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STEPHEN KOTOWYCH won the Writers of the Future Grand Prize in 2007 for his story "Saturn in G Minor" and has been a finalist for Canada's top SF prize, the Prix Aurora Award.

He has a Masters in the history of science and technology from the University of Toronto that serves the dual function of looking pretty hanging on his wall and being good fodder for his fiction.

Stephen enjoys guitar, tropical fish, and writing about himself in the third person. Check out his blog at


"Cladistics", The Book of Exodi, Michael Eidson (ed.), forthcoming Spring 2009 (Eposic)

"Citius, Altius, Fortius", Tesseracts Eleven, Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips (eds.), November 2007 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy)

"Saturn in G Minor", Writers of the Future XXIII, Algys Budrys (ed.), September 2007 (Galaxy Press)
- WINNER of the Writers of the Future Grand Prize 2007

"Borrowed Time", Under Cover of Darkness, Julie Czerneda and Jana Paniccia (eds.), February 2007, (DAW Books)
- reprinted in Spin (in Finnish translation), 2008
- reprinted in Axxón (in Spanish translation), 2008
- reprinted in Esli (in Russian translation), 2008
- reprinted in The Dramaturges of Yann (in Greek translation), 2008


Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth
"Borrowed Time"

I enjoyed Stephen Kotowych's 'Borrowed Time' from the Daw anthology Under Cover of Darkness...[T]his story about a relationship and a man who steals time, and what he does with it, stood out above the rest as well characterized, with a clever central idea.

The Barnes & Noble Review
"Borrowed Time"

[A] talented newcomer

Rich Horton
Best Anthologies from Other Countries, 2007

I rather liked Tesseracts Eleven...Stories by Stephen Kotowych [et al] impressed.

"Saturn in G Minor"

Another gloriously wild idea is at the center of Stephen Kotowychs "Saturn in G Minor": a great composer wants his final piece to be played using Saturns rings as the instrument...I was pleased by the audacity of the whole thing.

"Saturn in G Minor"

A young man travels far to see a now-aging musical maestro, and finds that the maestro's final work is to be writ on a large scale. Kotowych handles the dialog and relationship between the two quite successfully, which is not easy as you might think.

"Citius, Altius, Fortius"

The most straightforward SF [in the anthology] is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', by Stephen Kotowych, about a failed sprinter with some talent who is lured to a fictional African country for a radical program of bodily alteration that makes him an Olympic champion...[A] solid look at an athlete's obsession.

SF Site
"Borrowed Time"

In "Borrowed Time," Stephen Kotowych confirms what we already suspected, that there's a secret group stealing away the idle moments of our lives, stockpiling it in service to a greater agenda. But are they doing us a favor, or do we deserve every moment of our lives, even the ones we waste? There's a rogue faction dedicated to exploring this very question in this nifty little tale.

Rich Horton
Best Stories from DAW Anthologies 2007

The best stories I read in DAW anthologies this year [included]...'Borrowed Time', by Stephen Kotowych (Under Cover of Darkness)...

Rich Horton
Anthologies of New Writers, 2007

Promising and energetic work by [a] new [writer] who will get even better...My favorites [from Writers of the Future XXIII] were Stephen Kotowychs "Saturn in G Minor", in which a great composer wants his final piece to be played using Saturns rings as the instrument...