John Burridge's short story, "Before the Last Bloom Falls," is the June 2014 recipient of the Penn Cove Literary Award. His short stories, "The Gear Master's Wife," and "Reset Romance" may be found on the On The Premises, web site (http://onthepremises.com/) in the March 2013, and November 2012 issues, respectively. His micro-fiction, "The Book Deal," may be found in the Delving Press anthology, "Twisted Tales in 66 Words." His short story "The View from the Top" may be found on the Analog web site (http://www.analogsf.com/201009/vft-johnburridge.shtml). His short story "Up" won the Whidbey Student Choice Award for December, 2008. His short story "Mask Glass Magic" may be found in the anthology "Writers of the Future, vol 23." He misses Thaumatrope, a Twitter Fiction venue to which he contributed.
John Burridge's parents wanted to be world travelers, so that's why he was born at a dam construction site in Pakistan decades ago. Before long, he had scaled Egyptian temples, explored throne rooms, and raised havoc in cathedrals.
On the family’s Oregon return, John’s focus soon turned to adventures of science, fiction, and fantasy. By 4th grade, he wanted to be a physicist like his hero, Mr. Spock. His physics fantasies died in college calculus, though John did learn to run Reed College’s experimental reactor.
After a stint working in computer help centers, John spent four years at Arcosanti, the sculptured concrete urban design experiment of architect Palo Soleri, spending Sonoran nights pounding on an old Macintosh in his 8'x8'x8' residence cube. In 1995, John moved back to Oregon, wait-listed and was finally accepted into The Wordos writer’s group for serious critiquing.
John lives in Eugene with his family. He is a computer support technician by day and a fantasy and science fiction writer by night. Since 2001 he has been an active member of the Eugene Wordos, which he serves as co-chair.
He is probably over-caffeinated.