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Edward Bryant

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Edward Bryant has been found dead at his home in Colorado, he had been ill for some time due to the long term effects of Type 1 Diabetes. He was a prolific short story writer, particularly during the 1970s and 80s, winning Nebula Awards in successive years.

Phoenix Without AshesHe was born in 1945, and began writing in the late 1960s. He attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1968 and 1969, where he met Harlan Ellison. His only novel, Phoenix Without Ashes, was a collaboration with Ellison, a generation starship story developed from Ellison’s idea for a television series that had not been taken up. Rumoured sequels to the novel never appeared. Later in his career, he also wrote a short horror novel, Fetish.

Apart from these rare ventures into the novel, Bryant was clearly much more comfortable and assured at the short story length. His was one of the seminal voices in science fiction of the 70s and 80s, appearing regularly in the major original anthologies of the period. He was frequently shortlisted for major awards, and won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story for “Stone” (1978) and “giANTS” (1979), a sly revisioning of the gigantic creatures that were a staple of sf horror movies in the 1950s.

Among the Dead and Other Events Leading to the Apocalypse   Particle Theory   Neon Twilight   Darker Passions   Predators and Other Stories

Other stories that appeared on award ballots include “Shark” (1973), “The Hibakusha Gallery” (1977), “Particle Theory” (1977), “Strata” (1980), “The Thermals of August” (1981), “A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned” (1989), “The Loneliest Number” (1990), and “The Fire That Scours” (1994). By the time that last story appeared, his output was noticeably slowing down, though he continued to write reviews well into the new century.

CinnabarWyoming SunThough born in New York, Bryant was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, a setting that informs many of his early stories collected in Wyoming Sun. For many, however, his most interesting work was the series of linked stories, collected as Cinnabar, set in a far future Californian city where the world is running down. It was an expression of a complex mood of regret and loss that informed much of his fiction. As his career progressed, this mood darkened ever more and his work started to shift towards horror.

In addition to these works, his best collections include Among the Dead and Other Events Leading up to the ApocalypseParticle TheoryNeon TwilightDarker Passions and Predators and Other Stories.

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