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Allen Steele

USA flag (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.




Short Stories
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Allen Steele
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 Awards (nominee)
The Good Rat (1995)Hugo (nominee)
Doblin's Lecture (1996)
A Letter from St. Louis (1996)
...Where Angels Fear to Tread (1997)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Zwarte Piet's Tale (1998)Hugo (nominee)
The Boid Hunt (2000)

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

Allen Steele recommends

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 (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."

The Fabulist (2014)
(Company of Heroes, book 2)
Ron Miller
"...a vivid and exceptional fantasy world."

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (2017)
(Retropolis, book 1)
Bradley W Schenck
"Funny and action-packed."

Transformation (2017)
(Transcendental Machine, book 3)
James Gunn
"James Gunn has been a visionary leader in the science fiction field for more than half a century."

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