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Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky (born September 22, 1971) is an American author. Writing under the name Elizabeth Bear, she works primarily in the genre of speculative fiction, and was a winner of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for “Tideline,” and the 2009 Hugo Award for her novelette “Shoggoths In Bloom.”
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, her curriculum vitae includes working as a “media industry professional,” a stablehand, a fluff-page reporter, a maintainer of Microbiology procedure manuals for a 1,000-bed inner-city hospital, a typesetter and layout editor, a traffic manager for an import-export business, Emmanuel Labour, and “the girl who makes the donuts at The Whole Donut at three A.M.”
Until recently, she lived in Las Vegas, Nevada which served as the setting for the short stories One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King, Follow Me Light, and This Tragic Glass, but she returned to Connecticut in January 2006.
Her first novel Hammered was published in January 2005 and was followed by Scardown in July and Worldwired in November of the same year. The trilogy features Canadian Master Warrant Officer Jenny Casey, who is also the main character in the short story Gone to Flowers. Hammered won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2006.
The Chains That You Refuse, a collection of her short fiction, was published May 2006 by Night Shade Books. Blood and Iron, the first book in the fantasy series entitled “The Promethean Age”, debuted June 27th 2006. She is also a coauthor of the ongoing Shadow Unit website/pseudo-TV series.
In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
Published works: novels
The Jenny Casey Trilogy
Hammered (January 2005, Bantam Spectra)
Scardown (July 2005, Bantam Spectra)
Worldwired (November 2005, Bantam Spectra)
The Promethean Age
Blood and Iron (June 2006, ROC)
Whiskey and Water (July 2007, ROC)
The Stratford Man:
Volume I: Ink and Steel (July 2008, ROC)
Volume II: Hell and Earth (August 2008, ROC)
Jacob’s Ladder Trilogy
Dust (December 2007, Spectra)
Chill (February 2010, Spectra)
The Edda of Burdens
All the Windwracked Stars (October 2008, Tor)
By the Mountain Bound (October 2009, Tor)
The Sea thy Mistress (October 2010, Tor)
The Iskryne Series
A Companion to Wolves, co-written with Sarah Monette (October 2007, Tor)
A Reckoning of Men, co-written with Sarah Monette (2011, Tor)
An Apprentice to Elves, co-written with Sarah Monette (2013, Tor)
New Amsterdam series
New Amsterdam (May 2007, Subterranean Press)
Seven for a Secret (March 2009, Subterranean Press)
The White City (novella) (2011, Subterranean Press)
Carnival (November 2006, Bantam Spectra)
Undertow (August 2007, Bantam Spectra)
Bone & Jewel Creatures (novella) (2010, Subterranean Press)
Short Story Collections
The Chains That You Refuse (May 2006, Night Shade Books)
Published works: short fiction
“The Rest of Your Life in a Day” in Jim Baen’s Universe, October 2007.
“Cryptic Coloration” in Jim Baen’s Universe, June 2007.
“Tideline” in Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2007.
“Limerant” in Subterranean Magazine #6 (2007, Subterranean Press)
“Abjure the Realm” in Coyote Wild, Winter 2007.
“War Stories” in Jim Baen’s Universe, February 2007.
“Something Dreaming Game” in Fast Forward 1 (2007, Prometheus Books)
“Orm the Beautiful” in Clarkesworld Magazine, January 2007.
“Love Among The Talus” in Strange Horizons, December 11 2006.
“Lucifugous” in Subterranean Magazine #5 (2006, Subterranean Press).
“Follow Me Light” reprinted in Best New Paranormal Romance (November 2006) and Year’s Bear Fantasy and Horror (September 2006)
“Sounding” in Strange Horizons, September 18 2006.
“Two Dreams on Trains” reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction #23 (July 2006).
“Wax” reprinted in Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2006 edition (June 2006)
“Ile of Dogges” (with Sarah Monette) in Aeon 7, 2006
“Dos Sueños con Trenes” [“Two Dreams on Trains,” Spanish-language version] in Cuasar #42, Marzo 2006
“The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe” in Subterranean Magazine #4 (2006, Subterranean Press)
“The Cold Blacksmith” in Jim Baen’s Universe, June 2006
“Gone to Flowers” in Eidolon, from Eidolon Books
“Los Empujadores Furioso” On Spec, Winter 2006
“Wane” in Interzone #203 Mar/Apr 2006
“Wax” in Interzone #201 Nov/Dec 2005
“Long Cold Day” in Sci Fiction, September 21, 2005
“House of the Rising Sun” in The Third Alternative #42, Summer 2005
“And the Deep Blue Sea ” in Sci Fiction, May 4, 2005
“One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King” in Lenox Avenue, March-April 2005
“Botticelli ” at The Agony Column, February 2005
“Two Dreams on Trains” in Strange Horizons, January 3, 2005
“Follow Me Light” in Sci Fiction, January 12, 2005
“When you Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel, Be Certain not to Miss the Samango Monkeys” in Interzone 195, Nov/Dec 2004
“Seven Dragons Mountains” in All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, Wheatland Press, October 2004 (YBF&H Honorable Mention)
“Sleeping Dogs Lie” in Flytrap, November 2004
“Ice (Lod)” (Polish-Language version) in Nowa Fantastyka #7 (Summer 2004)
“Old Leatherwings” in Lenox Avenue, July 2004
“This Tragic Glass” in [[Sci Fiction]], April 7, 2004 (YBSF Honorable Mention, James Tiptree, Jr. Award long list)
“The Chains That You Refuse” in Chiaroscuro, April 2004
“Speak!” in On Spec, Winter 2003
“Tiger! Tiger!” in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street (Del Rey, September 2003)
“Ice” in the April 2003 issue of Ideomancer
“The Dying of the Light” (with Amber van Dyk) in the April 2003 issue of the Fortean Bureau (YBF&H Honorable Mention)
An excerpt from “Hammered” appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of Harpur Palate
“e.e. ‘doc’ cummings” (poem) in the March 2003 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
“The Company of Four” in Scheherazade issue #20
“The Devil You Don’t” in Amberzine 11
2006 Locus Award for Best First Novel for Hammered/Scardown/Worldwired
2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
2008 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Best Short Science Fiction for “Tideline”
2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for “Tideline”
2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for “Shoggoths In Bloom”