Best Author - 2012
James P. Blaylock
Lives in the OC. Mentored by Philip K. Dick. Paying it forward by mentoring creative-writing students at Orange County High School of the Arts. Studied at and received a degree from Cal State Fullerton. Has 14 published novels, plus fiftysomething short stories, essays and novellas. Taught at his alma mater, as well as Fullerton College, UC Irvine, Chapman University and Redlands University. Won a bunch of prestigious awards you likely have never heard of—unless you're a sci-fi fantasy geek. Triple-handedly (with friends and fellow writers Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter) created the gem that is steampunk. Since penning 2011's The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, he released the novel Zeuglodon in August. Good place to start getting to know James P. Blaylock? Goodreads.com lists his highest/most rated books as The Elfin Ship, The Last Coin and Homunculus.