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Nancy Fulda: 2012 Nebula Nominee (699 x 974 pixels)

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Short Biography
Nancy Fulda is a past Hugo and Nebula Nominee and has been honored by Baen Books and the National Space Society for her writing. She has been a featured writer at Apex Online, a guest on the Writing Excuses podcast, and is a regular attendee of the Villa Diodati Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction can be found in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and other professional venues.

Long Biography
Nancy Fulda is a past Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is also a recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Her fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Apex Digest, Daily Science Fiction, and other professional venues. She has been a featured writer at Apex Online, a guest on the Writing Excuses podcast, and is a regular attendee of the Villa Diodati Writers’ Workshop. Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2002, and a Master’s Degree from the same university in 2004. Her research emphasis was artificial intelligence and machine learning, and her research papers on multi-agent systems have been presented at several IEEE conferences. She graduated with University Honors. From 2005 to 2010 she worked as an assistant editor of Jim Baen’s Universe, one of the highest-paying speculative fiction markets of its time. From 2008 to 2009 she was the website content editor for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Brigham Young University.

Honors and Awards

AML Award, 2013 (for Godshift)
Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award, 2012 (for Movement)
Hugo Nominee, 2012 (for Movement)
Nebula Nominee, 2012 (for Movement)
BSFA Award Nominee, 2012 (for Movement)
Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winner, 2011 (for That Undiscovered Country)
Phobos Award Winner, 2004 (for The Man Who Murdered Himself)
Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award Winner, 1998 (for The Man Who Murdered Himself)
Honorable Mention, Year’s Best Science Fiction: Movement, 2011
AML Award Finalist, 2014 (for Recollection)
Tangent Online Recommended Reading List: Recollection, 2014
Tangent Online Recommended Reading List: The Cyborg and the Cemetery, 2013
Tangent Online Recommended Reading List: In the Fading Light of Sundown, 2012
Locus Recommended Reading List: Movement, 2011
Tangent Online Recommended Reading List: Backlash, 2010.
Writers of the Future Finalist: Backlash
Writers of the Future Finalist: The Breath of Heaven
Apex Digest Featured Writer, 2005

Appearances in Journal and Newspaper Articles

LDS Living: LDS Author nominated for prestigious science fiction award
Tor.com: 2011 Nebula Award Finalists (and others) Announced
BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Computer Science Graduate Compared to Science Fiction Greats Asimov and Clarke
SFScope: Nancy Fulda wins Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest
Locus Magazine: 2011 Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winners
Money And Risk: Having Choices as a Senior

Podcast Appearances

VSI: Nancy Fulda on Writing with Words
VSI: Nancy Fulda on evolving robots and kids
VSI: Nancy Fulda: Hugo Nominee
Law of the Geek: Melina Bueller’s Day Off: Geoff’s Interviews at Chicon 7
Writing Excuses: The Seven Deadly Sins of Slush Stories
Writing Excuses: How Publishing is Changing in the new Century

Interviews on Writing

SF Signal: Chatting with Hugo and Nebula Award Nominee Nancy Fulda
Mike Duran: Interview with Nebula and Hugo Award Nominee Nancy Fulda
Entropy Central: Novy Interviews Nancy Fulda
Dreamer’s Perch — Meet Nancy Fulda
Three-Question Interview: Movement by Nancy Fulda
Mayaland — How Writers do What They Do: Nancy Fulda
Alethea Kontis — Genre Chick Interview: Nancy Fulda
Diabolical Plots — Renaissance Woman: Nancy Fulda
Bibliophile Stalker — Interview: Nancy Fulda
E.C. Ambrose — Talking with Nancy Fulda, winner of the Jim Baen Memorial Award

AnthologyBuilder Interviews

Exquisite Corpse — Interview with Nancy Fulda
Entrepreneurial Motivation and Creating a Business from Scratch: An Interview with Nancy Fulda
Novelists Inc. — Meet Managing Director Nancy Fulda

Reviews

Some made me cry, others laugh out loud, and I’ve found myself thinking about the tales long after I’ve finished reading. Many of the stories are worth the price of the anthology on their own, especially A Soaring Pillar of Brightness [by Nancy Fulda] and The Dybbyk of Mazel Tov IV [by Robert Silverberg], both of which have engrossing plots; they also address timeless questions that will continue to be asked for as long as humans live and breathe.The Functional Nerds

“‘Movement’ is an award-caliber story, and clearly a major breakthrough in the career of Nancy Fulda.”Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews Blog

“When I review a story this well-written, I find myself admiring one expression after the other and wanting to quote them all, to tell readers, ‘Look at this! Admire this!’ “Lois Tilton, Locus Reviews

“As engrossing and brief and clever as a Twilight Zone episode, Fuldas story hooks your attention from the first sentence and stays with you, long past the startling, yet fitting, end.” — Tangent Online on “All Praise to the Dreamer”

“A thoughtful and absorbing story about human relationships, and a vivid meditation on letting go even when one doesn’t want or doesn’t have to.” — Tangent Online on “Ghost Chimes”

“Nancy’s story changed how I take care of my mother.” — Kim at Money and Risk, on “That Undiscovered Country”

“Nancy Fulda creates deep relationships within her characters, deeper than your normal father / daughter connections. Love, commitment, anger, frustration, resentment… ‘Backlash’ is an adventure that you will not regret jumping into.”Doubleshot Reviews

“‘The Breath of Heaven’—essentially a retelling of the HAL 9000 story, but with a very different outcome—with its intricate examination of directives was a quite plausible updating of the classic three laws of robotics, and in some ways outshone both Asimov and Clarke in the way the story unfolded.”Pearson Moore, Sift Book Reviews

“Fulda’s writing is so tight that I think that you should only read this when you’re alert. The world-building and character histories she covers in one paragraph would require an entire page from other authors.”Adarna SF

“Entertaining, and surprisingly action-filled for a pastry delivery.”The Internet Review of Science Fiction, on “Pastry Run”

“There is only one way to wake up in the morning, and that is with this story.”S.J. Wist at Fantasy Cookie, on “Pastry Run”

Guest Blog Posts

SFWA — What to Expect When You Start an Internet Kerfluffle
SFWA — Five Things You Should Know About Award Nominations
SFWA — Learning to Say No
SFWA — What’s Wrong With the Cheesecake? A Brief Introduction to Antagonists
SFWA — Beyond the First Two Pages
SFWA — Shorts vs. Novels: A View from the Trenches
SFWA — Freeing the Statue from the Stone
SFWA — Kindle Starter Kit: A Mini-Handbook on Independent Publication
Novelists Inc. — Angst, Vanity and the New World of Publishing
JET-Fueled Fiction — Manic Monday with Nancy Fulda

Partial Bibliography

Fiction
Angles of Incidence in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, forthcoming.
Windblown in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, forthcoming.
Nexus in HUMANITY 2.0, an anthology edited by Alex Schvartsman, forthcoming.
Planetbound in CHASING SHADOWS, an anthology edited by Stephen W. Potts and David Brin, forthcoming from TOR Books.
Metamorphosis in SF Comet, July 2015.
Recollection in CARBIDE-TIPPED PENS, an anthology edited by Eric Choi and Ben Bova, TOR Books, December 2014.
Deadfall in SHATTERED SHIELDS, an anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Baen Books, November 2014.
Castles in the Sky, A Dark Expanse tie-in story, published by Deorc Enterprise, October 2013.
A Soaring Pillar of Brightness in BEYOND THE SUN, an anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, August 2013.
The Cyborg and the Cemetery in TWELVE TOMORROWS, from MIT Technology Review, September 2013.
Ghost Ship, A Dark Expanse tie-in story, published by Deorc Enterprise, June 2013.
Dawn, and the Stars, A Dark Expanse tie-in story, published by Deorc Enterprise, May 2013.
A Starscape Slightly Askew, published in the Writing for Charity anthology, 2012.
A Song of Blackness, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, October 2012
In The Fading Light of Sundown, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, April 2012
Godshift, Daily Science Fiction, March 2012
The Death and Rebirth of Anne Bonny, Daily Science Fiction, January 2012
All or Nothing, Daily Science Fiction, January 2012
“That Undiscovered Country”, Baen.com, 2011.
“The Half-Life of Chocolate” in Fae Publishing, April 2011.
“Movement” in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine March 2011.
“Like Rain From Silver Skies”, Basement Stories, January 2011.
“The Scream” at NewMyths.com, December 2010.
“Knowing Neither Kin Nor Foe” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, April 2010.
“Backlash” in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, September 2010.
“In the Halls of the Sky Palace” in Jim Baen’s Universe, June 2009.
“Hexes and Tooth Decay” in Darwin’s Evolutions, 2009.
“A New Kind of Sunrise” in the Warrior, Wisewoman Anthology from Norila Books, 2008.
“Dead Men Don’t Cry” in The Sword Review, 2007.
“Monument” in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest (Issue 10).
“All Praise to the Dreamer” in Aegri Somnia, 2006.
“The Man Who Murdered Himself” in the 3rd Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, ALL THE RAGE THIS YEAR, 2004.
“Pastry Run” in Jim Baen’s Universe (December 2006).
“Ghost Chimes” in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest (Issue 4).
“The Man Who Murdered Himself” (reprint) in Apex Online (January 2006).
“Blue Ink” in AlienSkin Magazine, 2006.
“The Breath of Heaven” in The Sword Review, 2006.
“Tammi’s Garden” in TeenAge.

Nonfiction
Humor as a Plot Adhesive — SFWA.org, September 2015
“Painting Characters into Corners” — SFWA.org, December 2014
“Building Strength out of Weakness” — SFWA.org, November 2014
“Variations of Villainy” — SFWA.org, September 2014
A Practical Guide to the Proper Positioning of Space Stations, NewMyths.com, December 2011.
“Simulating Sentience”, Clarkesworld, September 2011.
“Nothing This Fun Could Be Good For You: A History of Evil Entertainment”, Clarkesworld, December 2010.
“Let There be Write” in Strange Horizons (April 2005).
“Beyond the First Two Pages: A Three-Step Guide to Getting Out of the Slush Pile”, The Sword Review, 2006.

Technical Publications
Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Predicting and Preventing Coordination Problems in Cooperative Q-learning Systems”, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, January 2007.

Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Learning a Rendezvous Task with Dynamic Joint Action Perception”, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, pp. 627-632, July 2006.

Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Incremental Policy Learning: An Equilibrium Selection Algorithm for Reinforcement Learning Agents with Common Interests”, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, pp. 1121-1126, July 2004.

Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Target Sets: A Tool for Understanding and Predicting the Behavior of Interacting Q-learners”, Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Information Sciences, pp. 1549-1552, September 2003.

Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Dynamic Joint Action Perception for Q-Learning Agents”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications, pp. 73-78, June 2003.

Nancy Fulda and Dan Ventura, “Concurrently Learning Neural Nets: Encouraging Optimal Behavior in Cooperative Reinforcement Learning Systems”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Soft Computing Techniques in Instrumentation, Measurement, and Related Applications, pp. 2-5, May 2003.

Todd S. Peterson and Nancy Owens and James L. Carroll, “Towards automatic shaping in robot navigation”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2001.

James L. Carroll and Todd S. Peterson and Nancy Owens, “Memory-guided exploration in reinforcement learning”, Proceedings of the INNS-IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), 2001.

Nancy Owens and Todd S. Peterson, “Using a reinforcement learning controller to overcome simulator/environment discrepancies”, Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 2001.