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Elizabeth Hand

USA (1957 - )

Elizabeth Hand grew up in New York State. In 1975 she moved to Washington, DC, to study playwriting at Catholic University. After seeing Patti Smith perform, Hand flunked out and became involved in the DC and New York City nascent punk scenes. From 1979 to 1986 she worked at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; she returned to university to study cultural anthropology, and received her BA in 1985. She is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission and an NEA Fellowship, and is a regular contributor to The Washington Post Book World. Hand lives with her family on the Maine coast.
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Anthologies containing stories by Elizabeth Hand

Short stories
The Boy in the Tree (1989)
On the Town Route (1989)
The Bacchae (1991)
Snow on Sugar Mountain (1991)
In the Mouth of Athyr (1992)
The Erl-King (1993)
Justice (1993)
Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story] (1994)World Fantasy

Philip K Dick Award nominee (1990) : Winterlong
Philip K Dick Award nominee (1992) : Aestival Tide
Philip K Dick Award nominee (1993) : Icarus Descending
World Fantasy winner (1995) : Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1995) : Waking the Moon
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature winner (1996) : Waking the Moon
Nebula winner (1996) : Last Summer at Mars Hill [short story]
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Novel nominee (1998) : Glimmering
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1999) : Last Summer at Mars Hill
World Fantasy Best Collection winner (2004) : Bibliomancy
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (2005) : Mortal Love

Elizabeth Hand recommends
At the City Limits of Fate
At the City Limits of Fate (1996)
Michael Bishop
"Michael Bishop is a writer of intense humanity and grace and compassion. One enters these collected stories as into a roomful of friends, and leaves with great reluctance: a lovely book."
The Annunciate
The Annunciate (1999)
Severna Park
"Like Samuel Delany and Ursula Le Guin before her, Severna Park reshapes our notions of love and gender, freedom and bondage."
The Two Sams: Ghost Stories
The Two Sams: Ghost Stories (2003)
Glen Hirshberg
"A collection of haunting and satisfying stories wrapped in the elegant prose of a master craftsman."

No Return (2013)
(Jeroun, book 1)
Zachary Jernigan
"Zachary Jernigan's genre-defying epic raises the bar for literary speculative fiction. It has the sweep of Frank Herbert's DUNE and the intoxicatingly strange grandeur of Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, with a decadent, beautifully rendered vision all its own. One of the most impressive debuts of recent years."

All Our Pretty Songs (2013)
(All Our Pretty Songs, book 1)
Sarah McCarry
"A stunning debut that fans of Neil Gaiman and Francesca Lia Block will devour."

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