James Morrow ("Jim"), a Guest of Honor at Readercon 17, has been writing fiction ever since shortly after his seventh birthday, when he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. Upon reaching adulthood, Morrow channeled his storytelling drive toward speculative literature. His oeuvre's adequacy is reflected in a handful of awards, including the 2005 Prix Utopia, given by the French SF community for lifetime achievement.
Within his circumscribed but devoted readership, Morrow is best known for the Godhead Trilogy: Towing Jehovah (Harcourt Brace, 1994; World Fantasy Award winner, Grand Prix del'Imaginaire winner, Hugo Award nominee, Locus Award finalist), Blameless in Abaddon (Harcourt Brace, 1996; New York Times Notable Book), and The Eternal Footman (Harcourt1998; Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire finalist).
Jim's earlier efforts include The Wine of Violence (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981), The Continent of Lies (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1984), This Is the Way the World Ends (Henry Holt, 1986; Nebula Award finalist, Campbell Award finalist), and Only Begotten Daughter (William Morrow, 1990; World Fantasy winner, Nebula nominee, Mythopoeic finalist, Campbell finalist).
In recent years Jim has composed three novels dramatizing the scientific worldview: The Last Witchfinder (William Morrow, 2006; Campbell, Tiptree and BSFA finalist), The Philosopher's Apprentice (William Morrow, 2008; Campbell finalist), and Galápagos Regained (St. Martin's, in press), in which Charles Darwin's zookeeper attempts to win the Great God Contest.
Within the realm of short fiction, Jim has written three stand-alone novellas: City of Truth (Legend/St. Martin's, 1991; Nebula winner), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Tachyon 2009;Sturgeon Award winner, Hugo nominee, Nebula nominee, Locus finalist), and The Madonna and the Starship (Tachyon, 2014). His first collection, Bible Stories for Adults (Harcourt 1996; World Fantasy finalist, Locus finalist) includes 1988 Nebula winner "Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge." His second collection, The Cat's Pajamas and Other Stories (Tachyon, 2004), includes the Nebula finalist "Auspicious Eggs." Uncollected James Morrow stories appear in The Science Fiction Century (Hartwell, ed.), Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005 (Strahan, ed.), Extraordinary Engines (Gevers, ed.), Conjunctions 52 (B. Morrow and Evanson, eds.), The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (Watson and Whates,eds.), Is Anybody Out There? (Gevers and Helpern, eds.), Ghosts by Gaslight (Gevers and Dann, eds.), and The Palencar Project (Hartwell, ed.). November of 2015 will bring a third Morrow collection, Reality by Other Means (Wesleyan University Press).
As an anthologist, Jim has compiled three Nebula Awards volumes (Harcourt Brace, 1992, 1993, 1994) and, with Kathryn Morrow, The SFWA European Hall of Fame (Tor, 2007), sixteen Continental SF stories in English translation. An earlier Jim and Kathy project, Tolkien Lesson Plans (2004), appears on the Houghton Mifflin website. The Volume 5, Number 12 issue of Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, was devoted to "the Divinely Human Comedy of James Morrow" (1999, Winchell, ed.).
A full-time fiction writer, the author makes his home in State College with his wife, his son, an enigmatic sheepdog, and a loopy beagle mix.