James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly’s short stories are regular favorites in the science fiction magazines and awards lists. His fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages. He writes a regular column in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. He was a member of the faculty at the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program from 2005–2018. Appointed by the governor to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, he served for eight years, the last two as Chair. After graduating magna cum laude in literature from Notre Dame, James Patrick Kelly burst onto the SF field like a runaway rocket with stories that energized a new generation of readers and introduced him to the top rank of SF pros. He has remained there ever since, adding plays, anthologies, and audio books to array of talents. His work as a teacher and mentor in an MFA program and his audio performances have increased his solid fan base. Check out his personal website HERE.

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The First Law of Thermodynamics

SKU: 9781629638850
Author: James Patrick Kelly
Series: PM Press/Outspoken Authors
ISBN: 9781629638850
Published: 8/2021
Format: Paperback
Size: 5×7.5
Pages: 128
Subjects: Science Fiction


“A quintessentially protean writer; no single adjective suffices for the whole. . . . I continue to be regularly surprised by where he goes and what he’s doing with his fiction.”
—Karen Joy Fowler

“He changes our attitudes and our perceptions and even our understanding of what the short story can be, and he does it in stories which are disturbing, clever, affecting, funny and unique in every sense of the word.”
—Connie Willis

“Kelly’s special genius is in writing stories that are so human that they wrench and warm your heart at the same moment.”
—Cory Doctorow

“James Patrick Kelly has written some of my very favorite short stories. As a matter of fact, I get anxious when I haven’t read a Kelly story in a while. Can’t we just clone him?”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“Against all law and likelihood, (he goes on) reinventing himself each time out, always questioning the basic premise of what a science fiction story can be, or a James Patrick Kelly story, or a story in the first place.”
—Jonathan Lethem

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