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John Kessel


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John Kessel was born in 1950 in Buffalo, New York, and is an Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University where he teaches American literature and fiction writing. The author resides in Raleigh with his wife, graphic designer Sue Hall and daughter, Emma.

Genres: Science Fiction
 
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Short stories
Animals (1980)
Another Orphan (1982)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards
The Big Dream (1984)
The Pure Product [short story] (1986)
Judgment Call (1987)
Mrs Schummel Exits a Winner (1988)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Invaders (1990)
Buffalo (1991)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Franchise (1993)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Miracle of Ivar Avenue (1996)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Gulliver at Home (1997)
Every Angel Is Terrifying (1998)World Fantasy (nominee)
Ninety Percent of Everything [short story] (1999) (with James Patrick Kelly and Jonathan Lethem)Nebula Awards (nominee)


Awards
Hugo Best Novella nominee (1983) : Another Orphan
Nebula Awards Best Novella winner (1983) : Another Orphan
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1989) : Mrs Schummel Exits a Winner
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1990) : Good News from Outer Space
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1990) : Good News from Outer Space
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1992) : Buffalo
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1992) : Buffalo
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1993) : Meeting in Infinity
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1994) : The Franchise
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1994) : The Franchise
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1998) : The Miracle of Ivar Avenue
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Every Angel Is Terrifying
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (2001) : Ninety Percent of Everything [short story]
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Moon and the Other


John Kessel recommends
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The Lesson (2019)
Cadwell Turnbull
"In The Lesson Cadwell Turnbull, by setting his story in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, makes something completely new of the old theme of humans' first contact with superior aliens. Putting these 'colonizing aliens' in a place shaped by colonialism opens new perspectives on issues of race and culture and sex and exploitation. But the true wonder of this novel is its beautifully realized portrayal of Charlotte Amalie and its deeply human and complex characters, young and old, all of them transformed by the arrival of the ambiguously motivated Ynaa. It's a story of mystery, romance, tragedy, and redemption. Like Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin before him, Turnbull uses the tools of science fiction to illuminate the human heart. The Lesson stands at the beginning of what I expect to be a long and illustrious career."

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