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Jack Dann

Jack Dann

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Melbourne, Victoria 3004

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Writers who are practicing their craft and require conceptual and hands-on editing with their projects. I take on very few clients, and It might also be noted that I charge professional rates. My belief is that you get what you pay for. I am a full-time writer, and my time, like yours, is precious. Thus I only take on those writers who are dedicated ... writers who I feel have 'the juice'.

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Jack Dann has written or edited over seventy-five books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, which is published in over ten languages and was #1 on The Age Bestseller list. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “A grand accomplishment,” Kirkus Reviews thought it was “An impressive accomplishment,” and True Review said, “Read this important novel, be challenged by it; you literally haven’t seen anything like it.” His novel The Silent has been compared to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn; Library Journal chose it as one of their ‘Hot Picks’ and wrote: “This is narrative storytelling at its best—so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell. Most emphatically recommended.” Dann’s work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, J. G. Ballard, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Mark Twain. He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar Award (four times), the Peter McNamara Achievement Award and also the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence, and the Premios Gilgames de Narrativa Fantastica award. He has also been honoured by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight). His novel, Bad Medicine (retitled Counting Coup in the US), has been described by The Courier Mail as “perhaps the best road novel since the Easy Rider Days.” Booklist wrote of Dann’s retrospective short story collection Jubilee: “This is literary sf of the best sort. Lay in extra copies to accommodate readers taking it slowly and luxuriously.” Dann’s last novel, The Rebel: an Imagined Life of James Dean, was published by HarperCollins Flamingo in Australia and Morrow in the U.S. The West Australian called it “an amazingly evocative and utterly convincing picture of the era, down to details of the smells and sensations—and even more importantly, the way of thinking.” Locus wrote: “The Rebel is a significant and very gripping novel, a welcome addition to Jack Dann’s growing oeuvre of speculative historical novels, sustaining further his long-standing contemplation of the modalities of myth and memory. This is alternate history with passion and difference.” A companion volume of stories entitled Promised Land has also been published in Great Britain. His other short story collections include Timetipping, Jubilee, Visitations, and The Fiction Factory. Dann is also the co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology of Australian stories, Dreaming Down-Under, which won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. He edited the Magic Tales anthology series with Gardner Dozois; and his anthology, Gathering the Bones, of which he is a co-editor, was included in Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction of 2003 and was shortlisted for The World Fantasy Award. His anthology Wizards, co-edited with Gardner Dozois and titled Dark Alchemy in Great Britain was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. His latest anthology Dreaming Again was Bookseller+Publisher’s Pick of the Week and received a five star review: “Here are stories that engage with the building blocks of our culture and others that give shape to our shared darkness and light. Dreaming Again is at once quintessentially Australian and enticingly other. If you read short fiction you’ll want this collection. If you don’t, this is a reason to start.” Jack Dann lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea and “commutes” back and forth to Los Angeles and New York. His website is

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