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Nancy Kress, M.S. M.A.

Nancy Kress, M.S., M.A. is the author of twenty-two books: thirteen novels of science fiction or fantasy, one young adult novel, two thrillers, three story collections, and three books on writing.
Her most recent books are Probability Space, the conclusion of a trilogy that began with Probability Moon and Probability Sun, Crossfire, and Nothing Human. The trilogy concerns quantum physics, a space war, and the nature of reality. Crossfire, set in a different universe, explores various ways we might co-exist with aliens even though we never understand either them or ourselves very well. Nothing Human concerns a bleaker future, in which we have trashed Earth beyond the point of human habitability. So we genetically engineer our descendants — who may or may not be considered human.
Nancy’s short fiction has appeared in all the usual places. She has won three Nebulas: in 1985 for Out of All Them Bright Stars, in 1991 for the novella version of Beggars In Spain, which also won a Hugo, and in 1998 for The Flowers of Aulit Prison. Nancy has also won a Sturgeon (for Flowers of Aulit Prison) and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for the hard-SF novel Probability Space) Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Croatian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, and Chinese.
Nancy is the monthly columnist for Science Fiction World, the world’s most popular sci-fi periodical. She was a participant in the 2005 DARPA conference and in the 2007 International Conference on SF in China. She teaches regularly at Clarion and in the winter of 2008–2009, will be the Picador Guest Professorship lecturer at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She earned her M.S. in Education at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1977 and her M.A. in English there in 1979.
Listen to Nancy on The Future and You. Read Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints, Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing), and Dynamic Characters: How to Create Personalities That Keep Readers Captivated. Explore the full list of her books and short fiction. Read INTERVIEW: Nancy Kress, Speech by Nancy Kress, and Nancy Kress has a good Probability of writing well — very well — into the future. Check out her blog.