James Tucker (born October 2, 1948, in Oklahoma City) is the author of two novels, several short stories and two non fiction works. His landmark novels, Stone, the Birth and Stone, the Journey, chronicle the mythic tale of the pre-Columbian Cherokee warrior, Stone. These are the first two of three. The third has yet to be written but is in progress. His science fiction short stories include "The Man Who Lived in Kaleidoscope Glass", published in the anthology Otherworlds 2 edited by Roy Torgeson (1978), "Alas, My Love, You Do Me Wrong," published in the anthology Dragons of Darkness, edited by Orson Scott Card (1978), "The Man in the Wall", published in Leading Edge Magazine, and others. His non fiction includes the handbook "Menopause, Me and You," written with Dr. Ann M. Voda and Tochstone, a tribute to Fritz Leiber and Ray Bradbury, edited by Tucker and Erin McKee, with contributions by Bradbury, Leiber, Harlan Ellilson, Poul Anderson, Richard Lupoff, and many others.
Tucker currently writes the column "From Shadow Ridge" each Sunday for the Sierra Vista Herald and the Bisbee Review. The column's format is currently that of Tucker's adventures while upon his quest for truth, wisdom and beauty while trucking around the towns and hidden corners of Cochise County, Arizona, visiting friends and neighbors. Last year's format told the ongoing saga via parables, fables and fantasy adventures of Hi Top Frog, Pecos Wasp, Honey Butterfly, Monte Coatimundi, Bonnie Bug, Spider Eye, Ant Lucy and Annie Oak. It includes their excursion into mass media via CNTV, Critter News Television, and concludes with the characters' adventures in time and space, saving the universe.
Tucker received his B.S. from Brigham Young University where he was one of the leaders of the original science fiction movement there. He earned his MFA in film production at the University of Utah. His short film Collectables was awarded at the Utah Film Festival.
His plays include "Fritz Leiber's the Big Time," and "The Man Who Lived in Kaleidoscope Glass," which won the All Army Bicentennial Performing Arts Competition. Tucker served first as a medic in Vietnam and then later received a commission as an infantry officer and among other assignments was during the 1970s the Executive Officer of the Headquarters Company of the Presidio of San Francisco.
Tucker currently lives on his ranch in the mountains of southern Arizona.