Pat Murphy (writer)

Patrice Ann "Pat" Murphy (born March 9, 1955) is an American science writer and author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

Patrice Ann Murphy
Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Born (1955-03-09) March 9, 1955 (age 68)
Washington, US
Notable awardsNebula Award
World Fantasy Award—Long Fiction

Early lifeEdit

Murphy was born on March 9, 1955, in Washington state.


Murphy has used the ideas of the absurdist pseudophilosophy pataphysics in some of her writings. Along with Lisa Goldstein and Michaela Roessner, she has formed The Brazen Hussies to promote their work. Together with Karen Joy Fowler, Murphy co-founded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1991.

With her second novel, The Falling Woman (1986), she won the Nebula Award, and another Nebula Award in the same year for her novelette, "Rachel in Love." Her short story collection, Points of Departure (1990) won the Philip K. Dick Award, and her 1990 novella, Bones, won the World Fantasy Award in 1991.[1]

From 1998 through 2018, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty (a scientist and educator) jointly wrote the recurring 'Science' column in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that typically appeared twice each year. Their last column was in the May/June 2018 issue; Doherty died in August 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Nevada and, for more than 20 years, when she was not writing science fiction, she worked at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception.[2] There, she published non-fiction as part of the museum staff.

In 2014, Murphy was hired by Doug Peltz to join Mystery Science (company) as the first employee, creating science curriculum for elementary school teachers.[3]

She has a black belt in the martial art kenpō.[4][5]



Short fictionEdit

  • Points of Departure (1990)
  • Women Up to No Good (2013)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Rachel in Love 1996 Murphy, Pat (1987). Doizois, Gardner (ed.). "Rachel in Love". Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Sargent, Pamela, ed. (1995). Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years: Science fiction by women from the 1970s to the 1990s. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

Larbalestier, Justine, ed. (2006). Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press. p. 217. ISBN 9780819566751. With an essay "Simians, Cyborgs, and Women in 'Rachel in Love'," by Joan Haran.
Online at Science Fiction Writers of America

A Flock of Lawn Flamingos 1996 Murphy, Pat (1996). "A flock of lawn flamingos". In Datlow, Ellen (ed.). Lethal kisses. Millenium.

Anthologies editedEdit


  • Joseph, James; Witold Klawe; Pat Murphy (1979). Tuna and billfish : fish without a country. Paintings by George Mattson. La Jolla, Calif.: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
  • Imaginary Friends (1996 essay)
  • Before and After (1997 travel essay)
  • Explorabook: A Kid's Science Museum in a Book by John Cassidy, Pat Murphy, and Paul Doherty (1991)
  • Murphy, Pat (1993). Bending light : an Exploratorium toolbook.
  • By Nature's Design (1993) by Pat Murphy
  • The Science Explorer (1996) by Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, and Linda Shore
  • The Color of Nature (1996) by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
  • The Science Explorer Out and About (1997) by Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, and Linda Shore
  • Zap Science: A Scientific Playground in a Book (1997) by John Cassidy, Paul Doherty, & Pat Murphy
  • Murphy, Pat & Paul Doherty (March 2000). "Nightfall, revisited". Science. F&SF. 98 (3): 119–126.
  • Doherty, Paul & Pat Murphy (May 2000). "General relativity at home". Science. F&SF. 98 (5): 108–116.
  • — & — (August 2000). "Playing with fire". Science. F&SF. 99 (2): 112–120.
  • — & — (January 2001). "Death rays and other experiments to try at home". Science. F&SF. 100 (1): 114–121.
  • Murphy, Pat (2006). Exploratopia.
  • Doherty, Paul & Pat Murphy (October–November 2008). "Rocks in space". Science. F&SF. 115 (4&5): 183–191.
  • — & — (July–August 2011). "Pattern recognition, randomness, and Roshambo". Science. F&SF. 121 (1&2): 183–191.


  1. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Teen Book Review interview". March 2008.
  3. ^ "Team — Mystery".
  4. ^ "Inkwell: Authors and Artists". October 4, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Helen Merrick; Tess Williams (1999). Women of Other Worlds: Excursions Through Science Fiction and Feminism. University of Western Australia Press. pp. 342–. ISBN 978-1-876268-32-9.
  6. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.
  7. ^ a b c Anthology of winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

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