Who is Bruce Golden?

Bruce’s newest works are about as diverse as the sun and the moon. His short novel Monster Town (PS Publishing) is satirical take on the twin genres of hard-boiled detective stories and film noir, set in a late '50s ghetto of Hollywood where old black and white movie monsters now live. His collection of short stories, Tales of My Ancestors (Shaman Press), required extensive historical research, and aside from a speculative angle or two, is accurate to that history. Each of the tales follows at least one of his direct ancestors. It's "The Twilight Zone" broadcast on the History Channel.

His novel,Red Sky, Blue Moon (Shaman Press), presented him the opportunity to transplant Earth cultures onto another world--Native American Sioux and Scandanavian Vikings among them. While his previous book, Evergreen (Zumaya Otherworlds), gave him the chance to create his own planet--a beautiful world, populated by majestic forests, ever-changing auroras (called by “sky sprites” by the natives), and the ursu, a primate-like species that may have once achieved sentience.

In addition to his novels, Bruce has sold more than 100 short stories in such publications as Oceans of the Mind, Brutarian, Buzzy, Penumbra, Nemonymous, Pedestal, and Postscripts. His tales have been published in 18 countries and appeared in 20 anthologies. He won Speculative Fiction Reader’s “2003 Firebrand Fiction Award,” the 2006 "JJM Fiction Prize," and was a co-winner of the 2003 “Top International Horror” stories contest. He’s received several Honorable Mentions from the Speculative Literature Foundation and the Writer’s of the Future Contest. More than 30 of his stories were published in the collection Dancing with the Velvet Lizard (Zumaya Otherworlds),

Bruce began his professional writing career as a freelance journalist, publishing more than 200 magazine and newspaper stories ranging from in-depth profiles to feature stories to satirical commentary. He worked for 14 years as an editor, and was the founding editor/art director responsible for the creation of five different publications.

In 1985 he was chosen to be the head writer and associate producer of a comedy/variety show involving more than a hundred actors, writers, musicians, and dancers. In 1986 he wrote a teleplay that was optioned for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. However, the program was cancelled before the script could be produced, so Bruce rewrote it as the short story “Common Time,” which was named as a semi-finalist in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest. An augmented version of the story was published many years later in Brutarian, as well as publications in Romania, Greece, Canada, New Zealand, and England.

Bruce turned to broadcasting in 1990. As a television news producer and radio reporter, he was awarded an Emmy, two Golden Mikes, and a number of honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, including recognition for his radio documentaries "Sex in the ‘90s" and "Banned in the USA." For a change of pace, he called upon the comedy writing talents he’d honed nearly a decade earlier to create Radio Free Comedy, a program lampooning political correctness. Much later he wrote and produced a pair of educational documentaries for the state of California.

Bruce’s endeavors in journalism, comedy, and screenwriting, though fortuitous for the accumulated experience, side-tracked him from his first love--fiction. Sandwiched around being drafted into the Army, he earned a degree in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University, where he was encouraged to write by the same professor who mentored noted science fiction author Greg Bear.

At the onset of the new millenium, Bruce walked away from his journalistic career to devote himself entirely to writing fiction.

Bruce’s second novel Better Than Chocolate (Zumaya Otherworlds) is a quirky futuristic mystery written with undertones of satire and social commentary. It follows San Francisco Police Inspector Noah Dane, who, while hunting his partner's killer and investigating a pair of seemingly unrelated murders, stumbles onto a conspiracy that threatens all humanity. Much to his dismay, his new crime-fighting partner is a Marilyn Monroe celebudroid. Asimov’s Science Fiction says of the book, "If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce Golden’s Better Than Chocolate."

His first novel Mortals All (Shaman Press) revolves around a futuristic love story with a backdrop concerning the civil rights of artificially created humans. Asimov’s called this book a “fine blend of social satire, irreverent anti-establishmentarianism, and pseudo-hardboiled narration,” adding “Golden writes with zest and good pacing, his relatively short chapters oscillating among many points of view.”

Oceans of the Mind
Shadowed Realms
Palace of Reason
Aberrant Dreams
Forgotten Worlds
Leading Edge
All Possible Worlds
Dark Discoveries
Fantasy Today
The Progressive
San Diego People
Tuned In
San Diego’s Choice
The Housing Insider
Sport Scene San Diego

Banned in the USA
Sex in the ‘90s
Radio Free Comedy
Back to School
Vincent Price Remembered
Beatle’s 30th Anniversary
Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness for Schools
KUSI News at 10

Better Than Chocolate
Red Sky, Blue Moon
Mortals All
Monster Town

Dancing with the Velvet Lizard
Tales of My Ancestors

North of Infinity II
War of the Worlds
Top International Horror
Warrior Wisewoman 3
90 Minutes to Live
Unidentified Funny Objects
Love & Sacrifice
Book of Shadows
Neverlands and Otherwheres
Scary Kisses

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