THE FACULTY (alphabetical by last name)
Eric Flint worked on a Ph.D. in history specializing in southern African history. He left his doctoral program over political issues and supported himself from that time until age 50 in a variety of jobs, including longshoreman, truck driver, and machinist, and as a labor union organizer. A long-time leftist political activist, Flint worked as a member of the Socialist Workers Party.
After winning the 1993 Writers of the Future contest, he published his first novel in 1997 and moved to full-time writing in 1999.
Shortly afterward, he became the first librarian of the Baen Free Library and a prominent anti-copy-protection activist. He has edited the works of several classic SF authors, repackaging their short stories into collections and fix-up novels. This project has met with commercial success, and has returned several out-of-print authors to print.
In 2004, faced with a persistent drain on his time by fan-fiction authors seeking comment on the four-year-old 1632 Tech Manual web forum focused on his 1632 series, he suggested to Jim Baen the experimental serialized fan-fiction e-zine The Grantville Gazette, which also found commercial success. Four of the Gazette magazine editions were collated into anthology formats, bought by Jim Baen and brought out in either hardcover or paperback or both formats, though the last purchased remains unpublished. Subsequently, Flint became editor of the new Jim Baen's Universe science-fiction e-zine while concurrently remaining a creative writer bringing out three to five titles per year. After the death of Jim Baen due to a stroke and after completing the contract for the tenth Grantville Gazette, Flint founded a new website "grantvillegazette.com" which is not only continuing to bring out The Grantville Gazette, but is increasing the publishing rate from four per year to bimonthly while paying better than standard magazine pay rates and modeled on the JBU e-zine.
In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
Nancy Kress is the author of 26 books: sixteen science fiction novels, three fantasy novels, four short story collections, and three books on writing. She writes often about genetic engineering, as in her most widely known novel, Beggars in Spain. One of Nancy's most recent books is After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall (Tachyon, 2012), an SF novel about ecological disasters which nearly destroy the Earth.
Nancy’s fiction has won four Nebula Awards, for “Out of All Them Bright Stars,” “The Flowers of Aulit Prison,” “Beggars in Spain,” and “Fountain of Age.” “Beggars in Spain” also won a Hugo. Nancy won her second Hugo in 2009, for the novella "The Erdmann Nexus." In addition, “Flowers of Aulit Prison” garnered a Sturgeon, and the novel Probability Space won the 2003 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Nancy’s fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages (including Klingon).
In addition to writing, Nancy frequently teaches at various venues: Clarion, writing festivals around the country, the arts center Writers & Books in Rochester, NY, and – most recently – as the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Nancy Kress lives in Seattle.
Mike Resnick is (according to Locus Magazine), the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 35 nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, and Poland. Mike is the author of 64 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 40 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages.
Mike was the guest of honor at the 2012 Worldcon (Chicon 7).
Jack Skillingstead was born in a working-class suburb of Seattle, WA. He attended community college from 1974-76 before dropping out to work in a cannery in Alaska. He also lived a year in Maine, where he eventually returned to marry Kathy Scanlon in 1985; they later divorced, but have two children, aged 18 and 20. Skillingstead is now married to fellow author Nancy Kress, and lives in Seattle working for Boeing.
In 2000 Skillingstead entered a writing competition sponsored by Stephen King. A year later he learned he was one of five winners. In 2003 he began publishing stories in small-press magazines, but his first professional sale was Sturgeon Award finalist "Dead Worlds" to Asimov’s (2003). He has since published around 30 stories, in various magazines including Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, assorted anthologies, On Spec, and Talebones. His first collection, Are You There and Other Stories, was published by Golden Gryphon, and Fairwood Press subsequently published his first novel, Harbinger.
Jim Minz is a senior science fiction editor at Baen Books.
Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has been in genre publishing for more than two decades, having first worked for Tor for more than a decade, then briefly for Del Rey (SF/F imprint of Random House), until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein's birth, landing at Baen Books.
Over the years, Minz has worked with Catherine Asaro, David B. Coe, Larry Correia, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Moon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many, many others. His vices remain SF/F, animation, Wisconsin sports teams, role-playing games, quality beer and booze, and sweets (especially chocolate).
Eleanor Wood started the Spectrum Literary Agency in 1976 and merged in 1978 with the agency founded by Lurton Blassingame. Blassingame was one of the earliest and one of the most respected American agents in the world, having started his agency in 1928.
Through the years Eleanor has dealt with nearly every major science fiction author of record and her current client list reads like a who's who of science fiction, including the estates of Robert Heinlein and Jack Williamson, and current bestselling authors such as Lois McMaster Bujold, Mike Resnick, Spider Robinson and Larry Niven.
She is also the agent for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
Some of the faculty biographies were excerpted from Wikipedia and/or the faculty member's own home page.