John E. Stith

John E. Stith (born 1947 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American science fiction and mystery author, known for the scientific rigor he brings to adventure and mystery stories.[1]

Redshift Rendezvous, a Nebula Award nominee,[2] is a murder mystery set aboard a space ship traveling through hyperspace, where the speed of light is ten meters per second, so relativistic effects occur at running speed. The solution respects the laws of physics. Manhattan Transfer, a novel about an alien abduction of the entire borough of Manhattan, was a Seiun Award nominee in Japan.[3]

Stith's Nick Naught is a detective with a sense of humor in a dystopian future. He first appeared in Analog Magazine and his exploits (Naught for Hire and Naught Again) have been reprinted in the collection, All For Naught. Stith's other short fiction has appeared in Amazing Stories, Nature, and Dragon.

His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian. His novels have been bestsellers on Locus and Amazon. He has lived in Colorado Springs since the 1970s.

John E. Stith
John E Stith Wikipedia 2014
BornJuly 30, 1947 (age 71)
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Genrescience fiction, mystery



  • Scapescope (1984)
  • Memory Blank (1986)
  • Death Tolls (1987)
  • Deep Quarry (1989)
  • Redshift Rendezvous (1990)
  • Manhattan Transfer (1993)
  • Reunion on Neverend (1994)
  • Reckoning Infinity (1997)
  • Pushback (2018)


  • All for Naught (2005)

Major Awards

  • 1988 Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award Winner, best adult fiction original paperback, for Death Tolls[4]
  • 1989 Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award Winner, best adult fiction original paperback, for Deep Quarry[4]
  • 1990 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel, for Redshift Rendezvous[2]
  • 1990 Analog Analytical Laboratory 3rd Place winner for the novella Naught for Hire[5]
  • 1990 HOMer Award winner for the novella Naught for Hire[5]
  • 1990 HOMer Award winner for the novel Redshift Rendezvous[5]
  • 1992 HOMer Award winner for the novelette Naught Again[5]
  • 1993 Rockies Award Winner for best SF novel of 1993, for Manhattan Transfer
  • 1994 HOMer Award winner for the novel Reunion on Neverend[5]
  • 1994 Seiun Award Nominee for best foreign novel, for Manhattan Transfer[3] (translated into Japanese by Takumi Shibano, who wrote under the name Rei Kozumi)
  • 1997 Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award Winner, best genre novel, for Reckoning Infinity[4]
  • 1997 New York Public Library—List of Best Books for Young Adult, for Reckoning Infinity
  • 1997 La Tour Eiffel/Eiffel Tower Science Fiction Book Prize Nominee for Manhattan Transfer (translated into French by Maryvonne Ssossé)

Television Appearances

  • 1987 Science Fiction * Science Fact (SF2), National PBS one-hour, live special with Ben Bova, Arthur C. Clarke, Charles Sheffield, John E. Stith, G. Harry Stine and NASA planner Jesco von Puttkammer.
  • 1993 Prisoners of Gravity Season 4 episode 16, Mystery/SF. Episode description: a look at the cross-over between mystery and science fiction, with guests P. D. James, John E. Stith, Sean Stewart, Vernor Vinge, Martin H. Greenberg, Maxim Jakubowski, Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens, Sharyn McCrumb, Mike Resnick, Beth Meacham, and Jane Yolen.


  1. ^ "John Edward Stith at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction". 2015.
  2. ^ a b "SFWA Nebula Awards". 1991.
  3. ^ a b "Science Fiction Awards Database, Seiun Awards 1995". 1995.
  4. ^ a b c "Colorado Authors' League Award Winners". 1996.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Science Fiction Awards Database, John E. Stith". 1995.

External links


  • Interview conducted by Roger Deforest (2006)
  • Interview conducted by Kalkion (2009)
  • Interview conducted by Mysteristas (2018)
  • Interview conducted by John Dwaine McKenna for Mysterious Book Report (2018)
  • Interview conducted by K L Romo for The Big Thrill--the magazine of International Thriller Writers (2018)
Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

As of 2018, Amazing has been published, with some interruptions, for ninety-two years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929. In 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine. Print publication resumed with the Fall 2018 issue.

Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers. His audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures, and the movement away from Gernsback's idealism accelerated when the magazine changed hands in 1929. Despite this, Gernsback had an enormous impact on the field: the creation of a specialist magazine for science fiction spawned an entire genre publishing industry. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of science fiction fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field. Writers whose first story was published in the magazine include John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch. Overall, though, Amazing itself was rarely an influential magazine within the genre after the 1920s. Some critics have commented that by "ghettoizing" science fiction, Gernsback harmed its literary growth, but this viewpoint has been countered by the argument that science fiction needed an independent market to develop in to reach its potential.

Ben Parris

Benjamin Jason Parris (born 1961) is an American author, educator, and museum planner best known as the creator of Wade of Aquitaine. As an educator and technology consultant, he has won national awards. In their August 19, 2005 edition, Long Island Business News placed Ben Parris in the Top Ten of their Who's Who in Technology list.

Diana Gabaldon

Diana J. Gabaldon (; born January 11, 1952) is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the Outlander novels premiered on Starz in 2014.

Fantastic (magazine)

Fantastic was an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by the publishing company Ziff Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories. Early sales were good, and the company quickly decided to switch Amazing from pulp format to digest, and to cease publication of their other science fiction pulp, Fantastic Adventures. Within a few years sales fell, and Howard Browne, the editor, was forced to switch the focus to science fiction rather than fantasy. Browne lost interest in the magazine as a result and the magazine generally ran poor-quality fiction in the mid-1950s, under Browne and his successor, Paul W. Fairman.

At the end of the 1950s, Cele Goldsmith took over as editor of both Fantastic and Amazing Stories, and quickly invigorated the magazines, bringing in many new writers and making them, in the words of one science fiction historian, the "best-looking and brightest" magazines in the field. Goldsmith helped to nurture the early careers of writers such as Roger Zelazny and Ursula K. Le Guin, but was unable to increase circulation, and in 1965 the magazines were sold to Sol Cohen, who hired Joseph Wrzos as editor and switched to a reprint-only policy. This was financially successful, but brought Cohen into conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. After a turbulent period at the end of the 1960s, Ted White became editor and the reprints were phased out.

White worked hard to make the magazine successful, introducing artwork from artists who had made their names in comics, and working with new authors such as Gordon Eklund. His budget for fiction was low, but he was occasionally able to find good stories from well-known writers that had been rejected by other markets. Circulation continued to decline, however, and in 1978, Cohen sold out his half of the business to his partner, Arthur Bernhard. White resigned shortly afterwards, and was replaced by Elinor Mavor, but within two years Bernhard decided to close down Fantastic, merging it with Amazing Stories, which had always enjoyed a slightly higher circulation.


Hyperspace is a faster-than-light (FTL) method of traveling used in science fiction. It is typically described as an alternative "sub-region" of space co-existing with our own universe which may be entered using an energy field or other device. As seen in most fiction hyperspace is most succinctly described as a "somewhere else" within which the laws of general and special relativity decidedly do not apply – especially with respect to the speed of light being the cosmic speed limit. Entering and exiting said "elsewhere" thus directly enables travel near or faster than the speed of light – almost universally with the aid of extremely advanced technology.

"Through hyper-space, that unimagineable region that was neither space nor time, matter nor energy, something nor nothing, one could traverse the length of the Galaxy in the interval between two neighboring instants of time."Astronomical distances and the impossibility of faster-than-light travel pose a challenge to most science-fiction authors. They can be dealt with in several ways: accept them as such (hibernation, slow boats, generation ships, time dilation – the crew will perceive the distance as much shorter and thus flight time will be short from their perspective), find a way to move faster than light (warp drive), "fold" space to achieve instantaneous translation (e.g. the Dune universe's Holtzman effect), access some sort of shortcut (wormholes), utilize a closed timelike curve (e.g. Stross' Singularity Sky), or sidestep the problem in an alternate space: hyperspace, with spacecraft able to use hyperspace sometimes said to have a hyperdrive.

Detailed descriptions of the mechanisms of hyperspace travel are often provided in stories using the plot device, sometimes incorporating some actual physics such as relativity or string theory.

Authors may develop alternative names for hyperspace in their works, such as the Immaterium (used in Warhammer 40,000), Z space in Animorphs, or "Underspace" (U-space), commonly referred to in the works of Neal Asher.

List of Prisoners of Gravity episodes

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List of people from Colorado Springs, Colorado

The city of Colorado Springs, the second-largest city in Colorado and the county seat of El Paso County, Colorado, United States, has been the birthplace and home of several notable individuals. This list of people from Colorado Springs includes people that were born or lived in the city or greater metropolitan area. Individuals included in this list are people presumed to be notable because they have received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject.

Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer may refer to:

Manhattan Transfer station, a Pennsylvania Railroad station in New Jersey

Manhattan Transfer (novel), a 1925 novel by John Dos Passos

"Manhattan Transfer", 1984 episode of Right to Reply

Manhattan Transfer, a 1993 science fiction novel by John E. Stith

Manhattan transfer, a description of Doctor Manhattan's teleportation in Watchmen

The Manhattan Transfer, jazz and pop vocal quartet

The Manhattan Transfer (album), album by the Manhattan Transfer

Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebula Award for Best Novel is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for science fiction or fantasy novels. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a novel if it is 40,000 words or longer; awards are also given out for pieces of shorter lengths in the categories of short story, novelette, and novella. To be eligible for Nebula Award consideration a novel must be published in English in the United States. Works published in English elsewhere in the world are also eligible provided they are released on either a website or in an electronic edition. The Nebula Award for Best Novel has been awarded annually since 1966. Novels which were expanded forms of previously published short stories are eligible, as are novellas published by themselves if the author requests them to be considered as a novel. The award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards.Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be members. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, and the six works that receive the most nominations then form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Members may then vote on the ballot throughout March, and the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, and ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received. Beginning with the 2009 awards, the rules were changed to the current format. Prior to then, the eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and then be awarded in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary list for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were then voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was also allowed to add an additional work.During the 53 nomination years, 183 authors have had works nominated; 40 of these have won, including co-authors and ties. Ursula K. Le Guin has received the most Nebula Awards for Best Novel with four wins out of six nominations. Joe Haldeman has received three awards out of four nominations, while nine other authors have won twice. Jack McDevitt has the most nominations at twelve, with one win, while Poul Anderson and Philip K. Dick have the most nominations without winning an award at five.


Stith is a surname of unknown origin,[1] and may refer to:

PersonsShyrone O. Stith (b. 1978). American Professional Football player

Bryant Stith (b. 1970), American professional basketball player

Charles Richard Stith (born 1949), American author and editor; former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania

James H. Stith (b. 1941)), American physicist

John Stith (fl. 1656–1691), Virginia colonist, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses

John E. Stith (b. 1947), American science fiction author

Laura Denvir Stith (b. 1953), American jurist, judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri

Michelle Stith (contemporary), President of the Los Angeles, California branch of the Church of Scientology

Thomas Stith, III (contemporary), town councilman of Durham, North Carolina

William Stith (1707–1755), an early American historian and the third president of The College of William & Mary

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