Terry Bisson was born in Kentucky, born in New York, and is currently being born in Oakland, California. He is the author of seven novels: Wyrldmaker (Pocket, 1981); Talking Man (Arbor House, 1987), a World Fantasy Award nominee; Fire on the Mountain (Morrow, 1988); Voyage to the Red Planet (Morrow, 1990); Pirates of the Universe (Tor, 1996) a New York Times Notable Book for 1996; and The Pick-up Artist (Tor, 2001). His most recent novel is Dear Abbey (PS Publishing, 2003).
Bisson's short fiction has appeared in Omni, Playboy, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Harper's, etc. "Bears Discover Fire" swept every honor in the SF field in 1990-91, including both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and the Theodore Sturgeon Short Fiction Award from the University of Kansas. In 2001, "macs" won the Locus and Nebula awards in the US, and France's Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.
A short fiction collection, Bears Discover Fire & Other Stories, was published in the fall of 1993. A second collection, In the Upper Room & Other Likely Stories was published by Tor Books in May 2000.
In 1997 Terry Bisson completed the posthumous sequel to A Canticle For Leibowitz for the estate of Walter M. Miller. It was published as St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Bantam in October 1997.
Bisson's nonfiction articles and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Glamour, Automotive News, the Los Angeles Timesand The Washington Post. He created The No-Frills Books in 1981 and co-authored Car Talk with Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers (Dell, 1991).
In 2000 he co-authored Be First in the Universe and Expiration Date: Never for Dell with Stephanie Spinner. He wrote a biography, On a Move: The Story of Mumia Abu Jamal, which was published by Litmus in 2001. He just completed Tradin' Paint, a book on stock car racing for kids.
He is now working on a time travel novel. It will be published in 1966 when it would have made a difference.
Photograph by Welcome Bisson.