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Elizabeth Bear


USA flag (b.1971)

Elizabeth Bear was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She studied English and Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, but did not graduate. She has worked as a technical writer, a stable hand, a reporter, and in various office jobs. Though she sold a few stories to small-press publications in the '90s, she only began writing seriously in 2001, and has produced numerous novels and short stories since.
 

Awards: Hugo (2009), Astounding (2005)  see all

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Historical Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
March 2025

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The Folded Sky
 
Series
Jenny Casey
   1. Hammered (2004)
   2. Scardown (2005)
   3. Worldwired (2005)
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Promethean Age
   1. Blood and Iron (2006)
   2. Whiskey and Water (2007)
   3. Ink and Steel (2008)
   4. Hell and Earth (2008)
   5. One-Eyed Jack (2014)
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New Amsterdam
   1. New Amsterdam (2007)
   2. Seven for a Secret (2009)
   3. The White City (2010)
   4. Ad Eternum (2012)
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Jacob's Ladder
   1. Dust (2007)

     aka Pinion

   2. Chill (2010)

     aka Sanction

   3. Grail (2011)

     aka Cleave

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Lotus Kingdoms
   0.1. Book of Iron (2013)
   0.5. Bone and Jewel Creatures (2010)
   1. The Stone in the Skull (2017)
   2. The Red-Stained Wings (2019)
   3. The Origin of Storms (2022)
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Eternal Sky
   1. Range of Ghosts (2012)
   2. The Shattered Pillars (2013)
   3. Steles of the Sky (2014)
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Karen Memory
   1. Karen Memory (2015)
   2. Stone Mad (2018)
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White Space
   1. Ancestral Night (2019)
   2. Machine (2020)
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Novels
   Carnival (2006)
   Undertow (2007)
   The Cobbler's Boy (2018) (with Katherine Addison)
   On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera (2020)
   The Red Mother (2021)
   The Folded Sky (2025)
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Collections
   The Chains That You Refuse (2006)
   Shoggoths in Bloom (2012)
   Future Visions (2015) (with others)
   The Best of Elizabeth Bear (2020)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder (2010)
   The Horrid Glory of Its Wings (2011)
   Faster Gun (2012)
   This Chance Planet (2014)
   Bug's A-Life (2018)
   Deriving Life (2019)
   The Deeps of the Sky (2022)
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Anthology series
Shadow Unit (with Emma Bull)
   1. Shadow Unit 1 (2011)
   2. Shadow Unit 2 (2011)
   3. Shadow Unit 3 (2011)
   4. Shadow Unit 4 (2011)
   5. Shadow Unit 5 (2011)
   6. Shadow Unit 6 (2011)
   7. Shadow Unit 7 (2011)
   8. Shadow Unit 8 (2011)
   9. Shadow Unit 9 (2011)
   10. Shadow Unit 10 (2011)
   11. Shadow Unit 11 (2012)
   12. Shadow Unit 12 (2012)
   13. Shadow Unit 13 (2013)
   14. Shadow Unit 14 (2014)
   15. Shadow Unit 15 (2014)
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Series contributed to
METAtropolis
   Metatropolis (2009) (with others)
   Cascadia (2010) (with others)
   Green Space (2013) (with others)
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Books containing stories by Elizabeth Bear
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Communications Breakdown (2023)
SF Stories about the Future of Connection
(Twelve Tomorrows)
edited by
Jonathan Strahan
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The Long List Anthology Volume 8 (2022)
(Long List Anthology, book 8)
edited by
David Steffen
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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 (2022)
(Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, book 8)
edited by
Rebecca Roanhorse

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Awards
2013 Locus Award for Best Collection : Shoggoths in Bloom
2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette : Shoggoths in Bloom
2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story : Tideline
2006 Locus Award for Best First Novel : Hammered
2005 Astounding Award for Best New Writer : Hammered

Award nominations
2022 Locus Award for Best Novella (nominee) : A Blessing of Unicorns
2022 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Red Mother
2021 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Machine
2021 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : The Best of Elizabeth Bear
2021 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Machine
2020 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Ancestral Night
2020 Locus Award for Best Novella (nominee) : A Time to Reap
2020 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : Erase, Erase, Erase
2019 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : Okay, Glory
2018 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Stone in the Skull
2016 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Heart's Filthy Lesson
2016 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Karen Memory
2015 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Hand is Quicker
2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Steles of the Sky
2013 Locus Award for Best Novella (nominee) : In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns
2013 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward
2013 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : No Decent Patrimony
2013 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : Faster Gun
2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella (nominee) : Bone and Jewel Creatures
2011 Locus Award for Best Novella (nominee) : Bone and Jewel Creatures
2010 Philip K Dick Award (nominee) : Chill
2008 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (nominee) : Tideline
2008 Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History (nominee) : Les Innocents/Lumiere
2008 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Undertow
2008 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Whiskey and Water
2008 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : New Amsterdam
2007 Philip K Dick Award (nominee) : Undertow
2007 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : Carnival
2007 BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction (nominee) : Sounding
2006 Philip K Dick Award (nominee) : Carnival
2006 BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction (nominee) : Two Dreams on Trains


Elizabeth Bear recommends
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Those Beyond the Wall (2024)
Micaiah Johnson
"Those Beyond the Wall is a standout novel with painful clarity of voice; [it is] savage, yet humane. Micaiah Johnson has more than delivered on the promise of her exceptional first novel with a follow-up that is even more tightly plotted and more vividly characterized."
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Liberty's Daughter (2023)
Naomi Kritzer
"Everything Naomi Kritzer writes is amazing. Smash that pre-order button."
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Even Though I Knew the End (2022)
C L Polk
"Even Though I Knew the End is Polk at the height of their considerable powers: romance, enchantment, tragedy, and courage to the bitter end."

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