John C. Wright (author)

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John C. Wright
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Wright in 2006
Born John Charles Justin Wright
October 1961 (age 58)
Chula Vista, California, US
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater College of William and Mary (J.D.)
Period 1994–present (speculative fiction)[1]
Genre Science fiction (notably space opera)[1]

John C. Wright (born October 22, 1961) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels.[1][2] A former lawyer, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, he was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos. Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age.[3] He is a leading author for both Tor Books and Castalia House.

Early life

John C. Wright was born in Chula Vista, California.[1] He studied the Great Books program at St. John's College of Maryland, graduating in 1987.[4] He attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.


Wright was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions, New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990. Washington, D.C., January 1994. His law practice was not successful and soon drove him into bankruptcy. He then worked for the newspaper St. Mary's Today.[4]

He later worked as a newspaperman, and newspaper editor,[4] before venturing into writing genre fiction. He was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos. Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age.[3]

He currently works as a technical writer in Virginia, where he lives with his wife, author L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their children.[4]


Wright won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2016, for Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm.

In 2015, Wright received five Hugo Award nominations, including three in the Best Novella category ("One Bright Star to Guide Them," "The Plural of Helen of Troy," and "Pale Realms of Shade"), a fourth for Best Short Story ("The Parliament of Beasts and Birds"), and a fifth for Best Related Work (Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth). He was initially announced to have had earned a record sixth nomination for the short story "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", but the Hugo committee subsequently decided that it was not an eligible work because an earlier version of the story had been previously published on his blog. His nominations lost in all categories to No Award.[5]

In 2005, Wright's novel Orphans of Chaos was a Nebula Award finalist in the Best Novel category.

Personal life

At age 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity, citing a profound religious experience with visions of the "Virgin Mary, her son, and His Father, not to mention various other spirits and ghosts over a period of several days", and stating that prayers he made were answered.[6] In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly said: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics."[7] He is married to fellow author L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright.


The Golden Oecumene

War of the Dreaming

Chronicles of Chaos

Count to the Eschaton Sequence

  • Count to a Trillion (2011)
  • The Hermetic Millennia (2012)[8]
  • The Judge of Ages (2014)[9]
  • Architect of Aeons (2015)[10]
  • The Vindication of Man (2016)[11]
  • Count to Infinity (forthcoming 2017)[12]

Moth & Cobweb

  • Green Knight's Squire
    • Swan Knight's Son (2016)
    • Feast of the Elfs (2016)
    • Swan Knight's Sword (2016)
  • Dark Avenger's Sidekick
    • Daughter of Danger (2017)
    • City of Corpses (2017)
    • Tithe to Tartarus (2017)
  • Mad Scientist's Intern (Forthcoming)
  • Ghostly Father's Novice (Forthcoming)

Other novels

Stories in the Night Land setting

  • "Awake in the Night," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Eternal Love, edited by Andy W. Robertson, Wildside Press.[13]
  • "The Cry of the Night Hound," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall, also edited by Robertson.[14]
  • "Silence of the Night," as of 2008 only published on Robertson's website.[15]
  • "The Last of All Suns," (novella) William Hope Hodgson's Night Lands: Nightmares of the Fall.[16]
  • Awake in the Night Land, Castalia House.[17]

Other publications

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Wright, John C.". Revised May 13, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ( Retrieved 2014-08-11. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
  2. Abrahams, Avi. "Exclusive: Interview with John C. Wright". Dark Roast Blend.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Publishers Weekly. April 24, 2002.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Space Opera Renaissance. Tor Books. July 2006. p. 929.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Wright, John C. (2011-09-02). "Faith in the Fictional War between Science Fiction and Faith". Retrieved 2015-03-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Wright, John C. (2008-03-21). "I thought I should tell you". Retrieved 2015-03-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. John C. Wright's LiveJournal: Cover Art for THE HERMETIC MILLENNIA and Excerpt
  9. "The Next Big Thing (The Hermetic Millennia)". December 14, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Johnson, Suzanne. "Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Science Fiction". Tor Books (Macmillan). Retrieved 12 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Wright, John C. "Tomorrow is the Vindication of Man". John C. Wright.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Wright, John C. "Count to Infinity--Preorder now! Preorder often!". John C. Wright.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. December 2003
  14. August 2007 Thenightland,
  15. May 2007
  16. November 2003
  17. "Awake in the Night Land". Calista House. 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Breach the Hull — Peter Power Armor logo!". 20 December 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved January 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". Retrieved January 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved January 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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