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Dr. Howard Hendrix

Dr. Howard V. Hendrix holds a Ph.D. and MA in English Literature from the University of California, Riverside, and a BS in Biology from Xavier University, Ohio. He has taught at the college level for more than thirty-five years.

His first four published novels appeared from Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Putnam: Lightpaths (1997), Standing Wave (1998), Better Angels (1999), and Empty Cities of the Full Moon (2001). His fifth novel, The Labyrinth Key (2004), and sixth novel, The Spears of God (2006), were published by Ballantine Del Rey, an imprint of Random House. All of his Ace Books have been re-published by Wildside Press and are available on

Howard has published more than fifty science fiction stories, many of which can be found in his double short-story collection Human in the Circuit/Depth of Perception from Borgo Press, in Möbius Highway from Scorpius Digital Books, in the Full Spectrum original anthology series Vols. 1, 4, and 5 from Bantam Books, and in The Outer Limits Volume 1 from Prima. His short fiction continues to appear regularly in anthologies and in magazines, particularly in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, where he serves as a recurring guest editorialist. His novella The Girls With Kaleidoscope Eyes will appear there in 2017.

Howard also publishes poetry (including “Bumbershoot,” winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2010 Dwarf Stars Award), political essays, and book reviews. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited several nonfiction books, including his book-length study of apocalyptic elements in English literature from Langland to Milton, The Ecstasy of Catastrophe (1990); his book on landscape irrigation, Reliable Rain (1998, co-authored with Stuart Straw); and Visions of Mars (2011, co-edited with George Slusser and Eric Rabkin). With his wife, Dr. Laurel Hendrix, he is currently co-editing The Encyclopedia of Mars. He has also published shorter works of literary criticism, book reviews, op-eds, and numerous works of creative nonfiction, most recently for Boom: A Journal of California from University of California Press and Academe.

Dr. Hendrix served as Western Regional Director and two-term Vice President of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is a co-founder of the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and recipient of its Peace Pioneer Award. He serves on or has served on the boards of several community service organizations, including the Highway 168 Fire Safe Council and the Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. He and his wife, Dr. Laurel Hendrix, both teach at California State University, Fresno. They live near Shaver Lake, California, where they enjoy backpacking and snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada.