Press Kit - Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇)

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Name Format

In print, any of these variants on my name is fine:
  • Curtis
  • Curtis Chen
  • Chen
  • Mr. Chen
For bylines, please include my middle initial, "C."

Chinese (Traditional): 陳致宇
Chinese (Simplified): 陈致宇


Bios of Varying Length

25 Words

Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel is Waypoint Kangaroo (Thomas Dunne, 2016).

50 Words

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, sends our hero to the Moon. https://curtiscchen.com

100 Words

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month. Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com

150 Words

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Mission: Tomorrow, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops.

You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the KANGAROO book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader. Visit Curtis online at: https://curtiscchen.com

Long Form Bio

Once a software engineer in Silicon Valley, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games around Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo, a science fiction spy thriller, was a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist in the First Novel category and a 2017 Endeavour Award Finalist. Kangaroo Too, the second book in the series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Curtis is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy: the first movie he saw in a theatre was Star Wars in 1977, and the first TV shows he remembers watching—as an infant, from his crib—were Star Trek (the original series), Space: 1999, and Bewitched. He devoured Asimov's Robot stories as a young child, burned through Niven's Known Space novels as a teenager, read a ton of John le Carré even though he didn't get all the political nuance, and once dared to write an assigned book report for English class on one of Diane Duane's Star Trek tie-in novels. (He only did that once.)

Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, the Baen anthology Mission: Tomorrow, the SMART 25th anniversary collection Oregon Reads Aloud, and many other print and online publications. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops, and his first writing critique seminar was taught by Pat Murphy and Ursula K. LeGuin. From 2008 to 2013, Curtis posted a new flash fiction piece every Friday on his "512 Words or Fewer" blog. 117 of those very short stories are collected in the book Thursday's Children.

Gamers may also know Curtis as "one of the founders of Puzzled Pint" or "that guy who captained Team Snout." He's been making puzzle events with friends since 2001, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month. And yes, there is a puzzle hidden in each of the KANGAROO book covers! Finding the rabbit holes is left as an exercise for the reader. Visit: https://curtiscchen.com



Curtis is not an aardvark.
Last modified: Wednesday, 21-Nov-2018 14:36:08 PST