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Jo Clayton, author of 35 works of science fiction and fantasy, as well as countless short stories, was born on February 15, 1939, in Modesto, California.
In 1996, at the age of 57, Jo was hospitalized with multiple myleoma, a form of bone cancer that affects the marrow.
Jo continued to write during her year and a half in the hospital. She finished Drum Calls, the second book of the Drums of Chaos series, and was halfway through the third and final book when she lost her struggle with multiple myeloma in February, 1998.
Katharine Kerr, as Jo's literary executor, arranged for author Kevin Andrew Murphy to finish the third book. It is now completed.
There is a complete bibliography of Jo's novels.
And a complete bibliography of Jo's short fiction.
There is also a complete list of Jo's novels by series.
More about Jo's life.
Read an article by author Brenda Clough about Jo's illness and rescue.
An autobiographical poem by Jo Clayton.
Just the facts.
Some musings by Jo Clayton.
View a GIF of the tribute to Jo Clayton published in the Congressional
Record. Or click here for the PDF file.
Jo was also an accomplished artist. While she was at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, she created beautiful watercolour paintings and designed a t-shirt for the Columbia Humane Society. (Some of these pictures load very slowly.)
See samples of Jo's art.
See more samples of Jo's art.
All art and text Copyright © 2005, The Estate of Jo Clayton. All rights reserved. No portion of this site may be copied, in whole or in part, without permission of Jo Clayton's Estate.This site was prepared by: Darcy
While it may be unusual for a website to have acknowledgements, this one wouldn't have been possible without the help of Jo's friends on Genie, who found obscure bibliographic facts and shared my web designing woes, and Lynne Luerding, who moved many, many boxes to check her shelves. Thanks to all of you!
In addition, we are all grateful to Dueling Modems for agreeing to host this website at no charge.