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Gwyneth Jones
Born 14 February 1952 (1952-02-14) (age 69)
Manchester, England
Pen name Ann Halam
Occupation Novelist, critic
Language English
Alma mater University of Sussex
Genre Science fiction, high fantasy
Notable works Bold as Love (2001)
Notable awards World Fantasy Award, BSFA short story award, Children of the Night Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Philip K. Dick Award, James Tiptree Jr. Award

Gwyneth Jones (born 14 February 1952) is an English science fiction and fantasy writer and critic, and a young adult/children's writer under the pen name Ann Halam.

Biography and writing career

Jones was born in Manchester, England. Education at a convent school was followed by an undergraduate degree in European history of ideas at the University of Sussex. She has written for younger readers since 1980 under the pseudonym Ann Halam and, under that name, has published more than twenty novels. In 1984 Divine Endurance, a science fiction novel for adults, was published under her own name and in which she created the term gynoid. She continues to write using these two names for the respective audiences.

Jones' works are mostly science fiction and near future high fantasy with strong themes of gender and feminism. She is the winner of two World Fantasy Awards, BSFA short story award, Children of the Night Award from the Dracula Society, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and co-winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She is generally well-reviewed critically and, as a feminist science fiction writer, is often compared to Ursula K. Le Guin, though the two authors are very much distinct in both content and style of work.

Gwyneth Jones lives in Brighton, England, with her husband and son.


Name Published ISBN Notes
Water in the Air London: Macmillan, 1977 as Gwyneth A Jones
The Influence of Ironwood London: Macmillan, 1978 as Gwyneth A Jones
The Exchange London: Macmillan, 1979 as Gwyneth A Jones
Dear Hill London: Macmillan, 1980 as Gwyneth A Jones
Divine Endurance London: George Allen & Unwin, 1984
Escape Plans London: Allen & Unwin, 1986 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1987
Kairos London: Unwin Hyman, 1988 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1989
The Hidden Ones London: The Women's Press, 1988 (paper)
Flower Dust London: Headline, 1993
White Queen London: Gollancz, 1991 Book 1 of The Aleutian Trilogy;
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winner (tie), 1991;

Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1992

North Wind London: Gollancz, 1994 Book 2 of The Aleutian Trilogy;
BSFA nominee, 1994;
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1995
Phoenix Cafe London: Gollancz, 1997 Book 3 of The Aleutian Trilogy
Bold as Love London: Gollancz, 2001 Book 1 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
Arthur C. Clarke Award winner, 2002;
BSFA nominee, 2001;
British Fantasy Award nominee, 2002
Castles Made of Sand London: Gollancz, 2002 Book 2 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2002
Midnight Lamp London: Gollancz, 2003 Book 3 in the Bold As Love Cycle;
British Science Fiction Award nominee, 2003;
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2004
Band of Gypsys London: Gollancz, 2005 Book 4 in the Bold as Love Cycle
Rainbow Bridge London: Gollancz, 2006 (paper) Book 5 in the Bold As Love Cycle
Life Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2004 (paper)
Philip K. Dick Award winner, 2004;

James Tiptree, Jr. Award shortlist, 2004;

Spirit: or The Princess of Bois Dormant London: Gollancz, 2008 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2010
The Grasshopper's Child London: Self-published, 2014 (ebook) ISBN Book 6 in the Bold As Love Cycle

Fiction collections

  • Identifying the Object. Austin: Swan Press, 1993 (paper). No ISBN
  • Seven Tales and a Fable. Cambridge: Edgewood Press, 1995 (paper).
  • Grazing the Long Acre. Hornsea: PS Publishing, 2009.
  • The Buonarotti Quartet. Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2009 (paper).
  • The Universe of Things. Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2011 (trade paper).

Short stories

  • "Saving Tiamaat" (2007) in The New Space Opera (anthology)
  • "The Ki-anna" (2010) in Engineering Infinity (anthology)
  • "A Planet Called Desire" (2015) in Old Venus (anthology)


  • Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999.
  • Imagination / Space. Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2009 (paper).
  • Joanna Russ. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2019.

As Ann Halam

  • Ally, Ally, Aster. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981.
  • The Alder Tree. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981.
  • King Death's Garden. London: Orchard Books, 1986.
  • The Inland trilogy
    • The Daymaker. London: Orchard Books, 1987.
    • Transformations. London: Orchard Books, 1988.
    • The Skybreaker. London: Orchard Books, 1990.
  • Dinosaur Junction. London: Orchard Books, 1992.
  • The Haunting of Jessica Raven. London: Orion, 1994.
  • The Fear Man. London: Orion, 1995.
  • The Powerhouse. London: Orion, 1997.
  • Crying in the Dark. London: Dolphin, 1998 (paper).
  • The N.I.M.R.O.D. Conspiracy. London: Dolphin, 1999 (paper).
  • Don't Open Your Eyes. London: Dolphin, 1999 (paper).
  • The Shadow on the Stairs. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2000 (paper).
  • Dr. Franklin's Island. London: Orion/Dolphin, 2001.
  • Taylor Five. London: Dolphin, 2002 (paper).
  • Finders Keepers. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2004 (paper).
  • Siberia. London: Orion, 2005. (shortlist, Booktrust Teenage Prize)
  • Snakehead. London: Orion, 2007.

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