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Thomas Edward Purdom (born 1936) is an American writer best known for science fiction and nonfiction. His story Fossil Games was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2000. He has also done music criticism since 1988. His works have been translated into German, Chinese, Burmese, Russian, and Czech. He lives in Philadelphia.[1]

Tom Purdom
Tom Purdom in 2008, (photograph by Kyle Cassidy)
Tom Purdom in 2008, (photograph by Kyle Cassidy)
Born19 April 1936
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
OccupationNovelist, Short-story Writer, Essayist
GenreScience fiction
SpouseSara Wescoat Purdom



  • I want the stars (1964)
  • The Tree Lord of Imeten (1966)
  • Five Against Arlane (1967)
  • Reduction in Arms (1967)
  • The Barons of Behavior (1972)

Short fictionEdit

  • Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons (2014)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Sordman the Protector 1960 Purdom, Tom (August 1960). "Sordman the Protector". Galaxy Science Fiction. 18 (6): 82–103. Novelette
Courting Time 1966 Purdom, Tom (February 1966). "Courting Time". Galaxy Science Fiction. 24 (3): 49–62. Novelette
Fossil games 1999
Warlord 2013 Purdom, Tom (Apr–May 2013). "Warlord". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (4&5): 154–181. Novelette
A stranger from a foreign ship 2013 Purdom, Tom (Sep 2013). "A stranger from a foreign ship". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (9): 58–69.


  1. ^ bio
  2. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.

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