James Morrow has been writing fiction ever, since shortly after his seventh birthday, he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. Upon reaching adulthood, Jim channeled his storytelling drive toward speculative fiction. His oeuvre’s adequacy is reflected in a handful of awards, including the 2005 Prix Utopia, given by the French SF community for lifetime achievement.
Within his circumscribed but devoted readership, Morrow is best known for the Godhead Trilogy: Towing Jehovah (Harcourt Brace, 1994; World Fantasy winner, Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire winner, Hugo nominee, Locus finalist), Blameless in Abaddon (Harcourt Brace, 1996; New York Times Notable Book, Locus finalist), and The Eternal Footman (Harcourt 1998; Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire finalist).
The author’s earlier efforts include The Wine of Violence (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981), The Continent of Lies (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1984), This Is the Way the World Ends (Henry Holt, 1986; Nebula finalist, Campbell finalist), and Only Begotten Daughter (William Morrow, 1990; World Fantasy winner, Nebula nominee, Mythopoeic finalist, Campbell finalist).
In recent years Morrow has composed three novels that attempt to dramatize and delineate the scientific worldview: The Last Witchfinder (William Morrow, 2006; Campbell finalist, Tiptree finalist, BSFA finalist, New York Times Editors’ Choice), The Philosopher’s Apprentice (William Morrow, 2008; Campbell finalist), and Galápagos Regained (St. Martin’s, in press).
Within the realm of short fiction, Jim has written three stand-alone novellas: City of Truth (Legend/St. Martin’s, 1991; Nebula winner), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Tachyon 2009; Sturgeon Award winner, Hugo nominee, Nebula nominee, Locus finalist), and The Madonna and the Starship (Tachyon, 2014). His first collection, Bible Stories for Adults (Harcourt 1996; World Fantasy finalist, Locus finalist) includes 1988 Nebula short story winner “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge.” His second collection, The Cat’s Pajamas and Other Stories (Tachyon, 2004), includes Nebula finalist “Auspicious Eggs.” Uncollected James Morrow stories are found in The Science Fiction Century (Hartwell, ed.), Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005 (Strahan, ed.), Walls of Fear (Cramer, ed.), Extraordinary Engines (Gevers, ed.), Conjunctions 52 (B. Morrow and Evanson, eds.), The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (Watson and Whates, eds.), Is Anybody Out There? (Gevers and Helpern, eds.), Ghosts by Gaslight (Gevers and Dann, eds.), The Palencar Project (Hartwell, ed.), and Impossible Futures (Dial and Easton, eds.).
As an anthologist, Jim has compiled three Nebula Awards volumes (Harcourt Brace, 1992, 1993, 1994) and, with his wife Kathy, The SFWA European Hall of Fame (Tor, 2007), sixteen Continental stories in English translation. An earlier Jim and Kathy project, Tolkien Lesson Plans (2004), appears on the Houghton Mifflin website. The Volume 5, Number 12 issue of Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, was devoted to “the Divinely Human Comedy of James Morrow” (1999, Winchell, ed.).