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Nancy Fulda

The Scream, fiction, Issue 13, December 1, 2010

A Practical Guide to the Proper Positioning of Space Stations, nonfiction, Issue 17, December 1, 2011

Nancy Fulda learned to read under the auspices of the little boy across the street. She was three at the time; he was not much older. Since then, she has earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science, published research papers on artificial intelligence, won a couple of writing awards, and given birth to three children. She's currently working on a very cool novel with lizard-riding nomads, an alien ecology, and an evil technologian society that's likely to destroy humanity.

Get to know Nancy...

I'm a Taurus, and I was born in the 1970's.

When did you start writing?
About as soon as I started typing. I still have this really old creative writing project from grade school, about a cowardly knight who finds a talking sword and sets forth to seek adventure... Tja, I was a little young to know about cliches then. But my teacher gave me extra points for the lovely Crayola illustrations.

When and what and where did you first get published?
The first really significant sale was "The Man Who Murdered Himself", which won the Phobos Award and appeared in "All the Rage This Year". I still remember flipping through that book (A real anthology! With ME in it!), and realizing what good company I was in. David Walton was in that anthology, as well as James Maxey, David Barr Kirtley and Eric James Stone. I read their bios and thought: "If I can make it into an anthology with all of these folks, the maybe I've got what it takes to be a writer after all." That was the beginning of...well, everything.

What themes do you like to write about?
I did a lot of death, early on. You know, people coming to terms with their impending demise, with a family member's death, or with the death of their lifestyle. Kind of ironic, actually, because so far I've made it through life without losing anyone close to me. These days I've moved away from all that darkness and tend to write more about exploration and self-discovery. "Movement" (Asimov's, March 2011) is ostensibly a story about a new kind of autism, but at its core it's really a story about one girl's decision, and what she learns about herself in the process. "That Undiscovered Country", which won this year's Jim Baen Memorial contest, is a story about a very old woman struggling to save a decades-old dream.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Lois McMaster Bujold's stuff. Everything she wrote. As a teenager I loved Anne McCaffrey, Timothy Zahn, Asimov, and Niven, too, but Bujold's books are the ones I keep coming back to read as an adult. I don't know why she resonates with me, but I sure hope I'm able to infuse a little bit of that vibrancy into my own work.

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