Connie Willis Last updated January 21, 2019
Born Constance Elaine Trimmer December 31, 1945 Denver, Colorado, US Occupation Writer Nationality American Education B.A., 1967 Alma mater Colorado State College Period c. 1978–present Genre Science fiction, social satire, comedy of manners, comic science fiction Subject Time travel; War, especially World War II; Heroism; Courtship; Mores Literary movement Savage Humanism  Notable works , Doomsday Book , To Say Nothing of the Dog , " Blackout/All Clear The Last of the Winnebagos" Notable awards Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and others Spouse Courtney Willis Children Cordelia Willis Website conniewillis .net Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born December 31, 1945), commonly known as Connie Willis, is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards for particular works—more major awards than any other writer —most recently the "Best Novel" Hugo and Nebula Awards for  (2010). Blackout/All Clear She was inducted by the  Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009  and the  Science Fiction Writers of America named her its 28th SFWA Grand Master in 2011. 
Several of her works feature
time travel by history students at a faculty of the future University of Oxford—sometimes called the Time Travel series. They are the short story "  Fire Watch" (1982, also in several anthologies and the 1985 collection of the same name), the novels and Doomsday Book (1992 and 1997), as well as the two-part novel To Say Nothing of the Dog (2010). Blackout/All Clear All four won the annual  Hugo Award but and Doomsday Book won Blackout/All Clear both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.  Career Connie Willis at Clarion West, 1998
Willis's first published story was "The Secret of Santa Titicaca" in
, Winter 1970 (December). Worlds of Fantasy At least seven stories followed (1978–81) before her debut novel,  Water Witch by Willis and Cynthia Felice, published by Ace Books in 1982. After receiving a  National Endowment for the Arts grant that year, she left her teaching job and became a full-time writer. 
Gary K. Wolfe has written, "Willis, the erstwhile stand-up superstar of SF conventions – having her as your MC is like getting Billy Crystal back as host of the Oscars – and the author of some of the field's funniest stories, is a woman of considerably greater complexity and gravity than her personal popularity reflects, and for all her facility at screwball comedy knock-offs and snappy parody, she wants us to know that she's a writer of some gravity as well." 
Willis is known for writing "romantic 'screwball' comedy in the manner of 1940s Hollywood movies."
Much of Willis's writing explores the social sciences. She often weaves technology into her stories in order to prompt readers to question what impact it has on the world. For instance,
plumbs not just the psychology of dreams, but also their role as indicators of disease. The story portrays a young man's unrequited love for a young woman who might or might not be experiencing reincarnation or precognition, and whose outlook verges on suicidal. Similarly, Lincoln's Dreams is almost exclusively concerned with human psychology. Bellwether
Other Willis stories explore the so-called "hard" sciences, following in the classic science fiction tradition. "The Sidon in the Mirror" harks back to the interplanetary and interstellar romanticism of the 1930s and 1940s. "Samaritan" is another take on the theme of
Heinlein's " Jerry Was a Man", while "Blued Moon" is similarly reminiscent of Heinlein's " The Year of the Jackpot". 2006 Hugo Awards ceremony
At the 2006 Hugo Awards ceremony, Willis presented writer
Harlan Ellison with a special committee award. When Ellison got to the podium Willis asked him "Are you going to be good?" When she asked the question a second time, Ellison put the microphone in his mouth, to the crowd's laughter. He then momentarily put his hand on her left breast.   Ellison subsequently complained that Willis refused to acknowledge his apology.   Religious beliefs
Willis is a Christian. In 1996, Willis wrote, "I sing soprano in a Congregationalist church choir. It is my belief that everything you need to know about the world can be learned in a church choir."
 Awards Hugo Awards David Hartwell, Charles N. Brown, and Connie Willis pose with the 2008 Hugo Awards Wins Nominations Daisy, In the Sun : short story : 1980 The Sidon in the Mirror : novelette : 1984 Blued Moon : novelette : 1985 Spice Pogrom : novella : 1987 At the Rialto : novelette : 1990 Time-Out : novella : 1990 Cibola : short story : 1991 In the Late Cretaceous : short story : 1992 Jack : novella : 1992 Miracle : novelette : 1992 Remake : novel : 1996  Passage : novel : 2002  Just Like the Ones We Used to Know : novella : 2004 Nebula Awards Wins Nominations The Sidon in the Mirror : novelette : 1984 Schwarzschild Radius : novelette : 1988 Jack : novella : 1992 Death on the Nile : novelette : 1994 Bellwether : novel : 1998 To Say Nothing of the Dog : novel : 1999  Passage : novel : 2002  Just Like the Ones We Used to Know : novella : 2005 Locus Awards Wins Nomination Arthur C. Clarke Awards Nominations World Fantasy Awards Nominations Chance : novella : 1987 The Winds of Marble Arch : novella : 2000 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Win British Science Fiction Association Award Nomination Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award Lifetime achievement, 2011, presented at the Nebula Awards banquet, May 2012  Bibliography Novels and novellas (1982) – with Water Witch Cynthia Felice (1987) – Lincoln's Dreams John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner, Locus Fantasy Award nominee, 1988  Light Raid (1989) – with Cynthia Felice (1992) – Nebula Award Doomsday Book winner, BSFA Award nominee, 1992;  Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, Clarke Award nominee, 1993  (1994) – Remake Hugo Award nominee, 1996  (1994) Uncharted Territory (1996) – Bellwether Nebula Award nominee, 1997  Promised Land (1997) – with Cynthia Felice (1998) – To Say Nothing of the Dog Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1999;  Nebula Award nominee, 1998  (2001) – Passage Locus SF Award winner, Hugo and Clarke Awards nominee, 2002;  Nebula Award nominee, 2001  Inside Job (2005) D.A. (2007) (2007) All Seated on the Ground (2010) Blackout (2010) All Clear All About Emily (2011) (2016) Crosstalk Short story collections (1984), whose Fire Watch title story won the 1982 Hugo and Nebula Awards (1993) – contains three Nebula Award winners, two of which also won Hugo Awards Impossible Things Futures Imperfect (1996) – omnibus edition of , Uncharted Territory and Remake . Bellwether Even the Queen: And Other Short Stories (1998) – sound recording of five stories read by Connie Willis including "Even the Queen", "Death on the Nile", and "At the Rialto" Willis, Connie (1999). . Bantam Spectra. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories (2007) The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium The Hugo and Nebula award-winning short fiction (2013). Time is the Fire: The Best of Connie Willis ISBN 978-0-575-13114-9 A Lot Like Christmas: Stories (2017) – Omnibus edition combining Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, several additional short stories, and the novellas All About Emily and All Seated On The Ground. Terra Incognita (2018) - Collected edition of Uncharted Territory, Remake, and D.A.. Other Roswell, Vegas, and Area 51: Travels with Courtney (2002) Essays On Ghost Stories (1991) Foreword (1998) Introduction (1999) The Nebula Award for Best Novel (1999) The 1997 Author Emeritus: Nelson Bond (1999) The Grand Master Award: Poul Anderson (1999) A Few Last Words to Put It All in Perspective (1999) Bibliography, including a list of all of her SF short stories and "confessions" stories, collected in the "Limited/Lettered Editions" of The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories: A Connie Willis Compendium A Final Word; Twelve Terrific Things to Read... (Christmas stories); And Twelve to Watch (Christmas movies); all collected in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories References ↑ Sawyer, Robert J. (April 29, 2008). "The Savage Humanists". Robert J. Sawyer . Retrieved . June 16, 2013 Meet the Savage Humanists: the hottest science-fiction writers working today. They use SF's unique powers to comment on the human condition in mordantly funny, satiric stories... In these pages, you'll find the top names in the SF field: including...Connie Willis ( The Doomsday Book)... ↑ Merrick, Helen. "Nebula Awards Interview: Connie Willis". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America . Retrieved . 2013-04-03 1 2 "sfadb. : Connie Willis Awards" www.sfadb.com . Retrieved . 2015-11-14 ↑ "EMP|SFM Announces its 2009 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductions". empsfm.org. 2009-08-14. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14 . Retrieved . 2015-11-14 ↑ Strock, Ian Randal (2009-04-06). "2009's Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees". sfscope.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10 . Retrieved . 2009-06-06 1 2 "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Archived from the original on July 1, 2011 . Retrieved . April 3, 2013 1 2 "Time Travel – Series Bibliography". www.isfdb.org . Retrieved . 2013-04-03 ↑ UNC Writers' Conference Features Internationally Renowned Sci Fi Author , retrieved 11 October 2015 ↑ "University Archives: RG18 ALUMNI". University of Northern Colorado: University Archives. January 27, 2002. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009 . Retrieved . June 6, 2009 1 2 "Connie Willis – Summary Bibliography". www.isfdb.org . Retrieved . 2013-04-03 ↑ "Connie Willis: The Facts of Death", , January 2003, p. 7. Locus ↑ Wolfe, Gary K. (March 2001). "Passage". . Locus Oakland, California: Charles N. Brown. 46 (3, issue 482): 21. ISSN 0047-4959 . Retrieved . December 4, 2013 ↑ Kathryn Cramer (2006). Hartwell, David G., ed. Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 1-892391-37-6. 1 2 "Sci-Fi Awards Show Marred By Boorish Groping". August 30, 2006 . Retrieved . June 14, 2017 ↑ Larry Sanderson (July 9, 2011). "Hugo Awards. YouTube. – Harlan and Connie – 2006" ↑ "Don't Let Harlan Ellison Hear This" . Retrieved . June 14, 2017 ↑ "Connie Willis answers your questions". scifi.com/sfw. Archived from the original on May 2, 2013 . Retrieved . August 16, 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 "1993 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 4, 2009 1 2 3 4 "1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 4, 2009 ↑ 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners. Locus. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 1 2 "1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 4, 2009 1 2 3 "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 4, 2009 ↑ "2010 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 23, 2011 1 2 3 "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 5, 2009 1 2 3 "1988 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 5, 2009 ↑ "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 5, 2009 ↑ "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 5, 2009 ↑ "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End . Retrieved . May 5, 2009 ↑ A Spadeful of Spacetime publication contents at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database ↑ Distress Call publication contents at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database ↑ Distress Call title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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