I am not Stephen Jay Gould (who I greatly admire.) On my good days I look something like this:

You can see my complete published bibliography (including short works) at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. They also maintain a nice list of award nominations (so I don’t have to.)

Here is a bio I sometimes use:

Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin’s Story, 7th Sigma, Impulse, and Exo as well as several short stories published in Analog, Asimov’s, and Amazing, and other magazines and anthologies. 

He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been a Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and Compton Crook finalist, but his favorite distinction was being on the American Library Association’s list of Top 100 Banned Books 1990-1999.  “Jumper was right there at #94 between Steven King’s Christine and a non-fiction book on sex education.  Then the Harry Potter books came along and bumped us off the bottom of the list.” 

Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen.  In 2013 he was hired to help develop the three movie sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar, as well as write four novels based on the films.

Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (M. J. Locke) and their two daughters, two dogs, and three chickens. He has practiced aikido and Japanese sword for the last two decades, and is the currently serving president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

I can be found on twitter as @stevengould

and Facebook: as Steven Gould

The name of this Blog comes from:


KO-KO (the Lord High Executioner): Well, a nice mess you’ve got us into, with your nodding head and the deference due to a man of pedigree!
POO-BAH (the Lord High Everything Else): Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
– William S. Gilbert, The Mikado or the Town of Titipu



  1. Steven, I watched Jumper tonight and was floored. I am quite learned in things esoteric, metaphysical, as well as some black ops info. The amount of symbolism in Jumper, and the allegorical message given is astounding. You know many things 😉 I may write something up as a blog or a youtube video on the parallels I see. It’s so funny… I watched the movie b/c I had a crush on Hayden Christensen, but its message is very powerful, and I HEAR IT LOUD AND CLEAR.

  2. Dear Mr. Gould,
    Or Steven if you prefer. I just finished reading Reflex last night, and have read Jumper twice in the past. Jumper is the only book I’ve ever reread (and I’m considering reading it a third time). I have to say, Bravo! Initially, I wasn’t sure how I felt about another jumper, but the story was so intense, just a page turner. So, now I’m going to buy Jumper: Griffin’s Story, and I guess I’ll have to break down and watch the movie, too. I don’t usually watch film adaptations, because they usually suck. But I’ll give Jumper the movie a try. Lastly, I am wondering when you’re next Jumper novel will come out. Any hints you can drop are greatly appreciated. Also, would you consider a return of Hyacinth Pope?! Thank you very, very much…

    Daniel Lancaster

  3. Sir :
    I have enjoyed very much your novel Jumper. In Buenos Aires, where I live, sequelae have not been published yet to my knoledge.
    But I´m anxious to read them.
    Thank you for this wonderfull journey.

    El Gran Postergador (The great Procastinator)

  4. El Gran Postergador,

    Con mucho gusto. But, since I am answering this several months after you posted it, I believe I am the grand Procrastinator.

    Muchas gracias.


  5. Dear Mr. Gould,
    I am an avid fan of both film and literature. I saw the film adaptation of your book “Jumper” a while back and enjoyed it. I stumbled upon Jumper: Griffin’s Story audio book on iTunes about a week ago. At the time I didn’t know that the movie was an adaptation of a novel. Since then I have listened to Griffin’s Story, and read both Jumper, and Reflex. I want to tell you that I really enjoyed all three very much. I am looking forward to reading your other books, and I hope that you plan on writing more novels in the Jumper series. Thanks so much for giving me a world so interesting, and exciting, and full of characters worth reading about.
    Thank you,

  6. Dear Mr Gould,
    I have somewhat of a Jumper fixation at the moment, having read Jumper, Griffins Story and Reflex in the space of a week, I also have the Movie on Sky+ (which I watch whenever my kids let me!)
    What are your thoughts on the proposed sequel in 2011? I understand that the director is basing it on Reflex? have you been invited to contribute, and how do you think the changes in the canon brought about by the paladins can be included??
    Anyway, really looking forward to it, hope you plan to continue writing this series, your insights into poor Davey’s relationship with his father really resonates with someone who’s been through something similar – great work mate

  7. WOW! I watched the movie Jumper awhile back but I just got around to reading the book, the book has now become my favourite book of all time. At the age of 36 I wish I would have read it earlier. The movie is okay but I just love how the book is. My 46 yr old sister is about to read it and I told her the characters are so rish that you want them to be alive and meet them. The way you wrote the book I have images of what Millie, David, Mary etc. look like and it is just so right. I finished it in 3 days (had to take a break to sleep, eat and work at D/FW Airport) but I re-read it after I finshed it. I just ordered “Reflex” and cannot wait to read it. I hope that you will continue the series because I just cannot get enough. Thank you for a book that I will recommend to EVERYONE!

  8. Steven,
    you have a not-so-subtle recurring element in both Jumper and Wildside dealing with alcohol abuse. I’m working as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and appreciate your knowledge and accuracy on the issue. i was wondering what the importance was about Alcohol abuse was to you and why you chose to include it in two addictively written books?. Thanks again for the great works that are so easy to read over and over again.

  9. Aloha Steven,
    Couldn’t put down Jumper. Wouldve read it in one sitting if sleep weren’t necessary on occasion.
    Looking forward to reading more of your work.
    I enjoyed the movie equally as well.
    If youre ever on the Big Island and need a tour guide let me know.

    • Thanks, Tony! I went to high school in Oahu and some of my dearest friends have an off-the-grid place in Volcano (Puna District near the National Park.) We visited there in July of 2010.

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  11. Steve!
    I am thrilled beyond words over your recent Novel “Impulse!” These are the most intelligent, thoughtful, entertaining novels I have ever read! I have waited impatiently for quite awhile for this book and now you’ve finally delivered! Thank you for continuing this excellent series of novels! Personally, I think they deserve a weekly television series! But I will be satisfied for very good developed feature films! Keep up the good work! You have a lot of fans out here! I think I met you once at a martial arts tournament years ago. I did speak with you via phone a few years back. (You might remember) Anyway, Thanks again for your excellent erudition. I hope to read more in the future!

    Thanks again for this Wonderful Gift!
    Fondly Yours,
    Gregory Higgs

  12. Hello there Steve!
    I stumbled upon your Jumper novels out of curiosity. I have just finished watching Jumper (the movie) and I was curious about if they were gonna make a sequel. So I went to internet and found out it’s on production now. But, what really caught my attention was that the movie was based upon the novel of the same name written by you. So, I went to Amazon and bought the first novel “Jumper”.
    That was it!…

    I couldn’t stop reading it till the last page. Then I went to Amazon again and got “Reflex”.

    My god sir!… You really know how to keep a guy hooked to a book!!
    I finished reading it yesterday and today I bought the third book “Impulse”.
    I’m beginning to read it tonight 😉

    All I can say is… Thank you very much for a very fun and entertaining story!!
    I am sort of a wannabe science fiction writer, and I liked the way you narrate the story, whether it is from a first person perspective, or from a narrator (is that ok?) perspective. You gave me some good ideas in order to narrate the stories I would like to write. Thanks again dear Steve.

    Hugs from a peruvian guy living in Madrid (Spain) and paradoxically writing in english 😉

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