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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 the Hugo Awards Ceremony 2017 at Worldcon in Helsinki.jpg
Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.
Born (1955-03-09) March 9, 1955 (age 64)

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]

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.

Since 2014, Murphy has worked at Mystery Science creating science curriculum for elementary school teachers.

She has a black belt in the martial art kenpō.[3][4]



Short fictionEdit

  • Points of Departure (1990)
  • Women Up to No Good (2013)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
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 and Pat Murphy (1979). Tuna and billfish : fish without a country. Paintings by George Mattson. La Jolla, Calif.: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  • 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)
  • Bending Light: An Exploratorium Toolbook (1993) by Pat Murphy
  • 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
  • Doherty, Paul & Pat Murphy (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.
  • Exploratopia (2006, ISBN 0-316-61281-2)


  1. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Teen Book Review interview". March 2008.
  3. ^ "Inkwell: Authors and Artists". October 4, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.

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