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Lawrence M. Schoen

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Full Name: Lawrence Michael Schoen
Born: July 27, 1959
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupation: Writer, Publisher, Psychologist, Linguist, Hypnotist, Klingon language expert
Nationality: American


The youngest of four children, Lawrence M. Schoen was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to southern California when he was eighteen months old, where he grew up in Culver City. In 1983 he graduated with B.S. in psycholinguistics from the California State University, Northridge, having designed his own major, and then moved on to Kansas State University where he earned his MS and PhD in Psychology, with research focused on cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. After ten years spent in academia as an assistant professor in Illinois, then Pennsylvania, he moved to the private sector, and currently serves as the director of research and analytics for a medical center which provides mental health and addiction treatment service works throughout Philadelphia.

Schoen attended the 1998 session of James Gunn's Writers Workshop, and in 2010, he participated in Walter Jon Williams's Taos Toolbox. He has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, and the Nebula Award for Best Novella three times.

Some of his more notable works as an author include the Amazing Conroy series of science fiction stories and novels, about a space-traveling stage hypnotist and his alien companion animal (a "buffalito") that can consume anything and farts oxygen. Much of his work is intended to be light and humorous, despite recurring themes involving thwarting death via science fictional means.

Schoen is the founder of the Klingon Language Institute and he has published Klingon translations of William Shakespeare's plays Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Gilgamesh and the Tao Te Ching. Schoen edited and published The Grammarian's Desk, a non-fiction collection of essays written by Captain Krankor (Rich Yampell). He also served as the editor of HolQeD, the quarterly journal of the KLI, for the entirety of its thirteen-year run. In 2004, he was featured in Director Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary about the Klingon Language Institute, Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water. In 2011 he produced a daily Klingon language podcast called DaHjaj Hol.

Schoen is also the publisher and chief editor for Paper Golem, a speculative fiction small press started in November 2006. The first book published by Paper Golem was Prime Codex, an anthology of previously published stories by members of the Codex Writers Group, of which Schoen is a founding member. Paper Golem is Schoen's vehicle for "paying it forward," and focuses on two main tracks: single author collections by relatively new authors, and the Alembical series which produces multi-author anthologies of original novellas.

In 2013 Schoen took a page from one of his fictional creations and became certified as a hypnotherapist by the International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotists (IAPCH), with the intention of developing materials to aid other writers grappling with problems common to their field, such as writers' block.

Schoen resides in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with his wife, Valerie, and a herd of flatulent buffalito.

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Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 The Amazing Conroy

 1. (2012)
 2. (2012)
 3. (2009)
 4. (2013)
 5. (2011)
 6. (2014)
 7. (2017)


 1. (2015)
 2. (2018)