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Elizabeth Hand

USA flag (b.1957)

A couple of years after seeing Patti Smith perform, Elizabeth Hand flunked out of college and became involved in the nascent punk scenes in DC and NYC. From 1979 to 1986 she worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum; she was eventually readmitted to university to study cultural anthropology, and received her B.A. She is the author of many novels, including Winterlong, Waking the Moon (Tiptree and Mythopoeic Award-Winner), Glimmering, and Mortal Love, and three collections of stories, including the recent Saffron and Brimstone. Her fiction has received the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopeoic, Tiptree, and International Horror Guild Awards, and her novels have been chose as New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. She has also been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship. A regular contributor to the Washington Post Book World and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Hand lives with her family on the Maine Coast.

Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult Fantasy, Literary Fiction

Series contributed to
X-Files (misc. novels) (with Chris Carter)
   Fight the Future (1998)
Anthology series
Anthologies edited
   The Lost Citadel Roleplaying Game (2020) (with Keith Baker, Natania Barron, Carin Bissett, Jesse Heinig, Rhiannon Louve, Ari Marmell, Malcolm Sheppard and C A Suleiman)
Anthologies containing stories by Elizabeth Hand
Short stories
The Boy in the Tree (1989)
On the Town Route (1989)
The Bacchae (1991)
Snow on Sugar Mountain (1991)
In the Mouth of Athyr (1992)
The Erl-King (1993)
Justice (1993)
Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story] (1994)World Fantasy
Nebula Awards

Philip K Dick Award Best Book nominee (1990) : Winterlong
Philip K Dick Award Best Book nominee (1992) : Aestival Tide
Philip K Dick Award Best Book nominee (1993) : Icarus Descending
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book winner (1995) : Waking the Moon
World Fantasy Best Novella winner (1995) : Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1995) : Waking the Moon
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book winner (1996) : Waking the Moon
Nebula Awards Best Novella winner (1996) : Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story]
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (1998) : Glimmering
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1999) : Last Summer at Mars Hill
World Fantasy Best Collection winner (2004) : Bibliomancy
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2005) : Mortal Love
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (2012) : Errantry
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2016) : Hard Light

Elizabeth Hand recommends
At the City Limits of Fate (1996)
Michael Bishop
"Michael Bishop is a writer of intense humanity and grace and compassion. One enters these collected stories as into a roomful of friends, and leaves with great reluctance: a lovely book."
The Annunciate (1999)
Severna Park
"Like Samuel Delany and Ursula Le Guin before her, Severna Park reshapes our notions of love and gender, freedom and bondage."
The Two Sams (2003)
Glen Hirshberg
"A collection of haunting and satisfying stories wrapped in the elegant prose of a master craftsman."
The Circle (2012)
(Engelsfors Trilogy, book 1)
Sara B Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
"A beautiful, frightening, empowering novel reminiscent of the best of Scott Westerfeld or Anne Rice, The Circle puts its mismatched heroines--and readers--at the center of an ancient conspiracy of magic as terrifying as it is realistic. Enthralling from start to finish."
No Return (2013)
(Jeroun, book 1)
Zachary Jernigan
"Zachary Jernigan's genre-defying epic raises the bar for literary speculative fiction. It has the sweep of Frank Herbert's DUNE and the intoxicatingly strange grandeur of Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, with a decadent, beautifully rendered vision all its own. One of the most impressive debuts of recent years."
All Our Pretty Songs (2013)
(Metamorphoses trilogy, book 1)
Sarah McCarry
"A stunning debut that fans of Neil Gaiman and Francesca Lia Block will devour."
Elysium (2014)
Jennifer Marie Brissett
"...incredibly ambitious, beautifully written, moving..."
Two Girls Down (2018)
(Alice Vega, book 1)
Louisa Luna
"To the pantheon of unforgettable noir detectives, add Louisa Luna's bounty hunter Alice Vega and her partner, PI Max Caplan, one of the best and most original duos to grace crime fiction in many years. Two Girls Down is a breathlessly gripping journey into the dark heart of America: I couldn't put it down."
Blood Cruise (2018)
Mats Strandberg
"Blood Cruise is terrifying and terrifying real, a must-read for fans of Stephen King and John Ajvide Lindqvist."
Lost Objects (2018)
Marian Womack
"Luminous and disturbing as the unearthly things they describe, Marian Womack s gorgeously written tales map the shifting boundaries between waking life and dream, past and future and our own profoundly unsettled present. Reading them left me with goosebumps, and the craving for more stories by this supremely gifted new writer."
The Deadly Kiss-Off (2019)
(Glen and Stan, book 2)
Paul Di Filippo
"Gangsters and canoodling bombshells, goodhearted galoots, sinister gadgets, and an African giant pouched rat can add up to only one thing: Glen and Stan are back in this new hardboiled thriller with a heart by Paul Di Filippo. Do yourself a favor: make with the feet to your favorite joint and scam a couple of hours with The Deadly Kiss-Off, the funniest caper to come down the pike this year."
A Song for a New Day (2019)
Sarah Pinsker
"Sarah Pinsker shares an unsparing vision of a near-future world only a few degrees removed from our own, but has the nerve and audacity to leaven the darkness with hope. A powerful novel whose unforgettable characters channel humanity’s true superpowers: art and the act of creation."
Nazare (2021)
JJ Amaworo Wilson
"Like the wave that gives it is title, JJ Amaworo Wilson's Nazaré is a high-water mark for fabulist fiction, an exceptional novel that showcases the superior gifts of a writer who only gets better with each new work."
Rose Royal (2022)
Nicolas Mathieu
"A searing, unflinching portrait of a woman's life in free fall. Rose Royal is a dark gem."
The Ballad of Perilous Graves (2022)
Alex Jennings
"I ached to live in their world. A stunning debut that is sure to become a classic."
Reunion (2022)
Christopher Farnsworth
"Dark fantasy at its finest."
The Silverberg Business (2022)
Robert Freeman Wexler
"A haunting novel that traverses an American West inhabited by nightmarish characters, human and otherwise, The Silverberg Business evokes the unease of classic weird fiction with a contemporary gloss: William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land by way of Jim Jarmusch and Cormac McCarthy. Unnerving and unforgettable."
The Collected Enchantments (2023)
Theodora Goss
"Theodora Goss's sublime tales are modern classics-beautiful, sly, sensual and deeply moving."

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