold his first story while teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School outside Colorado Springs, a piece called "Pinon Fall" (tilde over the "n") that eventually appeared in *Galaxy* magazine. He sold about four other stories while in the service, after which he returned to Georgia, where he has lived ever since. His novels include *No Enemy But Time* (Nebula Award), *Ancient of Days*, *Unicorn Mountain* (Mythopoeic Fantasy Award), and *Brittle Innings* (Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel of 1994), and he has published six or seven volumes of short stories, with a new collection, *Brighten to Incandescence*, scheduled from Golden Gryphon Press in June 2003.

About “Andalusian Tryptich, 1962” Bishop says, “This story evolved out of my own experience as a teenager in Seville, Spain, where I lived for a year with my dad and my stepmother, beginning in June of 1962 and extending through the summer of 1963: my senior year of high school. (Astute readers will note that I've set "Andalusian Triptych, 1962" a year earlier, primarily to get the Cuban Missile Crisis in a climactic narrative position.) The barber yearning to make enough money to move to the States is based on a bona fide barber, whose chair I frequented once every two to three weeks. I seriously doubt that he fulfilled his ambition, but he was a good barber.”

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