Gwyneth Jones (novelist)

Gwyneth Jones (born 14 February 1952) is an English science fiction and fantasy writer and critic, and a young adult/children's writer under the name Ann Halam.

Gwyneth Jones
Born14 February 1952 (age 67)
Manchester, England
Pen nameAnn Halam
OccupationNovelist, critic
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
GenreScience fiction, high fantasy
Notable worksBold as Love (2001)
Notable awardsWorld Fantasy Award, BSFA short story award, Children of the Night Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Philip K. Dick Award, James Tiptree Jr. Award

Biography and writing career

Jones was born in Manchester, England. Education at a convent school was followed by an undergraduate degree in European history of ideas at the University of Sussex. She has written for younger readers since 1980 under the pseudonym Ann Halam and, under that name, has published more than twenty novels. In 1984 Divine Endurance, a science fiction novel for adults, was published under her own name and in which she created the term gynoid.[1] She continues to write using these two names for the respective audiences.

Jones' works are mostly science fiction and near future high fantasy with strong themes of gender and feminism. She is the winner of two World Fantasy Awards,[2] BSFA short story award, Children of the Night Award from the Dracula Society, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and co-winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She is generally well-reviewed critically and, as a feminist science fiction writer, is often compared to Ursula K. Le Guin, though the two authors are very much distinct in both content and style of work.

Gwyneth Jones lives in Brighton, England, with her husband and son.



Name Published ISBN Notes
Water in the Air London: Macmillan, 1977 ISBN 0-333-22757-3 as Gwyneth A Jones
The Influence of Ironwood London: Macmillan, 1978 ISBN 0-333-23838-9 as Gwyneth A Jones
The Exchange London: Macmillan, 1979 ISBN 0-333-26896-2 as Gwyneth A Jones
Dear Hill London: Macmillan, 1980 ISBN 0-333-30106-4 as Gwyneth A Jones
Divine Endurance London: George Allen & Unwin, 1984 ISBN 0-04-823246-7
Escape Plans London: Allen & Unwin, 1986 ISBN 0-04-823263-7 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1987[3]
Kairos London: Unwin Hyman, 1988 ISBN 0-04-440163-9 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1989[4]
The Hidden Ones London: The Women's Press, 1988 (paper) ISBN 0-7043-4910-8
Flower Dust London: Headline, 1993 ISBN 0-7472-0846-8
White Queen London: Gollancz, 1991 ISBN 0-575-04629-5 Book 1 of The Aleutian Trilogy;
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winner (tie), 1991;[5]

Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1992[6]

North Wind London: Gollancz, 1994 ISBN 0-575-05449-2 Book 2 of The Aleutian Trilogy;
BSFA nominee, 1994;[7]
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1995[8]
Phoenix Cafe London: Gollancz, 1997 ISBN 0-575-06068-9 Book 3 of The Aleutian Trilogy
Bold as Love London: Gollancz, 2001 ISBN 0-575-07030-7 Book 1 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
Arthur C. Clarke Award winner, 2002;[9]
BSFA nominee, 2001;[10]
British Fantasy Award nominee, 2002[9]
Castles Made of Sand London: Gollancz, 2002 ISBN 0-575-07032-3 Book 2 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2002[9]
Midnight Lamp London: Gollancz, 2003 ISBN 0-575-07470-1 Book 3 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2003;[11]
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2004[12]
Band of Gypsys London: Gollancz, 2005 ISBN 0-575-07043-9 Book 4 in the Bold as Love Cycle
Rainbow Bridge London: Gollancz, 2006 (paper) ISBN 0-575-07715-8 Book 5 in the Bold As Love Cycle
Life Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2004 (paper) ISBN 0-9746559-2-9
Philip K. Dick Award winner, 2004;[12]

James Tiptree, Jr. Award shortlist, 2004;[13]

Spirit: or The Princess of Bois Dormant[14] London: Gollancz, 2008 ISBN 978-0-575-07473-6 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2010
The Grasshopper's Child London: Self-published, 2014 (ebook) ISBN Book 6 in the Bold As Love Cycle

Fiction collections

  • Identifying the Object. Austin: Swan Press, 1993 (paper). No ISBN
  • Seven Tales and a Fable. Cambridge: Edgewood Press, 1995 (paper). ISBN 0-9629066-5-4
  • Grazing the Long Acre. Hornsea: PS Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-906301-56-9
  • The Buonarotti Quartet. Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2009 (paper).
  • The Universe of Things. Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2011 (trade paper). ISBN 978-1-933500-44-7

Short stories

  • "Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland" (1996) in Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (anthology) and (2007) in Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (anthology)
  • "Saving Tiamaat" (2007) in The New Space Opera (anthology)
  • "The Ki-anna" (2010) in Engineering Infinity (anthology)[15][16][17]
  • "A Planet Called Desire" (2015) in Old Venus (anthology)[18]


  • Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-85323-783-2
  • Imagination / Space. Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2009 (paper).

As Ann Halam

  • Ally, Ally, Aster. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981. ISBN 0-04-823192-4
  • The Alder Tree. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981. ISBN 0-04-823205-X
  • King Death's Garden. London: Orchard Books, 1986. ISBN 1-85213-003-2
  • The Inland trilogy
    • The Daymaker. London: Orchard Books, 1987. ISBN 1-85213-019-9
    • Transformations. London: Orchard Books, 1988. ISBN 1-85213-119-5
    • The Skybreaker. London: Orchard Books, 1990. ISBN 1-85213-183-7
  • Dinosaur Junction. London: Orchard Books, 1992. ISBN 1-85213-369-4
  • The Haunting of Jessica Raven. London: Orion, 1994. ISBN 1-85881-050-7
  • The Fear Man. London: Orion, 1995. ISBN 1-85881-158-9
  • The Powerhouse. London: Orion, 1997. ISBN 1-85881-405-7
  • Crying in the Dark. London: Dolphin, 1998 (paper). ISBN 1-85881-394-8
  • The N.I.M.R.O.D. Conspiracy. London: Dolphin, 1999 (paper). ISBN 1-85881-677-7
  • Don't Open Your Eyes. London: Dolphin, 1999 (paper). ISBN 1-85881-791-9
  • The Shadow on the Stairs. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2000 (paper). ISBN 1-902260-57-0
  • Dr. Franklin's Island. London: Orion/Dolphin, 2001. ISBN 1-85881-396-4
  • Taylor Five. London: Dolphin, 2002 (paper). ISBN 1-85881-792-7
  • Finders Keepers. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2004 (paper). ISBN 1-84299-203-1
  • Siberia. London: Orion, 2005. ISBN 1-84255-129-9 (shortlist, Booktrust Teenage Prize)
  • Snakehead. London: Orion, 2007. ISBN 1-84255-526-X


  1. ^ Brown, Steven T. (1 November 2008). "Machinic desires: Hans Bellmer's Dolls and the Technological Uncanny in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence". In Lunning, Frenchy. Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human. University of Minnesota Press. p. 248, Note 7. ISBN 978-0816654826. Retrieved 2 December 2017. As Tatsumi Takayuki points out, the term "gynoid" was first coined by British science fiction novelist Gwyneth Jones in Divine Endurance […] and later appropriated by other authors and artists, from Richard Calder to Sorayama Hajime.
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  3. ^ "1987 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  4. ^ "1989 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  5. ^ "1991 Winners". James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  6. ^ "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  7. ^ "1994 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  8. ^ "1995 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  9. ^ a b c "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  10. ^ "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  11. ^ "2003 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  12. ^ a b "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  13. ^ "2004 Short List". James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  14. ^ Jones has published a webpage giving the background to Spirit, and which also includes several linked short stories: Spirit Archived 3 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Tilton, Lois (7 December 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  16. ^ Seel, Nigel (11 April 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  17. ^ Waters, Robert E. (8 March 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Not A Blog: Venus In March". 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.

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