Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek is an astronomer in Pittsburgh. Her science fiction short stories focus on space travel, colonization and first contact. She has founded many branches of Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier, literary, science fiction non-profit organization including Alpha, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers and the Young Adult Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). For nine years, Diane was a mentor in the Seton Hill University Writitng Popular Fiction MFA Program, helping graduate students write publishable novels. She has taught genre writing at CMU and St. Vincent College. Her love of both astronomy and science fiction led her to crew the Mars Desert Research Station near Bryce Canyon, UT (a simulated Martian colony) and take part in the NASTAR centrifuge study for training civilian space explorers.    


"Tempered with Heat" Out of JJ's Attic Vol. 2, 1999

"Dancing in the Light" Analog Magazine December 1999

"Hullabaloo" Analog Magazine July/Aug 2000

"Extreme Geas" in Six From PARSEC, a PARSEC Publishing anthology of modernized fairy tales and myths, JJ Walton, editor, 2000.

"How To Write a Science Fiction and Fantasy Love Scene" Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop Newsletter June and July 2000

"The Queen of Self-Help" Canadian SF magazine Challenging Destiny, No. 11, December 2000.

Web-published SciFaiku poem "Vanadium" (Element #23) at iSciFiStory.com.

SFR poem "Alien Pygmalion," in the shapeshifter anthology ROUGH BEASTS edited by Sandra Kasturi. ROUGH BEASTS is a multimedia CD of poetry in video and audio format by publisher Brian Hopkins of Lone Wolf Publications, December 2001

"Decoupage" in the-phone-book.com Version 9, March 1, 2003 

"Sheep" in the-phone-book.com Version 9, March 1, 2003

"21-Bubblegum Salute" in the-phone-book.com Version 9, March 1, 2003

"Spark of Hope" storyhouse.com, August 18, 2004 

"101 Ways to Show Your Characters Are In Love" with members of the Young Writers: Speculative Fiction Forum, Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop Newsletter, February 2006

"Hullabaloo" in The Drabblecast 276

"Moms Rule" Analog Magazine April 2014

Awards and Memberships

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

International Astronomical Union

American Astronomical Society

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