John C. Wright (author)

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John C. Wright
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Wright in 2006
BornJohn Charles Justin Wright
(1961-10-22) October 22, 1961 (age 57)
Chula Vista, California, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland (B.S.) Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary (J.D.)
Period1994–present (speculative fiction) [1]
GenreScience fiction (notably space opera) [1]

John C. Wright (born October 22, 1961) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. [1] [2] A former lawyer, newspaperman, and newspaper editor. He was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos . Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age . [3]

Nebula Award literature prize for science fiction and fantasy works from the United States

The Nebula Awards annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. They were first given in 1966 at a ceremony created for the awards, and are given in four categories for different lengths of literary works. A fifth category for film and television episode scripts was given 1974–78 and 2000–09, and a sixth category for video game writing was begun in 2018. The rules governing the Nebula Awards have changed several times during the awards' history, most recently in 2010. The SFWA Nebula Conference, at which the awards are announced and presented, is held each spring in the United States. Locations vary from year to year.

<i>Orphans of Chaos</i> book by John C. Wright

Orphans of Chaos is a 2005 science fiction, fantasy novel by John C. Wright. It is the first volume of the Orphans of Chaos trilogy that continues with the novels Fugitives of Chaos (2006) and Titans of Chaos (2007).

<i>Publishers Weekly</i>

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Early life

John C. Wright was born in Chula Vista, California. [1] He studied the Great Books at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1984. [4] He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William & Mary in 1987.

Chula Vista, California City in California

Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, the seventh largest city in Southern California, the fourteenth largest city in the state of California, and the 74th-largest city in the United States. The population was 243,916 as of the 2010 census.

St. Johns College (Annapolis/Santa Fe) Liberal arts college with two campuses, Annapolis and Santa Fe

St. John's College is a private liberal arts college with dual campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are ranked separately by U.S. News & World Report within the top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges. It is known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization. St. John's has no religious affiliation.

Juris Doctor The Juris Doctor degree (J.D. or JD), also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D., JD, D.Jur. or DJur), is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degree

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Wright was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions, New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990. Washington, D.C., January 1994. After his law practice was unsuccessful, he went to work for the newspaper St. Mary's Today. [4]

Maryland State of the United States of America

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Wright later worked as a newspaperman and newspaper editor [4] before venturing into writing genre fiction. When reviewing his debut novel The Golden Age , Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" [3]

Debut novel first published by an author

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Wright also works as a technical writer in Virginia.

A technical writer is a professional information communicator whose task it is to transfer information (knowledge) between two or more parties, through any medium that best facilitates the transfer and comprehension of the information. Technical writers research and create information through a variety of delivery mediums. Example types of information include online help, manuals, white papers, design specifications, project plans, software test plans, etc. With the rise of e-learning, technical writers are increasingly becoming involved with creating online training material.

Virginia State of the United States of America

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Wright's Orphans of Chaos was nominated for the 2005 Nebula Award for Best Novel, losing to Joe Haldeman's Camouflage . [5]

Joe Haldeman American science fiction writer

Joe William Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his novel The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works, including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards, including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.

<i>Camouflage</i> (novel) 2004 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman

Camouflage is a 2004 science fiction novel by American writer Joe Haldeman. It won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004 and the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2005.

In 2015, as a part of the Rabid Puppies slate, Wright received five Hugo Award nominations, including three in the Best Novella category ("One Bright Star to Guide Them," "The Plural of Helen of Troy," and "Pale Realms of Shade"), a fourth for Best Short Story ("The Parliament of Beasts and Birds"), and a fifth for Best Related Work (Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth). All his works were ranked below "No Award". [6]

On September 4, 2016, Wright's novel Somewhither (published by Castalia House) received the first Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. [7]

Personal life

At age 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity, citing a profound religious experience with visions of the "Virgin Mary, her son, and His Father, not to mention various other spirits and ghosts over a period of several days", and stating that prayers he made were answered. [8] In 2008, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly said: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics." [9]

Wright is married to writer L. Jagi Lamplighter, and they have four children. [4]


The Golden Oecumene

War of the Dreaming

Chronicles of Chaos

Count to the Eschaton Sequence

Tales of Moth and Cobweb

Other novels

Stories in the Night Land setting

Other publications

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