Adam Connell

A fan of science fiction since the time he could read, Adam Connell devoured all things genre and promptly became the oddest kid in his class. ?The book that influenced me the most was Dune,? Connell says. ?It's a literary landmark. It fulfills the kind of promise that only speculative fiction can deliver, by bringing new context and meaning to age-old human issues. By that I mean without the constraints of our current social and technological climate. For the author of genre fiction, there are millions of ways to dissect humanity.? Connell began writing science fiction at age fifteen, and since his graduation from college in 1995 he has written six novels?the first three have been completely destroyed to save him from future embarrassment.

Connell graduated from New York University with a degree in English and went on to a job in finance. This unusual career path was the result of happy accident, good fortune, and desperation. Throughout his seven years in finance, Connell was never completely happy. In 2002 he was contemplating a career change when his company made the decision for him. Connell was laid off with about 200 other employees.

After his ?separation? from the finance industry, Connell hunted for work in the publishing field. During a phone interview with Sandra Schulberg, publisher of Phobos Books, Connell mentioned his passion for novel writing. Ms. Schulberg arranged for a second interview to be held in her office, and invited Connell to bring along two of his best manuscripts.

Instead of a job, Connell got two book contracts. The first contract was for Counterfeit Kings. His next novel, Cold Tonnage, will be published by Phobos Books in the spring of 2005. He lives in New York City.

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