Greg R. Fishbone
The Early YearsAs a child of the 80's, I grew up watching Star Wars, reading about Hobbits, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. As a result, I developed an appreciation of how science fiction and fantasy could be used as a distorted fun-house mirror that entertains us by magnifying and exposing all of society's deepest flaws and greatest aspirations. I scoured the library shelves for any book that hinted of magic spells or laser battles with aliens. I enjoyed the humor of Douglas Adams, the worldcraft of J.R.R. Tolkein, the logic of Isaac Asimov, the plot twists of Frederic Brown, the imagination of Madeleine L’Engle, the weirdness of Ray Bradbury, the wackiness of Terry Pratchett, and the terrible puns of Piers Anthony. Between (and often during) classes, I crafted spaceship designs, designed new worlds, doodled in the margins of my exams, and plotted out my first stories. Those efforts are currently being stored thirty feet underground in a Massachusetts landfill. They are destined to be unearthed by future archaeologists of a more enlightened age capable of fully appreciating their brilliance.
The Event Horizon EraDuring college, I wrote for and edited Event Horizon, the University of Pennsylvania’s speculative fiction magazine. My writing improved as I worked with talented staff members to review and edit student submissions and exclusive works by the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Isaac Asimov. During my tenure, members of Event Horizon also released a shared-world anthology called Starship Alethea, about a gigantic spaceship that was part scientific research vessel, part military flagship, part cruise ship, and totally insane. One of my characters was the ship's librarian, who doubled as an unmatched martial artist.
The Age of HeroesDuring law school and afterward, I participated in the legendary superhero parody project, Superguy. Among my stories was one that revolved around Sal the Garbageman, the absolute and uncontested ruler of the world and all-around nice guy. That story formed the basis of my first published novel, The Penguins of Doom. I also led a number of Superguy writers to publish an internationally-distributed print magazine called “Mythic Heroes,” which explored the superhero genre in contemporary and historic contexts.
The Tokyo ExperienceAs part of my law school experience, I spent five months in Tokyo, attending classes on the history, culture, and legal system of Japan. I took every opportunity to explore Tokyo on foot and by train, and became a fixture at a local tea house. I also worked in Temple University Japan’s writing lab, helping Japanese speakers with their English-language assignments. The area in and around Greg’s Takadanobaba apartment formed the basis for Daiki Shindo’s neighborhood in the first “Galaxy Games” novel, The Challengers.
The Writing CommunityI am active in the children’s literature community, and served from 2001 to 2018 as Webmaster and Assistant Regional Coordinator for the New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I served as co-director for the 2010 New England SCBWI regional conference, “Moments of Change,” and the 2011 conference, “Celebrating Milestones.” I have presented workshops at a number of conferences on a variety of craft and career development topics. In 2006, I founded the Class of 2k7 group of debut children’s and young adult authors and served as mentor for follow-up groups in several following years.
TodayA lawyer by day and author/web-technician by night, I fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and fun. My wife and I live in the Boston area with our two daughters and cats of varying temperament.
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Favorite Authors Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Madeleine L'Engle, J.K. Rowling
Favorite Movies Star Wars, Better Off Dead
Published Works The Penguins of Doom, The Challengers, The Amorphous Assassin