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James Patrick Kelly (1) (1951–)

Author of Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology

For other authors named James Patrick Kelly, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

James Patrick Kelly is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine, and is the Vice Chair of the Clarion Foundation, which oversees the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop.
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Works by James Patrick Kelly

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007) — Editor — 384 copies
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Editor — 307 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Editor — 196 copies
Burn (2005) 168 copies
Look into the Sun (1989) 131 copies
Wildlife (1994) 112 copies
Strange But Not a Stranger (2002) 81 copies
Freedom Beach (1985) 69 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (2012) — Editor — 66 copies
Planet of Whispers (1984) 52 copies
10¹⁶ to 1 18 copies
Mr. Boy [short fiction] (1990) 13 copies
Heroines (1990) 12 copies
Men Are Trouble (2016) 12 copies
Rat (short story) (1986) 11 copies
Mother Go (2017) — Author — 8 copies
Faith(Annotated) (1989) 8 copies
Monsters (1992) 7 copies
Pogrom [short fiction] (1990) 7 copies
Going Deep 6 copies
Solstice (2005) 6 copies
Dancing With The Chairs (1989) 5 copies
Crazy Me (2011) 4 copies
Surprise Party (2019) 4 copies
Big Guy (1994) 4 copies
Heroics (1987) 4 copies
Grace's Family (2018) 3 copies
Candy Art 3 copies
Crow (1984) 3 copies
Don't Stop 3 copies
The Last Judgment (2012) 3 copies
Friend 3 copies
Chemistry 3 copies
Someday 2 copies
Uncanny 2 copies
Feel the Zaz 2 copies
The Biggest 2 copies
Lovestory 2 copies
Luck (2015) 2 copies
Unique Visitors 2 copies
Tourists 2 copies
Hubris 1 copy
A Fistful of Dinosaurs (2018) 1 copy
Selfless 1 copy
Serpent 1 copy
Suspicious 1 copy
Mother 1 copy
Daemon 1 copy
Declaration 1 copy

Associated Works

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) — Contributor — 1,602 copies
The New Space Opera (2007) — Contributor — 547 copies
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contributor — 449 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contributor — 376 copies
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contributor — 342 copies
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contributor — 340 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 312 copies
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contributor — 260 copies
Year's Best SF 3 (1998) — Contributor — 258 copies
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 250 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 234 copies
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Contributor — 229 copies
Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy (1991) — Contributor — 225 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986) — Contributor — 225 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 201 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #8 (1979) — Contributor — 194 copies
Future on Fire (1991) — Contributor — 187 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 150 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 138 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contributor — 120 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 (2004) — Contributor — 120 copies
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 116 copies
Universe 1 (1990) — Contributor — 111 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contributor — 100 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies
Nebula Awards 33 (1999) — Contributor — 99 copies
Armageddon (1990) — Contributor — 98 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Contributor — 95 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Contributor — 95 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 89 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 88 copies
Beyond Singularity (2005) — Contributor — 85 copies
Between Worlds (1989) — Contributor — 83 copies
Skylife: Space Habitats in Story and Science (2000) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2015 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 73 copies
Rip-Off! (2012) — Contributor — 65 copies
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 65 copies
Mash Up (2012) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 2 (1989) — Contributor — 57 copies
Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth (2018) — Contributor — 55 copies
Christmas Magic (1994) — Contributor — 55 copies
Space Opera (2007) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #16 (1987) — Contributor — 50 copies
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (1656) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Future We Wish We Had (2007) — Contributor — 47 copies
Isaac Asimov's Valentines (1999) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Author — 41 copies
Season of Wonder (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Isaac Asimov's Mother's Day (2000) — Contributor — 37 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 35 copies
Isaac Asimov's Father's Day (2001) — Contributor — 33 copies
Universe 12 (1982) — Contributor — 31 copies
Robots, A Science Fiction Anthology (2005) — Contributor — 30 copies
Entanglements : tomorrow's lovers, families, and friends (2020) — Contributor — 30 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka (2011) — Editor — 27 copies
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2019 Edition (2019) — Contributor — 25 copies
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies
Isaac Asimov's War (1993) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Savage Humanists (2008) — Contributor — 22 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 20, No. 12 [December 1996] (1996) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 19 copies
Best Short Novels 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 19 copies
Flavors of My Genius (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 18 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Eight (2016) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Book of Silverberg (2014) — Contributor — 18 copies
Tor.com Short Fiction: Summer 2023 (2010) — Contributor — 18 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 8 [August 2009] (2009) — Contributor — 17 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 92 • January 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 17 copies
Mere (2004) — Introduction — 16 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 35, No. 8 [August 2011] (2011) — Contributor — 15 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 37, No. 6 [June 2013] (2013) — Columnist — 14 copies
Future Media (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 35, No. 6 [June 2011] (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 31, No. 6 [June 2007] (2007) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 18, No. 14 [December 1994] (1994) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 36, No. 3 [March 2012] (2012) — Contributor — 13 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 27, No. 12 [December 2003] (2003) — Contributor — 13 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Seven (2015) — Contributor — 13 copies
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 1, March 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 7 [July 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 19, No. 7 [June 1995] (1995) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 6 [June 2009] (1909) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 8 [August 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Infinity Plus One (2001) — Contributor — 11 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 6 [June 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 11 copies
Vital: The Future of Healthcare (2021) — Contributor — 10 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 095 (August 2014) (2014) — Contributor — 9 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 23, No. 5 [May 1999] (1999) — Columnist — 9 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 25, No. 1 [January 2001] (2001) — Contributor — 9 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 38, No. 3 [March 2014] (2014) — Contributor — 9 copies
Geek Theater (2014) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 9 • February 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 8 copies
Bifrost n°35 (2004) — Contributor — 7 copies
Wassermans Roboter (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies
Mothership Zeta, Issue 1 (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 163 (April 2020) (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 5 copies
Die wahre Lehre — nach Mickymaus (1993) — Contributor — 4 copies
Futuredaze²: Reprise (2014) — Contributor — 4 copies
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contributor — 4 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 143 (August 2018) (2018) — Contributor — 3 copies
Supernovæ (1993) — Contributor — 2 copies
Daily Science Fiction: June 2020 — Contributor — 1 copy

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James Patrick Kelly won a Hugo for “Think Like a Dinosaur” (Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1995). Intelligent dinosaurs from somewhere off-planet operate an interstellar transporter. But there is a cold-equations style catch that requires a human technician to act on occasion with cold-blooded efficiency.
 
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Tom-e | 4 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
Kelly, James Patrick. Grace’s Family. Tor, 2018.
The folks at Tor called Grace’s Family a short story, but they published it separately. At 45 pages, it would probably have been the lead novelette in Analog or Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. This awkward, between-the-stools length may account for the lackluster ratings it has received on Goodreads.
Grace is the AI on a starship that is part of a fleet exploring all the planets in the observable universe. Grace is not a self-directing AI. She requires a human crew to choose the next target, though a random walk is as good as any other plan. Their ultimate goal, in the words of Carl Sagan, is to help “the cosmos know itself,” to convert data into information and information into knowledge.
I will leave it there to avoid plot spoilers, but the intriguing premise alone gets James Patrick Kelly four stars from me.
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Tom-e | Feb 2, 2024 |
This anthology isn't really a cohesive whole, and that's a good thing. The stories contained within are supposedly from a newish genre called slipstream. According to Bruce Sterling, slipstream's unifying force is cognitive dissonance. What this anthology demonstrated is that Slipstream isn't a genre at all, and that's there nothing new about it. It is, in fact, anti-genre, and a demonstration of how some our great young writers don't give a damn about genre boundaries. Much of the fiction here felt influenced by Borges and Kafka, with a hint of Calvino.

I was familiar with many of the stories here, but it was nice to see such a broad variety of stories in one Anthology. There are other names for the type of fiction contained in this book: interstitial arts seems to be the latest term. Don't be fooled: these stories are fiction without genre, and it works best when the authors aren't trying too hard. Highly recommended.
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dogboi | 14 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
A Creative Commons short story freely available from the authour's website, it starts out as an old fashioned Mike Hammer murder mystery.

Murder mysteries aren't my usual fare, and in this case, I didn't care about the case or the detective. Only the sci-fi near future background is actually engaging.

There's lots going on in here, but most of it ends up as hanging threads, not plotlines. I've read a lot of novels that would have been better cut down to short stories - this is the reverse. If it had been fleshed out more, I likely would have liked it better.… (more)
 
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