Kenneth Schneyer

Kenneth Schneyer

Kenneth Schneyer received a Nebula nomination, and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award, in 2014.  He is a lawyer and actor by training, a college professor by occupation, and a writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories by inclination.  His short fiction can be found in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Analog, Daily Science Fiction, all of the Escape Artists podcasts, and elsewhere. His work has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Czech, and Italian.

He speaks on such topics as:

  • The dissonant power of alternative voicing.
  • Boundaries (if any) between science fiction and fantasy (further applications of Clarke’s Third Law).
  • Boundaries (if any) between fan fiction and “original” fiction.
  • The fiction and legacy of Robert Heinlein.
  • The fiction and influence of Ursula K. Le Guin.
  • Time travel and the search for redemption.
  • Time travel and the utilitarian fantasy.
  • Legal systems in science fiction and fantasy.
  • Replacing copyright.
  • The constitutive rhetoric of legal texts.
  • Employment discrimination.
  • The accessibility of Shakespeare (readings from plays with introductions and explanations).
  • Writers workshops.



The Law & the Heart (Stillpoint Digital Press)(2014)

Short fiction:

  • “Hear the Enemy, My Daughter”, Strange Horizons (May 6, 2013):


Full bibliography at

Awards and Memberships

  • Nominated for the Nebula Award for best short story (2014)
  • Finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction (2014).
  • Finalist, Story Quest Short Story Contest (2012).
  • First Prize, Sixty Word Sagas competition, Earlyworks Press (2008).
  • First Prize for Fiction, Phoenix Rising Competition, 2007.
  • First Prize for Excellence, Alpha Delta Phi International Literary Competition, 1983.
  • Member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America since 2010.
  • Member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business since 1991.
  • Member of the American Bar Association since 1984.
  • Member of the Project Mangement Institute, 2001-2011.

Related Experience

  • Professor of Humanities & Legal Studies, Johnson & Wales University.
  • Graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, UCSD.
  • Corporate lawyer and lititagor, Bingham, Dana & Gould, Boston.
  • Clerk, Judge William R. Beasely, Michigan Court of Appeals.
  • Performing Intern, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

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