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Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand
Elizabeth Hand at Finncon 2007 in Jyväskylä, Finland
Born (1957-03-29) March 29, 1957
Yonkers, New York
Occupation Novelist
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy

Elizabeth Hand (born March 29, 1957) is an American writer.

Life and career

Hand grew up in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York. She studied drama and anthropology at The Catholic University of America. Since 1988, Hand has lived in coastal Maine, the setting for many of her stories. She also lives part-time in Camden Town, London which has been the setting for Mortal Love and the short story "Cleopatra Brimstone".

Hand's first story, "Prince of Flowers", was published in 1988 in Twilight Zone magazine, and her first novel, Winterlong, was published in 1990. With Paul Witcover, she created and wrote DC Comics' 1990s cult series Anima.[1] Hand's other works include Aestival Tide (1992); Icarus Descending (1993); Waking the Moon (1994), which won the Tiptree Award and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award; the post-apocalyptic novel Glimmering (1997); contemporary fantasy Black Light (1999), a New York Times Notable Book; the historical fantasy Mortal Love (2004), a Washington Post Notable Book; the psychological thriller Generation Loss (2007), and the World Fantasy Award-winning "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon". Her story collections are Last Summer at Mars Hill (1998) (which includes the Nebula and World Fantasy award-winning title novella); Bibliomancy (2002), winner of the World Fantasy Award;[2] and Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories, which includes the Nebula Award-winning "Echo" (2006). Mortal Love was also shortlisted for the 2005 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

Among Hand's other recent short fiction, "Pavane for a Prince of the Air" (2002) and "Cleopatra Brimstone" (2001) won International Horror Guild Awards.[3] Most recently, she won the Shirley Jackson Award for Generation Loss and the World Fantasy Award in 2008 for Illyria.[4]

She also writes movie and television spin-offs, including Star Wars tie-in novels and novelizations of such films as X-Files: Fight the Future and 12 Monkeys. She contributed a Bride of Frankenstein novel to the recent series of classic movie monster novels published by Dark Horse Comics.

One of Hand's themes from the Winterlong saga is the remorseless exploitation of animal and plant species to create what she calls "geneslaves." Examples include a three hundred year old genetically reconstructed and cerebrally augmented Basilosaurus by the name of Zalophus; the aardmen, hybrids of dog and man; hydrapithecenes, human-fish or human-cuttlefish hybrids somewhat resembling Davy Jones and his crew from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series; and sagittals, whelks genetically engineered to be worn as a bracelet and, when its host feels threatened or agitated, extrude a spine laced with a deadly neurotoxin.

Selected bibliography


  • 1988 Winterlong - ISBN 0-553-28772-9
  • 1992 Aestival Tide - ISBN 0-553-29542-X
  • 1993 Icarus Descending - ISBN 0-553-56288-6
  • 1994 Waking the Moon (longer UK edition) - ISBN 0-586-21747-9
  • 1995 Waking the Moon (US edition preferred by the author [1]) - ISBN 0-06-105214-0
  • 1997 Glimmering (second edition 2012) - ISBN 0-06-100805-2
  • 1999 Black Light - ISBN 0-06-105266-3
  • 2000 "Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol" in Sci Fiction
  • 2002 "Cleopatra Brimstone" in Redshift
  • 2003 "The Least Trumps" in Conjunctions 39: The New Wave Fabulists
  • 2004 Mortal Love[5] - ISBN 0-06-105170-5
  • 2006 Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol (illustrated by Judith Clute; originally published December 2000) - ISBN 1-870824-49-0. The story is a tribute to entertainers Sandy Becker and Joey Ramone. An Chip Crockett's Christmas Carolonline edition of was serialized by Hand on her Livejournal community "theinferior4".
  • 2006 Illyria - ISBN 1-905834-63-2, ISBN 978-1-905834-63-1
  • 2007 Generation Loss - ISBN 1-931520-21-6
  • 2007 The Bride of Frankenstein (media tie-in) - ISBN 1-59582-035-3
  • 2012 Available Dark (sequel to Generation Loss)
  • 2012 Radiant Days


  • 1998 Last Summer at Mars Hill - ISBN 0-06-105348-1
  • 2003 Bibliomancy - ISBN 1-902880-73-0
  • 2006 Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories - ISBN 1-59582-096-5
  • 2012 Errantry - ISBN 1618730304

Uncollected short fiction

  • 1990 "Jangletown" (with Paul Witcover; in The Further Adventures of The Joker)
  • 1993 "Lucifer Over Lancaster" (with Paul Witcover; in The Further Adventures of Superman)
  • 1994 "The Erl-King"

Star Wars Expanded Universe



Longtime reviewer & critic: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Salon, Village Voice, among others.


  1. ^ Elizabeth Hand - SCIFIPEDIA
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 
  5. ^ Publishers Weekly. "Elizabeth". Elizabeth Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Elizabeth Hand at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • Elizabeth Hand at Free Speculative Fiction Online
  • The Divine: The Liz Hand Livejournal Community
  • Interview at Strange Horizons
  • The Fantastic Spectrum of Elizabeth Hand (interview), Clarkesworld Magazine, November 2009
  • Interview at, August 24, 2010
  • Elizabeth Hand at Library of Congress Authorities, with 29 catalog records
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