Howard V. Hendrix has held jobs ranging from janitor to fish hatchery manager to university professor and administrator. His degrees range from a BS in Biology (Xavier University, 1980) to a PhD in English Literature (University of California, Riverside, 1987). His publications include some three dozen works of shorter experimental and science fiction stories, among them the chapbooks Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 (EOTU Press) and The Vertical Fruit of the Horizontal Tree (Talisman Press). He has published an equal number of political essays, book reviews, and works of literary criticism, including his book-length study of apocalyptic elements in English literature from Langland to Milton, The Ecstasy of Catastrophe (1990). An avid gardener, his book on landscape irrigation, Reliable Rain (coauthored with Stuart Straw), appeared in 1998 from Taunton Press.
Hendrix's most widely available works of shorter science fiction are available in Asimov's and Analog, in the Full Spectrum series (Bantam Books) and in The Outer Limits, Volume 1 (Prima). Two of his six published novels are from Del Rey Books: Spears of God (2006) and The Labyrinth Key (2004), and four are from Ace Books: Empty Cities of the Full Moon (2001) Lightpaths (1997), Standing Wave (1998), and Better Angels (October 1999). Lightpaths and Standing Wave have since been republlished.
Hendrix lives with his wife Laurel in central California, where they enjoy backpacking in the Sierras and mushroom forays in the foothills. He is currently at work on a seventh novel, set in a universe quite different from his first six books.
BS, Biology, May 1980, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Also fulfilled requirements for second major in English.
MA, English Literature, June 1982, University of California at Riverside, California
PhD, English Literature, August, 1987, University of California at Riverside.
The Ecstasy of Catastrophe: A Study of the Apocalyptic Tradition from Langland to Milton. Committee chaired jointly by Professors John Ganim and John M. Steadman. Dissertation reads Medieval and Renaissance apocalyptic textual elements in light of the fissured meaning of the concept of “apocalypse” itself, calling for significant reconsideration of the importance of the apocalyptic tradition in English Literature.
Reading knowledge of Latin, French, German.