Cecilia Tan ("ctan") is a trailblazer in erotic science fiction and fantasy. This year RT Magazine recognized that fact, awarding her both the 2014 Career Achievement Award and their Pioneer Award.
Tan is the author of the Struck by Lightning Trilogy (Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, Slow Satisfaction, Hachette 2012-2013); Slow Surrender won the 2013 RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia RWA. Her other novels include The Magic University Series: The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, The Poet and the Prophecy (Ravenous Romance 2009-2011, reprinted by Riverdale Avenue Books, 2015), The Velderet (Circlet, 2001), Mind Games (Ravenous, 2009), Royal Treatment (Torquere, 2010), The Hot Streak (Ravenous, 2010), The Prince's Boy (Circlet, 2010-2011), and the erotic sf/f short fiction collections Telepaths Don't Need Safewords (Circlet, 1992), Black Feathers: Erotic Dreams (HarperCollins, 1998), White Flames: Erotic Dreams (Running Press, 2008), and Edge Plays (Circlet, 2010). Other short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including Best American Erotica (1996, 2006), To Be Continued… (Firebrand, 1998), Herotica 5 (1998), Best Lesbian Erotica (several), Nerve.com, Best Women's Erotica (2003, 2011), Fang Bangers (Ravenous, 2010), Best S/M Erotica Vol. 3 (Logical Lust, 2010), Gotta Have It (Cleis, 2011), The Ladies of Trade Town (Harphaven, 2011), Riding the Rocket (Sizzler, 2011), Best Gay Short Stories 2012, The Big Book of Orgasms (Cleis, 2013), Summer Rain (Pink Kayak, 2014) and Dark Discoveries. As publisher and editor of Circlet Press, she has edited or co-edited over 100 anthologies of erotic sf/f, including Blood Surrender (2005), The MILF Anthology (2006), and Cowboy Lover (2009) for Blue Moon Books/Running Press, as well as SM Visions: The Best of Circlet Press (Masquerade Books, 1994) and Sex In The System (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006). She also wrote the introduction to the 1996 edition of John Norman's Tarnsman of Gor.
Tan's essays on bisexuality in science fiction and other topics have been included in Sojourner, A Woman Like That (Perennial/HarperCollins, 2000), Lambda Literary Report, 50 Writers on 50 Shades (2012), Queers Destroy Science Fiction (2015), and many other publications. Tan was inducted into the GLBT Writers Hall of Fame at Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in 2010. She is a past winner of the NLA Writing Award, the NLA: International Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pantheon of Leather President's Award, and honorable mention in the Rainbow Awards.
Tan received her master's degree in professional writing and publishing from Emerson College in 1994. Her "day job" is Publications Director for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) for whom she edits the semi-annual Baseball Research Journal and heads their book publishing program. Current projects include a paranormal/urban fantasy trilogy for Tor Books (The Vanished Chronicles) and a new Hachette series, Secrets of a Rock Star. More biographical info, political essays, and updates can be found at www.ceciliatan.com.