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Allen Steele


USA (1958 - )

Allen Steele became a full-time science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his first short story, "Live From The Mars Hotel" (Asimov's, mid-Dec. '88). Since then he has become a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays, with his work appearing in England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Japan.

Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B. A. in Communications from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire and his M. A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Before turning to SF, he worked as a staff writer for daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, freelanced for business and general-interest magazines in the Northeast, and spent a short tenure as a Washington correspondent, covering politics on Capitol Hill.

His novels include Orbital Decay, Clarke County, Space, Lunar Descent, Labyrinth of Night, The Jericho Iteration, The Tranquillity Alternative, and A King of Infinite Space. He has also published two collections of short fiction, Rude Astronauts and All-American Alien Boy. His work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Science Fiction Age, Absolute Magnitude, Journal Wired, Pirate Writings, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, as well as in many anthologies.

His novella "The Death Of Captain Future" (Asimov's, Oct. '95) received the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novella and the 1996 Science Fiction Weekly Reader Appreciation Award. It was also nominated for a 1997 Nebula Award and for a Shieun Award (Japan). His novelette "The Good Rat" (Analog, mid-Dec. '95) was nominated for a Hugo in 1996. Orbital Decay received the 1990 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and Clarke County, Space was nominated for the 1991 Phillip K. Dick Award. Steele was First Runner-Up for the 1990 John W. Campbell Award, and received the Donald A. Wollheim Award in 1993.

His novella "...Where Angels Fear to Tread" (Asimov's, Oct./Nov. '97) won the 1998 Hugo, Locus, and the Asimov's Readers Award for Best Novella. It was also nominated for the Nebula, and was First Runner-Up for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial award.

Steele lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Linda and their three dogs. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation, and collects vintage SF books and magazines.

 
Non fiction
Primary Ignition: Essays: 1997-2001
 
Anthologies containing stories by Allen Steele
Inside the Funhouse: 17 SF Stories About SFAliens and UFO's: Extraterrestrial Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and FactAlien Pregnant by ElvisTales in Space
Dinosaurs IIWar of the Worlds: Global DispatchesThe Year's Best Science Fiction Thirteenth Annual CollectionYear's Best SF 2
Isaac Asimov's MoonsFuture WarStar Colonies
 
Short stories
John Harper Wilson (1989)
Hapgood's Hoax (1990)
Trembling Earth (1990)
Walking on the Moon (1993)
2,437 UFOs Over New Hampshire (1994)
The Death of Captain Future (1995)Hugo
Nebula (nominee)
The Good Rat (1995)Hugo (nominee)
Doblin's Lecture (1996)
A Letter from St. Louis (1996)
...Where Angels Fear to Tread (1997)Nebula (nominee)
Hugo
Zwarte Piet's Tale (1998)Hugo (nominee)
The Boid Hunt (2000)


Awards
Philip K Dick Award nominee (1990) : Clarke County, Space
Hugo winner (1996) : The Death of Captain Future
Hugo nominee (1996) : The Good Rat
Nebula nominee (1997) : The Death of Captain Future
Hugo winner (1998) : ...Where Angels Fear to Tread
Nebula nominee (1998) : ...Where Angels Fear to Tread
Hugo nominee (1999) : Zwarte Piet's Tale


Allen Steele recommends
Neptune Crossing
Neptune Crossing (1994)
(Chaos Chronicles, book 1)
Jeffrey A Carver
"This high-octane space adventure: mystery, humor, theoretical physics, and one of the more interesting SF aliens you've likely encountered in a long while. Heaps of big fun!"
Virtual Destruction
Virtual Destruction (1996)
(Craig Kreident, book 1)
Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason
"The heavyweight tag team of hard science fiction!"
Compass Reach
Compass Reach (1998)
(Secantis, book 1)
Mark W Tiedemann
"Mark Tiedemann is a fine writer; this novel proves that he's of the best new SF authors on the scene."
Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention (2001)
Ken Wharton
"Wonderful... A page-turning adventure story."
Hyperthought
Hyperthought (2003)
(Future World, book 1)
M M Buckner
"Quick as a cobra abd just as wicked. Hyperthought is a smart fast-paced SF thriller. and one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time. Don't miss it."
Peace and Memory
Peace and Memory (2003)
(Secantis, book 3)
Mark W Tiedemann
"Mark Tiedemann is science fiction's secret weapon: a shrewd and intelligent storyteller..."



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