Jack Dann is a multi-award winning, and best-selling American author best known for his science fiction. An editor and a writing teacher, who has lived in Australia since 1994. He has published over seventy books, in the majority of cases as editor or co-editor of story anthologies in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. He has published nine novels, numerous shorter works of fiction, essays and poetry and his books have been translated into thirteen languages. His work, which includes fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism and historical and alternative history genres, has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick.
Contribution to Australian speculative fiction culture (as per wikipedia)
Since his move to Australia, he has become a major influence and much respected figure in the speculative fiction field in Australia. He has frequently attended conventions, as guest of honour, speaker and panelist, and has played an active role in encouraging the development of the field, including running and contributing to seminars and workshops on writing, such as Clarion South.
He has also raised the profile of Australian writers by publishing anthologies of their work. He was co-editor (with Janeen Webb) of World Fantasy Award winning Australian anthology Dreaming Down-Under, which Peter Goldsworthy called “the biggest, boldest, most controversial collection of original fiction ever published in Australia.” More recently, Dann edited Dreaming Again, a second anthology of Australian fantasy and speculative fiction, which was released in Australia in July 2008. The collection includes a number of stories produced by graduates of the Clarion South workshops and a mix of new and well known Australian writers.
A third volume, produced in editorial partnership with Jonathan Strahan, entitled Legends of Australian Fantasy was published in June 2010.
SELECTED HONOURS AND AWARDS (see more at jackdann.com)
Honorary Member, The Mark Twain Society, 1975-present, [Esteemed Knight].
Nebula Award, Best Novella, 1997, Da Vinci Rising.
Asimov’s Reader Poll, Best Novella, 1996, Da Vinci Rising.
Aurealis Award, Best Fantasy Novel, 1997, The Memory Cathedral. The Aurealis is a juried Australian award
Ditmar Award finalist, Best Fantasy Novel, 1997, The Memory Cathedral. The Ditmar is a readers’ award presented at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention.
Ditmar Award Finalist, Best anthology, 2002, Jubilee.
Aurealis Award finalist, convenors’ category, 2002, Jubilee.
Peter MacNamara Achivement Award, 2004.
Peter McNamara Convernors Award for Excellence, 2009. (Aurealis award)