Larry Correia

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Larry Correia
Larry Correia.jpg
Correia at WorldCon
Born Larry Correia
1977 (age 39–40)
United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Urban fantasy, thriller
Website
monsterhunternation.com

Larry Correia (born 1977) is an American fantasy novelist, known for his Monster Hunter and Grimnoir Chronicles series. In 2014 and 2015 Correia was one of the leaders of the Sad Puppies campaign to nominate works for the Hugo Award, including his own in 2014, that he believed were more popular but often unfairly passed over by voters in favor of more literary works or stories with progressive political themes.

Early years

Correia grew up in California working on his Portuguese father's dairy farm until his mid-teens, when his family moved to Utah. He stayed in California for about a year before joining his family in Utah. While attending Utah State University, Correia joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission in Alabama.[1]

After returning home from his mission, he got married before graduating with an accounting degree. After working as an accountant for several years, Correia opened a gun store with business partners while continuing work as an accountant. He also started working as a firearms instructor and a CCW instructor.[2] In 2013 he began working as a writer full-time.[1]

Writing career

Correia's works include magic and often mythical monsters, such as vampires and werewolves. His stories are typically action-oriented with accurate and detailed depictions of firearms usage.[3] Correia used to be active on firearms discussion boards, where he would write about his interest in weapons and low budget monster movies, and also get inspiration from various online threads. The original rough draft of Dead Six started out in such a thread started by Mike Kupari on the "The High Road" gun forum called "Welcome Back, Mr. Nightcrawler".[4][5]

His self-published first novel, Monster Hunter International, was written for—and marketed directly to—the posters on these boards. One of these posters had once worked in a large independent bookstore, and passed it on to his old employer—who in turn passed it to Baen Books—who offered Correia a publishing contract.[6] Monster Hunter International, despite being self-published, reached the Entertainment Weekly bestseller list in April 2008, before he received this publishing contract. Monster Hunter International was re-released by Baen in July 2009 and was on the Locus bestseller list in November 2009.

The sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, was a New York Times bestseller when released in September 2010.[7] The third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha, was released in July 2011 and was also a New York Times bestseller.[8] Dead Six, the first book in a new trilogy co-authored with Mike Kupari, was released in September 2011. Correia was a finalist for the 2011 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[9] The fourth Monster Hunter International novel, Monster Hunter Legion, received 17 fewer nominations than the least-nominated finalist for the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[10][11][12][13]

Correia's The Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy, set in an alternate and magical 1930s, began with the release of Hard Magic in May 2011. The second book, Spellbound, was released in November that same year. The audiobook versions of Hard Magic and Spellbound won Audie Awards in 2012 and 2013 (respectively).[14][15][16][17] Warbound (August 2013), the final book in the trilogy, was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel as a result of the Sad Puppies campaign, and received an Audie Award in 2014.[18][19][20] The second Dead Six novel, Swords of Exodus, was released in September 2013. Correia wrote a number of short stories and a novel in 2013 and 2014 for Privateer Press that were set in the Iron Kingdoms role-playing world.

Monster Hunter Nemesis (July 2014), the fifth volume in the main Monster Hunter series, was chosen as a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, but Correia declined the nomination.[21][22] Correia began Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, a new epic fantasy series, with Son of the Black Sword (November 2015), which won an inaugural Dragon Award in the "Best Fantasy Novel" category in 2016.[23] It was also nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and placed 9th in the voting for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2016.[24][25]

A spin-off series set in the Monster Hunter universe—co-written with John Ringo—was started in August 2016 with Monster Hunter Memoirs. It is set about 30 years before the main series and follows the exploits of Chad Oliver Gardenier. The final book in the Dead Six trilogy, Alliance of Shadows, as well as Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners were released in October and December (respectively) that year. Monster Hunter Siege is scheduled for release in August 2017. House of Assassins and Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints are projected for release in 2017, with Monster Hunter Guardian (co-authored with Sarah A. Hoyt) and Destroyer of Worlds slated for release in 2018.

Sad Puppies

Main article: Sad Puppies

Correia, along with science fiction author Brad R. Torgersen were leaders of the "Sad Puppies", a group of SF fans and authors who organized a slate voting campaign to nominate more works by conservative and libertarian authors, as well as classic "pulp" science fiction, for Hugo Awards. The Sad Puppies charged that these popular works were often unfairly passed over by Hugo voters in favor of more literary works, or stories with progressive political themes.[26][27]

Personal life

Correia lives in northern Utah with his family.

Works

Monster Hunters series

  1. Monster Hunter International (ISBN 0-74144-456-9, Infinity Publishing, December 2007; republished, ISBN 978-1-43913-285-2, Baen Books, July 2009)
  2. Monster Hunter Vendetta (ISBN 1-43913-391-3, Baen Books, September 2010)
  3. Monster Hunter Alpha (ISBN 1-43913-458-8, Baen Books, August 2011)
  4. Monster Hunter Legion (ISBN 978-1-4516-3796-0, Baen Books, September 2012)
  5. Monster Hunter Nemesis (ISBN 978-1-4767-3655-6, Baen Books, July 2014)
  6. Monster Hunter Siege (ISBN 978-1-4814-8255-4, Baen Books, August 2017)
  7. Monster Hunter Guardian, co-authored with Sarah A. Hoyt (forthcoming 2018, Baen Books)[28]
  8. Monster Hunter Omega (planned, Baen Books)
  • "Tanya: Princess of the Elves" (short story)[29]

Monster Hunter Memoirs

Monster Hunter Memoirs is a spin-off series co-written with John Ringo.

The Grimnoir Chronicles

  • "Detroit Christmas" (prequel short story)[30]
  1. Hard Magic (ISBN 1-43913-434-0, Baen Books, May 2011)
  2. Spellbound (ISBN 1-45163-775-6, Baen Books, November 2011)
  3. Warbound (ISBN 978-1-4516-3908-7, Baen Books, August 2013)
  • "Murder on the Orient Elite" (sequel short story)
  • "Tokyo Raider" (sequel short story)

Dead Six series

  1. Dead Six (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 1-45163-758-6, Baen Books, September 2011)
  2. Swords of Exodus (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 978-1-47673-611-2, Baen Books, September 2013)
  3. Alliance of Shadows (with Mike Kupari) (ISBN 9781476781853 Baen Books, October 2016)
  • "Sweothi City" (short story)[31]

Iron Kingdoms

  • Instruments of War (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, April 2013)
  • Into the Storm (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, August 2013)
  • Called to Battle: Volume One (with Erik Scott de Bie, Orrin Grey, and Howard Tayler) (ebook and audiobook only, Privateer Press, September 2013)
  • Iron Kingdom Excursions (multiple volumes, with various coauthors) (ebook and audiobook only, Skull Island Expeditions, March–November 2014)

Saga of the Forgotten Warrior

  • Son of the Black Sword (ISBN 978-1-47678-086-3, Baen Books, November 2015)
  • House of Assassins (Baen Books, projected for 2017)[32]
  • Destroyer of Worlds (Baen Books, projected for 2018)[32]

Other

In addition to his novels, Correia has written a satirical Christmas story, "The Christmas (Noun)", and its sequel, "The Christmas (Noun) 2: The Nounening". He has recently written another sequel, "The Christmas (Noun) 3D: The Gritty Reboot", and published several short stories from Baen Books and the Crimson Pact. Correia also authored several shorts in the on-line series "Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent".[citation needed]

Awards and recognition

Year Organization Award title,
Category
Work Result Refs
2011 World Science Fiction Society John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer n/a Nominated [9]
2012 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award, Paranormal Hard Magic Won [14][15]
2013 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award,
Paranormal
Spellbound Won [16][17]
2014 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award,
Paranormal
Warbound Nominated [19][20]
2014 World Science Fiction Society Hugo Award,
Best Novel
Warbound Nominated [33][34]
2015 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award,
Thriller/Suspense
Dead Six Nominated [35]
2015 World Science Fiction Society Hugo Award,
Best Novel
Monster Hunter Nemesis Withdrawn [21]
2016 Audio Publishers Association Audie Award,
Fantasy
Son of the Black Sword Nominated [36]
2016 Dragon Con Dragon Award,
Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword Won [23]
2016 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy Legend Award Son of the Black Sword Nominated [24]
2016 Locus readers Locus Poll Award,
Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword 9 [25]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Correia, Larry (2013). "About me". Monster Hunter Nation. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. Correia, Larry (December 20, 2012). "An opinion on gun control". Monster Hunter Nation. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. "Larry Correia Biography". Fantasy Book Review. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  4. Nightcrawler (June 26, 2006). "Welcome Back, Mr. Nightcrawler". Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  5. "Reservist, best-selling author team up for action-thriller". USAF. 12 March 2012. 
  6. Reed, Rob (October 27, 2015). "An interview with 'Monster Hunter' author Larry Correia". Examiner.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  7. "Best Sellers: Paperback Mass-Market Fiction". The New York Times. October 17, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  8. "Best Sellers: Paperback Mass-Market Fiction". The New York Times. August 14, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "2011 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  10. "2013 Hugo Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  11. Glyer, Mike (January 22, 2014). "Larry Correia’s Vulgar Blog Post – His Word". File 770. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  12. Barnett, David (April 26, 2016). "The Hugo Awards: George RR Martin, Vox Day and Alastair Reynolds on the prize's future". The Guardian. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  13. "Sad Puppies". Activismnow.us. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "2012 Audies". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "2012 Audie Awards Winners". Locus. June 8, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "2013 Audies". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "2013 Audie Awards Winners". Locus. May 31, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  18. "2014 Hugo Awards". April 20, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "2014 Audies". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "2014 Audie Finalists Announced". Publishers Weekly. February 18, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "2015 Hugo Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  22. Correia, Larry (April 4, 2015). "The Nominees Announced and Why I Refused My Nomination". Monster Hunter Nation. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 "2016 Dragon Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Award Category: Legend Award (David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy)". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 "2016 Locus Poll Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  26. Anders, Charlie Jane. "The Hugo Awards were always political, but now they're only political". io9. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  27. Italie, Hillel (April 17, 2015). "Hugo Awards reflect sci-fi/fantasy divide". Associated Press. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 Correia, Larry. "What Books Are Coming Up, What I’m Working On Now, and What is Already Published". Monster Hunter Nation. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  29. "Tanya: Princess of the Elves". Baen Books. 
  30. Correia, Larry. "Detroit Christmas". Baen Books. 
  31. Free Short Stories 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 Correia, Larry (April 24, 2015). "New Monster Hunter International project Announcements". Monster Hunter Nation. 
  33. Werris, Wendy (May 30, 2014). "BEA 2014: Baen Beams at 30". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  34. "2014 Hugo Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  35. "2015 Audies". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  36. "2016 Audies". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 

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