Mary Turzillo bigraphy, stories - American science fiction writer

Mary Turzillo : biography


Mary A. Turzillo is an American science fiction writer noted primarily for short stories. She won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 2000 for her story Mars is No Place for Children,Charles Brown, "2000 Nebula Banquet," Locus (magazine), July 2000 published originally in Science Fiction Age, and her story "Pride," published originally in Fast Forward 1, was a Nebula award finalist for best short story of 2007."Nebula Award Nominees," The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Spring 2007

She was formerly a professor of English at Kent State University, where she wrote articles and several books of science fiction criticism under the name Mary T. Brizzi, including Reader's Guide to Anne McCaffrey and Reader's Guide to Philip José Farmer. She attended the Clarion Workshop in 1985,"Nebula Award Nominees," The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Summer 2000 and she founded the Cajun Sushi Hamsters writing workshop in Cleveland, Ohio.

Personal life

She is married to fellow science fiction writer Geoffrey A. Landis."Geoffrey A. Landis: Hands-On Science," Locus (magazine), January 2000


Turzillo is also a poet, published in a number of national publications. Her collection of poetry, Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, was published by VanZeno Press in 2007. A collaborative collection of poetry and fiction, Dragon Soup (written with artist and poet Marge Simon), appeared from VanZeno in 2008, and another collaboration with Simon, The Dragon's Dictionary, was published by Sam's Dot in 2010.

She has won several Ohio Poetry Day awards.

Selected Bibliography


Short fiction


Although Mary had published poetry and academic works before attending the Clarion Writers workshop, her main publications in science fiction occurred following Clarion, with the publication of the stories “What Do I See In You” in Writers of the Future Volume IV, and “Kings” in Pulphouse: the Hardback magazine. After this her work appeared regularly in the SF magazines such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact, as well as original anthologies such as Universe and Fast Forward.

Her first novel, An Old Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog magazine in 2004.

Living octopus

Living octopus

In countries which are located near sea coasts, sea food is an important part of national cuisine