Joe & Gay Haldeman the Accidentally Timely

Born in Oklahoma 9 June 1943. Grew up in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington, D. C., and Alaska. Currently lives in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Gay Haldeman. As of August 2000, they will have been married thirty-five years.


B. S. in astronomy, University of Maryland, 1967. Graduate work there in math/computer science, 1969-70; no degree (dropped out to write). Went to the Iowa Writers Workshop for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, 1975.


Currently Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (teach writing every fall semester). Visiting Professor, MIT, Writing Department, 1983-84. One semester of Rhetoric ("Bonehead English") at the University of Iowa, as well as an advanced course and writing workshop in modern science fiction. Have also taught writing workshops at Michigan State (Clarion), Clarion West Seattle, SUNY Buffalo, Princeton, University of North Dakota, Kent State, and the University of North Florida. At UNF I taught a workshop in writing the novel. At MIT I am teaching a science fiction writing workshop and (in alternate years) Reading and Writing Longer Fiction and Reading and Writing Genre Fiction. (In college, tutored astronomy, mathematics, and English; coached the fencing team, and taught classical guitar at a music store.)


Drafted 1967, fought in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam as a combat engineer with the 4th Division (1/22nd Airmobile Bn.). Purple Heart and other standard medals.


All part-time, mostly teaching. Have also worked as statistician's assistant (HEW), librarian, computer programmer, musician, laborer, occasional platform speaker and consultant. (In the spirit of Eric Sevareid's definition: a consultant is any ordinary guy fifty miles away from home.) For one disastrous month I was Senior Editor of Astronomy magazine (best issue they ever put out). Have considered myself a full-time writer since 1970, except for that short editorial excursion. I try to write a little every day even while teaching at MIT.