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Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. : biography

November 29, 1950 - November 7, 2012

Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. (November 29, 1950 – November 7, 2012) was an American science fiction writer.

He was the son of Kevin O'Donnell, who served as director of Peace Corps in 1971-2.


O'Donnell graduated from Yale University in 1972. Periodicals ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine to Omni have printed more than seventy of his shorter works.ISFDB, (accessed Nov. 8 2012) A number have also been anthologized, both in the United States and overseas. He has published ten books in America, and has been reprinted in the United Kingdom, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany. In February 1987, the French translation of his 1984 novel ORA:CLE received the 1987 Prix Litteraire Mannesmann Tally.

He served as chairman of the Nebula Award Novel Jury of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) in 1990 and 1991. He chaired the Nebula Award Committee from 1990 until 1998, and acted as Business Manager of SFWA's quarterly publication, the Bulletin, from October 1994 until July 1998. On and off in the late 1990s, he helped maintain SFWA's website. In August 1999, he was appointed Chairman of SFWA's Grievance Committee; he retired from that position on August 15, 2005. On April 30, 2005, he received the Service to SFWA Award, and after his death, the award was renamed in his honor.

The Lunar Resources Company appointed him to its Board of Directors in November 1994; he was its Acting Business Manager in January 1998 - October 1999.




  • Bander Snatch, Bantam Books, June 1979, ISBN 0-553-12620-2
  • Mayflies, Berkley Books, December 1979, ISBN 0-425-04290-1
    • 2nd edition, December 1982, ISBN 0-425-05776-3
    • (in Hebrew) מייפלאואר, Am Oved Publishers Ltd., 1985
    • (in Spanish) Efimeras, Ultramar Editores SA, July 1989, ISBN 84-7386-533-2.
  • Caverns (The Journeys of McGill Feighan, Book I), Berkley Books, April 1981 ISBN 0-425-04730-X
    • 4th edition, August 1984, ISBN 0-425-07469-2
    • (in German) Retzglaran, Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Th. Knaur Nachf., July 1985, ISBN 3-426-05813-8
  • Reefs (The Journeys of McGill Feighan, Book II), Berkley Books, October 1981 ISBN 0-425-05059-9.
    • 2nd edition, January 1983, ISBN 0-425-06235-X
    • (in German) Die Wasserwelt, Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Th. Knaur Nachf., October 1985, ISBN 3-426-05830-8
  • War of Omission, Bantam Books, March 1982, ISBN 0-553-20281-2
    • (in German) Der Tisser-Krieg, Wilhelm Heyne Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, 1995, ISBN 3-453-08577-9.
  • Lava (The Journeys of McGill Feighan, Book III), Berkley Books, April 1982, ISBN 0-425-05248-6
    • 2nd edition, August 1984, ISBN 0-425-07470-6
    • (in German) Der Pflanzenmönch, Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Th. Knaur Nachf., July 1986
  • ORA:CLE, Berkley Books, August 1984, ISBN 0-425-07260-6
    • (in Dutch) ORA:KEL, Meulenhoff-Nederland bv., January 1986
    • (in French) Ora : cle, Editions Robert Laffont, June 1986 (1987 Prix Litteraire Mannesmann Tally)
    • (United Kingdom), Grafton Books, July 1986
    • (in Spanish), Ultramar Editores SA, October 1987
  • Cliffs (The Journeys of McGill Feighan, Book IV), Berkley Books, February 1986 ISBN 0-425-08387-X
  • The Shelter (with Mary Kittredge), Tor Books, August 1987, ISBN 0-8125-2066-1
    • (in Spanish) El Refugio, Ultramar Editores SA, February 1990
  • Fire on the Border, Roc Books, September 1990, ISBN 0-451-45030-2


  • The Electronic Money Machine (with The Haven Group), Avon Books, March 1984, ISBN 0-380-86751-6.
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