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James Blaylock


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September 20, 1950 (age 73) Long Beach, California, United States (

Fantasy, Science fiction

California State University, Fullerton

Philip K. Dick Award, World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Homunculus, The Aylesford Skull, Lord Kelvin's Machine, The Elfin Ship, The Last Coin

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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.


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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.

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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.

  • The Elfin Ship (1982)
  • The Disappearing Dwarf (1983)
  • The Stone Giant (1989)
  • The Man in the Moon (2002) – The original manuscript, initially rejected, from which The Elfin Ship was reworked, with commentary and an additional short story.
  • Novels

    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.

  • The Digging Leviathan (1984)
  • Homunculus (1986)
  • Lord Kelvin's Machine (1992)  – expansion of the eponymous 1985 novelette
  • Zeuglodon (2012; related to The Digging Leviathan)
  • The Aylesford Skull (2013; a Langdon St. Ives novel)
  • Beneath London (2015; a Langdon St. Ives novel)
  • Short fiction

  • The Ape-Box Affair (1978)
  • The Idol's Eye (1984)
  • Lord Kelvin's Machine (1985)  – expanded into a novel in 1992
  • Two Views of a Cave Painting (1987)
  • The Hole in Space (2002)
  • The Ebb Tide (2009; a Langdon St. Ives novella)
  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs (2011; a Langdon St. Ives novella)
  • The Adventure of the Ring of Stones (2014; a Langdon St. Ives novella)
  • The Here-and-Thereians (2016)
  • Earthbound Things (2016)
  • Collections

    All short fiction (except for the novelette Lord Kelvin's Machine) and two novels have appeared in two collections by Subterranean Press:

  • The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives (2008)  – Omnibus of Homunculus, Lord Kelvin's Machine, and the stories The Ape-Box Affair, The Idol's Eye, Two Views of a Cave Painting, The Hole in Space.
  • The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives (2016)  – Omnibus of The Ebb Tide, The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, The Adventure of the Ring of Stones, and the new stories The Here-and Thereians and Earthbound Things.
  • The "Christian" Trilogy

    Present-day fantasy using Christian elements, such as the Holy Grail and the silver coins paid to Judas.

  • The Last Coin (1988)
  • The Paper Grail (1991)
  • All The Bells On Earth (1995)
  • The "Ghosts" Trilogy

    Present-day Californian ghost stories.

  • Night Relics (1994)
  • Winter Tides (1997)
  • The Rainy Season (1999)
  • Others

  • The Complete Twelve Hours of the Night (1986) Joke pamphlet co-written by Tim Powers and published by Cheap Street Press
  • Land of Dreams (1987)
  • The Magic Spectacles (1991) – Young adult book
  • 13 Phantasms (2000) – Short story collection
  • On Pirates (2001) – Short story collection with Tim Powers
  • The Devils in the Details (2003) – Short story collection with Tim Powers
  • In For A Penny (2003) – Short story collection
  • The Knights of the Cornerstone (2008) ISBN 9780441016532
  • The Shadow on the Doorstep (2009) – Short story collection
  • Home Sweet Home and Postscript to Home Sweet Home (2012) – Nonfiction essays included in A Comprehensive Dual Bibliography of James P. Blaylock & Tim Powers ISBN 9780976748601
  • References

    James Blaylock Wikipedia

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