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Wen Spencer

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Name  Wen Spencer
Role  Fiction writer

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Awards  John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer, Compton Crook Award
Nominations  Locus Award for Best First Novel
Books  Elfhome, A Brother's Price, Wolf Who Rules, Endless Blue, Alien Taste

Education  University of Pittsburgh

BFRH: Wen Spencer on Tinker

Wen Spencer (born 1963) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer whose books center on characters with unusual abilities. In 2003, she was the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


Spencer was raised on a family farm in Evans City, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a degree in Information science, and has been active in science fiction fandom. Her Ukiah Oregon series features a partly alien character with gentle nature, powerful abilities, and dangerous, werewolfesque relatives. Her novel Tinker features a young woman of extraordinary brilliance who is turned into an elf. A Brother's Price posits a world where the gender birth ratio is skewed heavily towards baby girls.

Ukiah Oregon series

  1. Alien Taste (2001), Compton Crook Award winner
  2. Tainted Trail (2002)
  3. Bitter Waters (2003)
  4. Dog Warrior (2004)

Tinker (Elfhome) series

Fantasy novels set in near-future Pittsburgh and Elfhome

  1. Tinker (2003), 2004 Sapphire Award for the Best Science Fiction Romance novel
  2. Wolf Who Rules (2006)
  3. Elfhome (2012)
  4. Wood Sprites (2014)
  • Steel City Magic – Science Fiction Book Club omnibus edition of Tinker and Wolf Who Rules (April 2006)
  • Short stories set in the Elfhome Universe
  • Stand-alone novels

  • A Brother's Price (2005)
  • Endless Blue (2007)
  • Eight Million Gods (2013)
  • Short stories

  • set in the Elfhome Universe
  • "Wyvern" in Faire Tales (2004), Elfhome #0.5
  • "Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood" (2014), Elfhome #0.9
  • "Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden" in Free Short Stories 2013 (2013), Elfhome #1.1
  • "Blue Sky" (2012), Elfhome #2.5
  • "Peace Offering" in Free Short Stories 2012 (2012), Elfhome #3.1
  • "Once Upon a Toad" in Fantastic Companions (2005)
  • "Another Man's Meat" in Triangulation 2004: A Confluence of Speculative Fiction (2004)
  • "Moon Monkeys" in Adventures in Sol System (2004)
  • "Rituals for a New God" in Turn the Other Chick (2004)
  • "Young Robots in Love" in Triangulation 2003: A Confluence of Speculative Fiction (2003)
  • "Protection Money" in Jim Baen's Universe (2006), (later part of Elfhome #3)
  • References

    Wen Spencer Wikipedia

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