Richard Chwedyk

Richard Chwedyk

Richard Chwedyk is a Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer who teaches science fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. He has also taught classes in short story writing for Oakton Community College since 1991.

His stories and poems have appeared in such places as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Space and Time, Tales of the Unanticipated, Snow Monkey, Oyez Review, The Drink Tank, Hypertextmag.com and in such anthologies as Hell in the Heartland, Tales From the Red Lion, Visual Journeys, Cthulhu and the Coeds, or: Kids and Squids, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, The 2005 Rhysling Anthology, Nebula Awards Shwocase 2004 and Year’s Best SF 7 and 8.

He is a lifelong Chicagoan and has been married to the poet Pamela Miller for going on four decades.

Bibliography

Fiction

 

  • “Dixon’s Road.” Short story. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/August 2016.

 

  • “Orfy.” Novella. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept./Oct. 2010.

 

  •  “The Ambiguities.” Short Story. Hell in the Heartland Roger Dale Trexler and Martel Sardina, eds. Annihilation Press, Carbondale IL. December 2007. Presented in podcast format on Tales to Terrify http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-no-103-richard-chwedyk/. Also currently available in the e-book, Surfaces … and Symbols via http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E7NCCGQ.

 

  • “Where We Go.” Short Story. Visual Journeys. Eric T. Reynolds, ed. Hadley Rille Books, Overland Park KS. July 2007. Also currently available in the e-book, Into a Space Unseen via http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EVNAJXU.

 

  • “The Button.” Short Story. Tales From the Red Lion. John Weagley and Andrea Dubnick, eds. Twilight Tales, Chicago. June 2007. Also available in the e-book Through the Brightening Air: Two Tales of Time and Probability via http://www.amazon.com/Through-Brightening-Air-Richard-Chwedyk-ebook/dp/B00H1M8XX6/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425622618&sr=1-5.

 

  • “In Tibor’s Cardboard Castle,” Novelette. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October/November 2004.

 

  • “Bronte’s Egg.” Novella. Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 2002. Reprinted in Nebula Awards Showcase 2004. Vonda N. McIntyre, ed. Roc Books, New York, March 2004.

 

  • “The Cthulhu Orthodontist.” Short Story. Cthulhu and the Coeds, or: Kids and Squids. Tina L. Jens, ed. 2000 (reprinted 2003). 11th Hour Productions. Chicago. Also currently available in the e-book, Into a Space Unseen via http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EVNAJXU.

 

  • “The Measure of All Things.” Novelette (revised and expanded from the short story listed below). Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2001. Subsequently reprinted in Year’s Best SF 7. David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, eds.  Eos Books, May 2002.

 

  • “The Measure of All Things.” Short story. In Animals Don't Knock!: Tails From the Pet Shop. (chapbook) Tina Jens, ed. 11th Hour Productions. Chicago. 1999.

 

  • “Auteur Theory.” Novelette. Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1998 (vol. 95, no. 1, whole no. 564). Also currently available in the e-book, Into a Space Unseen via http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EVNAJXU.

 

  • “Surfaces.” Novelette. Space and Time, Winter 1994. (whole no. 83). The novelette was presented as a podcast for the website Tales to Terrify, February 22, 2013: http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-show-no-59-richard-chwedyk/. Also currently available in the e-book, Surfaces … and Symbols via http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E7NCCGQ.

 

  • “Last One Close the Door.” Novelette. Amazing Stories February 1993 (vol. 67, no. 11, whole no. 579). Also currently available in the e-book, Through the Brightening Air: Two Tales of Time and Proability via http://www.amazon.com/Through-Brightening-Air-Richard-Chwedyk-ebook/dp/B00H1M8XX6/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425622618&sr=1-5.

 

  •  “A Man Makes a Machine.” Short story. Amazing Stories November 1990 (vol. 65, no. 4, whole no. 555). Also currently available in the e-book, Dubious Mirrors: Two Early Voyages (the “ISFiC Stories”) via http://www.amazon.com/Dubious-Mirrors-Early-Voyages-Stories-ebook/dp/B00NG8O2AW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425622618&sr=1-1

 

  • “Getting Along With Larga.” Short story. Program Book for Windycon XIII, November 1986. Also currently available in the e-book, Dubious Mirrors: Two Early Voyages (the “ISFiC Stories”) via http://www.amazon.com/Dubious-Mirrors-Early-Voyages-Stories-ebook/dp/B00NG8O2AW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425622618&sr=1-1

Poetry

 

  • “Waiting for the Mad Scientists.” Star*Line Winter 2016, vol. 39 no. 1

 

  • “Fats Domino Geometry” and “Contemplating the Alien at the White Castle on Archer and Kedzie, 2 a.m., 1967.” Drink Tank #300 (e-zine), published by Christopher J. Garcia November 2011. http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/DrinkTank300.pdf.

 

 

  •  “Rooms Must Explain Themselves.” 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin. Karen Joy Fowler and Debbie Notkin, eds. Aqueduct Press, 2010.

 

  • “Red Lion in Winter” (revised). Tales From the Red Lion. John Weagley and Andrea Dubnick, eds. Twilight Tales, Chicago. June 2007.

 

  • “On a Morning Flight From Anaheim,” “An Unfortunate Absence of Ghosts.” Snow Monkey, volume 5 number 6, 2003.

 

  • “Rich and Pam Go to Fermilab and Later See a Dead Man.” Strange Horizons (webzine) March 17, 2003. at http://www.strangehorizons.com/2003/20030317/rich_and_pam.shtml. Reprinted in The 2005 Rhysling Anthology. Drew Morse, ed. The Science Fiction Poetry Association and Dark Regions Press, 2005.

 

  • “Small Poem,” “A Few Kind Words for A. E. Van Vogt.” Tales of the Unanticipated 23, May 2002. “A Few Kind Words … ” was reprinted in Year’s Best SF 8. David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, eds.  Eos Books, June 2003.

 

  •  “Red Lion in Winter.” Tales From the Red Lion. (chapbook). Andrea Dubnick, ed. 11th Hour Productions. Chicago. 2000.

Awards and Memberships

  • Nebula Award, Best Novella, for “Bronte’s Egg,” presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, April 2003.

 

  • Hugo Award Nomination for “Bronte’s Egg,” presented by TorCon, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention, August 2003.

 

  • Rhysling Award nomination for the poem “Rich and Pam Go to Fermilab and Later See a Dead Man,” presented by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2004.

 

  • Second Runner Up, for the Theodore Sturgeon Award, for the novella “Bronte’s Egg,” presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas, July 2003.

 

  • Shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Award, for the novelette “The Measure of All Things,” presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas, July 2001.

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction Poetry Association, the Part-Time Faculty Association and the Speculative Literature Foundation.

Related Experience

Along with teaching, I've conducted and moderated numerous critique session workshops at conventions across the country and locally in the Chicago area. I've spoken on several occasions at the Off Campus Writers Workshop in Winnetka. I've read my work at many venues in the Chicago area. I help run a writers' group, Critinomicon, made up of my former short story writing students. I helped start and sponsored Columbia College Chicago's SFF writing club, Myth-Ink.

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