Nancy Anne Kress (born January 20, 1948) is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain, which she later expanded into a novel with the same title. She has also won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2013 for After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, and in 2015 for Yesterday's Kin.
|Born||Nancy Anne Koningisor|
January 20, 1948
Buffalo, New York, US
|Pen name||Anna Kendall|
In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.
Born Nancy Anne Koningisor in Buffalo, New York and grown up in East Aurora, she attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated with an M.A. in English. Before starting her writing career she taught elementary school and then college English. In 1973, she moved to Rochester to marry Michael Joseph Kress. They had two sons, and divorced in 1984. At that time, she went to work at Stanton and Hucko, an advertising agency. In 1998, she married fellow author Charles Sheffield, who died in 2002 of a brain tumor. Kress moved back to Rochester, New York, to be near her grown children. She recently (2009) moved to Seattle. In February 2011 she married author Jack Skillingstead.
Kress tends to write technically realistic hard science fiction stories, often set in a fairly near future. Her fiction often involves genetic engineering, and, to a lesser degree, artificial intelligence. There are many technologies shared between stories, including "genemod" to refer to genetic engineering, and foamcast, a lightweight and sturdy building material that appears in many of her novels and short stories. By conducting extensive research she keeps her topics within the realm of possibility; however, as Kress clarified for one Locus (magazine) interviewer, "[Sheffield] pronounces it science fiction, and I pronounce it science fiction." She loves ballet, and has written stories around it.
- Nebula Awards
- Best Short Story winner (1986): "Out of All Them Bright Stars", F&SF March 1985
- Best Novella (1991): Beggars in Spain (Axolotl Press / Pulphouse Feb. 1991) / Asimov's April 1991
- Best Novelette (1998): "The Flowers of Aulit Prison", Asimov's Oct./Nov. 1996
- Best Novella (2007): "Fountain of Age", Asimov's July 2007
- Best Novella (2012): "After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall", Tachyon Publications
- Best Novella (2014): "Yesterday's Kin", Tachyon Publications
- Hugo Award
- Best Novella (1992): Beggars in Spain (Axolotl Press / Pulphouse Feb. 1991) / Asimov's April 1991
- Best Novella (2009): "The Erdmann Nexus", Asimov's Oct./Nov. 2008
- John W. Campbell Memorial Award
- Best Novel (2003): Probability Space, (Tor Sep. 2002)
- Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
- Best Short Science Fiction (1997): "The Flowers of Aulit Prison", Asimov's Oct./Nov. 1996
- Clute, John (29 June 2015). "Kress, Nancy". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "2012 Nebula Award Winners". Locus Online. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Nancy Kress Home Page". Nancy Kress. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
- "The Picador Guest Professorship for Literature". American Studies: Leipzig. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- A Conversation With Nancy Kress, retrieved 11 October 2015
- David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (2010). Year's Best SF15. Eos Books. p. 119.
- Kress, Nancy (11 February 2011). "Las Vegas". Nancy's Blog. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Evens, Arthur (2010). The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Wesleyan University Press. p. 580.
- Official website
- Bibliography at FantasticFiction
- Blog – inactive since February 2013
- Nancy Kress at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- 1993 interview at ConFuse
- 1996 interview
- 2000 interview at Fictionwise
- 2001 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine
- 2007 interview at Writer Unboxed
- 2008 interview at Dark Roasted Blend
- 2008 interview at Futurismic
- 2008 interview at Feminist SF – The Blog!
- 2010 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine
- 2016 interview excerpts in Locus Magazine
- 2016 interview in Lightspeed Magazine, focusing on the release of The Best of Nancy Kress
- Fiction by Kress at Free Speculative Fiction Online
- Nancy Kress at Library of Congress Authorities, with 32 catalog records
- Anna Kendall at LC Authorities, with 1 record