George Saunders was born in 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In
1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines
in Golden, Colorado. According to his bio he has been an environment engineer, a
technical writer and geophysical engineer, he has also worked in Sumatra, as a
doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a
guitarist in a Texas country-and-western band, and a knuckle-puller in a West
In 1988 he received a masters in creative writing from Syracuse University, and has been on the faculty since 1997 (he has also been a visiting writer at various universities, and an adjunct professor at others).
To date he has published three volumes of short stories, Civilwarland in Bad Decline, Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation; one novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip for children. Having now published "a kind...