About Me

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I was born to Nicholas and Josephine DiChario at St. Mary’s Hospital in the city of Rochester, New York. I spent my childhood growing up in Charlotte, a quiet neighborhood along the shores of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River.

I began working at age 14 as a paperboy for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. I held summer jobs throughout my high school and undergraduate college years, working for my father and uncle in the family’s construction business. I graduated from Aquinas Institute High School and St. John Fisher College (both located in Rochester) and received my master’s degree in Liberal Studies from State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College.

My love of storytelling found an outlet when I first attended the SUNY Brockport Summer Writers Forum in 1982. There I met Brockport author Nancy Kress, who served as faculty lead for the science fiction and fantasy program, and we became lifelong friends. I returned to the Summer Forum as a student for several years after that, studying with some of my favorite authors, including Gene Wolf, Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and John Kessel.

In the early 80s, I began working full time for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester (now Excellus BlueCross BlueShield). I joined Rochester’s non-profit literary center Writers & Books as a creative writing instructor in the 90s and eventually became the organization’s director of education and programming.

After leaving Writers & Books, I fulfilled my dream of owning an independent bookstore (located in a suburb of Rochester) with my long-time friend Daniel A. Plumeau (1959-2016). I then joined the writing team at Paychex, Inc., a Fortune 500 payroll and HR management company centered in Rochester and founded by entrepreneur and billionaire Tom Golisano.

For a time after that (nearly ten years), I lived in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, working for a subsidiary of Paychex, before returning home to Rochester in 2020. I now live among my cherished family and friends, just a few miles from the hospital in which I was born.

Biblio Info 

Novels

A Small and Remarkable Life (2006) Translation: La vie secrète et remarquable de Tink Puddah: [French] (2012)

Valley of Day-Glo (2008)

Collections

Magic Feathers: The Mike & Nick Show (2000) with Mike Resnick: Variant: ebook (2019)

Giovanni’s Tree: New Italian Folktales (2023): Bordighera Press

Short Fiction

Day One Second Coming (1987)

Nyurg Bit (1989)

Red Poppy (1991)

The Power of Love (1991)

The Winterberry (1992) also appeared as: Variant: The Winterberry (1992): Variant: The Winterberry (2019)

Forty at the Kiosk (1992)

Fizz (1992)

Extreme Feminism (1993)

Presentes (1993)

Whilst Slept the Sauropod (1993) also appeared as: Translation: Unterdessen schlief der Brontosaurus [German] (1993)

Just Do It (1994)

Would He Do Woody? (1994)

The Enemies of Nickel City (1994)

Birdie (1994) with Mike Resnick

Drainage (1994)

Giving Head (1994)

The Sweet, Sad Love Song of Fred & Wilma (1994) with Mike Resnick

Unto the Valley of Day-Glo (1994)

Alien Radio (1995) with Mike Resnick

Diddling with Grandmother’s Iron Maiden (1995)

Working Stiff (1995) with Mike Resnick

Squonking (1995) with Mike Resnick

Black Hole (1995)

Pleasantly Pink (1995) with Mike Resnick

The Joy of Hats (1995) with Mike Resnick

Algorithm & Blues (1996) with Jack Nimersheim

Dao De Qing by Lao Tzu (1996)

The Most Beautiful Girl Alive (1996) with Mike Resnick

The Soldier and His Dead Companion (1997) Crime Through Time

Mission 51-L (1997)

The Land That God Forgot (1997) with Jack Nimersheim

Fat Cat on a Hat (1998)

She Might Have Been Yesterday (1998) [by Nicholas A. DiChario]: Variant: Carp Man (1998) [only as by Nick DiChario]

The Arrows of Godly Passion (1998) with Mike Resnick

Fly-By Aliens (1999) with Mike Resnick

Movin’ On (1999)

Sarajevo (1999): Translation: Sarajevo [Spanish] (2001)

The Color of God’s Mistress (1999)

Fascinatin’ Rhythm (2000) with Mike Resnick

The Fighting 35th’s Last Stand at the Dolores Proud Apple Valley School for the Blind (2000) with Mike Resnick

8-3-oh (2001) Death Dines at 8:30

The One-Half Boy (2002)

Dragonhead (2003)

Zolo and the Jelly Ship (2003)

Sweaters (2003): Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction (Mammoth Books): Reprinted: New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2018)

Where the Wildflowers Bloom (2004): Death Dines In (Berkley Books)

The Academy of Humanity (2006)

Top 10 Headlines, Rochester, NY, 2034 (2009): 2034: Writing Rochester’s Futures

Blind Spot (2010) with Rick Wilber

Barbie Marries the Jolly Fat Baker (2011)

Creator of the Cosmos Job Interview Today (2013)

Stitches (2016)

Giovanni’s Tree (2017)

The Sweater (2017)

Of Love and Olives (2018)

The Baron and His Floating Daughter (2018)

Bella and the Blessed Stone (2019)

The Sin-Eaters (2019)

Before Blindness (2019)

Sky and the Wheelchair (2019)

La Regina Ratto (2020)

Coffee and Donuts (Fall 2021) Ovunque Siamo

Animale Dei Morti (2022)

Ciccio and the Wood Sprite (2022) forthcoming

Plays

The Goodbye Bar and Grill (2002): Short play performed at Geva Theater, Next Stage

Taboo (2005): Short play performed at Geva Theater, Next Stage

Non-Fiction

Nightfall (1990): Book Review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Best in Science Fiction (1990): Book review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The End of the Earth (1991): Book review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Introduction: Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge (1994): Book introduction

Surrealistic Fudge (1996): Essay/recipe: Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffery

Introduction (Magic Feathers: The Mike & Nick Show) (2000): Book and story introduction

Death Dines at 8:30: Book introduction

Conversations with Octavia Butler (2004): Author interview with Octavia E. Butler

Just Ask the Dust (2007): Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 62

Soon I will be Invincible (2009): Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 73

Revolutionary Road (2009) Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 75

Robert J. Sawyer (2010): Author interview: Philosophy Now, Issue 80

Not So Strange Bedfellows (2011): Essay: Philosophy Now, Issue 85

Introduction: A Little Knowledge by Mike Resnick (2012): Story introduction

Science Fiction Awards Database

List of award nominations and mentions available on the SFADB.