Guest of Honor — Allen Steele


Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. 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, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Russia, Romania, Brazil, Israel, 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 for 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, A King of Infinite Space, Oceanspace, Chronospace, the Coyote Trilogy — Coyote, Coyote Rising, and Coyote Frontier – the Coyote Chronicles – Coyote Horizon and Coyote Destiny — Spindrift, and Galaxy Blues. He has also published five collections of short fiction: Rude Astronauts, All-American Alien Boy, Sex and Violence in Zero-G, American Beauty, and The Last Science Fiction Writer. His work has appeared in most major American SF magazines, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Absolute Magnitude, and Science Fiction Age, as well as in dozens of anthologies.

Pilot SteeleHis novella “The Death Of Captain Future” (Asimov’s, Oct.`95) received the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novella, won a 1996 Science Fiction Weekly Reader Appreciation Award, and received the 1998 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Short Story from Japan’s National Science Fiction Convention. It was also nominated for a 1997 Nebula Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

His novella “`…Where Angels Fear to Tread'” (Asimov’s, Oct./Nov. `97), upon which Chronospace is based, received the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Award in 1998, and was also nominated for the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, and Seiun awards.

His novelette “The Good Rat” (Analog, mid-Dec.`95) was nominated for a Hugo in 1996, and his novelette “Zwarte Piet’s Tale” (Analog, 12/98) won an AnLab Award from Analog and was nominated for a Hugo in 1999. His novelette “Agape Among the Robots” (Analog, 5/00) was nominated for the Hugo in 2001. His novella “Stealing Alabama” (Asimov’s 1/01) was nominated for a Hugo in 2002, and won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award for that year. His novelette “The Days Between” (Asimov’s 3/01) was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2002 and a Nebula Award in 2003. His novella “Liberation Day” and novelette “The Garcia Narrows Bridge” won the Asimov’s Readers Awards in 2005. Orbital Decay received the 1990 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and Clarke County, Space was nominated for the 1991 Philip K. Dick Award. Steele was First Runner-Up for the 1990 John W. Campbell Award, received the Donald A. Wollheim Award in 1993, and the Phoenix Award in 2002.

Steele serves on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation, and he is a former member of the SFWA Board of Directors and its Board of Advisors. In April, 2001, he testified before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives, in hearings regarding space exploration in the 21st century. “Live from the Mars Hotel” is among the many stories and novels included on the “Visions of Mars” disk aboard NASA’s Phoenix lander, which landed on Mars in 2008.

He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Linda and their two dogs.

(copied from Allen Steele’s web site)

Allen Steele’s Bibliography