Connie Willis

Connie Willis
Connie Willis
Connie Willis at Clarion West, 1998
Connie Willis at Clarion West, 1998
Born Constance Elaine Trimmer
December 31, 1945 (1945-12-31) (age 65)
Denver, Colorado
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Education Colorado State College B.A. 1967
Period 1980 – present
Genres Science fiction
Notable award(s) Hugo, Nebula
Spouse(s) Courtney Willis
Children Cordelia Willis

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Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 31 December 1945) is an American science fiction writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear (August 2011). She was inducted to the Science Fiction Museum and Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009.[1]

Willis's first published story, "The Secret of Santa Titicaca," appeared in Worlds of Fantasy in 1971. After receiving an NEA grant in 1982, she left her teaching job and became a full-time writer.[2]

Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters. She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford. These pieces include her Hugo Award-winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, the short story "Fire Watch" (found in the short story collection of the same name), and the two-volume novel Blackout/All Clear. All but one of the Oxford University Time Travel tales have won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award.

Contents

Writing style

Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing. Her protagonists are typically beset by single-minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell-ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic (Doomsday Book), or frustrating efforts to analyze near-death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees (Passage).

Other themes and stylistic devices include:

  • a scientist as protagonist (the main theme of Bellwether, but also present in Uncharted Territory, Passage, and—to a lesser degree—the Fire Watch universe stories)
  • an aversion to rampant political correctness (notably the over-appreciation of indigenous cultures in Uncharted Territory, anti-smoking stances in Bellwether, censorship of "addictive substances" in Remake and censorship of an English class in the short story "Ado")
  • the inclusion of meticulously researched, detailed trivia related tangentially or symbolically to the narrative (fads in Bellwether, mating customs in Uncharted Territory, old movies in Remake, the Titanic disaster in Passage, famous pairs of ill-fated lovers in To Say Nothing of the Dog)
  • the constant presence of trying to come to terms with grief, loss, and death; this is often attributed to her mother having died while Willis herself was still a child.[citation needed]
  • "Romantic 'screwball' comedy in the manner of 1940s Hollywood movies, updated"[3]

Willis is acclaimed as a science-fiction writer, with much of her writing exploring the social sciences. She often weaves technology into her stories in order to prompt readers to question what impact it has on the world. For instance, Lincoln's Dreams plumbs not just the psychology of dreams, but also their role as indicators of disease. The story portrays a young man's unrequited love for a young woman who might or might not be experiencing reincarnation or precognition, and whose outlook verges on suicidal. Similarly Bellwether is almost exclusively concerned with human psychology.

Among other themes, Uncharted Territory contemplates the extent to which technology shapes expectations of gender; "technology" here ranges from a land rover and binoculars to Built's online "tchopping" and the pop-up holograms—even socioexozoology. Remake embraces old movies and the computer graphics revolution, as well as intellectual property, digital copyright issues, and the question of public domain.

Other Willis stories explore the so-called "hard" sciences, following in the classic science fiction tradition. "The Sidon in the Mirror" harks back to the interplanetary and interstellar romanticism of the 1930s and 1940s. "Samaritan" is another take on the theme of Heinlein's "Jerry Was a Man", while "Blued Moon" is similarly reminiscent of Heinlein's "The Year of the Jackpot".

Personal life

Willis is a 1967 graduate of Colorado State College, now the University of Northern Colorado.[4] She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. They have one daughter, Cordelia.

Awards

Hugo Awards

Wins

Additional Nominations

  • Daisy, In the Sun : short story : 1980
  • The Sidon in the Mirror : novelette : 1984
  • Blued Moon : novelette : 1985
  • Spice Pogrom : novella : 1987
  • At the Rialto : novelette : 1990
  • Time-Out : novella : 1990
  • Cibola : short story : 1991
  • In the Late Cretaceous : short story : 1992
  • Jack : novella : 1992
  • Miracle : novelette : 1992
  • Remake : novel : 1996[8]
  • Passage : novel : 2002[9]
  • Just Like the Ones We Used to Know : novella : 2004

Nebula Awards

Wins

Additional Nominations

  • The Sidon in the Mirror : novelette : 1984
  • Schwarzschild Radius : novelette : 1988
  • Jack : novella : 1992
  • Death on the Nile : novelette : 1994
  • Bellwether : novel : 1998
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog : novel : 1999[6]
  • Passage : novel : 2002[9]
  • Just Like the Ones We Used to Know : novella : 2005

Locus Awards

Wins

Additional Nomination

  • Lincoln's Dreams: Fantasy Novel: 1988[12]

Arthur C. Clarke Awards

Nominations

World Fantasy Awards

Nominations

  • Chance : novella : 1987
  • The Winds of Marble Arch : novella : 2000

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Win

  • Lincoln's Dreams: 1988[12]

British Science Fiction Association Award

Nomination

Bibliography

Novels and published-separately novellas

Short story collections

  • Fire Watch (1984), whose title story won the 1982 Hugo and Nebula Awards
  • Impossible Things (1993),Three of the stories are Nebula Award winners, and two of these also won Hugo Awards.
  • Futures Imperfect (1996) (omnibus edition of Uncharted Territory, Remake and Bellwether.)
  • Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories (1998) – Sound recording of five stories read by Connie Willis including "Even the Queen", "Death on the Nile", and "At the Rialto".
  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (1999)
  • The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium (2007)

Short stories

  • "Samaritan" (1978) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Capra Corn" (1978) – Collected in the "Limited/Lettered Editions" of The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Daisy, in the Sun" (1979) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "And Come from Miles Around" (1979) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "The Child Who Cries for the Moon" (1981) – Collected in A Spadeful of Spacetime
  • "Distress Call" (1981) – Published separately by Roadkill Press and collected in two anthologies
  • "A Letter from the Clearys" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Fire Watch" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Service For the Burial of the Dead" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Lost and Found" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "The Father of the Bride" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "Mail Order Clone" (1982) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "And Also Much Cattle" (1982)
  • "The Sidon in the Mirror" (1983) – Collected in Fire Watch
  • "A Little Moonshine" (1983)
  • "Blued Moon" (1984) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Cash Crop" (1984) – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Substitution Trick" (1985) – Collected in the "Limited/Lettered Editions" of The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "The Curse of Kings" (1985) – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "All My Darling Daughters" (1985) – Collected in Fire Watch and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "And Who Would Pity a Swan?" (1985)
  • "With Friends Like These" (1985)
  • "Chance" (1986) – Collected in Impossible Things, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium, and Gardner Dozois' Modern Classics of Science Fiction
  • "Spice Pogrom" (1986) – Collected in Impossible Things
  • "The Pony" (1986) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
  • "Winter's Tale" (1987) – Collected in Impossible Things
  • "Schwarzchild Radius" (1987) – Collected in Impossible Things
  • "Circus Story" (1987)
  • "Lord of Hosts" (1987)
  • "Ado" (1988) – Collected in Impossible Things and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "The Last of the Winnebagos" (1988) – Collected in Impossible Things and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Dilemma" (1989)
  • "Time Out" (1989) – Collected in Impossible Things
  • "At the Rialto" (1989) – Collected in Impossible Things, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium and "Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories" (1998) recoding
  • "Cibola" (1990)
  • "Miracle" (1991) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
  • "Jack" (1991) – Collected in Impossible Things and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "In the Late Cretaceous" (1991) – Collected in Impossible Things and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Much Ado About [Censored]" (1991)
  • "Even the Queen" (1992) – Collected in Impossible Things, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium and "Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories" (1998) recoding
  • "Inn" (1993) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Close Encounter" (1993)
  • "Death on the Nile" (1993) – Collected in "Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories" (1998) recoding
  • "A New Theory Explaining the Unpredictability of Forecasting the Weather" (1993)
  • "Why the World Didn't End Last Tuesday" (1994)
  • "Adaptation" (1994) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
  • "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective" (1996) – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "In Coppelius's Toyshop" (1996) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
  • "Nonstop to Portales" (1996) – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Newsletter" (1997) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "Epiphany" (1999) – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories and The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "deck.halls@boughs/holly" (2001)
  • "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know" (2003) – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • "New Hat" (2008)
  • "The Winds of Marble Arch" – Collected in The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • Cat's paw – Collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories

Other

  • Roswell, Vegas, and Area 51: Travels with Courtney (2002)

Essays

  • On Ghost Stories (1991)
  • Foreword (1998)
  • Introduction (1999)
  • The Nebula Award for Best Novel (1999)
  • The 1997 Author Emeritus: Nelson Bond (1999)
  • The Grand Master Award: Poul Anderson (1999)
  • A Few Last Words to Put It All in Perspective (1999)
  • Bibliography, including a list of all of her SF short stories and "confessions" stories, collected in the "Limited/Lettered Editions" of The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium
  • A Final Word; Twelve Terrific Things to Read... (Christmas stories); And Twelve to Watch (Christmas movies); all collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories

References

  1. ^ Strock, Ian (2009-04-06). "2009's Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees". Science Fiction Hall of Fame. http://sfscope.com/. http://sfscope.com/2009/04/2009s-science-fiction-hall-of.html. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Connie Willis: The Facts of Death," Locus, January 2003, p.7
  3. ^ David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed (2006). Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 10:1-892391-37-6. 
  4. ^ "University Archives: RG18 ALUMNI". University of Northern Colorado: University Archives. 2009-03-31. http://www.unco.edu/library/archives/arc_rg18s14f01.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "1993 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1993. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  6. ^ a b c d "1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1999. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  7. ^ Locus, 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners (access date August 21 2011)
  8. ^ a b "1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1996. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  9. ^ a b c "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2002. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  10. ^ "2010 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2010. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  11. ^ a b c "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2001. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  12. ^ a b c "1988 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1988. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  13. ^ "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1992. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  14. ^ "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1997. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  15. ^ "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1998. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 

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