Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

James Patrick Kelly

Popular Fiction, Playwriting

Office Location

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


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B. A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame


James Patrick Kelly is a science fiction writer who has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He has published five novels and over a hundred and twenty stories. Nine of his plays have been produced in theaters throughout the United States. His most recent book is a career retrospective in the MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION series. A new short story collection The Promise of Space is forthcoming in 2017 from Prime Books.

Areas of Scholarship

Science fiction and fantasy and crime fiction, plays, essays

Recent Publications


James Patrick Kelly Masters of Science Fiction (Centipede Press), May, 2016


"One Sister, Two Sisters, Three," Clarkesworld Magazine, October, 2016

"Declaration" Mash Up, edited by Gardner Dozois, Titan Books, June 2016

Dramatic Plays:

"Glitch" produced at the Paragon Science Fiction Theater Festival by Otherworlds Theater, October 2016


"There's Something About Mars," Asimov's Science Fiction, June, 2016

"Thinking About Dinosaurs," Asimov's Science Fiction, August, 2016

"Welcome our Robot Overlords!," Asimov's Science Fiction, October, 2016


H.G. Wells: The Man Who Invented Modern Science Fiction 

James Patrick Kelly

Okay, okay, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne certainly have legitimate claims to this title as well.  But in a series of five short novels written from 1895-1901, Wells explored a diversity of topics that still obsess science fiction writers today: dystopian futures, time travel, space travel, alien invasion, uplifted animals and above all, the ethical dilemmas of scientists working at the edge of human knowledge.  After looking at Wells’s life in the context of his times we will focus on one of his key works to understand the moral and political concerns he spliced into the DNA of science fiction as it is written in the twenty-first century.

 Required Reading

H. G. Wells, The Time Machine