Eugene Mirabelli ("Gene") won first prize for Literary Fiction in the 2013 Independent Publisher (IP or "IPPY") Book awards for his most recent novel, Renato, the Painter (McPherson & Company, 2012). The Awards program was created to highlight the year's most distinguished books from independent publishers, as judged by librarians and booksellers.
Gene generally writes mainstream fiction, but his short stories are often in the field of science fiction or fantasy. All but one of his short tales have appeared in either Fantasy & Science Fiction or Asimov's. They include the Nebula short story finalist "The Woman in Schrodinger's Wave Equations" which was also included in Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (Bova, ed.), and "Falling Angel" and "Catalog" in the 2009 and 2010 The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (Horton, ed.).
His most recent story, "The Shore at the Edge of the World," which appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction 2013, was reprinted in China's SFWorld in 2014, and anthologized in Fiction, the French anthology, in 2015. A song for a comic opera based on his story first published in Asimov's,"The Pastry Chef, the Nanotechnologist, the Aerobics Instructor, and the Plumber" (music by Brett Wery) had a concert premiere in March, 2014. And "Love in Another Language," which appeared first in Not One of Us, was republished by Lightspeed that same year.
Gene's mainstream novels often deal with affairs of the heart and should not be left around the house where youngsters might read them. His works include The Burning Air (Houghton Mifflin, 1959), The Way In (Viking, 1968), No Resting Place (Viking, 1972), The World at Noon (Guernica, 1994), The Book of the Milky Way (Third Coast, Winter 1996; finalist for the Pushcart Prize), The Language Nobody Speaks (Spring Harbor, 1999), The Passion of Terri Heart (Spring Harbor, 2004), The Goddess in Love with a Horse (Spring Harbor, 2008), and Renato, the Painter (McPherson & Co., 2012).
Gene has a PhD from Harvard and has enjoyed an alternative life as a Professor in the English Department at the State University of New York at Albany. He was one of the founders and directors of Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools (ALPS) and served as its treasurer for many years. He received awards and grants for his literary work, including one from the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition to the bare-bones mirabelli.net he writes the eclectic website CriticalPages.com where he posts on anything that catches his wandering attention. He's 84 years old and has too much to do, so the website may have to vanish.