Connie Willis

Connie Willis. Photo taken by Gay Haldeman.

Greeley resident and graduate of Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado), Connie Willis began publishing in 1971 and has been honored with more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction writer. Major novels include Lincoln's Dreams (1987), Doomsday Book (1992), and Passage (2001). Her interests in literature, science, and history contribute diversity to her writing, making her a frequent speaker. She lives with her husband Courtney Willis, a physics professor, and they have a daughter, Cordelia.

As of 2011 Connie has been awarded 11 Hugo Awards, 11 Locus Poll Awards and 7 Nebula Awards. Her stories have a classic historic feel and range from laugh out loud funny to deadly serious. The first half of her newest novel, Blackout, was published in February 2010 with the second half, All Clear, published in October, 2010, gaining Connie her 11th Hugo Award in August, 2011. This novel follows her engaging characters developed over the novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, plus the short story Fire Watch, who travel through time from Oxford University in the not too distant future.

Her upcoming appearances locally will be at the Mile Hi Con in Denver, October 21-23. Connie’s latest story is All About Emily, about a robot who wants to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, coming out in the December issue of Asimov’s followed by a special limited edition from Subterranean Press.