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Stephen Donaldson


(Stephen Reeder Donaldson)
USA flag (b.1947)

aka Reed Stephens

Stephen Donaldson was born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. From the age of three until he was sixteen he lived in India, where his father worked as an orthopedic surgeon. He lives in New Mexico.

His first fantasy trilogy, 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever', was published in 1977 and rapidly became a classic, establishing Stephen Donaldson as one of the most important figures in modern fantasy. It was named Best Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society, and earned the author the John W. Campbell Award as best new writer. In 1980, his success continued with the publication of the first volume in his equally popular second trilogy, 'The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'. His other bestselling work includes his first collection of short stories, 'Daughter of Regals', which has recently been reissued, and the two books in the bestselling Mordant's Need series, 'The Mirror of Her Dreams'and 'A Man Rides Through'.

His most recent work is the acclaimed Gap series, an epic five-volume science-fiction adventure that begins in 'The Real Story' and continues in 'Forbidden Knowledge', 'A Dark and Hungry God Arises', 'Chaos and Order' and, most recently, 'This Day All Gods Die', the latest in a long line of 'Sunday Times' top-ten bestsellers.

It was after hearing one of his father's speeches on leprosy that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant. He has recently completed the bestselling 'Gap' series, a five-volume sf epic that has been hailed as 'the best work of his career'.
 

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery
 
Novels
   The Augur's Gambit (2016)
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Collections
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Anthologies edited
   Strange Dreams (1993)
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Stephen Donaldson recommends
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The God is Not Willing (2021)
(Witness , book 1)
Steven Erikson
"The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more."
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Kingfisher (2016)
Patricia A McKillip
"There are no better writers than Patricia A McKillip."
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Finch (2009)
(Ambergris, book 3)
Jeff VanderMeer
"I can't remember ever reading a book like Finch. Audacious... Extravagant... I'm impressed."

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Books containing stories by Stephen Donaldson
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Last Drink Bird Head (2009)
A Flash Fiction Anthology for Charity
edited by
Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanderMeer

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Awards
2000 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection : Reave the Just: And Other Tales
1979 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel : Lord Foul's Bane
1979 Astounding Award for Best New Writer : Lord Foul's Bane
1979 Astounding Award for Best New Writer

Award nominations
2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Runes of the Earth
2000 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Reave the Just: And Other Tales
1996 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The This Day All Gods Die: The Gap into Ruin
1995 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Chaos and Order: The Gap into Madness
1988 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : A Man Rides Through
1987 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Mirror of Her Dreams
1985 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Daughter of Regals: And Other Stories
1984 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : White Gold Wielder
1983 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (nominee) : The One Tree
1983 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The One Tree
1981 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (nominee) : The Wounded Land
1981 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Wounded Land
1978 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Lord Foul's Bane
1978 Astounding Award for Best New Writer (nominee) : Lord Foul's Bane


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