Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand (born March 29, 1957) is an American writer.

Elizabeth Hand
Elizabeth Hand at Finncon 2007 in Jyväskylä, Finland
Elizabeth Hand at Finncon 2007 in Jyväskylä, Finland
BornMarch 29, 1957 (age 61)
Yonkers, New York
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy

Life and career

Hand grew up in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York. She studied drama and anthropology at The Catholic University of America. Since 1988, Hand has lived in coastal Maine, the setting for many of her stories, and now lives in Lincolnville.[1] She also lives part-time in Camden Town, London which has been the setting for Mortal Love and the short story "Cleopatra Brimstone".

Hand's first story, "Prince of Flowers", was published in 1988 in Twilight Zone magazine, and her first novel, Winterlong, was published in 1990. With Paul Witcover, she created and wrote DC Comics' 1990s cult series Anima.[2] Hand's other works include Aestival Tide (1992); Icarus Descending (1993); Waking the Moon (1994), which won the Tiptree Award and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award; the post-apocalyptic novel Glimmering (1997); contemporary fantasy Black Light (1999), a New York Times Notable Book; the historical fantasy Mortal Love (2004), a Washington Post Notable Book; the psychological thriller Generation Loss (2007), and the World Fantasy Award-winning "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon". Her story collections are Last Summer at Mars Hill (1998) (which includes the Nebula and World Fantasy award-winning title novella); Bibliomancy (2002), winner of the World Fantasy Award;[3] and Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories, which includes the Nebula Award-winning "Echo" (2006). Mortal Love was also shortlisted for the 2005 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

Among Hand's other recent short fiction, "Pavane for a Prince of the Air" (2002) and "Cleopatra Brimstone" (2001) won International Horror Guild Awards.[4] Most recently, she won the Shirley Jackson Award for Generation Loss and the World Fantasy Award in 2008 for Illyria.[5]

She also writes movie and television spin-offs, including Star Wars tie-in novels and novelizations of such films as X-Files: Fight the Future and 12 Monkeys. She contributed a Bride of Frankenstein novel to the recent series of classic movie monster novels published by Dark Horse Comics.

One of Hand's themes from the Winterlong saga is the remorseless exploitation of animal and plant species to create what she calls "geneslaves." Examples include a three-hundred-year-old genetically reconstructed and cerebrally augmented Basilosaurus by the name of Zalophus; the aardmen, hybrids of dog and man; hydrapithecenes, human-fish or human-cuttlefish hybrids somewhat resembling Davy Jones and his crew from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series; and sagittals, whelks genetically engineered to be worn as a bracelet and, when its host feels threatened or agitated, extrude a spine laced with a deadly neurotoxin.

Selected bibliography


  • 1988 WinterlongISBN 0-553-28772-9
  • 1992 Aestival TideISBN 0-553-29542-X
  • 1993 Icarus DescendingISBN 0-553-56288-6
  • 1994 Waking the Moon (longer UK edition) – ISBN 0-586-21747-9
  • 1995 Waking the Moon (US edition preferred by the author [1]) – ISBN 0-06-105214-0
  • 1997 Glimmering (second edition 2012) – ISBN 0-06-100805-2
  • 1999 Black LightISBN 0-06-105266-3
  • 2000 "Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol" in Sci Fiction
  • 2002 "Cleopatra Brimstone" in Redshift
  • 2003 "The Least Trumps" in Conjunctions 39: The New Wave Fabulists
  • 2004 Mortal Love[6]ISBN 0-06-105170-5
  • 2006 Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol (illustrated by Judith Clute; originally published December 2000) – ISBN 1-870824-49-0. The story is a tribute to entertainers Sandy Becker and Joey Ramone. An online edition of Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol was serialized by Hand on her Livejournal community "theinferior4".
  • 2006 IllyriaISBN 1-905834-63-2, ISBN 978-1-905834-63-1
  • 2007 Generation LossISBN 1-931520-21-6
  • 2007 The Bride of Frankenstein (media tie-in) – ISBN 1-59582-035-3
  • 2012 Available Dark (sequel to Generation Loss)
  • 2012 Radiant Days
  • 2015 Wylding Hall (novella)
  • 2016 Hard Light (sequel to Available Dark)


Uncollected short fiction

  • 1990 "Jangletown" (with Paul Witcover; in The Further Adventures of The Joker)
  • 1993 "Lucifer Over Lancaster" (with Paul Witcover; in The Further Adventures of Superman)
  • 1994 "The Erl-King"

Star Wars Expanded Universe

  • 2003 Boba Fett: Maze Of DeceptionISBN 0-439-44245-1
  • 2003 Boba Fett: HuntedISBN 0-439-33930-8
  • 2004 Boba Fett: A New ThreatISBN 0-439-33931-6
  • 2004 Boba Fett: PursuitISBN 0-439-33933-2



Longtime reviewer & critic: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Salon, Village Voice, among others.


  1. ^ Elizabeth Hand Biography - life, family, children, parents, name, story, history, mother, young, book - Newsmakers Cumulation Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Hand – SCIFIPEDIA Archived July 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  4. ^ ElizabethHand.com Archived May 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly. "Elizabeth Hand.com". Elizabeth Hand.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.

External links

Anima (comics)

Anima (Courtney Mason) is a fictional character from DC Comics, who starred in the comic book series of the same name. The character was created and written by science fiction and fantasy authors Elizabeth Hand and Paul Witcover.

Dark Visions

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Two of the stories by King, "Sneakers" and "Dedication", were later included in his 1993 anthology Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

All three stories by Simmons were later included in his 1990 collection Prayers to Broken Stones.

Martin's The Skin Trade was later included in Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads (2001) and Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective (2003).

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Last Summer at Mars Hill

Last Summer At Mars Hill is the first short story collection by American writer Elizabeth Hand. It contains the Nebula Award-winning story of the same name. It also contains her first ever published story, "Prince of Flowers". Many of the stories have themes that prefigure those of her novels. For example, "The Bacchae" is thematically similar to aspects of Waking the Moon and "Prince of Flowers" 'grew into the poisonous bloom of Winterlong'. "In the Month of Athyr" is set in the same universe as Hand's first three novels.

All of the stories were previously published in various magazines.

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Philip K. Dick Award

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Readercon is an annual science fiction convention, held every July in the Boston, Massachusetts area, in Burlington, Massachusetts. It was founded by Bob Colby and statistician Eric Van in the mid-1980s with the goal of focusing almost exclusively on science fiction/fantasy/slipstream/speculative fiction in the written form (on the rare occasion that there is a discussion held about non-written science fiction, it will have a tongue-in-cheek title such as "Our biannual media panel"). Past guests of honor have included authors such as Greer Gilman, Gene Wolfe, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Karen Joy Fowler, Brian Aldiss, Nalo Hopkinson, Joe Haldeman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Peter Straub, and China Miéville, and editors such as Ellen Datlow and David G. Hartwell. The convention also makes a point of honoring a deceased author as the Memorial Guest of Honor. In 2009, for instance, the guests of honor were the living writers Elizabeth Hand and Greer Gilman and the memorial guest of honor was Hope Mirrlees.Total attendance at the convention has been consistently around 850 for many years.From 2005 to 2011, Readercon was the official venue for presentation of the Rhysling Award. It has hosted the Shirley Jackson Awards since their founding in 2007.

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Severus Snape

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Snape's character becomes more layered and enigmatic as the series progresses, and a central mystery concerns his loyalties. Snape dies at the hands of Lord Voldemort in the seventh book, at which time his back story is revealed. Though attracted to the Dark Arts and Voldemort's ideology of wizard supremacy, Snape's love for Muggle-born Lily Evans, Harry's mother, eventually compelled him to defect from the Death Eaters and become a double agent for Albus Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.

The character has been widely acclaimed by readers and critics. Rowling described him as "a gift of a character" whose story she had known since the first book, and Elizabeth Hand of The Washington Post opined that Snape's life "is the most heartbreaking, surprising and satisfying of all of Rowling's achievements". Actor Alan Rickman portrayed Snape in all eight Harry Potter films, released between 2001 and 2011.

The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon

"The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon" is a science fiction/magical realism novella by American writer Elizabeth Hand. It was first published in the Neil Gaiman/Al Sarrantonio-edited anthology Stories: All-New Tales, in 2010, and subsequently republished in Hand's 2012 anthology Errantry: Strange Stories from Small Beer Press.

The Starlight Barking

The Starlight Barking is a 1967 children's novel by Dodie Smith. It is a sequel to the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Although The Hundred and One Dalmatians has been adapted into two films (animated: One Hundred and One Dalmatians and live-action: 101 Dalmatians), and each version has a sequel film (101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure and 102 Dalmatians), neither sequel film has any connection to The Starlight Barking. Disney archivist Dave Smith said that he was unaware of any considerations for adapting the novel although Walt Disney was interested in doing another project based on Smith's further writings. Author Elizabeth Hand praised the "sophisticated canine society" in the novel.

Waking the Moon

Waking The Moon is a 1994 dark fantasy novel by American writer Elizabeth Hand. It was the winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 1996 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature. It is set mainly in the "University of the Archangels and St. John The Divine", a fictional University inspired by The Catholic University of America, mentioned in a few of Hand's novels.

About 100 pages were cut from the US edition.

World Fantasy Award—Long Fiction

The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction published in English during the previous calendar year. The awards have been described by book critics such as The Guardian as a "prestigious fantasy prize", and one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction). The World Fantasy Award—Long Fiction is given each year for fantasy stories published in English. A work of fiction is eligible for the category if it is between 10,000 and 40,000 words in length; awards are also given out for longer pieces in the Novel category and shorter lengths in the Short Fiction category. The Long Fiction category has been awarded annually since 1982, though between 1975—when the World Fantasy Awards were instated—and 1982 the short fiction category covered works of up to 40,000 words. In 2016, the name of the category was changed from Best Novella to Long Fiction.World Fantasy Award nominees and winners are decided by attendees and judges at the annual World Fantasy Convention. A ballot is posted in June for attendees of the current and previous two conferences to determine two of the finalists, and a panel of five judges adds three or more nominees before voting on the overall winner. The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties. The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October. Winners were presented with a statue in the form of a bust of H. P. Lovecraft through the 2015 awards; more recent winners receive a statuette of a tree.During the 37 nomination years, 131 authors have had works nominated; 37 of them have won, including ties and co-authors. Only four authors have won more than once: Elizabeth Hand, with three wins out of eight nominations; Richard Bowes, with two wins out of three nominations; K. J. Parker, who also won twice out of three nominations; and Ellen Klages, with two wins out of two nominations. Of authors who have won at least once, Hand has the most nominations, followed by George R. R. Martin at five and Ursula K. Le Guin at four. Lucius Shepard has the most nominations without winning and the most overall at ten; he is followed by Kim Newman, who has six nominations without winning.

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