Jay Lake

Joseph Edward "Jay" Lake, Jr.[1] (June 6, 1964 – June 1, 2014) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 he was a quarterly first-place winner in the Writers of the Future contest. In 2004 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction. He lived in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a product manager for a voice services company.

Lake's writings appeared in numerous publications, including Postscripts, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Asimov's Science Fiction, Nemonymous, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. He was an editor for the "Polyphony" anthology series from Wheatland Press, and was also a contributor to The Internet Review of Science Fiction.

Jay Lake
Lake in 2004
Lake in 2004
BornJoseph Edward Lake, Jr.
June 6, 1964
DiedJune 1, 2014 (aged 49)
Portland, Oregon, United States
OccupationWriter, product manager
PeriodEarly 21st century
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable awardsCampbell Award for Best New Writer (2004)

Personal life

Lake was born in Taipei, Taiwan; he was the eldest of three children born to Joseph Edward Lake (a U.S. foreign service officer serving in Taiwan at the time). As a child he lived in Nigeria;[1] Dahomey (now called Benin); Canada; Washington, DC; and returned to Taiwan for a number of years when his father was posted there a second time. He attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall (in Connecticut) and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1986.[1]

Lake publicly revealed his advanced case of colon cancer.[2] He was diagnosed in April 2008, and it then "progressed from a single tumor to metastatic disease affecting the lung and liver, recurring after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy courses."[3][4][5][6] He used crowd funding through YouCaring to pay for whole genome sequencing, towards the "small possibility that the results of such a test...may suggest a treatment path."[3][4][5][6] Lake died of the illness on June 1, 2014, just five days before his 50th birthday.[7]

Lake is the subject of a documentary called Lakeside – A Year With Jay Lake by Waterloo Productions. The film, which follows Lake's fight against cancer, had a special work-in-progress screening August 30, 2013, at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio.[8][9] As of May 2014, it is in post-production and is scheduled to premier at Sasquan in Spokane Washington during the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention on August 21, 2015.[10]

His posthumously published collection Last Plane to Heaven was honored with the 2015 Endeavour Award.[11]


The City Imperishable

  • Trial of Flowers (October 2006) Night Shade Books (ISBN 1-59780-056-2)
  • Madness of Flowers (October 2009) Night Shade Books (ISBN 1-59780-098-8)
  • Reign of Flowers (forthcoming)

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more stories set in the City Imperishable:

  • "The Soul Bottles" from the anthology Leviathan 4: Cities (ed. by Forrest Aguirre, Night Shade Books, Nov. 2004) is the first published story of The City Imperishable.[12]
  • "Promises: A Tale of the City Imperishable" (2008) in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (ed. Ekaterina Sedia)

Mainspring universe

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more novellas set in the Mainspring Universe:

Green universe

  • Green (June 2009) Tor Books
  • Endurance (November 2011)
  • Kalimpura (January 2013)

In addition to these three novels there are at least two more stories set in the world of Green:

  • "A Water Matter" (Tor.com, 2008)
  • "The Passion of Mother Vajpai" (with Shannon Page) in Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (ed. by William Schafer; to be published in April 2011)

Sunspin Universe

Other novels


  • Greetings From Lake Wu, Wheatland Press (November 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-2-3)
    • Greetings from Lake Wu; Signed, numbered, luxury edition, Traife Buffet (2006) (ISBN 0-9787494-0-5)
  • Green Grow the Rushes-Oh, Fairwood Press (2003) (ISBN 0-9746573-2-8)
  • American Sorrows, Wheatland Press (August 2004) (ISBN 0-9755903-0-8)
  • Dogs in the Moonlight, Prime Books (August 2004) (ISBN 1-930997-56-6)
  • The River Knows Its Own, Wheatland Press (September 2007)
  • The Sky That Wraps, Subterranean Press (September 2010) (ISBN 978-1-59606-266-5)
  • Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection, Tor Books (September 2014) (ISBN 978-0-7653-7798-2)

Other works

Metatropolis: The Wings We Dare Aspire, with Ken Scholes, WordFire Press (May 2014) (978-1614751564)

Edited works

  • Polyphony
    • Polyphony 1 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (July 2002) (ISBN 0-9720547-0-7)
    • Polyphony 2 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (April 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-1-5)
    • Polyphony 3 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2003) (ISBN 0-9720547-3-1)
    • Polyphony 4 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2004) (ISBN 0-9720547-6-6)
    • Polyphony 5 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (October 2005) (ISBN 0-9755903-5-9)
    • Polyphony 6 (with Deborah Layne), Wheatland Press (December 2006)
  • All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (with David Moles), Wheatland Press/All-Star Stories (October 2004) (ISBN 0-9720547-7-4)
  • TEL: Stories, Wheatland Press (August 2005) (ISBN 0-9755903-3-2)
  • Spicy Slipstream Stories (with Nick Mamatas), Lethe Press (September 2008)
  • The Exquisite Corpuscle (with Frank Wu), Fairwood Press (October 2008)
  • Other Earths (with Nick Gevers), DAW Books (April 2009)
  • Footprints (with Eric T. Reynolds), Hadley Rille Books (July 2009) (ISBN 0-9819243-9-5)
  • Down In The Ship Mines (2012) in SQ Mag, Edition 4 (ed. Sophie Yorkston)

Short fiction

Title Year First published in Reprinted in
The stars do not lie 2012 Asimov's Science Fiction 36/10&11 (Oct/Nov 2012)
Rock of Ages 2013 METAropolis: Green Space (Audible) The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirty-First Annual Collection


  1. ^ a b c "Jay Lake: Feathers and Tails". Locus. June 2006.
  2. ^ Pepitone, Julianne (January 21, 2013). "PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kuehner, Michael (April 9, 2014). "Raising Money Through Crowdfunding? Don't Forget to Include It on Your Taxes". The Penny Hoarder. Taylor Media. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b Locus Online staff (January 10, 2013). "Swell of Support for Jay Lake". Locus Online. Locus. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b Owens, Simon (June 6, 2014). "The legacy of Jay Lake, the novelist who blogged his own death". The Daily Dot. DailyDot.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Scalzi, John (January 10, 2013). "A Fundraiser for Jay Lake — With Extra Added Whimsy". Whatever. WordPress. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "[cancer] The end has come". Portland, OR: Joseph E. Lake, Jr. June 1, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Lakeside advanced screening exclusive to LoneStarCon3". Waterloo Productions. Archived from the original on January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014. It is with great pleasure that Waterloo Productions, LLC. announces the world premiere on our documentary: LAKESIDE – A Year With Jay Lake. Please join subject Jay Lake and director Donnie G. Reynolds as they introduce the film on Friday August 30th in San Antonio, Texas during WorldCon.
  9. ^ "Press Release #29 LONESTARCON 3 TO FEATURE AUTHOR JAY LAKE WITH FILM PREMIERE AND SPECIAL EXHIBIT" (Press release). LoneStarCon 3, The 71st World Science Fiction Convention. August 7, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2014. LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), will be featuring the world premiere of the documentary "Lakeside," about author Jay Lake's battle with cancer, as well as a special exhibit based on Jay Lake's genome.
  10. ^ "Lakeside (2014)". IMDb.com. September 9, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Locus Online News » Lake Wins 2015 Endeavor Award". www.locusmag.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  12. ^ "Flowers". Night Shade Books. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.

External links

62nd World Science Fiction Convention

The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) was Noreascon 4, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts, from September 2–6, 2004. The venues for the 62nd Worldcon were Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston Hotel and Boston Marriott Copley Place. The convention was organized by Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc., and the organizing committee was chaired by Deb Geisler.

The convention had 7485 members, of whom 6008 actually attended the convention.

Blue Jay Lake

Blue Jay Lake is a small alpine lake in Elmore County, Idaho, United States, located in the Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The lake is accessed from Sawtooth National Forest trail 458 along the Queens River.Blue Jay Lake is in the Sawtooth Wilderness, and a wilderness permit can be obtained at a registration box at trailheads or wilderness boundaries.

Cyberpunk derivatives

A number of cyberpunk derivatives have become recognized as distinct subgenres in speculative fiction. These derivatives, though they do not share cyberpunk's computers-focused setting, may display other qualities drawn from or analogous to cyberpunk: a world built on one particular technology that is extrapolated to a highly sophisticated level (this may even be a fantastical or anachronistic technology, akin to retro-futurism), a gritty transreal urban style, or a particular approach to social themes.

One of the most well-known of these subgenres, steampunk, has been defined as a "kind of technological fantasy", and others in this category sometimes also incorporate aspects of science fantasy and historical fantasy. Scholars have written of these subgenres' stylistic place in postmodern literature, and also their ambiguous interaction with the historical perspective of postcolonialism.American author Bruce Bethke coined the term "cyberpunk" in his 1980 short story of the same name, proposing it as a label for a new generation of punk teenagers inspired by the perceptions inherent to the Information Age. The term was quickly appropriated as a label to be applied to the works of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, John Shirley, Rudy Rucker, Michael Swanwick, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Richard Kadrey, and others. Science fiction author Lawrence Person, in defining postcyberpunk, summarized the characteristics of cyberpunk thus:

Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.

The relevance of cyberpunk as a genre to punk subculture is debatable and further hampered by the lack of a defined cyberpunk subculture; where the small cyber movement shares themes with cyberpunk fiction and draws inspiration from punk and goth alike, cyberculture is much more popular though much less defined, encompassing virtual communities and cyberspace in general and typically embracing optimistic anticipations about the future. Cyberpunk is nonetheless regarded as a successful genre, as it ensnared many new readers and provided the sort of movement that postmodern literary critics found alluring. Furthermore, author David Brin argues, cyberpunk made science fiction more attractive and profitable for mainstream media and the visual arts in general.

Endeavour Award

The Endeavour Award, announced annually at OryCon in Portland, Oregon, is awarded to a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year.

Pacific Northwest is home to many of the best science fiction and fantasy writers in North America. The award is dedicated to helping these science fiction and fantasy writers to produce the best literature in the field.

Annual presentation of the Endeavour Award is in November at OryCon for books published during the previous year.

Fairwood Press

Fairwood Press is an American small-press publishing company, specializing in speculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It was founded by Patrick and Honna Swenson and is currently located in Kent, Washington.

The company has published work by James Van Pelt, Jay Lake, Tom Piccirilli, Kurt R. A. Giambastiani, and Patrick O'Leary. In addition, Fairwood Press published Talebones, a short story magazine that had featured science fiction and dark fantasy. The magazine was discontinued in 2009, though an anthology of stories from the magazines was later released.

Fortean Bureau

The Fortean Bureau was an online magazine published from Laramie, Wyoming, between 2002–06 and edited by Jeremy and Sarah Tolbert. It was published monthly from July 2002 to December 2004, then quarterly in 2005, with the final issue published in April 2006. There was a total of 33 issues.

The Fortean Bureau focused on publishing speculative Fortean fiction and literary weird fiction. Notable authors featured include Jay Lake, Bruce Boston, Cory Doctorow, Tobias S. Buckell and Nick Mamatas (who also contributed a personal column in the last few issues).

Gregory Manchess

Gregory Manchess is an American illustrator from Kentucky. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, digital murals, illustrated movie posters, advertising campaigns and book covers including sixty covers for Louis L’Amour. His work had appeared on Major League Baseball World Series Programs, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Smithsonian and The National Geographic. His style includes broad brush strokes and excellent figure work.

He earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1977. He spent the next two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associates which was led by Gary Kelley.He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops on painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. He leads an Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA.He is represented by Richard Solomon.

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed "to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free". The purpose of the day, according to Walton, was to encourage writers to post "professional quality" works for free on the internet.

The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the "webscabs" are "converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch."

Many notable authors contributed to International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day 2007, including Chaz Brenchley, Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Debra Doyle, Diane Duane, Naomi Kritzer, Jay Lake, David Langford, Sharon Lee, Beth Meacham, Steve Miller, Andrew Plotkin, Robert Reed, Will Shetterly, Sherwood Smith, Ryk Spoor, Charles Stross, Catherynne M. Valente, Jo Walton, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Martha Wells and Sean Williams.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is an award given annually to the best new writer whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the two previous calendar years. The prize is named in honor of science fiction editor and writer John W. Campbell, whose science fiction writing and role as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact made him one of the most influential editors in the early history of science fiction. The award is sponsored by Dell Magazines, which publishes Analog. The nomination and selection process is administered by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) represented by the current Worldcon committee, and the award is presented at the Hugo Award ceremony at the Worldcon, although it is not itself a Hugo Award. All nominees receive a pin, while the winner receives a plaque. Beginning in 2005, the award has also included a tiara; created at the behest of 2004 winner Jay Lake and 2005 winner Elizabeth Bear, the tiara is passed from each year's winner to the next.Members of the current and previous Worldcon are eligible to nominate new writers for the Campbell Award under the same procedures as the Hugo Awards. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, at which point a shortlist is made of the five most-nominated writers, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Voting on the ballot of five nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Writers become eligible once they have a work published anywhere in the world which was sold for more than a nominal amount. While final decisions on eligibility are decided by the WSFS, the given criteria for an author to be eligible are specifically defined as someone who has had a written work in a publication which had more than 10,000 readers and which paid the writer at least 3 cents per word and a total of at least 50 US dollars.Works by winners and nominees of the Campbell Award were collected in the New Voices series of anthologies, edited by George R. R. Martin, which had five volumes covering the awards from 1973 through 1977 and which were published between 1977 and 1984. Campbell nominees and winners, such as Michael A. Burstein, who was nominated in 1996 and won in 1997, have commented that the largest effect of winning or being nominated for a Campbell is not on sales but instead that it gives credibility with established authors and publishers. Criticism has been raised about the Campbell that due to the eligibility requirements it honors writers who become well-known quickly, rather than necessarily the best or most influential authors from a historical perspective.Over the 46 years the award has been active, 195 writers have been nominated. Of these, 47 authors have won, including one tie. There have been 51 writers who were nominated twice, 17 of whom won the award in their second nomination.

Joseph Edward Lake

Joseph Edward Lake (born October 18, 1941) is an American career diplomat who, in 1990, became the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Mongolian People's Republic (the first U.S. ambassador to Mongolia, Richard L. Williams, was not a resident there). Later, he was named U.S. Ambassador to Albania (1994–1996) and then Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Information Management (1996–1997). He is the father of late science fiction author Jay Lake.

Ken Scholes

Ken Scholes (born January 13, 1968) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer living in Cornelius, Oregon, United States.He is the author of five novels and over fifty short stories and his work has appeared in print since 2000. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been collected in three volumes published by Fairwood Press.

Ken is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award, France's Prix Imaginales, the Endeavour Award and others. His work has been published internationally in eight languages.

His first novel, Lamentation, was based on a previous short story entitled "Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise", and is the first of five in the Psalms of Isaak saga.

Mainspring (novel)

Mainspring is the third novel from writer Jay Lake. It is a clockpunk science fiction novel.

This novel is followed by the 2008 sequel Escapement and the 2010 sequel Pinion.

Nick Gevers

Nick Gevers (born 1965) is a South African science fiction editor and critic, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post Book World, Interzone, Scifi.com, SF Site, The New York Review of Science Fiction and Nova Express. He wrote two regular review columns for Locus magazine from 2001 to 2008, and is editor at the British independent press, PS Publishing; he also edits the quarterly genre fiction magazine, Postscripts.

Gevers was co-editor, with Keith Brooke, of the science fiction anthologies Infinity Plus One (2001) and Infinity Plus Two (2003) and in August 2007 released the combined Infinity Plus through Solaris Books. His first original anthology, Extraordinary Engines, was published by Solaris Books in October 2008, and a second, Other Earths (co-edited with Jay Lake), by DAW Books in Spring 2009. Subsequent original anthologies are This is the Summer of Love, Enemy of the Good, and Edison's Frankenstein (all 2009, from PS Publishing, co-edited with Peter Crowther), as well as The Book of Dreams (Subterranean Press, 2010); forthcoming are Is Anybody Out There? (DAW, June 2010, co-edited with Marty Halpern), The Company He Keeps (PS Publishing, 2010, co-edited with Peter Crowther), and Ghosts by Gaslight (Harper Colline Eos, 2011, co-edited with Jack Dann).

Gevers served as a judge for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History from 2004 through 2008.


Orycon is Portland, Oregon's annual science fiction/fantasy convention, held in November since 1979.

Other Earths

Other Earths (2009) is an alternate history, science fiction anthology of all-new stories being edited by Nick Gevers and Jay Lake.

Shimmer Magazine

Shimmer Magazine is a quarterly magazine which publishes speculative fiction, with a focus on material that is dark, humorous or strange. Established in June 2005, Shimmer is published in digest format and Portable Document Format (PDF) and is edited by Beth Wodzinski. Shimmer has featured stories from award-winning authors Jay Lake and Ken Scholes; comic book artist Karl Kesel has also contributed artwork.

Steampunk (anthology)

Steampunk (2008) is an anthology of steampunk fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and published by Tachyon Publications. It was nominated in 2009 for a World Fantasy Award.

The Wages of Syntax

"The Wages of Syntax" is a 2003 science fiction short story by Ray Vukcevich. It was first published in Sci Fiction.

Writers of the Future

Writers of the Future (WOTF) is a science fiction and fantasy story contest that was established by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s. A sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, presents awards for science fiction art. Hubbard characterized the contest as a way of "giving back" to the field that had defined his professional writing life. The contest has no entry fee and is the highest-paying contest for amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers. Notable past winners of WOTF include Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, James Alan Gardner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Michael H. Payne, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton, Nancy Farmer, and David Zindell.

The winning stories are published in the yearly anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of Future. The contest enjoys a favorable reputation in the science fiction community, although its connection with the Church of Scientology has caused some controversy.

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