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F.J. Bergmann

The Magician, poem, March 1, 2009

Unfolding, poem, March 1, 2013

F.J. Bergmann has no academic literary qualifications, but hangs out a lot with people who do. Publications where her work appears include AtomjackDoorwaysMythic DeliriumStrange HorizonsWeird Tales, and a bunch of regular literary journals that should have known better. Her most recent chapbook is Constellation of the Dragonfly (Plan B Press, 2008).

Get to know F.J.

Birthdate? 10/6/54

When did you start writing? Um...this question might need to be more rigorous. I believe I learned to make letters at age 3 or 4.

When and what and where did you first get published? 1971; a poem in a national high school poetry anthology--a bleak poem about madness, as I recall.

Why do you write? It entertains me, and appears to entertain others.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? It offers a much broader spectrum of possibilities than "real" literature.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My favorite author right at the moment (this changes regularly) is Iain M. Banks. My favorite story: a three-way tie between Isaac Asimov's "The Ugly Little Boy,"  Thomas Disch's "Descending," and Ursula LeGuin's "Mazes."

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I'm torn between giving readers a good time, and freaking them out.

Do you blog? Where?

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "You won't believe what I'm doing now!"

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