In Memoriam – Ed Bryant

Ed Bryant (b.August 27, 1945) died on February 10.  Bryant attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1968 and published his first short story, “The Only Come in Dreams” in Adam Magazine in 1970.  Bryant was nominated for his first SFWA Nebula Award for the short story “Shark” in 1974 and won back to back short story Nebula Awards in 1978 (presented in 1979)  and 1979 (presented in 1980) for his stories “Stone” and “giANTS.”  Best known for his short stories, in 1975, Bryant did collaborate on the novel Phoenix Without Ashes with Harlan Ellison, upon whose screenplay for the pilot of The Starlost the book was based.

In 1972, when Bryant moved to Denver, he founded the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, an invitation only organization which has included Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, John Dunning, and other Colorado authors.  He has also spent his time teaching at other workshops and helping up and coming authors.

Bryant’s work has appeared in several of the Wild Cards books, a series edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.  He has published nine collections of his short stories and six chapbooks. In addition to writing, Bryant appeared in two films by Somtow Sucharitkul: The Laughing Dead and Ill Met by Moonlight.

In 1981, Bryant served as the toastmaster for Denvention II, the 39th World Science Fiction Convention. He served in a similar role for Tuscon 44, several MileHiCons, and ArmadilloCon 4, among others. In 1993, he served as Toastmaster for the SFWA Nebula Awards.