Michael Bishop was Guest of Honor at Readercon 5. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in a host of periodicals: Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Asimov's Science Fiction, Interzone, Pulphouse, Amazing, Science Fiction Age, etc. His work has also appeared in such original anthology series as Terry Carr's Universe, Damon Knight's Orbit, Robert Silverberg's New Dimensions, Charles Grant's Shadows, and Bantam's Full Spectrum, among others.
His novels include A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire (Ballantine Books, 1975; nominated for the Nebula Award; revised as Eyes of Fire, 1980), And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees (Harper & Row, 1976), Stolen Faces (Harper & Row, 1977), A Little Knowledge (Berkley Putnam, 1977), Catacomb Years (Berkley Putnam, 1979), Transfigurations (Berkley Putnam, 1979; nominated for the British Science Fiction Award), Under Heaven's Bridge (with Ian Watson) (Gollancz, 1981; Ace Books, 1982), No Enemy But Time (Simon & Schuster, 1982; winner of the Nebula Award, nominated for the British Science Fiction and Campbell Awards), Who Made Stevie Crye? (Arkham House, 1984), Ancient of Days (Arbor House, 1985; nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas (Tor Books, 1987),Unicorn Mountain (Arbor House/Morrow, 1988; winner of the Mythopoeic Award, nominated for the Locus Fantasy Award), Count Geiger's Blues (Tor, 1992), Brittle Innings (Bantam Books, 1994; winner of the Locus Award, nominated for Campbell, World Fantasy, and Hugo Awards), and two collaborations with Paul Di Filippo, Would It Kill You to Smile? (Longstreet, 1998) and Muskrat Courage (St. Martin's, 2000). His story collections are Blooded on Arachne (Arkham House, 1982), One Winter in Eden (Arkham House, 1984), Close Encounters with the Deity (Peachtree Publishers, 1986), Emphatically Not SF, Almost (Pulphouse Publishing, 1990), At the City Limits of Fate (Edgewood Press, 1996), Blue Kansas Sky (Golden Gryphon Press, 2000), and Brighten to Incandescence: 17 Stories (Golden Gryphon Press, 2003).
Bishop has also published fiction in such popular markets as Playboy, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy; and in several now defunct SF outlets, including Omni, Galaxy, If, Cosmos, Rigel, and Shayol; and in literary quarterlies (The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, and The Chattahoochee Review). His story "Dogs' Lives" from The Missouri Review appeared in Best American Short Stories 1985, edited by Gail Godwin/Shannon Ravenel; it has been reprinted in many other anthologies, including The Literary Dog (Atlantic Monthly Press), edited by Jeanne Schinto. In addition, Bishop's work has been reprinted in genre best-of-the-year collections, including those edited by the late Donald Wollheim (The Annual World's Best SF), the late Terry Carr (The Best Science Fiction of the Year), Gardner Dozois (The Year's Best Science Fiction), Gerald W. Page (The Year's Best Horror Stories), Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror), and the annual Nebula Award volumes. His story "The Road Leads Back" appeared both in After O'Connor: Stories from Contemporary Georgia (Univ. of Georgia Press) and in the journal Polyphony. His novelette "The Quickening" won the Nebula Award in 1981.
Reviews, criticism, and essays by Michael Bishop have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post Book World, Libertarian Review, New York Review of Science Fiction, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Weekly, Mother Earth News, Chattahoochee Review, Science Fiction Age, Locus, and the British journal Foundation. For over ten years, Bishop wrote a column, "Pitching Pennies Against the Starboard Bulkhead" for the semiprofessional magazine Quantum (originally Thrust). In 2005, PS Publishing in England issued his nonfiction collection, A Reverie for Mister Ray: Reflections on Life, Death, and Speculative Fiction, edited by Michael H. Hutchins; this volume has an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer and a luminous dust jacket by Bishop's son, Jamie, who produced cover art for five of his father's books.
Bishop has published poetry in The Georgia Review, Moana: The Pacific Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Twilight Zone Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, TASP (The Anthology of Speculative Poetry), Shayol, Star*Line, Fantasy Macabre, Dark Regions & Horror Magazine, Orbit, and the Book-of-the-Month Club 1999 Calendar of Days, as well as in the hardcover collections Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry edited by Steve Rasnic Tem; Burning with a Vision edited by Robert Frazier; and The Devil's Wine edited by Tom Piccirili. A chapbook, Windows & Mirrors, appeared from the Moravian Press in 1977, and, in December 1998, Edgewood Press released Bishop's collection Time Pieces, with a cover by his son. Bishop's elegiac poem, "Jamie's Hair," appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Resident in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Bishop and his wife Jeri, a counselor at Rosemont Elementary School, have two children, Jamie and Stephanie. Jamie, an artist and an instructor of German, died in the mass shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. He left a widow, a strong body of artwork, many grateful students, and a host of loved ones and friends. Stephanie, a fitness trainer, is married, has two children, Annabel and Joel, and lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, near Athens.
Bishop, after graduating from the University of Georgia with his masters in English lit in 1969, taught at the U. S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School north of Colo. Springs, Colo. After his service career, he taught composition and English literature at the University of Georgia in Athens for two years. He began freelance writing in the early 1970s from his home in Pine Mountain, working, too, as a substitute teacher in the public schools and as a stringer for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. In 1993, Twentieth Century Fox optioned Bishop's novel Brittle Innings for a film and bought the rights altogether in 1995. (To date, no film has been made.) In 1996, Bishop became writer-in-residence at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, a position he has held ever since. He teaches creative-writing courses and an occasional January interim-term course. He has also assisted other English department members in organizing three art-and-literature conferences, Slipstreaming in the Arts.
In April 2007, Bishop's anthology A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-five Imaginative Tales about the Christ appeared from Thunder's Mouth Press, an imprint of Perseus Books. Currently, he is marketing a collection of Georgia-based stories, Other Arms Reach Out to Me, and revising a mainstream novel, An Owl at the Crucifixion; he is also planning a novel about Jonathan Swift visiting many of the invented lands in his classic eighteenth-century satire, Gulliver's Travels. Forthcoming from PS Publishing, co-edited with Steven Utley, is a reprint anthology, Passing for Human, with an original digital-collage cover by Bishop's late son, Jamie.