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James P. Blaylock

Award-winning author and educator

James P. Blaylock

James P. Blaylock is a southern California writer whose short stories, novels, and collections have been published around the world.  He was one of the literary pioneers of the Steampunk movement, along with Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter, publishing the first domestic Steampunk story, "The Ape-box Affair" in 1978.

Blaylock is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award and received the Phillip K. Dick Memorial Award for his Steampunk novel Homunculus. His story "Unidentified Objects" was nominated for an O. Henry Award and was included in Prize Stories 1990. Other award-winning fiction includes "Paper Dragons" and "Thirteen Phantasms."

Despite his close association with Steampunk, most of his work is contemporary, realistic fantasy set in southern California, typified by books like The Last Coin, The Rainy Season, and Knights of the Cornerstone, which have lead to his being referred to as both a California regional writer and, for his evocative prose and studied pacing, "one of the most distinctive contributors to American magical realism." (Library Journal)

Jim began teaching composition in 1976, and since then has gone on to teach both composition and creative writing at several Orange County, California, colleges and universities. For the past twenty years he has been a professor at Chapman University, where he was appointed the Wang-Fradkin Professorship in Scholarly Excellence between 2000 and 2002.

In 2000, he developed the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and has directed the conservatory since. In 2012 he received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.

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