Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.

Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Mission: Tomorrow, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops.

You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the Kangaroo book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader.



Most recent works:

KANGAROO TOO (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017)
WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016)

"Go, Space Racer!" (Playboy, 2018)
"Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" (SMART: Oregon Reads Aloud, 2016)
"Ghost Patrol" (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #64, 2016)
"Like a Ghost I'm Gonna Haunt You" (Daily Science Fiction, 2016)

Complete bibliography at


Awards and Memberships

Active Member, SFWA

Winner, 2011 Stanford In Entertainment (SIE) script competition, 30-minute category


Related Experience

Norwescon 41 "The Best Comedy Workshop You've Ever Attended" with Tegan Moore (March, 2018)
Norwescon 40 "Write Your Elevator Pitch" workshop (April, 2017)
Clarion West One-Day Workshop "Synopses and Queries: How Do They Word?" (January, 2017)
Presented 5-minute tech talks at Ignite Portland (2009-2013)

Narrated short stories for PodCastle (2017-present)
Hosted and produced SnoutCast weekly podcast (2009-2015)
Sang bass with a cappella group The Richter Scales (2000-2008)

Co-founded monthly community event Puzzled Pint (2010-present)


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