Nebraska Authors

George Shaffner

Born 1947 Joliet, IL (USA)

Retired technology executive Shaffner's first novel, In the Land of Second Chances was a BookSense pick, a featured selection of the Literary Guild, and was optioned for film. The novel began a trilogy that has been very popular. He says he is influenced by Melville, Twain, Hesse, Conrad, Hiassen, Mosley. His biting comments-- Algonkian, Spring 2006--on how his very successful career rescuing technology companies relates to his storytelling says much about the business as well as the wider costs of the heartlessness idealized by American business.

Presented program at Lincoln City Libraries, March 27, 2003.

Places Lived

Bellevue, NE (1963-66)
Lincoln, NE (1966-1980)
Omaha, NE (1980-1982)

Author Of

  • Fiction


Novels; Nebraska settings


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Masters of Business Administration Degree, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Technology Executive

Places Worked

Washington State


Arithmetic of Life and Death. 2001.
In the Land of Second Chances. 2004.
One Part Angel. 2006.
The Widows of Eden. 2008.

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