John Kessel, twice winner of the Nebula Award, is the author of two solo novels, the Nebula and Campbell Memorial finalist Good News from Outer Space (Tor, 1989) and Corrupting Dr. Nice (Tor, 1997), both of which, with new introductions, have been released as ebooks (Baen, 2012). Kessel has also written one novel in collaboration with his alter ego James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach (Bluejay, 1985).

A career retrospective collection The Collected Kessel (Baen, 2012), containing forty-two stories with afterwords to each, is available as an ebook.

His first collection of short fiction, World Fantasy and Locus finalist and New York Times Notable Book Meeting in Infinity (Arkham House, 1992), includes the 1982 Nebula winner and Hugo and SF Chronicle finalist novella "Another Orphan," 1988 Nebula short story and Sturgeon finalist "Mrs. Shummel Exits a Winner," and 1991 Sturgeon and Locus winner and Hugo and Nebula finalist short story "Buffalo," as well as "Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine" from the 1st The Year's Best Science Fiction (Dozois, ed.), "A Clean Escape" from Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (Card, ed.), "The Pure Product" from The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (Dozois, ed.), "Judgment Call" from The Best of F&SF: A 40th Anniversary Anthology (Ferman, ed.), and "Invaders" from The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Le Guin and Attebery, eds.).

The Pure Product (Tor, 1997) includes 1993 Hugo and Nebula novelette finalist "The Franchise" and 1996 Nebula novelette and Sidewise short form finalist "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue," as well as "Some Like it Cold" and "Gulliver at Home" from the 13th and 15th Dozois Year's Best; it also reprints five of the notable stories from the earlier collection ("Buffalo," "Hearts," "Escape," "Product," and "Invaders.") His collection, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories (Small Beer, 2008), includes the 1998 World Fantasy short story finalist "Every Angel is Terrifying," 2000 Sturgeon finalist "The Juniper Tree," 2002 Tiptree winner and Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus finalist novella "Stories for Men," 2002 Ignotus (Spanish SF) foreign short story and Sidewise short form finalist "The Invisible Empire," 2003 Sturgeon finalist "It's All True," 2007 Sturgeon finalist "The Last American," 2008 Nebula and Shirley Jackson winner and Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus finalist novelette "Pride and Prometheus," and the 2004 Sturgeon finalist title story.

"Ninety Percent of Everything," with Jonathan Lethem and James Patrick Kelly from the September 1999 F&SF, was a 1999 Nebula novella finalist. "The Motorman's Coat" is in the 4th The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Strahan, ed.), "Events Preceding the Helvetica Renaissance" in the 27th Dozois Year's Best, and "Iteration" in the 5th Strahan. Other short fiction appears in Starry Messenger (Ryan, ed.), The Berkeley Showcase (Silbersack and Shochet, eds.), In the Field of Fire (Dann and Dann, eds.), F&SF, Asimov's, Galileo, SF Age, and Twilight Zone.

Kessel's dramatic version of "Faustfeathers" won the Paul Green Playwright's Prize in 1994, and his one-act "A Clean Escape" has been produced by the Allowance Theater in Raleigh, as an audio drama by the Seeing Ear Theater, and as an episode of the ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. With Mark Van Name, he organized the Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference, which produced the anthology Intersections (Tor, 1996), which he edited with Van Name and Richard Butner. With Jim Kelly, he has edited a series of anthologies from Tachyon: Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006), Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology (2007), The Secret History Of Science Fiction (2009), Kafkaesque (2011), and the forthcoming Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, as well as the just published Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (Pyr). His criticism has appeared inShort Form, Science Fiction Eye, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, F&SF, Foundation, and elsewhere.

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1950, he has taught American literature, science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh since 1982. He lives and dies (lately, mostly dying) with the Kansas City Royals and the Buffalo Bills.