Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and analytics for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities.
He is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. Last year, in a case of truth resembling fiction, he became certified as a hypnotherapist.
In 2007 he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, and in 2010 received a Hugo Award nomination for best short story. He received back-to-back Nebula Award nominations in 2013 and 2014 for novellas involving the ongoing adventures of the Amazing Conroy, a stage hypnotist traveling the galaxy in the company of Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen.
His latest novella once again features Conroy & Reggie. It's entitled “Calendrical Regression” and is available as a free download via a postcard in the WFC goodie bag.