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L Neil Smith


USA flag (1946 - )

L. Neil Smith was born in Denver, Colorado on May 12th, 1946. His father was in the Air Force, so he grew up all over the North America in places like Waco, McQueenie, and Laporte, Texas; Salina, Kansas; Sacramento, California; and Gifford, Illinois -- all before he was in 5th grade -- and then St. John's, Newfoundland and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida where he graduated from high school.

Along the way, Neil acquired a deep interest in science and history, and studied Latin and German. He began shooting when he was around 11 years old, through a joint program of the National Rifle Association and the Boy Scouts of America. Ultimately, he won the rank of Eagle Scout and "more sharpshooter bars than I can remember".
 
Series
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Agot Edmoot Mav Murder Mystery
Their Majesties' Bucketeers (1981)
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American Soviet Socialist Republic
1. Contact and Commune (1989)
2. Converse and Conflict (1990)
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NGU Family Saga
1. Pallas (1993)
2. Ceres (2010)
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Series contributed to
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by L Neil Smith
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Short stories
A Matter of Certainty (1997)


Awards
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (1982) : The Probability Broach
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1984) : The Nagasaki Vector
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1985) : Tom Paine Maru
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1986) : The Gallatin Divergence
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Crystal Empire
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1990) : Henry Martyn
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (1994) : Pallas
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1998) : Bretta Martyn
Prometheus Award Best Novel winner (2001) : Forge of the Elders
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2002) : The American Zone
Prometheus Award Best Book nominee (2011) : Ceres


L Neil Smith recommends
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Conspiracies of Rome (2008)
(Aelric, book 1)
Richard Blake
"It's simply the best historical novel I've ever read . . . It's a very great deal better than any of the ancent Roman detective novels I've seen."
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Mother Superior (2008)
Saleema Nawaz
"Mother Superior is superb."

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