Willis is an American born author who was born on the eve of the New Year in 1945 (December 31, 1945). Owing to her highly imaginative future setting novels, one can only wonder if her being born on the verge of the New Year had anything to do with that uncanny ability of hers. She has been a prolific science fiction writer since the 1980s and is the recipient of numerous awards in the genre. From 10 Hugo Awards to 6 Nebula Awards, this author is predestined to become one of the most impressive sci-fi writers of her generation. A resident of Greeley, Colorado, she lives with her husband Courtney who is Physics professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Their union was blessed with a daughter named Cordelia (Good Reads “Connie Willis”).
Most of Mrs. Willis novels involve time travel by sometimes bungling historians who tend to end up getting mixed up in time paradoxes and in effect, end up changing what at that particular point in time in the past, is actually the future. Her characters are mostly British in origin and usually work for the University of Oxford. Her Hugo winning novel “To Say Nothing of the Dog” is one such work of fiction.
Science fiction is normally presented in such a serious manner by her predecessors Jack Williamson, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury (“An Update From Connie in Regards to The Grand Master Award”) that most people tend to think of sci-fi novels as over your head and highly intellectual pieces of work. Mrs. Willis however tends to not take her stories too seriously thus allowing her readers to experience a comedic element in her writing style. She usually accomplishes this by placing her time traveling scientists in odd positions such as the retrieval of something only recognized as The Bishops Bird Stump in To Say Nothing of the Dog, a key element in a story that has her main character Ned Henry