Literary movement Steampunk
|Name James Blaylock|
|Born September 20, 1950 (age 72)
Long Beach, California, United States (1950-09-20) |
Genre Fantasy, Science fiction
Education California State University, Fullerton
Awards Philip K. Dick Award, World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story
Nominations World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Books Homunculus, The Aylesford Skull, Lord Kelvin's Machine, The Elfin Ship, The Last Coin
Similar People Tim Powers, K W Jeter, Bruce Sterling, Kim Newman, Gene Wolfe
Founders of steampunk at world fantasy k w jeter tim powers james blaylock john berlyne
James Paul Blaylock (born September 20, 1950) is an American fantasy author. He is noted for a distinctive, humorous style, as well as being one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre of science fiction. Blaylock has cited Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens as his inspirations.
- Founders of steampunk at world fantasy k w jeter tim powers james blaylock john berlyne
- Chapman u aftershow war of the worlds the true story w james blaylock allen levy timothy hines
- The Balumnia Trilogy
- Short fiction
- The Christian Trilogy
- The Ghosts Trilogy
He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receiving an M.A. in 1974; and lives in Orange, California, teaching creative writing at Chapman University. He taught at the Orange County School of the arts until 2013. Many of his books are set in Orange County, California, and can more specifically be termed "fabulism" – that is, fantastic things happen in our present-day world, rather than in traditional fantasy, where the setting is often some other world. His works have also been categorized as magic realism.
He and his friends Tim Powers and K. W. Jeter were mentored by Philip K. Dick. Along with Powers, Blaylock invented the poet William Ashbless. Blaylock and Powers have often collaborated with each other on writing stories, including "The Better Boy", "On Pirates", and "The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook".
Blaylock previously served as director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts until 2013, where Powers has also been Writer in Residence.
He has been married to his wife, Viki Blaylock, for more than 40 years. They have two sons, John and Danny.
Chapman u aftershow war of the worlds the true story w james blaylock allen levy timothy hines
Blaylock's short story "Thirteen Phantasms" won the 1997 World Fantasy Award for best Short Fiction. "Paper Dragons" won the award in 1986.
The "Balumnia" Trilogy
Whimsical fantasy inspired, according to the author, by Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit.
Sharing the character of villain Ignacio Narbondo; the first is contemporary fantasy set in 1960s California, while the remainder are Steampunk novels set in Victorian England.
All short fiction (except for the novelette Lord Kelvin's Machine) and two novels have appeared in two collections by Subterranean Press:
The "Christian" Trilogy
Present-day fantasy using Christian elements, such as the Holy Grail and the silver coins paid to Judas.
The "Ghosts" Trilogy
Present-day Californian ghost stories.