Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.

His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, Barsk, takes a very different tone, exploring issues of prophecy, intolerance, friendship, conspiracy, and loyalty, and redefines the continua between life and death. He lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and their dog.



Barry’s Tale, in Buffalito Buffet, Hadley Rille Books, 2012.

Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Tor Books, 2015.

Buffalito Contingency, Hadley Rille Books, 2011.

Buffalito Destiny, Hadley Rille Books, 2009.

Calendrical Regression, NobleFusion Press, 2014.

Trial of the Century, in World Jumping, Hadley Rille Books, 2013.



Buffalito Buffet, Hadley Rille Books, 2012.

Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, Hadley Rille Books, 2010.



A Buffalito of Mars, in Visual Journeys, 2007;

A Fool’s Death, Abyss and Apex, 2006.

A Single Shot, M-Brane SF, 2010

Artificial Contrariness, Dragonscroll, 1:5, 1999.

Bidding the Walrus, in Low Port, 2003;

Buffalo Dogs, Absolute Magnitude, 2001.

Buffalogenesis. 2006

Bug Juice, in The Age Of Wonders, 2000.

Candeloro’s Magic, Dragonscroll, 1:3, 1999.

Case Study, Terra Incognita, 2000.

Cat Futures, The Town Drunk, 2006.

Chasing The Bear, Speculon Webzine, 2002.

Cruel Teacher, Speculon Webzine, 2003.

Coca Xocalātl, in ReDeus: Divine Tales, 2012.

Cycles, Spaceways Weekly, 2000.

Death and Loss” in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010.

Euphemism Skin, Spaceways Weekly, 1999.

Experimental Design, The Martian Wave, 1998.

Fermentation, The Martian Wave, 1998.

Fitzwell’s Oracle, Aeon, 2007.

Gift Time, in Barren Worlds, 2008.

Golem Summer, Elysian Fiction, 2003.

In Case, in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010.

jubHa’, in Strange New Worlds III, 2000.

Just Add Water, in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010.

Marcy of the Seals, in Global Warming Aftermaths, in press.

Mars Needs Baby Seals, in Destination: Future, 2010.

Names, Jackhammer, 1998.

Of Storm and Furry: Contemporary Past, Mythagoras, 1990.

Of Storm and Furry: Petals and Vents, Mythagoras, 1990.

Past Waves, Strange Plasma, 1990.

Pidgin, in Aliens And AIs, 2005.
* audio release The Drabblecast, 2010

Pun Gazing, in Aliens And AIs, 2005.

Quantum Pen, Artemis, 2003.

Red Shell, Speculon Webzine, 2001.

Requiem, Absolute Magnitude, 2005.

Retro-Virus, Speculon Webzine, 2001.

Schroedinger’s Closet, in Sweet Potato Pie and Other Stories, 2010.

Singing for the Man, in ReDeus: Beyond Borders, 2013.

Smooth Manuever, Blue Food, 2001.

Solitaire, Not One Of Us, 2001.

Stations of the Cheeseburger, in TEL : Stories, 2005.

Sweet Potato Pie, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2005.

Take Me To Your Leiderkranz, Analog Magazine, 2005.

Telepathic Intent, in Buffalogic, Inc. , 2003.

Texas Fold’em, in nanobison, 2007.

The Amulet in Winter, in The Magic in the Mirrorstone, 2008.

The Conservation Of Thelos, Apex Digest, 2005.

The Day After The Census, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2003.

The Epistemology of Bread, Lenox Avenue, 2005.

The Fourth Person, in ReDeus: Native Lands, 2013.

The Game Of Leaf And Smile, AEON Magazine, 2005.

The Matter At Hand, in Aliens And AIs, 2005.

The Moment, in Footprints, 2009.

The Novice,, 1999.

The Promise, Spaceways Weekly, 55, 1998.

The Sky’s The Limit, in All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, 2004.

The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher, in The Stories in Between, 2010.

Thinking, Aeon Magazine, 2006.

Thirst For Knowledge, Maelstrom SF, 3, 1999.

Three Halves Ambition, in Pangaea, 2015.

Thresher, in Breach the Hull, 2007.

Whale Song, Spaceways Weekly, 2000.

What Doesn’t Stay in Vegas, in Desolate Places, 2007.

Writer’s Block, Harbinger, 1999;

Xenosomnambulism, Abyss & Apex, 2008.

Yesterday’s Taste, Transtories, 2011.

Awards and Memberships

Founder and Director of the Klingon Language Institute

SFWA Lifetime Member

  • 2007 – John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (nominee)
  • 2010 – Hugo Award for Best Short Story (nominee) – "The Moment"
  • 2012 – WSFA Small Press Award (nominee) – "Yesterday's Tastes" 
  • 2013 – Nebula Award for Best Novella (nominee) – "Barry's Tale" 
  • 2013 – WSFA Small Press Award (nominee) – "Coca Xocolatl"
  • 2014 – Nebula Award for Best Novella (nominee) – "Trial of the Century" 
  • 2015 – Nebula Award for Best Novella (nominee) – Calendrical Regression 
  • 2016 – Nebula Award for Best Novel (nominee) – Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
  • 2016 – Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award
  • 2016 – Cóyotl Award for Best Novel – Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard


Related Experience

Convention Headliner

  • 2011: Lunacon Guest of Honor
  • 2014: Illogicon Guest of Honor
  • 2015: Ravencon Guest of Honor
  • 2016: BayCon GoH
  • 2016: Confluence Guest of Honor
  • 2016: Lituanicon GoH
  • 2017: Vancoufur GoH
  • 2017: Albacon Roastmaster

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