© Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop was the 2013 Italcon’s Guest of Honor and he wrote “a personal perspective” on it for Locus Online :
”Italcon 39: Before, During, and After: A Personal Perspective by Michael Bishop”
Michael Lawson Bishop (born November 12, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is an award-winning and one of America’s finest and most honored writers of science fiction and fantasy literature.
Over four decades and thirty books, he has created a ”body of work that stands among the most admired and influential in modern science fiction and fantasy literature.”
Michael Bishop has twice been awarded the Nebula: in 1981 for ”The Quickening” (Best Novelette) and in 1982 for “No Enemy But Time” (Best Novel). He has also received four Locus Awards and his work has been nominated for numerous Hugo Awards. In July 2009, ”The Pile” was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story of 2008.
Bishop has published thirteen solo novels, three collaborative novels, and more than 140 pieces of short fiction, most of which have been gathered into seven collections. His eighth collection, ”The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy”, a career retrospective, was published in February 2012 by Subterranean Press.
His stories have appeared in such publications as Playboy, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Missouri Review, the Indiana Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Georgia Review, Omni, and Interzone. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
He has edited seven anthologies, including the Locus Award-winning ”Light Years and Dark” and ”A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales about the Christ”, published by Thunder’s Mouth Press in 2007. His latest anthology, ”Passing for Human”, was co-edited with Steven Utley and published by PS Publishing in 2009.
Bishop has been Guest of Honor at more than a dozen science fiction conventions including the 1977 DeepSouthCon, the 1978 Philcon, the 1992 Readercon, the 1992 World Fantasy Convention, the 1999 World Horror Convention, the 2005 Norwescon, the 2009 Science Fiction Research Association Conference, and Special Guest at the 2010 ArmadilloCon. He was also one of the organizers of the three Slipstreaming in the Arts conferences (1997–2001). In 2001, he was given an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from LaGrange College.
ITALCON (The SF & F Italian National Convention / Convention Nazionale del Fantastico e della Fantascienza): http://www.fantascienza.com/italcon/
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