Eileen Gunn writes short stories. Her new collection, Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. It includes two substantial, previously unpublished novelettes, "Chop Wood, Carry Water," and "Phantom Pain," as well as short stories, vignettes, and collaborations with Michael Swanwick and Rudy Rucker. Her previous collection, Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004), was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award and the World Fantasy Award, and was shortlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. The Japanese translation (2006, Hayakawa) received the Sense of Gender award in 2007. It includes "Coming to Terms" (Nebula Award, 2004), "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" (Hugo finalist, novelette, 1989); "Computer Friendly" (Hugo finalist, novelette, 1990), and (with Leslie What) "Nirvana High" (Nebula finalist, 2005). Her recent short fiction has appeared in Eclipse Four (ed. Jonathan Strahan), Tor.com (with Michael Swanwick), Asimov's (with Rudy Rucker), and Flurb. "Up the Fire Road" appeared in the 20th Years Best Fantasy and Horror (eds. Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, and Ellen Datlow), "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" appeared in the 5th Year's Best Science Fiction (ed. Gardner Dozois), The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (ed. Gardner Dozois) and elsewhere. In addition to Japanese, her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Czech, Italian, Polish, Turkish, and other languages, most recently 25 minutos en el futuro. Nueva ciencia ficción Norteamericana, edited by Pepe Rojo and Bernardo Fernandez (Almadía, 2013). Her most recent non-fiction includes an essay on the non-linear relationship between science fiction and the future in the May, 2014 issue of Smithsonian magazine, and "American Authors in China" co-authored with Ellen Datlow and Michael Swanwick, published in Locus #653 (June 2015).
Gunn was a 1976 Clarion workshop graduate and served on the Clarion West board of directors, 1988-2010 (chair: 2006-2007, executive committee, 2004-2010, director of communications, 1990-2006). She has participated in the Eugene "Milford" workshop, in the Silverlake, Evergreen, Sycamore Hill, Turkey City, and Rio Hondo workshops, and in a fabulous San Francisco workshop that may not even have a name.
Gunn was editor and publisher of the influential website The Infinite Matrix (www.infinitematrix.com), which published Bruce Sterling's first blog (for three years); weekly columns by David Langford and Howard Waldrop; extensive fiction series by Michael Swanwick and Richard Kadrey, stories by major international writers, including Ursula K. LeGuin, Cory Doctorow, Avram Davidson, Pat Cadigan, Kathleen Goonan, Simon Ings, Rudy Rucker, Chris Nakashima-Brown, Robert Sheckley, Marc Laidlaw, Nisi Shawl, and many more, and essays by William Gibson, Pam Noles, and others.
She lives in Seattle with her partner, typographer/book designer/editor John D. Berry.