S.P. Somtow

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Thai-American author and composer S.P. Somtow was born in Thailand and educated at Eton and Cambridge. His first career was in music, but in the late 1970s he began to publish a series of innovative science fiction stories in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, earning him the John W. Campbell for best new writer. His 1984 novel Vampire Junction, which critics called ancestral to the Splatterpunk Movement, was elected to the "40 All-Time Greatest Horror Books" by the Horror Writers Association. Other horror novels include Moon Dance and Darker Angels; his chilling novella The Bird Catcher won the World Fantasy Award. His semi-autobiographical novel Jasmine Nights was published in 1994. In the 21st Century Somtow returned to Thailand where he founded the Bangkok Opera. His radical Asian reinterpretation of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" merited a full page in the New York Times. His recent operatic adaptation of the Ramayana, "Ayodhya", was covered in the international press. He lives and works in Los Angeles and Bangkok.

Titles

GENERAL FICTION

 The Shattered Horse

 Jasmine Nights

 Forgetting Places

 The Other City of Angels (Bluebeard’s Castle) 

 The Stone Buddha’s Tears

DARK FANTASY

The Timmy Valentine Series:

          Vampire Junction

          Valentine

          Vanitas

 Vampire Junction Special Edition

 Moon Dance

 Darker Angels

 The Vampire’s Beautiful Daughter

SCIENCE FICTION

 Starship & Haiku

 Mallworld

 The Ultimate Mallworld

 The Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Mallworld

Chronicles of the High Inquest:

          Light on the Sound

          The Throne of Madness

          Utopia Hunters

          The Darkling Wind

          Homeworld of the Heart

 Chroniques de l’Inquisition - Volume 1 (omnibus)

 Chroniques de l’Inquisition - Volume 2 (omnibus)

The Aquiliad Series:

          Aquila in the New World

          Aquila and the Iron Horse

          Aquila and the Sphinx

FANTASY

The Riverrun Trilogy:

          Riverrun

          Armorica

          Yestern

 The Riverrun Trilogy (omnibus)

 The Fallen Country

 Wizard’s Apprentice

 The Snow Dragon (omnibus)

MEDIA TIE-IN

 The Alien Swordmaster

 Symphony of Terror

 The Crow - Temple of Night

 Star Trek: Do Comets Dream?

CHAPBOOKS

 Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes

 I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 A Lap Dance with the Lobster Lady

 Compassion — Two Perspectives

LIBRETTI

 Mae Naak

 Ayodhya

 Madana

 The Silent Prince

 Dan no Ura

 Helena Citronova

 The Snow Dragon

 Sama - The Faithful Son

COLLECTIONS

 My Cold Mad Father

 Fire from the Wine Dark Sea

 Chui Chai (Thai)

 Nova (Thai)

 The Pavilion of Frozen Women

 Dragon’s Fin Soup

 Tagging the Moon

 Face of Death (Thai)

 Other Edens

 S.P. Somtow’s The Great Tales (Thai)

 Terror Nova (in press)

 Terror Antiqua (in press)

ESSAYS, POETRY AND MISCELLANIES

 Opus Fifty

 A Certain Slant of “I” 

 Sonnets about Serial Killers

 Opera East

 Victory in Vienna (ed.)

 Three Continents (ed.)

 Nirvana Express

 The Maestro’s Noctuary

Awards

  • John W. Campbell Award, Best New Writer

  • World Fantasy Award, Best Novella, THE BIRD CATCHER

  • Locus Award, Best First Novel, STARSHIP & HAIKU

  • Edmond Hamilton-Leigh Brackett Memorial Award, "sense of wonder" in science fiction, "The Dust"

  • Dædalus Award, Best Fantasy Novel, THE SHATTERED HORSE

  • Rocky Award Winner, Best Young Adult Novel, THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE

  • Rocky Award Winner, Best Historical Fantasy, BRIMSTONE AND SALT

  • HOMer Award, Best Horror, MOON DANCE

  • International Horror Guild Award, Best Novelette, BRIMSTONE AND SALT

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