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Fran Wilde’s work includes the Andre Norton-, and Compton Crook Award-winning and Nebula-nominated novel Updraft and its sequels Cloudbound, and Horizon. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature and more. Her Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary is available from Tor.com Publishing. (Bibliography.)

Fran’s interview series Cooking the Books–about the intersection between food and fiction–has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, iTunes, and on her blog,  franwilde.wordpress.com.

She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook @franwildewrites.

Recent Interviews & Appearances.


Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy.  She can also tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions.

She’s taught writing and digital media at two colleges, a high school for the creative arts, and a long-distance program for young writers.

Her first novel, the high-flying fantasy and Andre Norton-, and Compton Crook Award-winning, and Nebula-nominated  Updraft, was published by Tor 2015. Cloudbound and Horizonthe companion novels to Updraft – complete the trilogy in 2017. All are set in the Bone Universe.

A novelette from the Gem Universe, The Jewel and Her Lapidary, appeared in May 2016 from Tor.com publishing.

Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Asimov’s, Nature Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Shimmer, and the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. (Bibliography.) Her poetry has appeared in The Marlboro ReviewArticulate, and Poetry Baltimore. Her critical work has appeared in Educause Quarterly. 

Her digital media projects include games, dynamic widgets, and 3D immersive narratives.

She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction design.  Fran has served as an Endeavor Award Judge and on the Andre Norton Jury. She is a 2011 graduate of Viable Paradise and attended Taos Toolbox 2012.

She reads too much and is a friend of the Oxford comma.

Fran is represented by Barry Goldblatt at BG Literary.