Greg R. Fishbone grew up in Massachusetts. Through reading and role-playing games, Greg developed a healthy obsession with science fiction and fantasy, and scoured the library shelves for any book that hinted of magic spells or laser battles with aliens. Greg especially enjoyed the humor of Douglas Adams, the worldcraft of J.R.R. Tolkein, the logic of Isaac Asimov, the plot twists of Frederic Brown, the imagination of Madeleine L’Engle, the weirdness of Ray Bradbury, the wackiness of Terry Pratchett, and the terrible puns of Piers Anthony. Between (and often during) classes, Greg crafted spaceship designs and wrote plotted his first stories, which were often accompanied by crude illustrations.
During college, Greg wrote for and edited Event Horizon, the University of Pennsylvania’s speculative fiction magazine. His writing improved as he worked with talented staff members to review and edit student submissions and exclusive works by the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Isaac Asimov. During Greg’s tenure, members of Event Horizon also released a shared-world anthology called Starship Alethea about a gigantic spaceship that was part scientific research vessel, part military flagship, part cruise ship, and entirely insane.
Superguy and Mythic Heroes
During law school and afterward, Greg participated in the legendary superhero parody project, Superguy. Among Greg’s stories was one that revolved around Sal the Garbageman, the absolute and uncontested ruler of the world and all-around nice guy. That story formed the basis of Greg’s first published novel, The Penguins of Doom. Greg also led a number of Superguy writers to publish an internationally-distributed print magazine called “Mythic Heroes,” which explored the superhero genre in contemporary and historic contexts.
The Tokyo Experience
As part of his law school experience, Greg spent five months in Tokyo, attending classes on the history, culture, and legal system of Japan. He took every opportunity to explore Tokyo on foot and by train, and became a fixture at a local tea house. He also worked in Temple University Japan’s writing lab, helping Japanese speakers with their English-language assignments. The area in and around Greg’s Takadanobaba apartment forms the basis for Daiki Shindo’s neighborhood in “Galaxy Games.”
The Writing Community
Greg is active in the children’s literature community, serving since 2001 as Webmaster and Assistant Regional Coordinator for the three New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2006 he founded the Class of 2k7 group of debut children’s and young adult authors and served as mentor for follow-up groups including the Class of 2k8, Class of 2k9, Class of 2k10, Class of 2k11, and upcoming Class of 2k12 and Class of 2k13. He also served as co-director for the 2010 New England SCBWI regional conference, “Moments of Change,” and the 2011 conference, “Celebrating Milestones.”
A lawyer by day and author/illustrator by night, Greg fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and fun. He and his wife live in the Boston area with their daughter and two cats of varying temperament.