Raphael Carter is an American science fiction author whose work, while sparse, has met with considerable acclaim.

Carter's debut postcyberpunk novel The Fortunate Fall (1996) was well received (a. o. Locus recommended reading list; in the Locus Award it was 4th among first novels, after two tied winners) and caused Carter to be nominated for John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1997 and 1998.

Carter's short story "Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation" (Starlight 2 ed. by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, 1998) was shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. This makes Carter the first non-female to be the sole winner of the Tiptree (Theodore Roszak in 1995 was a co-winner); however Carter reportedly "does not identify as male or female" [1] and wrote Androgyny Rarely Asked Questions and The Murk Manual: How to Understand Medical Writing on Intersex (Chrysalis: The Journal of Transgressive Gender Identities, Fall/Winter 1997).

Carter moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995.


Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden: "Anatomy of a Sale: Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall to Tor Books." In The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Sourcebook, 2nd ed., ed. David Borcherding. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Press, 1996. ISBN 0-89879-762-4

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