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for the 2019 Seattle Writing Workshop.
Jason M. Hough (pronounced “Huff”) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World, which Publishers Weekly said is “a thrilling action rampage that confirms Hough as an important new voice in genre fiction.” In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning, and holds a patented invention related to location-based content licensing.
At the 2019 Seattle event, Jason will be teaching on writing great sci-fi & fantasy, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.
Jason’s latest novel, Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising, released on March 21, 2017 from Titan Books. The book is co-written by K.C. Alexander.
He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, two young sons, and a dog named Missbuster. When not writing, reading, or playing with his kids, he spends his time exploring virtual reality or trying to coax his 3D printer into doing something useful. Jason is represented by Sara Megibow at KT Literary Agency and by Jerry Kalajian at IPG (for Film/TV). He is a proud member of SFWA (Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and ITW (International Thriller Writers)
At the 2019 Seattle workshop, he is teaching on thriller writing and critiquing manuscripts for attendees.
He started his career working on NASA’s space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft’s Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.