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Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer whose work regularly appears in major speculative fiction markets. Many of her stories have been selected for year’s best anthologies, and have been translated internationally. She is a regular contributor to Clarkesworld’s Another Word column. In 2018, her time travel adventure Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach debuted to high critical praise, and a sequel, Time, Trouble, and the Lucky Peach, is forthcoming.

In 2018, her story A Human Stain, published by, won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and her novelette We Who Live in the Heart, reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection, was a finalist for the 2018 Theodore Sturgeon Award. In 2017, she was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In 2016, her novella Waters of Versailles won the Prix Aurora Award and was also a finalist for the Nebula Award and World Fantasy Awards. Her short story The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill, reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Third Annual Collection, was a finalist for the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Award, and her short story Two-Year Man, reprinted in The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 1, was a finalist for the 2015 Sunburst Award.

“I’m a passionate reader. I spent most of my teenage years either hanging out at the drugstore waiting for new issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, or when I was in the city, lurking in the SF and Fantasy section of the bookstore. This was pre-Internet and since there were no bookstores in my town and the library was pretty bare, good books — the kind that made my heart sing — were precious treasures. To this day, nothing is more important to me than reading, nothing is more delicious than a great novel, and few people are as important as my favorite writers.”

Her favorite writers are Connie Willis, Walter Jon Williams, Michael Bishop, Jack Womack, Hilary Mantel, Alan Bennett, Patrick O’Brian, A.M. Dellamonica, Saladin Ahmed, Gemma Files, Maureen McHugh, Cat Rambo, Peter Watts, and Caitlin Sweet.

“I have a huge soft spot for classic literature, including Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, Ford Maddox Ford, John Galsworthy, George Eliot, and Mrs. Gaskell. I also love reading non-fiction — history, historical geography, and science.”

Kelly was born in July 17, 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Hinton, Alberta, a small town in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. When she was a teenager she competed in barrel racing and was crowned princess of the Hinton Big Horn Rodeo.

She graduated with a degree in English from the University of Alberta. Her writing life has been diverse. She has edited science books, and from 2008 to 2012, she had the good fortune to write the wine and spirits column for Chatelaine, Canada’s largest women’s magazine. She published short fiction at, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and a number of anthologies.

She married writer A.M. Dellamonica in an “outlaw” wedding in 1989, and they wed officially in 2003 when Canada legal­ized marriage equality. In 2013, after 22 years in Vancouver, they relocated to downtown Toronto.

Read and listen to her story, A study in Oils. Read her interview at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.

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