Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

About me

I’m a Hugo and Locus Award finalist for the group biography Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books / HarperCollins), which was named one of the best books of 2018 by The Economist. My novels include the thrillers The Icon ThiefCity of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin. On the short fiction side, my stories appear frequently in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact and have been reprinted in Lightspeed and two editions of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Syndromes, an audio original collection of my short science fiction, is available from Recorded Books. My essays, reviews, and nonfiction have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Rumpus, Public Books, and The Daily Beast. I’m currently at work on a biography of the architectural designer and futurist Buckminster Fuller.

My father immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong, and my mother is Finnish-American. I was born in 1980 in Castro Valley, California, and I graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Classics, although I’ve managed to forget most of my Latin and all of my Greek. In college, I was a member of the undergraduate literary magazine, where I published my first short fiction, and wrote on a variety of topics, mostly film, for a handful of publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian. After graduation, I spent several years at a financial firm based in New York, but ultimately left to pursue a much less lucrative career as a novelist. My favorite books are The Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The Whole Earth Catalog; my favorite movies are The Red Shoes, Blue Velvet, and Chungking Express. I currently live in Oak Park, Illinois with my wife Wailin Wong and my daughter Beatrix.

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November 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

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