Jordin Kare is a physicist and filker, currently (2014) living in San Jose CA. He was co-editor of the filk collections The Westerfilk Collection and Westerfilk II, and co-founder (with Teri Lee and Catherine Cook (now Macdonald)) of filk publisher Off Centaur Publications. He is the author of several well-known filksongs including Fire In The Sky, which won a Pegasus award for Best Classic Filksong in 2010. He was on the first three BayFilk committees.
He is also known in fandom as a "real rocket scientist," having worked in satellite and space system design for many years. He is a frequent convention panelist on space and science topics. His laser launch technology has featured in several SF books, including The Quiet Pools by Michael Kube-McDowell.
Jordin Kare also appears as a character in several SF books and series, primarily as a result of various charity auctions. He appears as an astrophysicist in War of Honor by David Weber, and he and his wife Mary Kay Kare appear as themselves in The Callahan Touch by Spider Robinson.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1988 — Toastmaster at ConChord 4
- 1995 — Interfilk Guest at Concertino '95, Baycon 1995, Filk Hall of Fame
- 1998 — Toastmaster at OVFF 14
- 2000 — Featured Filker at Boskone 37
- 2002 — CopperCon 22
- 2003 — VCON 28
- 2005 — Balticon 39
- 2006 — Duckon XV
- 2010 — Pegasus Award for Best Classic Filk Song
- 2012 — Hal Clement Science Speaker at Boskone 37
- 2013 — Cosine 2013
- 2015 — Archon 39