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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Achieving and Leading in the SciFi World

“I have never written anything in one draft, not even a grocery list, although I have heard from friends that this is actually possible.” – Connie Willis

Born on this date in 1945, Willis writes science fiction and fantasy and is one of the most feted writers in the history of those genres.  The winner of a startling 11 Hugo Awards and 7 Nebula Awards, she has been named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and for the Science Fiction Writers of America “Grand Masters” award.  Her 2010 novel Blackout/All Clear was selected "Best Novel" by both the Hugos and the Nebulas.

A native of Colorado who resides in Greeley (just 10 miles from my home) Willis is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where she also taught Physics.  She started writing SciFi short stories in 1970 and debuted her first novel, Water Witch, in 1982.  That same year, after receiving a National Endowment for the Arts award, she left teaching to concentrate full time on her writing career.  
                                      She has had 17 novels, 9 short story collections, 60 short stories and 9 essays published, her latest novel being 2017’s Crosstalk and latest collection of short stories, 2018’s Terra Incognita.  Willis often explores the social sciences in her stories, weaving in technology and humor along the way.
“I have, " she said, "great faith in the future of books - no matter what form they may take - and of science fiction.”

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