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Jack Dann

Australia (1945 - )

JACK DANN is a multiple award winning author who has written or edited over sixty-five books, including the groundbreaking novels Junction, Starhiker, The Man Who Melted, The Memory Cathedral-which is an international bestseller, the Civil War novel The Silent, and the recently published Bad Medicine, which has been compared to the works of Jack Kerouac and Hunter S Thompson and called "the best road novel since the Easy Rider days."

Dann's work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, J G Ballard, Mark Twain, and Philip K Dick. Philip K. Dick, author of the stories from which the films Blade Runner and Total Recall were made, wrote that "Junction is where Ursula K Le Guin's Lathe of Heaven and Anthony Boucher's 'The Quest for Saint Aquin' meet...and yet it's an entirely new novel.... I may very well be basing some of my future work on Junction." Best selling author Marion Zimmer Bradley called Starhiker "a superb will not give up all its delights, all its perfections, on one reading."

Library Journal has called Dann "...a true poet who can create pictures with a few perfect words." Roger Zelazny thought he was a reality magician and Best Sellers has said that "Jack Dann is a mind-warlock whose magicks will confound, disorient, shock, and delight." The Washington Post Book World compared his novel The Man Who Melted with Ingmar Bergman's film The Seventh Seal.

His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and his short stories have appeared in Omni and Playboy and other major magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of the anthology Wandering Stars, one of the most acclaimed American anthologies of the 1970's, and several other well-known anthologies such as More Wandering Stars. Wandering Stars and More Wandering Stars have just been reprinted in the U. S. Dann also edits the multi-volume Magic Tales series with Gardner Dozois and is a consulting editor TOR Books.

He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar Award (three times), the World Fantasy Award, the Peter McNamara Achievement Award, and the Premios Gilgamés de Narrativa Fantastica award. Dann has also been honoured by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight).

High Steel, a novel co-authored with Jack C Haldeman, II, was published in 1993 by TOR Books. Critic John Clute called it "a predator...a cat with blazing eyes gorging on the good meat of genre. It is most highly recommended." A sequel entitled Ghost Dance is in progress.

Dann's major historical novel about Leonardo da Vinci-entitled The Memory Cathedral-was first published by Bantam Books in December 1995 to rave reviews. It has been published in ten languages to date. It won the Australian Aurealis Award in 1997, was #1 on The Age bestseller list, and a story based on the novel was awarded the Nebula Award. The Memory Cathedral was also shortlisted for the Audio Book of the Year, which was part of the 1998 Braille & Talking Book Library Awards.

Morgan Llywelyn called The Memory Cathedral "a book to cherish, a validation of the novelist's art and fully worthy of its extraordinary subject." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "A grand accomplishment," Kirkus Reviews thought it was "An impressive accomplishment," and True Review said, "Read this important novel, be challenged by it; you literally haven't seen anything like it."

Dann's novel about the American Civil War, The Silent, has been published by Bantam in the U. S., Lübbe in Germany, and HarperCollins in Australia. Library Journal chose it as one of their 'Hot Picks' and wrote: "This is narrative storytelling at its best-so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell. Most emphatically recommended." Peter Straub said "This tale of America's greatest trauma is full of mystery, wonder, and the kind of narrative inventiveness that makes other novelists want to hide under the bed." And The Australian called it "an extraordinary achievement."

His novel Bad Medicine (titled Counting Coup in the U. S.), a contemporary road novel, has been described by The Courier Mail as "perhaps the best road novel since the Easy Rider Days."

Dann is also the co-editor (with Janeen Webb) of the groundbreaking Australian anthology Dreaming Down-Under, which Peter Goldsworthy has called "the biggest, boldest, most controversial collection of original fiction ever published in Australia." It has won Australia's Ditmar Award and is the first Australian book ever to win the prestigious World Fantasy Award. His recent anthology Gathering the Bones, of which he is a co-editor, is included in Library Journal's Best Genre Fiction of 2003 and has been shortlisted for The World Fantasy Award.

Dann's stories have been collected in Timetipping, Visitations, and the retrospective short story collection Jubilee: the Essential Jack Dann. The West Australian said it was "Sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, erudite, inventive, beautifully written and always intriguing. Jubilee is a celebration of the talent of a remarkable storyteller." His collaborative stories can be found in the collection The Fiction Factory.

Dann's latest novel , The Rebel: an Imagined Life of James Dean is published by HarperCollins Flamingo in Australia and Morrow in the U.S. (Check out The West Australian called it "an amazingly evocative and utterly convincing picture of the era, down to details of the smells and sensations-and even more importantly, the way of thinking." Locus wrote: "The Rebel is a significant and very gripping novel, a welcome addition to Jack Dann's growing oeuvre of speculative historical novels, sustaining further his long-standing contemplation of the modalities of myth and memory. This is alternate history with passion and difference."

As part of its Bibliographies of Modern Authors Series, The Borgo Press has published an annotated bibliography & guide entitled The Work of Jack Dann. An updated second edition is in progress. Dann is also listed in Contemporary Authors and the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series; The International Authors and Writers Who's Who; Personalities of America; Men of Achievement; Who's Who in Writers, Editors, and Poets, United States and Canada; Dictionary of International Biography; the Directory of Distinguished Americans; Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century; and Who's Who in the World.

Dann lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea and 'commutes' back and forth to Los Angeles and New York.

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Wandering Stars (1974)
Faster than Light (1976) (with George Zebrowski)
Future Power (1976) (with Gardner Dozois)
Immortal (1978)
Aliens! (1980) (with Gardner Dozois)
Three in Space (1981) (with Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski)
More Wandering Stars (1981)
Unicorns! (1982) (with Gardner Dozois)
Magicats! (1984) (with Gardner Dozois)
Bestiary! (1985) (with Gardner Dozois)
Clones (1986)
Mermaids! (1986) (with Gardner Dozois)
Sorcerers! (1986) (with Gardner Dozois)
In the Field of Fire (1987) (with Jeanne Van Buren Dann)
Demons (1987) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dogtales (1988) (with Gardner Dozois)
Geometry (1989) (with Gardner Dozois)
Seaserpents! (1989) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dinosaurs! (1990) (with Gardner Dozois)
Little People (1991) (with Gardner Dozois)
Magicats II (1991) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dragons! (1993) (with Gardner Dozois)
Invaders! (1993) (with Gardner Dozois)
Horses! (1994) (with Gardner Dozois)
Angels! (1995) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dinosaurs II (1995) (with Gardner Dozois)
Space Soldiers (1996) (with Gardner Dozois)
Hackers (1996) (with Gardner Dozois)
Three in Time (1997) (with Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski)
Timegates (1997) (with Gardner Dozois)
Immortals (1998) (with Gardner Dozois)
Nanotech (1998) (with Gardner Dozois)
Future War (1999) (with Gardner Dozois)
Armageddons (1999) (with Gardner Dozois)
Aliens Among Us (2000) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dreaming Down-Under (2000) (with Janeen Webb)
Genometry (2001) (with Gardner Dozois)
Future Sports (2002) (with Gardner Dozois)
Beyond Flesh (2002) (with Gardner Dozois)
Gathering the Bones (2003) (with Ramsey Campbell and Dennis Etchison)
Future Crimes (2003) (with Gardner Dozois)
A.I.S (2004) (with Gardner Dozois)
Robots (2005) (with Gardner Dozois)
The Fiction Factory (2005)
Beyond Singularity (2005) (with Gardner Dozois)
Futures Past (2006) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dangerous Games (2007) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dark Alchemy (2007) (with Gardner Dozois)
Wizards (2007) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dreaming Again (2008)
Escape from Earth (2008) (with Gardner Dozois)
The Dragon Book (2009) (with Gardner Dozois)
Ghosts by Gaslight (2011) (with Nick Gevers)
Magicats I (2014) (with Gardner Dozois)
Unicorns I (2014) (with Gardner Dozois)
Unicorns II (2014) (with Gardner Dozois)
Dreaming in the Dark (2016)



Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Jack Dann
Short stories
The Drum Lollipop (1972)
I'm with You in Rockland (1972)
Windows (1972)
Junction [short story] (1973)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Marks of Painted Teeth (1973)
Rags (1973)
The Dybbuk Dolls (1975)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Fragmentary Blue (1975)
Timetipping [short story] (1975)
Among the Mountains (1977)
A Quiet Revolution for Death (1978)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Camps (1979)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Days of Stone (1979)
Night Visions (1979)
Amnesia (1981)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Fairy Tale (1981)World Fantasy (nominee)
Going Under (1981)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Touring (1981) (with Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick)
Blind Shemmy (1983)Nebula Awards (nominee)
A Cold Day in the Mesozoic (1983)
Reunion (1983)
Bad Medicine [short story] (1984)World Fantasy (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
Golden Apples of the Sun (1984) (with Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick)
Between the Windows of the Sea (1985)
The Gods of Mars (1985) (with Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Visitors (1987)
Blues and the Abstract Truth (1988) (with Barry N Malzberg)
The Extra (1992)
Afternoon Ghost (1994) (with George Zebrowski)
Discounts (1994)
Da Vinci Rising [short story] (1995)
Ships (1996) (with Michael Swanwick)
A Gift of Eagles (1997)
Spirit Dog (1998)
The Talking Sword (1998)

Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1974) : Junction [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1976) : The Dybbuk Dolls
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1979) : A Quiet Revolution for Death
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1980) : Camps
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1982) : Amnesia
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1982) : Going Under
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1982) : Fairy Tale
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1984) : Blind Shemmy
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1985) : Bad Medicine [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Man Who Melted
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1985) : Bad Medicine [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1986) : The Gods of Mars
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo Da Vinci
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean

Books about Jack Dann
Jack Dann recommends

The Hall of Lost Footsteps (2011)
Sara Douglass
"You must know that Sara Douglass is the brilliant author of several best-selling fantasy series. She has earned her well-deserved awards and reputation by writing on a grand scale-but I'll let you in on a little secret: she is one fabulous short story writer! Although you can easily find her books, for she is prolific and well-published novelist, you'd have to dig a bit to find the glittering gems that are her short stories. Until now. The Hall of the Lost Footsteps is a must-read! The stories will simply knock you out."

Lotus Blue (2017)
Cat Sparks
"Lotus Blue is SF adventure on steroids. A dystopian vision worthy of H. Rider Haggard and the Mad Max film franchise."

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