He was born in Madison, Kentucky, and attended Grinnell College in Iowa; but graduated from the University of Louisville (1964). Bisson has been married three times: Deirdre Holst, Mary Corey, and Judy Jensen.
In the 1960s, Bisson collaborated on several comic book stories, and he later edited the magazine Web of Horror. In 1997, Bisson used Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s outline to complete the writing of the SF novel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, an unfinished sequel to Miller's award-winning 1960 novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.
- 1991 Best Short Story Hugo -- <winner> for "Bears Discover Fire"
- 1992 Best Short Story Hugo
- 1994 Best Short Story Hugo
- 1995 Best Short Story Hugo
- 1996 Best Novelette Hugo
- 1999 Best Novella Hugo
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1991 -- 1991 Best Short Story Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
- 1992 -- Capricon 12
- 1993 -- Phoenix Award
- 1995 -- 1995 World Fantasy Convention, toastmaster at ArmadilloCon 17
- 1996 -- Philcon 1996
- 1997 -- Rivercon XXII
- 1998 -- Chattacon XXIII, Disclave 42, Jack Williamson Lectureship
- 2007 -- Rustycon 24
- 2011 -- ICFA 32
- 2013 -- FOGcon 2013
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