Michael Bishop, the award winning author of Brittle Innings and No Enemy But Time, has died. Fantasy writer Andy Duncan said Bishop” has created what has been called a “body of work that stands among the most admired and influential in modern science fiction and fantasy” He won two Nebula Awards, four Locus Awards, a Shirley Jackson Award.
Michael Bishop was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, November 12, 1945. He died November 13, 2023, one day after his 78th birthday. His father was in the Air Force , and he travelled widely in his youth, attending kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan and his senior year of high school in Seville, Spain. He returned to the USA to complete his education, earning first a bachelor’s degree and later a master’s degree from the University of Georgia.
Bishop wrote over a dozen novels and over one hundred short stories. He published several collections of his short fiction and three volumes of poetry, and edited seven anthologies of other people’s fiction.
Like most English majors, he both taught and wrote. He married Jeri Ellis Whitaker in 1969. They were blessed with two children, a son Jamie (1971-2007) and a daughter Stephanie (born 1973). Michael Bishop is survived by his wife, his daughter, and his grandchildren, Annabel and Liam, to whom we offer our condolences. He had been in hospice care, so his passing was not unexpected.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.