Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

James Patrick Kelly

Popular Fiction
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423


James Patrick Kelly (Popular Fiction) has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, audioplays, and planetarium shows.  His books include Burn (2005), Strange But Not A Stranger (2002), Think Like A Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997),Wildlife (1994), Heroines (1990), Look Into The Sun (1989),Freedom Beach (in collaboration with John Kessel, 1986) andPlanet of Whispers (1984). Although he is primarily known for his science fiction, his work also includes mainstream, fantasy, and horror. His audioplays have been produced by's Seeing Ear Theater and he writes a regular Internet column for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.  His planetarium show, "Destiny or Discovery," premiered at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in 1992.  His books have been reprinted in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Finland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Croatia, Israel, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.  His short stories have appeared in numerous "Best of the Year" collections over the past twenty-six years, and he has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo award twice and has been a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula.

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:

The Secret History of Science Fiction, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel  (Tachyon Publications, 2009)

The Wreck of the Godspeed (Golden Gryphon Press, 2008) 

Burn (Tachyon Publications, 2005)

Strange But Not a Stranger (Golden Gryphon Press, 2002)