About & Contact Me
My name is Nicole Montgomery, and I write science fiction of the space opera kind.
By day I teach European and American history to bright (or glassy!) eyed college freshmen, hoping they’ll take away a realization that history is the human story. And that is something that infuses my fiction as well — history is all around us every day; it lives and breathes through us, whether we know it or not, and that understanding flavors every story I write. It’s just more fun with space ships (and reliable plumbing)!
As a person who would rather write than breathe (or eat, or sleep, or work, or walk the dog…you get the idea), I am incredibly lucky to have some great–and very understanding–people in my life.
One Giant Man, one Tiny Teenager, three cats and a dog (yes, they’re people; they’re just not human people), share a little Victorian house with me in the beautiful Inland Northwest.
Three of the six of us make regular trips to central and southern California, mostly in Speedy–see below!–the dog is ok with it as long as she’s with us; I can’t imagine the cats agreeing.
When I’m not writing or teaching, I like to visit my family, decorate my house, noodle on my website, spend time with my wonderful circle of friends.
And read, read, read.
Learning to Fly!
That picture of me is in the co-pilot’s seat of a Cessna 172 named Speedy. I’m learning to fly, although I’m not sure I’ll ever get a license.
Just being up in a tiny plane is a big deal because until a few years ago, I was too terrified to even fly commercial.
Why Read Science Fiction?
“Science fiction is like a blender – you can put in any historical experience and take influences from everything you see, read or experience.”
Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Octavia Butler: “Science fiction frees you to go anyplace and examine anything.”
And that’s what I plan to do.