Harry Turtledove


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Harry Norman Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. After failing out of his freshman year at Caltech, he attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. His dissertation was on The Immediate Successors of Justinian: A Study of the Persian Problem and of Continuity and Change in Internal Secular Affairs in the Later Roman Empire During the Reigns of Justin II and Tiberius II Constantine (A.D. 565-582).
In 1979, Turtledove published his first two novels, Wereblood and Werenight, under the pseudonym "Eric G. Iverson". Turtledove later explained that his editor at Belmont Towers did not think people would believe the author's real name was "Turtledove" and suggested that he come up with something more Nordic. He continued to use the "Iverson" name until 1985 when he published his "Herbig-Haro" and "And So to Bed" under his real name.
Throughout the later '70's and early '80's, In the 1980's, Turtledove worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. In 1991, he left the LACOE and turned to writing full time. From 1986-1987, he served as the Treasurer for the Science Fiction Writers of America.
He is married to mystery writer Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca. His brother-in-law is fantasy author Steven Frankos. Turtledove won the HOMer Award for Short Story in 1990 for "Designated Hitter", John Esthen Cook Award for Southern Fiction in 1993 for Guns of the South, the Hugo Award for Novella in 1994 for Down in the Bottomlands. "Must and Shall" was nominated for the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 1996 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Two Georges also received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Worldwar series received a Sidewise Award for Alternate History Honorable Mention in 1996. His novel Fallout: The Hot War received the Dragon Award for Best Alternate History in 2017. On August 1, 1998, Turtledove was named honorary Kentucky Colonel while Guest of Honor at Rivercon XXIII in Louisville, KY.

Photograph by Bill Fortuna, Marcon 23, Columbus, OH Harry (left) and Steven H Silver (web site designer) at Marcon 32 in 1997.

Guest of Honor at Con*tretemps 7 in Council Bluffs, NE, November 18-20, 1988.

Guest of Honor at Contradiction 12 in Niagara Falls, NY, October 2-4, 1992

Guest at Six Wives of Gallifrey One in Irvine, CA, February 24-26, 1995.

Guest of Honor at Italcon 21, in San Marino, April 27-May 1, 1995.

Guest of Honor at Bubonicon 27 in Albuquerque, NM, August 11-13, 1995.

ISFiC Guest at Windycon XXII in Schaumburg, IL, November 10-12, 1995.

Guest of Honor at Loscon XXIII in Burbank, CA, November 29-December 1, 1996

Guest of Honor at Chattacon 22 in Chattanooga, TN, January 17-19, 1997.

Guest of Honor at Marcon 32 in Columbus, OH, May 9-11, 1997.

Guest of Honor at Balticon 32 in Baltimore, MD, April 10-12, 1998.

Guest of Honor at Condor 6 in San Diego, CA, February 27-March 1, 1998.

Guest of Honor at Balticon 32 in Baltimore, April 10-12, 1998

Guest of Honor at Rivercon XXIII in Louisville, KY, August 1-3, 1998.

Guest of Honor at Norwescon XXII in Seattle, WA, April 1-4, 1999.

Guest of Honor at Conestoga 1999 in Tulsa, OK, June 25-27, 1999

Guest of Honor at Rivercon XXV in Louisville, KY, July 28-30, 2000.

Toastmaster at Chicon 2000: The 58th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, August 31-September 4 2000.

Guest of Honor at Icon 25 in Coralville, IA, October 13-15, 2000.

Judge for the 2002 Endeavor Awards.

Guest of Honor at 2002 Eastercon 53/Helicon 2, in Saint Helier, Jersey, March 29-April 1, 2002

Guest of Honor at Conagerie: The 55th Westercon, in Los Angeles, CA, July 4-7, 2002.

Guest of Honor at Arisia '03 in Boston, MA, January 17-19, 2003

Guest of Honor at OdysseyCon 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin, April 4-6, 2003. (Dr. Turtledove was unable to attend)

Guest of Honor at Conduit 13: The Nightmare Continues, in Salt Lake City, UT, May 23-25, 2003

Guest of Honor at Millennicon 18 in Springdale, OH, March 19-21, 2004

Guest of Honor at Windycon XXXII in Rosemont, IL, November 11-13, 2005.

Guest of Honor at Eeriecon 8 in Niagara Falls, NY, April 21-23, 2006.

Guest of Honor at Conglomeration 6 in Louisville, KY, August 11-13, 2006.

Guest of Honor at Necronomicon 2006 in Tampa, FL, October 27-29, 2006.

Guest of Honor at ConDFW VI in Dallas, TX, February 23-25, 2007

Guest of Honor at LibertyCon 21 in Chattanooga, TN, July 11-13, 2008.

Guest of Honor at Orycon 30 in Portland, OR, November 21-23, 2008

Guest of Honor at Capclave 2009 in Rockville, Maryland, October 16-18, 2009.

Guest of Honor at OdysseyCon 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin, April 16-18, 2010.

Guest of Honor at Miscon 24 in Missoula, Montana, May 28-31, 2010.

Guest of Honor at Marcon 46 in Columbus, Ohio, May 27-29, 2011

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One of the most frequent e-mail requests I've gotten since posting this site is whether I can tell someone how to contact Harry Turtledove. Without Dr. Turtledove's permission, I can't give out any direct contact information. My advice would be to write him in care of one of his publishers. They are all good about forwarding mail to their authors. Some of their addresses are:

Baen Books
P.O. Box 1403
New York, NY 10471

Del Rey Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Tor Books
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

In Europe:
PO BOX 244
1150 Vienna

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