Emma Bull (born December 13, 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Her novels include the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bone Dance and the urban fantasy War for the Oaks. She is also known for a series of anthologies set in Liavek, a shared universe that she created with her husband Will Shetterly. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, she has been a member of the Minneapolis-based folk/rock bands Cats Laughing and The Flash Girls.
In Bisbee, Arizona (2003)
|Born||December 13, 1954|
|Alma mater||Beloit College|
|Notable works||War for the Oaks|
Emma Bull was born in Torrance, California. She attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, and graduated in 1976 in English Literature and Composition. After graduating, she worked for a while as a journalist and graphic designer.
Her 1991 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel Bone Dance was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. She was a member of the writing group The Scribblies, which included her husband, Will Shetterly, as well as Pamela Dean, Kara Dalkey, Nate Bucklin, Patricia Wrede and Steven Brust.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bull sang in the Minneapolis-based rock-folk band Cats Laughing. She also reunited with the band for two concerts in 2015, including a reunion show at the Minicon 50 science fiction convention. Bull appears on Cats Laughing's two studio albums, and on the forthcoming live CD and reunion concert DVD Cats Laughing: A Long Time Gone (2016).
Bull wrote a screenplay for War for the Oaks, which was made into an 11-minute mini-film designed to look like a film trailer. She made a cameo appearance as the Queen of the Seelie Court, and Will Shetterly directed.
Bull and Shetterly live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- War for the Oaks (1987)
- Falcon (1989)
- Bone Dance (1991; nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards)
- Finder (1994)
- The Princess and the Lord of Night (1994)
- Freedom and Necessity (1997, with Steven Brust)
- Territory (July 2007)
- "Rending Dark" (1984) in Sword and Sorceress, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- "Badu's Luck" (1985) in Liavek
- "The Well-Made Plan" (1986) in Liavek: The Players of Luck
- "Danceland Blood" (1986, with Will Shetterly) as "Danceland" in Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling
- "Wonders of the Invisible World" (1988 essay) in October–November issue of New North Artscape
- "A Bird That Whistles" (1989) in Hidden Turnings, edited by Diana Wynne Jones
- "Why I Write Fantasy" (1990 essay) in Pulphouse 6
- "Silver or Gold" (1992) in After the King: Stories in Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Martin H. Greenberg
- "The Stepsister's Story" (1995) in The Armless Maiden, edited by Terri Windling
- "Joshua Tree" (2002) in The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
- "The Black Fox" (2003) in Firebirds, edited by Sharyn November
- "De La Tierra" (2004) in The Faery Reel, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
- "What Used to Be Good Still Is" (2006) in Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November
Double Feature (1994, collected works with Will Shetterly) from NESFA Press
- "Visionary" (poem)
- "Why I Write Fantasy" (essay)
- "Rending Dark"
- "Badu's Luck"
- "The Well-Made Plan"
- "A Bird That Whistles"
- "Danceland Blood" (with Will Shetterly)
- "Wonders of the Invisible World" (essay)
- Liavek (1985, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: The Players of Luck (1986, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Wizard's Row (1987, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Spells of Binding (1988, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
- Liavek: Festival Week (1990, Ace Books, edited with Will Shetterly)
With Cats Laughing:
- Bootleg Issue (1988)
- Another Way to Travel (1990)
- A Long Time Gone (forthcoming CD and concert DVD, 2016)
With The Flash Girls
- The Return of Pansy Smith and Violet Jones (1993)
- Maurice and I (1994)
- Play Each Morning Wild Queen (2001)
- Nominee, 1988 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for War for the Oaks
- Nominee, 1991 Philip K. Dick Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 Hugo Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1992 Nebula Award, Best Novel for Bone Dance
- Nominee, 1993 Nebula Award, Best Novella for "Silver or Gold"
- Nominee, 2008 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel for Territory
- Nominee, 2014 Cando Award, Best Novel for "Territory"
- "Double Feature by Emma Bull & Will Shetterly". NESFA Press. June 6, 2004. Archived from the original on 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- Angus, Ewan (September 1, 2010). "Freedom and Necessity book review". SFcrowsnest. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16.
- Minnesota Science Fiction Society. "Minicon 50 – The Gold Edition". Archived from the original on 2014-11-16.
- Brust, Dee; Brust, Corwin (January 2015). "Create a Cats Laughing Twenty Year Reunion Event & Album". Kickstarter. Archived from the original on 2015-01-08.
- "A Long Time Gone". Beyond Conventions. Archived from the original on 2014-11-16. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
- Bull, Emma (2008). "Her Biography". Emma Bull (WordPress blog). Archived from the original on 2016-03-01.
- Shadow Unit (official website).
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